Stella + Steve’s Wedding with Greek Wedding Photographers Birmingham
Greek Orthodox Wedding Photography by Documentary Wedding Photographer Stuart James
Back at the end of July, on my wedding anniversary no-less, I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Stella + Steve’s wedding. A Greek Orthodox wedding no less!
Having photographed many Greek weddings over the years, I always look forward to them. With the traditions, the colours and the excitement, there is so much to photograph. Add in an Irish connection with Steve’s family, and two bands on the wedding night, you have the recipe for one fantastic day!
From the first time I met with Stella and Steve, I knew their wedding was going to be something special. With a couple as chilled out and up for fun as these guys, I knew I was going to love it!
My coverage of Stella + Steve’s wedding started with the preparations at the parent’s house, capturing the dressing of the groom and groomsmen, ahead of the traditional ceremonies.
I just LOVED the styling on the stationery. Great job there Stella! The colours and the fonts! Just fabulous!! I do love a good bit of design!
From the relaxed preparations, it was soon time to get traditional!
There are so many traditions during the Greek Wedding day, the start of which is the shaving and dressing of our groom.
From our groom being dressed, it’s time for the blessing, with the Kapnistiri followed by the Stolisma.
From the groom’s departure, it was time to see how our bride’s preparations were coming together!
The detailing on the dress from Brides & Gowns was just stunning!
A seriously proud Mother and Father!
With our bride dressed, of course, it was straight into the Kapnistiri followed by the Stolisma…a blessing of fertility for the bride!
With time racing by, it was soon the point of being led out of the house into the waiting Bentley, for the journey to St Lukes Church.
How stunning does this church now look?
The procession of our bridal party…
With our couple legally married, it was time for the traditional ceremony!
The koumparos or koumpara exchanges the rings three times, with the guests lining up to swap the rings between the bride and groom.
I’ve always loved the symbolism of the joined crowns, or the Stefana, joining the Bride and Groom together.
From the greeting and congratulating of the new Mr & Mrs Hogan, it was time for a confetti bombardment!
From the ceremony, we only travelled a very short distance, to an area of parkland for our couple’s portraits. Thank you for the heads-up for the location Andy from Zeus Films!!
While we were having a little fun around Villa Park, my associate photographer was having a great time! Capturing the fabulous magic and the guest’s reactions to Carl Leek, someone you may recognise from Britains Got Talent!
Always a highlight of the Greek wedding, with the evening reception being opened with the entrance of our Bride and Groom. Led by the violinist from the band, and the priest, and covered in confetti. Just perfect!
The Holte Suite was the perfect setting for the reception of Stella and Steve, which straight after the wedding breakfast, saw one great party!
Following the speeches, it was straight into the dancing – and if one thing is for sure, Greek’s know how to party!!
From the initial partying, it was soon time for traditional Money Dance!
I was interested to see how ‘gentle’ the boys were going to be with Steve, as a non-greek…not so gentle it turned out!!
Following the Greek dances, it was fabulous to see a change in the evening, with the arrival of Kellys Heroes. Combining the Greek entertainment, with the Irish Folk entertainment was a genius touch, which everyone loved!
Alas the end of the night was soon upon us! But what a wedding this was!
I loved getting back to photographing Greek weddings – so much fun from start to end!
Stella & Steve, a huge congratulations once again! And Stephen, thanks for your coverage on the night with us too! Loved that you raced straight from a wedding with Barry James at The Moat House, and indeed straight back too! What a pro!!
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