Maria and Joshua’s wedding at The Royal Horticultural Halls was one of my favourites of last year. This was a modern Greek wedding filled with meaningful traditions and family moments. It was really emotional and beautiful to be a part of this day. Side note, I ADORE Maria’s grandmother. She was so sweet and filled with love and pride. Pretty much every image she is in is perfect.
Maria got ready at home, and before heading to the cathedral in Kentish Town her family joined her for a traditional Greek wedding blessing. A traditional fiddler played in her garden and sang, while Maria’s loved ones wrapped red silk scarves around her waist and chest. Each family member then passed burning incense over her head. The music described the goings on and really added to this part of the day.
We travelled to Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Cathedral for a beautiful, candlelit traditional orthodox ceremony. Check out the ornate mosaics in this building – they’re just stunning. During the ceremony, the heavens unfortunately decided to open. We’re talking serious rain! Not a couple to be thwarted by the elements, Maria and Josh chose to pounce on this stormy weather for their couple’s shoot in Regent’s Park. The place was deserted, so we got some lovely and pretty rare shots in one of London’s most iconic locations.
Then it was on to The Royal Horticultural Halls (which, by the way, is an utterly spectacular venue) where the fiddler played in the newlyweds to their guests. In true tradition, Maria and Josh walked three times around the dance floor before joining the head table.
The traditions at this modern Greek wedding continued after the meal. Maria and Josh took to the floor for the Greek money dance, where garlands of bank notes were pinned onto them as gifts from their guests. Then we got to my favourite part, and some really fun images – the men converged on Josh and threw him into the air, before breaking out some pretty impressive moves. Such fun, and a real party atmosphere to end a beautifully emotional day.
If you’re planning a London wedding or a Modern Greek Wedding and want to chat all things photography – get in touch. I’d love to hear from you and to find out about what you’ve got planned.
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