Weddings

5 Things Every Bride Should Know About Santorini Wedding Photography

Can you picture anything more romantic than tying the knot on the gorgeous island of Santorini in Greece? The sun, sea, rugged landscape, and those breathtaking cubiform houses are enough to leave anyone weak at the knees.

And that is why one of the best investments you can make on your big day, is hiring a experienced photographer to work alongside you, so that your Santorini wedding photography is bursting with life. Here, Liam Collard and Stam reveal some of their valuable tips and tricks on how to get the best possible images, as well as things you should try to avoid. Additionally, they’ve provided a few of their best Santorini summer pics from this year. It’s officially time to get inspired!

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Michelle & James’s Thailand Destination Wedding at Shanti, Jivana Villas

Having both studied at Loughborough University, Brits, Michelle and James met whilst in university. Michelle was in her first year, studying psychology and James, in his second year studying quantity surveying and commercial managing.

The pair felt an unimaginable connection with one another and, after dating for a while, James knew that Michelle was ‘the one’. For that reason, on a white sandy beach in Krabi, James organised a private dinner for the two of them and proposed in the form of a heart-shaped mango sticky rice pudding (Michelle’s favourite). Flabbergasted at first, Michelle finally came back down to earth and exclaimed that she would love to be James’s wife.

The pair chose to marry in Phuket due to Michelle’s Thai heritage and the fact that the island holds many special memories of the two of them. And so, even more memories were made on their big day – and they were encapsulated perfectly thanks to Liam and Stam’s gorgeous Thailand wedding photography.

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Top 3 London Wedding Venues by Award Winning St Pancras Renaissance Wedding Photographer

As award-winning St Pancras Renaissance wedding photographer’s, Liam Collard and Stam have had the absolute pleasure of photographing, visiting and capturing some of the most mesmerising and luxurious wedding venues worldwide. And while each venue has proven to be sincerely breathtaking, there are three that have stood out when it comes to a fantastic and memorable wedding day in the impressive city of London.

These, in no particular order, are the St Pancras Renaissance HotelKensington Palace, and The Gherkin London. Below, Liam and Stam reveal what makes these three venues a perfect backdrop for incredible London wedding photography.

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Victoria and Dean’s Romantic Destination Wedding at Villa Shanti in Phuket, Thailand

Could you imagine anything more romantic than seeing the mesmerising sunset on the island of Phuket with the one you love? This was especially true for newly weds, Dean and Victoria, who both live in the bustling city of Hong Kong. The couple absolutely loved the contrast and natural beauty that Phuket had to offer and decided that that would be the perfect location in which to share their vows and commit their lives to one another.

Wearing a gorgeous dress by Bridal House, Melbourne and a pair of Bionda Castana shoes, Victoria walked down the isle to meet her husband-to-be, Dean, dressed in a smart suit by Kamil Bespoke Tailor, Hong Kong. With 85 of their closest family and friends present, they celebrated the theme of ‘Party by the Ocean’ for four days, curtesy of Luxury Events Phuket.

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Cat and Iain’s Breathtaking Wedding In Iconic New York

A great picture has the ability to make you feel inspired and passionate. And with Cat and Iain’s wedding photos, it goes without saying that the magic is absolutely palpable. This is because a personal touch was added by New York wedding photographer’s, Liam and Stam, due to their friendship with the newly weds.

They met in 2006, when Liam was living in Hong Kong, where he became friends with Cat’s brother, Cathal, and older sister, Ash. Little did Liam know that he (and Stam) would be given the opportunity to do Cat and Iain’s breathtaking New York wedding photography 10+ years later.

Of course, there were many special moments, making it hard to choose only a few highlights for the blog. However, you’ll surely agree that these select few have the ability to make you feel Cat and Iain’s wonderful energy and connection.

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Deb and Raoul’s Extraordinary Destination Wedding in Koh Samui, Thailand

New bride, Deb, describes the night she met her husband, Raoul a “miracle,” exclaiming that she had found the love of her life. The two expats living in Hong Kong were at Raoul’s flat one fateful night and it was a moment that changed both of their lives forever. As their relationship bloomed, it was clear that they were merely destined to be together. And for that reason, Raoul proposed to Deb not once, but twice.

The first time took place in the old city of Ibiza – a beautiful island in Spain, and the second – a more elaborate affair, happened in Zurich on Deb’s birthday. Together, the couple decided that their wedding simply had to be held in Koh Samui, Thailand, as it is a destination that they both adored and is where they had spent their first holiday together. So, they decided to create even more stunning memories together at a location brimful of palm trees and white sandy beaches.

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Iris & Duncan’s Magical Destination Wedding at the Conrad Koh Samui, Thailand

Getting married is arguably one of the most important days of one’s life, so it goes without saying that every little detail is usually exceptionally well-thought out and months are spent planning and arranging the perfect day. And one such couple who know this all too well, is Iris and Duncan.

The pair met at a birthday party in Hong Kong, after which it was clear that love was in the air. And when the time came for them to take their relationship to the next level, they both agreed that they wanted an intimate destination wedding. Something about the island of Koh Samui in Thailand simply spoke to them – “the amazing scenery, the ambience, and the abundant sunshine!”.

What was left? The proposal, of course! Iris revealed that Duncan popped the big question at home one evening in May 2016, after a black tie event. His logic was the fact that they were both dressed up in smart outfits, and that Iris had definitely not expected it…what a breath taking moment, for sure.

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Jessica & Lincoln’s Tropical Destination Wedding at Sava Villas, Phuket

Bride Jessica was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and moved to Hong Kong in 2011 after finishing university. Similarly her husband to be Lincoln was born in Hong Kong but spent part of his childhood in Toronto and studied in Vancouver. They also have quite it bit more in common; both the youngest in their families, avid travellers, competitive Ultimate Frisbee players and in their words, closet nerds. Their vacations typically involve hiking, scuba diving and copious amount of eating. In fact, they’re pretty sure their honeymoon will involve climbing a mountain!

Lincoln and Jessica met in the summer of 2010 when Jessica was working in Hong Kong on an internship, Lincoln had also just moved back to Hong Kong to be with his family. Summer love was certainly in the air but unfortunately Jessica had to move back to Canada to finish her last year of university. However, they kept in touch over the year and started dating shortly after Jessica moved back to Hong Kong in 2011.

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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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