Anna & Bill were married on 25 July 2015 at St John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Victoria, Australia.
How did you and Bill meet each other?
Our story begins over coffee with friends. A mutual smile across the table won our hearts. Secretly asking questions about each other fate had it that we would randomly bump into each other over a period of months. After bumping into each other so often through Bill’s small talk and research had led him become a regular at a restaurant I worked at part time, he worked out my shifts and was always the last customer to leave. He finally worked up the courage to ask me out to dinner. From that dinner it was endless conversation over family, life, politics (some could say debate), music and travel.
Haha. You need a bit of healthy “debating” in a relationship. Especially the Greek ones. Did you step on Bill’s foot during the wedding service?
No. I didn’t step on Bill’s foot during the ceremony.
Tell me more about your wedding day. What was it like?
Our wedding day was a reflection of us,. We had a selection of my favourite perfumes available for the ladies to freshen up with throughout the night and bottles of scotch on every table from Bill. The theme was understated elegance which was achieved at every level. We were fortunate Sovereign Receptions allowed us to change the furniture with the help of Complete Function Hire and catered the menu to our taste.
What furniture did you have to change?
While the Sovereign did a wonderful job decorating, I really had my heart set on having Tiffany chairs, I think they add a sense of elegance and sophistication to a room. I also chose to arrange my own table centre pieces to suit my theme of understated elegance. I chose to have roses in soft blush tones with the addition of the ever timeless floral baby breath, my wonderful florist put together the arrangements in beautiful glass fishbowls. I then added an abundance of tea light candles to each table to create a soft and romantic ambiance which offset the soft nature of the floral centerpieces perfectly.
Was there music and dancing?
We both love tradition. On the day we had a clarinet player dedicated to our parents and a traditional ‘daouli’ player honouring traditional folk songs from my parents home town, Siatista. Both of us lovers of music and dancing we made it clear to the band the dance floor needed to be full at all times. That was most definitely achieved!
Did you include any Greek traditions on your wedding day?
From early hours in the morning my house was full with family, music, eating and celebration.
And so was Bill’s house.
As I was taking my last steps out of my family home my mum had made a wine with bread/ coins and koufeta. With very slow and anxious steps with my koumbara holding onto my dress I stepped over this as the wine trickles down the path it symbolises a joyous path of a long life and the coins symbolising strength for our relationship.
When leaving home for the last time with my mum she turned to me and said ‘Look at the house one last time’ in the car I turned to my mum asking why did you say that. She then explains so our children and relationship will reflect my parents strength and relationship of what would have been 48 years.
The day after the wedding before entering my Mother in-law’s house, she handed me a plate of honey; she gave both Bill and I a teaspoon full and I used the honey to make three crosses on the door frame before entering the house making sure that the happiness and sweetness enters the house/ our relationship.
The teaspoon of honey is a nice tradition. I haven’t heard of that one before. What part of Greece is your mother-in-law from?
Bill’s mother is from Xilokastro, Corinth and his father is from the ever so beautiful Exantheia, Lefkada. Bill was born and raised in Neo Irakleio, Athens, Greece. He came to Australia when he was 12.
What about your parents?
My parents come from a small town far north of Greece just outside of Kozani – Siatista. Growing up my late father would always say ‘you must never forget where you come from’; through this together with my mum they immersed dances/ dialect/ tradition and foods from Siatista.
I’m so sorry to hear that your father has passed away. I’m sure he would have been so proud of you.
Did you get married in a Greek Orthodox Church.
Yes we were married at St John the Baptist in Victoria and Chantal was our koumbara. Chantal put the rings on us, crowned us with the stefana and then walked behind us as we took our first steps as husband and wife.
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