If you are considering an elopement, this Santorini destination wedding shot by IQphoto Studio might just send you packing!
santorini wedding

Zulan, 28 & Hans, 29

Location: Fira, Santorini, Greece (The couple lives in Denmark.)

Wedding Date: July 23, 2011

Number of Guests: 9

Wedding Cost: Around $17,200 US, excluding travel

Wedding Ceremony Location: Irini terrace

Wedding Reception Location: Sphinx restaurant

bride in Santorini

bride and groom sitting on Santorini rooftop

Santorini at night

bride and groom on Santorini balcony at noght

view of Santorini

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We didn’t want to be stressed about the wedding procedures, the traditions (especially because our marriage is multi-cultural), and have too many people at our wedding.

boat in the mediterranean sea

bride and groom on rooftop patio in Santorini

bride and groom on Santorini cliffs

bride sitting on the ground

groom with dog

bride and groom sitting on roof with dog

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

We only had a few challenges. We used a local planner to arrange the wedding.

white wedding shoes with straps

wedding shoes on Santorini wall

wedding shoes on whitewashed wall

bride and groom with dog on roof

tourists riding on donkeys in Santorini

groom on whitewashed steps

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No not really. Few can find the time to fly to Greece to attend a wedding.

bride in Santorini

young boy playing accordion in Santorini

wedding rings on light table

orange tinted photo of wedding rings

view of Santorini from below

view of the sea from Santorini balcony

white stone wall in Santorini

Santorini at night

man riding scooter in Santorini

Fresh Fish sign in Santorini

Santorini painted sign

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

No. Some of our friends were simply not informed about our wedding until afterwards. The wedding was OUR party, and not our friends’ party (or parents’ party).

wedding table overlooking the sea

Santorini wedding ceremony

Outdoor Santorini wedding ceremony

Red door in Santorini

green bells in Santorini

ipod dock on wall ledge in Santorini

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The sunset. We promised our love to each other at the moment of a beautiful sunset. Moreover, the people we care the most were present and enjoyed it together with us.

polka dot bridesmaid

bride walking down stairs in Santorini

outdoor Santorini wedding ceremony

bride and groom exchanging vows in Santorini

Outdoor wedding ceremony at dusk
What were the highlights of the reception?

It was pure relaxation and all the guests seemed to enjoy themselves. Good food and wine also helped.

groom popping a bottle of champagne

guests toasting bride and groom with champagne

champagne toast

bride tossing the bouquet

Outdoor Santorini wedding reception
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Planning the wedding is much more simple for an intimate wedding. To have an intimate wedding is really about enjoying your day with the people you care for the most. Since you do not have too many people to take care of, there are less logistic and practical problems and it’s so much more relaxing.

bride and groom on a boat in the mediterranean

bride and groom on a sailboat at sunset

bride and groom on a sailboat

fishing boats in Santorini

bride and groom on patio in Santorini


bride and groom snuggling on a couch

rusty lock in Santorini

red wall with light

colorful scarves in Santorini

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

Communication and mutual understanding between the couple is very important. An intimate wedding at a place where both of you have never been is also very charming. It adds a special feeling.

view of the sea in Santorini

Mediterranean at dusk


bride and groom at dusk

bride and groom sitting on the roof at dusk


bride and groom kissing underwater

bride and groom sitting on steps in Santorini

bride and groom walking in Santorini

view of the sea and Santorini

panorama of Santorini

Santorini at dusk

pink glow on Santorini


Photographer: IQPhoto (From the bride: Since we chose to have a small, intimate wedding in  Santorini, to have meaningful and nice photos of us enjoying our time around Santorini was very important. Joseph is a great photographer who helped tell our story with his photos. He knew where and when to take the most beautiful pictures of us enjoying our time in Santorini. His most important characteristic is that he always knows how to make you feel relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera, which is reflected in the pictures. Besides great photography skills, we were also amazed by his “interesting” equipment (underwater camera, different types of flash lights), which can be used to create the most beautiful photos in different environments.)