International destination weddings are what I describe as a “breath of fresh air” for me. Sun-washed Greek islands with their picturesque little villages and the crystal clear Aegean waters are of course a wonderful backdrop for wedding photography, but when I travel abroad for destination weddings, I always feel the thrill of the new place and I get the chance to combine my love for travel and wedding photography.
Last December I had the chance to travel to Chicago for the wedding of Sophia and Teddy. Sophia, the bride, was the maid of honor in Valia and Niko’s wedding in Gytheio last year. She had seen my work in her friend’s wedding and decided to ask me to also be her wedding photographer. The ceremony would be religious and would take place in Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church at Palos Hills. Of course I was more than happy to be given the chance to create beautiful photography in this Chicago Greek Orthodox wedding!
When I arrived in the United States a blast of Arctic air had already settled over North America bringing very low temperatures, which reached -21°C in the Chicago area. So, this destination wedding turned out to be more of a “breath of icy cold air”! Chicago appeared to be a delightful, icy wonderland, but the weather conditions were certainly harsh both for me and the couple. Nevertheless, we still managed to go on very short photo session in the city center as well as in the historic Chicago Hilton Hotel and make some beautiful photos.
I would like to thank Sophia and Teddy for their warm hospitality and for being such a lovely and brave couple!