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.
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 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!
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!
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?
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!
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.
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.
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