Nick and Ellie are marrying at the beautiful Chora Castle on the top of the towns hill in Astypalea (Astypalaia) Greece. Ellie's Auntie lives in Astypalea, one of Greece's small islands with only 1500 people on and they thought it would be an amazing opportunity to have a destination wedding in Greece with close family, preceded by their destination engagement shoot around Astypalea at locations we wouldn't be able to achieve on the wedding day.
Astypalea isn't known to many people. When you think of Greece you think of Mykonos, Rhodes, Kos and Athens, but Astypalea is a beautiful island too and is far away from the hustle and bustle of the larger islands. It's incredibly relaxed over there and you never quite get used to waking up to see the amazing old Chora Castle ruins at the top of the hill, surrounded by sea and more islands, some not even inhabited. The town is dominated by the magnificent Venetian fort, which itself contains two brilliant-white churches.
We had a fantastic time checking out Chora Castle ready for the wedding the next day. The walk to the castle was surprising to say the least as it was far from a straight road up to the castle. We walked up and down tiny streets amongst the beautiful and iconic white buildings and colourful doors, up small steps and eventually to the door of the castle where we scouted locations for the big day as well as a number of spots around the streets on the way up to utilise. I was in for some excercise the next day as Nick and Ellie and the family would be lead by two muscians walking up the hill to be married at Chora Castle by the owns mayor.
Like any wedding day, time is so key and soon runs out so we went to a number of spots on the island that we know we couldn't achieve on the wedding day like Livadi beach, the old port and up to the hills to look down over Astypalea.