On the Money

A parting shot from Joanna Frangias and Vasileios Iatrou's wedding.


Photograph by Suzanna March

When Joanna Frangias and Vasileios “Billy” Iatrou planned their August 2017 nuptials at Ipswich’s Crane Estate, they knew from the start that a traditional Greek wedding—one that honored the culture of their shared ancestry—would best suit them. “Billy grew up in Greece, and I’m first generation,” Joanna says. “Our parents wanted the full ‘Big Fat Greek Wedding.’”

For the couple, that meant everything from the customary crowning of the bride and groom during the ceremony to this reception ritual, in which family and friends threw dollar bills at the newlyweds—a gesture wishing good fortune and prosperity—during their first dance. Guests got so into the festivities that they had the band repeat the couple’s song, Haley Reinhart’s rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” several times before they’d finished making it rain. “I found it kind of comical,” Billy says. “It literally went on for about 20 minutes.”