Even though they live abroad but married in their homeland Macedonia Greece, Maria and Akis wanted a photo session in Santorini island. Since I’m specialising as a Santorini photographer, I know the Cyclades islands exceptionally well and was able to help them choose locations based on the sort of photos they wanted. Cyclades is a beautiful complex of 33 islands in Aegean Sea. Many popular islands are a part of it such as Santorini, los, Paros and Mykonos. After consultation with the couple, we settled on two areas for our Santorini wedding photographs: Oia and Imerovigli. Oia is a fantastic choice for a destination wedding, and not only because it is so picturesque. As one of the most significant regions on the island, it has a wealth of excellent hotels who can help you plan a destination wedding on Santorini, whether you want someone to take the reins and prepare everything from guest accommodation to your hairdresser, or just want help booking a cliff top restaurant for your wedding reception.
If you are planning a destination wedding in Santorini, there are some essential facts you need to know.
- You do not need to get married in a church for your union to be legally binding. In fact, you can tie the knot virtually anywhere from a cliff-top at sunset, to a private villa, hotel ballroom, a cave lit with candles and fairy lights, a vineyard or even a yacht.
- It is best to start planning your destination wedding in Greece as early as possible to ensure you have enough time to submit your paperwork for processing. All relevant certificates need to be translated into Greek by an officially registered translator.
- If you opt for a religious ceremony, be aware that it will be conducted in Greek. However, a civil ceremony can be held in English.
- Many couples opt for a quiet civil ceremony in their own country before they recreate the ceremony in Santorini, which avoids the expense and delay of arranging all the relevant paperwork.
Imerovigli may be less-known than Oia, but it is no less beautiful. Like Oia, it overlooks the famous Santorini caldera. The Santorini we recognise today resulted from a colossal eruption in around 1610 BCE, but excavations indicate it was inhabited even earlier than that, and you can see some of the remnants of Santorini’s history in Akrotiri area.
The wedding shots you see of Maria in her beautiful dress were taken in a hotel in Oia. Even though she had only been married a few short weeks before this photoshoot, Maria loved the opportunity to be a “bride” again, and she looked incredible in her beautiful white wedding dress with its intricately decorated back – a Santorini photographer’s dream! After watching the sort of breathtaking sunset for which Oia is famous, Maria exchanged her wedding dress for a slinky evening dress in an eye-catching red with shoulder detail. Akis could hardly take his eyes off his stunning wife, and we had fun shooting some posed shots in the hotel and by the pool.
The whitewashed buildings and sapphire domes of Imerovigli was the setting for the relaxed, daytime photos. Maria chose two outfits for these pictures – white mini-dress which still felt “bridal” thanks to its lace sleeves and colour, and a floaty skirt in pale blue paired with a contrasting white top and sunhat. Blue and white outfits work so well against this backdrop, and Akis coordinated his clothing to Maria’s.
Having a post-wedding or a honeymoon photoshoot is a growing trend. These photos do not replace a wedding day shoot but enhance it in the same way engagement photos do, and are always a lot of fun as there is not the pressure of a wedding!
Contact us today to ask about our Santorini wedding photography and videography.