I love the experience of getting to see different wedding traditions. Antigoni is Greek Cypriot and many of the Greek wedding traditions were incorporated into the day. A lot of Antigoni’s family had made the trip from Cyprus to share the day with her. Kareem’s family is from Trinidad and Tobago, and he spent many summers there growing up. Again, family travelled all the way from the Caribbean to be there on the big day.
On the day of the wedding, Antigoni got ready at the wonderful and eclectic bed and breakfast, Number One Port Hill. There, we had the traditional Greek ceremony to prepare the bride called stolisma. Antigoni was surrounded by close family and friends who all gave their blessing whilst a very talented Greek violinist played traditional songs.
Once Antigoni was ready, we headed to the Twelve Apostles Greek Orthodox Church for the ceremony and then travelled to Hatfield House for the wedding reception. Christos, the violinist, led the bride and groom to traditional Greek music once around the room before they sat down for the wedding breakfast of colourful and traditional Greek food.
After that, there was lots of dancing, including the money dance, in which friends and family pin money on the bride and groom. It was great fun to photograph!
Kareem & Antigoni, it was a real pleasure photographing your wedding and spending the day with you. I really felt like I was part of the family! Thank you again, and I wish you all the best for the future.
If you enjoyed hearing about this Hatfield House wedding, you might want to take a look at some of the other Greek Orthodox weddings I have photographed.