Shanshan and Philip might come from the same town in China, but it took attending the same university half way across the world in America to bring them together. From Silicon Valley to Illinois, China to New York, the following six years of the well-travelled couple's relationship were played out long distance, so it was only appropriate when planning their wedding that they settled on a far-flung destination. Shanshan had long dreamed of a honeymoon in Santorini, and so they chose it for their sunset wedding ceremony too, starting their lives together with friends and family, amid the sugarcube houses and turquoise waters of the iconic isle. The amazing JEN HUANG travelled to Greece to document this stunning celebration. Local planners STELLA & MOSCHA helped the couple plan everything from afar – such a necessity for a destination wedding!
Shanshan tells us: “Santorini is a paradise, the blue skies, clear waters and white-washed houses create a painting-like backdrop, so I wanted to complement that with a wedding style that was simple yet timeless. Besides blue and white, we added mint to the colour palette, and used a lot of olive branches, since they're a symbol of peace, as well as representing Greece. Our flowers were white piano roses and lisianthus.
We knew there was a chance of rain in October, but the weather was lovely - we were able to drink, dance and chat outside at the reception, and enjoy the light breeze and the stars in the sky.
Santorini's sunset is one of the most beautiful in the world, so we chose to have a sunset wedding. As we were exchanging vows, the sun was setting right behind us on the Caldera.”
Be sure to watch their beautiful film below. EAST WEST PRODUCTIONS make some of the best I've seen – I love the story telling in this!
Photography JEN HUANG / Videographer EAST WEST PRODUCTIONS / Cake PETRAN ART WEDDING CAKES / Florals SANTORINI'S FLOWERS / Stationery MOSPENS STUDIO / Ceremony & cocktail hour venue SUN ROCKS HOTEL / Reception venue ARESSANA SPA HOTEL & SUITES / Bride's gown AMSALE Bride's shoes ALEXANDRE BIRMAN + SERGIO ROSSI / Groom's shoes BALLY / Jewellery HARRY WINSTON + TIFFANY / Hair BELLA DAMIGOU / Make-up RENIA BLEDAKI / Bridesmaids' dresses DONNA MORGAN / Groom's attire TED BAKER / Planner STELLA & MOSCHA / DJ PRO-SUPPORT