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Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

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QB: Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

It took years of being neighbours for Eleni and Ross to realise their friendship was something more. A surprise declaration of love in Italy and a Hawaiian proposal has led this crazy in love couple to be wed in a super chic wedding. QB is lucky enough to see the final result.

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Date: 29 June 2013

The Couple: Ross DiBartolo and Eleni Calogerakis

No. of Guests: 340

Location: Brisbane

Theme: Modern – black and white

First Dance Song: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli –  a song from one of our very first dates

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QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

QB Real Wedding: Ross & Eleni

How did you meet?

It all began when Ross’s family moved next door to mine.  An introduction and a couple of shy ‘hellos’ over the fence soon brought about a genuine and real friendship. Competitive runs together turned into long, leisurely walks, talking, chatting laughing about their dreams, hopes, the future. Our friendship began to grow, each realising that what we had, could, might, be something special.  The real deal. The L word. However, nothing was said. We didn’t know what the other was thinking. Like all great love stories, something had to happen to force our hands.  I decided to go overseas to spread my wings and see the world. Ross listened to all my plans, cheered me on my way, all the while feeling his heart slowly break. Only when the plane was high in the sky he realised he couldn’t wait, not another second without telling her how he felt. To Italy he went, to surprise me, to declare his love, and I, in turn, confessed my true feelings, returned his favour.

Tell us about the proposal

A Hawaii trip was planned for my birthday, our first big trip away together. Days passed on the trip, where Ross was acting quite odd, refusing to go swimming, taking mysterious phone calls and acting possessive of his bag. I shrugged it off, thinking this was how he travelled?!  He’d planned a surprise helicopter ride for my birthday and when the helicopter didn’t land for a ‘surprise picnic lunch’, I thought the idea of a proposal was out.  Later that evening Ross organised a romantic dinner at the restaurant at the resort.  Again, Ross wasn’t acting himself.  After dinner a cake arrived. Being my birthday I was touched, thinking he organised a birthday cake. However my eyes fixed on the words of the cake as they didn’t read ‘Happy Birthday’ but instead ‘will you marry me?’

What did you do for your hens?

Private Cellar at Bird Cage, Brisbane.

DIY Details

My invitation boxes and some stationery at the wedding were made by me. I also created a unique ‘Guest Book’. On each table was a clip board with a poem outlining the instructions. Each table number represented an anniversary year. The guests were to write a special note to the bride and groom to be opened on the year anniversary their table represented.

What made your wedding ‘uniquely yours’?

It was an Italian-Greek wedding, with two church ceremonies, our day even bigger.  It was a mix of not only two people, two families and two cultures.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

As the boys were dancing Zemeks, a Greek traditional dance, our groomsman bent down to take a shot without his hands, chipped his tooth, then bent back to drink the shot and ripped his pants. Pretty unlucky, however hilarious.

What was the most special memory from the day?

It is a Greek tradition that your family sing to you; changing  lyrics to sing about you, your family and your wedding day, on the morning of the wedding. My whole family sang to me, even my old, frail yiayia stood up and sang to me standing in her walking frame. It was very special and most memorable.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

Maldives

Special thanks to…

A special thanks to my family. Weddings are a busy and stressful time and without the support of my family and especially my bridesmaids, I couldn’t have gotten the big day together.

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

Start early.  As organised as you think you are, plan and book things in from as early as you can so you can cater for when things go wrong, and they will.


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Credits
Ceremony: Saint George Church and Saint Stephens Cathedral
Reception: Greek Club
Gown: Steven Khalil
Bridesmaid Attire: Sass and Bide
Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss
Groomsmen Attire: Michael Innis Menswear
Decorator: Styled Events
Flowers: Bloomberry
Hair: George Concepts Hair
Makeup: Mandi Blush Make Up Artist
Cake: Deliciously Decadent Cakes
Transport: Golden Gates Limos
Photographer: Studio Sixty Photography
Videographer: Sipka
Engagement Ring: Made by my Father (Kosta Gold & Diamonds)
Bride's Wedding Ring: Kosta Gold & Diamonds
Groom's Wedding Ring: Kosta Gold & Diamonds
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