Peabody Essex Museum Wedding Photographer : Paula + Marc

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!

Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the bride does finishing touches on her makeup

The bride gets her lips touched up during the getting ready for her wedding

The flower girl gets her dress altered real quick on the wedding day by the Koumbara and the bride

The bride and her flower girl share a laugh on the wedding day

The bride and her flower girl share a laugh on the wedding day

The flower girl is not impressed with having to get her hair done on the wedding day

The bride writes the names of the women on her shoe as part of a Greek tradition and custom on her wedding day

The youngest cousin of the bride puts money in the bride's shoe as part of a Greek tradition and custom on her wedding day

The youngest cousin of the bride puts money in the bride's shoe as part of a Greek tradition and custom on her wedding day

The first of many dances of the Kalamatiano!
The family celebrates the bride by dancing the Kalamatiano and breaks China plates as part of a Greek tradition and custom on her wedding day

The bride stands amongst the broken China that was part of the Greek customs and traditions her family celebrated her wedding with

The aunt of the bride celebrates with a shot on the bride's wedding day as part of the Greek traditions and customs

The groom shares a toast on his wedding day

The bride's dad holds his grandson who smirks at the camera

The bride in her intricately gorgeous wedding gown as the first look begins

The groom waits for the first look to start on his wedding date

love, love, love

Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the groom sees his bride for the first time during the first look and he gets emotional

The groom sees his bride for the first time during the first look and he gets emotional

The bride and groom laugh together during their first look outside

The Stephana crowns sit atop the Bible before the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony begins

St George Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the flower girls head down the aisle during the ceremony

The bride's grandmother embraces the Koumbara on the wedding day

The bride and her father come down the aisle on her wedding day during the ceremony

St. George Greek Orthodox Church is absolutely stunning.

The bride and groom stand on the altar with the Stephana crowns on during the Greek ceremony

St George Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the priest uses incense during the ceremony

The bride and groom are officially married during the ceremony

The bride and groom get close in front of the church's stained glass windows on their wedding day

St George Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the bride and groom are celebrated with a shower of bird seed on their wedding day outside the church

The bride and groom get ready to head to the reception in a vintage car after their ceremony

The bride and groom wave as they head to the reception in a vintage car after their ceremony

Peabody Essex Museum Wedding Photographer Greek Orthodox Massachusetts the wedding party including the Koumbara and Koumbaro smile for the camera

The wedding party including the Koumbara and the brides sisters smile for the camera

The bride and groom enjoy hanging out on the docks with the city of Boston in the background

The bride and groom snuggle in close out on the docks with the Boston skyline in the background

Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the bride and groom look gorgeous together out on the docks with Boston in the background

Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the bride and groom cuddle in a vintage car

Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the bride and groom cuddle in a vintage car

The bride and groom get in close to one another next to their vintage car in Boston

Peabody Essex Museum Wedding Photographer Greek Orthodox Massachusetts the bride and groom are welcomed into the reception

Peabody Essex Museum Wedding Photographer Greek Orthodox Massachusetts the bride and her father dance at her reception while guests shower them with money as a Greek tradition and custom

Celebratory dollar bills continued to be thrown all night long – in each photo where the floor is showing you’ll find them!

Greek Orthodox Wedding in Massachusetts the newlyweds are celebrated with money during their first dance at the reception

The bride and her grandmother embrace on her wedding day

The bride and her father dance at the wedding reception at the Peabody Essex Museum

The bride at her wedding day reception

The bride, her Koumbara and family dance the Kalamatiano on her wedding day as part of the Greek tradition and custom

The bride and her dad dance the Kalamatiano on her wedding day as part of the Greek tradition and custom

The bride and her dad dance the Kalamatiano on her wedding day as part of the Greek tradition and custom

The groom dances the Kalamatiano on his wedding day as part of the Greek tradition and custom

The bride and her friends celebrate at the wedding reception

The Peabody Essex Museum reception is in full swing and the Koumbaro dances with his fiance

Salem Massachusetts wedding with the bride and her mother dance at the wedding reception

The reception is in full swing with the guests dancing

The wedding reception is in full swing and the Koumbaro dances with his fiance

The reception is in full swing with friends and family dancing

The reception is in full swing with the bride and groom dancing at the wedding reception

St George Greek Orthodox Massachusetts Wedding Photographer the bride and groom get close in front of the church's stained glass windows on their wedding day

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
Suit: Indochino
Flowers: Konstantina’s
Cake: Johnny’s Cheesecakes
Catering: Capers
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 hello@iamsarahv.com

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