Naples Beach Hotel | Eleni + Tom | Greek Orthodox Ceremony


On a late August afternoon in Chicago, Tom and Eleni found themselves on a 28th floor balcony overlooking beautiful Lincoln Park and Lake Michigan. They were supposed to be watching the Chicago Air and Water Show, an amazing display of airplanes, skydivers, and watercraft showing off their skills in front of thousands of spectators. They were sipping on some wine and oblivious to the F-16s and Blue Angels buzzing around the Chicago skyline, love was in the air. They talked for hours about family, friends, career, faith, and many other things. Like long lost friends catching up after time apart, they knew this first date was something more…

After about a year later, some ring shopping and a nervous meeting with Mr. Kartsimas, it was now time for the proposal. The game plan was to propose during Thanksgiving on the beach in the Outer Banks, NC. The Lamson family has reunited at this vacation spot for Thanksgiving for the past seven years. The night before embarking on this trip, in a dimly lit kitchen in Chicago, surrounded by unopened bags of their favorite carryout, a shaking hand opened a small box and put an exclamation point on this chapter of their love story. “I have to ask you something… I was going to do this in the Outer Banks, but I can’t wait any longer…” The entire “beach” game plan was officially thrown out the window. Well, every part of it but one… “Eleni Katherine Kartsimas, will you marry me?”

Since Tom’s family is from Massachusetts and Eleni’s family is from Chicago, they decided a destination wedding was the way to go. They were married at St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, where Eleni’s grandmother was a founding member and a place to honor her memory. They then celebrated their marriage with family and friends at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf with cocktails and appetizers at sunset followed by dinner and non-stop dancing to the amazing band “None Other Wiley Entertainment”.

All of their friends and family, both near and far, had a hand in this love story and Eleni and Tom would like to extend their love and gratitude to those who keep them in their hearts and prayers always.

Dress: Volle’s Bridal, Lake Zurich IL

Flowers: Botanical’s on the Gulf, Naples FL

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Rings: Fey & Company, Chicago IL

Cake: Naples Beach Hotel and Gulf

Make-Up and Hair: Salon Tease

Band: None Other Wiley Entertainment

Church: St. Katherine’s Greek Orthodox Church

Wedding coordinator: Lindsay Plantier at Naples Beach Hotel

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