Calash Wedding on 1/21/17 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Seattle, Wa

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On a cold, winter day earlier this year a young couple tied the knot in a traditional Greek wedding at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Though it was the middle of January, it was an unseasonably clear and bright day for the area as bride and groom John and Rachel excitedly got ready for their big day. Despite the cold, the groom and his buddies were all smiles for outside photos near the lake while the bride got ready with her entourage–adorned in lilac dresses– in the Marriott hotel on the Seattle waterfront.

It’s not everyday you get to attend a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding, which is exactly why we love being able to do the video for ceremonies such as this to share the experience with everyone we know. It also gives you the chance to experience the many different forms of weddings that take place all over the world, especially in religious communities you might not ever get to see otherwise.

Chanting voices filled the large space covered with paintings and idols as everyone took their seats and positions inside the beautiful St. Demetrios church. One by one, the bridal party proceeded in, followed by the ring-bearers and flower girls. Once the organ kicked in with the bridal march, the smile on John’s face and the tears in his eyes say it all–he cannot possibly wait to marry this girl. Walked down the aisle by her father, the bride glowed in a strapless dress with a long, trailing veil.

After a blessing from the priest, the language switched to English as the ceremony got underway. The intricacies and traditions might seem strange to the uninitiated, but everything about the ceremony is meant to communicate with God and seal the bond between these two. But one thing that always remains the same–the beautiful first kiss as man and wife.

Anybody who knows Seattle will say that the weather can flip on a dime–and today was one of those days. Initially bright and sunny, the photoshoot after the wedding was marked by rain clouds and umbrellas, though it hardly could rain on their parade as they were still beaming with delight with the Space Needle in the background. With a view like this–and what just happened inside the church– there’s no amount of rain that could damper the happiness of the bride and groom.

The reception to follow was a massive affair as the family and friends funneled into the event space for their first dance. Tender and giggly, the two danced beautifully in front of everyone they knew. Traditional Greek dancing soon took as the entire family got involved, circling the dance floor with their hands intertwined. It was really a sight to behold, and one we are happy to have gotten on video.

We want to congratulate John and Rachel on their big day and thank them for not only choosing us to have the honor of recording their wedding, but to also share their culture and relationship that they hold so dear.

– Scott Johnson

Photographer – Rebecca Jane Photography

Venue – St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

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