honeymoon in Chalkidiki

Ilias & Olga from Moscow choose me as their photographer.They travel to Greece for their honeymoon so we have some fun for couple of hours in Sunny beach hotel.

Ben McIntyre - October 22, 2010 - 6:08 pm

No. #23 is spectacular!

Janet Meyers - October 24, 2010 - 9:27 pm

And what a beautiful BANG! Amazing and dynamic photography!

Yvonne Dunnington - October 27, 2010 - 8:04 pm

Absolutely stunning images — the work of a true artist!

Miranda Isber - October 30, 2010 - 7:57 pm

History repeats itself. Your imagery is true, true art!

Wilma Cornelisse - October 30, 2010 - 11:21 pm

I never realized how stunning Greece was. Ilias & Olga must be extremely delighted with these beautiful photographs, not only capturing their heartfelt emotions … but also portraying the gorgeous landscape that they were married in. Wow, wow, and wow, over and over again. Just love your work!!!!!!!!!!!

Nik Pekridis - November 1, 2010 - 1:40 am

wow !!!thanks !

Madeleine Jutras - November 2, 2010 - 11:38 am

Those sunset images are amazing … casting that warm, amber warmth. Beautiful!

Teresa Beklamy - November 5, 2010 - 5:25 pm

I agree with the others — excellent photography … and I too am mesmirized by those sunset images. Beautiful.

Paula Lukas - November 9, 2010 - 2:29 pm

I just love the shading in #13 — brilliant!

Deborah Edwards - November 19, 2010 - 1:11 pm

No need to apologize for the number of pictures. They are so enjoyable to view. I marvel at your incredible talent, and always look forward to your next blog.

Nik Pekridis - November 20, 2010 - 1:59 am

Tanks Deborah

Relive Photography by Laura Parent – Vintage Farm Chic Wedding

Rebecca and Dave had a Vintage Chic themed wedding complete with chickens, rabbits, old cameras, vintage family photos. The ceremony was held by their great friend Justin Brooks who also played the electric guitar – November Rain as the bride and groom walked down the aisle. Awesome way of starting a ceremony.

Stonewall Farm is the perfect setting to get the farm theme for your wedding day. We had a wonderful opportunity to enter the chicken coupe and potograph this beautiful bride and groom. The chickens were very willing to help us photograph in their pen. Rebecca and Dave had planned to have a hay ride for their guests, a very cool vintage photo booth, old Coca-Cola bottles with the vintage old striped paper straws. They did not miss any details in their designing this wedding. The caterer was so delicious and phenominal and some of the best catered food I have had in quite some time. Here are some images to view. Enjoy them – Comments always appreciated.

Dorothy Isber Photos - October 14, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Absolutey gorgeous stunning and amazing photography — capturing the emotions experienced that particular wedding day. Kudos.

Paula Lukas - October 14, 2010 - 9:41 pm

Absolutely love your photography. Image #3 — the bride putting on her makeup is my very favorite. Thanks for sharing.

Matthew Lee - October 14, 2010 - 9:43 pm

Love your very last shot — can’t be beat. Thanks.

Paul Cunningham - October 16, 2010 - 8:57 pm

Love the vintage theme … remarkable photos. Paul

Alexandria Kokostatis Images - October 16, 2010 - 9:14 pm

You truly are an inspiration to the rest of us photographers. I have been logging into this site about twice a week … and was thrilled to see your work … Looking forward to seeing more.

LAURA PARENT - October 16, 2010 - 11:33 pm

Thank you so much all. Such terrific responses and so glad to hear your reviews. Will get more on here soon. Thanks again. Laura

Top Rated Cameras - October 18, 2010 - 7:27 am

Wow. I absolutely love your shots! I so love the effects that you did with the photos! The vintage look totally rocks! 😀

Ben McIntyre - October 22, 2010 - 6:11 pm

Fascinating photography!

Janet Meyers - October 24, 2010 - 9:30 pm

#4 is amazing and so very real — the bride getting ready for the wedding day. So nice that you captured the vulnerability.

Yvonne Dunnington - October 27, 2010 - 8:11 pm

Spectacular blog posting. #15 of the bride is stunning.

Miranda Isber - October 30, 2010 - 7:59 pm

The artistic process used in Photo 4 is stunning, as is the rest of the wedding story. Gorgeous stuff!

Wilma Cornelisse - October 30, 2010 - 11:27 pm

#7 — the first Black and White photo really rocks!!! All of your imagery is fantastic, but this was my very favorite! Love your work!

Madeleine Jutras - November 2, 2010 - 11:41 am

Love the vintage theme — you captured it beautifully!

svt dreamer - November 5, 2010 - 12:38 am

Excuse my french but, This post makes my mind spin at the speed of dark.

Teresa Beklamy - November 5, 2010 - 5:29 pm

#6 is my favorite — such a nice and lovely vintage touch.

Paula Lukas - November 9, 2010 - 2:32 pm

#4 is a true testament to your artistic skills!

Deborah Edwards - November 19, 2010 - 1:16 pm

Lovely photos — just adore the vintage presentation. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

Alice + Bertrand, a French wedding

A wedding in the summer with clouds, with a (nearly) new saying: “Cloudy Wedding makes photographer happy.” A country church in Ferrières in Gatinais, a priest who preaches the joy, happiness and engagement with such enthusiasm that he applauded, this is the kind of memory which brand and which one is ready to come by far. Then the clouds to go for a stroll in the countryside and take some pictures in the middle of the field and is already party to the Cercanceaux Abbey after a day that passes too quickly.

A really superb decor, lighting and a beautiful atmosphere … I say nothing you have to watch the slideshow. As I usually impossible to select only some photos and I prefer to immerse yourself in the mood

… then remember: :”Love is sweet

By french photographer Jacques Mateos from Magic Flight Studio.

Mariquita - October 14, 2010 - 5:02 pm

Oh my. I am loving these photos so so much. I especially like the shot of the bride and the groom leaving the church with a delicate shower of rose petals festively falling around them … ooh and I love the slide show …

Katyln Forrest - October 14, 2010 - 9:30 pm

Love is truly sweet! Amazing set of photos!

Dorothy Isber Photos - October 14, 2010 - 9:34 pm

So very sweet to view the posting of yet another fantastic and world’s best photographer. Amazing photogrpaphy! I am loving this site more and more each day.

Paul Cunningham - October 14, 2010 - 9:46 pm

Oh My Goodness .. that image in the church (I believe it is 9) is absolutely amazing.

Flower Girl Dresses - October 15, 2010 - 1:18 am

Love is sweet.Pictures are sweet.

Aaron Howe Imagery - October 16, 2010 - 8:59 pm

Excellent photos. Can’t even pick a favorite. So glad to see your work. Aaron

Alexandria Kokostatis Images - October 16, 2010 - 9:15 pm

Everytime I log on to this site, I continued to be amazed. Your work is amazing!

Ben McIntyre - October 22, 2010 - 6:12 pm

Love the shots of the couple in the field.

Janet Meyers - October 24, 2010 - 9:31 pm

Love the whole incredible series! Loved your post and am looking forward to more.

BernieR - October 27, 2010 - 8:08 am

Hola,
Super post, tienen que marcarlo en Digg

BernieR

Yvonne Dunnington - October 27, 2010 - 8:13 pm

The picture of the bride and groom on the dance floor has sensational lighting — the shades of purple and blue. Very nice!

Miranda Isber - October 30, 2010 - 8:01 pm

Lucky Bertrand and Alice to have such an amazing photographer to capture the best day of their lives … images to treasure forever!

Wilma Cornelisse - October 30, 2010 - 11:29 pm

Love the name of your studio — Magic Flight! Your work is truly and absolutely magical … so very nice to see your work here on the very best wedding site I have come across. You truly are one of the very best wedding photographers in the world!!!!! Please post some more … can hardly wait.

Madeleine Jutras - November 2, 2010 - 11:41 am

Stunning collection of a beautiful wedding story! Thanks.

Teresa Beklamy - November 5, 2010 - 5:30 pm

Those shots in the church are spectacular!

Paula Lukas - November 9, 2010 - 2:33 pm

You have really displayed that love is sweet! Your imagery is gorgeous.

Carlo Carletti Lens & Light Honor

The Lens & Light Honor is awarded to twelve photographers each year who are true leaders in the world of wedding photography. We look for photographers who produce stunning, modern, artistic imagery at the frontier of the field, and for photographers who have achieved a rare level of success and recognition among brides, fellow photographers, and others in the wedding industry. We are proud to recognize Italian photographer Carlo Carletti with the Lens & Light Honor.

Visit Carlo Carletti’s Website: www.carlocarletti.com

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PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (TWICE, IN 2006 AND 2009)

~ The Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA)


When you study his images, you instantly detect a strong sense of place and drama. Environment, texture, and ambience are all woven together in an evocative and intimate swirl.

~ Kodak Professional

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Born in Tuscany, Carlo Carletti began his photographic career in 1987, working as a reportage photographer for magazines and newspapers. Drawn to the beauty and storytelling possibilities of couples in love, Carletti transitioned to the world of wedding photography in the 1990s. His experience as a photojournalist leaves an unmistakeable mark on his images, and he continues to draw inspiration from the world of reportage photography.

The result is a distinctive style that Kodak Professional calls “rich, vivid, and extremely dramatic.” The WPJA (Wedding Photojournalist Association) says that Carletti’s “photojournalist sensibility … energizes his award-winning images with wit, style and drama.”

The rest of the wedding photography industry has taken notice. Carletti is currently the only photographer in the world to win the Wedding Photojournalist Association’s prestigious PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR award twice, taking the prize in 2006 and again in 2009. Carletti has published four photography books, and his work has been featured in a number of major photography magazines.

Based in Tuscany, Italy, Carletti calls Venice is favorite location. But he now travels throughout Europe and the United States to work with couples craving his distinctive style.

How did you get into wedding photography?

I got into wedding photography almost by chance. I started as a reportage photographer in 1987, shooting for magazines and newspapers in Tuscany. Realizing that what I loved about photojournalism quite naturally translated to wedding photography, I began shooting the weddings of family members and friends.

How would you describe your style?

Direct and spontaneous, always set into the contest. I want each couple to find a sense of themselves in relation to the space around them. This provides narration for the story.

Moreover by photographing weddings of people coming from different cultures I have the chance to give an anthropological slant to the photographic narration of the wedding.

Can you share some of your favorite images and tell us what went into making them and why you like them?

Venice, 2006. I like this shot because it is a real kiss that I caught when they thought I was no longer shooting. It is also a tribute to a famous photo by Gianni Berengo Gardin (Venezia, il vaporetto 1960).


Siene Town Hall, 2005. I believe this is an excellent natural backlight sample. Morever, the quality of the film gave me the ability to capture the great texture on the shadows of the walls.

Wedding in Florence. I love the extraordinary light shining through the veil. The bridesmaid was covering the bride from the view of the groom before the wedding ceremony.

Little Bridesmaids. The two little bridesmaids were preparing and they were worried about how they looked. I was very close to them, but they did not feel my presence. I shot a lot of photos and this is the best one, thanks to the light and the position of the the little girl’s arms.

Great light from the big windows as the couple was waiting for their ceremony.

What cameras do you shoot with, what’s your favorite lens, and what’s your favorite accessory other than your cameras/lenses?

I use both Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D3 cameras. My favourite lenses are 24-120 for Nikon and with 24-105 for Canon.

How important is post processing in your final images?

Coming from the dark room I try to remain as faithful as possible to the original shot. Post production to me serves only for the quality optimisation of the final print.

Who or what inspires you to create great imagery?

I’ve always been inspired by Gianni Berengo Gardin, the greatest reportage photographer in Italy. I try to apply his reportage vision to the world of wedding photography.

What is the most challenging thing about photographing weddings?

That all that is beautiful is true and all that is true is beautiful. As in the movie ‘Il Gattopardo’ by Luchino Visconti where truth corresponds to beauty.

If not a photographer, what would you want to be?

A poet.

Mariquita - October 14, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Thanks so much to you for featuring Carlo Carletti! I always have loved Mr. Carletti’s work. These images are absolutely inspiring. The photo with the calla lilies is so beautiful it makes me want to cry from its sweetness.

Paul Cunningham - October 14, 2010 - 9:48 pm

All of your images are fantastic — telling the wedding story from beginning to end. Lovely (and all those emotions). Congrats on the honor — you truly deserve it!

fotoe@mail.com - October 14, 2010 - 9:57 pm

First of all, congratulations on this very special honor. You truly deserve it. I am in awe with the angles and lighting in your very last image — brilliant!

Peter Hearl Photography - October 15, 2010 - 1:04 am

Great set of images.

Thina Doukas Sydney Photography - October 15, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Like to say your wedding images are awesome. Great honour cheers from Perry in Sydney

Horoskop Tygodniowy Tarota - October 16, 2010 - 10:33 am

Nice post

Aaron Howe Imagery - October 16, 2010 - 9:00 pm

Kudos and congratulations on this very prestigious award. Your work is wonderful!

Ben McIntyre - October 16, 2010 - 9:17 pm

Congrats on this very prestigious honor — your work is wonderful!

Luigi Rota - October 22, 2010 - 9:13 am

complimenti a Carlo, un vero professionista capace di documentare il matrimonio con una propria interpretazione e stile che credo siano tra le doti più importanti per un fotografo.

Alisha + Brook Todd - October 22, 2010 - 9:23 am

Stunning images! Really love the feel of his work. I especially love the train kiss.

Emmanuel Bergère - October 22, 2010 - 9:55 am

One of the best wedding photojournalists!

Janet Meyers - October 22, 2010 - 6:15 pm

That last image is awesome. I could look at it forever.

Isobelle Thornborough - October 24, 2010 - 9:34 pm

Wow! Wow! Wow! Beautiful photography to capture all the emotions. So glad you are on board with BOWP. You are truly a testament that BOWP only selects the very best.

Yvonne Dunnington - October 27, 2010 - 8:15 pm

What I love most about your work is that you are true to your word — direct and spontaneous! Congratulations!

Jeremy Buck - October 30, 2010 - 8:02 pm

Congrats on this well-deserved award!! Really enjoyed your interview … but more importantly, the beautiful images of art that you create.

Miranda Isber - October 30, 2010 - 8:05 pm

Wow … such a gorgeous wedding. Ovidu and Roxanne must realize how lucky they were/are to have you capture their very special day. Lovely!

Wilma Cornelisse - October 30, 2010 - 11:32 pm

OMG .. this site continues to ‘awe’ me … and your work is absolutely fantastic and gorgeous. You truly deserve this honor. Your work is like something out of heaven … Love it, love it, love it. Don’t ever stop sharing your talent and skills with the rest of us! You totally rock!!!!

Johannes Fenn - November 3, 2010 - 6:24 am

Great! Carlo, great! The best wedding photographer of the world.

Teresa Beklamy - November 5, 2010 - 5:31 pm

Congratulations on this prestigious honor, and thanks for the very informative interview … not to forget the amazing images.

Tyler Vance - December 1, 2010 - 10:06 pm

Congratulations, I love your work
Have you changed from fixed lenses to zoom?

tyler

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NANI DE PEREZ - January 8, 2011 - 1:41 pm

Felicidades por tu trabajo.

iPhone 4S Free - October 4, 2011 - 4:08 pm

This is amazing! Keep up the GREAT work!

do pheromones work - October 28, 2011 - 9:35 am

good good good stuff. love your post.

a great destination wedding at Chalkidiki.

Ovidiu & Roxanne are my latest couple from Romania who decide to get married at Vourvourou Chalkidiki.A wondrfull schenary ,a wonderfull litlle church and a wonderfull couple.

thanks guys !!!I wish you all the best for your life.

Madeleine Jutras - September 27, 2010 - 2:33 pm

Wonderful wedding photography. You have really brought out the beauty in Vourvourou Chalkidiki.

Shauna Dallamsphum - September 28, 2010 - 7:16 pm

I am probably selecting a photo that no others will. The lighting and vibrant colours in #64 really caught my eye.

Brian Holmes - September 28, 2010 - 7:17 pm

Another super set of images. The colors and angles in #60 are spectacular!

Roberta Crumplin - September 30, 2010 - 10:18 am

Love the shot of the bride on jetty with the red canoe in the background!

Deborah Edwards - October 1, 2010 - 1:28 am

The casual shots in #34 and #35 are the best — adore the wedding party support for the wedding couple.

Paula Lukas - October 1, 2010 - 1:29 am

Just an amazing wedding story from beginning to end.

jjagt@europe.com - October 1, 2010 - 1:31 am

Really enjoyed all of your photos … have to say that my favorite is your first shot of the rings on that gorgeous aquamarine color.

Fred Stuart - October 1, 2010 - 1:47 am

Image #52 is absolute art — the colors, the angels, with the bride and groom nonchalantly sitting on the tree branch. Spectacular!

Nik Pekridis - October 1, 2010 - 1:49 am

thank you all for your comments !!

jon - October 1, 2010 - 4:15 am

Wow! cool shots, cool location. Keep up the good work 🙂

Full Moon Farm, Medusa, NY - October 1, 2010 - 6:11 pm

I love this blog. Thank you so much for sharing this wealth of inspiration.

Фотограф - October 2, 2010 - 1:52 pm

that is very beautiful!

Mary Fabian - October 5, 2010 - 8:55 am

Photos 48 and 49 are brilliant — the focus on the bride on the dock in bare feet with the faded green coastline. Great angles and colors … plus the transition of a contemplative mood to a sweet smile.

Nik Pekridis - October 5, 2010 - 9:14 am

thank you.

Pro Lab - October 5, 2010 - 9:20 am

No. 59’s my pick. Destination wedding…just goes to show that with great photography, you don’t even need the actual subjects in the picture to present the theme.

Nik Pekridis - October 6, 2010 - 1:04 am

thanks pro lab…are you going to wppi convension next year?

Aaron Howe Imagery - October 7, 2010 - 11:43 pm

Exceptional documentary of a great wedding!

Nik Pekridis - October 8, 2010 - 1:04 am

thanks Aaron.

Maia Chase - October 9, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Just love #50 with the groom in the foreground and the bride blurred out in the background — fantastic imagery. Maia

Dfasdq34Sdfse - October 12, 2010 - 4:23 pm

Nice post

Foto Excellence Photos - October 12, 2010 - 5:26 pm

Really like #28 – the wedding ceremony in the lush green landscape – beautiful.

Katyln Forrest - October 14, 2010 - 7:30 am

#60 is just gorgeous — the lighting and angles.

Paul Cunningham - October 14, 2010 - 9:50 pm

Wow .. just checking in tonight to see all the new blog posts and as I scrolled down, just got to tell you that I still love all of your images. Thanks much!

Abigail Winters - October 16, 2010 - 9:02 pm

An incredible documentary of the wedding. Beautiful skill.

Isobelle Thornborough - October 24, 2010 - 9:37 pm

An extremly beautiful wedding .. and your documentary style to capture everything in this wedding is exemplary! Thanks for sharing!

Wilma Cornelisse - October 30, 2010 - 11:38 pm

Hey Nik .. I have not logged into this BOWP blog for about two weeks, and it just knocked off my socks tonight. All of you Best of Wedding Photography members are so, so very talented and deserve to be here. I just loved this particular series of images and the wedding story you shared … all the natural poses, gorgeous scenery, and all those emotions … beautiful and fantastic. Thanks so much for being here. I really could view the imagery on this site all night, tomorrow, the next day, and forever. You are SO great!!!

Nik Pekridis - November 1, 2010 - 1:36 am

Thank you all for your comments.