CHURCH OF SAINT LAZARUS, CYPRUS
I was honoured to be asked to photograph my first ever Greek Orthodox Wedding at the magnificent religious Church of Saint Lazarus, which is a late-9th-century church in Larnaca, Cyprus. It belongs to the Church of Cyprus, an autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church from the Bible.
This story begins with Yiota (the bride, who lives in Cyprus) looking for a wedding photographer on the internet, she came across my work and fell in love with an image from a destination wedding that I’d taken the year before over in Paphos, however at first it didn’t make sense for Yiota and Paul to fly an English wedding photographer (based in Liverpool, UK) out to Cyprus to photography their Orthodox wedding in Larnaca.
CYPRUS DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Over a six month period from our initial contact, Yiota interviewed other wedding photographers but lucky for me she just couldn’t get my work out of her head, no other wedding photographers work, in her words – “gave her goosebumps.”
Yiota’s main concern was that I didn’t know the important Greek Orthodox traditions, however, I explained that I would photograph the wedding in a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary style, so if it happened, I would with much eagerness be photographing it. Due to trust and freedom they gave me, the results are a stunning collection of images that showcase sincere love, together with the people and locations of Larnaca.
GREEK ORTHODOX WEDDING TRADITIONS
I love all the traditional aspects of this Greek Orthodox Wedding from the energy of the “Dressing The Bride” at the parents home to the Greek tradition of the Groom presenting the Bride with flowers outside the church – which produced a set of truly beautiful, honest and emotional images. The exchange of rings and placing of the ‘Wedding Crowns’ was a joy to witness so I wrote a personal blog –
Greek Orthodox Wedding Traditions Observed by an English Destination Wedding Photographer – full story HERE.
When I started photographing weddings I didn’t anticipate the journey it would take me on or the wonderful people, places and cultures I would encounter. Yiota and Paul’s wedding is so special to me for many reasons but I have to say that I am very humbled and grateful that my work connected with someone from a totally different country, from a different religion and who spoke a different language! I guess, “Images speak louder than words!”