Albuquerque Greek Orthodox Wedding | Nicole and Demetris

Back in October, I traveled down to New Mexico for Demetris and Nicole’s Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding. I’ve photographed so many Greek weddings at this point that I’m starting to feel like part of the family. Several guests and past clients are often at each Greek wedding that I photograph and this one was no different. I shot Nicole’s cousin Constance’s wedding eight years ago and she served as the Koumbara for Nicole.

I started my morning with the ladies as they got ready at Nicole’s parent’s house. Meanwhile, Travis photographed Demetris as he participated in many of the Cypriot wedding traditions at his home like bring shaved and wrapping of the red scarf.

The ceremony took place at Albuquerque’s Saint George Greek Orthodox Church which was gorgeous inside. The bright, soft light was a welcome treat compared to the ubiquitous dark churches that we encounter.

We only had eight minutes with them for portraits before we all headed to the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown for an exciting reception that featured a performance by famous Greek Laïko singer Giorgos Tsalikis. I don’t seep a lick of Greek but I can tell you that Nicole, Demetris and all their guests danced non-stop all evening long to each and every song. The reception turned into one of the wildest that I’ve photographed. Not only was the Ouzo flowing but they broke plates on the dance floor, made it rain cash (and napkins when they ran out) and danced on tables.

Normally I’m a Denver wedding photographer but it was a treat to photograph their Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding. Thank you both for allowing me to be part of your day. It was a pleasure to be able to document all of the moments that help tell the story of your wedding day.

The bride has her makeup done at her home in Albuquerque The groom is shaved by the best man during a cypriot wedding tradition prior to the Albuquerque wedding Nicole applies lip gloss Nicole hangs her dress The groom's mother waves smoke during cypriot wedding traditions as the groom gets ready for the wedding Nicole is helped into her dress by her mother The bride stands outside Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque before walking down the aisle Nicole walks down the aisle at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church The father of the bride kisses his daughter A general view Demetris and Nicole's Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at St. George Greek Orthodox Church Nicole kisses the bible Nicole smiles at Demetris during the ceremony The koumbara switches the stefana on Demetris and Nicole at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church The bride and groom wear the stefana at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque The Koumbara and bridesmaids smile during the greek wedding in Albuquerque The bride and groom are showered with rose pedals as they participate in the ceremonial walk around the table during their Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding at Saint George Inside Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque New Mexico during a wedding ceremony First kiss during the Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church The bride and groom walk down the aisle during their Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding at Saint George The bride and groom are showered with rose pedals as they exit Saint George Greek Orthodox Church during their Albuquerque wedding Nicole and Demetris walk together after their wedding ceremony in Highland Park in Albuquerque Demetris kisses Nicole in Highland Park in Albuquerque The bride and groom embrace on a fall day in Highland Park during their Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding Nicole and Demetris dance together at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown during their Greek wedding reception Nicole dances with her father at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown Demetris dances with his mother Constance gives a toast The father of the groom gives a toast during a Greek wedding at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown The bride smiles during a toast The bride leads the traditional Greek dance during her wedding at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown The father of the bride makes it rain dollar bills on the dance floor Guests dance during a traditional greek wedding at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown Guests dance during a greek wedding in Albuquerque The bride and groom dance on stage as Greek pop artist Giorgos Tsalikis performs during their Albuquerque Greek Orthodox wedding reception at the Sheraton uptown Guests dance at a wedding at the Aheraton Albuquerque uptown The bride dances on stage as Greek pop artist Giorgos Tsalikis sings during her wedding reception at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown A guest dances with a shot of Ouzo on his forehead at a Greek wedding in Albuquerque at the Sheraton Uptown A guest dances with a shot of Ouzo on his forehead at a Greek wedding in Albuquerque at the Sheraton Uptown Guests dance at a Nicole and Demetris Greek wedding reception at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown The father of the bride drinks a shot of Ouzo on the dance floor at the Greek wedding in Albuquerque The priest spills a shot of Ouzo on his face while dancing at a Greek wedding reception at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown The bride and groom dance on a table as napkins fly around them during their traditional Greek wedding reception at the Sheraton Albuquerque uptown Dollar bills, napkins and broken plates cover the dance floor near the bride after a traditional Greek wedding in Albuquerque at the Sheraton uptown

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