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Skopelos Island, Greece Destination Wedding by Magnus Bogucki – Melanie and Janni

August 22, 2011 | christy

Exquisite island sunshine, lush, green olive groves, and brilliant, blue seas; I can’t imagine a more perfect location for a destination wedding than the fabulous Greek Isles! These gorgeous photos by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki, of Melanie and Janni’s Mediterranean inspired Skopelos Island wedding, are brightening up my Monday morning – hopefully they’ll brighten up yours too!

classic, color portrait of the happy couple in olive grove - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

The Newlyweds: Melanie and Janni

Junebug: What were your most important goals in planning your wedding?

Melanie and Janni: We wanted a nice wedding in a beautiful location near the sea, with Mediterranean style and colors, and no location changes on the day of! We wanted our wedding to be a nice vacation for both our Swiss and Greek guests, and an easy location to travel to from both Zurich and Athens. We wanted great food with a variety of different regional tastes (mediterranean, different meat and fresh fish, different salads, many Mezes etc.) and having a good, detail oriented photographer was high on our priority list as well.

fun family portrait, picnic in meadow - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

romantic couple's portrait in olive grove - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

sweet family portrait of happy couple laughing together - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: How would you describe your personal wedding style?

Melanie and Janni: Mediterranean and Multi-Cultural (Swiss-Greek)

creative perspective, bride getting ready through window with ocean reflection in glass - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

beautiful blue seas, landscape photo - Adrina Beach Hotel - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

close up perspective of bride getting ready before ceremony -gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: Where did you hold your wedding and reception, and why?

Melanie and Janni: Adrina Beach Hotel in Skopelos. We liked the hotel from the beginning. Melanie found it on the internet while we were planning a trip to Skopelos, we absolutely love the wonderful colors and the perfect light there. She noticed the hotel hosted several weddings every year and the idea took hold! We discussed things with the hotel manager and decided it was definitely the place for us. They were very flexible and helpful there, we were never in Skopelos during the planning process so it was a big big adventure with a perfect end!

fun portrait of smiling groom getting ready before ceremony - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

close up details groom getting ready - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

creative perspective of groom getting ready in mirror - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: What three adjectives describe your wedding best?

Melanie and Janni: Romantic, Multi-Cultural, Mediterranean

fun portrait of groom laughing - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

beautiful bride in a-line style wedding gown - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

close up portrait of bride's pearl necklace - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: Is there anything else you would like to share with us about your wedding, your love story or your lives?

Janni: Some things about us…I am a marketing manager for a travel company and Melanie is now a midwife. Melanie and I met for the first time in February 2008, on a ski weekend with friends, in the Swiss Alps at Davos. Melanie is from Zurich and I lived in St.Gallen (100 km away) at the time and I think it was “destiny” that we were both in Davos that weekend (because both go of us only travel there once a year)…two months later we were a couple. On October 1st, 2010 our we welcomed our beautiful daughter Sofia Loanna to our family.

father of the bride escorting bride down the aisle - ceremony traditions - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

sweet ceremony moment - smiling groom at altar - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

beautiful bride laughing at the altar - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: What were you looking for in a photographer?

Janni: We wanted someone who had the eye for the special shot and for the details. We saw many “standard” photographers until Melanie found Magnus on the internet. We liked his style very very much and we were 100% sure, from the beginning, that he was the right fit for us!

ceremony traditions - ring exchange - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

ceremony rituals - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: What specifically drew you to Magnus Bogucki and his imagery?

Melanie and Janni: We liked the work he published on his website and the comments we read about him. We met in Lucerne and felt even more enthusiastic and comfortable after our in-person meeting with him.

fun ceremony rituals - the happy couple laughing during ceremony exit - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: What did you enjoy most about working with your photographer?

Melanie: He is very professional, creative and knew exactly how to get the shots we all wanted. He was open for ideas and gave us a very good feeling about his ability to capture our wedding. At the wedding he was very inconspicuous, the guests told us that they didn’t even realize that he was around them!

classic color portraits of bride and groom in olive grove - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

The Photographer: Magnus Bogucki

 

Junebug: How did you approach this particular wedding and what did you most want to capture during shooting?

Magnus: This wedding took place in Skopelos so I wanted to capture the feeling of Greece and the exotic features that a Greek island offers you. I spent 2-3 days scouting out various location. This prepared me to focus on the photography when the wedding took place rather than trying to find locations on the day of. I also knew how the light would fall, but one lesson I did learn was the wind also impacts the color of the water so it was not as colorful on the day of the wedding as some of the other more calm days, but we just had to go with it obviously.

the happy couple embracing in forested area - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: Were there any special photographic requests from the couple that made this wedding especially exciting creatively or personally?

Magnus: They were really easy going and I felt that they trusted me completely, which made me want to delivery high quality even more (if that is possible). I had 100% creative freedom which was great!

 

Junebug: What was the most fun part of this wedding for you to photograph?

Magnus: Seeing true love sparkle! A very easy going couple who had FUN on their wedding day. It made the entire day very easy to capture.

beautiful color portrait of the happy couple in olive grove - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

romantic portrait of the happy couple with sun behind them - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

portrait of the happy couple on beautiful walking seaside cliff - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: How did the locations available to you affect the type of images you shot and how you shot them?

Magnus: The light during the ceremony was pretty harsh and that’s to be expected when you’re on an exotic island – but you definitely have to use it to your advantage. Using shadows, creating rim light on the couple and so on. The ceremony is not something I can control but the portraits I could so I made sure we took the portraits when the light was at its best.

portrait of the happy couple on beautiful walking seaside cliff at sunset - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

Adrina Beach Hotel, sunset wedding reception photo - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: Were there any special locations you were able to choose that made for really great images? (Great light, amazing backgrounds, interesting contrasts, etc)?

Magnus: I had two locations for the portrait session – one was full of olive trees and I created my favourite picture of the year. When I scouted the location the first time I saw a white horse walking around. Sadly, it wasn’t there on the day of our shoot – that would have been TOO good. The second spot was on the edge of the island – the bride was very brave as she had to go through harsh forest terrain. It did create a pretty unique image though – so I believe it was worth it!

hilarious wedding reception photo - Adrina Beach Hotel -gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

 

the happy couple kissing after cutting the cake - Adrina Beach Hotel, Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding - photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Junebug: What kind of equipment did you use while shooting this wedding?

Magnus: I am a 100% Nikon user. I used my Nikon D700, 24mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 60mm f/2.8, 85mm f/1.4 and 70-200 f/2.8 for this wedding and I also use flash, and sidelight when needed.

the happy couple watching fireworks display during wedding reception at Adrina Beach Hotel - gorgeous Skopelos Island, Greece destination wedding photo by Swiss wedding photographer Magnus Bogucki

Thank you for sharing your wedding with us Melanie and Janni, and thank you so much for the images Magnus!

To learn about all of the wedding professionals who brought this wedding to life, be sure to visit Melanie and Janni’s page in our Real Wedding Library!

To learn more about Magnus Bogucki be sure to visit his website, and Junebug member brochure, and to find the perfect wedding photographer for your own wedding day no matter where you live, don’t miss our World’s Best Wedding Photographers Hotlist!

 

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  1. Beautiful wedding and stunning images! I am very impressed. Love that shot on the cliff! Go Nikon!

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