Despina and Massimilialo's wedding celebration was full of class, beautiful design and a unique combination of Greek and Italian traditions. I'll let you read their love story in Despina's own words:
"We first met on a snowy February afternoon in 2012 at a cozy Italian restaurant in West Harlem owned by Massimiliano’s good friend, Sandro. My friend Alex suggested we go for a late lunch telling me the pizza was really good. She also told me that Sandro always had friends from Italy hanging out there and that we would no doubt be entertained. Within 5 minutes of being seated, Sandro brought Massimiliano over to our table and introduced him. We chatted for a bit then they left us alone to eat. During dessert, Massimiliano came back to the table to chat/flirt a bit more and Alex whispered to me that she was sure this would end with him asking for my number - which he did! We went out the following week but it was not a love connection and ...he disappeared...for awhile. He reappeared that summer via text and continued to text me once every few weeks over the next 16 months which I always ignored. At the end of September 2013, I found myself back at Sandro’s restaurant for dinner with friends and we were talking about the first time I came to Sandro’s. On a whim, I texted Massimiliano (finally) to ask if he was going to be at the restaurant tonight and he responded almost immediately that he was driving home from work and he would be there as soon as he could. What I didn’t know at the time I texted, was that Sandro had already texted Massimiliano earlier to let him know I was at the restaurant and he should come by. Massimiliano ’s response to Sandro was that I had ignored his texts for 16 months and he was tired and going home. He showed up 40 minutes later to Sandro’s surprise. He joined us for dinner that night and we’ve been together ever since!
We planned an intimate wedding of 60 guests (made up of family and close friends) in NYC (the city where we met, live, work and love). We liked the tradition of being married in a church and the beauty of the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony and wanted to simply throw a beautiful and memorable party. Our guests came from Italy, Greece, Brazil, NY, CT, NJ, Chicago and Los Angeles. "
Wedding dress: Narcisco Rodriguez
Wedding Veil: Basia Custom Headdresses NYC
Hair & Makeup: Ilda Plaka
Groom’s Suit: Custom suit by Orlandini Firenze
Venue: Robert NYC at The Museum of Arts & Design
Catering and Venue Flowers: Robert NYC
Wedding Cake: Cakes by Gallini
Dance Choreography: Alessandro Ferdico
Wedding Bouquet: The Secret Garden, NYC
Church: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, NYC
Officiant: Father Chrysostomos Gilbert
Escort Cards: Suite Paperie, NYC