What a Fab Weekend, What a Fab Wedding
Mike & Caroline – A Greek Wedding in Wales
Sneak Peek Only !
Hey guys, this weekend I had the fantastic pleasure of photographing the wedding of Mike and Caroline. I met these guys sometime last year and we just clicked – the wedding sounded like it would be fun but OH MY GOD what an amazing day Helen and I had – I can honestly say this was my favorite wedding for a long long time.
There is no rhyme or reason for the following photos – they were actually picked to show a very good friend of mine and amazing wedding photographer in his own right, Tim Driver a wedding photographer in Suffolk. The reason for sharing with Tim is that we always have a post wedding analysis of each of our wedding to see what we did right, what we learned and what could we do to improve next time to make the whole thing better for our clients.
Anyway back to the photos. As you may or may not know (I had posted about Mike sometime last year after he sent me some Amazing Tee Shirts that he had embroidered with my logo) Mikes runs a business is simply called Mike the Biz http://www.mikethebiz.co.uk/ and it really is your one-stop shop for printed or embroidered promotional garments. Mike’s family heritage is Greek so the wedding had very strong Greek influences. The wedding was taking place at Castell Malgwyn Hotel– http://www.castellmalgwyn.co.uk which is a grand old country home and a fantastic wedding reception venue and makes for amazing wedding photos imho.
In the living room shortly after I arrived I found Nick (hope its spent right) or as I called him all night in a affectionate way – Nick the Greek. You will see lots of Nick photos later as he was a very important part of the day but when Helen and I had finished taking our establishing shots Nick was just playing a few notes on….. well I dont know what its called yet – I am sure Steven will let me know later in the day 🙂
A term that was bounded around for a lot of the day was The Greek Mafia – I think this (I hope) referred to the gathering of guys at the wedding all of whom looked so distinguished and well polished. While Nick the Greek was doing his stuff they sat around and enjoyed the music – here is a shot of one of the gentlemen.
And here is a shot of Mike himself with his best man James
Why was it fun ? Well there at things that take place at Greek Weddings like the blessing ceremony that I dont normally see – Anytime there is something new that I have not really seen before means I have to work that little bit harder as I dont know what is gonig to happen but I have to anticipate to make sure I get the shot’s – I am so please with the next two photos because of the importance this little part of the day actually played – being able to capture the details like this means great memories for my clients in the years to come. Mike’s mum is preparing the incense for the blessing – its quite a special moment so I could not really move around as I didn’t want to interfere with the moment.
and this is one of my favorite shots (that I have seen so far) – its a shot of Mike just getting ready for the blessing to take place – in this shot I was just setting up my light so it was very much a candid moment. I had asked Mike to sit in the chair (which the blessing would take place around) and took a test shot – I think it captured the moment perfectly and puts a big smile on my face.
This next shot was taking during the actual blessing – I am sure this young lady wont be too thrilled with the angle I captured her but its all about the shot and the moment and since she is Mike’s sister I am sure she will forgive me – she was a blast all night long especially during the Greek Dancing.
Soon after the blessing I had to run outside to grab shots of Caroline arriving. I grabbed this shot in the back of a 76 year old Rolls Royce and has Caroline, her brother and daughter all with that pre wedding smile the bridal party gets just minutes before they turn up to the wedding
and here Carolines Brother is giving her away at the start of the wedding ceremony
and during the service I captured this moment, I love the tenderness with which Caroline is placing the ring on Mike’s finger
As you can see from the signing of the register the whole day was fun filled !
Well as I said before this is just a sneak peek – there will be lots more and the blog story of what I hear referred to many times that night as My big fat Greek Wedding but to leave you with today here are a few taken on the dance floor
and last but not least !
I think you can see just how much fun this whole day was – I want to congratulate Caroline and Mike on an amazing day and with them all the best. Thanks for choosing me to share your day with.