What is more beautiful than a wedding in Crete? Well, a traditional Cretan wedding in Athens of course!
Well, a traditional Cretan wedding in Athens of course! Our couple’s origins are both from Crete so we couldn’t help but infuse some of the Cretan traditions in their wedding as well.
Katerina and Panagiotis had their orthodox ceremony at the sweetest Chapel of Ai Giorgis Methystis at noon as we planned for a day party, where kids and guests got to enjoy the walk among the vineyards of Kokotos estate and of course the warm and beautiful day of their venue.
The island of Crete is all about the abundance of food, drinks and of course music! So musicians escorted the bride to the church and also gave the whole party the more traditional essence our couple was looking for.
Small bottles of Tsikoudia (Greek: τσικουδιά,), also often called raki (Greek: ρακή) in the eastern part of Crete, were placed on every table. Raki is a fragrant alcoholic beverage of Cretan origin that contains 40% to 65% alcohol by volume. Also a traditional Cretan wedding needs to include in the menu, the wedding pilaf (gamopilafo). The traditional food of Cretan weddings. It is a rice dish with goat and rooster meat. It is not the main dish, as plenty of roasted meats follow, but it is required to be served.
As it was end of fall and lunch was inside the big white tent, we brought the green vibes of the Estate inside the tent with lots of greenery and seasonal fruits like pears and grapes of course.
As another Cretan custom are the mantinades (Cretan songs that are sometimes improvised) we used several mantinades in different spots such as musicians backdrop, the rice at the church and also the guest book while inviting guests to form their own.
It was a day wedding but the party lasted after 12pm and guests enjoyed the most out of the venue in daylight and you can also tell in our couple’s wedding photos, too!