Boho styled elopement on Naxos at the Cyclades
Naxos is the island where my father comes from so it’s a big LOVE! Naxos is the biggest and the greenest island in the Cyclades. It has high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes, and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops, where the inhabitants still wear their traditional dress and live off the fruits of the land. Naxos is also home to beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with the Cycladic architecture.
“The Olive tree”
is one of the most beloved, sacred trees, and its place is firmly rooted in Ancient Greek tradition and mythology. Traditionally, the olive tree is a symbol of peace and friendship, this association began in ancient Greece, as early as the fifth century.”
A very special place for such a special wedding! After traveling all over the world, Amand and Will chose Naxos as their most favorite wedding location. No wonder why.
“Big Sweet has this island, virtuous are the faces of people, piles are shaped by melons, peaches, figs and the sea is calm. I looked at the people – never this people have been frightened by earthquakes or by Turks, and their eyes did not burn out.
Here freedom had extinguished the need for freedom, and life spread out as happy sleeping water. And if sometimes was discomposed, never rose tempest. Safety was the first gift of island that I felt as walking around Nàxos.” (N. Kazantzakis, “Report to El.Greko”).
When Amanda and Will asked me to be their wedding photographer I was more than excited! They arrived, with friends and relatives, from San Francisco and enjoyed days full of love, sun, sea, and laughter!
At Agios Isidoros Adyssarou, where the wedding took place, there is a pre-Minoan olive tree, the age of which is estimated at 4,500-5,000 years old. It is a tree whose main trunk was “lost” over time, separated into many branches and now its diameter exceeds 29 meters!