(Big, Fat) Greek Wedding with Rí Rá Reception | Portsmouth, NH Wedding Photographer


"I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now - and yet, I know I will tomorrow."


The day Sarah and Charlie became Mr. and Mrs. Gurney was a day of so much love, so many laughs, and a whole lot of dancing.

I met Sarah back in high school, when she was a senior and I was a fresh-out-of-middle-school freshman. Despite our age difference, I came to know Sarah in band class where we both rocked it out in the clarinet section (hey, being a band geek was alright with me!). I always thought of Sarah as one of the sweetest people, and one of my dearest friends today happens to be her younger sister, Becca (also a high school band geek; no shame).

It was extra special, then, when Sarah reached out to me to photograph her wedding (I may have been hinting slightly to Becca that I was available, when I found out Sarah was engaged). To be a part of a friend's most intimate celebration, and to see people you know laughing and dancing through the night - that's such a joyous part to play.

Sarah and Charlie decided to have a Greek ceremony at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Dover, to honor the Greek heritage rooted deeply in Sarah's family. Having never attended (nor photographed) a Greek wedding before, I experienced new and unique traditions, from the marriage ceremony itself to a large scale, hand-in-hand circle dance at their reception, held at Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portsmouth. Sarah and Charlie, with their friends and family, danced and danced their way in and out of Rí Rá, out onto the Portsmouth streets, till sweat glistened the foreheads of many and shoes were tossed aside in favor of bare feet. They celebrated in a way that only a large Greek family could, and it was such fun to be part of the merriment.


Ceremony Venue: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church @annunciationchurch.dovernh
Reception Venue and Catering: Rí Rá Irish Pub @riraportsmouth
Photographer: Alanna Hogan Photography @alannahoganphoto
Hair and Makeup: Dover Skin Health Medi-Spa @skinhealthmedispa
Stationary: Vistaprint @vistaprint
Florals: Costco @costco and FiftyFlowers @fiftyflowers
DJ: DJ Danny T @dannytboston
Dress: BHLDN @bhldn
Groom's Attire: Men's Warehouse @menswarehouse


Seacoast Maine & New Hampshire wedding photographer, Alanna Hogan Photography, is for the adventurous at heart and the wild with love. For intimate weddings, elopements and engagements across New England and beyond, you’ve come to the right place. Lose yourself in love and stay awhile, won’t you?