One of the things I mostly enjoy about my job is meeting new people from around the world, people who give me the honor of participating in their joy and bliss. Living in Sweden but having Iranian roots, Sepideh and André’s Iranian wedding in Santorini took place at La Maltese and was traditional, stylish, emotional and most of all fun!
The beautiful bride Sepideh was glowing in her Ida Sjöstedt wedding gown whereas the groom made an excellent Benjamin Stockholm choice for his suit. I met the couple at Above Blue Suites, where we did the “Getting Ready” as well as “First Look” photos before we set off for our on-location photo session around Imerovigli village.
As soon as we finished the photo session, the guests gathered to witness their traditional Iranian wedding ceremony at La Maltese, which is one of the most luxurious venues in Santorini. Iran is a country with a rich culture and history, so the ceremony incorporated the Persian wedding traditions, such as the Sofreh Aghd. I, as a wedding photographer, enjoyed becoming a witness of the holy vows between two people bonding their lives, but mostly Ι was fascinated by how they all felt at home and enjoyed every single minute. As the sun went down, the party started! And it was one of the best I attended as a photographer (or guest!)
Finally, I’d like to share a few words about this beautiful love story by the couple:
According to Sepideh “It all started at Summerburst 2011, or should we say Facebook fall 2011, or wait – it started through WhatsApp spring 2012. God bless that app. We were Bonnie & Clyde of texts! No games here – this was hard core texting that evolved to digital paintings & a couple of Zlatan paintings later we were hooked (yes I was forced to read the Zlatan book later!). I loved how committed, genuine, optimistic, and curious André was. We kept it casual till he gave me three roses in a lunch box I had gave him earlier and then I just knew – THIS WAS MEANT TO BE! Can you guess how he proposed? With a lunch box and three red roses in it, in front of the sea at our vacation – I couldn’t wish for more”
And according to André, “Summer of 2011 was the year I was introduced to this amazing woman. Faith send her to the U.S that summer and I was thinking: will I ever see this beauty again? Very shortly I got the answer YES and so did our fun, interesting, loving journey begin. After many early mornings and late night talks we finally met again in February 2012. We were cautious and curious of each other and after a few months of “walking on clouds” I told her; you’re now my girlfriend. I can honestly say that those exacts words now make me the happiest man on earth. I look forward to our big day & to spend the rest of my life with you Sepi. Can’t wait to grow old with you!”
Dear Sepideh and André, may your journey be blessed and filled with happiness and have the photos of your wonderful Iranian wedding in Santorini to preserve your precious day for all the blissful years to follow!