A Single Photograph Gets All Foreign Weddings Banned at a Popular Greek Destination

A Single Photograph Gets All Foreign Weddings Banned at a Popular Greek Destination

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As a photographer, there may come a time when you’re handed a request that may seem out of the ordinary. That may have been the case for one photographer who just managed to get all foreign weddings at a popular Greek wedding destination banned.

A photograph recently emerged of a couple at a famous chapel on the Greek island of Rhodes which portrayed the two performing a sex act – something that is certainly frowned upon by the church. While the sex act was merely a simulated one, the result of the image could possibly lead to hundreds of other couples having their wedding plans canceled.

"We are Greek and we cherish our traditions and the sanctity of our religious sites," community leader Giorgos Eleftheriou told The Times: "We cannot allow this disgusting behavior to prevail."

The couple portrayed in the photograph, who may now be facing legal repercussions, later expressed that they hadn’t intended for such a backlash, adding that they figured the simulated act would be good for a laugh.

The image may have been inspired by the work of a professional photographer who is responsible for a similar image that recently went viral. According to online sources, he says he’s already had three requests from couples asking to take a similar picture. While the photographer ultimately could have advised against the rather immature pose, there is a good chance that he’ll gain more attention for this one image than he’d have received otherwise.

What do you think? How would you feel as the person who took this picture, knowing your photograph could have ruined the wedding plans of many others? Is this all just tasteless tomfoolery, or a brilliant marketing plan? 

EDIT: Weddings have not been banned on the entire island of Rhodes, but rather on the monastery property which the image was taken.

[via Unilad]

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Stas Aleksandersson's picture

“At a famous chapel”??? I don’t see no chapel on the picture.

Dan Howell's picture


with such a limited intellect, it is surprising that you chose to spend precious brain cells contributing to this conversation.

Stas Aleksandersson's picture

With such an attitude of a dick, you can go and fuck yourself.

So much stupidity about the myths that are "the church". The greeks appear to be dumber than mormons.

Anonymous's picture

The Greek Orthodox Church is not "The Church." That would be Catholicism. Minor point as clarification.

There's nothing sacred for them anymore. I feel bad for all couples who have wedding plans there in the near future. We were just there for my cousin's destination wedding, it was arranged by this global wedding marketplace IBride.com so we had time to do some sightseeing. Gorgeous place! Too bad this incident left such a bad impression on the locals.

Jack Lawrence's picture

People take shit way too seriously.

First of all, I applaud the couples who are going for these kind of photos. Wedding photography is full of overly saccharine clichés. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's nice to see some couples injecting a little bit of mischief and humor.

In any case, it was a harmless simulated gag; there's no reason anyone should be clutching their damn pearls over it. And I neither blame the couple nor the photographer for others no longer being able to use this location. Point your fingers at the decision-makers whose panties are in a bunch over nothing.

Mike Vidales's picture

This would be a great album cover

Aiden Clarke's picture

It appears that this couple could have been inspired by a similar shot by a professional photographer which went viral. It is really sad that some photographers feel that their work is of such low quality the only way they can gain recognition is through their bad taste imagery. As for the couple in question it is difficult to imagine the type of people that would do something like this. Unfortunately they must be really sad and doubtless they won't care about the repercussions for other couples

That IS a good way if you want to attract masses of the average drama queen type girls. But if it's not your personality, you probably deserve better.
I find the opposite. Guys seem to be more attracted to the bitchy/drama girls than non-bitchy girls. They think it's "interesting". I think maybe because they like to feel like they've WON her over. It makes them feel like a man.
Or maybe their moms were just bitches.. I dunno.