From the moment I met Anda and Dean earlier this year, I knew what they were looking for in their wedding photos was different to anything I’d done before. Anda is a graphic designer, and Dean an architect, so both have a very keen creative eye. The fact that they wanted me to cover their special day was a huge compliment… but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit nervous!
The day started out at Dean’s family home in a suburb in South Sydney called Lilli Pilli. Dean and his Greek family broke out the whiskey for the boys and champagne for the ladies, while I hovered around doing my thing.
Next stop was Dean and Anda’s cosy little house, decorated with salvaged vintage items and rustic pieces, expertly arranged by their creative hands. Shooting here was a pleasure, and to top it all off, we had Nate the French bulldog scuttling around our feet for company.
Following the traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony at a Cathedral in Redfern, we were whisked away in a London bus to start the bridal photos.
I feel I must add here that, as beautiful and dainty as Anda looks in the photos, a delicate, prissy bride she is not! Climbing through a gap in a barbed wire fence at a disused factory in a wedding dress? No sweat! Here was a bride who knew that she’d be wearing her dress for one day only, so she may as well make the most of it!
To contrast the graffiti and grime, our next stop was around the corner at Sydney Park. The sun was beating down by this point, so we made use of some shade under the trees to culminate a fun and refreshing set of bridal photos.
Our day ended on the wharf at the Sydney Dance Company for the reception and meal, featuring yet more of Anda’s creative touches, a handful of hilarious speeches, a lot of drinking and some energetic dancing to bring a thoroughly entertaining day to a close.
“Oh my god Mark – they are amazing! I can’t stop smiling!! You did a fantastic job. You are a truly talented photographer. We are thrilled to have had you capture our special day 🙂 I can’t thank you enough – these photos are a million times better than anything I could have dreamed for!”