Well 2016 certainly has been a year of variety for us in the wedding world and very very busy, but it has also been a year full of Greek and Italian weddings too. We don’t think there’s any real reason for that apart from the fact it’s a bit like waiting for a London bus, nothing comes out of the traffic for a while, and then what do you know it’s four in a row! Yes we get a lot of recommendations from couples and their families but the last few special days have either been Greek or Italian or a fusion of both, and that was purely coincidental.
For Lorietta and Nick their special day was a long time in the planning and was to be a respectful mix of Nick’s Greek heritage and Lorietta’s Italian roots. The brief was to capture a combination of quality reportage photography and couple shots, with a classic and romantic style. It’s always good to know and discuss the overall style goals beforehand and we are used to following a brief, but of course bringing our own interpretation to the day too.
Proceedings began in Potters Bar Hertfordshire with Nick’s traditional Greek dressing ceremony, which consists of a wet share with cut throat razor and dressing and blessing from groomsmen friends and family.
Next we drove to cover Lorietta’s bridal preparation at her parents house in Broxbourne. A beautiful home that her parents basically built themselves – very impressive.
After that it was time to beat both bride and groom to the ceremony held at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral Church of All Saints in Camden Town, London. A very grand setting for a grand wedding ceremony, and after confetti throwing and some family shots inside everyone headed to the reception at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel at 1 Cadogan Place in central London.
The Jumeirah is a a spotless and classy hotel befitting of a reception for a large scale Italian and Greek fusion wedding.
Plan A was that we would do some couple shots in the nearby private gardens however once we arrived, so did the torrential rain. So to Plan B which were photos around the hotel and reception room itself, while guests enjoyed drinks and canapés upstairs.
The wedding breakfast was again a suitably classic and grand affair, and afterwards everyone enjoyed traditional Greek and Italian dances.
By David Green
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