All things bright and beautiful

Kyriaki and Arran chose an Art Nouveau psychedelia theme for their non-traditional Greek big day

Having met through OKCupid, Kyriaki and Arran chose a gig in Camden Town for their first date. "After the gig, we worked our way down the other pubs and music venues on the high street," remembers Kyriaki. "The conversation flowed really easily; we had Vietnamese food. Suddenly it was gone midnight and we were the last ones left in the Lock Tavern. It was a Tuesday – so a school night and we had to run to catch the last tube. Arran was determined not to be 'friend-zoned' and kissed me in the underground."

And that event-packed night set the tone for Arran's proposal too; the groom-to-be planned a geocaching adventure for his future bride around their home in Archway. "I had to follow visual clues that took me to the old Archway Tavern, Stoneleigh Terrace, Highgate Library and, finally, Parliament Hill where Arran had buried an old film capsule containing his proposal," explains Kyriaki. "It was a desperately romantic, cheeky and fun plan that was very nearly scuppered by the lawn mowers that had been out on Hampstead Heath that very morning. After a fair amount of digging in mounds of sticky grass clippings – the treasure hunt turning a bit more Time Team by this stage – we found the capsule and Arran got down on one knee. He'd stashed a bottle of champagne and a couple of glasses in his bag in advance."

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As the couple started planning in earnest, they ruled out a destination wedding in Greece where Kyriaki was born, and,instead, decided to tie the knot in Camden where they'd first met and enjoyed many nights out. "We loved that the Glasshouse was on the canal and near Camden Lock. We visited on a sunny, crisp winter's day and all the colours of the bustling market were mirrored in the canal against an azure blue sky," Kyriaki remembers

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"When we walked out of the venue, without saying a word, we made a beeline for the canal boat tour company across the bridge, having each thought that we wanted our guests to arrive by barge. At the time, we didn't actually know that there was a Greek Orthodox Church just up stream – it still amazes me how it all came together."

All things bright and beautiful: Image 2 Drawn to the bright colours and music this area is famed for, the couple chose to emulate the 1970s music poster style known as Art Nouveau psychedelia for their theme. "We wanted our wedding to be fun and colourful," explains Kyriaki.

All things bright and beautiful: Image 3 This translated into table centrepieces made from 45" records, each a single the couple loved, teamed with brightly coloured floral arrangements and streamers and garlands galore.

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The Glasshouse on the Lock, Kyriaki reveals, went above and beyond to help them realise their dream day. "They printed our tableplan and place names in the same Art Nouveau font I'd downloaded for our invitations and even ordered cobalt blue chair ribbons specially for the day. I'd told them it wasn't important and they could use the baby blue ones they had already but they were determined. You don't often see that level of care."

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The couple also adhered to a series of Greek traditions as a nod to Kyriaki's heritage, ordering tulle pouches from Athens for their Greek 'boubouniere' favours, serving olives on board the canalboat as the guests travelled between ceremony and reception and a magnificent Greek buffet at the reception with souvlaki, salads and seafood, as well as a traditional Hellenic cake.

All things bright and beautiful: Image 5 Kyriaki searched high and low for a dress that fitted both her budget and her dreams, "I went as far as getting up at 6am to drive to a warehouse on an industrial estate in Port Talbot, Wales," she admits. "In the end, I found the one at Bridal Reloved, which is about five minutes' drive from my parents' house." Kyriaki accessorised with a hairpiece made by her florist, as well as a bespoke cape, handmade by Adorn by Ashley and Irregular Choice shoes.

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Arran, meanwhile, chose a teal three-piece suit from the Moss Bros Tailor Me range, with a paisley-print lining (a nod to the couple's theme).

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The grooms men were briefed to wear a blue suit, while the bridesmaids were asked to choose their own dress or outfit. "No need to be telling women I love what they can and can't wear," Kyriaki laughs.

All things bright and beautiful: Image 7 On the day, Kyriaki walked down the aisle to an acoustic guitar and viola arrangement performed by Arran's friends and fellow band members. "Arran is shouting 'half an hour late' at me as I tell youthis," Kyriaki admits. "He's also reminding himself that he married a Greek and we don't do timekeeping.

All things bright and beautiful: Image 8 In fact, when he arrived at the church half an hour before the noon ceremony was supposed to start, the priest said 'you're early for 2pm!' When Arran informed him it was at noon, he simply said 'good to know, good to know'."

All things bright and beautiful: Image 9 For the evening do another friend debuted his wedding and party band, Flamingo Jukebox, learning to play the theme tune from Zorba the Greek from scratch for the couple's first dance, followed by a duo of DJs – accompanied by a spectacular live oil-light show by Astral Projections which filled the room with psychedelic colours and patterns.

Kyriaki and Arran's contact book

Bride's accessories

Adorn by Ashley

Bride's dress

Bridal Reloved

Bride's hair and make-up

Emma Rosenkowitz

Bride's hair and make-up

Emma Rosenkowitz


Hellenic Bakery
Tel: 02088 893281

Canal boats

Walker's Quay


One Stop Co-ordinations

Ceremony venue

Greek Orthodoc Cathedral Church of All Saints


Leslie Gilotti and Harry Rylott


Astral Projections

Event planning

Amanda Thurlow


The Wild Tribe

Grooms's suit

Moss Bross

PA hire

Sound Event Solutions


James White Photography

Reception venue

Glasshouse on the Lock, Holiday Inn Camden Lock


Charlesworth Classics Weddings