Wedding of the week: Andrianna Aliferis & Peter Saitannis. Pictures: MM Photos
TURNING around during their bridal
waltz to see all six members of their
bridal party lined up in front of the
main table singing along “with all
their hearts” to John Legend’s
All Of Me was a magic moment for
Andrianna Aliferis and
But the fireworks and smoke that
greeted them at their reception,
where they danced between the
guests and on to the dance floor,
accompanied by Greek bouzouki and
toumperleki, was the event highlight.
“Every moment of the day was
spectacular,” Andrianna says.
“But our highlight was definitely our
entrance to the (reception) room.”
The couple were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. Picture: MM PhotosSource:Supplied
Andrianna, an English teacher at
Inaburra School at Bangor, and Peter,
an exercise physiologist, knew each other
for more than eight years when they
walked down the aisle at St Euphemia
Greek Orthodox Church at Bankstown
The couple was introduced by mutual
friends at Kingsgrove in about 2007
but saw little of each other over the
next three years, when Peter returned to
Greece to serve 12 months military service,
followed by two years playing basketball
with Athens team Aek.
After several years without contact,
they reconnected on social media when
Peter sent Andrianna birthday greetings
“We decided to catch up on life,
et cetera, and everything fell into place
very naturally and unexpectedly,”
Andrianna says of their first date to see
the movie The Expendables at
The couple discovered a shared passion
for sport, particularly European football
Andrianna also admires Peter’s integrity
in all aspects of his life, and his patience.
On January 23, 2015, Peter arranged
an enormous bunch of red roses in one
room of their home and left a crystal
jewelled necklet in another room.
That evening they went to waterside
Sugar Room Restaurant at Pyrmont to
celebrate Andrianna’s new job.
“Peter left the table for some time and a
waiter arrived with dessert,” Andrianna says.
“The plate had a message scrawled in
chocolate, asking ‘will you marry me?’
“Peter was on one knee and had a speech
prepared before asking me to marry him.”
Peter carried a 14ct white gold, wideband
ring with a two-carat, cushion-cut diamond.
They knew each other for more than 8 years before getting married. Picture: MM PhotosSource:Supplied
Andrianna chose a fitted, strapless silk
latte-toned, French-lace gown with a
detachable tulle overskirt, designed by
Personalised Weddings at Earlwood.
For their reception they chose a
“contemporary Great Gatsby theme”
with black and gold decorations, and
white flowers, with touches of red.
Their hexagonal passionfruit and coconut
ganache wedding cake was decorated in
white with a geometric gold trim.
An LED dance floor sparked up as
the bridal couple entered.
Their 180 guests included relatives from
Greece, Peter’s best friend Duc from
London and another friend Mathiang,
a National Basketball League player
who travelled for the wedding.
Fortunately the guest list also included
Andrianna’s osteopath and physiotherapist.
“Everything went wrong in the last week
before the wedding,” says Andrianna.
“That included me walking upstairs at
work and feeling something pull in my leg.”
She had injured both knees, requiring
a brace for one leg.
“At one point the entire dancefloor
was filled with our friends and family,”
Andrianna says. “It was all a blur of love,
joy and unparalleled happiness.”
After their two-week honeymoon in the
Maldives and Singapore, Andrianna and
Peter have settled in Bankstown.
Photographer: MM Photos.