Santorini Wedding at Gem Venue

From the very first moment I spoke to Paul and Danielle I couldn’t wait to photograph their marriage ceremony at the Gem wedding venue on Santorini. Originally from the UK, the couple now live and work in New York but were holding their big day on the island. I was delighted to be asked to be the Santorini wedding photographer for this happy pair – two of the loveliest people I’ve ever met.

The day itself was wonderful, with fun, elegance, dance and lots of humor thrown in. Even better, the weather was on our side, which made the outdoor venue an even more spectacular location for the couple’s vows. The day was warm, bright and cloudless, with a clear blue sky – just perfect for saying “I do.”

santorini gem wedding venue

Santorini engagement photoshoots are the perfect way to get to know the future bride and groom. As an added bonus, they help the couple to feel more comfortable with their photographer while capturing beautiful moments before their big day.

Paul and Danielle had an amazing time at their pre-wedding shoot. We were working to a strict itinerary, as the couple wanted to take the opportunity to have their photos taken at all the island’s iconic locations, so with this in mind we met early at their hotel on the day before the big day before heading out to some of Santorini’s most spectacular locations where we captured their love for each other.

The big day itself

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!

On the big day, I began my photo shoot with Danielle and her bridesmaids in their hotel’s wedding dressing room. It was a wonderfully relaxed time, with the girls chatting, laughing and enjoying a couple of glasses of Champagne while I took candid shots. Drinks were flowing and everyone was getting very excited. As the time for the ceremony approached, the final details were put in place – the flowers and rings prepared, dresses put on and the final make up touches were finished.

The Ceremony

The couple had chosen a wonderful location to exchange their vows, the GEM wedding venue, close to Pyrgos village and the Santos Winery. As the guests took their seats and Paul waited patiently, the bridesmaids made their entrance before Danielle, accompanied by her proud brothers, walked down the aisle to meet her future husband.

The pair exchanged rings and made their vows before the official pronounced them husband and wife. As the couple kissed and the register was signed, I took the opportunity to take some beautiful and memorable shots.

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. At the reception, I captured all of the key moments during the speeches. It was my aim to ensure that all the laughter, the tears and the emotions were preserved forever for everyone to remember. The celebration drew to an end under the exotic Santorini sunset as the couple cut their cake and took to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife.

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.

If you’re planning your big day on Santorini and are looking for a local wedding photographer I’m looking forward to hearing from you – there’s nothing I enjoy quite so much as helping couples to preserve the most precious moments of their lives!


Thanks for popping by Kristo x

This Post Has 11 Comments

  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..

  2. Saranya Patel

    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

  3. Preeya Reddy

    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

  4. Maria Roswell

    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

  5. Oscar Pegg


    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!

  6. Louisa Johnson

    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.

  7. Caroline

    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!

  8. Bill Phillips

    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

  9. Trinity

    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

  10. Monika M

    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.

  11. Brenda

    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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