What do most couples want from a destination wedding in Mykonos? For many it’s fulfilling a romantic dream of a sun drenched wedding in an idyllic location. Island destination weddings tend to have particularly chilled vibe of sun, sand and sea. It’s a chance to party in a cool destination and maybe, just maybe it also has special resonance for the couple.
Sam and Stacey’s Mykonos destination wedding was definitely the place to be in early June. Of course, it wasn’t my first destination wedding gig. But, it was definitely my first time in gorgeous Mykonos.
Groom Prep: Sea Views and Cool Interiors
A stunning cliff top venue, with the most amazing views out to sea was the setting for their day. In a land of ancient myth and legend, Mykonos dazzles. White washed buildings, narrow streets, azure blue doors and chic boutiques define modern Mykonos. The island shimmers like a Cycladic jewel in the Aegean Sea.
Stylish and contemporary was the theme of Sam and Stacey’s Mykonos destination wedding. I was actually working with fellow photographer Jasmine on this wedding. So, whilst she photographed bride Stacey at Senses Villas and Suites Elia Beach, I was over in the ‘man cave’ with groom Sam and his groomsmen. What a hoot!
Situated at the Andronikos hotel overlooking the Aegean Sea, it’s cool, inviting, and relaxed. And when you need a bit more space, there’s also the sunny roof terrace. It’s where I located one of the groomsmen ironing their shirt. Might not be the coolest place to do your ironing but it does look good!
When it came time ‘to roll’ it’s no surprise that Sam and his groomsmen made the journey in a Mercedes. Air conditioning and striking white leather interiors kept them feeling and looking cool. All the guys looked impeccable, wearing suits of subtle blue and pale grey. They were a perfect choice to complement the dazzling blues and whites of Mykonos.
The Wedding Ceremony at Royal Myconian Resort Hotel: Romantic Vows and Salt!
A whitewashed cliff top church above the Elia beach on the southern part of Mykonos was the backdrop for their outdoor wedding ceremony. Stacey looked beautiful elegant as she glided down the steps to where Sam awaited.
Bathed in sunshine and surrounded by close friends and family, they exchanged their vows. It was made all the more special with the ‘salt ceremony’. Want to know more? Read on…
Dating back to the Old Testament, people used salt to seal agreements between parties. That seems cheap I here you say. Well, actually no. Salt was a precious and rare commodity centuries ago. It’s a bit like using platinum to seal an agreement! So, it wasn’t uncommon for them to use salt together or exchange it as a gift.
The celebrant or priest will use two individual vessels of salt for the ceremony. These symbolise the couple. Each vessel of salt represents all that they were, all that they are and all that they will ever be. As they pour the salts together into one vessel, the individual bodies of salt no longer exist. Symbolically the couple become one. Ah, so romantic don’t you think?
Light, Lines: A Mykonos destination Wedding Photographers Dream…
I could go on and on about the light. Mykonos even looks fabulous at night, as witnessed by my 3 a.m. walk to Mykonos windmills after a clock setting mishap. I did get a great photo of the windmills though and I love the night time shot of the ceremony setting.
Stacey and Sam loved the mix of energy, fun and romance in their photos. So do I have a favourite? I always look for patterns and lines whenever I am photographing, and I love the photo of the wedding guests with Stacey and Sam – it’s actually shot through the hanging ring of a lantern.
Whilst Jasmine captured more stylised shots I focused on relaxed wedding photojournalism. The moments, the laughter, and the joy all captured from different angles. As a team approach it was perfect for Sam and Stacey, giving them the entire story of their day in amazing photos.
The love laughter joy and tears really shine through for them on their day. And what a party they had to celebrate!
Thank you for allowing me to be part of your day Stacey and Sam. And, thank you for a great destination wedding trip Jasmine.
To see more of Sam & Stacey’s Myconian Resort, Mykonos Destination Wedding view their feature wedding.
Are you planning a Mykonos Destination Wedding?
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