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Real Arizona Wedding: Desirae and John’s Greek Wedding
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Desirae and John’s wedding was a beautiful celebration that stayed true to John’s Greek heritage but they took things one step further by flying a band in from Greece for the reception. Because of this, they opted for a larger dance floor- you can imagine the party that ensued!

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Desirae is one of those brides with GREAT expressions- the joy she’s feeling just bursts out of her!

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The couple had a traditional Greek wedding with all the usual traditions included. Desirae explains the traditions: …the Betrothal (the blessing of rings), The Crowning, the Blessing, Drinking from the Common Cup and the Ceremonial Walk, and finally the Proclamation of Marriage.
During the crowing, crowns are placed on both the Bride and Groom and linked together by a white ribbon. They are blessed by the priest and the Koumbaro (Best Man) and exchange the crowns three times back and forth to seal the union. My favorite part is that these crowns will be sealed and kept somewhere in the house, never to be opened or seen.

The couple thoughtfully explained each of the traditions in the program for the non-Greek guests who attended.

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The Estrella Theater at The Phoenician was decked out in chandeliers, mixed chair styles, a “king’s” table, dramatic centerpieces, abundant draping and tons of uplighting. Perfect for the high-energy dancing that took place throughout the evening!

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Congratulations Desirae and John and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

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