Marriage Heritage, and the Big Small Guest List

The best moments are the ones you frame, but the difficult ones matter, too. In our real weddings series, we ask couples to share their wedding highs and lows.

Photography by Michael Stavrinos Photography

Mike & Maria
From Baltimore, MD
Married May 11, 2019, Baltimore, MD


Being Greek Orthodox, our ceremony was the same as our parents’ ceremonies over 30 years ago. It’s a wonderful tradition, getting married in the church and listening to the same prayers as our parents did. It gave us all the feels.

Our first look was also truly special. It wasn’t a perfect sunny day outside—it was overcast and chilly—but our first look was private and intimate.

“Our first look was truly special—private and intimate.”


Figuring out the guest list. We’re both Greek, and Mike is half Italian, so this was a struggle. This was a nonstop conversation up until the day before the wedding, with strong opinions coming in from both sides of the family. Some might think 270 people is a large wedding, but for a Greek wedding it’s small.


Dress by Modern Trousseau
Midnight Pin Dot Tuxedo by The Black Tux
Dresses by Jenny Yoo
Midnight Shawl Tuxedos by The Black Tux


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Photographer: Michael Stavrinos Photography; Wedding Planner: Lisa Gaskarth / Union3 Event Productions; Venue: American Visionary Art Museum; Caterer: Rouge Fine Catering; Florist: Sophie Felts Floral Design.

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