My first big Greek wedding! So about 6 years ago (gosh – I’m losing count for sure!) my very best friend married another one of my friends who just so happens to be Greek. So although I have never shot one, I have been IN one and let me tell you…it is one crazy and wonderful affair! Turns out Christina’s Uncle (I think it was uncle) owns my very favorite restaurant in St. Louis (Olympia in Dogtown – if you haven’t been you MUST!) so I considered shooting in food trade. Ha! No seriously, I love it. I spend about 12 hours there for my birthday every year. I should have been born Greek.
Ok enough about me, moving onto the important people. So I never know exactly what to expect when I arrive at the spot where everyone is getting ready in the morning. Sometimes things are quiet and calm, others it’s party central and every now and then everyone is running around in circles like crazy people. I’m not going to lie, this time it was closer to the latter. Whew were there a lot of women in one house bustling about dealing with last minute details! Everyone was so wrapped up in the festivities that no one even noticed I walked in the door. That was actually a first! And I loved every second of it. Capturing emotion is what I love to do and there was plenty of it from the moment I walked into Christina’s parent’s house until I left at the end of the evening.
When I arrived at the church I found Michael cool and collected and just so darn smiley and ready to marry the love of his life. The ceremony was beautiful – more details in the captions below. Then we scooted off to Wash U for a few wedding party photos and popped into a quick field to take advantage of some of my favorite fall wildflowers and grasses. Finally it was off to the Renaissance Grand for the reception. Heartfelt toasts and lively Greek dancing wrapped up the perfect day. Enjoy the photos!
Ceremony: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
Reception: Renaissance Grand Crystal Ballroom
Flowers: Alex Waldbart Florist
Dress: Simply Elegant
DJ: Millennium Music
Videography: Westview Media
L Photographie St. Louis Wedding Photographers Liz Sloan and Kate Hayes
Wow! Awesome day! I had fun reading your commentary, and literally laughed out loud to your “(no one tell him I said that!)” comment.
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