After watching Niki & Billy’s beautiful Greek Wedding video by Luminance Wedding Films I got in touch with the Bride and Groom to ask them a few more questions about their special day. Niki was excited to tell me all about the details from her wedding and shared the traditions that celebrated on the day.
Read all about Niki & Billy’s beautiful Greek wedding!
“My parents house was crazy on the day of the wedding!! With 11 bridesmaids plus, my Mother, Theas, and my Pethera, and Kouniada all getting their hair done, the team from Swank Hair needed to be on schedule so that they could get all 24 of us ready on time ! Of course in a Greek family it isn’t possible to have anything smaller.”
Sia: How did you and Billy meet each other?
Niki: It all started when Billy accepted an offer to study in Hobbs, New Mexico. During this time, one of our mutual friends told Billy that he should come to Albuquerque to meet me. We spoke on the phone at first and then Billy asked me for some Greek coffee, as it was a non-existant commodity in Hobbs.
The day came when we finally met. I brought a bag of Greek coffee and some baklava and said hello for the first time to this “Canadian Greek Boy” in person. After chatting for a while, Billy asked me to take him to church the next day. I willingly agreed, and said good night. On the way to and from church, we got to know each other a little better and he made me blush a few times too. But it was quickly time for Billy to drive back to Hobbs. When I dropped him off, Billy said, “Well, if I never see you again it was very nice to have met you. “We parted without means of contacting each other, and after a week of thinking about him, I worked up enough confidence to ask my friend for his phone number. Then, I contacted him. It wasn’t long after that Billy was making the four-hour trip every other weekend to see me.
The rest is history…
Sia: Where did you get married?
Niki: We were married at St George Greek Orthodox Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 18, 2013 and our reception was hosted at The Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel. Our Photographer was Blue Rose Photography Studios. Our makeup was done by Ashlynne Padilla owner of POSH professional makeup artist. Sealed with a Kiss Wedding and Event Planner Maria Socha, made our wedding day seamless. I didn’t worry about a single thing and I was so relaxed. It was amazing. Everything was perfect, and it was only because of her. Nancy at Albuquerque Florists did an amazing job with all of the flowers. The reception area and the Church was decorated beautifully. It was everything I had ever wanted! My bouquet was also amazing. I loved the way Nancy made my bouquet. Distracted by Decor, Rob and Brennan made our vision for the reception a reality. I loved
every detail and we were incredibly happy with their work! We flew in a Greek DJ, Peter Koitsopoulos (DJ Extreem), from Toronto, Canada. Our wedding would not have been the same if it weren’t for Peter. He was an amazing DJ, and because of him we didn’t stop dancing until 2:30 AM!
Sia: Did you celebrate many Greek traditions on your wedding day?
Niki: We celebrated more northern Greece traditions and we did many of them. On the Friday before the wedding we also had a Krevati. All of my unmarried cousins and friends made the bed and then I ‘unmade’ the bed 3 times. Afterwards, our families threw rice, money and gold coins on the bed. The Krevati ended with our 3 nephews being placed on the bed! All little boys because Billy really wants a baby boy first! We then had dinner and danced, like a mini glendi.
On Saturday, we began at my house with the unmarried closest relative of the groom, who came to my house with my shoes on a silver tray, covered in rice and koufeta. He began by putting my shoe on with money to see if they would fit. (A shot of this is in the video). He did this 3 times.
Billy’s mother shared a tradition that has been done for many generations in her family. She did it at her own wedding and it was done by her grandmother and also her great-grandmother. Billy’s mom filled the flitsanaki with wine which represents the blood of Christ. However, when pouring the wine into the cup, Billy’s mom did it in a path that was away from the house. This is symbolic of Christ blessing his new path.
Billy took three sips of wine, for the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is similar to the way we do it at Church during the Wedding Ceremony. After taking his 3 sips (his last as a single man) he then proceed to break the glass and did not look back.
Smashing the glass and not looking back symbolises that Billy will no longer look back on his past life but only ahead to his new path. This tradition has been captured in our wedding video.
We also did one more tradition. My Mama had made a huge kouloura and Billy and I, towards the end of the reception kind of did a tug of war with it. So, whoever got the biggest piece meant that they had the upper hand in the marriage! I won which I was ecstatic about it hahahah!!
Sia: What did you love most about your wedding day?
Niki: This is the hardest question ever. Honestly, I loved every second of it! We began getting our hair and makeup done in the morning, and we were all together (which I loved). Then we did the shoe tradition, took pictures, and we were off to the church. We had the ceremony, and afterwards Billy and I took some pictures alone at the park next to the church. I think this was the best part. Just because we had officially been married in the church and were now husband and wife. We were able to spend those special moments together and drink it all in!
But, every moment was amazing. I woke up the next day feeling completely fulfilled; I had enjoyed every second of it. I think this was due to the organization and preparation that was done before the actual day. Everything was ready and set, long before May 18, arrived. We had an agenda for the time, down to minutes, and had scheduled for all family and bridal party to know what’s going on because not only were we on a tight time schedule, but also when you have 11 bridesmaids and groomsmen, 2 junior bridesmaids, 3 flower girls, 3 ring and Stefana bearers, you have to be organized. Especially when it comes to the family and bridal party pictures after the ceremony! But, everything ended up great.
I couldn’t have been happier!
Watch Niki and Billy’s Greek Wedding Video produced by Luminance Wedding Films.
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