The Story of Stefana
We are so excited to announce our collaboration with Maria Trovas from Story of Stefania.
Maria is a "Greek wife, mum and creator of personalised stefana for Greek weddings" in Australia. Maria's stefana are gorgeous and you can find photos of her designs along with actual wedding stories on her blog.
Maria and I met through instagram and over the course of a few months agreed that we should join together to make unique wedding gifts. The logo for Story of Stefania
was the perfect design for our pillows and kitchen towels! We also have a few more product ideas to honor that special day!
Within Greek wedding ceremonies, wedding crowns, or Stefanas, are used to symbolize the beginning of a union, much in the same way that wedding rings are.
In essence, the Stefana is a wedding crown that is placed onto the heads of both the bride and groom during the wedding ceremony. The crowning ceremony typically takes place directly after the betrothal, in which the rings are placed on the heads of the bride and groom. A crown is first placed onto the grooms head, after which a chant, or crown blessing, will be spoken by the priest a total of 3 times. A crown is then placed onto the head of the bride and the priest will recite a similar blessing a total of 3 times.These crowns are oftentimes joined by a ribbon, which is supposed to highlight the unity of the new couple.
The crowns are typically stored in a Stefanothiki in the home.