Christina and Mike’s Monkey Island wedding brought together France, Britain and Greece in a wonderfully warm, friendly and fun day in gorgeous sunshine on the stunning Monkey Island in Bray. I began the day with Christina and the excitement built from the calm of hair and makeup to the arrival of family and friends to help as Christina got into her stunning Pronovias wedding dress. The day included some Greek traditions I have not seen before including the Mother of the Bride putting on the Bride’s second shoe and putting some money in the shoe, Christina wore a blue eye charm believed to ward off evil and on the bottom of her shoe, she wrote a list of all her unmarried friends. Tradition says that the names rubbed of the shoe by the end of the day will be getting married soon. The Jimmy Choos had quite a role to play in this wedding! All I can say is that there will be a lot of weddings coming up and I hope I can be at them all!
The wedding ceremony took place at St Michael’s Church in Bray and while photography was limited, I was allowed to get some shots of Christina and Mike exchanging vows from the back. After the ceremony while the guests made their way back to Monkey Island, we made an unplanned stop at Mike’s Grandparent’s house, they had no idea this was happening and they were with the guests so as a surprise we took a photo of the couple with the car outside and then some of my favourite shots of Michael and Christina under a delightful old tree in their garden!
Back at the reception, guest welcomed Christina and Mike over the bridge throwing rice as they walked up the line, this is another tradition symbolising fertility and abundance for the couple. It was a really hot day so the guests enjoyed drinks and canapes next to the River Thames while we took the group shots. Dinner and speeches took place in the Pavillion with views over the Thames. Christina’s Father did a wonderfully moving speech in Greek, translated for the English speaking guests. There were tears of both laughter and happiness throughout all the speeches. Really moving stuff!
The late afternoon sun was gorgeous so we took the opportunity for a few more images of the couple in the gardens before returning for the dancing, as is always the case with Greek weddings the dancing was high energy and a lot of fun! Christina and Mike have been back to Greece for their honeymoon and their gallery was ready for their return. It is always lovely to have nice feedback and Mike emailed:
“We love the pictures so much. You cheered us up whilst we were in the taxi from the airport. The miserable weather didn’t matter much when we were looking at your pictures :-)……Honestly Bev, we really are delighted with them and you had a lot of compliments from the guests. Thank you ever so much from both of us. Christina is over the moon.”
Christina and Mike you are welcome – it was my pleasure!
I absolutely adored photographing this Monkey Island wedding! If you are getting married at Monkey Island I’d love to have a chat about your wedding photography.