From my first chat with Danielle and Paul I wanted to photograph their marriage ceremony at Gem Wedding venue in Santorini. Originally from United Kingdom, they currently live and work in the city of New York. It was such a pleasure to photograph this amazing couple and any nerves were kept at bay. They are one of the loveliest couples I have ever met. The whole day was wonderful and mixed with fun, elegance, individuality, dance and humor. Happily, the weather in Santorini was on our side as the ceremony was held outdoors, at a spacious balcony overlooking the volcano and the rims of the Greek island! The day was warm and bright without any clouds and the sky was clear and blue.
The engagement shoot
Engagements shoots are a great way to get know the future groom and bride. Furthermore they help the couple to feel more comfortable with the photographer and capture even more memories before the big day. Paul and Danielle really enjoyed this pre-wedding shoot. The big day’s itinerary was very strict and they didn’t want to miss the opportunity to get photographed around the island. We met at their hotel early in the morning the day before and headed to some of the most spectacular locations of Santorini to capture their infinitive love.
The big day photo stream
I started the day with Danielle and her bridesmaids in the spacious wedding dressing room at the hotel they were staying in. It was all very relaxed and a bit fun as the girls chatted, laughed and enjoyed a glass or two of cold Champagne. The beautiful bridesmaids followed the tradition and were all dressed alike in pretty pink dresses. Paul was very calm during the morning. There were plenty drinks flowing and everyone was getting very excited. As the time for the ceremony approached, the ties tied, rings and flowers prepared, all the dresses were put on and the final make up retouches were finished!
The couple had chosen a fabulous venue. It was the GEM wedding venue, close to Pyrgos village and next to Santos Winery where the couple and their guests spent their previous evening. The guests were all in their seats waiting for the arrival of the bridal party, and Paul was waiting patiently. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle first, and then Danielle’s brothers proudly walked her down the ceremony spot. Paul looked so happy to see her. The couple made their wedding vows to each other and exchanged wedding rings. The official pronounced them, “husband and wife’, the groom got to kiss his bride and the register was signed to make everything official!
The room was set ready for the meal and looked amazing with a beautiful big bouquet and 2 large candles. the cake set up and pretty floral centrepieces. All the guests came in and took their seats for the speeches to begin. We heard 2 speeches. The groom’s and the best men’s. The couple chose not not involve any other members of their families. Paul gave the second speech thanking everyone for traveling to Santorini and telling everyone how happy he was. He continued by telling about his growing up and how he met Danielle, the woman of his life. It was a lovely heartfelt speech with some laughter too. During the speeches, I captured moments that the bride, groom & their family were going to miss. Who was laughing, who was crying? What did the bride look like as her husband was speaking?
After the meal the guests made their way to the outdoors area of the restaurant waiting for the evening celebrations. The DJ arrived 15 minutes earlier, he set up his equipment and the party had just began!
Everyone was having a fantastic time and could’t stop dancing, singing, clapping their hands and laughing.
The cake and the dance
This delicious cake added flavor to the exotic Santorini wedding ceremony along with the Greek traditional background music .
Then, after the cut of the cake with a marvelous sunsetting background, Mr. and Mrs. Ryder took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.
I hope you have enjoyed looking through this wonderful GEM wedding in Santorini. If you would like to see more weddings like this why not check out Charlotte’s and Mikey’s beautiful Summer wedding at Dana Villas venue. I always love hearing about your wedding plans, so feel free to share your ideas.
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