Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Wedding | Quincy Cellars Reception

Sarah & Andreas’ Fun, Fall Greek Wedding

A “Match” Made in Heaven

When Sarah and Andreas first met online through Match.com, Sarah considered the match-up slightly ironic, considering that they both live in the same city and frequent the same types of places but never ran into each other in person. They spent their first date at the Public House on 26th in Erie, PA.  With a fantastic first dinner, they continued to text the rest of the evening once they parted ways and never looked back. 

Smiling couple in the vineyard at Quincy Cellars

Overseas Engagement

It was no surprise to us that Andreas incorporated his Greek culture into his marriage proposal to Sarah.  Both have goals for more traveling during their marriage and perhaps even living abroad. And Andreas pulled out the big stops for an overseas marriage proposal!  It doesn’t get more romantic than a sunset proposal in Athens, on a hill adjacent to the Acropolis.  Imagine Sarah’s shock and surprise when Andreas proposed while in Greece and hired photographers to capture their sunset proposal!  

Bride and groom kissing in the vineyard at Quincy Cellars around sunset

An Assumption Greek Orthodox Church Wedding

After COVID derailed their original wedding plans, sticking to tradition was as important as ever for Sarah and Andreas.  So many thoughtful details and customs went into planning their special day, and we really enjoyed photographing these special details!  

Wedding ceremony at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

Sarah and Andreas chose to have an Assumption Greek Orthodox Church wedding. A Greek Orthodox wedding is a sacred and religious ceremony steeped in tradition.  The ceremony is seen as a commitment before God and the couple. Only at the end of the ceremony is the couple able to face each other. Walking three times around the altar during the Dance of Isaiah, they take their first steps as husband and wife. 

Wedding ceremony at Assumption Greek Orthodox church in Erie, PA

In a ceremony near and dear to the hearts of many who attend, it was no wonder to see tears of joy and happiness flowing freely.  Our favorite is the first look on Andreas’ face while watching his bride approach him during the marriage processional. 

Groom sobs as he sees his bride walk down the aisle

We love understanding the culture and traditions that go into planning your wedding ceremony so that we may best photograph you while respecting and honoring the holiness of your marriage ceremony.

Frist kiss at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church wedding in Erie PA

 The bride dazzled in a gorgeous and new long-sleeved, lace-covered Justin Alexander gown with a full veil from Bridal Elegance.  The bride incorporated the cuff from her mother’s wedding dress into her bouquet as something old in keeping with tradition. Grandmother’s heirloom diamond cocktail ring as Sarah’s something borrowed, and a small blue flower from her own baby blanket as her something blue. 

Couple posing for bridal portraits outside the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Erie, PA Andreas looked classically handsome in a fitted black tuxedo, with bow tie and rose corsage, wearing cufflinks gifted to him by his bride.  Smiles a mile wide, the happy couple was celebrated by family and friends in a showering of rice while leaving the church with their bridal party to board their party bus to Quincy Cellar Vineyards. Ceremony behind them, this group looked relaxed and ready to celebrate at the best party of their lives!

Rice toss outside the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church wedding

A Quincy Cellars Wedding Reception

In fitting with their classic and traditional theme, Sarah and Andreas chose Quincy Cellars for their wedding reception. As a historic and modern upscale wedding venue, Quincy Cellars Vineyard in Ripley, NY, is the perfect place to celebrate and a favorite of ours to photograph. Quincy Cellars prides itself on top-quality wine with great views.  Located in a three-story, 130-year-old barn, you’ll also get a taste of rustic wood, open-air patios with a covered deck, and intimate vineyard photos.  We love this venue for its photographic versatility, indoors and outdoors, and its charming and traditional feel.  Choosing a great venue can only enhance your wedding reception and photographic experience!

Couple kissing in the vineyard at Quincy Cellars wedding reception

We loved capturing the emotional first dances between bride and groom and the bride with her father.  Sarah and Andreas also incorporated another Greek tradition into their reception — the dollar dance.  In this tradition, guests reward the newlywed couple’s playful dancing by tossing dollar bills onto the dance floor.  The details make the difference, and the thoughtful planning that incorporates culture and traditions only serves to enhance your special day. 

First dance at Quincy Cellars wedding reception

Groom dancing alone during Greek traditional dollar dance at Quincy Cellars reception

When Tradition and Culture Matter

The moments that are important to you are important to us.  Because of the time we spend together before the wedding, we learn about your goals and see life through your lens. This allows us to capture your best moments. We would be honored to preserve and record your history. You deserve to have an experience that is well documented and preserved. Let’s figure it out.

Aerial view of wedding reception at Quincy Cellars

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