CULTURE

Traditional wedding with international flavor

The wedding of Sophia Doxiadi, daughter of Apostolos and Maria Doxiadis, granddaughter of Sophia Petrakopoulou-Lampsa of the Grande Bretagne Hotel, to New York businessman Stylianos Zavvos, was held on June 25 at the Aghios Dionyssios Areopagitis Church. Zavvos is a friend of financial entrepreneur George Soros, who was best man at the wedding, doing the honors along with Stelios Haji-Ioannou and Depy Chandri. Officiating at the church was Bishop Emmanouil of France with Father Carloutsos from New York. The service was held in both Greek and English. Guests included former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, Economy Minister Giorgos Alogoskoufis, the chairman of the Europarliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Elmar Brok, Athens 2004 President Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and her husband Theodoros Angelopoulos, along with many guests from London, Paris, New York, Geneva and Zurich. The wedding itself took place in four stages. First was the ceremony itself, then came a cocktail party at the Grande Bretagne’s roof garden with views of a floodlit Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill, and then the official reception in the hotel ballroom. The fourth stage was the interval during which Greek footballer Angelos Charisteas scored his goal in the Euro 2004 quarterfinal against France and when everyone, including the bride and groom, went into another room to watch the rest of the game. The guests then lifted up the newly weds onto their shoulders and carried them back into the reception hall where celebrations continued until well after midnight, while outside in Syntagma Square, thousands of people carried on with their own celebrations.