SANTORINI WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I FIRST TRAVELLED TO THE WONDERFUL ISLE that is Santorini back in 2015 and had such a fantastic time I just had to return to relive being a Santorini wedding photographer. So the weirdest thing happened back in June 2016 where in the space of 24 hours i had 2 couples contact me about wedding photography in Santorini for June 2017. There was no promotion, no common link to these two enquiries it was pure coincidence and luck. The other notable thing about the two enquiries were that the wedding dates were just one week apart in June! You honestly could not have made it up.. Fast forward to the first week in June 2017 and I’ve landed at Thira, hopped on the local bus to to Fira Stefani where I walk soaked in sweat up the hill with all my gear to a sweet hotel. Need a coffee in Fira? Best place I found was Coffee Island.
Next day I head out exploring the island by quad bike, first stop was Kamari. The sea at Kamari is both calmer and cooler than i recall it two years ago but it’s still early june with temperatures in the low 20’s. Midday i receive a text message from Matt, ‘Hey mate, we’ve booked you on a boat trip can you make it to Fira for 2PM?’. Quad, hotel, shower, cameras, trunks, shades and head out to meet Sharon and Matt for the first time…
The wedding ceremony was at the stunning Santa Irini Chapel with the backdrop of the Caldera and the Aegean Sea blindingly bright in the afternoon sun. The pain in my eyes was quite real as I realised wearing shades inbetween camera shots was not the best idea. After the ceremony and less than 20 minutes of portraits we shot off to the opposite shore for the evening reception at the fabulous Theros Wave Bar. You can read more about how Matt and Sharon chose to have a Santorini wedding after a brief selection of their moments..
Did I mention Santorini has the most amazing brewery called The Santorini Brewing Company Limited? Thankfully their beers are named rather more creatively and taste just as they sound – Yellow Donkey, Red Donkey, White Donkey, Wonkey Donkey (my favourite), Crazy Donkey… So back to that boat trip around the Caldera catching the famous sunset.
Here are a few words from Sharon, ” Matt and I always knew that we would have a destination wedding as our families live (quite literally) on opposite sides of the globe. And chances were good it would be a European wedding given my dad’s well known morbid fear of flying. Whittling down locations from Australia was proving to be a challenge though, and having gone to bed one evening – exhausted and more than a little frustrated at our inability to make a decision, I off-hand suggested that we just get married there; waving vaguely at the photo hanging on our bedroom wall. Matt immediately sat up. “There?! That’s Santorini… that is such a great idea!! We have to make this happen!!
From the beginning we had a very clear idea of what kind of wedding we wanted to have. This would be the first time that our friends and family would ever meet, and we were conscious of the effort and personal sacrifice they would be making to join us. We wanted them to have a fun, intimate, laid back holiday and our wedding venues reflected this. For the ceremony we booked Santa Irini Chapel, with amazing panoramic views of the Caldera. The whitewashed terrace felt as though it had been designed to accommodate our 30 guests, and aside from the magnificent backdrop to our vows, the sweeping staircase allowed the bridal party to make quite an entrance! For the reception venue, we went for something completely different. Hidden away on the other side of the island, we found what looked like a pretty easygoing beach bar. It had a totally different vibe to the Caldera, and they really took care of everything, from the DJ to the catering. It wasn’t until we arrived on the island that we realised how well we’d actually done. We didn’t want the holiday to end and would do anything to experience our wedding day all over again – although it would never be the same. The family are already planning the next Santorini reunion! ”