On 29th of May 2019 I photographed a wedding on the Greek Island of Santorini. The weekend before I had worked a double header of weddings in both the North and South Wales, this was followed by a through the night drive to Gatwick airport. All so I good arrive in good time for this destination wedding. Allowing a day to spare just in case of travel disruption, this also meant I had the luxury of having a dry run of the wedding locations the day before. On my slightly bleary eyed arrival at the hotel where I was to stay, the receptionist suggested the Akrotiri Lighthouse as a good place to watch my first sunset, which Santorini is so famous for. If you search online for Santorini sunsets, the results will undoubtably be from the blue roofed village of Oia. This however is on the north of Santorini and some distance from both my location and that of the wedding. However the lighthouse is a favourite with locals, especially those wishing to avoid the crushing crowds of camera wielding tourists. Come the morning of the wedding I met up with the bride, Jayde at her hotel where she was getting ready. Once in the dress, I took my leave to see the groom, David, who was in the midst of his preparations at a villa, a short distance away. Once everyone was ready we all made our was to Santorini Gem, a popular spot for marriage ceremony on the island. Thanks in no small way to its’ cliff top vista over looking the Aegean Sea. The day before, whilst I was doing my recce, the sun had been blistering hot, today however is was slightly more overcast accompanied with a slight breeze. Both of which was universally opinionated to be a welcome relief, though in photographic terms it does make the light slightly flatter. After the ceremony, Jayde and David requested a quick detour to the picturesque village Pyrgos. The traditional area built amphitheatrically on a steep hill overlooking the coast boasts the narrow streets, medieval architecture and famous blue domed roofed churches. The maze of narrow lanes is quite confusing, all painted white, its seemed the building have all blended into one. Having done some reconnaissance the day before and during the shoot, I don’t think I went the same way twice to reach my desired destination. Nevertheless we made out and safely to the Pyrgos Restaurant where the bride and groom guests where waiting to greet them to the wedding reception celebrations.
“Wow, they are out of this world, I’m speechless!”
“Thank you so much for capturing our day exactly as it was. Feels like I’m back there looking through these photographs.”