In my early 20s I spent three months travelling around Europe. During that time I had a chance to visit my motherland, Cyprus. It was so beautiful but the thing that stuck out to me the most about being there was how all my relatives (many I never knew I had until being over there) kept referring to me as their ‘Australian’ cousin Elleni. I found it quite amusing being always introduced with that identifier as all my life over here in Australia I was used to being introduced as someone’s ‘Greek friend, Elleni’. I never quite felt Greek though but according to my Australian friends, there was always a part of me that made me quite obviously not Australian.
Growing up, the fact that I felt quite different to my Greek relatives was always something that stood more true for me. Hence why when I got in to this wedding photography caper I never really actively pursued photographing ‘typical Greek’ weddings. I feel that the people you should always strive to work with are the ones that are just a version of yourself. You already understand their priorities, their wants and what makes them tick.
As soon as I met Shane and Anastasia I just knew they were my kind of people. Yes, Anastasia is Greek (with Shane sharing many of the same values I love about my Greek heritage!), and they were getting married in the Greek church on Lygon Street (the sacrifices you make to keep Greek Orthodox family happy) but their compromise was to have a truly modern, and truly ‘them’ wedding party to end all parties! Their super relaxed and modern wedding at the Sydney Road Post Office Hotel was the perfect way to celebrate the mixing of Anastasia’s Greek heritage with the wonderfully relaxed vibe that they both share. There was good food (seriously go try the pizzas at the Post Office Hotel!), there were Greek sweets (mmm, baclava!) but also some great tunes and a butt load of dancing well in to the night. What a way to kick off my 2016!