GREEK LONDON WEDDING – ANGELINA AND NICHOLAS – NORFOLK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
I’m on a roll so here’s a second blog in as many days, the absolutely amazing traditional Greek wedding of Nicholas and Angelina!
Without doubt a wedding highlight for 2015 was the trip to London to capture Nick and Angelina’s incredible wedding day – from the moment I spoke to Nick and then heard more detail about their plans during their engagement shoot, I knew that I was privileged to have been asked to capture such a truly special occasion. The largest wedding that I’ve shot to date, my first Greek wedding and my first London wedding shoot, I also knew that I was taking on something a little beyond my experiences of largely rural Norfolk wedding days, but it just had to be done.
Travelling down overnight from a wedding in Norwich the previous day, my wife Pauline kindly agreed to drive me in both directions and to help out with some of the logistics challenges that go with working in 5 different inner-city locations during a packed schedule! Starting with Nick at the Kingsway Hall Hotel in Covent Garden, I joined up with the brilliant Connexions Greek Band and Charlie, a great videographer working for the also superb Gione Da Silva. The first ceremony of the day with Nick kind of set the tone for the whole day – relaxed, informal, fun, slightly chaotic and packed with more emotion and tradition than I ever thought possible to cram into one day!
Jumping into a car with Leo (who has an encyclopedic knowledge of the London street map!) and Pedro of Connexions we then hot-footed it to north London to join the absolutely stunning Angelina for her final preparations at home followed by another incredibly emotional ceremony surrounded by close family and friends. From there it was onto the Greek Orthodox church in Camden to meet up with the other hundreds of guests for a full traditional Greek wedding ceremony – just an amazing sight with a seemingly endless set of traditions that surpassed anything that I’d seen before. Utterly unique and fun but it’s involvement of so many people and the relaxed nature of each stage of the ceremony reminded me a little of my first experience of capturing an incredible Hindu ceremony back in July.
By the time we’d captured some confetti and formal groups at the church, we were running late so we charged down to the St Paul’s area (well, we kind of floated there actually in an absolutely immaculate Rolls Royce Ghost) for a few portraits before heading to the final party destination, the Grand Connaught Rooms close to where the day started back in Covent Garden. The evening party was again like nothing I’d never witnessed before with a relative short set of speeches and a brief cake-cutting before getting down to the serious business of the Greek dancing! It seemed like every single guest had a part to play in an amazing series of dances that saw young and old partying hard together. I can hand-on-heart say that I’ve never seen such a permanently packed dance-floor filled with so many wedding guests passionate for dance. Of course, having a brilliant Greek wedding band along helped hugely – again, working seemingly without break for hours of back-to-back floor-fillers, they really were stellar.
So, here are a very few images from a very comprehensive final selection delivered to Nick and Angelina. Hopefully though, a good taster of a simply amazing Greek wedding day in London and the union of 2 very lovely people so clearly deeply in love.