Million Dollar Listing: New York's Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis Are Married!
The couple met in 2011, got engaged in September 2015 and tied the knot in Greece on July 7
The Bravo star and Bechrakis, whose family is from Greece, were married on the island of Corfu on Thursday surrounded by 150 close friends and family, PEOPLE exclusively confirms.
After a week of wedding festivities, designed by celebrity event planner Kevin Lee, guests journeyed by boat to the ceremony, which began around 7:30 p.m. Wearing a Mediterranean blue tux by VK Nagrani, Serhant and Bechrakis, who wore a champagne strapless gown by Romona Keve a, were wed in the Pontikonisi church. The two observed Greek traditions including exchanging crowns.
“From the moment I met Emilia, I knew it would be pretty incredible to do it in Greece and be surrounded by everyone close to us,” Serhant tells PEOPLE. “But I did have a few ideas that are not transpiring. I originally wanted six Apache helicopters to fly in and drop me and my brothers down into the wedding.”
Bechrakis says it was most important for her to have the ceremony in a Greek church “and ideally in Greece. I’m more of an intimate wedding kind of person but I’m marrying Ryan so it’s a lot bigger than it would have been.”
• For more photos from Ryan Serhant and Emilia Bechrakis’ wedding, pick up next week’s issue of PEOPLE
Following the ceremony, where guests were entertained by a quartet and lit sparklers to celebrate the couple’s union, Serhant, 31, and Bechrakis held court at a reception at the private Villa Kanoni. Featuring a menu of chilled soup, risotto with summer truffle, goat cheese salad and roasted lamb, the dinner included toasts made by the wedding party to the bride and groom, music by DJ Spartakos and was capped off by fireworks at the end of the night.
“No matter what happens, it’s as if she is there only for me,” the real estate broker says of what he loves most about Bechrakis. “As a sounding board, just to smile, she’s there for me. And also her butt.” His bride, a lawyer and a title insurance representative, says Serhant hasn’t changed despite his success and fame from the Bravo show.
“He’s remained the exact same person and even become a better person,” she adds. “He has the biggest heart. He’s probably the nicest, kindest, most generous, loving human being I’ve ever met. He’s my best friend. I couldn’t imagine marrying anyone else.”
The couple met in 2011 and became engaged in September 2015. Their wedding will be featured in Bravo’s new spin-off, Million Dollar Listing New York: Ryan’s Wedding, which follows Serhant and Bechrakis as they planned their wedding. It will premiere on the network this fall.