More from the Cyprus wedding. The party went on long into the evening, as I said in my previous post, and there was no shortage of creative cocktail concoctions. I can’t recall what this one was called, but everyone seemed to love them. As I do at most receptions, I asked the bartenders if I could stand next to them for a little while. Not only is it a great way to capture the action from a unique perspective, I always have a captive audience!
When I shot my first Cyprus wedding a couple years ago, I met with the bride in her suite; it was the honeymoon suite. My own room was in a different hotel altogether so I thought I’d have a peek out of the bride’s balcony to see what the view looked like. Wow! The pool leads directly out to the Mediterranean. I’m putting this post up so I can remember what sunshine and warm air feels like:)
It’s not often I get to travel to Cyprus to shoot a wedding, but that was indeed the case in 2009. My total travel time, roundtrip, was 51 hours. My total time in Cyprus was 86 hours! The wedding was amazing, and so was the after-party; it lasted until dawn. This particular scene is, apparently, quite common for European weddings. I can’t imagine this being legal in the US, especially here in Oregon, in the middle of the summer during the height of fire season 🙂 But this was in Cyprus and it was all just perfectly fine!
At the end of the reception, everyone was invited to light up their own personal balloon. These balloons were made of lightweight paper that must’ve been treated with some kind of flame retardant. I imagine they eventually burned themselves out as they sailed out over the Mediterranean.