Christia & Philip in Nicosia Cyprus

This is a feature that Wedding Style Magazine did for a Wedding we shot in Nicosia/Cyprus last July. The article focuses on the talented Photographer Athanasios Papadopoulos. All photos courtesy of Athanasios Papadopoulos www.thanasispapadopoulos.com Here is the link: http://www.weddingstylemagazine.com/real-weddings/the-experience-of-a-lifetime

This is a small clip from Christia's Preparation The Experience Of A Lifetime Christia Christou and Philippos Oratis Married in Nicosia, Cyprus on July 2, 2011

Christia Christou and Philippos Oratis met by coincidence one December night when Christia went to a bar with her friends and the only available table was right next to the table that Philippos was sitting at with his friends. They sat next to one another, but they were too shy to start a conversation until one of Philippos’ friends introduced them. While they didn’t exchange phone numbers that night, they did arrange to meet the next day. Philippos went on the date not knowing if he would ever see Christia again, and running an hour late, he almost didn't, but the rendezvous proved to be a success and they have been together ever since. Christia sensed that Philippos was going to propose and was expecting the proposal on her birthday, but Philippos wanted it to be a surprise so he waited four days then proposed with tears in his eyes. The wedding took place in their native Lefkosia, Cyprus. "It was a big wedding!" says Christia. The wedding morning was particularly emotional during the bride’s and groom’s preparation at their parent's homes where, according to the Cypriot tradition, family and close friends gather to sing songs of joy, wishing the couple happiness and prosperity. After the ceremony, another tradition took place: accompanied by their parents, Christia and Philippos stood under an olive tree and more than 2000 people came to wish them well and shake their hands, including the president of Cyprus himself. A banquette attended by 500 guests followed and continued until early morning hours; "Everyone was celebrating, singing, dancing and drinking," smiles Christia. With so many family and friends flying in from all over the world to celebrate their special day, Christia and Philippos both agree that it "couldn’t have been more perfect." Two days later they had a "location studio" photo session around the island of Cyprus and finished just twenty minutes before their photographer, Athanasios Papadopoulos' flight was taking off. As a result, Papadopoulos had to fly with mud all over his legs reminding him of their last stop at a salt marsh. Wanting it to be perfect, when all was said and done, Christia and Philippos spent almost as much time organizing their honeymoon as they did their wedding. They traveled for 24 days starting in San Francisco then making their way to Napa Valley, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, all the way to Bora Bora and then back to New York before returning to their home in Europe. "It was an experience of a lifetime," shares Christia.

Ceremony Location: Agioi Omologites Church, Lefkosia, Cyprus; Reception Location: Hilton Park Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus; Florist: Fresh Individual Creative Events, Limassol, Cyprus; Graphic Designer: Cool Cuts, Nicosia, Cyprus; Suit: Prada; Hair: Constantinos Kagas; Makeup: Chrystalla Panayi; Shoes: Fendi; Wedding Gown: Elena Strongyliotou, Nicosia, Cyprus; Videographer: Urban Cinematography, Thessaloniki, Greece; Photography: Athanasios Papadopoulos Photographer, Thessaloniki, Greece; Assistant: Elpida Avrameli