As travel-lovers always up for an adventure, Jenn and Matt knew a destination elopement would be right up their alley. They decided to tie the knot in their favorite place on earth (Santorini, Greece) and planned the entire affair in three months flat. Of course, they brought in local professionals like Tie the Knot Santorini and Betty Flowers Santorini to make it all happen and we’ve got the captures from Sandy & Odysseas Photography.
From the bride… Our wedding was perfect for our taste! Most important for us was being able to share it together, just the two of us. We decided to elope in Santorini 3 months before the big day and could not be happier with our decision! It felt so intimate and we have some incredible memories of the day. A big driver was being able to get married stress-free…we had both seen a lot of weddings turn into a spectacle or be focused on other elements besides the love of the couple getting married. That was something we really didn’t want so eloping seemed like a great choice! I love white and gold – I wear both almost every day and our house decor is very neutral- so naturally, I wanted our wedding to reflect a similar color-scheme. We stuck to mostly white, gold and green with some light rose accents. White roses with greenery and succulents served as the perfect accent to the gorgeous scenery behind us. I wanted a big bouquet that was reminiscent of one made while walking through a field of flowers! Our florist did a great job capturing my vision.
We hung gold, geometric lanterns from the posts on our balcony to frame the beautiful backdrop of the Santorini caldera. We love simple elegance so it was important for us to keep our palate neutral while letting the setting we were in speak for itself.
Our favorite part of wedding planning was picking the music. We customized every piece to our tastes, from walking down the aisle to an acoustic version of The Beatles’ “Blackbird” to our first kiss being accented with ZZ Top’s “Gimme all your Lovin.” It really made it feel like our day!
I couldn’t wait to see Matt after I got ready. Since we planned every aspect of the wedding together and hadn’t really told many people, I was excited to have one big secret from him and that was my dress! I knew how badly he was dying to see me in it and he had no idea what it looked like so it was a great moment to be able to finally show him!
Matt and I met at work. We were paired up on most of our accounts together and were an awesome team from the start. After being great friends our relationship evolved and we have been together ever since! There actually was no proposal to start! We talked about eloping since we first started dating and randomly decided to make it a reality. Matt did officially propose two days before we left for our elopement in Santorini at a beautiful dock where we often sit at night to watch the stars. I wasn’t expecting it at all!
From Sandy and Odysseas Photography… Jenn and Matt met at work when they were both working for a tech start-up in Boston, MA. They became great friends and after a year or so of working together decided to start dating. After a year or so of dating, they both decided to quit their jobs and do a bit of travel. They visited a ton of places, but they absolutely fell in love with Santorini. They had always joked about eloping since they first started dating, but decided to make it a reality and elope in their favorite place, Oia in Santorini!
As wedding photographers, we have a tremendous fondness of Santorini. Its fusion of minimalism and folk architecture became the perfect canvas for us to showcase the couple’s elegance and all the nuances of their tenderness and newlywed bliss.
Being already familiar with their wedding destination, Jenn and Matt knew all about its immaculate vistas, so they picked one of the most beautiful locations near the village of Imerovigli, a late 1800’s winery that has been refurbished into a crisp boutique establishment, overlooking the conical peninsula jutting out into the caldera.
Tie the Knot created a classical-meets-whimsy intimate corner for the stunning couple’s delightful dinner. A milky white screen complemented by laurel and eucalyptus embellished, craftsman glass hanging lanterns, a gold sequin runner, sleek gold-toned flatware and clear contemporary candle holders matched the pillowy blue horizon perfectly.
Jenn held a simple, natural and classic looking, all-greenery bridal bouquet accented with honeysuckle twining bine, stephanotis, eucalypti, olive branches, white peonies, ivory viburnum and echeveria, a synthesis that was also employed as a centerpiece and translated the couple’s sophisticated style. The snowy-white cake made of vanilla bean, lemon and coconut cream was decorated with eucalyptus, peonies and akita roses.
We loved shooting Jenn and Matt’s First Look for the sparkling-eyes, the gentle gestures and the excitement of these initial moments. As the warm breeze swayed us away into the 360-degree sweeping sunset of the volcanic island, the waltzing steps of these two romantics still echoed on the flagstone path as rose petals softly started to dance along.
Photography: Sandy and Odysseas Photography | Videography: Galanopoulos | Event Planning: Tie The Knot In Santorini-Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Makeup : Eleni Iliopoulou | Hair : Bella Damigou | Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Cake Designer: PetranArt Santorini | Ceremony and Reception: Remezzo Villas Santorini