Rebecca and Andy’s wedding was something of a first for me for several reasons. Taking place on the beautiful island of Crete, it was the longest wedding I have ever covered (stretching from 10am in the morning to 6am the following day!) and was the first time I have photographed essentially three weddings for one couple in one day!
Rebecca and Andy were getting married in Crete because of its special significance to Rebecca and her family. As they put it – “it was a choice between Claridges and Crete, and we chose Crete!” Having holidayed there every year as a chid, Rebecca felt just as at home on the island as she did in England, particularly since her parents had moved out there after retirement, building themselves a beautiful home out in the mountains – the terrace of which would be the setting for the ceremonies.
The first ‘wedding’ was the official one, the signing of the paperwork the morning before the ceremony. Just a few close family and friends were present and, movingly, the official business was conducted by an old friend of the family, who had known Rebecca since a child and was just as overwhelmed emotionally as the guests!
After that official business was out of the way, the wedding party headed out to the beach for a few drinks, ice creams and a little paddling in the ocean, reconvening a little later to begin the preparations for the actual ceremony.
After much fun and a little hair-drama getting ready, in the same flat in the town centre that Rebecca had holidayed in as a child, it was time to head out in procession through the town to her parent’s house and the terrace where the two wedding ceremonies were to be performed. After a brief hiccup when Rebecca’s grand entrance was halted by a door that had accidentally been left locked, we emerged out onto the terrace before a mountainous backdrop and a glorious sunset. After two simultaneous weddings, one in greek and one in english, it was time to head off to the party.
Visiting the old, dilapidated church that Rebecca had selected as her reception venue the day before proceedings, I think its fair to say that it wasn’t yet the ideal location for a party, but Rebecca had a vision – and we trusted that vision! Arriving on the evening of the wedding, we were greeted by a place utterly transformed. Rebecca, a theatre director with an eye for set-dressing, had created a truly magical setting for the evenings proceedings. In the middle of an olive grove with outside tables and the most beautiful lighting, the party started with an English swing band and ended with traditional greek musicians. Thanks to Rebecca’s foresight in bringing a greek dance teacher to dinner a few nights before to educate the Brits, we were soon all joining in enthusiastically!
By 6am the next morning the festivities had finally come to an end, and as people wandered home, some clutching polaroids from my Crazybooth in the olive grove, others grasping images produced by the silhouette artist Rebecca and Andy had flown in, we headed back out to the beach to catch the sunrise. A magical end to a magical few days in which Tom and I had been treated like family, a wonderful wedding full of joie de vive – typically Greek and brilliantly British!
Wedding Planner: Moments Wedding Planners Catering: 5 Star Catering Sound and lights: The Real Music Dress: Amanda Wyatt Suits: Moss Bros Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Angelina Faccenda by Mori Lee Silhouette artist: Charles Burns Band: The Swing Shoes Second Photographer: Tom Archer
Lots more after the jump!
More adventures to come!