A wedding in Santorini is a very exciting prospect for a photographer and I was really happy to have the opportunity to photograph a wedding on the famous little Greek Island. Santorini wedding photographer – that even sounds strange to me and I can’t believe how lucky I was to go there and work with such amazing people.
As a wedding photographer I always work alone but I often work with videographers and I was super happy to be working again with the excellent Marcus Sanders from Soda Films. Santorini in July is hot, parched and very arrid, the temperatures were very high and there was also a strong wind that made dehydration a serious problem for Marcus and I as we ran around the island and lugged equipment all over the place. I know that I came back from this wedding in Santorini several shades darker!
The groom got ready at his uncles house and the bride prepared in a luxurious suite in Imerovigli at the Andromeda Gold Suites. The views from the entire hotel are incredible.
One of the most famous parts of Santorini is the Caldera. According to wikipedia a caldera is a cauldron-like volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption. The word is derived from Latin and literally means “cooking pot”. I think that’s extremely appropriate as I certainly felt like I was in a cooking pot whilst I was working!
The Greek wedding took place in The Orthodox Metropolitan Church of Santorini which is located in Fira and looks out over the bay. The ceremony started with the bridal procession, the couple then entered and a lovely orthodox wedding followed (a little bit warm but delightful). After the ceremony the newlyweds exited and were showered with rice. Seeing as many participating were from New Zealand a Haka immediately took place. This is a traditional ancestral dance, from the Māori people of New Zealand, it is famous because the All Black rugby team perform it before a match but it can also be used to acknowledge great achievements and occasions.
After the exhilarating Haka a big group photo was done and then we crossed the road to the Sphinx Bar for some refreshments. I took all the family photos with the amazing famed Santorini sunset in the background and then we left the guests to enjoy the views and drinks whilst we went for a few photos just with the bride and groom.
Once we finished the sunset photos in the unique landscapes we headed to the bottom of the island for a lovely wedding reception at a beach venue tucked away in some amazing rock formations. A traditional greek feast, speeches, cake, and of course a lot of dancing ensued. All I can say in conclusion is that I would love another chance to be a Santorini wedding photographer!
Being able to shoot a wedding in Santorini is a privilege, for me Santorini wedding photography is about blue cupolas, white washed buildings, blue skies and long sunsets. I was so excited to visit the little island, explore and photograph a proper Greek wedding.
There was a very large volcanic explosion about 3600 years ago and this gives Santorini it’s unique shape as on the high side there remains a half moon shaped caldera (volcanic crater). The views from the caldera are amazing as you look over other islands but it also allows you to see much of Santorini Island from one end to the other. You can see some of the more popular towns as many of them have built up by the coast because of the amazing views.