Last year, I had the pleasure of photographing Antigoni + Kareem’s Greek wedding. Marina is Antigoni’s sister and I was thrilled when she got in touch to ask me to photograph her and Chris’ winter wedding.
Marina was Antigoni’s maid of honour so I spent quite a bit of time with her. They are a very close family and it was really lovely to see so many familiar faces when I arrived to capture the bridal preparations.
Boreham House Wedding
Marina and Chris chose the stunning Boreham House in Chelmsford for their wedding celebration. It was a misty and rainy day in January, which really complimented the beautiful historic Stately Home, giving it a wonderfully gothic air. One of my favourite features of this wedding venue is the grand staircase. Photographing Marina making her way down the stairs felt very cinematic – like something straight out of a fairy tale.
Greek wedding traditions
Like Antigoni and Kareem, Marina and Chris had a Greek-Cypriot wedding. There was a civil and Greek ceremony in the oak carved ceremony room, which was packed with friends and family. Before the ceremony, Marina had a Cypriot “Stolisma” – a getting ready of the bride ceremony where she was greeted and blessed by her family.
And of course, there was Greek dancing in the evening. I have photographed quite a few Greek Orthodox weddings now and the dancing is always my favourite part. I love capturing the energy. The dancing also included the traditional money dance where friends and family pin money to the couple’s clothes. All of this was accompanied by a traditional Greek violinist who played beautifully.
Love, Love, Love
Marina and Chris were so easy to photograph. They are so obviously in love. The way they look at each other, chatted. laughed and cried together showed what a special relationships this is. It was a real honour to photograph their special day.
If you are planning a Boreham House wedding and are looking for natural and unposed wedding photos, get in touch. I would love to hear from you.