This is the lavish Greek wedding of Greek-American bride, Constance (“Connie”) Peterson and Matthew Pavlovich. Their beautiful wedding is the first Greek Orthodox wedding to ever be featured in Vogue Magazine.
The beautiful bride (Connie) wore a Oscar de La renta dress
The couple got married on June 4, 2016 “I have always enjoyed June weddings, and I love peonies,” Connie says. The bride knew she wanted to get married at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles from the get-go. “From my grandparents, to my parents, to my aunts, uncles, and Godparents—my entire family has gotten married in this church!” she explains. “On top of that, it was the church everyone was baptized in. I grew up spending every Sunday at this church, so it is a huge part of who I am. I never knew what kind of reception I wanted, but I always knew I would be getting married inside of this church.”
At the reception, tray-passed appetizers were served during the cocktail hour, including well-known Greek dishes like spanakopita, tiropita, and lamb lollipops with tzatziki, traditional Greek yogurt sauce. Dinner started off with a Burrata, tomato, and basil salad, and then the main course was a duet of broiled herb-crusted filet mignon and broiled jumbo prawns. “For dessert, we had our wedding cake along with an assortment of Greek pastries. The biggest hit among the guests was the fresh deep-fried loukoumades (Greek doughnuts)!” says Connie.
After dinner, dancing got going in a different part of the club so that all 300 guests could fit on the floor. There were two bands that took turns playing throughout the night—one group called Impulse from West Coast Music (they kept everyone on the dance floor all night), and then there was the Greek band, Synthesi. “My favorite part of the night was watching my new husband as he danced the Greek dance called the zeibekiko,” says Connie. “He impressed all of the Greeks!”
Later in the evening, Connie changed into a short cocktail dress by Reem Acra so she could move more easily on the dance floor. Hamburgers, french fries, and mini gyros were served. “We stayed up until 4:00 in the morning dancing with our closest friends,” remembers Connie. “And as always, my mom and dad were the last ones standing!”