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Santorini Wedding at Gem Venue

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.

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The Santorini engagement photoshoot

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

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!

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!

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?

The cake and the dance

This delicious wedding 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.

Thanks for popping by

Kristo x

This Post Has 11 Comments

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    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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    I am writing to you after I found your studio on google while I was looking for a photographer in Santorini. We are a married couple living in Paris. We would like to visit Santorini the first week of september. I wanted to capture our time together in Santorini. I was not happy with my wedding photographs which was not upto my expectation. So, ever since I got married, I wanted to get a photoshoot done wearing different beautiful attires in different style. So, I decided I should make use of this trip and make my wish come true. So, I looked for a best photographer in Santorini and I found you.
    Could you please let me know how much it will cost for this photoshoot please?
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Many thanks in advance for your help.

    Kind Regards

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    Hi we require a photographer for 1 -2 hour to cover ceremony, bride and groom getting ready and guests.
    Please could you tell me prices for this?
    Thank you

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    Our ceremony and reception dinner will be held at Dana Villas, Firostefani, Santorini on the 5th September 2018 at 5:30pm, with 25-30 guests. The wedding celebrations will be due to end at midnight.
    We look forward to your reply.
    Kind regards,
    Maria and Chris

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    My fiance and I are getting married on Sunday, August 5th in Santorini. Our ceremony is being held at Santo Wines Winery (starts at 3pm) and our reception will be Pyrgos Restaurant. We are looking to book a wedding photographer who would take photos of our ceremony, an around the island tour (just bride and groom), and our reception. We are looking to book a photographer for 5 hours. Can you provide a quote?

    Can you also provide a quote for a pre-wedding 2 hour photo shoot around the island (just bride and groom) on any day before the ceremony? Thanks!

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    I am having a symbolic wedding at Le Ciel Santorini on Monday 3rd August 2020 (12 noon to 2pm). There will be 20 guests.
    I would like to book your Bronze Package.

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    Hi Kristo! I was referred to you by a bride that you recently photographed in Thira. Was hoping to get more information around pricing and availability. Will be getting married in Imerovigli the fall of 2021.
    Thank you!

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    I am currently looking at venues in Santorini for our wedding next September 2020 and would like you to do our photography if you are available?
    Do you also do Video recording?
    I am also interested in the wedding make up and hair package too.
    We are unsure whether to us a wedding planner yet or organise it by ourselves.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Many Thanks

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    Hello Kristo,
    I’m emailing to see if you could do a wedding on the 21st August on IOS. Hair and make will be needed for 5 bridesmaids too.

    Many thanks

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    I am looking for a photographer in Santorini who will be able to meet us out on Saturday 03/30 to capture candids and natural photos of our trip in Greece with my bridesmaids. Looking for a aesthetic composition and skill with natural light. We will be staying in the center of Fira and exploring the town – we would like a photographer to meet us out and capture a part of our day for 1-3 hours depending on rates.

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    Dear Kristo. We’re having a very low budget wedding in Firostefani on October 28th, 2020, 20 guests, We would like to hire you for a short time. The ceremony will be about 30 mins, and then you could spend 30 mins to an hour at the reception. Could you please send us a quote for this?

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