Inside Bravo's Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis' Romantic Greece Wedding
The couple were married on July 7 surrounded by 150 close friends and family
The Bravo star, 31, and Bechrakis, whose family is from Greece, were married on the island of Corfu on July 7 surrounded by 150 close friends and family. “I didn’t know happiness like this actually existed. It’s like a fairy tale,” Serhant tells PEOPLE exclusively. “You read about it, hear about it, and dream about it, and now it’s real. Someone pinch me!”
The couple began their wedding festivities, designed by celebrity event planner Kevin Lee, with a welcome party for their guests at En Plo cafe-restaurant on July 5 before their rehearsal dinner at The Venetian Well restaurant the following evening. Bechrakis admits she was “nervous to see everyone come together. This is our family for the rest of our lives! I just wanted to spend as much time together as possible.”
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On July 7, guests, including Serhant’s former Bravo costar Luis D. Ortiz, journeyed by boat to the ceremony, which began around 7:30 p.m. – Serhant, wearing a Mediterranean blue tux by VK Nagrani, and his brothers and friends arrived by pirate ship.
Bechrakis, who wore a champagne strapless gown by Romona Keve a, and Serhant led their guests into the Pontikonisi church, where they were wed with Greek traditions including exchanging crowns.
“During the ceremony as the sun was setting, I looked around to see who was in the crowd and I was overjoyed to see family and friends that had traveled from all around the world,” Bechrakis adds. “Especially my elderly grandmother who I am named after.”
After the ceremony, the wedding party and guests adjourned to a reception at the private Villa Kanoni. Surrounded by olive branches, white peonies and soft candlelight, the couple were introduced for their first dance to Ed Sheeran‘s “Photograph,” a moment Serhant says he “will remember until the day I die. We were dancing as fireworks went off behind us and it was like we were all alone, dancing through the crazy. I will never forget that kiss.”
Following dinner, which included chilled soup, risotto with summer truffle, goat cheese salad and roasted lamb, guests danced around a pool overlooking the Ionian Sea to music by DJ Spartakos.
After the couple cut their cake, Serhant jumped into the pool with his two brothers, Jack and Jim, “with all of our clothes on. As I came up for air, I saw everyone jumping in with us, with all of their clothes on!” he recalls. “And we swam together until 6 a.m. with cake and champagne. It was insane. I had developers and billionaire clients being dunked by my brothers and sisters.”
Now with the wedding behind them – it will be featured in Bravo’s new spin-off, Million Dollar Listing New York: Ryan’s Wedding this fall – the newlyweds, who met in 2011 and got engaged in 2015, are anxious to begin their life together in New York City.
“I’m looking forward to starting a family, it’s the next stage of our life,” says Bechrakis, a lawyer and title insurance representative. “Coming home and being husband and wife, it’s a different chapter. But no matter what happens, you’re a team.”
As for her real estate broker husband? “Not having to plan another wedding that’s for sure,” Serhant says, laughing. “Babies. That’s my gut answer. And getting started on real life. We have a ton of things to start and it hasn’t even begun. But it’s about to begin with the best person ever.”