Maria + Sarantos | Sep 22, 2018
All white Greek Orthodox wedding with a touch of elegance in Winston-Salem, North Carolina
While at a church youth event in high school, Maria and Sarantos first met. After that, they would randomly see each other over the years because they shared mutual friends. It wasn’t until Maria’s junior year in college that Sarantos finally asked her out on a date. From there, it was simple.
Two and half years later Sarantos was ready to propose. The couple was going on a family trip to Greece that summer, so Sarantos knew it would be the perfect spot, with them both having strong Greek heritage and all.
Before dinner one day, Sarantos asked Maria for some alone time since they had just spent the whole day with her family. They drove to a secluded beach where they watched the sunset and Sarantos got down on one knee. When they got back to the house, friends and family were all waiting to celebrate with them.
The couple planned their romantic and elegant wedding for September and it looked like it was one of the most fun weddings we’ve ever seen. It is just an added bonus that it looks just as beautiful, too!
“We like to have funand that is the main word I kept using throughout our engagement when asked what our ideal wedding would be,” said the bride.
Maria spent her morning having her hair curled and braided and her makeup done. It was a good thing the beauty team was still onsite when she read the letter Sarantos had written for her because a makeup touchup was definitely necessary after that!
Once her makeup was touched up, Maria started to get dressed. Her form fitting short sleeve lace gown may not have been what she originally thought she would get, but we can’t imagine her in anything different.
“The dress I fell in love with was not was I was expecting,” explained Maria. “I thought I would end up in a long sleeve lace gown, but instead chose an Anna Campbell short sleeve beauty. It was all lace as expected but had a beautiful vintage style beaded part around my waist and I felt myself in it and knew it was the one right away.”
As her mother zipped the dress up, all her bridesmaids looked on in awe. The girls all grabbed their white and greenery bouquets and headed outside for some pictures with Sunshower Photography. The bridesmaid’s mauve taupe mismatched dresses came together perfectly.
The group then left for the church where all the other guests were arriving and taking their seats. The ceremony did not need much décor, as the Greek Orthodox Church was already so beautiful with its ornate paintings and chandeliers. There were just a few greenery pew markers and two white arrangements on the altar.
Sarantos took his spot on the altar next to his groomsmen, all in matching classic black tuxedos.Once the bridesmaids took their spots, it was time for the bride’s big moment.
“The most special moment was for sure walking down the aisle because I was so eager to see Sarantos,” Maria said. “I’d heard it before, but it really is true in that moment nothing else in the whole world matters.”
The two joined hands and the ceremony began. Many Greek orthodox traditions were honored during the ceremony, including the “Dance of Isaiah” where the priest leads the couple to a ceremonial walk around the table. The walk represents the couple taking their first steps as husband and wife and symbolizes that they will walk through life with the Gospel and God as their center.
In the end, the couple shared a kiss and walked back down the aisle as husband and wife. As they stepped out of the church, they were sprinkled with white rose petals for a sweet exit.
Guests left the ceremony and headed for the reception venue. When they arrived, they were greeted by a tall oversized arrangement of white hydrangeas and roses, and greenery with a guest book underneath it. Guests signed the book and entered the wooden double doors into the ballroom.
Inside, there were sixty – yes you read that correctly, sixty – guest tables draped in a classic white linen and set with gold Chiavaris chairs. Each table had a floral arrangement of similar all white flowers and greenery accenting in either a silver or gold vase. At each place setting was a folded white napkin and a single piece of eucalyptus on top.
On each table there was a gold framed table numbers and three shot glasses. Along with the shot glasses there was note to inform guests that whenever someone clinks for the bride and groom to kiss they are to take a shot. That’s one way to have everyone join in on the fun!
There was a double wide, double sided bridal party table that just blew us away. Down the center was a greenery runner and candles woven throughout. Each seat had an acrylic gold beaded rim charger topped with a white napkin, eucalyptus strand and an agate rock place card. Just behind the bridal party table was an even longer, one sided head table. It was dripping with even more greenery, candles and white hydrangeas.
You can imagine how guests were blown away when they entered the room. Not just because of the lush flowers all around the room but the monogram gobos, donut bar and all the personalized signs around the space. Not to mention the six tiered geode gold flaked wedding cake in the center of it all.
The reception kicked off and went all night long. We mean, ALL night long. There was a traditional Greek band, a typical DJ and a second Greek band that didn’t even come on until 2 a.m.! There was a midnight buffet and around 5 a.m., Maria and Sarantos decided to call it a night. They said farewell to the guests that were still celebrating and left together for the first time as husband and wife.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
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