SANTORINI, Aenaon Villas

PHOTOGRAPHY: SANDY AND ODYSSEAS | Wedding Planner: Julia And Evita | Venue: Aenaon Villas | Flowers: Betty Flowers | Hair & MUA : Christina Panagopoulou | Live Music: Michalis Karamolegkos | Catering: Spicy Bites | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom Suit: Hugo Boss | Groom Shoes: Allen Edmonds | Wedding Rings:His Tiffany's Hers: Private Jewler

Diana & Miguel

〝POSITIVITY AND PASSION THAT SHINES!〞

〝We cannot share enough positive feedback about Sandy and Odysseas! From our first email I knew that they were going to reliable, genuine and really try to get to know us as a couple in order to make our photos perfect! We were quite nervous to have an elopement abroad and Sandy calmed every single one of our fears from day one. When we emailed I literally received a response quicker than I ever anticipated and it was always with the utmost cheer, I always look forward to chatting with Sandy.

By the time we met the day of the elopement it was like I was friends with her for years and we were automatically comfortable shooting with them. They make an incredible photography team and made sure to capture every single moment and memory exactly as we had hoped.

We are so thankful for their passion, time and care in producing stunning photos. All of our family and friends who were not at the elopement have been over the moon in love with the photos and have had the chance to see how each moment unfolded from start to finish. We will always share a special bond and friendship with Sandy and Odysseas.〞

A modern eclectic Santorini elopement wedding at Aenanon Villas

Whether wedding bells chime to you in the style of crisp classic whites or the luxurious free abandon of the Cycladic islands, you will find Diana and Miguel’s modern eclectic Santorini elopement wedding at Aenanon Villas an absolute stunner to build a dream on. From the picture perfect views locked in the dash of natural light cascading slowly down the iconic Caldera, to the hard-to-resist celebration for two, created by Julia and Evita from Santorini glam weddings this magnificent day rolled by like a dream we wish we could kept living over and over again. A glorious blue-sky morning greeted the more than a little dashing cascade of sun-bleached villas. Diana and Miguel enjoyed a fresh breakfast on the terrace of their suite with seductive plunge-into-the-sea vistas and happy alone-together holiday vibes. They got prepped seperately – Diana looked ravishing in her Justin Alexander wedding dress and bridal Jimmy Choos-  and soon as their vow kiss sealed the deal they got to indulge in the romance of a light-drapped dinner. We couldn’t help falling for their contagious smiles and wish them the best!

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Diana & Miguel

Positivity and passion that shines! We cannot share enough positive feedback about Sandy and Odysseas! From our first email I knew that they were going to reliable, genuine and really try to get to know us as a couple in order to make our photos perfect! We were quite nervous to have an elopement abroad and Sandy calmed every single one of our fears from day one. I could not have asked for better and clearer communication. When we emailed I literally received a response quicker than I ever anticipated and it was always with the utmost cheer, I always look forward to chatting with Sandy.

By the time we met the day of the elopement it was like I was friends with her for years and we were automatically comfortable shooting with them. They make an incredible photography team and made sure to capture every single moment and memory exactly as we had hoped. The type of details they paid attention to, the lighting and the landscapes they took us to (high and low) created magnificent memories we will hold in our hearts forever. We are so thankful for their passion, time and care in producing stunning photos.

All of our family and friends who were not at the elopement have been over the moon in love with the photos and have had the chance to see how each moment unfolded from start to finish. We will always share a special bond and friendship with Sandy and Odysseas.

Bride

From the

How we met and the proposal

Our Wedding looks

We met online on Match.com, it took us awhile to be able to tell people that. :) Miguel was busy getting his MBA and I was busy focusing on work and we didn't want to meet someone randomly at a bar so we thought online dating might be an alternative option. After 3 years of dating, we were heading to our 3rd Tom Petty concert. While we were getting ready at home we were listening to some pre-concert music and all of a sudden I heard my parents (and one of my favorite songs) come on "Hotel California". When I walked out to our kitchen Miguel and our pup, Benny were sitting next to each other, Miguel got on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. It was very intimate and private and exactly how I wanted his proposal to be, just us and our pup! We celebrated like crazy at the concert that night and the rest is history!

Since we were getting married in Greece, as the bride I wanted to go for a Grecian Goddess vibe. I wanted a light and flowy dress that was classy but fun at the same time. I made some alterations to the dress including adding a slit and adding a belt that gave it more of the look I wanted. I was all about finding amazing Grecian inspired shoes so I went with the Gold Jimmy Choo Lang Glitter Sandal and they were absolute perfection and were displayed perfectly with the slit in my dress! Makeup was all about tan skin, a Grecian glow, coral lips and making my eyes pop including wearing false lashes. My husband was all about being classic but relaxed vibe so he went with a classic blue Hugo Boss suit, no tie. He didn't want to go with a loafer, so he went with Allen Edmond cap toe dress shoes with laces to spruce things up!

SPECIAL MOMENT OF THE WEDDING

Why we chose Santorini

We are both huge music lovers and a lot of our memories surround  music, especially classic rock. I made sure through our wedding planner that we would have an acoustic guitar player that could play and sing very specific songs for our first look, walk down the aisle, first dance, etc. When I heard the guitarist start playing "here comes the sun" that's when emotions started to run high and it was the happiest moment of the day for me.  It hit me I was so blessed to be in Santorini, with the love of my life and would remember that very moment and feeling for the rest of my life. It was like nothing I had ever felt before!

Miguel and I wanted the day to be about us and OUR love story. At first our family wanted us to have a wedding in Chicago, our hometown, but within minutes of starting to plan we got stressed out and said, this isn't how this should feel. We wanted our engagement and wedding planning to be easy, fun and stress free! We both love traveling and had always dreamt of visiting Santorini, we thought getting married in our dream location together would be amazing and we were right, it was beyond our wildest dreams. It was pure magic!

Décor and florals

Advice to other couples

We knew that we wouldn't need much decor because of the natural beauty of Santorini. Also, our elopement ceremony was held at Aenaon Villas which just has the most magnificent backdrop of the sea and the Caldera volcano. We asked our wedding planner, Evita Psycha from Santorini Glam Weddings to create some sort of arch with lots of greenery and pops of coral and white flowers. It ended up looking ethereal and beautiful, like from a garden in a fairytale. They used the flowers from the arch as a runner for our private dinner ceremony and added candles everywhere. The candles with the coral flowers and the pink sunset in the background was all the decoration we needed and more!

Do what your heart desires! I can't tell you how guilty we felt initially deciding to elope just the two of us. But after experiencing it, it was the best decision we ever could have made. We came back and had a nice celebratory dinner for our closest family members, and everyone was just as happy to celebrate us. So, you do you! This is your love story to write!