THE NATIONAL HERALD,
MARCH 3, 2012
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By Angelike Contis
As a filmmaker, Greek-Amer-ican bride Evie Michael Mprasknew a thing or two about set-ting a perfect scene. When itcame to her own marriage toGreek-born economist Nikos Vasilarakis – on January 21st of this year in Athens – she wantedeverything to be perfect.The National Herald caughtup with the Greece-based new-lywed – via email from Greece -to hear more about how shepulled it all together. Mpras ex-plains: “Our theme was 'OldWorld Glamour.' We both loveRenaissance and Medieval peri-ods and channeled those eras when stylizing our weddingday.”The winter wedding cere-mony was held at Saint Dionys-ios Church in Kolonaki with anintimate (for Greece) receptionfor the couple’s 280 nearest anddearest at the city’s most historicand central luxury hotel, theGrande Bretagne in SyntagmaSquare.
TRADITION, THEIR WAY
That this was a bride with a vision was clear to all. She had,for starters, a wedding book pre-pared months in advance, withinspirations and examples of what she had in mind. Mpras re-calls: “My wedding coordinatorat the Grande Bretagne eyed my very detailed and organized wed-ding book and asked what my profession was. I answered that I was a director. She said, ‘Oh, thatmakes sense!’ I took great care with every detail, always keepingin mind the overall effect. This issimilar to the work of a director who tries to construct a scene with a particular atmosphere,mood, and structure.”Mpras is currently workingon a documentary about the leg-endary experimental Greek- American filmmaker, Gregory Markopoulos.When it came to Greek tra-ditions, the bride and groom were wary of some things.Mpras notes: “When I was seven years old, I attended a weddingin a Greek village and swore tomyself that I would never havea traditional Greek village wed-ding. I did not like the loudchatter and shouting during thechurch ceremony and the over-all chaotic nature of the event.”The couple – who both coin-cidentally hail from the villageof Menetes on Karpathos island- wanted a religious ceremony,however. The bride notes: “Weboth love the Greek Orthodoxceremony, which is so rich inmeaning, symbolism, and deepfaith.”Though the religious service was a solemn highpoint, acquir-ing the license for it was frus-trating, even for two individuals with Greek citizenship. “Atevery turn…we were delayed,stalled, and encountered severalchanges to the initial require-ments,” Mpras relates. “Two weeks before the wedding, apriest actually told me I wouldhave to fly to Karpathos to get acertain paper signed. Once Istarted crying in disbelief andexhaustion, he changed his tuneand found another way to getmy paper signed in Athens.”The couple skipped the tra-dition where people toss money (or a baby boy) on the weddingbed. However, they said yes toGreek dancing, lots of it. “Afterour first dance at the reception, we danced the traditionalKarpathiko and Kalamatianodances for over an hour.”
ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Mpras says there are moresimilarities than differences be-tween weddings in the U.S. and Athens. However, her eye for de-tail gave away her Americanside, or so many guests ob-served. Among personalizedtouches were invitations de-signed by the bride and groom.The bride lauds the creativehelp from Kolonaki’s DrizosFlorists. She says: “Our florist was fantastic. She helped to cre-ate a very romantic and lushlook at both the church and thereception.” Delicate orchidshanging from chandeliers wereamong the special touches.
THE BRIDE’S LOOK
When it came to her own ap-pearance – for the starring role–Mpras prepped for the big day not by dieting, but by observinga healthier diet. The recentbride notes: “Adopting a healthy lifestyle is always important, whether a wedding is comingup or not. The wedding was agreat motivator for me to getdisciplined. I did not follow astrict diet. I ate more vegetablesand whole grains, and limited white bread, white pasta, and white rice.”The bridal gown, a Reem Acra ballgown, came from New York. Mpras chose a tulle of silk, which she points out is morecommon in Europe than the“nylon tulle veil with body” fa-
Old World Glamour in Heart of Athens
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PHOTOS: STamOS abaTiS
Going way beyond the usual bridalchecklist, we speak to the pros – includingthree recent Greek-American brides (pp.2, 3 & 5)– to cover all aspects of tying theknot.Something Old… Flowers with ancientGreek symbolism (p. 13), Greek Orthodox wedding etiquette (p. 7), and early Greek-Jewish-American wedding photos (p. 8).Something New… The latest in fashion, jewelry, cakes/desserts, venues, music, videography and photography (pp. 6, 8,9, 11, 12).Something Borrowed…Tasty weddingrecipes from Crete and Naxos (pp. 4 & 8).Something Blue… The Mediterraneanof course, with tips on getting to Greecefor weddings and honeymoons (p. 13).