Christen & Elia
January 13, 2018
Lake Mary, FL
From the Photographer:
Family is quite possibly the most important part of your day when you’re planning a big Greek wedding. Luckily for us, from the proposal to the last dance, family was the biggest part of Christen and Elia’s union. When Elias proposed, he took Christen to her Nana—who was in a nursing home suffering from dementia—and asked her for her permission before proposing to Christen right there in her Nana’s room. Her Nana passed away a few months later, but Elia captured the entire thing on his phone so Christen would always have it with her.
For the wedding day, Christen and Elias both got ready at their home with their friends and family (separately) before heading to the church. Her hair and makeup artist took her edgy style and matched it with her traditional Greek heritage. Following a traditional Catholic ceremony, they toasted their guests, saying their wedding was a party, not for themselves, but for all the people who have supported and loved them over the past few years. Then, Christen took to the microphone to give a beautiful and heartfelt speech, vowing to each of Elia’s children to love, respect and always honor them as her own. In a surprise third toast, Elia’s kids gave a toast to Christen, with each of them taking the microphone to make their own vow to her. From listening to her advice, to always making her laugh and to love her. Everyone was so touched by their speech!
The night ended with a LOT of greek dancing and great food and drinks! They had an avocado bar, flaming donuts and an amazing plated dinner from Arthur’s Catering. Following their wedding, the newlyweds escaped to Miami for a mini-honeymoon before heading on a bigger trip to Greece!
Ceremony Venue: Annunciation Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Noah’s Event Venue
Planning/Design: At Last Wedding + Event Design
Photography: Kristen Weaver Photography
Floral: Fairbanks Florist
Stationery: All That Glitters Invitations
Catering: Arthur’s Catering
Cake/Dessert: Sugar Divas Bakery, LLC
Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals
Entertainment: Epic Events DJ & Lighting Service
Videography: Lucky Lemon Films
Hair & Makeup: Hair and Make-Up by Jillian Caro