Merging of Cultures
Loula Kariotis and Massimo Tiberi
Loula Kariotis and Massimo Tiberi met at Boston club, Aria, in the summer of 2001. “He couldn’t keep his eyes off of me,” remembers Loula. “Every Friday for several weeks, he would buy me a drink and I would simply say ‘thank you’ and walk away. Although I was attracted to him, I was skeptical of meeting someone at a club so I kept him waiting for a while until I had done enough research to take the plunge. It was well worth it.”
Fast-forward to the fall of 2009 and Loula and Massimo were planning a trip to Italy to explore Massimo’s cultural roots together. “Our first stop was Positano; a small town on the Amalfi coast. Massimo found a restaurant with a beautiful view overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and after a memorable dinner, he proposed,” smiles Loula. “It was a moment filled with emotion, a moment that is difficult to articulate. Everything about it was genuine and heartfelt.”
On their wedding day, the couple strived to bring together a mixture of themes, cultural traditions and personal touches. “We wanted to make sure each side was recognized,” says Loula. So they chose the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England because they were willing to allow a Catholic priest to come in to do a blessing. “This was the only way to have both our faiths acknowledged on our wedding day,” adds Loula.
At the reception, the theme continued with Greek dancing and money throwing to the Italian music, food and wine; “We made certain to keep the European energy alive throughout the night,” says Loula. Although there was undoubtedly a “Euro-City vibe” that permeated the reception, the day cannot be accurately depicted without mentioning the other influences that helped create it.
The view from the State Room “spoke for itself.” Their color palette was eggplant, silver, plum and light pink, which complimented the modern urban feel perfectly. They chose to incorporate a lot of candlelight scattered throughout the venue to “soften the edges.” While her party dress was fun and flirty, Loula’s favorite touch of the day was her “ceremony dress, with its elegant lace and floral detail,” because it added “a romantic flair.”
“Although we spent countless moments on the preparation and details of this event, we did not want to lose sight of the most important aspect of this day: Love,” points out Loula. So whenever they became overwhelmed with the process, they reminded each other of the love that brought them together in the first place. And after almost together, their wedding was merely a symbol of that love. “The union between the two of us, the hard work and dedication that comes only with time and patience is and always will be the focal point of our bond,” says Loula, sharing a poem she wrote to fully express the sentiment.
Love does not dwell in shallow waters | Where the waves of the shore are imminent and known. | It is not interested in grandeur or notoriety, | As it knows such desires are hollow and weak. | Love finds its roots deep in the depths of the sea | Where the stillness of time and space capture the quietude of sound. | For it is in this moment of serenity that Love finds its rightful home | And begins to blossom in it’s glory. | It is in this moment of careful cultivation that the very essence of humanity thrives | And the true potentials of Man and Woman come forth. | And it is in the height of these moments that all creative forces come together | To create a perfect and unified whole.
Loula and Massimo remain happily married and are eagerly anticipating the arrival of their daughter. What will her name be you ask? Aria, after the place where they first met.