All The Details Of Maria Menounos' "Big Fat Greek Wedding," A Mediterranean Bride's Dream Come True
If only we had been there, we definitely would've been one of the hundreds of people exclaiming Opa! at this celebration of love and commitment!
Maria Menounos' Greece wedding was the perfect follow-up to her dramatic surprise ceremony that took place last New Year's Eve in Times Square. The 40-year-old American-Greek beauty first wed her beau, Keven Undergaro, in front of a thousand-strong in-person and TV audience during Fox Network's midnight broadcast, making headlines for the massive display of love that no one was expecting.
Wanting a second wedding that was much more intimate and would surround her with loved ones, Maria planned a second ceremony held in Akovos village, Peloponnese in Southern Greece. The result was nothing short of epic; Maria's family members—in signature Greek style—played major roles in wedding number two, ensuring that this bride would not be without love, attention, and warmth from her walk down the aisle all the way up to her reception dinner.
For this couple, having two very different ceremonies couldn't have been more suitable. They've been together more than 20 years after all, and got engaged in just 2016; it only seems appropriate to celebrate a relationship as solid and patient as theirs with two parties!
While their New York wedding was a secret kept between just Maria and Keven, their Greek nuptials were planned by Maria's dad, Constantinos, who pulled the massive event off in under two months. (His wife and Maria's mom, Litsa, is being treated for cancer and simply sat back to enjoy the ride). It wouldn't have happened without the help of Maria's cousin Nikki either, who she credits for having "lent" her apartment to Maria to use on her big day.
In fact, Maria's quirky wedding hashtag, #mariaandkevensbigfatgreekwedding, pretty much sums up the tone of her wedding, showing how important it was to have her Greek family involved in the special occasion.
Come the actual ceremony, Maria arrived at their chosen church via open-air carriage and was treated like royalty. Swarms of well-wishers and spectators lined the streets that she passed, and for good reason.
She looked absolutely stunning in her Celia Kritharioti-designed off-shoulder wedding gown made from silk organza, featuring handpainted flowers and a veil made from silk tulle. Italian artisans were behind the intricate masterpiece, but choosing an Athens-based designer was another ode Maria gave to her Greek heritage.
Topping off her look was an updo with a dramatic voluminous side-swept fringe and a statement pale pink lip. With her naturally sun-kissed olive skin, Maria was indeed a vision.
Our warmest wishes to @mariamenounos and @undergaro for a lifetime of love and happiness! Maria is wearing Celia Kritharioti off the shoulder wedding creation made from silk organza with hand-painted flowers and veil made from silk tulle. Photo: @sotiris_tsakanikas #CeliaKritharioti #MariaMenounos #JustSayiDo #MariaandKeven #mariaandkevensbigfatgreekwedding
Moving on from the formal ceremony to the party, Maria was absolutely blown away by what greeted her.
When the TV personality mentioned that she wanted lemons and yellow hues to beautify her wedding, she had no idea that a total of 1,500 lemons would creatively be used as décor and paired with lemon trees, a tiered yellow caked (which we assume might also have been lemon-flavored), yellow centerpieces, and even yellow pastries and drinks!
Taking it all in one citrusy detail at a time, Maria did love it all and took to Instagram to boast of all the pretty sights at the event.
Her dad continued to prove his excellent wedding planning skills when Maria's wedding cake was brought out.
The edible piece of art was an impressive four-layered sweet treat topped with the plumpest berries grown this season, and looked like a total joy to cut and serve to enthusiastic guests. For anyone looking to maybe have a Greek wedding, Maria recognized @catering.dipnosofistirion and @dimitrisskarmoutsos for their breathtaking job on her reception's food, catering, and décor.
catering.dipnosofistirionA special thank you to you @mariamenounos & @undergaro for trusting us on your most special day! We wish you all the best! Β?ον ανθ?σπαρτον! Working for your wedding was an honor! Catering @catering.dipnosofistirion Planner & Decor by @anjieofu_only_for_you_events Photos by @tsakanikas_sotiris Flowers by @studio7flowers Music sound & lights by @viparties.events Tent by @tentstyle #wedding #mariamenounos #greekwedding #akovos #dipnosofistirioncatering #mariaandkevensbigfatgreekwedding
Truly a magical fairytale. Huge Thanks to @catering.dipnosofistirion @dimitrisskarmoutsos for the most amazing food and for making every dream come true. Everything I had hoped for you took to a level I couldn’t even imagine. Thank you to both Dimitris! #mariaandkevensbigfatgreekwedding
The weekend fall wedding might have already come to a close, but we're sure that the best is yet to come from this handsome couple. To start, Maria has publicly expresed her desire to raise a family and has not shied away from the idea of surrogacy.
With that, we'll be waiting for the next step of this union—a baby on the way!
Photos from @mariamenounos