A gem wedding photography in Santorini island

A gem wedding photography in Santorini island

Couple Introduction

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 be the Santorini Wedding photographer of this couple and any nerves were kept at bay. In addition to that, they are one of the loveliest couples I have ever met. The whole day was wonderful and mixed with fun, elegance, dance and humor. Happily, the weather was on our side as the Santorini Wedding was held outdoors, at a spacious balcony overlooking the volcano and the rims! The day was warm and bright without any clouds and the sky was clear and blue.

The engagement shoot

Santorini Engagement shoots are a great way to get know the future groom and bride. Furthermore they help the couple to feel more comfy 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 chance to get photographed around the island. With this in mind, we met at their hotel early in the morning the day before. Shortly we headed to some of the most spectacular locations of the island to capture their infinitive love.

Outdoors Imerovigli Engagement in Santorini

This Santorini engagement photo is a beautiful and candid shot of the couple enjoying themselves outdoors.

Traditional door at Santorini Greek island

The doors in Santorini are as impressive as the domes and far more varied!

 paparazzi style engagement picture

A really cool paparazzi style engagement shot!

Pre wedding photo shoot sea background

We discovered one more idyllic location with the deep blue ocean in the background !

Danielle and Paul were so easy going, did whatever crazy ideas I had in mind! This photo was taken at a luxury hotel in Imerovigli with an infinitive pool & unparalleled views of the sea and the rock of Skaros!

happy engagement picture black and white couple

Black and white pictures are special and timeless. They are often used to create nostalgia by removing the colors and focusing on the real moment!

happy couple during pre wedding session

The couple was so happy about how beautiful everything was turned out!

vintage handbag creative picture

The pre wedding shot ended up into a vine! This vintage handbag was Paul’s gift to his future wife for their 3-year amazing relationship!

The big day photo stream

Getting ready

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 pretty 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!

wedding rings

The wedding rings are my favorite pieces of jewelry!

The bride was getting ready creatively in one of the hotel rooms

I really love photographing weddings! They do allow me to be as creative as I want to be, even more!

Danielle the bride, was taking care of her eyelashes

Danielle’s close up pics were deffo special!

English Bridesmaids admiring holding wedding dress white color

While Danielle was getting ready, I captured this candid photo of the bridesmaids admiring her gorgeous, white wedding dress!

happy English bridesmaids getting ready

The bridesmaids were having a blast getting ready and Danielle couldn’t stop laughing!

bridesmaids touching letter to bride

Shortly, a letter from the bridesmaids melted our hearts! They just couldn’t wait to see Danielle in her dress and make the most gorgeous bride!

bridal shoes

Time is very precious when shooting weddings! I photographed the shoes while waiting at the balcony for Danielle to put on her dress! She was a shy bride!! 🙂

bridesmaids helped bride

All of the bridesmaids helped Danielle step into her dress! That’s why they are traditionally female after all!

The final touches!

bride sitting chair

Almost ready to depart!

creative bridal photography

After a quick touch up of lipstick they were all ready to leave!

paul the groom is getting ready for the wedding

In the meanwhile, Paul was getting ready without stress!

groom is getting ready with best man assistance

With the assistance of the best man!

groom Greek Flag cufflinks

He chose lovely Greek Flag cuff links!

best men groom candid

Creative wedding photography is to do your best to capture emotions & moments, not just photos. That’s what I did!

groom throws boutonniere for best man to catch

Paul made sure to take some time for FUN by throwing his boutonniere for best men to catch!

best men groom drinking beers

A short break for a beer before heading to the venue!

groom having fun pool

And then, more fun!!! These guys were amazing!

The Ceremony

The couple had chosen a great venue. It was the GEM wedding venue in Santorini, close to Pyrgos village and next to Santos Winery where the couple and their guests spent the 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 rings. The official pronounced them, “husband and wife’, the groom got to kiss his bride and the register was signed to make everything official!

gem wedding ceremony venue

The Gem wedding venue, where the ceremony took place.

gem wedding venue santorini photography

This wedding venue was so perfect, a real Gem of Santorini!

bridal arrival

The bride arrived along with her brothers around 30 minutes later.

santorini wedding guest chairs gem

All the guests were sitting down. At the same time they were admiring the couple as well as the gorgeous views over the sea and the volcano!

santorini wedding decoration venue

The venue’s decoration was simple yet elegant with an nice combination of colors! It was violet mixed with red, green and yellow!

Bride cries when officiant reads vows

As the officiant was reading the vows, Danielle was in tears quietly.

Greek wedding ceremony in Greece

best man gives rings groom

The best man handed both rings to the groom! This was a fun moment! The bride was standing so awkwardly having no idea where to look at!

groom bride exchange rings sea background

Eventually, the couple exchanged the rings!

And said “yes” to each other! Then, they sealed their commitment with a kiss!

groom kisses bride outdoor civil wedding

The groom kissed the bride and they were now officially married! In the meanwhile all the guests clapped and cheered! This outdoor wedding ceremony was really awesome!

newly wed sign marriage certificate!

Afterwards the newlywed couple signed the registers and the marriage certificate!

guests throw petals wedding

Following again the tradition, the guests threw petals to Paul and Danielle as they were heading away from GEM to the restaurant!

groom bride cabriolet bmw car

The just married couple had rent a luxury cabriolet BMW car for the day.

white color cabriolet BMW wedding idea

Despite of the limited time that we had ahead, I got creative again! 🙂 This white colored BMW car was fantastic!

The speeches

The room was set ready for the meal and looked amazing with a lovely big bouquet and 2 large candles, the cake set up and pretty floral centerpieces. In the meanwhile 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. Paul gave the second speech thanking everyone for traveling to Greece. He continued by letting us know about his growing up and how he met Danielle. It was a lovely heartfelt speech with some laughter too. At the same time, as an experienced Santorini Wedding Photographer, 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?

groom's speech bride's crying

Paul’s speech was delivered straight from the heart!

groom's wedding speech unposed

In short, it was an entertaining and emotional speech with some very lovely words!

best men's speeches written on paper

The best men’s speeches amused me as they laughed their heads off at their own jokes & stories about them and Paul.

wedding party clapping

Eventually, everyone in the restaurant stood up and clapped! (Except me, as I had to capture the moment!).

Party time!!!

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. Soon he set up his equipment and the party had just began!

groom best men fun

Soon thereafter the touching moments of the speeches, we all went to the huge balcony and the party was already warming up!

groom bride dance outdoors with guests

There is no question about it: the Greek traditional music made this wedding in Santorini a real happening.

bride guests dancing

Everyone was having a fantastic time. As a result they couldn’t stop dancing, singing, clapping their hands and laughing.

All people were having a super time and couldn’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 and the photographer of course. .
Then, after the cut of the cake with a marvelous sun setting background, Mr. and Mrs. Ryder took to the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.

just married couple cut cake

I have to admit, I really craved this wedding cake and I wished I could transform myself into a guest instead of being the Santorini wedding photographer!

groom feeds bride

Paul sweetly fed his new wife a piece of cake, and she begins to return the favor as guests looked on.

newly wed couple first dance sunset

The sunset added a further magic as we were approaching the end of the day!

In conclusion, I hope you have enjoyed looking through this wonderful GEM wedding photography in Santorini. If you would like to see more pics like this why not check out Charlotte’s and Mikey’s Summer wedding at Dana Villas venue. Above all I love hearing about your plans, so feel free to share your ideas.

Thanks for popping by

Kristo x

One thought on “A gem wedding photography in Santorini island

  1. Glamorously beautiful wedding!

    OMG!! It`s a fantastic Santorini wedding! I always love Santorini weddings; it`s full of fun, joy, rituals more & more. Wedding couple is so sweet & especially like bridesmaid. Congrats to lovely couple. Cheers..

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