Paulina & Costa were married on 25 October 2014 at St Stylianos Greek Orthodox Church and at St Finbar’s Catholic Church.
Paulina and I have been online friends for a while now. We started chatting about wedding plans back in 2012 when she was newly engaged. Paulina is Chilean and her partner Costas is Greek and they celebrated traditions from both cultures on their wedding day.
Where did the two of you meet each other?
We met on 25 September 2008 at the University of Wollongong. Costa was having lunch with a mutual friend Nectaria (who did Greek dancing with him as kids) when I crashed their lunch with a few friends (our class had been cancelled). After everyone left, Costa stayed with me while I had my 4 hour break between classes. He then walked me to class.
How did Costa propose to you?
He proposed to me four years after we met, on the date we met (25 September 2012). It was a really simple proposal, he just asked me at my place when no one was home. He had other plans, but because the weather was terrible, they were all rained out.
That’s a shame about the rain! The 25th of September is going to be an important date for you guys to remember now 🙂
Where did you get married?
We were married at St Styilanos Greek Orthodox Church in Sydney and then we then had a blessing at my local Catholic Church, St Finbar. It was important to me and my parents that my church be a part of the day.
The blessing was small with only our parents and bridal party there. The priest knew we had already gotten married in the Greek Orthodox Church. Costa and I had told him this would happen when we chatted to him before our wedding. He explained that it was simply a way of the Catholic Church acknowledging the marriage and welcoming us into the Church.
Did you convert to Greek Orthodox before you got married?
No, I did not want to convert to Orthodoxy. Costa didn’t want me to convert either, as he says that I grew up with my religion and I should not have to change myself for him.
What type of Chilean traditions will you incorporate in to your wedding?
In my culture, the parents of the bride and groom are the “God Parents” of the wedding. This is not the same as a Greek wedding so I made sure that I included my parents in a lot more. We don’t normally have bridesmaids or groomsmen. That’s what the parents do. I had my parents walk me down the aisle and I had them come to all my location photographs (which I noticed doesn’t happen very often here.) My parents also sat next to our best man and maid of honour at the bridal table.
Chilean Catholic wedding traditions are very similar to Greek traditions including the sugared almonds. We had 5 almonds on the stefana tray and each wedding favour had 5 attached as well.
Did you celebrate any Greek traditions on your wedding day?
Yes. We had the Stefana, 5 sugared almonds on the tray and all other Greek traditions in the church. Our best man’s family also prepared the almond biscuits which were handed out at the end of the service. We also included some Greek dancing at the wedding (the most important Greek songs that are heard at every wedding).
Who taught you how to Greek dance?
My husband taught me how to Greek dance. I’ve gone to so many Greek birthdays/weddings/christenings at this point that I got a lot of practise. Costa also taught my parents a few steps before our wedding.
Which hand do you wear your wedding ring?
Costa wears his wedding band on his right hand, as it was placed there during the ceremony. I wear mine along with my engagement ring on the left hand, as I am Catholic and that is was signifies to me that I am married.
How many bridesmaids did you have?
I had one Maid of Honour and three bridesmaids and they all wore blue dresses.
What did you love about your wedding day?
Our wedding day was about us and what we wanted. We had a lot of fun when getting our photos taken and we danced to the music we love. Costa’s wedding speech for me was a true highlight though. He didn’t have it prepared, but he said such wonderful things that I forgave him for not preparing.
Which Wedding Vendors Did you Use and Love?
Photography: Janine Kaye Photography Make Up: Pirinola Makeup Dress: Emoda Couture Venue: The Grand Roxy Hair: Tassles Hairdresser Flowers: Lovely Bridal Blooms Stefana: Story of Stefania
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