[Real Wedding] Story of Steven and Jyana


Steven and Jyana married on the 12th March 2016

An intimate Greek wedding ceremony at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of Panagia Kamariani, Red Hill, followed by celebrations at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove, Red Hill.

Steven and Jyana wore Story of Stefania crowns during their Greek wedding ceremony.

Why did your koumbara choose these stefana for your wedding?

Our koumbara Stephanie chose the ivory berries stefana because they suited our stylish winery theme. They are different and modern. We loved our stefana!


Did you have a theme that inspired your wedding?

We are very relaxed people and wanted to create a stylish yet relaxed atmosphere for our 80 guests. We didn’t really have a theme as such however we both love wineries and chose Montalto vineyard, as that is where we had our first date!

What are some special/unique details included in your wedding?

Jyana: My “something old” was Steven’s mother’s wedding band. Steven’s mum had passed away in November 2013 and I didn’t have the privilege to meet my mother in law. Everybody that knew her says what an amazing woman she was.

I didn’t throw my bouquet at the end of the night. I honoured my mother by saying a speech about how special she is and then handed her my bouquet!

A special moment from our wedding was my father daughter dance. We danced to a Greek song called “Pio Polli” by Mihalis Hatzigiannis.

Our koumbara Stephanie chose the bonbonniere which was a variety of loose tea in glass test tubes.

We made individual confetti cones for all the guests to throw as we walked out the church.

About the wedding day…

Steven and Jyana shared a perfect day together, with so many emotions and tears of joy!

Their church ceremony began at 4pm at the beautiful Monastery in Red Hill. Steven waited anxiously for Jyana’s arrival! As Jyana arrived at the church, wedding bells rang to announce her arrival. Jyana describes that moment as “I was overwhelmed with emotion, that tears of joy rolled down my face uncontrollably”. The wedding ceremony at the Monastery was traditional and beautiful.

Following on from the ceremony, the wedding celebrations took place at Montalto vineyard and it was one big party! The venue was elegantly styled with pastel flowers, greenery and many candles. It gave the venue a relaxed and romantic atmosphere that Steven and Jyana had wanted for their wedding. There was also lots of Greek dancing! Guests were weaving in and out of the winery venue doors and dancing out on the deck under the moonlight.

At the end of the night, Steven and Jyana said goodbye to all their guests. As they bid farewell, the song that was played in the background was Steven’s late mother’s favourite song; “All My Loving” by the Beatles.


________[thank you]________

Thank you Steven and Jyana for sharing your truly special wedding story with us. I feel so privileged to have made the stefana for such a lovely couple. I wish you all the best with a lifetime of love and happiness.

Lastly a big thank you to Stephanie (Steven and Jyana’s koumbara). You were such a great customer to work with. Jyana describes you as “one of the most loving, caring and funny people”! Steven and Jyana were so honoured to have you apart of their day in such a special way.



Wedding gown: Anna Campbell

Groom’s suit: Farage

Flowers and venue styling: Folly of the Wise (Jyana’s good friend of 17 years styled Montalto for their wedding)

Photography: Milk Photography

Music: Nick Missailidis

Make up: Lenada Makeup

Invitation and personalised menus: Lauren Skorsis


Let me introduce myself!

Hi, my name is Maria and I am a wife to Dimitri and mummy to Theodore. I am also the owner and creator of Story of Stefania. When I’m not doing my wifey/mummy duties, I am hand making personalised Greek wedding crowns.

Weddings and all things personalised are my passion! The romance and beauty of weddings inspire me every day! People often ask me, “So how did you get started with making stefana”? It all started because I wanted to add something personalised to the Greek wedding ceremony. The idea came to me that the stefana joining ribbon could be personalised with the bride and groom names and wedding date. It’s something that I had never seen before and I would want for my own wedding.

I believe personalised Greek wedding crowns are unique and are a new trend for our generation of Greek weddings.

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I taught myself how to make stefana and before I knew it I began selling online to couples/koumbari (best man or maid of honour) from around the world! It is honestly so special getting to know the brides or koumbari purchasing Story of Stefania crowns. There are a lot of good people in this world and I am lucky to have such kind and appreciative customers! It is surreal when I see wedding photos of couples wearing the stefana I hand made.

Although I put so much effort and heart into each stefana order I make, my devotion is also to my family. My husband and son are my heart and soul, their love and support motivates me to make my dreams a reality and I can’t wait to share with you our exciting times ahead!

On my blog I will post about Story of Stefania [Real Weddings] and posts about events happening in my life as a Greek wife and mum.


Photo credit: Luke Greaves Photography