Eugenia+ Todd|Chicago IL Wedding Photographer

Is this thing on? That’s what I feel like I’m saying to the blogosphere at the moment, as if it is some rusty old microphone that I haven’t picked up in a long time. I have officially proven that I am quite the slacker when it comes to posting my work. There was a time when I was really quite on top of it all. But life happens and sometimes things have to take a back burner. Today I had to bring it out for a little spin though because Eugenia and Todd have been oh so patiently waiting for their photos and they deserve a little peak before I send them out.

Their day was absolutely perfect. Great Weather, tons of supportive family and friends, and a beautiful ceremony were just some of the elements that made it such a special day. It was my first time photographing a Greek Orthodox Wedding and I was very much taken by all of the special traditions.

Eugenia started her day with hair and make-up at her mom’s house.

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Her dress was so beautiful and classic. If Kate Middleton had to do it all over again, I’m sure she’d choose a dress just like Eugenia’s.

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I actually met Eugenia for the first time in 2014 when I photographed her best friend Carolyn’s Wedding. These 2 ladies are just about the sweetest I’ve ever met and I’ve been so lucky to have had such lovely brides to photograph.

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One of those Greek traditions I mentioned earlier was the dancing. This was just a practice run here. Eugenia found a traditional Greek quartet that played for throughout the day. They were so good and really added so much to the day.

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There were may lovely details throughout the day, but here a re just a few.

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This was my first time even being inside of a Greek Orthodox Church and I was just overwhelmed by it’s ornate beauty.

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Another unique tradition was that Eugenia was presented to Todd before the ceremony even began in the church. The quartet was playing for this as well and all of the guests surrounded the happy couple. It was very joyful and celebratory and it seemed to set them both at ease.

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They did choose to do a traditional American processional as well.

There were an awful lot of adorable little ones involved in the ceremony. I’d say about half of them made it down on their own. The rest needed a little encouragement.

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The ceremony included more traditional Greek Elements. In fact, the much of the service was actually in Greek. And most of the parts that were in Greek were sung or chanted by the priest. I found it to be very sacred and beautiful.

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I forget what Eugenia said this was called, but it entailed a few trips around and a sprinkling of rose petals.

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And then a celebratory send off! I assured Eugenia afterward that I’d be able to Photoshop out all of the candied hearts that got stuck in her hair.

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One of the perks of being the photographer is that sometimes you get to ride with the couple on the way to portraits. This is especially nice if it is a Rolls Royce Cloud. This was a first for me (riding in a Rolls, not photographing a kiss of course.)

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Portraits took place in Itasca, which is where Todd and Eugenia are renovating there home together. They really wanted to use the park in the middle of town and I had no objections. It was such a sweet little place.

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Here you can see that I did not Photoshop out the candied hearts. I thought t looked cute since they were in front of their Get Away Car. Of course they will get a Photoshopped Version as well.

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And just a few last photos of some of the Greek Dancing at the reception. They started with the wedding party and then would add more and more people as the music played…

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As the couple danced, money was thrown around them and then the kids would run around and collect it. I still never figured out if it was their job to

collect it and then give it to an adult to be put back into circulation,or if they got to keep it. I’m guessing it is the former.

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Or maybe it was the latter. LOL. Either way, they had a blast!

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Thank You So Much Eugenia and Todd for trusting me to document your special day!