Wouldn’t any engaged couple love to have a wedding professional in the family to call on? Laura Mamertino and Nikolaos Scaramangas were lucky that way; Nik’s aunt Cathy Dounis is a local wedding decorator operating under the name Only the Best. While bride Laura chose pale pink and grey as their pretty wedding colours and made the photobooth sign and seating chart for the reception, Cathy took care of the other details. She even brought to life Laura’s vision of Chiavari chairs with silver urns for the centrepiece flower arrangements. “Nik and I were so amazed at the final outcome of the decor,” says Laura. “It was really a surprise on the wedding day because they wouldn’t let us see the hall prior.”

Of course, before their reception at New Westminster’s Roma Hall could take place, the couple had to get married. Which they did, in a traditional ceremony at Saint Nicholas & Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church on Vancouver’s Boundary Road, before heading out to Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park for romantic portrait sessions out on a rowboat. Then it wastime for the party to begin, and Laura notes that guests especially enjoyed the photobooth provided by Love Tree Photography – not to mention the array of props.

Picking out one special detail from their day, Laura explains that their rings were ordered online from Blue Nile. Nik custom-designed the engagement ring, while he chose an existing design for his wedding band. “Nik’s parents have their wedding rings engraved as it is a Greek tradition,” says Laura, “and we thought it would be nice to keep the tradition going. It is also a bit romantic.”

Photography & Photobooth: Love Tree Photography| Videography: Aneste Photography | Venue: Saint Nicholas & Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Roma Hall | Bride’s Dress: Isabelle’s Bridal | Hair: Ted McKinnon | Makeup: Irene Kim (family friend) | Maid of Honour’s Dress: Bridal Gallery | Groom’s Tuxedo: Moore’s Clothing for Men | Décor: Cathy Dounis, Only the Best | Florist: Fiorire | Stationery: Delphine | Cake: Calabria Bakery | Jewellery: Carolee, from The Bay | Wedding Rings: Blue Nile | Transportation: Ritz Limos | DJ: Alpha Video