two happy grooms on their wedding day

This lavishly elegant and festive wedding comes to us from Deborah Elias of Elias Events Weddings, based in Houston, TX! Here’s Deborah to tel us more:

It was John Dascoulias who introduced the idea of the couple getting married, especially once the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide in June 2015, but Clifford Pugh resisted. After all, they were committed to each other and no piece of paper would change that. But after Clifford was injured in a motorcycle accident, they decided it was the best thing to do to alleviate concerns like health benefits and to frankly just become legally married.

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lavish wedding reception

Their no frills courthouse ceremony quickly gave way to a fun and lively affair that celebrated both their cultures and heritage. The celebration was to be held at the plush new luxury event space, LifeHTX and with event planner Deborah Elias of Elias Events charged to to create an elegant homage to Dascoulias’ Greek heritage.

traditional Greek pastries

traditional Greek dance

The tables decorated with blue-and-white table clothes, evil eyes, gorgeous blue and white flowers with pops of chartreuse green. Meaningful details like homemade baklava by Dascoulias’ mother and Greek pastries made by his aunt from Ohio were additional nods to his Greek culture.

stylish and lively wedding reception

stylish and lively wedding reception

Music was provided by singer Bubba McNeely of the Bubba and Greg Duo who entertained party guests during dinner. DJ Chris Thomas then got the crowd dancing with an assortment of music from all decades and of course the dancing of the Kalamatianos, a traditional Greek wedding dance.

stylish and lively wedding reception

Congratulations John Dascoulias & Clifford and thank you Deborah for sharing! For more information about Elias Events Weddings, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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Venue: LifeHTX
Planner: Elias Events
Caterer: Aladdin Mediterranean Cuisine
Florist: Rexberry Events
Cake: For Heaven’s Cake
Grooms’ Tuxes: Zegna from Neiman Marcus
Band: Bubba and Greg Duo
DJ:  Chris Thomas, Bradley David Entertainment
Photographer: Daniel Ortiz Photography
Invitations: Bering’s
Rental: Aztec Events and Tents