MARIE & SEYAVASHstylish destination wedding in Chania, Crete, Greece

Tucked away on the outskirts of Chania, Crete lies a magical estate. Enchanting gardens invite you to gaze around in wonder at the beauty of the natural world – lush palm trees stand high above the exquisitely cared for grounds. Trees dripping with violet wisteria flowers, and punctuated by pops of magenta bougainvillea, adorn the ancient stone structures like jewels.

Luxury wedding estate in Chania, Metohi Kindelis, photographed in detail on a wedding day in Crete. Intricate architecture and details of great historic and artistic value.

In reconfiguring the grounds to serve as a luxury accommodation and wedding estate Metohi Kindelis did not compromise in preserving the historical character of the original family estate. What you see and feel when you enter this beguiling place speaks to all five of the senses. It was only fitting then that a couple as in love, and living with all five senses engaged, would have their wedding here. On this most traditionally beautiful of Greek Islands – Crete.

Luxury wedding estate in Chania, Metohi Kindelis, photographed in detail on a wedding day in Crete. Intricate architecture and details of great historic and artistic value. Luxury wedding estate in Chania, Metohi Kindelis, photographed in detail on a wedding day in Crete. Intricate architecture and details of great historic and artistic value.

Luxury wedding estate in Chania, Metohi Kindelis, photographed in detail on a wedding day in Crete. Intricate architecture and details of great historic and artistic value.

Luxury wedding estate in Chania, Metohi Kindelis, photographed in detail on a wedding day in Crete. Intricate architecture and details of great historic and artistic value.

Marie & Seyavash’s colorful backgrounds have led to the kind of life that can only be described as a mosaic. Many different pieces, some large some small, combined to create a harmonious work they call their life.

Back in 2013, on a trip from their then residence in the Netherlands, the couple spent eight wonderful languid days basking under the Cretan sun. They decided then that Crete would be the perfect place to have their destination wedding – the perfect meeting point for their friends and family scattered across the globe.

Elegant bridal detail photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania Crete. Elegant bridal detail photographed on a destination wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania Crete.

The details of Marie and Seyavash’s elegant wedding are numerous and touching and as photographers, kind of keepers of the truth, we wanted to include everything!

Elegant bridal detail photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania Crete.

Elegant bridal detail photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania Crete.

All of these thoughtfully prepared accents combined to form a rich harmonious atmosphere for the event. Add to that the serene location serving as the ultimate backdrop and the moment was ripe to be beautifully photographed and for us to indulge in documenting all this beauty.

Stunning bride relaxing in the garden on her wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete.

Our photographs during the wedding preparations addressed the distinct characters of the bride & groom. Marie’s series is accented with feminine qualities and a soft muted color palette.

Beautiful bride with group of her bridesmaids posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding in Chania, Crete.

Our photography on the wedding day started at Metohi Kindelis for the preparations. Inside the bridal suite, stirred among the curlers and champagne, was the palpable sense of joy emanating from the bride and her bridesmaids. Laughter and giggles floated on the gentle Cretan breeze wafting through the open windows.

Elegant classy bride posing for destination wedding day bridal portraits holding veil. Crete, Chania.

Beautiful bride with her maid of honor posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding day in Chania, Crete.

Beautiful bride with her maid of honor posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding day in Chania, Crete.

Beautiful bride with her mother posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding day in Chania, Crete.

Beautiful bride with group of her bridesmaids posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding in Chania, Crete.

Elegant classy bride posing for wedding day bridal portraits holding flowers in Chania, Crete.

Elegant bridal detail photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania Crete.

Wedding photography allows us a unique and intimate view inside the lives of our subjects – it is important not to overlook the details. Many of the specifics were bespoke like the hand painted wedding invitations, floral bouquets handpicked by the bridesmaids on the grounds of Metohi Kindelis and assembled by Kassi Matlack, a wedding guest and floral designer.

Image of a designer wedding stationery styled and photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete.

Image of a designer wedding stationery styled and photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete.

Image of a designer wedding stationery styled and photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete.

Image of a designer wedding stationery styled and photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete.

Elegant groom posing for portraits on his wedding day in Chania, Crete.

Seyavash’s preparations, on the other hand, employ stronger blues and grays contrasted against large swaths of white. These instances of color reflecting personality are no coincidence, and for us as wedding photographer duo they play an important role in the retelling of the bride & groom’s unique story.

Close up image of an elegant groom's boutonniere. He's posing for portraits on his wedding day in Chania, Crete. Beautiful scenery of a Greek destination wedding in Profitis Ilias, Chania, Crete.

As a nod to Marie’s Greek roots, the couple were married in a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. Held at the exquisite and charming Profitis Ilias church.

Greek orthodox ceremony set up at the church of Profitis Ilias, Chania, Crete.

Greek orthodox ceremony set up at the church of Profitis Ilias, Chania, Crete.

Greek orthodox ceremony set up at the church of Profitis Ilias, Chania, Crete.

Image of a designer wedding stationery styled and photographed on a wedding day in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete. Beautiful wedding in Crete favors held on a tray.

Outside of the church, the air filled with the rich earthy aroma of pine and cypress trees, the priest conducted the mystical ancient ceremony. Cretan wedding photography is special in that we are always outdoors photographing in the incredible natural light. Additionally, the set up of the ceremony typically allows us 360 degree views of the bride and groom and their guests letting us capture the candid emotion time begs to revisit again and again.

Bride being led by her father to the altar in Profitis Ilias, Chania, Crete.

Stylish groom awaiting his bride prior to the wedding ceremony in Profitis Ilias, Chania, Crete. Elegant couple on their Greek orthodox destination wedding ceremony in Profitis Ilias, Chania & Crete. Elegant couple on their Greek orthodox destination wedding ceremony in Profitis Ilias, Chania & Crete. Elegant couple on their Greek orthodox destination wedding ceremony in Profitis Ilias, Chania & Crete.

Elegant couple on their Greek orthodox destination wedding ceremony in Profitis Ilias, Chania Crete.

Beautiful bride and groom posing for wedding day portraits in Profitis Ilias, Crete island, Greece.

Beautiful bride and groom posing for wedding day portraits in Profitis Ilias, Crete island, Greece.

Beautiful scenery of a Greek destination wedding in Profitis Ilias, Chania, Crete. Beautiful bride and groom posing for wedding day portraits in Profitis Ilias, Crete island, Greece.

The wedding portraits were a stunning mix of subdued hues – grays, whites, and pastels – and bolder images that included strong whites, blacks and pantheon greens (so absolutely on this wedding season) from the gardens. Wonderful toned variety imitating the natural ebb and flow of any human relationship.

Beautiful bride and groom posing for destination wedding day portraits in Profitis Ilias, Crete island, Greece. Beautiful bride and groom posing for wedding day portraits in Profitis Ilias, Crete island, Greece. Beautiful bride and groom posing for wedding day portraits in Profitis Ilias, Crete island, Greece. Elegant classy bride posing for wedding day bridal portraits holding flowers in Chania, Crete. Elegant classy bride posing for wedding day bridal portraits holding flowers in Chania, Crete. Beautiful bride with group of her bridesmaids posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding in Chania, Crete. Stylish groom with group of his groomsmen posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding in Chania, Crete. Beautiful newlywed couple with group of their friends posing for the wedding photographer on a summer wedding in Chania, Crete.

Marie & Seyavash’s wedding reception, held in the gardens of the wedding estate,  was a posh affair with delicate twinkling candles, gorgeous raw silk ribbons and the intimacy of being amongst your closest friends and family. The deep cerulean night sky, alive with thousands of stars, keeping us company long into the night.

Rich wedding reception dinner setup for an exclusive wedding event in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team.

Rich wedding reception dinner setup for an exclusive wedding event in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team.

Rich wedding reception dinner setup for an exclusive wedding event in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team.

Rich wedding reception dinner setup for an exclusive destination wedding event in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team. Rich wedding reception dinner setup for an exclusive wedding event in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team. Rich wedding reception dinner setup for an exclusive wedding event in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team. Bride and groom's first dance on an exclusive destination wedding night in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team. Bride and groom's first dance on an exclusive wedding night in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team. Bride and groom's first kiss on an exclusive wedding night in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team. Bride and groom dancing traditional Greek dances on an exclusive wedding night in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team.

Fine art wedding photography is layered with textures and tones selected to enhance the genuine emotion of the subjects. Telling a unique human story through photographs and anchoring it in a time is a challenge and an honor.

Rich wedding reception dinner setup for an exclusive wedding event in Metohi Kindelis, Chania, Crete photographed by professional photographer team.

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