Europe

Watanabe & Sunny’s Intimate Destination Wedding in Santorini, Greece

We were delighted to capture Watanabe and Sunny’s intimate wedding day memories as the couple chose one of our favourite destination wedding locations, the island of Santorini in Greece. We spent many hours with just the bride and groom photographing some incredible portraits, as the couple decided to exchange their wedding day vows in the presence of their own company.

Destination Wedding in Santorini, Greece

The couple temporarily left homeland Japan behind to begin their journey in life together surrounded by the spectacular backdrops found on this stunning island. As Stam and I spend our summer months shooting weddings here each year, we were fortunate to know the locations of some of Santorini’s most amazing “hidden spots”.

As you can’t really have a Santorini wedding without

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Jo and Joe’s Chic Italian Wedding in Dreamy Florence, Italy

British bride Jo and her Italian/Canadian groom Joe, first met thanks to Joe’s eldest daughter Marina who introduced them when they were out one evening socialising with friend’s at bar called Le Jardin in Hong Kong.

We have many mutual friends in common with Jo and Joe from when I lived in Hong Kong and more recently when they stayed at our condo in Thailand (Joe was waiting to start a new job). So we were thrilled to be asked to photograph their chic Italian wedding in Florence, Italy.

The Proposal

“On my birthday, Joe took me to my favourite 3 Michelin Star restaurant in Hong Kong called Otto E Mezzo. He was eager to get me home before the clock struck midnight, as had set up the sound system to go off at that time for the proposal! As I had no idea this was coming, I was reluctant to go home as was having such a great time. I kept whining ‘but it’s my biiiirtday’, finally however he convinced me with a ‘let’s go home and open up a bottle of champagne to see your birthday in’ so I agreed.

As soon as we walked in the door he proceeded to open a bottle of bubbles and put the music on.  He figured he had 45 seconds to get down on one knee and get his speech out before the chorus came on in the music, which was Train’s ‘Marry Me’. I just sat there mouth wide open in silence… he said, oh I didn’t plan for this! Answer me!!… to which I replied… absolutely!”

The Ceremony

Jo and Joe although based in Hong Kong decided to marry in Florence, Italy. Not only because of Joe’s Italian routes but because bride-to-be Jo had always dreamt of marrying in Italy ever since she was a little girl. She felt very lucky indeed when she fell in love with a Canadian Italian!

Their wedding ceremony took place at

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Lucy & Gee’s English Summer Wedding at Longstowe Hall, Cambridgeshire

Dubai couple Lucy (English) and Gee (German) first met half way around the world at Doha Airport in Qatar. Since they live in the Middle East and have family and friends worldwide, they wanted to choose a location that was both meaningful to them and not too difficult for their guests to travel to.

They both liked the idea of having an English summer wedding since they have both lived in the UK and have family in Europe. As soon as they viewed Longstowe Hall in Cambridgeshire, they fell in love with it instantly – a wonderful British countryside setting, with beautifully manicured lawns and rose gardens and a picturesque lake.

Wedding Day Preparations

Lucy and her two bridesmaids prepared for the celebrations ahead with hair and make-up by local Cambridgeshire artist “Tiffany does Make-up” before stepping into their bridal outfits.  Lucy’s “something new” were her gorgeous diamond earrings gifted to her by her parents. They were the perfect addition to her glamorous bridal gown by designer Justin Alexander and shoes by Valentino.

The Wedding Ceremony & Reception

“Seeing all our family and friends in the same place at the same time was

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Fiona and Andrew’s English Summer Wedding at Haileybury College Chapel

Now this doesn’t happen too often… Bride Fiona and her groom Andrew had their very first date at the BFI bar on the Southbank on 27th August 2014, and their wedding day exactly 2 years later on 27th August 2016!

Fiona adopted Fudge the Yorkshire Terrier you’ll see in their wedding photos just a week before she met Andrew. So it’s not surprising she took Fudge to meet Andrew on their second date while going for a dog walk in Primrose Hill to ensure she had Fudge’s approval too 😉

Andrew proposed with his late grandmother Florence’s beautiful sapphire and diamond engagement ring at the Corinthia Hotel in London, very close to where they first met. The engagement ring was given to Andrew’s grandmother’s in 1937 by his grandfather, along with a matching brooch, which Andrew’s parents had made into a necklace for Fiona to wear on their wedding day.

The Wedding Ceremony

Andrew and Fiona’s English summer wedding took place at Haileybury College Chapel (Fiona’s old school) in Hertfordshire. The beautiful chapel was constructed in 1877 and designed by architect Arthur Blomfield in the Lombardic Romanesque style. The actual school was founded by the East India Company a few years earlier in 1862. The chapel is topped by a dome and cupola which make a striking landmark that is visible from many miles away.

The bride and groom found out by complete coincidence

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Stephanie & Paul’s Traditional English Wedding in Surrey

Bride and groom Stephanie and Paul first met in 2007 when they were both travelling in Bangkok. Seven years later, on 26th November 2014 groom Paul took Stephanie for a spontaneous dinner at The Shard. It wasn’t until they were about to leave that Stephanie realised Paul had arranged a romantic overnight stay at the premier London venue. As soon as they stepped into the room, Paul dropped to one knee and proposed.

Stephanie and Paul wanted a traditional English wedding, a grand venue in a secluded setting within its own grounds. So Botleys Mansion, a Palladian country house in Surrey was a perfect choice and large enough to house all 110 guests from their bridal party.

One of Stephanie’s favourite wedding day moments was getting ready in the morning with the girls, including her 9 bridesmaids! The brides elegant white wedding dress was from Allure Bridals and her shoes by designer Jimmy Choo.  

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Michella & Eddy’s Dream Destination Wedding in Crete, Greece

On a stunning summers day on the island of Crete, loving couple Michella and Eddy from Abu Dhabi had the joyous moment of becoming man and wife. Their wedding ceremony with 77 guests, travelling from as far as the UAE, Lebanon, US and Jordan took place in the village of Agios Nikolaos, in Plaka. It’s a beautiful coastal town located in Mirabello bay with views of Kalidon Island across the ocean.

Michella dressed in her Espoza Couture wedding gown looked absolutely stunning as she walked to stand next to her groom Eddy for their wedding vowels and the exchange of Cartier wedding rings. Eddy dressed in his dashing electric blue suit by tailors Raffi Sarkis left the chapel holding his wife’s hand with a beaming smile while Michella held her bouquet up high in celebration.

After the ceremony, the wedding party headed to the ultrachic beachfront resort of

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Lydia & Matt’s Traditional London Wedding – Dulwich Village & The Gherkin

London couple Lydia and Matt first met at the Fence Bar in Farringdon when Matt was celebrating his birthday. A mutual friend invited Lydia assuring her that Matt wouldn’t mind. However, if you ask Matt the same question about how they met, he will explain that Lydia gate crashed his party! 😉 No matter which one is telling the truth they both say they are obviously truly delighted to have been brought together on that very special day. Before the proposal Matt and Lydia broke tradition with the arrival of their daughter Rose Luna. It was a beautiful time in their relationship and a perfect addition to their family, making Charlie a big brother and going from a family of three to a family of four.

The Proposal

When Rose Luna was just 3 months old Matt arranged a family weekend away to escape the bustle of the city for a few days to enjoy a peaceful setting with a trip to the Cotswolds in early October. The cottage was very charming surrounded by gorgeous countryside with a large roaring fireplace keeping the cottage cosy and warm. Once the children were in bed they settled down in front of the fireplace for a romantic meal opening up a bottle of champagne. They chatted for hours discussing the joys of their family, future plans and dreams. At that moment Matt proposed to Lydia asking her to be his wife, with a custom made diamond engagement ring from Hatton Garden engraved with the proposal date.

The Wedding Day

Lydia and Matt love the buzz of living in London and chose to get married in the Capital as it perfectly reflects who they are – a modern day city couple who enjoy visiting new restaurants and bars, exploring different postcodes and checking out London’s beautiful architecture. They moved to Dulwich village 3 years ago and have walked past their dream wedding day venue Christ Chapel, Dulwich Village hundreds of times as well as attending there regularly. The chapel gave them the traditional British service they were after as well as providing a fantastic personal touch with their vicar John Watson taking the service accompanied by

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A Country/Winter Themed Wedding in Oxfordshire

Londoners Amelia (Mimi) Cornes and Tom Maxwell held their country and winter themed wedding in Oxfordshire this December and we were there to catch every beautiful moment on camera.

The British couple first met as co-workers and from there love blossomed. Tom popped the question during a stay at Mimi’s parents home in Yorkshire with a ring by Cassandra Goad

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Perfect Wedding Magazine Editorial: Anna and David

We are delighted to share that our work has been featured for the second time in Canada’s Perfect Wedding Magazine, an online and print publication.

Our photographs of Anna and David’s stunning Santorini wedding, along with Anna’s description of the proposal and wedding, can be found in Issue 54 of the magazine, Kingdom of Lovers.

Our spread in the magazine can be seen above (check out the second image for a biography of our photographers Liam and Stam!).

 

Eva and Foti: A Fun and Energetic Cretan Wedding

Eva and Foti held their fun-filled wedding on the beautiful island of Crete, Greece, a fitting destination given the duo’s Greek-American heritage. The bride and groom planned their simple but energetic wedding themselves.
The wedding ceremony, which drew guests from the US, UK, Belgium, Greece, and Cyprus, was held at Agios Ioannis, a church in the town of Agia Marina. Eva looked stunning in a Pronovias bridal gown, with hair was styled by Christo, and makeup done by Maria Riskakis. Her bridesmaids wore Lanvin, and the groom and his party wore J. Crew.

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