Thursday, July 1, 2010

Opa!! A Wonderful Greek Wedding!! {Seattle Wedding Photography}

I would like to invite you to a wedding. Sure it took place last weekend, but go grab a cup of coffee or tea and let me tell you the story of Aimee and Stavros' day. This way you'll almost be able to sign the guest book when we are done!! (But you can just send all gifts my way!!)

The day started off like most Seattle brides...a hand gripped around the favorite Starbucks drink, a cell phone, a veil and a trip to get her hair done. One of the things I love so much about Aimee is her easy going nature and her practicality. We laughed and talked all through the hair appointment with not a hint of nervousness as to what the day would hold.

Well...remember when I told you how easy going Aimee is?? And remember how I told you a little about a Seattle bride?? So, here is the Seattle skyline out my front windshield while I was trying (and trying is the opportune word) to get to Aimee's makeup appointment. Unaware that the traffic Aimee was encountering was the same, I was in a panic. However, she just called me and told me how tired she was of the traffic and to meet her at the church. She just decided to have a friend do her makeup instead!! OK...she gets my award for Super Flexibility!!

Here is that friend (Meggan) doing her makeup...

I love all the little details from a wedding. There is always some little story behind why this dress was chosen and why these shoes are being worn. From the colors of the flowers to the groomsmen and bridesmaids, from the choice of the ceremony site to the jewelery being worn, each little piece is like a page from a greater, beautiful story.

Aimee's dress was amazing...

...and Aimee was a STUNNING bride!!

It totally cracked me up, however, that it was one of those RARE days in Seattle when the sun was shining, shining, shining! Because of that we had to get a little creative as to where we did our pictures. Aimee and Stavros were good sports...even letting me go knock on some lady's door to see if we could use her steps and garden.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this sequence. Stavros began by kissing Aimee's hand and then began to work his way up her arm. And you can see Aimee's response.

A super fun wedding party...but kiddos who did not want to see the kissing!!

The wedding was a Greek Orthodox Ceremony and was rich with symbols and rituals. My favorite part was when Aimee and Stavros were crowned with white crowns, or "stefana", which are joined by a white ribbon and blessed by the priest. The crowns symbolize the glory and honor that is being bestowed upon them by God and the ribbon symbolizes their unity. So beautiful!!

Then the party got started!! OPA!!! There was great food, good friends and a couple of surprises for the aunt sang a song to them, and the groom's brother had a bagpipe player come in (not totally Greek..but totally fun!!) any of you who have seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding know that amazing Aunt Voula, right? Well, Stavros had an aunt quite like her! She was the life of the party and got all of us dancing. There was even a point in the evening when she wanted me to dance but I told her I needed to take the pictures. She just looked at me and said "no" and grabbed my hand. Needless to say, I danced!!
(It kind of reminded me of that famous "What do you mean he don't eat no meat?...Oh, that's OK. I make lamb" quote from the movie. After all, who can so no to Aunt Voula?)

Yes...rings are on the right hands...another Greek tradition!!

Aimee and Stavros, it was a pleasure to be at your wedding and to get to tell the story of the day!! It was amazing!! And, by the way, my family thanks you SO much for the baklava!!!

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