Greek Wedding in the Desert

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Nattiel & George

Q: How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

A: George and I met March 26, 2011. My mom and his dad had become business acquaintances the year before and thought we should meet. I went to their bull sale in Loma. We became friends and hit it off from there. Unfortunately, the timing wasn’t right for us: I was still in college and he was just starting to take on a larger role at his families ranch. We kept contact over the year building our friendship. When I graduated college and returned to my mom’s ranch it was a no brainer to call George. At that point, we started dating. We dated for 2.5 years and got engaged. Our engagement lasted 6 months but we realized we weren’t ready to tie the knot yet. We called off the engagement and relationship for a year. When we got back together nothing felt more perfect. Mind you this was late summer of 2016. I made the move from my families ranch to George’s ranch Jan 1, 2017. We dated for another two years before getting engaged for a second time on February 1, 2019!!

Q: Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?

A: Ranching is our life. We live and breath this stuff. George’s Yiayia and Papou were immigrant ranchers from Greece. They came to America with the clothes on their back and money in their pocket to start a new life. George and his family are still ranching on the ground that they Homesteaded in the early 1900’s. My family has been a ranching family since the 1900’s as well. My Grandparents were homesteaders in the area that I grew up on.George is 100% Greek. Both sets of his grandparents came from Greece to start a new life in America. Our ceremony was Greek Orthodox. I had been attending church with George for the last eight years. In January I was baptized into the Orthodox religion. The ceremony was a very special moment. George’s mom was very active in the Church. She passed away in 2011 after a hard fought battle to leukemia. She had always dreamed of her kids having an Orthodox Wedding. I could feel her presence the whole day. When the sun came out on that cloudy day for our ceremony, I knew she was there with us.  . A small destination wedding in AZ in February was the first thought. The first of November we realized that Arizona was not going to work. So I started looking for a wedding planner in Grand Junction. I reunited with Tonja from R & R Events and we started the planning hard. Three months to plan a wedding is no Joke. I had talked to Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa back in May but realized it was going to be hard to cut our guest list to meet their capacity limits. With three months to plan a wedding I figured that the short notice would be hard for our guests to attend so it would probably be an intimate affair. I did a facetime tour with Britany and booked the venue. I had never been to the location and was trusting my gut. Tonja, Britany, and Denise from Gateway and I met to start the logistics of the wedding (the not so fun part of planning a wedding). It was a world wind. You had to make a decision and never look back. There was no time to change your mind or second guess yourself. Michael from Elite Events was a huge help and had everything we needed. Chef Russel, of Gateway, and George were on the same page for the menu. Things were happening, falling into place, and there was no time to have a problem.

Bakery: Sweet Kiwi Cookies etc.//Event Planner: R&R Events and Design//Event Venue: Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa//Floral Designer: Dahlia Floral Design//Photographer: K. Robinson Photography

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