Neena and Niko
How We Met
Niko and I met on a summer program in Greece in 2014. It was a two-week long program for Greek/Americans (we both have a Greek background) to go to Greece and explore their culture. It was the most amazing 2 weeks ever and I met some of my best friends in the whole world (soon to be bridesmaids) and of course, my future hubby!!!
The last night of the program Niko asked me if I wanted to go somewhere special, I of course said yes, so we snuck away from the group and he took me to the top of Lykavittos Hill in Athens. Such a beautiful view of the city and the Acropolis!! He was also baptized at the church at the top. We carved our names at the top, crashed a random wedding that was going on up there (really though, I have pics of us dancing with some random bride and groom lol) and I almost missed my flight back to America.
How They Asked
Fast forward 5 years and we are back at this same spot. I was told we were having dinner at the restaurant at the top of Lykavittos. Niko asked if I wanted to head over early before the rest of his family to get pics at the top for sunset (and obvi I’m always down for an Instagram op lol). I seriously love this place!!!! When we were heading to the top I told Niko “awww we’re back in this same spot together” and he tried to play it off like it was no big deal LOL. When we got to the top, it was super crowded. We waited & finally got an open spot to take pics. The view was insanely gorgeous with a 360 view of Athens, the Acropolis and the ocean. Right when we got that open spot before we could take a pic, Niko was like “wanna go look in the church” and I was like “no? we just waited so long for this spot let’s take a pic first then go look??” he wanted to go look now and I was just like this makes no sense lol. But I went along with it anyway. When we walked out of the church, I was still trying to find another open spot to take a pic. Niko literally had to grab my shoulders and be like “NEENA LISTEN” lol. He said the sweetest things, got down on a knee and asked me to marry him. I started balling. Everyone was clapping. And I couldn’t stop saying “are you serious are you serious” over and over again haha. I was in SHOCK & literally shaking! I cannot even put this moment into words ♥️ Niko also had a photographer there from Sicily who was sneaking pics the whole time!
IT GETS EVEN BETTER
We started taking more pics and I kept saying “I wish my mom was here”. THEN my mom and my brother came out of NOWHERE! I HAD NO IDEA THEY WERE EVEN IN GREECE!?! I started balling more (and I’m not even a crier lol). NIKO PLANNED A WHOLE ENGAGEMENT PARTY ON THE TOP OF LYKAVITTOS WITH ALL OF OUR FAMILY ?? Everything was literally perfection and absolutely beautiful ? BEST DAY OF MY ENTIRE LIFE!! ❤️ I love you Niko and I cannot wait to marry you!