This was my first Greek wedding but I knew that like all ‘love stories’ this day would be filled with a whole host of emotion, love, tradition and happiness.
The house was decorated and teeming with life. The bridal party was buzzing, getting ready, running from room to room to assist each other. Love was in the air. Marie Lena sat amongst the chaos, calm, poised as she was prepared for the day ahead.
By the time the grooms family arrived the family was looking fabulous. Bharan was escorted into the decorated living room and the ancient rites of ‘Koumbaro’ was performed. His best man shaved him and the new inlaws to be’ dressed him and wished him luck, prosperity and fertility.
With the rites finished, he left and headed to the church. Marie Lena made her grand entrance into the room filled with her family and the ‘Koumbaro’ was once again performed. This was an emotional moment. I too, felt tears prick my eyes as I watched Marie Lena hug her father and say goodbye to her childhood home.
The Greek church in North London was incredibly beautiful. Marie Lena’s entrance was simply beautiful. She was escorted by her father down the aisle to an awaiting Bharan. I adored the gold crown tradition - connecting each other together. As they made their first walk around the alter as a married couple. The union was cemented by the final blessing before witnesses who applauded loudly as they were pronounced man and wife.
The receptions as held at the gorgeous ‘Hatfield House'. It was the previous home of Elizabeth the first and Henry the VIII. A gorgeous venue for a fun reception.
The dancing was phenomenal. With the first dance over the ‘Kalamatianos begins, where guests join hands and dance in a circle. This moved to the Tsamiko to the Zeibekiko. Athletic dances performed by one family member at a time. The final dance of the evening is all about the couple. The guests join them and pins none,lots of money to them.
It was an honour to shoot this wedding. We wish the happy couple a lifetime of happiness.