A Real Greek Wedding
Updated: Mar 13, 2019
Who doesn’t love a Big Fat Greek Wedding?! Samantha Fraizer and Laz Pastikos were married in just such an event on September 8, 2018.
Dating since 2014, Laz decided to surprise Samantha with a family portrait session including his two little boys, Cooper and Theo. “I was so excited as we had never done ‘family photos’ before” Samantha recalls. “So, I booked a photographer. When I told him this, he said I needed to cancel because he had already booked someone that he knew. The week of the photo session, it had started calling for snow. Well, I hate the snow, so I wanted to reschedule the photos. He insisted they’d be great even if it snowed. Then two days prior to the photos, I got extremely sick and was running a very high fever. I begged him to switch the date of our family photo session. He kept insisting that we go. On the day of, we arrived at the photographer’s house and she got us to follow her to the location where we would take our photos.
Our “last shot” was supposed to be of me with the boys in the background. When I turned around, Laz was down on one knee and Cooper and Theo were holding signs that said ‘Will You Marry Our Daddy?’ So of course, I said YES! But before I said yes, I did say “Shut up!” It was an absolutely perfect day!” said Samantha. No wonder he was so insistent they stick to the plan!
When it was time to start planning their wedding, it was clear that it would be a traditional Greek wedding. When Samantha came to AmRhein’s Bridals to search for her gown, it was important to consider that it was appropriate for the Greek Orthodox service and the party afterwards!
It didn’t take long to find the perfect gown. Samantha decided on Kiandra by Maggie Sottero. “The highlight of wedding dress shopping was that moment when I knew I had found THE dress. When I saw myself in the dress, I knew it was the one. Working with AmRhein's Bridals was wonderful. Such a great experience” she said.
Wedding Dress: AmRhein's Brides & Formals
Reception Venue: The Patrick Henry Ballroom & Conference Center
Florist: Tammy Fries DeGraff
Cake/Catering: The Cooking Mommas
Videography: Alex Jones
Photography: Jenna B. Photography
Wedding Coordinators: Top Shelf Event Services, LLC