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Washington PA Wedding Day | Dave + Dena | Matthew Blassey

Washington, PA Wedding Photographers | Matthew Blassey

Dena and Dave are old friends that I’ve known for years, so when I was asked to shoot their wedding I was truly excited and eager to be spending the day with them, among-st our connected friends. Dena’s hometown wedding day started out in Monessen, PA, where she had grown up, and their wedding ceremony was just a few minutes down the road at Dena’s family’s Greek Orthodox Church. Greek Orthodox weddings have always been one of my favorite ceremonies to capture; not only because of their vibrant & detailed architectural interiors but also because of the cultural traditions that are exchanged during those ceremonies always tell a rich story through photographs. Dave & Dena’s ceremonial union that afternoon was shared intimately in front of a tightly packed church of their closest friends and family. For the 2nd half of the day, we ventured over to the Double Tree Hotel in Washington, PA for an evening filled with Greek dances, dance offs and of course my favorite, a cookie table filled with homemade baklava!

I’m thankful to have been given the opportunity to capture and share in Dena & Dave’s day of celebration. Shooting weddings of long time friends is always a bonus work perk that I love in my job.

Dave & Dena – Congrats on the beautiful day from beginning to end and most importantly your new life together! See you soon!

newly weds hold hands in a park as sunlight streams in behind them
photojournalistic photo of bride getting ready in front of her bedroom mirrorsilky white bride wedding purse decorated with silver jewelsbridebridesmaid in purple dress helps bride put on a wedding bracletpurple and white flowers wedding bouquetportrait of a dark haired greek bride gazing out the windowexterior photo of a greek orthodox church on a blue sky sunny afternoonoutdoors portrait of groom standing in front of a large oak treeguest lighting candles in the back of a greek orthodox church before the ceremonybride being escorted by her uncle down the aisleaisle point of view inside of a greek orthodox church during a wedding ceremony
fisheye wide balcony photo of a greek orthodox wedding ceremonyduring a greek orthodox ceremony ring crowns are placed on the bride and groombride and groom standing at the alter inside of a greek orthodox churchbride and groom hold hands and share laughs during their ceremonyfriends and family celebrate after the ceremony as the wedding couple exits the  churchportrait of red haired groom standing in the foreground while his 3 groomsmen stand in the backgroundbride candidly talks with her bridesmaids during  a mid day wedding photo sessionbride and groom touch foreheads as they pose for a portrait with large pine trees in the backgroundfull length view of bride looking down at her wedding bouquet with large forrest pine trees in the backgroundclassic traditional portrait of a bride and groom in a community parkpark portrait of red haired groom gazing lovingly at his dark haired greek bride
dark haired greek bride poses for a portrait as she holds the hand of her groom behind herred haired groom kiss his dark haired greek bride her cheek for a wedding portraitwhite and silver wedding dinner menumother of the bride stands between her daughter and the groom during a wedding toast speechbride and groom share a candid kiss at their receptiontray of baklava at a wedding cookie tablewedding couple partake in a festive greek dance at their receptiontraditional greek money dance during a wedding receptionwide room view of hall during a wedding receptionfriends create a dancing circle around the bridebride and groom dancing with each other on the dance floor
wide candid close up of happy bride and groom at their receptionnewlyweds anxiously cut into their wedding cake

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