As much as I love Photography and Video in London, getting the opportunity to travel abroad is a fantastic treat, especially in my home-country Greece. So it was with enormous excitement that Efthymia and Genti chose our wedding Photography and Videography package for their destination wedding in Greece.
Now living in the US, Efthymia was born in Halkidiki. Her parents still live there so she was able to get ready in her childhood home. Efthymia was a classically beautiful bride in her strapless sweetheart wedding gown with a fabulously full ruffled skirt. The pure white dress was offset sensationally by her bridesmaids, whom she had chosen vivid purple strapless dresses for, and her matron of honour, who wore hot pink. The gardens were full of purple and white flowers, and we had a lot of fun taking photos before the bride, her family, and friends made their way to the church on foot, accompanied by musicians and merriment.
I loved how this couple incorporated touching and fun traditions into their day, linking their religion and heritage with their future. Efthymia wrote the names of her single friends on the soles of her shoes on the morning of her wedding, with superstition saying that the person whose name rubs off first will be the next to be married. Her wedding dress was classic, while the bridesmaids’ purple strapless mini-dresses and silver shoes added a modern twist to the wedding party.
Maybe it was his natural ease, or possibly it was the Halkidiki sunshine, but Genti was remarkably relaxed when I caught up with him and his groomsmen before the ceremony. Halkidiki has a rich religious heritage and is dotted with beautiful Greek Orthodox churches. Surrounded by centuries of tradition in a church decorated with colourful frescoes, it was impossible not to feel as if Efthymia and Genti were adding their own footnote to the church’s long history.
Apart from the weather, one of the best reasons for choosing a destination wedding in Halkidiki is the fantastic scenery. After a traditional ceremony, which included the crowns, or stefana, joined by a white ribbon, I took Genti and Efthymia to make the most of the gorgeous Halkidiki coast with some very romantic sunset wedding photos. The church was close to the sea so we didn’t have to go very far to get to the sand, and it was nice for the couple to have some peaceful time on their own to enjoy the fact that they were now married.
As with the rest of the day, the wedding reception was a riot of joy, laughter, and love. Guests were greeted with delicious cocktails while the happy couple made their grand entrance to a spectacular accompaniment of fireworks. The outdoor event was blessed with balmy weather – the dancefloor certainly got hot once the party really got going!
After a fun and exhausting weekend I was delighted to congratulate the newlyweds. One destination wedding wasn’t enough for this energetic couple. With Genti being Albanian, they barely had time to catch their breath before going back to his hometown for a second round of celebrations!