Anastasia and Panagiotis’s wedding in Skopelos

This wedding experience was a multi-day affair on the Greek island of Skopelos – most famous as the island where Mamma Mia was filmed. And, I feel I should start out by saying that Skopelos is every bit as beautiful as you’d hope in real life – honestly, even better than in the movie. Guests arrived on ferries and stayed in the beautiful town. On the Thursday before the wedding, there was a traditional ceremony at the bride’s family’s house where the older female relatives of the bride and groom came together to make traditional sweets. The sweets were made[…]

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Our wedding – the “pie-cutting”

When I started to write this post, the first thing I thought was, I’ll need a link so people can learn more about the pie cutting…and so I can make sure I understand it correctly. After searching and searching (“greek wedding pie-cutting ceremony” and all possible variations) I pretty much gave up on finding an English-language online explanation of this particular event. So I asked Lefteris about this. The conversation went like this: Me: What’s the pie-cutting ceremony called in Greek? Him: Well, I’m calling it the “pie cutting” because it’s nicer for Americans. Me: Okay…but what’s it called in[…]

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Our Big Fat Greek Wedding

Well, we finally did it! As you may already know, Lefteris and I had our civil marriage almost a year ago in London. And while we’ve been very much married this year, we never thought of that as the “wedding” – we’ve been planning THIS wedding in Greece ever since. (What we didn’t plan is that I’d be 6 months pregnant for the wedding!) Photos were done by my photography mentor and great friend, the lovely and talented Emily Wheeler. So on July 14, we made it even more official, by having back-to-back Greek Orthodox and American ceremonies at the[…]

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Katie in the wind in Santorini

We spent Greek Orthodox Easter in Greece – on Lesvos, in Athens, and on Santorini. One day in Santorini, we went for a hike, and found ourselves a secluded church at the end of a peninsula. We set up a whole shoot there…spent a little time on Katie, Leslie, and Peter. These are my favorite two of Katie:

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Greek Orthodox Easter…in Greece!

In April, Lefteris and I spent a week and a half in Greece – visiting the village where he spent a lot of his childhood, enjoying Easter (what an experience), and then traveling around a bit, including a couple of nights on Santorini – all with four of our great friends. It was just outstanding. He took me to Athens once before, but the islands…I can see how a person could get kind of addicted to seeing them. Seems like they all have a different flavor – and the whole place is so unbelievably beautiful. I’ve posted my portfolio of[…]

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Cape Sounion

Before we end 2010, I want to finish out my posts from this year. I expect 2011 to bring lots more awesomeness… So, the other day trip (besides the one to Nafplio) that we did from Athens was to Cape Sounion. The climactic scene in my very favorite book, The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, takes place at Cape Sounion, so when Lefteris mentioned going there I was pretty excited about it. The drive from Athens was a perfect cross between the drive from Honolulu to Makapu’U Point and the drive from San Francisco to Big Sur. Cape Sounion is[…]

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Nafplio

We intended to spend a night on one of the islands, but (and apparently this isn’t at all unusual) the ferry boat service was on strike. So being confined to dry land, we went for a drive out to Nafplio, which was absolutely gorgeous. There are two big rock hills in town; our hotel was at the top of one, and a castle was at the top of the other. There was also a tiny island in the water that had a castle built on it. CASTLES, people. The island castle when we approached: …later on, at night (this was[…]

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Athens

On Thanksgiving this year (which in the UK is, of course, known simply as “Thursday”), Lefteris and I took off for a long long weekend in Athens. It was my first time in Greece and ooooooh, did I love it. We’ll be going back a few times this year so there will be more photos in other seasons, but here are a few from this trip. Just after we arrived: A lock at the Acropolis – we went there the second day, and spent so much time in the museum that we were too late to go to the actual[…]

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