Destiny is nothing if not persistent. Imagine meeting the love of your life, not knowing it was them, and waiting a long two years to finally realize they are the one. This was the case for Dori and Gergo, amazing couple from Hungary. The long road to love would have never been tread on had it not been for Dori's father. The doting parent insisted that Dori meet a charming young music teacher from their local church, but Dori refused. The reason? She was already in a relationship!
It took a stretch of two years before fate decided to bring them together. The two had met a few times already without realizing it; imagine their shock and surprise when they discovered they were each other's soulmates! The last time they met was after Dori's father, who was adamant about the two meeting, tried one last time to introduce his beloved daughter to Gergo. Had she refused again, this love story wouldn't have so happy an ending.
As I was looking at these two while taking photos, I found this realization hard to swallow. The heartache I felt when thinking of these two souls wandering lost without each other made me feel the heartbreak of lost love all over again. Their arms wrapped around each other and tender kisses placed on each other's cheeks bespoke of a love that was strengthened over time.
Dori and Gergo tied the knot at beautiful gardens in Ayia Napa, Cyprus. The lush tropical flowers hanging over the couple's heads created the perfect backdrop to an intimate ceremony for just the two of them at the Nissi Beach Hotel. Through trembling lips, Dori and Gergo pledged their lives to one another amongst the blushing purple of Nissi's stunning floral displays, but no flower was as breathtaking as the bride herself, delicately dressed in a flowing layered bridal gown. Hushed vows spoken between the two made the image of their love more powerful than the romantic gardens the ceremony took place in.
Our final shots were taken amidst the crashing waves and mammoth sea caves of Cavo Greco (Cape Greco), a trademark of Ayia Napa, and one of the most beautiful places in the world, as well as the Ayia Thekla beach with its powerfully blue waters and bright, shining white sands. The most romantic image captured was the jaw-dropping shot of the couple perched on a perilous cliff, the waves washing over the rocky base as the two embraced with fierce passion. They appeared to be almost dancing with the sky as they hung there in a suspended kiss.
The blue and white chapel along the sea's edge was our last destination. I was a bit sad to leave this couple, so I made the chapel's setting a powerful, evoking backdrop to Dori and Gergo's final wedding portrait. It is a picture that will stick in my mind for years to come. Cyprus is such a romantic place, and I know that any future weddings here will be filled with the same magic that I have found in years past.