Maria & Nikos

How I met my man…

9 years ago, mutual friends made our first acquaintance! After that, love came naturally…

Then, he proposed…

It took place at the exact location of our first kiss, the Marina of Zeas. Right in the heart of summer, on July 29th, we got married at my village in Crete, Sivas, located in the old town of Faistos, at the chapel of Saint Ioannis Xenos.

The magic lies in the details!

Our wedding had a characteristic air of tradition! Our close friends from both Athens and Crete helped us get ready, I arrived at the church accompanied by an orchestra playing Cretan music, and our closest friends wore Cretan sarikis around their neck! Before the big day, we had not one, but two pre-wedding parties! One from the side of the groom, and the other from my side, welcoming our guests who had arrived from Athens, Crete (where my family comes from) and Agrinion (where the groom’s origins are).

As for the wedding and reception decoration, we chose earthy tones. My bridal bouquet consisted of chamomile, baby’s-breath, white baby roses, and wheat. For the floral decoration of the church, we added greenery with baby’s breath and wild lavender in specific places!

Talking about the fine details, during the ceremony, we stood under a beautiful flower frame! In the reception area, tree trunks were the centerpieces, on which we placed candlesticks of glass, written wishes, and jars with wheat! Finally, on the welcome -monastic- table there were traditional local drinks and sweets, from both Crete and Agrinion, wedding candles decorated with driftwood -another aquatic touch!

The best wedding decision I ever made… and also the worst one!

Holding the wedding at a Cretan seaside village, made our friends book their vacation a week before the big day, which allowed us to spend some holiday time together! Most importantly, they experienced an authentic Cretan wedding, some of whom for the first time! I cannot think of any bad decisions, other than not having a Day After photo shoot.

If I had to choose one favorite moment!

Each and every one had something special! The moment all my friends helped me get dressed in my house, making my way to the church accompanied by traditional instruments, the ceremony in the chapel filled with our relatives and friends, our entrance to the reception venue to the sounds of a Cretan Rizitiko song, our friends applauding and lighting fireworks, the “glenti” with Cretan music, followed by a DJ who played music until 8.30 in the morning when we rushed to the sea! Everything had its own magic!

To the rythm of our first dance! 

Nikos and I decided not to have the first dance alone, so we got everyone on the dancefloor during a traditional Cretan song, having our all our friends and relatives joining us!

If I could give some advice to a bride-to-be…

Enjoy it! Additionally, make all the choices that make you feel comfortable, from the choice of your wedding dress to the overall wedding style!

Oh, my wedding dress!

It was just my style, and it made me feel really nice wearing it! It was a Crop Top dress with a breezy skirt, which allowed me to really enjoy dancing in it and also matched my wedding aesthetics. As the wedding was held at a seaside Cretan village, something excessive would have been over the top!

My experience with Atelier Zolotas was the best possible. The staff and especially my beloved Sara, who helped me pick my dress, were all very kind and helpful. Although I had visited other bridal boutiques before the atelier, no place made me feel more at home than the Zolotas bridal house.

I would like to thank the following people, for turning my dream into a wedding reality…

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: Konstantis Papadakis | VIDEOGRAPHER: Momentus Videography
WEDDING DRESS: Atelier Zolotas – Custom Made dress  | BRIDAL SHOES: Nina New York |
GROOM’S ATTIRE:  Hugo Boss | GROOM’S SHOES: Base London |
MAKE-UP ARTIST: Argiro Petrougaki | HAIRSTYLIST: Endy Coiffure | FLORIST: Rania’s creations
WEDDING CAKE: Koumakis | WEDDING FAVORS: Rania’s creations | WEDDING RECEPTION: Strofi | CATERING: Strofi | WEDDING DJ: Konstantinos Dimitrokalis | VOW CROWNS: Rania’s creations | WEDDING RINGS: Seferos | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Monsoon 

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