Category Archives: Greece

Santorini Oia Wedding Photos

Mara and William traveled all the way from Washington D.C. to get married in Oia. The preparations of both the bride and the groom took place in a private Cycladic villa above the ruins of the Venetian castle. As I was climbing the path to the villa early in the morning of the wedding day, breathing the sweet fragrant air and drinking in the beauty and the colors of the amazing landscape, I fell in love with the place. And I couldn’t help thinking that Mara and William couldn’t have made a better choice.

The ceremony was held on a terrace with endless views of the Aegean blue. The bride looked divine in her exquisite low-back wedding dress and her elegant Badgley Mischka bridal shoes, and the groom was very handsome in his classic blue suit. They both radiated happiness, and the glorious weather seemed to symbolize the perfect beginning of their new life together.

The newlyweds drove to Le Ciel, a wedding and event venue with spectacular views, for the wedding reception in an old white automobile that added a classy touch to the romantic atmosphere of the wedding. And it is worth noting that they had also arranged to have a wine tasting experience, which I am sure they enjoyed tremendously, as Santorini happens to produce excellent wines that owe their special taste and aroma to the climate and volcanic soil of the island.

I would also like to mention that once again I had the fortune and pleasure to cooperate with the wedding planner Maria and her enthusiastic and talented team of Tie the Knot in Santorini, who deserve the credit for the wonderful decoration both in the villa and in the reception area.

Dear Mara & William, thank you for trusting me and letting me be a part of your special day as your wedding photographer. I wish you a lifetime of love and happiness together!

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas

A Chinese wedding in a Greek village

Wedding at Palaios Panteleimonas, Greece at 19/06/2017, of Peter and Elaine. This is the true meaning of an International wedding. Peter and Elaine decided to come from China to get married in the beautiful village of Palaios Panteleimonas in Greece. Their best man came from Scotland. The Maid of Honor from America. The preacher from Wales. Their friends from China, Germany, and Tibet, and their photographer from Greece. A great different wedding at a great place.

Stunning Santorini Wedding Photography

A beautiful two-day journey through the Greek Islands of Crete and Santorini for Michella and Eddy’s fantastic Wedding. This amazingly glamorous couple are from Lebanon but love the Greek islands so decided to bring their friends and family over for an amazing week. So many wonderful moments at the wedding and a stunning trash the dress shoot in Santorini later in the week made this the perfect destination wedding.

Santorini Wedding Photography by Liam Collard Photography

Elopement photoshoot in Santorini

Who says impulsive decisions can’t be great? Here is a beautiful story to prove that this isn’t necessarily true.

Valerie and Chad are one of the loveliest couples I have come across in my career as a destination wedding photographer. They are young and sweet and so much in love! When they left the Windy City to go on a romantic cruise that would eventually take them to the Greek islands, little did they know that they would return to the States married! But this is exactly what happened. Because the moment they saw before them the breathtaking scenery of Santorini, with the whitewashed Cycladic villages perched on the imposing volcanic cliffs against the backdrop of the merging colors of the Greek sky and the Aegean Sea, they instantly fell in love with the island. And they decided that this was the ideal place to elope!

There is undoubtedly something irresistibly exciting and adventurous about an elopement wedding; and it takes heart and courage to defy convention, abandon customs and forget that the rest of the world exists to pledge your love and devotion to your soul mate in an intimate ceremony at an idyllic place of your choice. No guests, no crazy parties or carefully preplanned group events and activities, no time-consuming preparations and, what is more, zero stress! That’s why more and more couples consider this the best way to tie the knot. The next big decision is the choice of the ideal place. And I believe Santorini qualifies as one of the best wedding destinations not only in Greece but worldwide too. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. And Valerie and Chad were determined to have a dream wedding.

Apart from determination, however, spur-of-the-moment weddings require the fastest possible coordination of all sorts of minor details: venue choice, bride and groom attire, make-up, hairstylist, ordering a wedding cake, finding the photographer who will capture these unique moments forever. But where there is a will, there is a way; and eventually, all practical details were taken care of. The wedding preparations were made in record time, and the wonderfully simple private ceremony took place outside the little chapel of St. Irene, under glorious sunshine, with the infinite blue sea as a background and a symbol of unending love.

The newly-weds, absolutely free from stress and distractions, were able to enjoy every moment, and the absence of haste and pressure guaranteed a smooth and relaxed shooting that was more fun than work. Their happiness and tranquillity are reflected in the photos, most of which were taken in the winding cobbled streets, among the dazzling white traditional houses, since Valerie, as a designer, was particularly interested in Cycladic architecture.

All in all, it was a wonderful, unforgettable wedding, and I feel fortunate and honored to have been there to immortalize the memories of Valerie and Chad’s big day.

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas

Wedding in Sifnos

Sifnos, which is rightly called the gem of the Cyclades, may not be one of the most famous Greek islands but it is one of my favorite summer destinations. It is always a pleasure to stroll the narrow cobblestone streets of the picturesque villages under the dazzling sunlight and rediscover the beauty of the golden beaches and the emerald waters of this unspoiled little paradise that have more churches than any other island in the Cyclades: 360, almost one for each day of the year. And the pleasure is even greater when I have the chance to be near such amazing people as James and Lina. The memory of the three fabulous days I spent with them, and their guests as their wedding photographer will remain in my heart forever.

The pre-wedding parties, with lots of music and dancing, put everybody into the right mood for enjoying and celebrating the big day. The beautiful religious ceremony took place in a little-whitewashed chapel overlooking the Aegean blue. The bride was stunning in her refreshingly simple white lace wedding dress, and the bridegroom was evidently moved. They both looked radiantly happy when they posed for their first pictures as a married couple after the traditional rain of rice… And there was more music and dancing among the trees and under the stars at the reception, where we all had the chance to congratulate the lovely couple and wish them a lifetime of happiness and love. Dear Lina and James, may your years together be full of sunshine, like your wonderful wedding day!

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas