Maria Ballas & Sarantos Kaperonis
Sarantos and I first met at a church basketball tournament when we were teenagers, but it wasn’t until years later that we started dating. Sarantos proposed to me last summer during a family trip to Crete, a beautiful island in Greece. I love my big, fat Greek family, but I was craving some one-on-one time, so when he suggested we have some alone time, I quickly agreed. We drove to a secluded beach and found the perfect spot to enjoy the breathtaking view. The sun started to set, and Sarantos insisted on taking a picture of me. After I was done with my awkward posing session, I turned around and saw Sarantos on one knee. I immediately started crying and fell to the ground in shock (but mostly happiness) and jumped on him still crying.
Once I caught my breath, Sarantos told me my family was waiting for us to get dinner. The night kept getting better as we returned to our villa and a party was waiting for us. As we walked down to the party, I realized he had one last surprise: his family was there, too! He had flown them out that morning just to celebrate with us, which explains why his sister wouldn’t answer my 25 FaceTime calls. We danced the night away to the live music he brought to the house. It was the most magical night of our lives and we can’t wait for the big day! – As told by Maria
Maria and Sarantos will be married on September 22, 2018.