A lot has been written about the inherent romance of Santorini. There is something about the Cycladic island’s dramatic cliffs, azure waters, whitewashed villages and golden sunsets that seems to be made for lovers. Julia and Allan had visited the picturesque destination before and instinctively knew it would provide the perfect backdrop to their wedding, but there was also another reason for their choice. Santorini is actually the half-way point between Australia, where the bride is from, and the groom’s native Canada. Since they wanted to share their special day with their closest friends who would be traveling from both places, it was only natural to “split the distance”. As it turned out, their decision could not have been more perfect and they ended up having an idyllic elopement in Santorini witnessed by their six best friends. The ceremony took place at Dana Villas, which overlooks the volcanic caldera, arguably one of the most breathtaking natural landscapes in the world. The couple exchanged vows in front of a panoramic sea view while local musicians played traditional instruments and their friends, all dressed in pastel colors, beamed with happiness. The reception, which also took place at Dana Villas, was simple, yet sophisticated and mesmerizing. The couple and their six friends dined on Greek delicacies on the seafront terrace, which was romantically lit up by candles and adorned with white flowers from the ceremony. Julia and Allan’s big day proves that weddings don’t have to be a stressful affair with meticulous planning and myriads of guests. In fact, the bride says she derived most of her ideas for the day from Pinterest, from the design of her dress to the floral arrangements. While it may sound like a cliché, this goes to show that, in order to have the perfect wedding, “all you need is love”.
I was also happy to see this elopement in Santorini published ( with a lot more details from the beautiful bride ) in LOVE4WEDDINGS
Photographer : George Pahountis
Wedding Dress : GRACE LOVES LACE
Grooms Suit : JOE BUTTON
Santorini wedding venue : DANA VILLAS SANTORINI WEDDING
Santorini wedding planner : THE DIAMOND ROCK
Wedding rings : AFFINITY DIAMONDS