Returning to their first date spot, Nia was swept off her feet with rose petals,a tepee, hors-d’oeuvres, and Moët when Damien proposed. It was sunset at the Noosa National Park when he asked the question.
The theme for their wedding was “gilded, floral wonderland’, which translated into a sea of crisp, white flowers accented with gold details. Always Fabulous Flowers helped feed Nia’s self-confessed obsession with flowers and supplied the floral arrangements for the day.
“There were flowers everywhere we turned! My white peony bouquet was imported from Holland, and my bridesmaids held white roses. The ceremony and reception arrangements included a variety of white disbuds, roses, carnations, freesias, stock and orchids and a touch of greenery.”
To complement the fresh colour scheme, Nia and Damien manufactured gold cutlery for the wedding. They have since launched a business supplying gold cutlery for hire throughout Queensland.
Other personal touches included; a ‘chill-out-zone’ with a champagne bar, homemade honey from the father of the bride’s beehive as bonbonniere, and a multi-tiered wedding cake with a baklava tier to keep the Greek guests happy.
The newlywed’s entrance featured a saxophone solo, Lebanese drums, and a flare fireworks display. The reception was a high-spirited affair where cultures were shared. “Even our non-Greek friends took a crack at Greek dancing! It was a pleasure to see them enjoying the night.”
Nia wore a spectacular dress by George Elsissa which sported a lengthy train. As many brides know, it’s no easy feat walking around in a heavy gown, and sometimes re-enforcements need to be called. “My wedding dress train was super long, and it took a few people to carry it around during photos. The bridesmaids had their own trains to contend with, so luckily, our limo drivers helped me. They even made it into some of our pics!”
The wedding overall was an occasion full of life and joy.
“It was honestly the best day of our lives. It was exactly how we envisioned it. It was so nice to see the fruits of our labour had paid off. Having many of our loved ones in one room, celebrating our love. There are no words to describe that feeling…”
Photography by Andrew Porfyri
Photography by Andrew Porfyri
Ceremony Venue: Greek Orthodox Church of St George
Reception Venue: ‘The Grand Ballroom’ at The Greek Club
Cinematographer: Mitch Lally Films
Stylist: Celebrating In Style
Entertainment: Tim Sladden and Rebecca Kneen (acoustic duet), DJ Kossi, Sahra Entertainment (Lebanese Drums and Saxaphone)
Bridal dress designer: George Elsissa
Bridal shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
Bridal jewellery: The Luxe Bride
Bridal headpiece: George Elsissa
Engagement ring: Xennox Diamonds
Bridesmaid dresses designer: White Runway
Groom’s suit: Tony Barlow
Groomsmen suits: Tony Barlow
Cake designer: Frosted Indulgence
Invitation designer: Cara Marie Designs
Florist: Always Fabulous Flowers
Bonbonniere: Homemade jars of honey
Hairdresser: Jools Purchase from Hair By Jools
Makeup artists: Janise Chan from Jdolls
Written by Sarah Mourtos
Feature Image by Andrew Porfyri