Saturday September 22nd couldn’t have been any better – the weather was perfect, sun was shining and Demetra and Anthony were hours from getting married! Ashley, my beautiful Senior Assistant was there Day of and I, her lovely assistant – yes, I do assist my assistants.
We started our day at the Independence on Locust Street (if you haven’t been there – you have to check it out, they have a great restaurant too),where we met our gorgeous couple during preps and I have to tell you – Ash and I were emotional – in a good way – we have grown very close to this couple, it felt like our sister was getting married.
Demetra looked amazing, fresh-faced and cool as a cucumber in her crisp white monogrammed woven, her make up and hair done to perfection and she was ready to slip in her stunning lace Allure Couture gown. I loved her custom crystal adorned pink heels and vintage crystal cuff. The bridal suite had a banner hanging – “Love is Sweet “, which was the theme carried throughout the wedding. The flowers were amazing – all designed and grown locally by Love n’ Fresh Flowers. We knew that Jenny (owner) and Demetra would be a great fit. Incorporated in the bouquet was lace from Demetra’s mothers wedding gown, Anthony’s grandmothers pearls and a small ceramic pic of her mom. After the ceremony, Demetra would replace her gorg veil with a fresh gardenia which her father also wore – another sweet detail – literally!
The bridesmaids all dress in Ballerina Pink Satin gowns, and the groomsmen Tan suits – perfect choice for September. Demetra dressed and ready to go, we were on our way to the church. What I loved about this wedding, the entire bridal party walked to church separately, then Demetra and Anthony met for a first look on a beautiful cobble stone lined street. It was a special moment that was shared with the couple and their phenomenal photographer – Ash Imagery.
St. George Greek Orthodox cathedral was as gorgeous as I remember it -Todd and I married there 5 years ago. Demetra’s dad was waiting for her at the top of the steps. Another touching moment! They had a lovely Greek ceremony with 145 guests watching every moment – if you’ve never been to a Greek ceremony -it’s a long one, 1 hour-long.
We walked to Estia, their reception location on the Avenue of the Arts, their theme was vintage with a Greek twist. Love n’ Fresh flowers designed all flowers and utilized Demetra’s vintage finds for the containers.
Demetra had amazing details throughout the wedding. Vintage windowpanes donning family photographs, pictures of her mother on her wedding day, another sweet touch- Demetra wore her mother’s gown at their rehearsal. I loved their favors – traditional Greek Jordan Almond candies in lace sacks tied with pink ribbon and dried babies breath nestled in a vintage suitcase placed next to a chalkboard designed tray.
Their cake was a traditional French Croquembouche with a small lace designed cake for cutting. My favorite detail and most sentimental one was a custom designed – with love – wooden box made by her father. It was given to the couple with a bottle of wine and their toasting glasses. They utilized this box as an advice box for guests. I love this idea and most of all, the sweet message inscribed by her dad The seating chart was a chalkboard in a heavy painted frame. I wrote out all the names in white marker in alphabetical order.
The couple surprised the guests with a choreographed first dance – the best I’ve seen in years. What’s a Greek wedding without Greek dancing, all the guests were on the dancefloor the whole time non stop. I might have danced a bit too 🙂
It was an absolute pleasure working with Demetra and Anthony on their wedding day. Hope you had a great time in Bali!
Wedding Planner – Angela MALICKI events
Photographer – Ash Imagery by Michael Smith
Ceremony – St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Reception – Estia
Florist – Love n’ Fresh Flowers
Bridal Attire – Allure Couture purchased at Clair’s Bridal
Shoes – The Cinderella Affect – Etsy
Hair – KLP Hair Designs
Make Up – DUO Makeup Artistry
Bridesmaids Attire – Dessy Collection purchased at Lizelle’s Bridal
Mens Attire – Jones New York purchased from Jos. A. Bank
Entertainment – Esteem Entertainment
Cake – Aux Petit Delices in Wayne, PA