The Cycladic island of Santorini has always been among Alina & James' top destinations to vacay and with 2020 marking the couple's 5th anniversary, the time felt right for James to pop the question and top it with a beautiful elopement at the volcanic haven.
The sweethearts from England began planning their August vows right after the holidays, and we were thrilled to be working next to Athena from Broderie Anglaise Events who designed every detail to perfection. From an innovative backdrop arch simulating Santorini's unique "yposkafes" (arched passageways hewn into the rock) and baring the couple's vows on each side, to a magnificent private dinner at El Viento in Megalochori village with the terrace overlooking the steep slopes of the caldera.
Now if you've had your fair share of Santorini's settlements you'll notice a very particular color palette ranging from salt to limestone pink which is unique to the island and transforms as the light shifts. As Alina fell in love with this opalescent effect, the couple's designer channeled the hues right into the wedding scheme and paired them to black details on the tablescape and lounge area to create an elegant pop. The scene was topped with soft patterned cushions and throws, dainty fairy lights, a minibar placed against El Viento's 14th-century stone windmill, the oldest on the island.
We began the day shooting the bride and groom's intimate portraits nearby, taking our time to explore the cobbled maze of candy-colored paths and sugar-hued abodes feeling we had the entire island to ourselves. At this time of year, Santorini is normally packed with tourists so it was rare to enjoy the quietude of non-tourist season in warm-weather temps. Alina and James read their vows at dusk and soon as the light cascaded down the rose-colored cliffs and lights began to twinkle across the hill her bouquet lit up.