Being a Peabody Essex Museum Wedding Photographer for Paula + Marc’s incredible Greek Orthodox wedding full of Greek Orthodox traditions and customs in seaside Massachusetts was a breathtaking day to be a part of. This day, guys. I seriously can’t get enough of it.
It was actually the longest wedding day I’ve photographed in a while (they wanted to make sure the incredible dance party was immortalized in images so we added more time on the fly!) but honestly, I felt like I could’ve kept going even later. If I’d been asked to, I would’ve stayed all night – it was just that good!
My heart felt so inspired all day long, everyone invited me in close so I could feel all of those moments right alongside them and the images reflect that openness, all of the hugs, the tears, the laughter, the LOVE – it was just what I needed.
For me, so much of being a wedding photographer is giving a lot of myself – both physically by climbing around, crouching down, moving fast when the energy gets sparked across the room, and also emotionally because I truly get heavily invested in my couples and their days – however, I felt that Paula, Marc, their friends, and families unknowingly gave so much to ME on this day and it was absolutely unreal! Without anyone even knowing it, their presence inspired me beyond words and gave me something immeasurable that I’ll forever be grateful for.
And oh the Greek traditions and customs! I LOVED THEM ALL!! When her parent’s house filled with family and friends to celebrate Paula before she headed out to the ceremony there was so much beautiful energy and all of the traditions overflowed with excitement and joy. The signing of her wedding day shoes, the youngest cousin who filled her shoes with $100 bills, the dancing out on the back patio with plates and crystal smashed at their feet, the moonshine poured from water bottles passed around by the older members of the family – I was living for every second of it all.
The entire day was pure celebration, pure love, and pure inspiration for this photographer’s heart. I wanted more – and I still do. Can I go back and do it all again? Get different angles of the party, get my camera close again to her mom as she tips back a bottle of champagne, photograph the confident flower girls as they make eyes at me while getting their hair quickly styled into place, grab more images as Marc’s brother showers them with celebratory dollar bills on the dance floor, feel the happiness and love that emanates off of Paula + Marc? Pretty please?
And let’s not forget the women of this day, they were the fire that burned the day bright. So confident, so sure of how incredible they are, so warm, so loving, so very very strong. From her sisters to her mom, to her aunts to her grandmother, to cousins and friends this is a circle of women everyone should be so lucky to have in their lives.
I could go on forever (really, I could!) but I suppose it’s time to get to the photos of this incredible group! I hope you too can feel the love I felt all day long.
And Paula + Marc – I love you two. I really really do. Thank you a million times for inviting me along to your day and for being so open to me – you two are absolute perfection and I wish you all the best!
The first of many dances of the Kalamatiano!
love, love, love
St. George Greek Orthodox Church is absolutely stunning.
Celebratory dollar bills continued to be thrown all night long – in each photo where the floor is showing you’ll find them!
Peabody Essex Museum Wedding Photographer: www.iamsarahv.com (Oscar was my second!)
Ceremony: St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Lynn, Massachusetts
Reception: Peabody Essex Museum
DJ: Kostas Blathras
Dress Purchased From: Mark Ingram Boutique
Dress Designer: Inbal Dror
Cake: Johnny’s Cheesecakes
Makeup: Art is Beauty by Paola
Hair: Lia Theodorakakos
Lighting for Reception: Retonica
Massachusetts, Maine & New Hampshire wedding photographer, I AM SARAH V Photography, photographs events for wildly in love couples seeking an NH, Maine & Massachusetts wedding photographer with a photojournalism & cinematic approach. You can see more of my work online at www.iamsarahv.com or on Instagram. I photograph many locations including being a Peabody Essex Museum wedding photographer in Salem Massachusetts. I love traditional Greek Orthodox Weddings and would enjoy photographing yours too! If you’d like to contact me directly, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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