As I work on catching up on the blog, it brings us all to the wedding day of Amy and George. If you have been a follower of my blog for a while, you will definitely know the happy couple! Back in October of 2010, I shot their engagement photos in Ingersoll, Ontario. It was one of my favourite engagement shoots as we got to work in some really cool locations and also with an old muscle car. The vintage style pictures can be seen here: http://andrewpateras.com/blog/?p=898
The day started off at George’s house with a traditional Greek family gathering. The Metaxa was flowing, Greek pastries and sweets were tempting all of the guests and George’s father was playing a mean bouzouki in the family room! After capturing a lot of what was going on, I took the guys outside and captured some fun shots as they took shots of Metaxa!
I headed over to the Courtyard by Marriott which is where the girls were getting ready. When I arrived, the girls were putting the finishing touches on their makeup and they were ready to work the camera! The lobby of the hotel made for a great spot to get some really edgy shots of the girls. You will see the shots below where I got them to put their smiles aside for a minute and unleash the fierce attitude!
When I arrived at Panagia Greek Orthodox Church in Hamilton , something struck me. Being of Greek descent, I have attended countless Greek weddings, but I have hardly shot any! I think this was only my second, EVER! regardless, the ceremony was beautiful and Father Drakos allowed me to shoot from all angles.
After the traditional Greek ceremony, we headed over to McMaster University for the family portraits and formal photos of the bridal party. It was a gorgeous day and my 100% “No Rain” streak has yet to be broken! We had ample time to get all the family portraits and then work with the bridal party for some really fun and fresh photos. As you will see, I captured a very interesting slow shutter of the guys behind the happy couple.
As the day came to an end, the party was just about to get started at Michelangelo’s Banquet Centre in Hamilton. There was plenty to photograph as this group really knew how to party. Even though only half of the guests were of Greek descent they definitely lived up to the standard of a BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING!