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Georgi + Olga | DC Russian Orthodox Wedding

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!

Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga
Russian Orthodox Wedding - Georgi & Olga

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17 Responses to Georgi + Olga | DC Russian Orthodox Wedding

  • The last picture is particularly lovely. Beautiful work, Leo!

  • I can’t help but think of Disney. Absolutely gorgeous photos! =)

  • These are so sweet! The light is beautiful in these photos.

  • What a gorgeous venue. And some great backlighting there!

  • Very nice stuff! The light looks so dreamy. I like it.

  • These are fantastic! Such a wonderful set. It’s so inspiring to see such love after so many years of marriage. I also really love the snowball fight ;)

  • Rae:

    Just gorgeous :) Beautiful coverage they look SO happy!

  • What a cool wedding to be able to photograph, especially with your Russian background! I love the ceremony shots, so colorful and beautiful, and I particularly love the two portraits right after the ceremony, the light filtered in is gorgeous!

  • I am seriously swooning over the light in the ceremony shots – so, so beautiful!

  • Incredible colors! Love the light and color during the ceremony. Georgi and Olga, you two look amazing!

  • Just beautiful. I love the way you’ve captured and presented this. What I would give to be a part of such a wedding!

  • Love her blue gown and all the amazing colors and textures of the church. Beautiful!

  • Georgi and Olga:

    Dear Leo,

    Our dream has come true and we had a wonderful wedding, and you have captured every moment of it!
    You were there with us every step o the way, and reflected our happiness and love.
    You are a great photographer, and we highly recommend you to everyone who wants to save precious moments of their lives in pictures for years to come.

    Georgi and Olga.

  • wow, that church is incredible! i adore the whole series of bright images captured during the ceremony.

  • I’ve photographed quite a few Russian Orthodox weddings myself and I think you did an amazing job! I enjoyed every single shot you posted, very inspiring work! Thanks Leo and congrats to Georgi & Olga!

  • Bill:

    Gorgeous pictures Leo! Congrats to Georgi and Olga, you look amazing!

  • Wonderful! I adore her blue dress. You caught a lot of wonderful emotions.

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