Liam Collard Photography

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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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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