It really doesn’t get any more picturesque than a wedding on a Mediterranean island.

Vivienne & Wylie, who hail from Vancouver, BC, are avid travelers (they even have their own travel blog)- so a destination wedding in Santorini, Greece fit them to a tee.

“We discussed backpacking over a year ago and a small destination wedding made a lot of sense to us,” says Vivienne.

Although the wedding itself was simple, little adornment was needed – given the stunning Santorini backdrop.

A big thank-you to IQ Photo for the dazzling wedding photos!

Santorini wedding

Vivienne, 30 & Whylie, 32

Santorini, Greece

Wedding Date: May 11, 2012

Number of Guests: 10

Wedding Cost: $20,000 (not incl. photographer’s travel expenses)

Wedding Ceremony Location: Dana Villas Wedding Terrace

Wedding Reception Location: Dana Villas Wedding Terrace

Elie Saab wedding dress hanging

bride in Elie Saab lace dress

Santorini wedding


wedding guests in Santorini

pink wedding cake with peonies on top

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We wanted it to be simple, but memorable at the same time. Holding the wedding in Greece tied into our travel aspirations, so it allowed for a smooth transition 🙂 We do plan on celebrating with close family and friends after we come back though!

church bells in Santorini

view of Santorini

view of Santorini

Santorini and the sea

boat in the mediterranean

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Because it was a destination wedding, communication with our wedding planner did take a bit longer due to the time difference in Vancouver. Emailing was the main source of communication between us, as well, so sometimes you worry if things are going to be coordinated correctly and on time. But we had a nice face-to-face Skype session with our planner to hammer out those details. Another challenge was planning the decor. We had to order some of our own decorations to bring over to the wedding destination beforehand because on a small island, it’s difficult for them to already have everything that you need. Due to the compressed time frame, we couldn’t see what the final wedding venue looked like until we got to the ceremony. Risky, but everything turned out great!

Santorini destination wedding

Santorini clock tower

donkey in Santorini

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

Not really. Beyond our immediate family, we offered an invitation to close relatives if they can make it to Santorini. So it wasn’t a matter of paring down, but how many more to accommodate if we needed to.

lace Elie Saab wedding dress

bride getting ready in Santorini

bride getting her veil put on

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

No issues. They understood that we’d be doing an extended trip afterwards so they were happy for us. That’s one of the reasons we set up a travel blog too so they can follow us on our journey.

Santorini destination wedding

bride in Santorini

Greek musicians in Santorini

bride in pink volkswagen beetle

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Seeing the proud and smiling faces of our families. That was special 🙂

bride and greek musicians in Santorini

bridal procession with Greek musicians in Santorini

Santorini destination wedding

groom in pink tie and pink rose boutonniere

groom at wedding ceremony

bride in lace trimmed veil

groom putting ring on bride's finger

Greek musicians at Santorini wedding ceremony

guests at Santorini destination wedding

outdoor Santorini wedding ceremony

Santorini wedding ceremony

greek musicians

bride hugging guest

groom with wedding guest

What were the highlights of the reception?

There was a great moment where we came back to the reception after leaving for an hour to take pictures and we were greeted at the terrace entrance with fireworks. Surprised and impressed! The way the venue looked when it turned to nightfall during the reception was gorgeous. It looked very romantic.

bride in lace wedding dress

Mrs. Always right sign on bride's chair

pink peony wedding bouquet

bride and groom in Santorini

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Because it’s much smaller, the wedding definitely feels more stripped down to its essentials. It’s just us and the family. It’s a more relaxing pace so you can take in those special memories much easier.

bride and groom in Santorini

Bride and groom in Santorini

Santorini destination wedding

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Do it! After all, it is about the two of you. This is the time you can be as selfish as you want 🙂 It’s ultimately your vision and how you want your special day to be. Some people like the grand wedding and some people don’t. It’s a matter of taste;  you don’t have to follow what society dictates 🙂

Santorini destination wedding

Santorini wedding

flying groom

bride and groom kissing in Santorini


Wedding planners: Poema Weddings

Reception Venue: Dana Villas Wedding Terrace


Ring pillow and bride’s veil: Etsy

Make-up and hair: Renia Beauty Santorini

Bride’s Jewelry: Ross Simons

Gown: Elie Saab

Reception Dress: Notte by Marchesa

Bride’s shoes: Manolo blahnik

Groom’s suit: Kenneth Cole

Catering: Dana Villas

Wedding Cake: Petran Art Pastry Chef

Photography: Alex from IQPhoto

Flowers & Decorations: Agrokipio Wedding Wish