Elopement in Santorini

As an incurably romantic I am filled with awe, respect and wonder every time I witness a true love story. This was the case with Kelly and Stan, who travelled all the way from the USA to come to Greece and get married in a place of breathtaking natural beauty wrapped in the mystery of captivating ancient myths, the volcanic island of Santorini. But this was no ordinary wedding. No! It was an elopement. There is something so sweet and idyllic about elopements and, as I had already shot Cydney and Bilal’s barefoot elopement in Mykonos, I knew exactly what to expect and felt absolutely thrilled!

An elopement is the most intimate and romantic way for two people in love to pledge their vows and start their common life together. There are no families present, no guests, no crazy noisy parties, no boisterous group events, no distractions. And the lucky photographer can focus exclusively on the happy couple, which turns the photoshoot into a relaxed and deeply satisfying experience.

The bride’s preparation took place in Dana Villas, a fantastic hotel perched on the cliff of Firostefani, the highest point in Fira, Santorini, with spectacular views of the caldera and the azure infinity of the Aegean. It was a very touching moment when Kelly read a letter written by her mum shortly before the elopement; and Stan was equally moved when he got a gift and a letter from his bride-to-be.

The bride was dazzling in her wonderful lace wedding dress and her blue bridal shoes –yes, they were blue, a pleasant surprise for the bridegroom, who had actually expressed the wish to see Kelly wear blue shoes on their wedding day. Now his wish was granted! Kelly’s bouquet was a dream floral composition of snow-white violets and roses, anemones and tulips.

Maria Sila from Tie the Knot in Santorini-Weddings & Events made sure everything was perfectly planned, from the amazing white and blue flower decoration to the very original wedding cake with miniature representations of the newlyweds with their dogs, Briar and Gus.

The wedding was marked by an additional special ceremony called “unity in glass”, in which the couple combine colored crystals that will later make up a little work of art from blown glass as a symbol of the timelessness of their love. Isn’t that awesome?

But there was more. After driving to the Faros (lighthouse) in a cute antique Cabrio Beetle to shoot pictures, we ended up in Santo Wines to taste Vinsanto, the naturally sweet “lava wine” of Santorini. The wine museum chosen by Kelly and Stan for the engagement was ideal for more shooting. And lastly, we went to Oia, where the stunningly beautiful views provided all the colours and light needed for the perfect photographic epilogue to an unforgettable elopement on a magic island…

 

 

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas

Sicily Engagement Photo Shoot

The salt pans of Trapani, Sicily…

I love to propose to the “my” couples, always new places where doing photo sessions, both for the engagement, which for the wedding.

From Agrigento to Milan … from Rome to Taormina or the magic of Venice; but without excluding Ravello, Cefalù, the beautiful beach of San Vito Lo Capo … Italy offers thousands magic places where make a nice photo with unforgettable moments! And if their boyfriends ask me to join them out of Italy … I have my backpack always ready!

I like to make spontaneous shots without poses and, sometimes “play” with the looks and attitudes cute! First … EMOTIONS

 

Wedding in Paros, Greece

Rarely have I met a couple as kind and warm-hearted as Giorgos and Elefhteria. From the very first moment I had the feeling I had known them all my life. A really beautiful couple –inside and out!

When I met them on the island of Paros, the jewel of the Aegean, to discuss the details of their wedding plans with them, I was impressed by their genuinely relaxed, friendly manner. “Above all, let’s have a good time!” they told me. And that’s exactly what we did. All of us!

The good thing about couples with such a cool, easy-going attitude is that they help you decompress and de-stress, so you can give your 100% to achieve an ideal result.  This is one of the things that remind me how lucky I am to have a job that gives me the chance not only to do what I love but also to meet such great people.

Blue skies and calm seas greeted us on the wedding day –a day full of sunshine and the freshness of the Cycladic wind. The ceremony was beautiful in its simplicity and the wedding party rocked till dawn.

Giorgos and Eleftheria, I can’t thank you enough for these wonderful three days. I wish you a life as sunny and happy as your wedding day!

 

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas

Santorini Japanese Wedding

I have always had a thing for Japanese culture. Everything about Japan attracts and fascinates me: the harmony and simplicity of its art and aesthetics, the wisdom and profoundness of its philosophy, the poetic photography of its films, the delicate musicality of its language, and the natural kindness of its people. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out that Misa and Kai, whose wedding I was to shoot in Santorini, actually had Japanese roots! The choice of Santorini did not come as a surprise to me, as I was well aware of the popularity of this magnificent volcanic island as a wedding destination – especially among couples from the Far East.

It is always a delight to work with such lovely and sweet-tempered couples; they bring out the best in me and make me wish to do my very best to ensure their wedding photos will make them smile every time they look at them.

Santorini Gem, on the hill near Santo Wines, gazing over the spectacular gulf of the caldera and the endless Aegean blue, was an ideal venue for Misa and Kai’s wedding ceremony. The peaceful, idyllic environment, bathed in the magical Greek light, provided the perfect backdrop for the celebration of their love.
Misa and Kai, I really want to thank you for honouring me with your trust and for allowing me to be part of the incredible experience of your wedding in Santorini!

East meet west wedding in Thailand

The wedding photography of Victoria and Garrett from Krabi, Thailand. They both love sacred Thai ceremony and the beach wedding. Then, they combined the traditional  Thai wedding (water pouring ceremony & the monk ceremony) to the ring exchange on the beautiful beach of Bamboo island, Krabi. The wedding reception was held on the same night at Zeavola resort, Phi Phi island.

A few days later, we went to Huay Toh Waterfall elephant trekking to take a post wedding photography there. Victoria dream of her wedding photo with an elephant. But it was impossible to bring the big animal to the isolated island like Phi Phi and Bamboo island. Then, we had to find more information about the elephant camp in Krabi. At last we found that Huay Toh Waterfall is the best elephant camp which is hiding in the jungle. We booked a private trip for the couple. The photo turn out so beautiful with greenery scene.