Anastasia and Oliver met in one of Oliver’s Salsa dance classes, Anastasia always had a love for dance and was instantly captivated by the eight time World Salsa Champion when she met him during one of his popular classes in Sydney, and the attraction was mutual. It wasn’t long before the two started dating, with Oliver whisking Anastasia away to be by his side on his international world tour a year later.
While away on a world tour for Oliver’s work, Oliver surprised Anastasia by taking her away to Paris. After a romantic dinner on a boat cruise down The River Seine, they walked hand in hand in the cold autumn night to the tower, just as it started to twinkle for the 11pm light show. At the top of the tower, Oliver pulled out his camera, told her he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Anastasia was speechless, in tears hugged him kissed him and forgot to say yes. Everyone around clapped Oliver looked at the camera and said she still hasn’t said yes, then Anastasia screamed YES !
The wedding took place in the picturesque and secluded fishing village of Skala Sykamineas on the Greek island of Lesvos, the bride’s hometown.
After completing bridal preparations, the bride arrived to the port boarded a fishing boat which would take her to the church. Once out of the harbour and in open sea the boat started breaking down! Stuck out at sea with the waves and wind taking no mercy on the bride, she grasped onto any pole on the boat to try and stay on board. Her veil flew off but she grabbed it midair and stuck it in to her hair in any way she could manage. Meanwhile on dry land, the mother’s mother and sister frantically searched for the most important prop of a Greek wedding – the wedding crown, without which you cannot perform the ceremony. The page boy lost one of the rings (which another guest found) and the priest’s car got bogged in the dirt road on the way to the church!
Long story short the bride finally ended up back on dry land arriving to church where her grinning groom awaited. The couple described the moment as one of pure joy and exhilaration.
After the ceremony. the couple then left to take photos as husband and wife, with a white horse on the beach, then watching their first sunset in a hammock, even stopping at a sheep farm where the couple played and posed with some new born lambs.
The real party started at the reception where the menu was eclectic with Greek tapas ranging from the finest seafood including freshly caught lobster to spit roasted lamb. The guests danced the night away and threw kilos of white carnations around while others danced on chairs in celebration as the festivities went well into the night. The next day the bride and groom with their family left for Santorini where they sailed as one big family!
Photographer Pete Longworth – A Little Different