Greek Orthodox Wedding – Kelly & Tony
This couple met at a friend’s 30th birthday party; at the time, Kelly thought Tony was super cute, but he was off the market. Fast forward 9 months and they ran into each other again at the same friend’s going away party where Tony asked Kelly out and they went on their first date the following week. The day after their first date, Kelly left for Greece on a trip with her family. Thankfully they reconnected when she returned and two years later they both went on their own trip to Greece, where Tony popped the question – only 5 days after Kelly’s brother proposed to his girlfriend! They got engaged on the balcony of their Porto Veneziano hotel room in Crete.
Their wedding ceremony was held at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church which is on Lake Calhoun and has a big space at the back so it certainly made for a beautiful spot to take photos. Kelly grew up in the Greek Orthodox Church and Tony actually converted to Orthodoxy the Sunday before their wedding. He decided in January that he was going to convert.
In total there were 7 bridesmaids and 5 groomsmen which they knew was a little uneven, “but they are all so important to us!” Kelly said.
The ceremony was a traditional Greek Orthodox wedding, and the couple had their attendants throw flower petals on them while they walked around the altar – this is something which isn’t always done in the states, but is very traditional in Greece; it signifies your first steps as husband and wife.
Once Kelly and Tony were married they got on a bus with all of their guests and were taken to the reception venue – they wanted to start their celebrations straight away! They chose the Radisson Blu as their reception venue because they wanted somewhere downtown where people could walk to their hotel rooms at the end of the night. They had an hour and a half cocktail hour, and then the newlyweds were announced and did a traditional Greek dance which looks like everybody loved!
The wedding favours were jordan almonds; it’s Greek tradition get a bunch of girls together to make the boubounieres (jordan almond favors) so these were a nice little DIY element to the day. The inside almond represents the bitterness in life, but that it’s surrounded by the sweetness in life (the sugar coating). They are always given in odd numbers to represent the couple is indivisible.
Their DJ was a Greek DJ friend of theirs that the couple flew in from New Jersey because Kelly and Tony wanted to have a lot of traditional Greek dancing, they said that they all began dancing at the beginning of the night because “Greek people don’t need liquid courage to start dancing”.
Photographer: Erin Johnson Photography // Wedding planner: Kismet Event Group // Hair & Makeup: Nicole Twito // Invitation designer: Carlson Craft // Calligraphy: Aggie Koutroupas // Florals: Zinnia Design Floral // Dress designer: Sottero & Midgley // Dress boutique: Posh Bridal Couture // Suit designer: Heimie’s Haberdashery // Ceremony venue: St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church // Reception venue: Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown // Linen rentals: Linen Effects // Cake designer: Queen of Cakes // DJ: Chris Ploumitsakos