Patricia & Gerasimos
“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.
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.
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
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