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Katina & Nick
Holly Crawford | Photo: J. Cogliandro Photography | June 19, 2014
Two Greek Southerners meet their meant-to-be’s in Manhattan—and tie the knot in delicious foodie fashion.
For years, a business school pal told Houston native Katina Pappas—yes, that Pappas, of the eponymous restaurant empire—that she “had a Greek boyfriend” for her, but marrying a man who shared her heritage wasn’t a prerequisite for Katina, 30. “I didn’t place too much value on it,” admits the operations director of the newly opened Rotisserie Georgette restaurant in New York.
But that was before she finally met Nick Dermatas, 31, in the summer of 2011. Not only was he Greek, but his family was also in the food biz. They spent their first date at Manhattan’s Corner Bistro, chatting for hours in the “cute little dive bar” and burger joint. “Three months in, I knew he was the one,” Katina says.
He knew too. Nick, a VP of CardConnect and a Georgia native, proposed on New Year’s Eve in 2012. That kicked off almost a year of planning a Houston fete for 500, all while the couple lived in another state, and “Katina was in the process of opening a restaurant,” explains wedding planner Jennifer Hobson of Keely Thorne Events. The bride’s parents worked closely with Hobson to mastermind a seated dinner with a custom menu by Pappas Catering and a white, cream and gold color theme, punctuated with elements of natural greenery. “Katina had a lot of trust in her mom and me,” Hobson says, adding that the bride’s Rotisserie Georgette opened five days before the wedding.
The trickiest part of the process was finding a space large enough for the reception, but Katina secured the sprawling Silver Street Studios as the site. The couple’s celebration would be its first-ever wedding upon its transformation from a Budweiser distribution warehouse to a grand venue. “It’s two football fields long with about 35-foot-tall ceilings—and we needed every square inch,” Hobson says. Rather than covering up the utilitarian space, Rob Smith of Events in Bloom dressed it up. Chandeliers and lounge furniture, plus warm personal details like a neon sign of “Katina and Nick’s Dive Bar” (“Like from our first date”), added sparkle and shine to the chicly urban space. Outside, guests enjoyed cigar-rolling and a Java Pura specialty coffee bar. “We got to see it before the reception, and it was overwhelming in the best way possible,” Katina remembers. “Just how we envisioned.”
Katina and Nick also wanted “constant music,” so two bands alternated all night—one playing traditional Greek music, and the other everything from Top 40 to rap. “Our families make everyone feel comfortable—even with Greek dancing,” explains Katina of the vibe at the reception. “We just had the best time. Both of us are smiling in every photo!”
And what about the whole shared-Greek-heritage thing? “Having that in common takes a huge weight off our shoulders,” Katina admits, smiling. “It’s amazing icing on the cake.”
Decor & Flowers Rob Smith, Events in Bloom
Linens Events in Bloom and Aztec Events & Tents
Invitations Designed by Pappas, printed by Papyrus
Rings Aydin & Company (Atlanta)
Wedding Gown Peter Langner pleated organza with an illusion tulle bodice, at Mark Ingram Atelier in New York
Bride’s Hair Meghan Lee
Bride’s Makeup Kristin Daniell
Bride’s Shoes Manolo Blahnik
Bride’s Jewelry Heirloom
Tuxedos Ermenegildo Zegna (groom), Neiman Marcus (groomsmen)
Music Jessie’s Girls (Atlanta); Greek Band (North Carolina)
Videographer Jimmy Stamos
Favors Koufeta (traditional Greek favor)