I must say, Lyndsy and Tony’s wedding was one I had been nervous about all season. While I have shot many weddings, this was going to be my first Greek wedding. A Greek wedding ceremony has many new to me traditions which I needed to be aware of, and capture. Tony had informed me of this at our meetings, and I had done some research on my own, so I felt like I knew what I was going to be doing, but I was still nervous. When I got to the church, I spoke to the priest about any restrictions he may have had, as I always do, and he essentially told me just to stick to his right and I’d be fine. I of course was going to do just as he said.
St. George’s is such a beautiful church, I love the large paintings and the ornate carved wood altar, not to mention the huge gold chandeliers. The hour long ceremony flew by, and felt to me like only half of that. As Tony and Lyndsy came down the front steps of the church, their guests showered them in flower petals.
After their flower shower, we took off to the Heart Shaped Pond at Hemlock Ravine Park. We took care of all the photos there with a small group of family, and the wedding party. We made sure the wedding party’s commitment was short so they could get back to drinking. We took a little walk with Tony and Lyndsy and took their photos, wrapping up ahead of schedule.
The reception was underneath the church in the Greek Community Centre, and it was beautifully decorated. I can’t imagine how much work went into getting that room together, it’s a good thing they have a lot of great friends who were there to help. One of those friends let all the guests in on a little secret during his speech. We discovered from JP, that he and Tony used to break dance together. As someone who loves watching break dancers (with no talent of my own), I got my hopes up that we might see some moves later in the evening, but that would have to wait.
After the dinner and speeches, they got into the traditional Greek dances. It was great to see so many people get up on the dance floor. I couldn’t tell you the dance moves during that first dance, but I know it basically turned into a spiral of people, and I spun in a circle taking photos until I nearly fell over from being dizzy.
It was a bit later in the night that we all finally got to see it. JP went over to Tony, took his feet and physically put his dancing shoes on for him. Then, it was break dancing time. Tony said it had been about 15 years, but he still had some pretty good moves, and it didn’t matter how good they were, we all appreciated seeing him out there giving it a go, and he and JP gave us all a good show with their dance off. I wish there was dancing like that at every wedding, you can’t help but be in a dancing mood after seeing that.
I had a great time being there to capture the celebrations at Lyndsy and Tony’s wedding, it was a beautiful and fun day.
Have a look at what transpired;