Pyramids, old markets and camels: a dream wedding in Cairo!

There is nothing more amazing than shooting a destination wedding on a location you have dreamed about all your life.

When Deena and Nawaf contacted me from Philly, I could never imagine I would be the one chosen to shoot their wedding in Cairo.

Both of them had a connection with Egypt and it felt just natural to organize the whole wedding at Deena’s uncle’s gardens in the outskirts of Cairo. Not an easy task to fulfill from the US, but in a matter of weeks, everything was ready to go.

My second shooter and I flew in three days before the wedding from Stockholm and we had the chance of getting to know this wonderful couple better when we shoot their couple shoots on the day they got legally married.

We spend the day in Cairo’s market place, in Old Town, as well as by the Great Pyramids, at sunset.

In Egypt, getting legally married is not the most important part of the wedding. What really matters is the religious blessing given by an Egyptian priest and the Zaffa, the famous Egyptian musical-dancing procession followed by lots of good food and dancing, dancing, dancing, all night long!

Too many wonderful pictures to be posted in only one post, so I’ve divided the four days we spent together into many smaller posts. To see them all, please visit the links given under the pictures!

Couple Shooting by the Great Pyramids:

Their religious ceremony as well as the ZAFFA:

Couple Shots in Cairo’s old town after the legal ceremony:

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:29 pm

What an amazing wedding and amazing photos!!! Cairo — such a new and diverse location for a destination wedding. Thanks so much for sharing these images, Julia.

Aaron Howe Imagery - July 26, 2010 - 12:25 am

Inspirational and beautiful, Juliana. I just checked out your profile and your website. You are an amazing photographer.

andy wood - July 29, 2010 - 2:27 pm

That is so cool. Love the pictures. Never would have thought of shooting there. Opens the mind up to the possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

Mario Caldeira - July 30, 2010 - 8:27 am

Nice Work!!!

Michael Howe - August 3, 2010 - 5:20 pm

Really enjoyed these images. Thanks for sharing.

Mariquita - August 4, 2010 - 12:17 pm

Oh, so very romantic. I am loving the emotion in these photos. I feel like I know this couple intimately after viewing just this short series. Like a novel in pictures. Beautiful.

Bernadette Kashuba - August 8, 2010 - 7:47 pm

Cairo is amazing … due to your exceptional photos! Thanks!

Paula Lukas - August 12, 2010 - 3:57 am

What a beautiful wedding story.

Beverly Canalab - August 12, 2010 - 4:08 am

OMG — amazing photo shoot. I want so much to be them — so romantic. You displayed and cpatured so much romance in the photots. Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Summers - August 13, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Just loved the brilliant ring shot amongst the terrain. Fabulous technique.

Joey Falsetti - August 18, 2010 - 5:27 am

I was captivated by your ninth photo — black and white on one side merged with color on the other — very nice.

WraphanitiarI - August 19, 2010 - 5:05 pm

Very Interesting!
Thank You

Jacqui Jagt - August 23, 2010 - 7:34 am

The first shot looks like something from out of a fairy tale — the couple walking towards the pyramids at sunset. Lovely.

Candice Springgay - August 24, 2010 - 1:17 pm

I have never visited Cairo … and thank you so much for sharing such beautiful photos and culture of the pyramids and old town.

Shauna Dallamsphum - August 26, 2010 - 4:58 pm

My very favorite is the last photo — not only the natural joy on the bride and groom’s faces — but the amazing cultural background.

Isobelle Thornborough - September 3, 2010 - 4:51 am

Thoroughly enjoyed these wedding photos in Cairo. Wonderful background and joyful bride and groom.

Tahany Dwaik - December 7, 2010 - 4:23 pm


My engagement’s party will be in 29/1 and i wish you could be my photographer but i need to know the total cost because i’m work on budget (the party will be in orabi and it will be from 3 till 10 but i’ll need you from the morning )


Wilma Cornelisse - December 7, 2010 - 11:04 pm

Absolutely amazing photography of both the wedding and the location. You inspire me!

JJ - March 16, 2012 - 3:07 am


I am traveling to cairo next month. And I wish to have some picture taken around the city for one day during my stay.

Do you provide such photography services? how much is it?

Thank you!


Alexei+Marina=just married

My latest couple was a young couple from New York of U.S.In fact Marina is Greek but live also in N.Y almost  a decade.They are both musicians and they decide to married in Greece in Thessaloniki.We had couple shots in preparation and after that we went to some popular locations of Thessaloniki for shooting before the ceremony. and the reception.

Thanks Marina and Alexei for your co-operation and i hope we can get also some images at N.Y in the near future.LOL.

stacy - July 19, 2010 - 12:36 pm

nice work!!! great angles

Martin Tavares - July 20, 2010 - 9:24 am

What a beautiful and perfect place for a destination wedding! You will probably have many couples interested in arranging their wedding in Greece. I just love the photos, especially the one of the bride and groom walking along the pier as the sun was setting.

Nik Pekridis - July 20, 2010 - 9:31 am

It’s not as beautyfull as the islands but yes…its prety nice i think.

Andreas Feusi - July 21, 2010 - 10:49 am

Beautiful place for a wedding. Nice details and great photos with sunset.

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:31 pm

Beautiful images! You really have a style that captures the full emotions.

Aaron Howe Imagery - July 26, 2010 - 12:27 am

I am captivated with your second last photo … on the dock … with the bride and groom … with the sun setting. The colors that your captured are breath taking.

Nik Pekridis - July 26, 2010 - 1:03 am

Andrea and Jeremy thanks a lot for your comments.
Aaron…new lightroom 3 and a litlle of viveza2 and voila.

Mario Caldeira - July 30, 2010 - 8:28 am


Cynthia Blackstone - August 3, 2010 - 5:21 pm

Love the first photo of the shoes. What fun!

Nik Pekridis - August 4, 2010 - 12:29 am

thanks a lot Cynthia

Jonny Wedding Photographer Leeds - August 5, 2010 - 8:05 am

The quality of this wedding photography is just amazing. I am so inspired and can’t wait for the weekend for my next shoot now my head is filled with so many ideas.

Nik Pekridis - August 5, 2010 - 11:15 am

thank you all for your nice comments.Hey Jonny hope i am gonna see you next Jan in swpp convension.I have my own masterclass there.

Bethany Paris - August 8, 2010 - 7:48 pm

Makes me want to get married all over again — in Greece. Beautiful, beautiful photos!

Nik Pekridis - August 9, 2010 - 12:20 am

Just pick up the dates and we can make re-wedding day…thanks Bethany

Paula Lukas - August 12, 2010 - 3:59 am

Wow …. wonderful photo shoot .. enjoyed every pic!

Carmela Harry - August 12, 2010 - 4:03 am

My favorite place .. so much more favorite by looking at your inspirational images. Thanks so much!!

Shauna Dallamsphum - August 12, 2010 - 4:11 am

Really LOVE Photo#8 — beautiful and fun! Way to go!

Nik Pekridis - August 12, 2010 - 4:53 am

thanks Shauna

Nik Pekridis - August 12, 2010 - 8:37 am

i am start to feel…shy? !!thank you all

Jennifer Summers - August 13, 2010 - 2:57 pm

I could not help but comment on the photo with the green lighting of the bride and groom facing each other. Brilliant!

Julis McIntyre Photos - August 18, 2010 - 5:29 am

Nice work — my fav is the 2nd last picture — the sky was so spectacular.

Belinda Mango - August 23, 2010 - 7:36 am

Oh my … #8 is the best … with such vivid and amazing colors.

Candice Springgay - August 24, 2010 - 1:18 pm

I am certainly enjoying all the culture and locations from around the world. These photos in Greece are magnificent.

Shauna Dallamsphum - August 27, 2010 - 1:22 am

You know … I cannot even pick one favorite. Just loved all of your photos … and can hardly wait until your next blog.

Nik Pekridis - August 27, 2010 - 1:33 am

thank you all for your comments…i would love to make a destination wedding in Us.

Teresa Beklamy - September 3, 2010 - 4:54 am

I’m becoming of fan of your work. This is the third wedding I have enjoyed viewing. Again, very beautiful.

Nik Pekridis - September 3, 2010 - 5:00 am

thanks a lot Teresa for your comments.

with Nick Ghionis in Corfu

Mary Fabian - July 13, 2010 - 6:29 pm

What an absolute fairy tale wedding! Your photographs are beautiful! Congratulations!

Laurie Ryan - July 13, 2010 - 6:54 pm

Wow … I just love the photo of the bride going up the stairs — so, so gorgeous. I am loving your blog … and can hardly wait to see more. Where did this wedding take place?

Mary Lou Meyers - July 13, 2010 - 7:23 pm

I agree with both Mary and Laurie – splendid imagery!

Alexander Manning - July 13, 2010 - 7:28 pm

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing more of your photographs.

Nik Pekridis - July 13, 2010 - 11:58 pm

Its in Corfu,ionion sea in Greek and the place its Achillion the palace of princess Sissy of Austria.

Erick Danzer - July 14, 2010 - 1:43 pm

Nik, these images are amazing! The setting is glorious.

Nik Pekridis - July 20, 2010 - 12:11 am

Thanks a lot Erick.

Robyn Riddell - July 20, 2010 - 9:49 am

Ditto — beautiful work!

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:32 pm

All I can say is absolutely beautiful!! I love your first image (and all the rest as well).

Derek Massiah - July 26, 2010 - 12:28 am

Loved all your imagery … and your first image is #1 in my eyes.

Nik Pekridis - July 26, 2010 - 11:09 am

thanks Derek.

Nik Pekridis - July 26, 2010 - 11:10 am

thanks Jeremy.

Cynthia Blackstone - August 3, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Fantastic images!

Mariquita - August 4, 2010 - 12:20 pm

Wow. Such an amazing capturing of the incredible color … the staircase shot belongs in a museum I think.

Teresa Beklamy - August 12, 2010 - 4:13 am

Hi Ho to Mariquita — but I love Photo #4 the best! Nik, all of your images are amazing … and every bride must be so so delighted with the work of art that you produce! Wow!

Nik Pekridis - August 12, 2010 - 8:36 am

thank you all !!!It makes me feel very proud.

Barbara Jansen - August 13, 2010 - 3:00 pm

Love your first photo — the dramatic angles and lighting.

Julis McIntyre Photos - August 18, 2010 - 5:30 am

Such rich and vibrant colors.

Khachatur Hovhannisyan - August 18, 2010 - 8:01 pm

Its really beautiful pictures!! Bravo!

Belinda Mango - August 23, 2010 - 7:37 am

So very regal and rich. Beautiful photos. That staircase is magnificent.

Miranda Isber - August 24, 2010 - 1:20 pm

Outstanding photographs!

Corfu Hotels - February 6, 2011 - 5:03 pm

Really wonderful. Without words… Great

Waterford, Ireland – Real Wedding by Shane O’Neill

Wedding Photographer: Shane O’Neill – Aspect Photography
Ceremony Location: Holy Cross Church, Tramore, Co Waterford
Reception Location: Waterford Castle
Wedding Date: April 2010
Client Names: Jade & Thomas

Real Wedding Description: Shot on location at the spectacular Holy Cross Church in Tramore and the luxurious Island of Waterford Castle – the typical Irish weather could not spoil Jade & Thomas’ day.

Laurie Smith - July 13, 2010 - 6:33 pm

Stunning photographs! Makes me want to get married in Ireland!

Maia Chase - July 13, 2010 - 6:58 pm

I agree with Laurie. You are a top of the line artist — the angles, the lighting. Simply beautiful!

Alexander Manning - July 13, 2010 - 7:26 pm

Awesome work! Thanks for sharing! I look forward to seeing more of your

J.D. Smith Photography - July 20, 2010 - 9:32 am

I find your images very inspiring and look forward to seeing more.

Cat - July 25, 2010 - 10:02 am

Beautiful! Love the sleepy ring bearer in the armchair and the couple in shadow framed in the arch.

Jeremy Buck Photography - July 25, 2010 - 11:34 pm

Fantastic imagery … all of them!

Paul Cunningham - July 26, 2010 - 12:32 am

Dramatic imagery of the cathedral!

Shane O'Neill - Aspect Photography - July 26, 2010 - 5:07 am

many thanks to everyone for the kind comments!

Mary Fabian - August 3, 2010 - 5:25 pm

Very nice work!

Jacqui Jagt - August 8, 2010 - 7:54 pm

Love the church photos the most … what a gorgeous church. Ireland is naturally beautiful … and you sure know how to capture that. Thanks, Shane.

Marcella Abbotsford - August 12, 2010 - 4:17 am

Don’t you just love the uniquess of us all? Different from all the rest … what I really see is how you captured every single emotion a bride can feel in one day (and there are so, so many emotions). Yup .. you got them all. And, to me, that is the very essence of a phenonemal photographer.

Anna Romano - August 13, 2010 - 3:04 pm

Oh how natural Photo 9 is — that was definitely not a posed picture. You captured her joy beautifully.

Dorothy Isber Photos - August 23, 2010 - 7:42 am

Marvellous series … I too admire how your captured such bold and dramatic shots of the church.

Joanne Byrne - August 30, 2010 - 5:55 pm

Great selection of photographs

Vickie Dellick - September 23, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Beautifully thought out shots and poses. I love how the entire wedding party is captured and of course the ever-so-amazing look in the groom’s eyes when he’s finally married the girl of his dreams. You have really captured it all. Great work!

Santa Barbara Wedding Photography - October 30, 2010 - 5:47 am

What a clarity in the pics I had never seen before specially in black and white pics..Great job!
I like pics a lot..

Haven - April 23, 2011 - 10:16 pm

awesome photographs.Thanks ………

michaelbraganza - September 4, 2012 - 3:22 am

Really Friends it Beautiful Wedding photographer, I Like it.