August 18, 2014 was a perfect day for a wedding! Christina and Tony shared in a most amazing day together. Their love story began when they met at Saint George’s Greek Orthodox church when they were just five years old. They were destined to be together! From youth school (GOYA) to adulthood they grew together in love and companionship.
Tony popped the question to Christina by luring her to their favorite restaurant; Positano Coast in Olde City Philadelphia by claiming he had a gift card that was about to expire. Afterwards they took a romantic walk over to Independence Hall, Tony’s favorite spot in the city. Christina offered to take a photo of it for him. It came out too dark. After turning towards him in disappointment, he was on one knee with an open box asking her to marry him! Christina says she will never forget the look on his face! She begged him to stand up, but he only would after she said yes!
The Big day: The bride wore an opulent gown by Demetrios purchased at Macy’s In cherry Hill. She carried a rich bouquet designed and created by florist London Creative of Philadelphia. The wedding was held at St. George Cathedral Greek Orthodox Church, Philadelphia, PA with a gorgeous opulent reception held at beautiful Curtis Center in Philadelphia, Pa catered by Cescaphe. Entertainment was delivered by a Greek Band Aegoan Duo.
Christina and Tony danced their first dance to Hold On by Michael Buble. Our first dance, hands down, was my absolute favorite moment of the wedding states Christina. We were finally together just the two of us, and I could feel true emotion from him in that moment. It will stay with me forever.
Get to know our bride and groom just a little bit better!
What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
So many people say this but it’s true, try to remember to take it all in that day, because it goes sooo fast!
What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?
Make sure you like the photographer’s style and personality. Your photographer is going to be with you every step of the way that day, so you have to make sure you get along and they are people you trust to capture the most important moments of your day
Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not!
Tony and I text each other all day, every day. It was torture not having any contact with him before the ceremony. We both wanted to keep it traditional, and didn’t want to chance jinxing anything so we stuck it out and laid eyes on each other for the first time when I entered the church.
What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
I was the most concerned about the music. Our band didn’t play American music, only Greek, but I wanted to have some music people hear on the radio for any non-Greeks attending the wedding, not to mention, playing our first dance/ father-daughter dances! Our band was so accommodating that they offered their sound equipment for us to hook up an ipod to. My cousin, who was also a bridesmaid, offered to gather the American music for us and be in charge. It was the first time she had done anything like this and I was unsure of how the transitions between Greek and American would go.
The outcome: AWESOME. The band was fantastic and my cousin did an amazing job. She chose great music and everything flowed together seamlessly.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
Wherever your gifts/cards are going, please make sure they are in a secure, locked container or location, and even have someone watch guard the whole night. We unfortunately did not, and paid the price!
Have you had any prior sessions? If so, what type, and where?
We had an engagement session with Glass Slipper Productions. It was great, because we got a chance to work with our photographers before the wedding, not only get a sense of their final product, but also get a feel for their photography style and how they get their results and their artistic eye. We took Natalie and her husband to Temple University’s Center City Campus where Tony and I both graduated. It was a location they had never been to so Tony and I acted as tour guides and we went to some spots we liked on campus, but then Natalie also noticed some great parts of the campus we didn’t think to showcase. Overall, it was a well worth it experience and we were even surprised by how many shots we got even though our session was cut short due to rain.
Thank you Christina and Tony for allowing Glass Slipper to be a such a big part of your wedding day. It was magical from beginning to end!