Have I mentioned how much I love elopements? I have? Well, let me repeat it once again: I SIMPLY LOVE THEM!!! I can think of nothing sweeter or more romantic than the decision (quite often on impulse) to forget all sorts of conventions and traditions and pledge your love to your better half at a magic place of your choice, where there is only the two of you. Ok, maybe a photographer too, to help you capture these precious moments for ever… No rush, no chaos, no distractions! Personally, every time I am blessed to witness such a ceremony and be part of such a unique experience I feel excited and deeply moved. I can’t describe it in words. So I try to express my feelings through my pictures…
Valerie and Chad came all the way from Chicago to elope in Santorini, Greece. Actually, they were on a cruise and, as soon as the ship reached the port of Santorini, they decided to elope! After all the preparations and arrangements (make up, hairstylist, bride and bridegroom attire) had been taken care of in Fira, we went to the chapel of St. Irene. The wedding ceremony took place outside the little church, under a small white tent. The amazing view of the caldera completed perfectly the picture. Valerie and Chad literally radiated happiness. And as I was watching this lovely young couple exchange their vows and rings, with the endless Aegean blue as a background and an ideal symbol of everlasting love, I couldn’t help thinking that it was one of the most touching scenes I had ever witnessed in my life!
It was a glorious sunny day, full of colours, light and emotion. The shooting session started as soon as the newlyweds cut the wedding cake. They were both calm and peaceful and this certainly contributed to the pleasant and relaxed atmosphere that guaranteed great shots!
Valerie is a designer and, knowing her love for architecture, I made sure that several of their photos included impressive samples of the fascinating traditional Cycladic architecture of the island. We had all the time in the world to wander in the narrow cobbled streets of Santorini and choose the best spots.
Valerie & Chad, I think you made the perfect choice when you decided to elope in Santorini. Thank you for your trust and for allowing me to share this wonderful experience with you!