Thirty-three years have flown by since that sunny October Saturday when I married my Prince Charming. We both lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland then and most of our common friends lived there as well. Most importantly, we had met and fallen in love in Switzerland. So we decided to get married at the Orthodox Church of Chambesy in Geneva. I also wanted to avoid the traditional Cyprus wedding where more than 2000 people are invited by the happy couple's parents! In Cyprus, after the church ceremony, a reception is usually held at a hotel during which the happy couple receives the wishes of hundreds and thousands of people - most of whom are complete strangers! But they're the parents' friends and relatives!!! After the hotel reception dinner is held for close friends and family - usually about 300 people!
Most guests would give the happy couple an envelope containing money instead of a real present! Surely, by the end of the day all the wedding expenses have been paid off in addition to the fact that the happy couple can also purchase the house of their dreams. All this sounds like business to me and this is the only reason why I did not do my parents' favour and get married in Cyprus. In the end, parents and close family accepted our decision and travelled to Switzerland for the wedding.
Our wedding reception was held at Le Parc des Eaux Vives by lake Leman. Alkis and I had a great time and so did our 73 guests. A dinner was organised for our families and close friends but we did say that we wouldn't be there! We wanted to start our honeymoon and spend our first night as a married couple in the city where we first met - Fribourg. The following day, we set off to Falera - a small village in the Swiss Alps near Saint Moritz.
Thirty-three years later, I feel blessed to have known so much happiness. We had our ups and downs, bad and good moments but we've been through thick and thin together. This year, our wedding anniversary is on a Saturday and we are going to celebrate it just the two of us. Alkis said he'd surprise me!