One of the most pleasurable aspects of being a Destination Wedding Photographer is the experience of travelling and meeting people from different cultures, backgrounds and religions that ordinarily, I wouldn’t have the chance to connect with.

Yiota and Paul’s wedding was my first ever Greek Orthodox wedding, it took place at the historic Church of Saint Lazarus in Larnaca, Cyprus. It was a truly beautiful and soulful wedding experience.

The energy from ‘dressing the bride’ to tender moments capturing the Grooms reaction as he waited outside the Church of Saint Lazarus and presented his Bride with a gift of her boutique together with placing of the crowns (all of which are Greek wedding traditions) will last with me forever.

Photo Greek Orthodox wedding church of saint lazarus by Wes Simpson destination wedding photographer


It was a real honour to be asked to photograph my first ever Greek Orthodox Wedding at the historic Church of Saint Lazarus, which is a late-9th-century church in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The story of photographing my first ever Greek Orthodox wedding 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 in Paphos.

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 Greek Orthodox wedding in Larnaca.


Over a six month period from our initial contact, Yiota interviewed other wedding photographers but lucky for me she simply 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 wasn’t familiar with Greek Orthodox wedding traditions, however, I explained that I would photograph the wedding in a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary style, so if it happened, I would be photographing it.

Due to trust and freedom, the couple gave me to photograph their wedding, the results are a stunning collection of images that showcase sincere love, together with the people and locations of Larnaca.

Beautiful photo of bride and groom looking at sunset in Larnaca Cyprus


I loved all the traditional aspects of this Greek Orthodox Wedding from the energy of the “Dressing The Bride” at the parents home to the Greek wedding tradition of the Groom presenting the Bride with her flowers outside the church.

The wedding produced a truly beautiful, honest and emotional set of images. The exchange of rings and placing of the ‘Wedding Crowns’ was a joy to witness and inspired me to write personal blog story – “Greek Orthodox Wedding Traditions Observed by an English Destination Wedding Photographer.” 

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 Larnaca wedding is special to me for many reasons and 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!”

Bride and groom laughing in street in Larnaca Cyprus with bag saying I love Cyprus


If you’re planning a destination wedding in Cyprus anywhere else in the world and would like me to be your wedding photographer, please feel to contact me. My passport is ready.

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About - Wes Simpson

"An expert in capturing emotions with an incredible gift of being able to preempt special moments."

Wes Simpson: Award-winning wedding photographer Liverpool; covering UK & destination weddings.
His natural cinematic style of wedding photography has seen him become one of the most desirable photographers in the North West of England, photographing luxury weddings and celebrity assignments around the world...

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