This wedding dates all the way back to September 11, 2010. This day has so many solemn memories, that it was uplifting for the bride and groom to turn it into such a beautiful, bright and optimistic day to start a new life, new journey and most importantly a new road to travel down together instead of alone.
Niki wore a beautiful mermaid fitted, ruched bodice, with ruffles and an accordion style pleat that peaked out at the side of her dress. She was a stunning and breathtaking bride as she walked down St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox’s aisle. Her bouquet was a striking bunch of red roses, cymbidium orchids, and seeded eucalyptus.
Friends and family gathered at the Hotel DuPont for Greek and American dancing. The hotel put on a magnificent show as the catering staff carted out desert to the middle of the dance floor splitting up to each table with flambé (flaming desert). It was quite a sight to see as the lights dimmed.
Phil Kramer Photographers shot spectacular pictures the whole day but incredibly breathtaking pictures in a garden only a few minutes from the Hotel DuPont. Niki and Chris really enjoyed shooting these pictures as their reflection was captured in the pond.
For those of our followers that have never been to a Greek wedding, it is slightly different than the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” However, when I heard a familiar song that I recognized from the movie, I couldn’t help but get excited. I mean, how often does that happen when a movie and real life coincide with one another (besides based on a true story movies). In case anyone didn’t catch on this was my first Greek wedding with Karen Pecora Events.
Here is a little taste of what the ceremony is like at a Greek Church:
The ceremony is very symbolic and beautiful: the ceremony itself is in two parts: the Service of Betrothal and the Ceremony of the Sacrament of Marriage. The exchanging of rings is the focus of the Service of Betrothal. A number of the rituals in the ceremony are done three times signifying the Holy Trinity. The Crowning is in the second part of the ceremony- Sacrament of Marriage. The bride and groom are crowned with thin crowns, or “stefana”, which are joined by a white ribbon and have been blessed by the priest. The crowns symbolise the glory and honour that is being bestowed on them by God, and the the ribbon symbolises their unity. The Common Cup comes after the Crowning and symbolizes the wedding at Cana (where Jesus performed his first miracle), the Ceremonial Walk comes next- when Niki and Chris take their first steps as husband and wife around the altar; followed by the removal of the crowns. – (Niki & Chris’s wedding program)
Niki and Chris were absolutely wonderful to work with and we could not be happier for them as they start their new life together as husband and wife. Congratulations!
Make it a Positive Day!