Well, this was always going to be a complete blast to shoot. Angelo is Greek. Jess is not. In fact, she had never been to a Greek wedding – the first one she went to was… her own! Fortunately, she had five gorgeous girls to help her along, and a happy, fun, and just slightly debonaire man to hold her arm.
Also, I think it is probably pretty fair to say that Jess just takes everything completely in her stride. She was as relaxed and beautiful a bride as you could possibly wish for.
I really love this moment – just a tiny instant of reflection as she is in the process of getting ready…
But always ready with a beautiful smile! That’s her Nana giving her the final little finishing touches – she was also responsible for keeping the rain away. No, really.
When I had a moment to take a couple of formal images, I tried to explain the feel of this one as being like a cheesy Seventies backdrop – only with amazing light! On reflection, it is probably a bit more Eighties…I mentioned Jess’ five fantastic bridesmaids. Here they are, looking amazing, happy, ready to roll…
And of course, there can be no wedding without a groom. Angelo and Jess are just a fantastic match – their personalities and sense of fun complement each other just perfectly. It helps that they are both completely hot, too! If you are wondering about the expression on his face here – it is because he never stops talking!Ummm… nice shot, if I do say so myself. Also – very, very loooong car!And you’re quite right – these girls did not stop smiling for the entire day! Check out the shawls – warm, funky, classy and cool…No, none of these boys are feeling any nerves at all…One of the things that always surprises me at a Greek ceremony is how little pomp there is to the whole walking down the aisle. Its always just get to the church and get to the action…And there is someting about the formality of the service that justs adds an extra note of solemnity to what is.. well, a pretty serious occasion!See – even Ross and Christopher could tell that something pretty major was going down…I do like this little moment…And you may have noticed the slightly unconventional flowers before – but this image really shows them off. I loved ‘em!If you have been to a Greek wedding before, then you know exactly what is going on here. I, not being Greek, think of it as “the Crowny bit”. I would be very happy to be enlightened!My wife will hate this shot, because Jess has her eyes closed. I love it for EXACTLY THE SAME REASON!I love shooting hands – I always feel that they convey so much intensity and emotion on a wedding day.Always a pretty big exit from a Greek church! Jess and Angelo really didn’t want a whole bunch of formal images – a pretty common theme with my clients, really! But there is always time to create a few images. These are pretty much my favourites…And I think this image needs no commentary.Off to Rosati for the reception. The sunlight was gone, and we were deep into twilight. I believe I have waxed rhapsodically about the stunning low light ability of my camera before – here is another example, snapped, handheld, as Jess jumped out off the limo. Kudos to Seb in the background for being able to manuver that enormous car through the city laneways!Rosati is, of course, a pretty stylish venue. So an equally stylish cake was definitely called for.And I think we can safely say that Jess and Angelo were pretty damn happy about everything!This is one of the last images I took that night, and one of my favourites. Angelo couldn’t look any happier, and Jess? Just beautiful.
Congratulations. What a fabulous day. Spare a thought for the rest of us in wintry Melbourne while you are soaking up the sun on your honeymoon!