It’s finally time to share with you some of the wedding details, and photos from the reception!
But let’s start from the beginning. After we got dressed (and took photos for the outfit of the day post), we headed to my cousin’s family house, to follow the traditions. All of her female friends were gathered there to start dressing the bride, and prepare her for her wedding day!
You know that I never show faces of my friends and family on this blog to respect their privacy, but I did take my cousin’s permission to show you these photos. So I want to thank her for letting me do it!
Per tradition, the father (or brother) of the bride puts her shoes on, saying that they are too big, and usually puts money in, to make them fit. However, the brother of the bride was too shy to do it, so I and one of her friends put her shoes on (unfortunately I don’t have pics of this as I was taking all these photos myself…But hopefully the photographers “captured” this moment, so I’ll eventually see it).
Everything else was ready for the church.
Wedding crowns (stefana) and sugar coated almonds up close.
Little bags filled with rice, which will later be handed to the guests at the entrance of the church, to throw the rice to the bride and groom after the ceremony (when they will be doing the “Dance of Isaiah” – choros tou Isaia in Greek).
When the bride was ready, photos with the family members were taken around the house and the car was there to pick her up and take her to the church.
I didn’t take any photos inside the church, but I did take one to show you the result of the rice throwing.
A part of the rice that was thrown to the bride and groom during the “dance of Isaiah”, together with some rose petals and some sugar-coated almonds. Let’s say it was a lot of rice! Maybe more than 3kg! It was worth a photo.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds, and their families wait outside the church while all the guests line up to give them their wishes. (Something that I always find unnecessary and unpleasant – try standing in the heat in heels for so long, not pleasant at all)
After leaving the church we proceeded to the place where the wedding reception was being held. And when we arrived, all I could say was wow! The mansion (the reception was being held in) was built around 1900 and it’s located in the area of Kampos towards the airport (the only disadvantage I found) and it’s called “Sourediko” meaning the “Mansion of the Souris family” as it was known to the locals back then.
The mansion is used as a hotel nowadays and it has 16 rooms and a big garden. You can find more here. It’s obviously also used for wedding receptions.
The first dishes were served when all the guests arrived (salads, and deli cheese and meats platter), which were followed by this delicious plate.
After the first dish, the newlyweds arrived, cut their wedding cake and took their first dance as a married couple.
After their first dance, the bride danced with friends and family, as the tradition requires.
Guests were dancing all night long to the sounds of traditional music (myself excluded – I don’t know these kinds of dances, and I’m very shy).
The wedding cake was served, and the dancing continued.
At about 3-3.30 the unmarried ladies gathered around while the bride tossed her wedding bouquet to them. It is said that whoever catches the bouquet will get married really soon, although these are just rumors.
A bit later, when most of the guests had left, we finally said our goodbyes to the happy couple and their close friends, who continue their party after the wedding reception, to one of the city’s most famous bars.
I know that my cousin was waiting for this post after I asked for her permission, so I want to take this opportunity, to wish them again a long and happy life together. May all your dreams come true.
I really hope that all of you liked this post (including my cousin 😉 ), and I would love to hear your thoughts.
Have a fantastic weekend!