What a fabulous wedding it was! The bride looked absolutely stunning. The groom looked proud and the whole family looked as if they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
First we arrived at the church where the bride arrived in a Hummer limousine, fashionably late. While waiting for her, the Greek musicians and dancers entertained us in the car park. The dancers included the groom and members of both families. It was a great way to set the atmosphere.
The service was solemn but joyful, a typical Greek Orthodox wedding service. The line of friends and family to greet the newly married couple was long.
After a break of several hours, the guest congregated at the reception venue, which was elegantly decorated in white and brown. The toasts were made, the cake was cut, and the bridal waltz took place to the strains of traditional Greek music. It was spectacular!
There was so much food! I made sure to leave half of every course so I could fit the next one in. The alcohol flowed, which probably explained the broken glasses through the night. The dancing never stopped! Seriously the dancing never stopped. The bride and groom must be exhausted today because they were never off their feet, joining into first one Greek dance and then another. There was a break for speeches, which were mostly in Greek, but our table was lucky enough to have a Greek couple on it who translated for us. Then there was more dancing and more dancing, friends and family whirling in ever increasing circles on the dance floor.
At 1am the venue closed, so the throwing of the bouquet and the garter and farewells took place shortly before. Then the bride and groom were hoisted on top of many male shoulders and were chaired off into the night and the Hummer.
I had a fabulous time. I even joined in the dancing for a bit. But I preferred to watch and soak in the atmosphere. Ahhhh those Greeks!