One big Greek wedding
By Cristina Wilson | Photography by Critsey Rowe Photography
Posted: Tuesday, Feb. 08, 2011
Besides a shared Greek ancestry, Athena Dalber and Bill Kortesis had the force of fate to draw them together. In the fall of 2007, Bills father had an instinct and encouraged Bill, a plastic surgeon, to attend a friends engagement party. There, he met Athena, a nurse practitioner and the future love of his life. Although Bills father passed away shortly after meeting Athena, he was able to feel content knowing that his son had found his soul mate.
Nine months into Bill and Athenas courtship, during a weekend trip to Charleston, Bill surprised Athena on her birthday with a rose petal, champagne and birthday cake display to pop the question.
As wedding plans progressed, a spirit of family and tradition surrounded the elegant, evening event, which included Athenas father, a Greek Orthodox priest. It meant a lot to me that he was able to give me away as well as participate in the ceremony, says Athena. We ended up having over 10 clergy members perform the ceremony! A priest chanted traditional Byzantine music as Athena walked down the aisle, and the couple exchanged rings from Diamonds Direct SouthPark.
Of course, theres no better way to celebrate such a union than with feasting and dancing, and Athena and Bill knew they wanted to create a memorable affair. While the reception site, the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, was set for 580 people with furnishings from Classic Party Rentals, the couple still found ways to keep things personal. Messages emails were read aloud from family members in Greece, still called telegrams. The brides shoes from Via Veneto had the names of all of Athenas single girlfriends written on the soles; as legend has it, those whose names fade are destined to be married. A candy called koufeta was set out at the reception for friends to take home. Its said that if you put an odd number of the candies under your pillow, youll dream about whom youll marry.
The sit-down dinner featured Greek classics like spanakopita but also American fare like sea bass, catered by a childhood friend of Bills. With a gorgeous cake with fresh flowers by Cheesecake Etc., Bill and Athena combined their tastes, featuring red velvet cake for her and ice cream on the side for him. A live Greek band provided a mix of modern and international music, and both the ceremony and reception were captured by Critsey Rowe Photography.
In the midst of all the celebration, what was the couples favorite moment? In the car ride to the reception, it was so nice to have just the two of us with a bottle of champagne. The ceremony and reception were beautiful, but everything was such a blur, says Athena. Knowing that we would have the rest of our lives together in that moment was so peaceful.Featured VendorsCake
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