Kevin and Katerina had a Assumption Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony followed by a reception at Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.
We have been looking forward to Kevin and Katerina’s wedding ever since their engagement session. Becky and I had so much fun spending the afternoon with them in Traverse City, photographing them in the elements, and warming up with a glass of wine at a local vineyard after their shoot. It felt like old times, when we got to know and even befriend couples prior to their wedding. I miss those times to be honest. It makes photographing the wedding that much more special. We aren’t just looking to take beautiful photos at that point, we are invested in the couple, the families, the love.
When their wedding day finally arrived, it was like seeing old friends. I don’t know why, but I remember being a little nervous as we unpacked our gear at Katerina’s house. All it took was seeing Katerina and the warmth of her smile to know that it was going to be a magical day. Katerina got ready at her parents house with the help of her mom. Once ready, she shared a first look with her dad before being escorted outside, where family was ready to celebrate. One of the things I love about more cultural weddings is all of the traditions that go along with them. Kevin and Katerina’s had no shortage of them.
As Katerina arrived for her Assumption Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony, Kevin was already there, putting the finishing touches on for the day.
Once guests took their seats, it was time for their Assumption Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony. The space is beautiful and so welcoming for a wedding.
In one of the many touching moments of the day, the priest had known Katerina since her childhood. The ceremony was personalized, referencing in all the ways she has grown, matured, and will be a wonderful wife for Kevin. It also included a few jokes at her expense, but everyone had a good laugh.
After their Assumption Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony, Kevin and Katerina were showered with rice as they exited the church. My favorite was Kevin’s look of relief at the end of the gauntlet.
After their ceremony, we headed downtown for some photos. Our first stop was the Detroit Institute of Art, followed by the Detroit Public Library. With each stop, it was easy to create fun, loving, and lasting photos of Kevin and Katerina.
As the sun began to set, we headed to their reception at the beautiful Palazzo Grande. It decor was elegant and impeccable; truly breathtaking. Kevin and Katerina entered and immediately shared a first dance before toasts and dinner.
And just when I almost forgot it was a Greek wedding, the money and circle dance started and reminded me of the fun that awaited.
Video: Vansen Media
Cake: Elegance In Sugar
Flowers: Lena’s Flowers
Venue: Palazzo Grande
Makeup: Olivia Economopoulos
Church: Assumption Greek Orthodox