Anastasia Maria Hartzes, of Daphne, and Micah Jay Hirschy, of St. Paul, Minn., were joined in the sacrament of marriage on Saturday, the fourth of June, 2011. The Rev. Fathers Elias Stevens and Constantine Gigicos celebrated their wedding at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation.
After a nearly seven-year courtship, Micah proposed to Anastasia on May 17, 2010. After asking her family’s blessing, he surprised her at the iconic Paulette’s Restaurant of Memphis with a bouquet of red roses.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Evans Hartzes and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Evans Tito Hartzes and the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Konstantine Vergos.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Jay Hirschy and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Hirschy and the late Mr. Marlin Heindel and Ms. Kathryn Blosser.
The celebratory weekend began with an after-rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s family at Steelwood Country Club.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride chose her sister, Miss Evangelia Michelle Hartzes, as maid of honor. Bridal attendants were Mrs. Evangelia Stratas Sessions, Mrs. Christina Sutton Eady and Miss Marlyse Kathryn Hirschy, sister of the groom. The groom was attended by Mr. Christopher Jeffery Pappas, Mr. George John Roussos, Mr. Andrew Mark Horvath, Mr. Kostas Kollias and Mr. Demitrios Chris Golfos, who also served as chanter. Flower girls were Alyssa Polina Erwin, Anna Marie Cleondis and Alexandra Maria Sessions. Theodore Richard Crowell served as ring bearer and Cole Blaise Hall served as crown bearer. Ushers were Mr. John Michael Sutton and Mr. Evan Alexander Sutton. Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Peter Stratas, godparents of the bride, were the koumbaroi (sponsors) of the couple and performed the exchanging of the rings and crowns. Mr. Nicholas Michael Vergos, uncle of the bride, performed classical favorites of the bride and groom as guests entered the church.
Following the service, a reception was held at the Daphne Civic Center, with hors d’oeuvres and dinner from Tyner’s Catering. The couple’s first dance was celebrated with “At Last” by Etta James. Mr. Nicholas Vergos performed “The Way You Look Tonight” as the bride and her father began the dancing for the evening. Cakes by Judi created the Wedgwood-inspired cake. Guests danced to the jazz and traditional Greek music of Nick Demos and the Greek Islanders, of Atlanta. Photographer Stephen Savage and videographers Jeff Etheridge and Mark Terry captured the service and celebration. Floral arrangements were created by The Rose Bud Flowers & Gifts.
The couple traveled to Belize where they honeymooned on San Pedro Island. They now reside in Birmingham.