Bill and Anna’s Greek Wedding

I love the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” It’s one of my all-time favorites. This was my first time ever photographing a Greek wedding. The bride is Greek and the groom is from Boston, so there was quite the difference between the two families. I really enjoyed getting to know Bill and his family. When I knocked on his hotel room door around 2:30 PM, he, his groomsmen and his dad were all getting their vests, ties, jackets and shoes on. The conversations I heard in a room full of men from Boston was definitely… ummm…different (smile).

My friend, Tara Mauldin, (I was her second shooter and assistant) went to the bride’s house where she was getting ready. (Check out her blog for more pictures of this wedding, coming soon.)

Bill getting ready1

Bill getting ready2

Bill getting ready3

Bill getting ready4

Bill getting ready5

food

Bill getting ready6

winkingbill

The ceremony took place at St. Nektarios Greek Church here in Charlotte, NC. I walked in and was super excited to get to photograph the inside of this place. I’m all about color and texture!

greek church

The poor groomsmen hanged in there while the weather outside was in the 90’s. It was a rough July day.

groomsmen

groomsmen2

groom2

Bill has such beautiful nieces. I loved photographing them throughout the day.

groom and girls

details

pointing up

wedding music

little girls

before the ceremony

Right before the ceremony, the bride and groom’s family all lined up. The lobby was filled chatter and laughter, mostly in Greek. Made me smile.

Greek family

Everyone is waiting…

grooms waiting

I caught the bride peeking out of the classroom window, waiting for the crowd in the lobby to clear.

peeking bride

lovely bride

bride coming out

Look at that ring…my, oh my.

flowers

bride1

dad and daughter

The moment we were all waiting for…

under the veil

ceremony1

The inside of the church had balconies all the way around it. I spent some time up there  during the ceremony.

ceremony up high

ceremony people

greek crowns

Mr. & Mrs….

blurry man and wife

And the ring again…

oh that ring

Man and Wife!

man and wife

Again, she made me smile.

happy greek family

little girl

color happy couple

car kiss

Then over to the Marriott City Center where cocktail hour was going on.

reception details

I love this photo below.

cocktail hour1

happy people

dancing bill and anna

dancing under the lights

itsallablurr

dancing with mom

dad and daughter dancing

bride and the groom are seated

There was traditional Greek dancing and music. Everyone gathered in a circle, holding onto one another and dancing around the reception. It was so much fun!

laughing dancing

greek dancing

No Windex, broken plates, or people spitting on the bride and groom, but I had a fantastic time shooting this wedding!

Congrats, Bill and Anna! Thanks for letting me be a part of your day! 😉 OPA!!!!