A Stylish Wedding At Santo Wines Winery, Santorini
Where on earth do I start with this BEAUT of a wedding!?
Last August Sophie and Phil flew me out to the beautiful Greek Island of Santorini to photograph their incredible wedding! Honestly the whole experience of being in Santorini and being a part of their wedding was an absolute dream (so much so, we plan to book our own wedding in Santorini for 2020!)
I have known Sophie for almost ten years as we both studied Fashion courses at the University of Central Lancashire, so I couldn’t of been happier when she got in touch to see if I was available to photograph their wedding! I mean, look at them! They are gorgeous! The fact they were getting married in Santorini was just the cherry on the cake (a very big cherry!)
We stayed in Kamari, which is the beach side of the island around 20 minutes outside of the capital Thira. To be honest at first I wasn’t sure about staying here, as I wanted the full experience of staying in the heart of Santorini with views of the caldera, but honestly now I have been I wouldn’t want to stay anywhere else! Kamari is wonderful, it has endless amounts of restaurants, all of them decorated beautifully and the food – OMG THE FOOD – is unreal. As well as the many restaurants it has loads of quirky bars, karaoke bars, water sports, the locals are so friendly and the beach is amazing (although you need sea shoes – trying to walk barefoot on a pebbled beach is harder than you think!) During our weeks stay there we hired a quad to explore the island which was awesome! We visited Oia (the caldera you see on all the postcards) which was a little bit surreal, it’s a very beautiful and romantic place, although in the height of the summer it’s very busy with tourists! We then travelled back down to Thira where we stopped for lunch in the main square, then we had a drive around Pyrgos so I could have a nosy for backdrops for Sophie & Phil’s engagement shoot!
Sophie and Phil chose to marry at Santo Wines, which is a beautiful winery on the edge of the caldera in Pyrgos. Sophie loves her wine (as do I!) so when she found out they could marry in a winery she just knew that was the right venue; I have never seen such breath-taking views in all of my life! Sophie went with a minimalist approach and decorated the venue with a handful of cactus plants to add a touch of greenery, which complimented the white washed building and blue ocean background perfectly.
Sophie had a bespoke wedding dress designed by the very talented Emma Beaumont, taking inspiration from the designer Berta – I am still OBSESSED with her dress! Sophie’s bride tribe wore white lace dresses from ASOS and China in various different styles, which tied in perfectly with the Santorini vibe.
Sophie’s bouquet by Betty’s Flowers was insanely beautiful – the fact that Sophie handpicked the flowers in Santorini with the florist was such a personal touch!
After the Ceremony we went for a drive in the vintage Mercedes and stopped in the heart of Pyrgos to wander the streets for some photos, then back to Pyrgos Restaurant for a feast of traditional Greek food! After the food came one hell of a party (and a free bar, which of course us English folk took FULL advantage of!)
This wedding was one of my favourites to date. Not because it was in Santorini, but because they planned their wedding for THEM and not for everyone else. They weren’t afraid to question traditions, or plan a wedding that was a little different. Thanks so much for having me guys, it was an absolute pleasure!!
NOW ON TO THE PHOTOS! ENJOY!
Oh, and if you’re planning a destination wedding in Santorini, or anywhere for that matter and like what you see, get in touch! Let’s have a coffee (I say coffee, but really I mean wine!)
It was a pleasure working alongside these fab suppliers!
Videographer // Authentic Wedding Films
Dress Designer // Emma Beaumont
Florist // Betty’s Flowers
Wedding Planner // Ever After Days
Ceremony Venue // Santo Wines Winery
Reception Venue // Pyrgos Restaurant