Chantal Leptos-Loverso is the Koumbara to Anna & Bill. The wedding day was 25 July 2015 in Victoria, Australia.
Chantal Leptos-Loverso and I are “online friends” and we have been talking on social media for many years. However in real life, Chantal is best friends with Anna. On the day that Anna married Bill, Chantal crowned the couple and became their koumbara. I asked Chantal some questions about her role as koumbara and what she did to help plan the wedding day.
How did Anna ask you to be koumbara?
Anna and I would enjoy long afternoon chats fuelled by coffee & cake and sometimes we’d chat about the day she’d marry Bill. The topic of beautiful gowns, romantic locations, cherished traditions and families coming together would come up and we’d dream a little dream. I recall sitting at a cafe nearby Anna’s house when she very first said to me:
“Chan, you know you are going to be my koumbara, who else would I have”?
I just remember thinking “well, if I am the koumbara, who will be the koumbaro”!? Fast forward a few years and I was privy to knowing that a beautiful custom-made engagement ring was headed Anna’s way!
I was living at my parents house at the time and remember the home phone ringing which was strange – I recall thinking ‘who calls a home phone these days’ as it rang loudly. When I answered there was a squealing Anna on the other end.
Bill proposed! Right then and there Anna asked me to be her koumbara with one, and only one, condition… that I act just as surprised when both Anna and Bill ask me together! Piece of cake.
My husband and I were honoured to be our friends’ Koumbari.
What did you do to help with the wedding plans?
I’d like to think of myself as Anna’s personal wedding consultant rather than ‘planner’ because planning is Anna’s forte. When decisions needed to be made on dresses, serious conversations needed to be had, and a joke needed to be made – I was there.
We discussed everything from religious and family traditions, to the grammar and punctuation on invitations, and even what language the ceremony would be delivered in. I took charge of Anna’s bomboniere’s and stefania in the hope of giving her a few less things to do.
What I didn’t do to help, was arrive at Anna’s house on time the morning of the wedding!!
My husband and I had flown in the day before and very serious jet lag had caught up with us. The day we flew in I went straight to get a mani and embarrassingly kept falling asleep on the manicurist, the poor lady had to redo my nails twice because I kept smudging them! So, we slept through our alarms and I arrived an hour or so late, I recall being in the car on the way to Anna’s when she sms’d me “Is everything OK”?
I turned to my husband and sunk so deep into my seat that I thought I might actually disappear “She’s going to kill me this time, for sure” were my exact words.
We hadn’t seen each other in over four weeks and when I arrived we cried as we embraced on her mother’s front door step – my beautiful friend was ready to be a bride!
I didn’t get in trouble for arriving late to the house – just incase you were wondering!
Did you have a bridal shower, hens night or krevatia?
I wanted Anna to have all the bridal events and that she certainly did. Anna has organised something like 6 weddings which means six bridal showers, six hens parties etc. So, when it came to Anna’s events I knew two things; her hen’s needed to be in an environment that allowed everyone to share food and catchup, and her bridal shower needed to be family orientated and beautiful.
We had a great dinner at Gazi Greek Restaurant owned by Greek chef George Calombaris, and danced the night away at a Penthouse location, followed by a surprise suite that Anna had organised for myself and her bridesmaid Mel. The night was a real blast, but for me breakfast with Anna and Mel the next morning with amazing skyscraper views across Melbourne was the real cherry on top.
Anna’s bridal shower was organised with meticulous detail. I entrusted the Atlantic Group in Melbourne to assist in organising the event at one of their waterside locations – a chic French artisan style venue called Mill & Bakery. The lovely savoury pastries were literally hand made, pulled out of the oven, and served fresh on the spot – as were the beautiful high tea desserts – but it was Anna’s unquestionable radiance and her beautiful bridal shower cake that really stole the show!
What is your role as koumbara for this couple in the future?
Anna and Bill were family long before their wedding day, so in that respect nothing much has changed. We’ve always shared love, support and guidance, and most importantly celebrated together. New traditions such as attending important church services during religious periods can excitingly begin this year, and of course we look forward to extending all of the above to their family as it grows….and maybe going on an annual vacation together too!
Where did you get those beautiful wedding crowns from?
I wanted something extra sparkly to suit Anna’s personality and had trouble finding something other than crowns with a strip of crystals running around the circumference. I found two beautiful crowns in New York that not only had the swarovski crystal strip, but also had extra swarovski crystals sitting directionally both on top and underneath each crystal that made up the circumfrant strip. This created a beautiful, reflectant, multi directional design.
To me they looked regal, fit for a princess.
I agree, stefana can be hard to find, especially if you are looking for something beautiful and unique. I had the same problem when I was a koumbara for my sister. All of the shops had the same strip of crystals running around the circumference and they all looked the same. That’s why I started my online business. Now I sell beautiful stefana from designers all around the world. You can check them out here:
Thanks Sia, next time I will save myself the trouble and just come straight to you for the stefana.
What about the bombonerie? What were they like?
The bombonerie were crystal diamond shape tealight candle votive from LA DEE DAH in Melbourne.
You looked absolutely beautiful on the day. Where did you get your dress from?
Thank you. Our bridesmaid dresses were from Duchess Boutique. Our make up was done by @anna_ceddia and our hair was by @12melia34.
Everything was very beautiful. Congratulations. Panta Aksii to you and your husband. May you always be worthy as koumbari to Anna and Bill.
This Wedding Story Features The Following Vendors:
Photography: Panos Mavromytis Photography Videographer: Lightbox Media Florist: Northcoate Flowers Styling: Complete Furniture Hire Bombonerie: LA DEE DAH Bridesmaid Dresses: Duchess Boutique Make Up: @anna_ceddia Hair:@12melia34
Chantal is an actress, a blogger, a Greek cook and a new mum. You can follow Chantal on Instagram @c_loverso.
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