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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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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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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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Allen and Dora’s Luxury Thai Wedding on Phuket’s “Millionaire’s Mile”

We were delighted to photograph the wedding of this truly global 21st Century couple. Groom Allen is Chinese, bride Dora Taiwanese but they actually first met in Bali. Allen romantically proposed to his bride on the top of Mount Rigi in Switzerland, they now live together in Singapore and choose the luxurious destination wedding location of Phuket Island. Now that’s what we call a seriously inspirational globetrotting couple!

For their Tiffany Blue & White themed wedding, they were smitten by the venue’s amazing panoramic views of the Andaman Sea. Villa Aye is a luxury eight-bedroom villa split across three levels nestled within the palatial gated community of Cape Amarin on Phuket’s “Millionaire’s Mile,” 

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