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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Hello Strangers!

It’s been more than a little while since I’ve posted any kind of update whatsoever here, and SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED. A few of my last posts were teases, too – I still haven’t put up my photos from Venice or Geneva (this orchid was from our hotel there), or done any explanations for Round 2 of the ZAAZ portraits I shot toward the end of 2011 in London. …but since then… Brussels We went to Brussels for a weekend. Haven’t even edited those photos yet! Christmas We spent our Christmas holiday in Spain (and a little bit of France)[…]

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We’re MARRIED!!

On Wednesday, the 17th, Lefteris and I got married! We will have a big wedding in Greece next summer, so this was just the legal stuff…but the legal stuff is important! We are both so happy. And now we’re even more excited about the whole wedding celebration. Since we’ve been thinking about this as “Paperwork Day,” I decided to totally run with that and make all of the flowers out of paper. I got some instructions here, here, and here, and then just played around creating variations. I got my dress at Ambience in San Francisco when I was there[…]

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How I shot it: Ashley & Aaron’s rehearsal dinner portrait

The wedding rehearsal was the day before the wedding, so we did some shots at the house. I had something in mind for this: I’ve been saving this photo from Marie Claire for months, waiting for the opportunity to try this pose (or something like it) with a couple. This was my chance! In the house where we stayed, we had a nice big neutral sofa – ideal. We didn’t have a window behind it, or any way to arrange that – but oh well, i figured I could come up with something to make the wall interesting, and I[…]

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My engagement ring!

Apparently, all engagement-related post titles will end with exclamation points! I’m super excited that this is happening. I thought I’d never get married. I’m super independent and have been that way all my life, and I’m really happy on my own. So it’s a tough standard: I wasn’t looking for a husband, or even really a boyfriend, when I met Lefteris. Actually, we first met on the phone, and we hated each other. But when we met in person – we sit directly across from each in the office here in London, so we literally look at each other all[…]

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How I shot it: Ashley & Aaron’s master wedding photo

**More about my engagement soon, I promise!** A couple of years ago, I saw the book Masters’ Guide to Wedding Photography: Capturing Unforgettable Moments and Lasting Impressions by Marcus Bell. I really can’t recommend that book enough; it made me think about wedding photography in a whole new way. It also made me subscribe to Marcus Bell’s blog, which is a constant source of inspiration. The thing I like best about his photography are the landscape-style master portraits he creates, and as soon as I saw the Abita Quail Farm, where Aaron and Ashley had their ceremony and reception, I[…]

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Ashley and Aaron’s wedding

It was amazing! The whole family came to New Orleans (Ashley’s home town), from all over the place – Hawaii, all over the US, and the UK (us!) and Sweden. We rented a couple of houses for the week – one for the “parents” and one for the “kids” – and there we 19 of us in the kids’ house. It was a huge, beautiful place – and I’ve been writing some other posts about it. Since we were all there, it was a great opportunity to shoot at the reception as well as the ceremony and prep. I hope[…]

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