My Big Greek wedding

My Big Greek wedding

Sometimes a quirky wedding comes along that is really different from the rest such as my big greek wedding. Don’t get me wrong i love all weddings, from the smallest intimate wedding in an exclusive venue to the biggest brashest loudest weddings known to man. Indian weddings full of colour and ceremony. jewish weddings lots of traditions. Greek weddings now these people know how to party!.

Now being a UK wedding photographer, the core of my weddings tend to be traditional christian and catholic church based weddings. So when a request is made to me to do a Greek wedding, well what could i say, had to do it.

The wedding of Ari & Alex Raftopoulos was going to be a big greek sumptuous affair, The big greek family laughing and jovial, all ready to have a fun day with family and friends and i think this is what makes a greek wedding most enjoyable, everyone is out to enjoy themselves no matter what, the matter what being the pretty dismal weather on the day, Overcast and windy to say the least. From my point of view as the photographer, no crazy sunshine to deal with and even nastier shadows, so minimal flash. Every other day had been glorious untypical sunshine bathed in 30+ degree heat and the 17th June 2016 was the odd one out. But hey lets have fun!. Bridal prep at ari’s family house in the morning. Absolutely Beautiful bride in a very stunning wedding dress.

An outside wedding has to be one of the best highlights of anyone’s wedding and even better when you have literally a couple of hundred guests to watch you get married. The long red carpet, the groom looking anxiously over his shoulder waiting for his future wife, the anticipation of the guests. Then finally the bride makes her grand entrance with mum to give her away. With the service lasting well over an hour and seemingly quite detailed with a lot of religious practice but suffice to say the orthodox priest was quite down to earth with a little humour thrown in.

Family and group shots done, individual shots with Ari and Alex themselves, had to do the veil shot with the windy breeze acting as a prop to lift the veil and give that soft romantic feel to the couple. Even the videographer helped out by holding the top of a white plastic table next to the couple to reflect some natural light back into the couples faces to create shadow which was not forthcoming from the sky.

Then the fun really begins. First dance then another dance then another, then everyone’s dancing. The “kalamatiano”, (i looked up that one). The bride and all the ladies dancing and did notice a few men muscling in on that one too. But the highlight of the day has to be the Greek money dance. The couple dancing with the handkerchief, the music tempo becoming more upbeat, everyone getting on the dance floor and the whole atmosphere exploding through the roof as money is pinned and taped onto the brides dress. Ari and his twenty pounds top hat and the long reams of cash on the dress, even the kids were getting in on the craze. An absolutely crazy day full of fun and laughter. Oh how i would live to do that all over again.

My Big Greek wedding

constable country wedding

constable country wedding

 

constable country wedding

Constable country wedding, The beauty of the Essex countryside Immortalised in the paintings of the vale of Dedham by John Constable with stoke by Nayland just being down the road from constable’s famous romantic paintings of the area. For the Wedding of Aden & lucy at the Stoke by Nayland golf club. This was going to be just as memorable as any famous painting.

The day was beautifully warm if quite cloudy. From a photographer’s point of view probably perfect weather, no harsh sunlight and ugly shadows to deal with and for the Bride no sweating to death in a hot midday sun. Thank god for air conditioning. With most weddings they tend to follow a set standard of dress and format that can be very predictable. Not so with Aden and Lucy, RED was the order of the day. groom and ushers in red jackets and trousers, Bride in a tight fitting cream dress which really accentuated her figure, with wait for it ….. red shoes.

I tend to find that that most golf club wedding venues tend to be very plain and clinical in their layout and attractiveness. That is not to say that the couple whom are getting married may find the venue uninviting but from a photographer’s point of view plain white walls, background clutter, boring putting greens which are just that a plain colour green. So when we had a chance to get some shots in over one of the best landscaped lakes i had seen in awhile, knew the images would be spectacular. By the time we got around to getting the shots done time was against us. With less than 20 minutes till the sit down meal.  A mad rush in the golf cart buggies to the lake and then as an added bonus to a cornfield for some truly memorable images of constable country. On camera flash to make things easier and to speed up the image taking Then all of a sudden within five minutes the clouds had broken to reveal the most beautiful Golden hour sunset. I saw the landscape and thought no this has to be done with off camera flash, no flash stand, left it in the clubhouse, luckily our venue manager stood in for a stand and held a Nikon sb-910 and trigger in the positions i wanted to get the best light on the couple, better than any stand, a human stand.

Last shots of the evening dance and top it off a sparklers guard of Honour for a constable country wedding.