OUR BIG OUR GREEK WED­DING

The ‘Neigh­bours’ star shares a spe­cial day two decades in the mak­ing

WHO - - Olympia Valance - By Jenny Brown

On the ro­man­tic Greek is­land of Mykonos, un­der a cloud­less blue sky at a tiny white­washed church, Aus­tralian mu­sic icon Ross Wil­son cel­e­brated his 70th birth­day by re­new­ing mar­riage vows with Ta­nia Go­gos-Wil­son, his part­ner of 20 years. “It was the big, fat Greek wed­ding that wasn’t,” laughs Wil­son’s step­daugh­ter, model and Neigh­bours star Olympia Valance, 24, who jet­ted to the Aegean with 30 close fam­ily and friends to cel­e­brate with the cou­ple on Sept. 24. “It turned into quite a joke, be­cause ev­ery­one kept say­ing, ‘It’s not a wed­ding, it’s not a wed­ding,’ but there we were, all dressed up in front of a beau­ti­ful church with a cel­e­brant, a re­cep­tion and a big wed­ding party.” For the wed­ding that wasn’t, Wil­son —front­man and song­writer of 1970s rock­ers Daddy Cool and 1980s band Mondo Rock— ex­changed new rings with man­ager Go­gos-Wil­son, 52, who be­came his bride 19 years ago. ( Wil­son is cur­rently work­ing on a Mondo Rock re­union, co­in­cid­ing with the re-re­lease of the band’s cat­a­logue). “They are ob­vi­ously still madly in love with each other,” says Olympia, who was re­cently linked to One Di­rec­tion’s Niall Horan. “It’s nice to see peo­ple who are as strong as ever after be­ing to­gether for so long. I was just bawl­ing, we all were.”

The ac­tress cel­e­brated her mother’s Greek her­itage in a god­dess-style dress by Mel­bourne cou­turier Con Ilio, who also de­signed her mother’s gown. “There’s some­thing about Greece,” says Olympia. “Both Mum and I were born in Aus­tralia, but when we are over there, it re­ally feels like our home­land.” As for half-sis­ter Holly, 34, she sent her love from Lon­don (see box). Although Holly wanted to be there, “she was heav­ily preg­nant at the time,” says Olympia, who has fol­lowed in Holly’s Neigh­bours foot­steps and whose “mod­ern fam­ily” in­cludes eight half-sib­lings from three moth­ers and two fa­thers.

The party then ad­journed to Niko’s Tav­erna for a meal, be­fore set­tling at beach­side Scor­pios for danc­ing un­der the stars. At Niko’s “one of the wait­ers dropped a tray of glasses,” says Olympia. “In Greece, smash­ing some­thing is good luck so we were all like,‘ Yes!’ ”

“They are ob­vi­ously still madly in love” —Olympia Valance

Doin’ the Ea­gle Rock? Ross and Ta­nia cel­e­brate their mile­stone.

Olympia (left) with Jenna Rosenow in Neigh­bours in 2014.

Olympia signs the reg­is­ter.

Wil­son fronting Mondo Rock at the Count­down Spec­tac­u­lar in Mel­bourne in 2006.

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