Renee & Pete – Greek Orthodox Church – Charlotte, NC

Renee & Pete first met at a church event years ago at The Greek Orthodox Church. It took several years but their friendship develop into something more. While on a trip with some friends, they finally made it official – they were dating. Fast forward, at the same church where they first met, they were married. Renee and Pete’s wedding day was the definition of pure elegance. Extraordinary floral decor put together by Pete’s sister, gorgeous gown, amazing bridal party, music and incredible details… most of all, Renee’s infectious smile.

Greek Bridal Shoes Traditions:

First, the names of the brides single friends are written on the bottom of the brides shoe. At the end of the night the names that are worn off are those of the girls destined to be married soon (good luck girls!)

Second, the Koumbaro from goes to the bride’s house on their wedding day with the bride’s shoes on a platter with money inside the shoes. His offering are at first denied and he puts in more $$$ cash. This is such a fun tradition to see!

Wedding Favor – isn’t it gorgeous?

LOVE LOVE LOVE the way the chairs were covered. It really gave it such an elegant look!

These gorgeous floral arrangements were done by Pete’s sister – she is so talented!

Even if you usually keep things pretty simple in your decor, a little bling goes a long way!Gorgeous cake – amazing detail on the flowers and the E for their last name gives it an elegant touch.

Greek Orthodox Church, Charlotte, North Carolina

Such a sweet moments between Renee and her mom. They look so much alike! I ADORE these flower girls. They did such a great job and are just so cute!

Unlike traditional American weddings, the koumbaro/a put the rings on the bride and groom and play a huge part during the wedding ceremony – what an honor!

Due to pics like this is that I LOVE this church, so beautiful! I’m a big sucker for chandeliers and gorgeous buildings.

The crowns are a visible reminder that the bride and groom have just become the King and Queen of their newly created family.

While the guests were exciting the church, we took a quick ride to Metropolitan Park area to take a few pictures. It was a great moment to see Renee & Pete truly enjoy their first moments as husband and wife.

Isn’t this so stinking adorable?

I think everyone should have the opportunity to experience Greek dancing at least once in their lifetime – who doesn’t want to throw money in the air?

Have you tried doing the Greek dances?

Do you know anyone getting married in Greece?  One of my DREAMS is to photograph a Greek wedding in GREECE AND do an AFTER session throughout some of Greece’s most gorgeous sites!  

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