Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church, Istanbul, Turkey Elopement Photo Story Award

Small wedding ceremony image from Istanbul Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Balat, Istanbul, Turkey

Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Church, Istanbul, Turkey Elopement Photo Story | in Istanbul, they decided to organize a wedding ceremony in the church in front of a small group from their close friends and family

First of all, in Istanbul, Vassia and Aris decided to organize a wedding ceremony in the church in front of a small group from their close friends and family. Thereafter they decided to give a wedding party in Athens. I had the chance to take hundreds of photos during the 45-minute religious ceremony in this magnificent building.

They are a couple who reached me from Athens, Greece. Since the origins of Aris’s family are from Istanbul, they found it appropriate to marry here and to have a wedding party in Athens. Aris’s parents were born in Istanbul. The grandparents are still in Istanbul, in Buyukada. Aris was still spending his summers in Istanbul, so it was very important for them to marry in the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Istanbul.

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Sofa Hotel, Nisantasi, Istanbul, Turkey Wedding Photographer | The daylight coming through large windows was awesome

The gray walls of Sofa Hotel Istanbul are a great backdrop for photography. The daylight coming through large windows was awesome.

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Nisantasi, Istanbul, Turkey Wedding Images | The bride's parents are helping their son in the hotel room

The bride's parents are helping their son in the hotel room for the wedding ceremony.

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Istanbul, Turkey Wedding Elopement Bride Detail Photo | The bride's father is helping her with her wedding shoes

The bride's father is helping her with her wedding shoes. It was also an emotional moment.

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Istanbul Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Balat, Istanbul, Turkey Picture | The George Cathedral in Fener is an impressive architecture

Istanbul Greek Orthodox Patriarchate or Ecumenical Patriarchate, also called St. George Cathedral in Fener is an impressive architecture. It is also seen as the representative and religious center for 300 million Orthodox Christians around the world. We came to the Cathedral with the groom and the guests before the bride arrived at the wedding.

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 Balat, Istanbul, Turkey Elopement Photographer | The couple went through the rice thrown by the guests

The couple, who left the church after the wedding ceremony, went through the rice thrown by the guests as they exited the cathedral. Throwing rice is available in many national and sectarian traditions. This action generally represents abundance and fertility.

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 Balat, Istanbul, Turkey Wedding Photography | The bride is throwing the bouquet

The bride is throwing the bouquet just after the ceremony in the garden of the cathedral.

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Ulus 29, Ulus, Istanbul, Turkey Wedding Picture | The parents of the bride are searching for the rice

The parents of the bride are searching for the rice in her hair at the beginning of the reception.

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Ulus 29, Ulus, Istanbul, Turkey Wedding Couple Portrait | The couple holding each other during this photoshoot with the city lights

The couple holding each other during this photoshoot with the city lights displayed in the background at Ulus 29, the reception location. The guests spent the day under the sunset on the terrace while watching the unique Bosphorus view.