The reason I love photographing weddings has nothing to do with gorgeous venues, amazing destinations and beautifully crafted details of the day, even though all of those are awesome. I shoot weddings because of the people, and the moments of pure joy and happiness that they get to experience and I have the privilege of recording. Last weekend’s wedding of Georgi & Olga was amazing in that regard. Georgi & Olga originally got married twelve years ago with a simple courthouse wedding, so this year, they were lucky enough to manage to fly both sets of parents in from overseas to spend some time with them over the holidays, so they decided to get married officially in the Russian Orthodox Church.
There are wonderful traditions in Russian weddings, including having the groom answer some questions about his bride-to-be including when they had met and what he favorite perfume is before being allowed to see her for the very first time and I had a great time documenting some of that, along with the rest of preparation before we all got in our cars and headed to the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Washington, DC. After the ceremony, we headed back, making a quick stop in Rock Creek Park for some portraits and an impromptu snowball fight, before heading back to his house where we were welcomed by all of his friends and family and an offering of Bread & Salt, to symbolize health, prosperity and long life.
Georgi & Olga, thanks again for letting me be a part of your day!