Wait a moment. No, I am not writing about the crazy wedding of Ian Miller (John Corbett) and Toula Portokalos (Nia Vardalos) from My big fat greek wedding. But in terms of fun and amusement, it is close enough!
My Greek friend’s wedding was the reason we planned our week long Greek holiday. Our trip started in Thessaloniki, where we had amazing time sipping coffees and snuggling down fresh food and drinks. Later parts of our offbeat trip included witnessing the unbelievable vertical rocks of Meteora and chasing Centaurs in the Pelion mountains. Though each part of our trip was unforgettable, the greek wedding definitely was the cherry on the cake!
The celebrations started at bride’s home and we all danced to some greek tunes and clicked photos (Of course!). After juggling down some traditional greek sweets for weddings, we all left for the picturesque wedding venue. The venue was a small Greek Orthodox church next to the ocean view where we were welcomed by this small table with Katerina and Georgios initials on this well-decorated table.
When we reached the venue, I could not stop staring at this serene view.
Before the bride’s entry to the venue, I managed to sneak in the church and have a look around. By this time, I was already familiar with the orthodox churches (having seen plenty in Meteora and Thessaloniki). This one was equally vibrant.
I mean seriously, just look at this huge chandelier. Very common in Greek Orthodox churches!
A few minutes later, the bride entered the venue with her family and was welcomed with applause and appreciation. The groom welcomed and embraced her and then we followed them inside for the ceremony.
The happy couple then started performing the ceremony with the Greek Orthodox priest. They exchanged rings (and a special head ribbons) and took rounds with the priest and the holy book.
Once the ceremony was over, the newly-married couple was welcomed by family and friends by throwing rice (symbol of prosperity) on them. Everyone congratulated them and had lots of pictures taken again!
But the party was not over yet! As the couple left for their couple photo shoot, we made our way to the evening party venue which was this great resort (again next to the beach!). This place felt very exotic and lively. The whole place was full of happiness and of course greek music!
As there was still some time left, we went for a nice walk along the beach and had a small photoshoot of our own. And there is my suited-up man making the view even more charming! <3
When the couple returned, we had champagne and joined them in their traditional greek dance.
We had a gala time at the Greek wedding (as we were the exotic Indian friends who came all the way from Switzerland for the wedding). We met some old friends and made some new ones!
And last but not the least, I thank the lovely couple for making us a part of this beautiful celebration of love. Love to the so-much-in-love beautiful couple
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