This Santorini Elopement is Totally Breathtaking

All you need is you, your groom, and views like these

Bride and Groom in Santorini

Photo by Rochelle Cheever

Sofia Melograno and Kevin Henrick first met at a friend’s birthday in April of 2013. “We became friends, but I was about to move to South Africa for the summer for a job, so it didn’t become romantic yet,” Sophia says. But when she got back to New York City, the two soon started dating. A year later, on Christmas Eve in Santa Barbara, Sofia couldn’t understand why Kevin would not take off his winter vest. “It was December, but it was also 75 degrees out,” she remembers. The reason (of course!) was that he had a ring inside!

Since they have family spread from coast to coast, Sofia and Kevin always knew they wanted to elope instead of asking everyone to travel. “We love to explore new places, and a romantic trip to Greece seemed like the perfect opportunity to have an elopement,” she says. So that's what they did on September 27, 2016, when they exchanged vows at Andronis Suites in Oia, with just their photographer, Rochelle Cheever, in tow.

If you’ve ever considered nixing the guest list in favor of something more intimate, this Santorini elopement might just be the convincing you’ve been looking for.

<p>Bride in Theia</p><br><br>
Photo by Rochelle Cheever
Bride in Theia
Photo by Rochelle Cheever

The bride didn’t want to distract from their stunning setting, so she kept her attire simple and neutral, ultimately choosing a draped ivory gown from Theia. “I wanted something that was Grecian and flow-y, that really fit in with the scenery,” Sofia says. Her bouquet featured colorful local flowers including roses, herbs, and berries.

<p>Ceremony Site</p><br><br>
Photo by Rochelle Cheever

The ceremony site was decorated with pink and yellow roses, and a table topped with a lace linen served as the altar. “As a business owner, I spend so much time worrying about details,” says Sofia. “I loved not having to do that for our wedding!”

<p>Bride in Santorini</p><br><br>
Photo by Rochelle Cheever

The bride made her grand entrance alone, as the hotel’s staircase, flanked with hot pink bougainvillea, served as the most picture-perfect aisle ever.

<p>Wedding Ceremony</p><br><br>
Photo by Rochelle Cheever
<p>Bride and Groom First Kiss</p><br><br>
Photo by Rochelle Cheever

Sofia and Kevin wrote their own vows. “I wasn’t expecting to be so emotional, but I was in tears as Kevin read his vows to me,” she remembers. Thankfully they had a few lighthearted moments, too. “The officiant was in a full white suit that looked like it was out of Saturday Night Fever, and his accent was so thick neither of us could understand him,” the bride says, laughing.

<p>Bride and Groom in Santorini</p><br><br>
Photo by Rochelle Cheever
<p>Bride and Groom Portrait</p><br><br>
Photo by Rochelle Cheever

After the ceremony, the bride and groom explored the island's many picturesque locations, such as the fishing village's nooks and crannies, staircases above the colorful rooftops, and even along the Caldera. “Wandering Santorini’s cobblestone streets in a white gown was magical,” says Sofia.

Sophia and Kevin continued to explore Greece after they tied the knot, then headed to Switzerland and Spain before going home. Finally, two weeks later when they were back in the states, the newlyweds invited family and friends to a celebratory reception. Sophia says: “For us, a Santorini elopement was perfect. We skipped all the tiny details. When you look back on your wedding day, none of those little things you were so focused on will matter, so don’t overthink it!”

Wedding Team

Ceremony Venue: Andronis Luxury Suites

Bride's Dresses: Theia

Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers

Planner: Divine Weddings Santorini

Wedding Bands: Fuenfer Jewelers

Floral Design: Betty Flowers Santorini

Photography: Rochelle Cheever

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