I love couples like Spero & Elena because you really can feel the importance of family to them. If it weren't for their moms they may not have ended up together. If it wasn't for Elena's grandmother, Nana, there may not even be wedding festivities to attend!
Elena and I talked and emailed a lot before their engagement shoot. She and Spero are PROS on the phone because they've done the long-distance-relationship for so long. They both have crazy work/travel schedules but we were finally able to get them to Memphis for a session, and the weekend was perfect!
When deciding locations for their engagement photos, Rhodes College was a must. Elena, her father, and grandfather ALL graduated from here! The campus fit Elena & Spero perfectly- sophisticated and classic. Rhodes has so many great little spots and who doesn't want to wander around and act like you're having a photo shoot at Hogwarts?
After Rhodes they did a quick outfit change and we headed to Spero's pick- something truly Memphis- the River. We tried our best to stay in the shade of the July sun, and the lighting turned out so perfect and cheery. Thank you Harbor Town for great views of the bridge too!
I am thrilled with how this session turned out. Other things I'm dying with anticipation for.....
- their traditional Greek wedding ceremony at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (where their story started)
- lots of dancing at Hunt Phelan
- seeing Elena in her wedding dress
- all the loving touches that Nana and their parents helped plan
HOW WE MET
Spero and I both grew up in Memphis, TN and attended Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. Ironically, I don't remember too much of Spero from church. Our moms were close, we both were members of the Greek dancing group, and I would see him serving in the altar on Sundays. Other than that, we didn't talk much or see each other.
Fast forward to the summer before my senior year of college. I was preparing to start an internship in the House of Representatives. Spero was living in Frederick, MD, which is about an hour and a half northwest of DC. Our moms got to talking at church one day and realized that Spero and I would be in the same area for the summer. A week or so later it was Pascha (Orthodox Easter) and Spero was in town. At the Agape luncheon (our church's traditional lamb luncheon on Easter), Spero came over to talk to me about DC, my trip up there, and he offered some helpful tips on navigating the area.
Fast forward a month and we're at the week before Memorial Day weekend. Spero is in town visiting his family. We went out to lunch with our siblings, Alex and Anastasia. We went to Huey's and had a great time! A week later, I invited him to go grab a pizza at Pyro's (we clearly like Memphis food, y'all). We went, and it was clear at this point our personalities had "clicked." We spent two and a half hours talking about life, our favorite things in Memphis, Ole Miss football, and everything in between. Looking back now, we joke about our "first date" at Pyro's. We clearly had no idea what was in store for us as we munched on pizza that hot summer day.
When I got to DC in June, Spero asked if I wanted to spend a day doing some touristy things with him. We went to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, ate hot dogs from a food truck on the lawn of the Natural History Museum, trekked out to Dulles to go to the Air & Space Museum, and then got burgers in Foggy Bottom. The next week Spero asked me out on a date to the DC BBQ festival, and we continued to go on dates throughout the summer. The rest is history.
Almost four years later, after collectively living in five different states (long distance friends- we feel ya!), and a couple of more touristy DC dates later, we're getting married in Memphis on April 28, 2018. Our relationship was never something that we could have predicted. We met in our home church and, as we reflect on our relationship, we are so incredibly thankful that our paths were brought back together there for Pascha in 2014. We are so excited to celebrate our wedding and this new journey with all of you!