A Stunning Santorini Wedding — Anna & David

Portfolio • Europe, News, Weddings • Posted on 30th June 2015 • Posted by Liam Collard

Anna and David’s stunning Santorini wedding at Dana Villas in Firostefani was perhaps our most favourite destination wedding of the year, starting off the Greek wedding season right!

We first met up with Anna and David in London in December 2014 to discuss their wedding. They brought their adorable son Joshua to the meeting and we had a really great time listening to all their plans for the day. It was wonderful getting to know the lovely couple, and having spent this time with them made it even easier to capture meaningful wedding photographs as well.

It was obvious from the get-go that a lot of thought had gone into the day, which was planned by Julia Nicolaou at Santorini Glam Weddings. While the bride and groom wanted their wedding to have a Greek theme, inspired by their venues, they also wanted to honour David’s Chinese heritage with a Chinese tea ceremony on the morning of the wedding. This was a really unique and touching part of the day. The venue for this ceremony, and, later, the wedding ceremony, was Dana Villas, a beautiful old church that has been converted into a small hotel, with the white walls and blue shutters typical of Cycladic design. To fit the stunning venue, bride Anna, who is half Finnish and half English, had chosen a Grecian-style gown by Ritva Westenius. She and her wedding party had their hair done by stylist Bella Damigou and their makeup done by artist Renia Bledaki.

This ceremony overlooked the ever-spectacular caldera, and, as the wedding took place in early June, enjoyed sunny weather and pleasant temperatures. The bride and her father were accompanied down the aisle by traditional Greek musicians to further the Grecian theme of the day. David and Anna married around sunset, making for a gorgeous backdrop to the ceremony, and, after tying the knot, released two doves into the evening sky to celebrate their marriage.

The evening reception was held at Aghios Artemios Traditional Houses in Vourvoulos. It was catered by Spicy Bites and featured a Greek wedding cake. The reception was replete with intimate, beautiful moments, including performances from the bride herself and wedding singer Michalis Karamolegos, but David singing a song to Anna was particularly sweet and funny. This was followed by traditional Greek dancing and a fantastic firework display, ending the wedding on a dramatic note.

We arranged a special post-wedding shoot with Anna and David to make sure we captured some spectacular couples images above the famous caldera. This produced so many stunning photographs, and made it really difficult to choose a favourite! In the end, though, we really loved the photograph of David and Anna sitting on the roof of a church with the massive caldera in the background.

A big thanks to David and Anna — this was our favourite destination wedding of the year!


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