My desire to seek new experiences and learn about different cultures brought me to Santorini over 27 years ago. From the first moment I arrived, I knew I was home. The Greek people and their way of life, the amazing natural landscape, the glorious sun, and endless blue sea ticked all of the boxes for me.
Over the course of several years and numerous visits to the island, I finally decided to permanently move from the US to Santorini. My background in both social work and hospitality, coupled with my love of people led me into wedding planning, and I soon became a ground breaker in the wedding industry on the island.
20 years later, as an established leader of wedding planning in Santorini, I know the ins and outs of every aspect that goes into the planning process. As a queen of logistics, I take pride in planning each wedding down to the last detail–from the cake and the flower design, down to the wedding day transportation and marriage registration to ensure a worry-free day, executed with precision.
I take pride in my nurturing, personal approach to the process, spending time with each couple to listen to their vision and bring it to life. I put a great deal of thought, passion, and love into each of my weddings, and it brings me such joy to see the happiness on my brides' and grooms' faces on their special day.
There is no better feeling than being a part of making someone's dreams a reality, and I find it so rewarding to be able to do that for my couples here in my favorite place on earth.
– Shirley Chiarolanzio
I was born in Patra, raised in Athens, and since 2009 a full-time resident of Santorini. My studies in Athens focused on interior design but the lure of island life, and after my first trip to Santoirni, I knew I wanted to experience that type of paradise every day. I am drawn to the natural beauty of the island and am quite fascinated with all the types of people who visit and live on the island. The island has so many opportunities, who could ask for anything more!
After becoming a mother and fulfilling this wonderful part of my life, I wanted to re-enter the work force. Fortunately, I found the best career opportunity that allows me to interact with people from all over the world. It is with pleasure that I offer to them my organizational skills, genuine attentiveness to their wishes and all of the details for their big day, as well as my creative abilities.
I cannot think of something better than the feeling I get on the wedding day when I see everything that we have planned during the past months, or even years, come to life. Truly I can’t express this feeling.
“Thank you Maria, for all you have done, we wouldn’t have this day without you” at the end of the day those words from my couples are the biggest reward for all my effort and my caring about them.
I look forward to planning more of these amazing moments. Because life must be full of amazing moments!!
– Maria Sarma