2016-08-24 / Front Page

Traditional Greek Wedding Procession Led Through Streets Of Mattituck

By Catherine Tsounis

Bride Eva Constantine, parents and Greek musicians in horse and buggy on the way to church.
Bride Eva Constantine, parents and Greek musicians in horse and buggy on the way to church. Eva Constantine of Mattituck, New York and Daniel Fiorentino of Frankfort, NY, had a traditional Greek wedding on August 20 with a procession to the church.

The procession through the streets of Mattituck was by Rev. Constantine Makrinos of the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church on Breakwater Road, Mattituck.

A violinist and a luto musician serenaded the bride from her home with songs such as “I Nyfi Pantrevi” (the bride is getting married).

Musicians playing traditional Greek music in the streets.
Musicians playing traditional Greek music in the streets. A carriage driven by two horses made its way to the church with music and happiness. This is a tradition celebrated in villages of Cyprus. This is the first time such a wedding procession has been celebrated in the rural hamlet of Mattituck, located on the East End of Long Island.

The community was invited to celebrate with champagne immediately following the  Bride Eva Constantine.
Bride Eva Constantine. religious ceremony conclusion on the church grounds. The wedding reception was held at the Vineyards Caterers in Aquebogue. In honor of the groom’s Italian background, guests were serenaded through dinner by a Frank Sinatra performer.

Horse and buggy in front of Bride's home.Horse and buggy in front of Bride's home.The bride’s parents are Emanuel and Amal Constantine. Mr. Constantine, a retired businessman, is of Cypriot descent. His father, Thomas, is from Asgata, Cyprus and late mother, Loula was from Kyrenia, in occupied Cyprus. The bride’s father is Parish Council Vice-President of the Transfiguration of Christ Church. His grandfather, Haralambos Constantine, was a founder and original member of the Greek-American pioneers who created the first Greek Orthodox Church on the East End in the late 1960’s. Emanuel Constantine is continuing his family tradition of community service. Mrs. Amal Constantine is from Beirut, Lebanon from the Christian community. The groom’s parents, Dennis and Doreen Fiorentino are from Frankfort.

Mr. Fiorentino is a landscaping business owner and Mrs. Fiorentino is Frankfort village Bride leaving home in rural America.
Bride leaving home in rural America. treasurer.

Miss Eva Constantine is a graduate from SUNY Oswego. She received her Master of Science degree in Teaching Literacy from Touro College. She is currently working as a high school English teacher in Frankfort. Mr. Daniel Fiorentino is a graduate of SUNY Oswego. He is employed by the Frankfort Power and Light Department. The couple will reside in Frankfort, New York.



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