IRINI + JOHN

The table was set and the candles lit when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. 

John proposed this year on Thanksgiving. My family is Greek with lots of cousins and kids running around, so Thanksgiving is usually a loud and frenzied affair. However, John and I wanted to start a new tradition, so we cooked a mini Thanksgiving feast for just the two of us. The table was set and the candles lit when he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was intimate and low-key, just the way I wanted it. He said how thankful he was to have me in his life, then we kissed and ate dinner. Both my engagement ring and wedding band belonged to my mother.

 

 

 

We had a small wedding at a vineyard in Sagaponack. The day of our wedding my bridesmaids went to a flower shop and literally filled our bedroom with white peonies, blue thistle, agapanthus, and tuberose. In my culture, it's good luck to cover the wedding bed with money and flowers and coins — people also put a baby on the bed to represent family and fortune.

 

I walked down the aisle with my father to an old Italian folk song that John found called, “Mo Ve’ la Bella Mia da la Mintagna” by Matteo Salvatore. "Say You Love Me" by Fleetwood Mac played when John and I walked down the aisle and Curtis Mayfield’s "So In Love" was our first dance.

 

 

My closest girlfriends and my cousin were in my wedding party. I designed all of their dresses under my label PROVA including my own. The inspiration for the dresses came from a documentary called The Source Family about the 70s Los Angeles religious cult leader Jim Baker. All the women wore these breathtaking gauzy, nightgowny dresses.

 

The menu was light and seasonal. There was also a full moon the night we wed (what the farmer’s almanac calls a “Strawberry Moon”) and we honored it by having a pickled strawberry and lemon curd wedding cake. I think one of the small wedding details that John and I were most happy about was our wedding menus. We scanned photographs of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days and designed the menu around the images. We thought it’d be a nice way to honor our families. We always joked in the planning stages that we could just go to City Hall and then get dim sum, but I'm so happy we decided to celebrate with our friends and family in the end.