Big Fat Greek Wedding in Melbourne
27th February 2014
We recently had the chance to photograph a Greek Wedding, and believe us, it was BIG!
One of the reasons for its extra large size was the fact that our gorgeous couple had been waiting a long time to celebrate their union.
Peter & Karen have been together 23 years and have raised three wonderful kids before taking the plunge.
Our first photographic assignment was to meet the bride at Queen’s Park in Moonee Ponds. Karen showed up in style, wearing a white dress and riding in a white Mercedes.
Our beaming bride left the white Mercedes to ride to the church in a white carriage drawn by white horses. She really wanted a white wedding!
We also got to see Peter, along with their sons and the best man, driving to the church in a HumVee.
Next stop was the Greek Orthodox Parish “St. Dimitrios” in Moonee Ponds for the traditional ceremony.
We enjoyed the rich artwork on the walls and the beautiful chandeliers but the two highlights of the ceremony for us were when we saw Peter tearing up when he saw his beautiful bride enter the church and later on, when the priest hit our quite distracted groom on the head with the stefana (the traditional crown used in orthodox wedding ceremonies).
When the ceremony finished our beautiful couple got showered with rice on the church’s steps. We took a group shot and a few shots of the happy family getting on the horse drawn carriage and riding off to their chosen location for the formal wedding photography.
Their choice of location was quite unusual: The Moonee Valley Racecourse.
We started with a few more shots with the carriage, including a very cute one of the couple youngest son at the driver seat.
We captured some formal posed shots and a few fun ones in the stables and then moved to the actual racetrack, where we got everybody running for our cameras. Our happy family then jumped back on to the carriage to ride off to the reception.
The reception was held at Oak Courts Receptions in Preston. Before the start of the reception we took some formal shots of the couple around the venue’s garden.
The actual reception started with the traditional cutting of the ribbon followed by the cutting of the cake.
What followed was a full evening of entertainment, with plenty of food and drink. There was a lot of dancing of the western and Greek variety. It started with the bridal waltz, where the guests pinned banknotes on the couple to wish them a prosperous future. An highlight was to see among the guests a nun dancing the night away.
There were also moving moments. We got some great shots of our couple’s delightful sons tearing up during the speeches.
The groom surprised everybody when he joined the band for some traditional Greek tunes on the bouzouki, which he had been learning to play in secret for this occasion.
The rest of the night’s entertainment included a traditional Cypriot dancer balancing glasses full of wine in gravity defying stunts, the traditional smashing of the plates and also a belly dancer.
It was a great night of celebration.
We wish Peter and Karen a wonderful future together