“It’s Wedding Day!”

On the day of her wedding, Patricia woke up to her sister chanting “It’s wedding day!” The enthusiasm spread until the whole family joined in on the chant. The family danced out of the house and onto the bus taking them to the church while the live band from Crete, Greece followed along playing music. The band accompanied the bride as she arrived at the church, walking in with both her dad and brother by her side.

Darling Details

Patricia loves invitations, so the couple wanted to ensure their wedding invitation made a lasting impression. The acrylic invitation included an etched lace design that was hand-drawn to match the details on Patricia’s stunning wedding gown. They also included a dance floor monogram that coordinated with their gorgeous invitations to make sure every detail flowed seamlessly throughout the celebrations.

Greek Traditions

To celebrate her Greek heritage, the couple incorporated many Greek traditions throughout the day. Her father and Gerasimos both wore a traditional white sariki – a Cretan headscarf with a dense fringe, and Patricia changed into a traditional Cretan wedding dress midway through the reception. Staying true to Greek tradition, the first dance was The Bride’s Dance. The couple stood side by side while guests danced with Patricia and showered the couple with money.

Number of Wedding Guests: 400

Vendors:

Ceremony Venue: St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church

Reception Venue: The Westin O’Hare

Photography & Videography: RED Weddings

Event Planner: Manikas Designs

Rings: Ancona Jewelers 

Bride’s Gown: Ersa Atelier via Dimitra’s Bridal Couture

Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Hair: Danielle Specialty Hair

Makeup Artist: Brett Loding

Groom’s Formalwear: My.Suit

Groom’s Accessories: Tiffany & Co.; Thomas Pink

Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Emanuele Tuxedo Rental & Sales

Stationery: Papagraphics Custom Design

Floral & Decor: Yanni Design Studio

Cake & Sweets: Brookhaven Marketplace

Entertainment: John Grammatis; The Pantermakia