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.
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.
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.
Australian destination wedding at a villa in Mykonos, Greece
A Lebanese wedding in Barcelona: Zeina & Mustapha brought their friends and family to celebrate their big day at Can Ribas de Montbui, and it was amazing...
This summer I met up with Shoshana and Aaron on Mykonos, and for four hours drove and walked around the island, looking for spots to shoot engagement images as well as a Save The Date video for their upcoming wedding. We wanted to find locations that placed them in a remote, natural setting that would accentuate them, which if you know Mykonos meant avoiding the main town and pretty much most beaches. Nevertheless we discovered quite a few gems, even a bay I had never been before where they were able to go horse riding. You can get an idea of the results from the preview video above and the images below.
But the most enjoyable aspect of the afternoon for me was discovering the character of the place, chance meetings along the way and observing how they experience those moments together. Most of what you see is spontaneous, with minimal posed or directed influence from my side, simply letting them be the welcomed strangers and yet feeling instantly at home.
And that gave me the idea of creating a new collection I call explore engage elope. It's a session package for the searchers, the ramblers, the travelling souls and adventurers. For those who favour the great outdoors, the authentic, the eclectic, and want to capture some of those often elusive moments of their journey into the unknown. Be it as lovers, fiancees, honeymooners or even as a family, explore engage elope puts the focus on you in a world of your choice, from 4 hours to a whole day, in photographs and on film, with just myself as your personal documenter.
Packages begin at €750 and there's a sweet deal for sessions on Naxos island during July and August. To make the memories even more lasting, there are upgrades to have fine art prints and a beautiful book to cherish.
If you're interested drop me a line on the contact page with your destination and ideas, and I'll be happy to send you the rates and options.
Pentax have finally released their first Full Frame DSLR, the K-1. It is pretty amazing, but they really need to enable mechanical stabilisation in movie mode.
A picture I made for myself, because it doesn't fit on social media.
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.
This was a year of island weddings, and some exceptional ones at that. Here's the first part of a look back at some of my favourite moments in pictures from the past year.
My third backstage shoot for Close Up Magazine involved a photographer I very much respect, Yannis Bournias, capturing cover shots of Styleheroine.com 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.
Greece is a natural choice for your wedding and honeymoon, but as many a bride will admit, there is no such thing as a simple wedding. I have worked with some amazing wedding planners, designers, florists, DJs, musicians and all those who work tirelessly to make a wedding extraordinary, so I thought I’d share a round-up of some noteworthy names providing excellent wedding and destination wedding services in Greece.