Real Bridesmaid Story: Stephanie and Katie
May 13th, 2011
Stephanie had always hoped her sister Katie would ask her to be her maid-of-honor, so when Katie finally “popped the question,” Stephanie was thrilled and couldn’t wait to begin. Then the best part came: “Katie said I could pick out my own dress, as long as it was purple! At first I was relieved and excited but then I was terrified, luckily she loved it!”
For the past several years, Katie lived in San Francisco with her fiance and Stephanie lived in Boston. Stephanie had been making trips to see her sister ever since she was 15. “It was always the best part of my summer, visiting my sister and seeing what her life was like in California. We could just be silly and catch up on sister time.”
Katie decided to go the DIY route, enlisting Stephanie to help create the bouquets and centerpieces for the reception. “Me and Katie picked up the flowers from the grocery store. Then we met up at Katie’s house with Katie’s friend Nyna, our mom, our brother’s girlfriend (soon to be wife) and Katie’s future mother-in-law and had the most amazing day arranging the centerpieces. I’ll never forget the look on my sister’s face when I handed her the bouquet I painstakingly arranged for her and wrapped with purple ribbon. I was so nervous I would mess it up but she loved it. It was really nice to be able to do all that with her and feel like I helped even though I was a country away for most of the planning.”
Other memorable parts for Stephanie? “The rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding with both our families was great, we all just connected. Then getting my hair and nails done with Katie right before the ceremony was insane. I just kept looking at her and saying ‘You’re about to get married!’ I got to take part in the pampering and be there for her. Just seeing how excited she was, was so much fun for me.”
Katie was marrying Jorgo, who is %100 Greek. The ceremony was a traditional Greek wedding, held in a Greek Orthodox church in San Francisco and featured the Greek tradition of “three.” In the Greek church, the bride and groom wear crowns that are strung together to signify that they are the king and queen of their home and they are now officially united.
The entire day went off without a hitch, except for the 6 inch heel ordeal! Stephanie recalls, “I never wear heels, but since everyone in my family is tall, I picked today to wear them for the first time. What I didn’t realize, is that Greek weddings are three times as long as regular weddings. 5 minutes into the ceremony, I could barely stand up anymore. Then the best man and I had to walk around the couple three times, and my feet were in agony. Thank goodness the pictures came out okay even though I was fidgeting the whole time! Luckily Katie just thought it was funny.”
“Being the maid of honor, and the only bridesmaid, was such an honor. The entire wedding was perfect. Seeing how gorgeous and happy my sister was that day was so amazing!”
Bridesmaid Break Down:
Dress Brand & Style: Elle Tahari sheath dress with tying halter scrunch neckline
Dress Color: Shimmery Plum
Main Expenses: The Dress!