Oh how I long to visit Santorini; it has long been one of my dream places to visit (hopefully when my children are a little older I can fulfil this dream). When I saw the beautiful pictures of Katie and Brian’s elopement in Santorini I knew we had to feature it.
Brian and Katie went all the way from Florida to marry in beautiful Satorini. No guests, no bridal party, no fuss… just them, the sunshine and the beautiful scenery – perfect!
After the official ceremony they had incredible pictures taken against the fabulous backdrop of Santorini, followed by an intimate meal together overlooking the Aegean sea. The table styling was simple and elegant, with a beautiful floral arrangement, pretty floral napkins, cute personalised cutlery and gorgeous floral wreath chair adornments.
This incredible elopement in Santorini is simple, stylish and hugely romantic. It shows that you don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles – just you, your partner and the perfect location.
I hope you enjoy these magical pictures taken by Sotiris Tsakanikas.
Intimately Celebrate Their Love
“Everything fell right into place in this chic destination elopement in Santorini. Each one of their details was effortlessly elegant, from the beautiful bride’s moments of prep (she couldn’t go wrong in monogrammed silk) to the perfect amount of intimate wedding decor. This affirmed there is so much graceful people like Katie and Brian can do with the assistance of an amazingly creative design team such as Stella and Moscha. Grandeur may be often well exhibited in amplitude, but this clean and quiet take on the couple’s organic penchant had splendour revised.
“Calling to mind all our moments together and Katie’s honest tears of joy, I can only feel overly honoured to witness how a couple decided to travel to this blessed isle to intimately celebrate their love.” – Sotiris Tsakanikas
I Cannot Believe It Was Real
“Brian and I married just before sunset at the Sun Rocks resort in Santorini, Greece. From the moment we stepped off the plane in Santorini we were in awe. Everything exceeded our expectations and even now I cannot believe it was real.
“We live in Florida, and planning a wedding from nearly 6,000 miles away may sound intimidating, even crazy. But with the help of our fabulous wedding planner and the team she assembled, Brian and I didn’t have to worry about a thing.”
“We had a private ceremony followed by dinner overlooking the Aegean Sea. The whole experience was like one big fairytale! We are already planning our next trip over to Santorini.
“One of the reasons that we chose an elopement in Santorini was for the unparalleled views. We didn’t want to go overboard with a theme or decorations. Instead we chose every aspect based on how it would complement the scenery, without taking anything away from it or being distracting.
“We wanted to create a classic, understated but elegant atmosphere for our ceremony and dinner. The many candles and lanterns adorning the dinner area were key to creating this vibe. The candlelight against the setting sun over the caldera was just perfection. Another favourite detail was the olive branch wreathes that adorned the back of our chairs.
“Brian created a playlist of songs that were meaningful in our relationship, which served as the background music for our dinner.”
“With all the white surrounding us in Santorini we used flowers to insert a pop of colour, while still maintaining a traditional and classic feel. My bouquet consisted of pink peonies, hydrangeas and roses. Brian’s buttonhole was a white peony with olive branches and rosemary.
“Even though our elopement in Santorini was a private celebration, I still wanted to incorporate some special details for the two of us. Wedding Wish printed our dinner menus and we ordered cake forks from Etsy engraved with ‘Mr. & Mrs.’, along with the date.”
“Since we were eloping it was important to have great photos to show our friends and family back home. We researched several photographers but were both drawn to Sotiris’ effortless style. We met him for the first time on Skype and it was like we were talking to an old friend. Working with Sotiris was one of the highlights of our experience.”
“Our memories from the day are an all encompassing feeling of pure happiness. There was something magical about it being just the two of us. We could focus on each other as we read our vows and started this new chapter of our lives together.”
“It’s important to enjoy your engagement and the wedding planning process. Choosing to elope doesn’t mean you have to miss out on elements of a traditional wedding. Do what is best for you and your fiancé.”
Photography: Sotiris Tsakanikas
Venue and Catering: Sun Rocks Hotel, Santorini
Planning and Styling: Stella and Moscha
Wedding Dress: Watters
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Bride’s Jewellery: Tiffany
Groom’s Suit: Charles Tyrwhitt
Groom’s Shoes: Allen Edmonds
Flowers and Stationery: Wedding Wish
Cake: Alexandra’s Cakes
Make-Up: Renia Bledaki
Hair: Hair Shop Santorini