The stones you throw can make me bleed
but I won't stop until we're free
"Wild Hearts can't be Broken" - Pink
SANTORINI SAME SEX ELOPEMENT
WILD HEARTS CAN'T BE BROKEN
You might have already watched the Santorini elopement Video of Lindsey and Dune, that was awarded as Europe’s Best Wedding film 2018. In this post you can read about the beautiful and emotional story of a couple of equals. Marta & Eider are a couple of two brides that came all the way from Barcelona, Spain to exchange their vows in Pyrgos. I love filming destination weddings. It is always inspiring to discover new amazing places, meet new people and create unique and authentic films for them. So I couldn’t be more excited to be Martha & Eider’s Same-Sex Wedding Videographer in Santorini and tell the story of this elopement.
Elope in Santorini
Santorini is a unique place in the whole world for its outstanding raw beauty, its ancient story and its magical sunsets. A wonderful land filled with energy. It exhibits an active volcano that caused half of the island to sink in ancient years, leading to the odd shape that the island has today and creating a round archipelago. Santorini is definitely also one of the most sought after destinations in the world when it comes to weddings.
All the western part of the island that overlooks the volcano and the Santorini archipelago is full of mind blowing spots. The major cities on this part of the island are built on the rim of the Caldera creating a stunning panorama. You can stop to take a picture, to contemplate the majestic view, or even think to plan your intimate adventurous elopement on the Caldera.
Santorini Same-Sex Wedding Video
Although same-sex weddings are not legally recognized in Greece, Santorini is an ideal destination to organize a gay wedding ceremony. LGBTQ people often look for the opportunity to celebrate their special love with their partner and to make a commitment to each other. It is the perfect opportunity to have a colorful unification ceremony in one of the stunning venues of the island while experiencing a memorable holiday.
Same-Sex Wedding Planner in Santorini
Santorini is a gay and lesbian “friendly” island and homosexual weddings do occur, although paperwork and details can become a pain. That is why I always suggest to get assistance from a local wedding planer, like Santorini Divine Weddings, who can overcome any issues with their experience. They can organize a Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage), a symbolic wedding, a commitment ceremony or renewal of wedding vows in various beautiful and gay-friendly venues of the island.
Same-Sex Wedding Videographer in Santorini
I also strongly suggest to the LGBT couples that plan their elopement on the island to book a Same-Sex Wedding Videographer in Santorini. Not only they will have the necessary paperwork and legal authorization to provide services on the island, they will also be able to suggest the best spots to shoot photos and video in Santorini. Hence, you can relax and enjoy the journey.
Being a Same-Sex Wedding Videographer in Santorini, I have previous working experience with LGBTQ couples. Especially when it comes to connecting with them, and to “directing” them efficiently during the session so that they can feel comfortable and be themselves, even while posing for the lens. This experience comes as the icing on the cake for the couple when they book me.
Santorini Saint Antonio Vineyard
Saint Antonio Vineyard is one of the most idyllic locations in Santorini, providing the perfect backdrop for a wedding day especially for an intimate gathering. Sitting atop a hill surrounded by vineyards, this ideal spot offers panoramic scenery from sunrise to sunset. Saint Antonio Vineyard combines tradition, unique architecture, picturesque outdoor scenery, stunning views, comfort and unspoiled, natural beauty.
The elopement video of Marta & Eider is a story of true love but also a symbolic message for equality. Because love is always love. Sometimes when LGBTQ individuals have the courage to come out, they may face rejection from their families and the people around them. It then takes a lot of strength and support to go through these difficult moments. But, eventually, true love never fails.
Marta has experienced this rejection in her life and it felt almost liberating for her to talk about it in this film. Hence, this elopement film is also about these struggles and how true love prevails eventually.
The Elopement Preparations
The two brides got ready together in the Blue Suites Hotel in Fira. I always suggest to the couples that elope or get married to prepare together and to help each other with their outfits. It is a process that enables them to fully enjoy these special moments together. Furthermore, it breaks the ice when couples stress before their ceremony, but it is also an opportunity to immortalize beautiful romantic moments in wedding photography and video.
Both girls have had a very discrete and natural make up by Renia Bledaki and their hair done by Marianna Nomikou. They wore two stunning and infinitely romantic dresses by Alexia Kirmitsi, with long sleeves. The dresses also came with separate tops without sleeves for the photography and video shooting when temperatures got a bit hotter. The bridal preps were emotionally charged as the two brides felt very close to each other.
Both girls wore a hair crown to give a tone of color to their wedding day. Their bouquets by Betty Flowers Santorini filled the pictures with peonies, roses, greenery and pampas grass. The girls arrived at the vineyard in a lovely vintage beetle car which then they were escorted by the local musicians to the ceremony area. It was a very windy day.
The Elopement Ceremony
The team of Santorini Divine Weddings, who were planning the event, did a truly amazing job with everything. The decoration was outstanding! They had to deal with an unusually strong wind that almost caused the arch of the ceremony to fall. But they found a solution to avoid the wind by fixing the arch against a wall of the venue. Even without the Caldera as a backdrop, we had a very beautiful setting and the decoration of the venue was spectacular.
While exchanging their vows in Spanish both girls went into tears of happiness. It is always such a strong feeling for me to capture these beautiful moments of connection and true dedication to each other. Moments that are unique in a lifetime. This is also one of the reasons why I love to be a destination wedding videographer in the Greek Islands.
After the ceremony the two brides enjoyed their champagne and toast to each other for many years of happiness. The ceremony was organized by Divine Weddings Santorini and the bridal dresses were designed by Alexia Kirmitsi.
All the pictures and video thumbnails featured in this article were shot by me. Although I am not a destination wedding photographer, I always love to use a combination of frames from my videos, thumbnails and my pictures to tell the story.
Destination Wedding Video Awards
The destination wedding film of Marta & Eider was voted as wedding film of the year by Inspiration Photographers and has won the Golden Lens Award. It has also obtained the 3rd place and a Silver Distinction Award in the Second Half 2019 Filmmaking contest by the American Association WPPI. And it was awarded with the Best Wedding Film Award in the 22nd Edition of Inspiration Awards.
I feel really proud that it has received so many awards and recognition worldwide. Not only because I was their Same-Sex Wedding Videographer in Santorini. But because this is a truly moving story.
I feel really blessed to travel to iconic places like Santorini, and to create authentic destination wedding videos for amazing adventurous couples. To work in the most beautiful Venues, like Saint Antonio Vineyard in Pyrgos, Le Ciel, Venetsanos Winery, Dana Villas, or Santorini Gem. Are you getting married there? I would love to be your destination wedding videographer in Santorini. I am only few minutes away. Hence, let’s start planning your wedding together.