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Late June, before the heat has really set in for the summer, is the ideal time for a wedding outside the city center of Athens. Antonia and Giannis’ wedding, and the baptism of their little daughter, took us to the northern suburbs of Athens, to Stamata, Attica.

The photo shoot took place in an open space illuminated by that vivid Greek afternoon light. It is this light that many of the great Greek artists called the “Attica light”. The protagonists play in the shadows as they bring the story into focus and create the frames. Even earlier, as the bride was getting ready and despite the enclosed space, the light offered gentle hues and reflections that were full of promise for the work to come. Do not forget that Wedding photography is a modern kind of art!

The Preparation and the Wedding at Kokotos Estate

Antonia, lovely with her hair still lose, moves with a carefree air, like a Lautrec painting rendered on film projected onto the folds of the pavilion at the reception held later at the Kokotos Estate. This carefree spirit, helping to relax their young daughter, is reflected naturally in the smile on Giannis’ face. If I were to add a thought about this wedding and baptism, it would be that the harmonious and even light perfectly suited the emotional serenity and confidence of this new family.

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During this wedding photo shoot, I was particularly struck by the ease in the movements of the protagonists. In relating their story, the wedding photographs do not function alone, or in sections, or categories. What I mean is that there should be a strong connection linking all of the stages, from the preparation of the bride through to the reception. The wedding photos always tell the same story of that one special day. These elements that are recorded like a diary made up of Polaroid images should be present through all of the different stages of the day.

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