Mykonos Barefoot Elopement

What is it that makes elopements so irresistibly fascinating? Maybe it is the fact that a couple is so deeply in love that they decide to avoid the stress and endless preparations of a traditional wedding and opt for an unconventional one that allows them to concentrate on each other and nobody else. That’s reason enough for me to applaud such choices.

Bilal & Cydney chose to elope. And their barefoot elopement in stunningly beautiful Mykonos, the island of my heart, was the ideal way to pledge their love to each other and start their life together. Needless to say, such romantic stories are the most inspirational theme a wedding photographer can hope for! That’s why I was really looking forward to this photoshoot –my second one in the “island of the winds” this year.

Bilal & η Cydney, one of the loveliest couples I have ever met, came all the way from New York to Mykonos to get married in a very moving and intimate ceremony on a tranquil solitary beach, under the bright Greek sun, against the spectacular backdrop of the azure Aegean Sea. The single table, set for two, that was waiting for them by the sea had been elegantly and imaginatively decorated by Vana Efkleidou from White Ribbon. The original element of the symbolical footbath and later the leisurely photoshoot before the trademark Mykonos windmills and in the tiny quarter of Little Venice completed ideally one of the most relaxed and charming weddings I have ever witnessed. Actually, the key words here are “leisurely” and “relaxed”, for in elopements the photographer focuses exclusively on the happy couple and there is plenty of time for planning the best possible pictures, and also for lots of fun and pleasant interaction with the newlyweds.

Bilal & Cydney, I am sure that your barefoot elopement was only the beginning of the wonderful adventure of your life together. May your life be always full of such wonderful sunny days!

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas

Bucklands Beach and The Rydge Hotel, Auckland

In front of the magnificent Bucklands Beach in Auckland, Zara and Rom have promised to love and cherish each other forever. It was on Valentines Eve 2015.

They first got married in France where Rom grew up but this second wedding was equally magical. Shiny sunny with a beautiful blue seas background were here to illuminate the bride and groom, their bridesmaids and groomsmen and their smiling guests.

The reception was held at The Rydge Hotel, which has a picturesque view on Auckland city. The bride and groom had planned lots of fun activities for their guests: a photo booth, a happy hour, a delicious dinner and an after party. It was one of the happiest weddings I attended. I wish a lot of love and fun to this amazing couple, Zara and Rom. Click here to see the mini clip video.

Laura and Dimitri at the Chateau D’Epeyssoles

For their wedding, Laura and Dimitri shared lots of love, laughter and tears. It was at the majestic Château d’Epeyssoles in France. Their dreams became real. Family and friends had gathered around this cute couple to celebrate their love. With a fantastic macaron cake and food prepared by the famous grand chef: George Blanc this day was unique filled with energy and fun. Best wishes to Laura & Dimitri.

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