Real Wedding | Fotini + Dean

This joyful wedding feels so fresh and elegant…just like a breath of spring air. I love the traditional elements of the Greek Orthodox ceremony, as well as the gorgeous flowers, soft candlelight, and crisp white linens that set the stage at the reception. If you’re planning a modern wedding with classic style, you’ll love today’s Real Wedding.

Fotini + Dean |May 1, 2011 | New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York

The ceremony

We had a traditional (and very long) Greek Orthodox ceremony at Archangel Michael Church in Port Washington, New York, on Long Island. The conjoined crowns symbolize the union. Flower girls scattered red and yellow rose petals – perfect colors since the ceremony was one week after the Greek Orthodox Easter.

The reception

We held our cocktail hour in the tent adjacent to the reception room. Guests were able to wander the gardens beforehand, and where we took pictures near the Conservatory. The Reception was in the Terrace Room. It as a warm and stunning room filled with beautiful chandeliers and French doors looking out onto the gardens. The flowers by Bowman Dahl and hanging votives added to the beauty of the room and garden-like effect.

The way Fotini felt in her wedding dress

Elegant, whimsical, luxurious

Why Fotini decided to sell her wedding dress

I knew I wanted a very high quality dress and unfortunately that meant a very expensive dress. I looked to buy a pre-owned dress myself but could not find my vision of an A-line cut combined with a very fine quality, delicate lace (90% of the lace dresses are mermaid or straight cut). I finally succumbed to buying the dress I loved but I could only rationalize spending what I did with the idea that I would sell the dress after the wedding. I had a perfect day and I will remember it that way in the photos I have. I see no reason to hold onto the dress I will never wear again and just see it age. I would rather pass it on to someone else to enjoy.

Fotini’s dress: Monique Lhuillier, Augustine / Photography: Jennifer MacFarlane of Stylish & Hip Weddings