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Autumnal Greek Wedding at the Hay-Adams

Anna and Eli were married on a perfect, blustery October day in Washington, DC. Anna is Greek, and they were married in a traditional Greek ceremony at St Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In a first for us (and the cathedral!), Anna chose to process to the ceremony as her ancestors in Greece would have done, by walking "through the town" escorted by musicians, to meet her groom outside of the church. We had the guests wait outside of the church and a Greek percussionist and violinist escorted Anna, her parents, the Koumbari, and bridesmaids up the sidewalk to the church where Eli awaited her! They moved inside for the Betrothal where the Priest blessed their rings and they walked down the aisle together for the ceremony. After the ceremony, the sunlight was glorious as they took photos across the street in the Bishop's Garden. At the Hay-Adams, we worked with autumn tones of burgundy, plum, olive, and peach, and the amazing Sidra Forman worked her magic in creating stunning floral arrangements. We also incorporated fruits, such as figs, grapes and cherries as accent pieces on the tables. Anna's gown by Mira Zwillinger has delicate trailing leaves, and we used this motif throughout the wedding, from the letter pressed invitation suite, to the day-of paper, to the show plates featuring delicate leaves, as well as sculpted sugar flowers on the wedding cake. Please enjoy these beautiful photos taken by Amelia Johnson Photography.