Luxurious, Fall, Boho Tarpon Springs Greek Wedding | Spanos Pappas
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Luxurious, Fall, Boho Tarpon Springs Greek Wedding | Spanos Pappas Community Center

Maria and Anthony's luxurious Tarpon Springs wedding featured Greek customs, a traditional church ceremony, and lavish reception filled with draping, custom lighting, and a warm, neutral palette for their bohemian-inspired celebration.

“I wanted a fall-boho theme. I chose this because our wedding was in November around Thanksgiving, and I loved the pampas grass look. My husband wanted to make sure it was still very elegant and not too casual of a boho look, so we tried to incorporate both,” the bride shared. “We chose shades of burnt orange, cream, tan, brown, light pink, gold, and whites.”

Incorporating their culture and heritage was important to the Tarpon Springs couple, as the city has a higher percentage of Greek-Americans than any other American city. 

“We are both Greek, and this is where most of our family and friends live and where we go to church. What made our wedding unique is the Greek traditions that we carry on, such as dressing the bride and groom with family and friends surrounding us, a Greek band singing our traditional wedding songs as we get dressed, and throwing rice on the married couple after the ceremony,” Maria revealed. “The church ceremony was one of the most important elements; it is also much different and a lot longer. The Greek folk dancing that we do at the reception is also unique; family and friends throw money on the married couple as they dance their first dance and the Greek folk dances.”

The bride and groom turned to Gabro Event Services to transform their reception space into a bohemian dream for their 450 guests, opting for gold Chiavari chairs, warm wood feasting tables, and romantic draping and custom lighting.

“My sister used Gabro Event Services for her wedding, and they did a wonderful job, so we used them as well. We love their work and how they make our dream wedding become a reality,” the bride beamed. “The draping and lighting on the ceiling really enhanced the ambiance of our event and made it look complete. The boho lanterns were absolutely stunning on the ceiling, and they always do a great job with draping.”

Maria chose a glamorous wedding day look with oversized curls and a mermaid-style gown by Berta, known for their avant-garde designs.

“I wanted a natural glam look,” the bride articulated. “I absolutely love Femme Akoi Beauty Studio‘s work and loved my makeup from the trial.”

Looking back, being surrounded by friends and family for the celebration, and having it documented in keepsake photos, made their big day unforgettable.

“Our wedding ceremony and dancing with family and friends were the most memorable aspects. We had such a wonderful time with everyone. And the photo booth was also a nice addition to the wedding,” Maria reminisced.

Fall Boho Wedding Invitation Suite with Gold Foil Triangle and Pampas Grass Watercolor
Gold Glitter Bride Wedding Heels with Chunky Crystal Straps
Fall Boho Wedding, Lace Floral Applique and Illusion Wedding Dress
Fall Boho Wedding, Bride with Lace Floral Applique and Illusion Wedding Dress | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Fall Boho Bride Getting Wedding Ready with Mother of the Bride in Pink Custom Robe | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Fall Boho Bride and Bridesmaids with Bottle of Champagne and Matching Pink Robes | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Fall Boho Bride and Bridesmaids with Popping Bottle of Champagne and Matching Pink Robes | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

Where did you host your bachelorette party?
I had never been to Las Vegas so I chose this location with a total of 14 girls so we could go to all the cool clubs, and especially a pool party with one of my favorite EDM artists that I love.

Where did you spend your honeymoon?
We went to four different locations: Maldives, Switzerland, Paris, and London. We wanted a romantic, relaxing beach getaway first, so we went to the Maldives, and because it was in December, close to Christmas time we wanted to see snow, so we went to Switzerland and did some skiing and lots of exploring. I had never been to Paris, so we decided to add that in as well and did a lot of sightseeing. My husband loves London, and I have never been so he wanted to take me, especially during Christmas time.

Fall Boho Bride Wearing Costume Jewelry Dangle Crystal Earrings
Fall Boho Bride Getting Wedding Ready Wearing Delicate Floral Lace Applique, Tulle and Illusion Open Back Wedding Dress
Fall Boho Bride Beauty Portrait Holding Burnt Orange, Ivory Roses, Burgundy Flowers, Greenery, Pampas Grass and Dried Leaves Floral Bouquet
Fall Boho Bridal Party, Bride with Bridesmaids Wearing Matching Off the Shoulder Red Dresses Holding Ivory, Burnt Orange and Burgundy Floral Bouquets with Pampas Grass, Greenery and Dried Leaves
Fall Boho Bride with Side Swept Hair in Crystal Hair Piece Beauty Portrait Holding Burnt Orange, Ivory Roses, Burgundy Flowers, Greenery, Pampas Grass and Dried Leaves Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

What was your wedding makeup inspiration?
I wanted a natural glam look.

I absolutely love Grissel's work from Femme Akoi Beauty Studio and loved my makeup from the trial.

Fall Boho Bride with Side Swept Hair in Crystal Hair Piece Beauty Portrait Holding Burnt Orange, Ivory Roses, Burgundy Flowers, Greenery, Pampas Grass and Dried Leaves Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Fall Boho Traditional Greek Church Wedding Ceremony Pampas Grass Decor
Traditional Greek Church Wedding Ceremony at Tarpon Springs Wedding Venue St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Traditional Greek Church Wedding Ceremony at Tarpon Springs Wedding Venue St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Bride and Groom Exchanging Wedding Vows During Traditional Greek Church Wedding | Tarpon Springs Wedding Venue St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio

The Proposal:
Anthony was trying to propose twice before the actual proposal, but life just kept getting in the way, and so did the COVID pandemic. He set up a beautiful proposal with my best friend and Pixies and Petals at the Tampa International Airport, where we first said I love you and where we spent most of our time traveling to one another since we had done long-distance for two years.

Anthony told me to pick him up from the airport and make sure I was dressed for a fancy dinner since we hadn't been able to go on a date in a while due to the pandemic. When I arrived to pick him up, he told me his bag was lost and that I needed to park and come in. I walked towards the sound of one of our favorite songs and a sign that said, “Forever and ever this way,” and as I turned the corner, I was walking down beautiful rose petals to Anthony and beautiful decorations, photos, and candles where he proposed.

Fall Boho Bride and Groom Greek Wedding Ceremony Confetti Exit at Church Doors | Tampa Bay Wedding Hair and Makeup Femme Akoi Beauty Studio
Fall Boho Bride and Groom Greek Wedding Portrait in Tampa Wedding Venue St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Fall Boho Elegant Wedding Ceremony Decor, Wooden Panel with Gold Mirrors Seating Cards with Lush Pampas Grass, Burnt Orange, Ivory Roses and Greenery Floral Bouquet, Tall Gold Shelves with Champagne Welcome Glasses | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Ceremony Decor, Tall Gold Shelving with Champagne Welcome Glasses and Fall Colored Floral Bouquet | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Ballroom Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with Taupe Table Linens, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Lush Fall Colored Floral Arrangements, Drape Ceiling White Linens, String Lights, Rattan Chandeliers | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Ballroom Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with Taupe Table Linens, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Lush Fall Colored Floral Arrangements, Drape Ceiling White Linens, String Lights, Rattan Chandeliers | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Ceremony Decor, Arch with Lush Dried Palm Leaves, Pampas Grass, Burnt Orange, White and Ivory Flowers, Greenery Floral Arrangements

How would you describe your theme/wedding design inspiration?

I wanted a fall-boho theme. I chose this because our wedding was in November around Thanksgiving, and I loved the pampas grass look. My husband wanted to make sure it was still very elegant and not too casual of a boho look, so we tried to incorporate both

What were your colors?

We chose shades of burnt orange, cream, tan, brown, light pink, gold, and whites.

Fall Boho Wedding Ceremony Decor, Cake Table with Champagne Linen and Five Tier White Wedding Cake | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event ServicesArch with Lush Dried Palm Leaves, Pampas Grass, Burnt Orange, White and Ivory Flowers, Greenery Floral Arrangements
Fall Boho Wedding, Five Tier White Semi Naked Wedding Cake with Dried Leaves and Ivory Roses
Fall Boho Wedding Ballroom Reception Decor, Long and Round Feasting Table with Taupe Table Linens and Burnt Orange Linen Napkins, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Lush Fall Colored Floral Arrangements, Drape Ceiling White Linens, String Lights, Rattan Chandeliers | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table with Champagne Table Linen, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Burnt Orange Linen Napkins, Tall Floral Centerpieces, Dried Palm Leaves, Pampas Grass, Burnt Orange, Ivory and Burgundy Florals | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Ballroom Reception Decor, Long and Round Feasting Table with Taupe Table Linens and Burnt Orange Linen Napkins, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Lush Fall Colored Floral Arrangements, Drape Ceiling White Linens, String Lights, Rattan Chandeliers | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services

How did your rentals enhance the ambiance of your event?

We rented chairs, tables, draping, lighting, bars, couches, cocktail tables, and speaker system/everything needed for the music.

The draping and lighting on the ceiling really enhanced the ambiance of our event and made it look complete. The boho lanterns were absolutely stunning on the ceiling, and they always do a great job with draping. 

My sister used Gabro Event Services for her wedding, and they did a wonderful job, so we used them as well. We love their work and how they make our dream wedding become a reality.

Fall Boho Wedding Reception Decor, Long Feasting Table, Gold Chiavari Chairs, Burnt Orange Linen Napkins | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Reception Decor, Tall Gold Stand with Dried Palm Leaves, Pampas Grass, Burnt Orange and Ivory Flowers, Greenery Centerpiece | Tampa Bay Wedding Rentals Gabro Event Services
Fall Boho Wedding Reception Decor, Draped Ceiling Linens, Hanging String Lights, Rattan Wicker Chandeliers
Fall Boho Wedding Reception Decor, Wedding Ring Ice Sculpture
Fall Boho Bride and Groom First Dance with Money All Over Dance Floor

Which vendors really exceeded your expectations?
Our photographer and videographer did a wonderful job at capturing our wedding, and everything came out absolutely stunning. Gabro Event Services also did a great job at making my vision become a reality. Our caterer always does a wonderful job with their food and services.

What advice would you give to other Tampa Bay couples?
Make sure that you have a wedding planner and that you start planning your wedding well in advance, especially with the effects that COVID has caused. There was a shortage of materials, workers, and items, so it's important to be on top of it and on top of the vendors to double-check everything, especially leading up to the wedding.

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and brevity.

Vendor Credits

 

  • Dress and Bridesmaid Attire
  • Berta

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