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This wasn’t a typical New Year’s Eve Las Vegas wedding. When I think of a Las Vegas wedding, I think of Elvis as an officiant, a cheap hotel, and lots of tacky lights. This wedding was not that. It was my first big Greek wedding (I had to) and I had so much fun learning more about the Greek Orthodox culture and getting to see Alex and Paul say their ‘I do’s’ in front of everybody they loved.

When Alex and Paul first asked me to photograph their wedding, I declined. I was pregnant and, although my baby would be born by their wedding, I was worried about logistics and travel so I just said no. They asked me again a couple months later. I declined again, still pregnant and nervous. Finally, in the fall, after my baby was born, I got an email from Paul saying they had a photographer on board but he wanted to ask me one more time before they signed. He kept this a secret from Alex. I talked with my husband and we decided it would be possible so I finally said yes. I’m so glad I did. I love when I get immersed in something I don’t now much about and Alex and Paul’s wedding was just that.

Both Alex and Paul grew up Greek Orthodox. I can’t pretend to know what that officially means, other than I know they hold strong ties to their Greek heritage and continue to traditional customs today. I believe they met at a party through their Greek friends and shared an interest in traditional Greek dancing. Alex is becoming a gynecologic oncologist, so although they met when she was in med school in California, they have recently been dating from afar as she does her residency in Texas. I met them when I did their engagements, and even though they were hundreds of miles apart regularly, it was so fun to watch the way they looked at each other and to see that love just shine. They really are a perfect match.

Their ceremony was held at a Greek Orthodox church in Las Vegas. It was fun to watch the clergy sing and bless them in Greek. It really isn’t often I get to see such a traditional religious ceremony. Their reception followed at the Red Rock Country Club. They had a traditional Greek band play and danced traditional Greek dances. Their uncle Jerry even provided them with a lamb which they roasted outside and people ate as a late night snack. I loved watching them count down to the New Year with all of their family and friends there to watch and join in on the midnight kiss when the clock struck twelve. My favorite part was to see how much community and family meant to Alex and Paul and to watch everybody join in to dance together in celebration of their union.

This really was a once in lifetime wedding and I’m so happy the start aligned so I could be their to document and celebrate two people who are so clearly made for each other. So many congrats to my new Greek friends and I hope you can enjoy their wedding pictures as much as I did.

Vendors:

Wedding Planner: Angelica Rose Events

Ceremony Venue: St. John Greek Orthodox Church

Reception Venue: Red Rock Country Club

Floral and Decor: City Blossoms

Wedding Cake: Peridot Sweets

Hair and Makeup: Amelia C. & Co.

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