MARQ RILEY | Wedding Photographer & Filmmaker in Greece


Lorraine & Ciarán | Irish wedding in Naxos

If you know me a little, you know that Naxos is my soul home. I have my special spots and since deciding to entice more couples to have their wedding here, I'm always looking out for places to picture them in on their big day. I had met Lorraine over a year before their wedding and told her about an amazing secret retreat in the hills where an old abandoned convent stood.

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Helen & Paul | Elopement in Naxos

You really don't need much to have a wedding. An exchange of promises and rings on the beach, a carriage ride to the old town and a walk around the castle, and perhaps a glass of bubbly at sunset before dinner. But what a setting, there on Palatia rock next to the ancient gate of Apollon. They say if you walk through that giant marble door, you will return to Naxos to find your soul again, because that's where it made its home.

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Charlotte & Edward | Kinsterna wedding in Monemvasia

Down in the south-eastern corner of the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece lies the Byzantine fortress town of Monemvasia, nestled on the end of an impressive island, a "ship of stone" as poet Yiannis Ritsos called it. In fact the relative remoteness gives this whole area a mystic quality, as if something magical is waiting amidst the olive groves and cypress trees. It's an ideal backdrop for Charlotte & Edward's unique destination wedding, and home to one of the most enchanting venues I've come across in my travels, Kinsterna Hotel. 

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Lama & Wael | Lebanese Wedding in Barcelona

Lebanese weddings never disappoint. At least the ones I've been lucky enough to capture, and this one is definitely up with the best. From the pre-wedding dinner at Mamarosa Beach under the iconic W on Barceloneta to the luminous and music-rich ceremony, dinner and party at Masia Ribas, this is Lama & Wael's wedding in Barcelona. 

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Erin & James | Engagement in Naxos

Adventures in my own backyard with Erin & James, as we explore Naxos island for their destination engagement session. From Portara (Apollo's gate), through the narrow alleys of the old Venetian kastro to the dunes of Plaka beach, and a secret countryside gem, this afternoon was close to my heart not only for the connection between Erin & James, but also my own bond with the island.  

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Backstage Shoot: Evangelie

My third backstage shoot for Close Up Magazine involved a photographer I very much respect, Yannis Bournias, capturing cover shots of blogger Evangelie Smyrniotaki. Being the end of October, the sea and cloudscape were excellently moody, and Evangelie's styling and attitude fitted perfectly with a Sigur Rós track I've been wanting to use for a while now, making this one of my favourite little films to date. 

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