HIA Governor Calvert House Greek Wedding: Jessica + John

I covered Jessica and John’s lovely engagement photo session in Washington DC at Adams Morgan and the Smithsonians. It was really exciting and I couldn’t wait to document their wedding ceremony at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church as well as their reception at the Calvert House!

Jessica and John chose the Historic Inns because of it’s unique background. They both love historical locations, so when they heard about the hotel’s history they knew it was a natural fit for their wedding venue. It was also perfect because of its location in Annapolis. Jessica wanted something close to the water as she grew up by a lake in Michigan. Despite John being from Philadelphia and Jessica from Michigan, Annapolis was a perfect location for their wedding because of it’s picturesque historical sites and the fact that it’s a city on the water.

The bride and groom with the wedding party by the State House. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Bride getting her make-up done by Behind the Veil. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Wedding gown from Belissima Bridal Salon, Michigan. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Simply beautiful. The wedding gown from Belissima Bridal Salon, Michigan.

Lace details of Bride's wedding dress from Belissima Bridal Salon. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother of the Groom pinned the boutonniere on her son. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Groom, his Best Man, and the Groomsmen were gearing up at the Maryland Inn. Meanwhile, the Bride, the Maid of Honor, and the Bridesmaids were all getting ready at the Governor Calvert House.

Bride getting into wedding gown with help from the Bridesmaids and her Mother. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride getting a helping hand from Maid of Honor with her shoes. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride's pretty shoes. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

I really cherish capturing the tender moment of the Father of the Bride upon seeing his lovely daughter for the first time in her wedding gown.

Father of the Bride seeing his daughter for the first time in wedding gown. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The lovely surprise gifts from Jessica to her Mom and Dad.

Bride handed personal gifts to her parents. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Love seeing the Bride’s reaction when she opened the personal mementos from John, her Groom.

Bride's expression upon opening present from the Groom. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Soothing colors of pink and purple blooms adorned the wedding bouquet from florist Fantastic Flowers.

Lovely wedding bouquet for the Bride from florist Fantastic Flowers. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

After getting ready at Historic Inn’s of Annapolis, it was time for the ceremony at the church.

Groom and the Mother anxiously waiting for the Bride. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride walked down the aisle during procession escorted by her Father. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Groom’s expression was full of emotion upon seeing his Bride walked down the aisle, while the Groom’s Mother gleamed happily and proudly at her son.

Groom happy seeing the Bride for the first time, while Mother shed tear proud of her son. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

One of the most touching parts in any wedding is to witness the moments when the Father of the Bride gives away his daughter to her future husband.

Father of the Bride hugged her daugther giving her away to Groom. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

In awe of the beautiful breathtaking interior of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church.

Breathtaking interior of the church. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Crowning ceremony, an important part in a Greek Orthodox wedding. It is to symbolize a couple officially as Husband and Wife, as they are joined as one.

The crowning ceremony. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Lighting of Candles. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Koumbara, the female sponsor or witness of the couple’s sacrament of marriage, interchanged the crowns three times, to honor the Holy Trinity and to symbolize that the Bride and Groom have been joined as one.

Koumbara interchanges the crowns three times during crowning ceremony. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom in front of the church altar. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The Ceremonial Walk signified the Bride and Groom’s oath to preserve the marriage forever.

The Ceremonial Walk. Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

After the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds went to Annapolis downtown dock for some pictures by the water, followed by more photos by the State House.

Bride and Groom taking pictures by the Annapolis downtown dock. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Groom and his Bestman and Groomsmen. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The Bride, Maid of Honor, and Bridesmaids. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom kissing Bride. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com The diamond engagement ring and wedding bands. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom's first dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

During the first dance, John didn’t realize that Jessica’s family were going to perform live for their music. It was a surprise for him!

Father of the Bride singing and playing guitar for the newlyweds. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Sister of the Bride singing for the couple's first dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride's lovely smile during first dance with Groom. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom listening to Father of the Bride giving speech. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Mother and Sister of the Bride laughing hearing speech from Father of the Bride. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guests listening to speech from Father of the Bride. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and her father dancing. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The loving moments between the Father of the Bride and his daughter during their dance together.

Mother of Groom and family happy to see Father of the Bride dances with daughter. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Father of the Bride and daughter dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Groom dances with his Mother. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

The radiant Mother of the Groom and her Son during their dance.

Mother of the Groom dances with her son. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guests and Bride taking selfie picture at wedding reception. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Next was the cake cutting. Flower decorations on the cake were the same colors as the wedding bouquet. Wedding cake was designed by Sweet Hearts Patisserie.

Bride and Groom during cake cutting. Cake by Sweet Hearts Patisserie. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Dollar bills on the floor on wedding reception tossed by the Father of the Groom during the Greek dance. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Guests enjoying the wedding while dancing during wedding reception. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com Bride and Groom with their friends and families posing for the picture. Historic Inns of Annapolis Maryland, Governor Calvert House Greek wedding, by wedding photographers of Leo Dj Photography. http://leodjphoto.com

Congratulations Jessica and John!

May you both live happily ever after! 🙂

Leo Dj

Vendors

Venue, Catering, and Hotel: Governor Calvert House

Church: Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

Officiant: Rev. Father Kosmas Karavellas

Make up: Heather, Behind the Veil

Hair: Victoria, Behind the Veil

Dress: Belissima Bridal Salon, Michigan

Tuxedo: Banana Republic

Florist: Fantastic Flowers

Cake: Sweet Hearts Patisserie

DJ: DJ Lenny, C&J Entertainment

Limo: Limousines Inc.

Photo booth: Shutter Booth

Guest book: Cink Art

Decorations: DIY

Wedding favors: DIY

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