Kyri and Shelley got married on the 12th of July 2008 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Andrew in Kentish Town London. Here they share their special day with you and pass on their experiences and tips of their big day!

How did you two meet ?

We met on the 16th of December 2002 at Greenwich University Student Union’s Christmas Party!

Who proposed and where?

Kyri proposed on the 2nd Feb 2007 at Sopwell house Spa and Gardens in Herts. Unfortunately he didn’t book a table and when he took me there the restaurant was closed for renovations. He took me for a walk around the grounds and proposed on a little bridge over a lake in the moonlight. He wouldn’t let me put the ring on until we were on dry land!!

Shelley where did you get your dress from?

I bought my dress from Pronuptia in Cockfosters and the service was fantastic. The dress was called Jewel by Pronuptia. It was a satin full skirt with flowers on the rouging. It has an embroidered bodice with crystals and a lace up back. Detailed embroidery on the train. I loved it!

How about your accessories?
My Tiara was a Princess style along with a three tier crystal veil from Pronuptia Cockfosters. Peep toe shoes from a high street shop. I bought my earrings and necklace by Swarovski.

How about you Kyri where did you get your suit from?

I hired my suit from Pronuptia Cockfosters. My waistcoat and cravat were Ivory silk also from the same shop.

Tell us about your bridesmaids/koumera and your koumbaro/ushers what did they wear?

We had four bridesmaids which were all sisters and my Goumera. They all wore Cerise pink two piece outfits with bodice and skirt look. Pulled in lace up back – it was a similar style to the wedding dress. Sequin detail on bodice. All from Pronuptia Cockfosters. Costume jewellery included necklace, ring, earrings and bracelet from China, via Ebay! I requested that my Goumera wore the same dress as the bridesmaids to ensure all colours linked well. My Goumera had the skirt of her dress re-shaped and added additional detail to her skirt and bodice to show that she was my Goumera/ Chief Bridesmaid. Her accessories were all her own and her hair was styled differently from the bridesmaids. All the Ushers ‘the brothers’ and the Grooms father wore Morning suits from Pronuptia with a pale pink waistcoat and cravat.

Where was the venue for your wedding reception?

The Regency Banqueting Suite, 113 Bruce Grove, Tottenham, London N17 6VR .

What decorations and centre pieces did you have at the reception?

Shelley chose everything. All linking to the pink and sparkly princess theme. The staff at the Regency were amazing and arranged everything for us in the morning. They set up the tables and put out our favours & loukoumia. We had chair covers and a pink light curtain from Koulla at The Wedding Lounge. I arranged for an ice sculpture as a surprise for Shelley. A giraffe – Shelley has collected giraffes for years and she is known for it. She was very pleasantly surprised!

What menu did you serve to your guests?

Canapés and Drinks reception, Traditional Dips and Cypriot bread. Starter: Prawn Cocktail, Main: Chicken, Roast Potatoes and Seasonal vegetables, Dessert: Profiter rolls and ice cream. Fruit and Salad platters.

How about the wedding cake and favours?

The cake was very simple. Ivory 5 tier with two bows and crystal detail. Our favours were heart shaped boxes with cerise pink crystal flower to tie them,filled with 3 sugared almonds. A Scroll was given which detailed the traditions and symbolism of Greek weddings, including the significance of the almonds. We also had Loukoumia.

Was there a theme for your day and what inspired it?

It was supposed to be roses as Kyri was marrying his English Rose, but is diverted into a pink, sparkly princess theme, after choosing my princess dress.

Did you have any special touches or moments that you’d like to share with us?

Walking down the aisle and Kyri holding my hand saying “stop shaking …this is us forever…I love you”. Also, I had traditional Greek dancing lessons and performed a traditional routine for the money dance with Kyri. This was a special surprise for Kyri’s family and especially for his Bapou who used to dance at weddings in his village when he was young. I also did the varedo (the drunken dance) and had everyone gob smacked!!! It was wonderful! If we could do it all again, we’d… We wouldn’t change anything about the day, it was just perfect! Well maybe the weather then!

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to Thailand. Three nights in Bankok and 11 nights in Ko Sumi. Pure relaxation! We spent most of the time in the spa!

Kyri-and-Shelley

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