Bride and Joy: Eastern Promise Fulfilled as Couple Make Town History; Glynne Gianelli Has Just Celebrated the Anniversary of His Wedding to His Ukrainian Bride Lilia at the Eastern Orthodox Chapel in Caernarfon's Old Town Walls, Reports David Powell

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Byline: David Powell

MOST modern brides and bridegrooms tie the knot in a roomy church,hotel,marquee or castle decorated with dazzlingly col ourful flowers.

Voices of the throngs of wedding guests may echo around the vaulted ceiling as dozens of guests wish the couple well for the future.

But Glynne and his Ukrainian bride Lilia Gianelli savoured a unique wedding -the first Eastern Orthodox wedding in ages at the tiny Eastern Orthodox Chapel in Caernarfon.

``I believe it was the first Eastern Orthodox wedding in Caernarfon since the Romans pulled out. The chapel is set inside Caernarfon's old town walls and you could only get about five people in there,''explains Glynne, who lives in Rhiwlas near Bangor.

``It was a simple service lasting about 20 minutes. But it was beautiful with the incense burning,'' says Glynne,a civilian electronics and avionics worker at RAF Valley on Anglesey.

At the ceremony with the couple were Father Demetriou and another priest Father Lazarus, who was licensed to hold such weddings and travelled down from Darlington in North Yorkshire. The clergymen led the service as traditional incense burnt softly in the hallowed building.

Father Lazarus's son William was also on hand to act as an ``altar boy''.

Happily, theGianellis this month celebrated their second wedding anniversary but the memory of their beautifully poignant wedding still burns brightly. …