Category Archives: Greece

The Westin Wedding at Costa Navarino


Life’s big moments are even better when shared and celebrated with those we love. This is particularly true of weddings; that’s why Keke and Christos wanted to make sure that on their big day they would be surrounded by all those who were dear and important to them. And they made it happen: guests flew from practically all over the world to be there and celebrate with them the beginning of their new life together.

Planning an overseas wedding is no easy thing, especially given the couple’s heavy work schedules and frequent business trips. It took a lot of time and effort, plus long Skype calls with Keke, to organize everything. But it was worth it. And the pictures are here to prove it!

If it is true that our friends define us, then Keke and Christos are very lucky indeed; for no distance could prevent their friends from coming to Greece to share the couple’s happiness and wish them a lifetime of love and joy. Costa Navarino, near Pylos, in southwest Peloponnese, was an excellent venue combining luxury, sophistication and a stunning natural landscape of rolling hills, endless golden beaches, and crystal clear azure waters. The carefree beach party at the sandy beach of Romanos was followed by a dinner party in Yalova with lots of music, dancing and mouth-watering dishes that culminated in a hilarious speech session. The atmosphere was jovial and relaxed during the bride and groom preparations at the Romanos Resort, and then the beautiful bride, wearing an exquisite Vera Wang wedding dress and Badgley Mischka shoes and accompanied by musicians and family, walked to the Monastery of Zoodochos Peghe, where the religious ceremony took place. The wedding reception at the Westin had it all: laughter and tears, fun and emotion, singing, dancing, and of course plenty of food and alcohol. Everything was perfect to the smallest detail: the Tiffany wedding rings, the elegant decoration, the classy invitations, the bombonieres (favors) and the fans (made by Keke herself!). The wedding shooting was concluded at the serene green setting of the golf course the following day.

It is always a delight to be in the company of such awesome people as Keke, Christos and their friends, who gave me the chance to share those amazing three days with them and, with their warmth, kindness and enthusiasm, made me feel I was one of them and showed me the meaning of genuine friendship.

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas

Boho Wedding Style Shoot in Santorini

If you are into romantic, dreamy weddings, youthful, fresh style, feminine, ethereal, free-flowing wedding dresses made from natural fabrics, floral patterns, headbands and flower wreaths, livened up with casual gypsy touches, in other words if you are fascinated by Boho style, you are looking at the right blog post!

The idea of a Boho style wedding theme shoot came up during a conversation with Maria about Kelly and Stan’s Elopement and the legendary natural beauty of Santorini was the ideal setting. The talented team of Tie the Knot in Santorini created a perfect wedding inspiration décor with their choice of color and flower combinations. The pleasant, relaxed atmosphere, the fabulous weather, the breathtaking landscape and Marianna’s radiant face and captivating beauty ensured the result we all wished for.

It was a most fulfilling and exciting experience, and I hope I can do this again in the future.

Photography by Thanasis Kaiafas

Wedding in Athens – Greece


It is true that the wedding destinations chosen most often by couples wishing to realize their dream of getting married in Greece, the land of ancient myths and legends, are the Aegean islands and certain mainland coastal resorts. But Athens, the oldest continuously inhabited European city, famous not only for its rich history and great monuments but also for its vibrant nightlife, does have its charm. This is one of the reasons Nayia and Nick chose to have their dream wedding in the Greek capital.

The preparation of the bride took place in the luxurious environment of King George Hotel, a historic landmark in the center of the city that never sleeps at night. Nayia and her six bridesmaids, who were photographed first in flower-patterned robes and then in their cute bridesmaid dresses, drank champagne, exchanged jokes and turned a traditional process into an experience to remember. And the bride was simply stunning in her splendid wedding dress and her gorgeous Louboutin bridal shoes. The groom, who got ready in a classy downtown flat, and his groom mates had an equally good time. They were all very handsome in their tuxedos and the groom’s presents: cufflinks with the face of Alexander the Great and socks with the UK national colors.

The wedding was held at the imposing church of Agios Dionysios Areopagitis, in Kolonaki, a trendy upmarket district of Athens. The bride was chauffeured to the church in a stylish white Rolls Royce, while a limousine had been hired for the bridal party. Nayia’s sister welcomed her at the stairs with a sign reading “Here comes the bride.” A Byzantine choir sang during the ceremony, creating a wonderfully peaceful atmosphere, and when the newlyweds made their exit, they were showered with rice, according to the old custom symbolizing prosperity, fertility, and good luck.
The venue chosen for the wedding reception was Island Private House, a chic seaside event complex half an hour from the city. The beautiful decoration was set off nicely against the slightly overcast sky. Nayia and Nick’s wedding vision was planned, coordinated and executed by the Event Company and videography by George Zorbas, while their elegant wedding invitations were created by Atelier Invitations.

Dear Nayia & Nick, thank you for trusting me to capture the most memorable moments of your big day. I wish you endless happiness and a wonderful life together!

Photography by Thanasis kaiafas

Engagement photoshoot in Santorini

Santorini, Greece, is truly the stuff dreams and fairytales are made of: an incredibly beautiful volcanic island surrounded by the crystal clear blue waters of the Aegean, bathed in the bright Greek sunlight and enveloped in the magic of ancient myths and legends. No wonder it is one of the most popular wedding destinations worldwide! This is the place Jin and Nancy chose for their engagement photoshoot. The lovely young Asian couple, who traveled all the way from Los Angeles, had planned everything down to the smallest detail… Except for one little detail that Nancy was not aware of: Jin intended to take her to her favorite restaurant… and propose to her over dinner! He informed me of his intentions through a separate e-mail, and I was delighted that I would witness such a unique moment. I got to the restaurant a few minutes before them and prepared to capture the scene with my camera. My heart was pounding in excitement. A sweet couple in love and a surprise marriage proposal in one of the most romantic places in the world is the best theme a wedding photographer could wish for! Everything went according to plan. And naturally, she said yes…

The photoshoot of the following day went perfectly smoothly too. Nancy and Jin, against a backdrop of blue skies and seas and the dazzling white of the traditional Cycladic architecture, looked awesome together. And thanks to them, their photos could be nothing less than awesome!

Dear Nancy & Jin, thank you so much for honoring me with your trust and for allowing me to tell your beautiful love story through the lens of my camera.

Photography by Thanasis kaiafas

 

A Wedding Photoshoot in Santorini – Greece

A great wedding photoshoot of Ken and Chiaki that came from Japan to the island of Santorini in Greece to have their photoshoot there. Everything was just magnificent! The couple, the scenery, the light, the sea and finally the sunset!