Every time I visit Mykonos, I feel allured by its unique mixture of traditional color and insular Cycladic architecture. Everything about it –the famous windmills, the narrow cobblestone streets, the freshly whitewashed houses with the blue shutters, and of course the awesome sandy beaches– are a wedding photographer’s dream!
The same energy I thing, felt Jonathan and Keleen when they decided to elope in Greece and experience an amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure! After cruising in Europe for several days, they ended up in Mykonos, where they decided to exchange vows and prove their mutual love. Keleen was so ecstatic over the Mykonian windmills that she asked me if we could do an elopement photoshoot there… and so we did! The result was a series of excellent wedding photos of one of the sweetest couples I have ever met! I feel that I owe them a big thank you, not only for letting me be a part of their happy wedding day but also for sharing their unique energy with me.
You know what elopement or adventure couples are? They are couples who live their life to the fullest travelling together and sharing adventures; no destination is too far away, no trip is impossible. To them, the world is full of wonderful places waiting for them to discover and explore them. This is exactly what Jonathan and Keleen do. They just love trips! Many times a year they set sail for new adventures by car, plane or train. No matter what the distances are and what obstacles or difficulties they may come across, the only thing that matters to them is living every moment together!
Photoshoot at St John hotel
Now, let us continue our story: As soon those two adventurers arrived at the Greek island of Mykonos they headed for St. John Hotel; it was time for the pre-wedding preparations and also the opportunity for some unique photos.
The secret of wedding photography lies in detail; you do not know when a special moment will arise. With your hands on the camera, you have to be ready to capture the moment. Fortunately Jonathan and Keleen offered me much more than I expected!
I took some excellent photos of Jonathan during his preparation. As to Keleen, during the bridal makeup and hair styling she posed so naturally that I was able to take some stunning photo portraits. Then it was time for the “first look” photos inside St. John Hotel. The setting was perfect: great terraces against a dazzling white background, with a view over the coast of Agios Sostis and of course the Cycladic windmills that Keleen was so fond of. The success of their photoshoot can be attributed to a mixture of various elements blended perfectly together: the love, happiness and joy emanating from this beautiful couple, the harmony between them, their relaxed stance and sweetness of disposition and the pure magic of an atmosphere created by the breathtaking scenery and the fascinating culture of Mykonos. To me, doing wedding photography –which I absolutely adore– while breathing the fresh breeze of the Aegean Sea is a lifetime dream!
Elopement Style Shoot in Mykonos
If you want to elope in Greece, you have to be ready for an adventure. That’s the message that the photos of this happy couple convey. Jonathan & Keleen’s elopement was like the cheerful game of two kids who set sail for a distant Greek island and lost themselves through the narrow paved streets and among the sparkling white chapels against a backdrop of clear blue seas and skies.
It was now time for their elopement photoshoot, so we moved to one of the most picturesque places in Greece: the iconic little church of Panagia Paraportiani at the Chora of Mykonos, undeniably one of the best elopement choices for couples both from Greece and from abroad…
So the day rolled along, with some excellent shots at the white chapel of Panagia Paraportiani. The lovely couple seemed to be playing hide and seek among the whitewashed walls and the cobblestone alleys of Mykonos, reflecting the childhood innocence still alive inside them and their playful and cheerful mood. Jonathan and Keleen’s elopement in Greece was not just a love story; it was the amusing sweet game of two lovers and friends!
The wedding ceremony was held inside the hotel, at the church of St. John, a charming Mykonian white chapel. The air pulsed with joy and the couple seemed so devoted to each other that I am sure nothing in the world could ever break this bond!
Jonathan and Keleen, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your trust and for the wonderful time in Mykonos. I sincerely wish you all the happiness in the world and all the blessings in life!