Michael and Demetra’s first encounter was arranged by friends: Demetra was looking for a new job, Michael agreed to help—and once he had met her, he decided that he wanted to see her outside the office. After their first date, the couple soon became inseparable. Michael proposed during a trip to Greece on a scenic bluff overlooking the village of Stemnitsa, and the pair said “I do” in June 2014 in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, followed by a black-tie reception at Four Seasons Hotel Boston.
The Scene: Demetra designed a neutral wedding palette accented with gold details, which were incorporated into the wedding’s stationery suite as well as on the four-tiered wedding cake. Guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres after arriving at the Hotel, followed by dinner and dancing in the Grand Ballroom, where reception tables were set with lush white floral centrepieces in towering gold vases.
Magical Moment: Before Michael and Demetra joined their guests for the reception, they waited outside the ballroom to be announced as Mr and Mrs Crotty. When the doors opened, everyone stood to clap and cheer as the newlyweds made their way to the dance floor for their first dance. “We have never experienced a feeling quite like all of our family and closest friends joined together to celebrate our love for each other,” shares Demetra. “There were many special moments, but this one stood out above all.”
The Bride & Groom: Along with their immediate families and bridal party, the newlyweds posed for formal portraits in Boston Public Garden. “It was the least fast-paced section of the day, and it was amazing to share with each other,” Demetra says. To top it off, the group was stopped by Beatles legend Ringo Starr, who kissed the bride on the cheek and took a photo with the couple.
The Bride Wore: Demetra wore Vera Wang’s Katherine ball gown in ivory. “It had the princess feel I was looking for,” she says. She accessorized the tulle and organza dress with gold Valentino pumps, and gold and pavé diamond earrings made by her father, the owner of Gartaganis Bros., a jewellery store in Boston.
A Personal Touch: “My fiancé and father worked together to make an engagement ring that Michael knew I would love,” says Demetra. “My father designed and crafted our weddings bands, too.” All three rings are made of gold—Demetra’s favourite—and the groom’s band is engraved with the couple’s names and wedding date.