Achilleas and Betty

Where better for a Greek Australian to get married than back in his home country !!  That's what Achilleas decided to do after he proposed to Betty, on holiday in Santorini, at sunset, after dating for 6 years.

Betty, from Peru, living in Brisbane, had already been familiar with lots of the greek traditions and welcomed the idea of getting married in a greek orthodox church.  So, with friends and family coming for all corners of the earth, Kefalonia seemed the perfect choice ... Achilleas had been once before and loved the laid back nature of the island.


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Thanks to the wonders of technology, Achilleas and Betty were able to communicate with My Greek Wedding Planners continuously over the next year via Skype to carefully put the pieces of their dream wedding day together.  With guests coming from Peru, Australia, UK and of course Greece, there were alot of details to consider regarding transport, accommodation, food choices, music, ceremony location and so much more ..... After a whirlwind journey around the world, via Peru, they arrived in Kefalonia with just days to spare, but everything was in control so Achilleas and Betty spent their time checking on their guests making sure everyone was comfortable and happy.


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As is tradition in Greece, the groom waits for his bride at the door of the church with her bouquet.  The bride then walks to the groom with her parents and other family members.


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The greek orthodox wedding ceremony is a very beautiful, and very relaxed ceremony, where guests casually assemble around the ceremony area and then throw rice at the couple as they walk the 'dance of the Isaiah' around the marital altar three times with their priest, in the form of a circle, which means eternity.


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The "Koumbara", Achilleas' cousin and the couple's religious sponsor, then swapped the rings three times between the bride and groom's fingers. A number of rituals in the ceremony are repeated three times, which symbolizes the Holy Trinity.





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The bride and groom were crowned with flowered crowns, or "stefana", which are joined by a white ribbon and have been blessed by the priest. The crowns symbolize the glory and honor bestowed on them by God, and the ribbon signifies the couple's unity. The "Koumbara" then exchanges the crowns three times between the couple's heads.




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After the ceremony, the newlyweds and their guests went by private transportation to Andromeda Centre for a traditional evening of greek music and dancing, and of course, the manditory breaking of plates !!


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" seeing the photos and listening to that soft song- which was the one that was played when we came into the reception, brought us beautiful memories. I feel so lucky and blessed to have the opportunity to share my husbands greek traditions. My Greek Wedding Kefalonia made our dreams come true with a traditional ceremony, making me and my family feel at home. THANK U KOSTAS AND TERESA! "




Click here to see their wedding album video.


Ceremony Location:  St. Christopher's Chapel, Lakithra

Flowers: Bosonis Art & Flower

Photos:  Vasilis Loukatos
Accommodation:  Villa Stafida, Old Skala

Hair:  Amanda

Makeup:  Charlotte

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