Please tell us about how you honoured Greek and Indian heritage in your wedding?
We both have rich cultural backgrounds but in particular Greek-Cypriot, Indian (Punjabi) and Scottish are the ones that define us. Christopher had a traditional stolisma ceremony at home with his Cypriot family and close friends, where they had lovely Greek music played by local musicians whilst the family and friends literally dressed, groomed and blessed him for the day ahead. We also incorporated Greek dancing at the reception. We honoured Punjabi heritage through traditional dress, bhangra music and dancing, having my cousins play the thunderous dhols (Indian drums) and of course the age-old tradition of having the family members feed the bride and groom the wedding cake! The Scottish aspect of the wedding included Christopher in a St Andrews tartan kilt (St Andrew is also the patron saint of Greece, with blue and white as its national colours). We also took part in the traditional Scottish Quaich ceremony, where we received a blessing and shared a dram of whiskey.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
It's very hard to pick a specific part of the day as there were so many memorable aspects. We have memories throughout the day of stopping to look around and just enjoy where we were, surrounded by loved ones at the Opera House on the Sydney Harbour, feeling relaxed and so happy.
Dancing was particularly fun - being drummed into the dining room, going from Night Fever to Greek dancing, to bhangra. A dancing highlight certainly was doing the traditional Indian "train" (rail ghadee) dance where all of our guests linked up to form a train and we wove in and out of the tables around the halls and out onto the deck. When we reached the opposite door outside it was locked so we had to do a u-turn and go back inside. Everyone fell about laughing and our train collapsed!