Monemvasia Greece Wedding + Kinsterna Hotel & Spa + Claire and Martin

[E]very now and again you come across a very special venue, not only is it stunningly captivating, magical and breathtaking – but where everyone is so warm and welcoming that at the end of a long weekend stay you struggle to tear yourself away to head home. Kinsterna hotel & spa is one of those places, and the gorgeous Claire & Martin are the lucky couple who celebrated their wedding weekend extravaganza there.

Claire & Martin invited me to photograph their 3-day wedding weekend which included a welcome dinner, the beautiful wedding day and a cocktail evening / farewell dinner the day after. The thing I love most about a destination wedding weekend is how everyone’s immediately on holiday mode, guests are relaxed and ready to have a good time, and… well why only have one day when you can have three!;-)I fell in love with Kinsterna as soon as I set foot on it, it was perfect in every way and so was Claire & Martin’s wedding. Claire looked absolutely stunning in her Jenny Packham dress and Jimmy Choo shoes, and although there was a threat of thunderstorm to spoil the outdoor wedding they planned, the sun shone throughout (the thunderstorm did arrive later that night, more on that later).

Thank you Claire & Martin (and everyone at the wedding) for making me feel like a guest at your wedding, and to Theo & everyone at Kinsterna for making me feel so spoilt! I will be back, no doubt.


A thunderstorm was predicted to hit Monemvasia that day, the thunder and lightning edged closer & closer halfway through the meal (it was quite a sight!) but luckily only arrived later that night (and only for an hour or so). We had to evacuate indoor for the first dance but everyone promptly headed out again once the rain stopped. I did manage to catch the lightning in action at the cake cutting (above)!

  • Kat ForsythNovember 27, 2012 - 2:29 PM

    Damn, Shella! There is nothing here that isn’t stunning and amazing! VERY well done!ReplyCancel

  • DashaNovember 27, 2012 - 2:33 PM

    Really beautiful wedding, Shella! Loving the vibe))ReplyCancel

  • Courtney J. ThomasNovember 27, 2012 - 2:56 PM

    oh boy. incredible work. you didn’t miss an angle. now onto the bride’s dress: wowwwwww. exquisite :DReplyCancel

  • Gemma WilliamsNovember 27, 2012 - 3:24 PM

    Wow, amazing! I want to be transported to that wedding right now, it looks stunning Shella xReplyCancel

  • Lem LynchNovember 27, 2012 - 4:08 PM

    Beautiful photos! What an amazing location for a wedding.ReplyCancel

  • Steve MarkowNovember 27, 2012 - 4:59 PM

    Love every portrait. Really, really awesome reception coverage too!ReplyCancel

  • MercedesNovember 27, 2012 - 5:36 PM

    SO, so gorgeous! I love the details of this wedding. She is just a stunning bride.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal SkrupskiNovember 27, 2012 - 7:41 PM

    Wow. Breathtaking — superbly amazing work!! So great that I have to make up new words!! Ha haReplyCancel

  • smallNovember 27, 2012 - 8:39 PM

    Wow! That wedding and venue are straight out of a fairy tale! Totally beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • sachin khonaNovember 27, 2012 - 10:41 PM

    Absolutely frickin awesome as always Shell!ReplyCancel

  • VickiNovember 27, 2012 - 10:50 PM

    Ugh, love your work!!!! Photos are incredible and what a stunning wedding!!! ❤ReplyCancel

  • OliNovember 27, 2012 - 11:36 PM

    God Shell. THis is stunning. Location + amazing shooting + amazing party + amazing post = win. So distinct. AND I love the round corners.ReplyCancel

  • Brian KraftNovember 27, 2012 - 11:37 PM

    Wow– gorgeous! The ones of the couple (isn’t she a beautiful bride!?) in the vineyard and by the pool are just so amazing.ReplyCancel

  • TheoNovember 28, 2012 - 12:37 PM

    Truly amazing photos Shella, they bring fantastic memories from that fairytale weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Steve KooNovember 28, 2012 - 5:31 PM

    That first portrait is killer, and I love the reception photos. Awesome job, Shell!ReplyCancel

  • Vitaly ManzukNovember 30, 2012 - 2:04 AM

    Incredible location. I want to be there right now! Great job.ReplyCancel

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  • Andre BlaisDecember 17, 2012 - 5:16 PM

    These are so gorgeous, I love your color tones, awesome images!!ReplyCancel

  • Cam GroveSeptember 6, 2013 - 2:17 PM

    Beautiful work, really strong sense of composition and that location just looks made for wedding photography!ReplyCancel

  • Wedding planner in GreeceFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:15 AM

    Awesome photos!!
    I love your color grading and your timing.
    Congratulations for these perfect shots.
    JohnReplyCancel

  • eleni dona wedding photographerFebruary 12, 2014 - 11:16 AM

    Congratulations.
    I am visiting lots of blogs every day, but i need to say a big thanks to you for these pictures!!
    LovelyReplyCancel

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