Dominique and Louie met at school. He would drive her to her car after class and they would meet at school on the weekends to “study” but they would always end up talking the entire time.
Louie’s proposal to Dominique was sweet and intimate. They traveled to San Diego with another couple to celebrate their anniversary. Louie asked Dominique to go for a walk with him along the cliffs, then he asked her to be his wife. It was no surprise that she said yes, because their friends were waiting for them back at the condo with a bottle of champagne.
The Big Day
Nothing sets up a big fat Greek and Italian wedding like a big fat engagement party. Dominique and Louie celebrated their upcoming nuptials with over 80 of their friends and family at the Calgary Italian Club. They chose St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and its adjacent hall to accommodate their 350 wedding guests plus the 17 members of their bridal party.
LED trees, sequined tablecloths and cool blue backlighting all worked to evoke fresh, glittering snow under a pale moon.Their wedding focused on food, dance and tradition–they danced the Zeibekiko at midnight to honour Louie’s Greek heritage, and Dominique’s Italian side wrapped the couple in streamers to symbolize them coming together as one.
Dominique: Walking into the reception was awesome! Having all of our family and friends there smiling from ear to ear because they were so happy for us was a really special feeling. I also really enjoyed getting ready with my bridesmaids in the morning; everyone was so happy & excited. Everything went smoothly. There was no stress at all! Lastly, taking off my shoes & dress at the end of the night.”
Louie: Watching my bride walk down the aisle to me & listening to the beautiful speech that she wrote for me.
Engagement Ring Cut
‘Butterflies’ – Alicia Keys
Advice from the Newlyweds
“Keep the guest list small, talk to other couples that were married at the same venue, and spend your money on the things that are most important to you – for us it was the photography and food.”
Looking Forward to Most Now Being Married
The newlyweds have recently moved into their new home and are enjoying their return to normalcy. “Not much has changed, which I think is a good thing,” says Dominique.