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January/February 2013

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ne Weddings cities, and one joint venture later, the couple was engaged���and then came that big fancy (Greek) wedding. ���M&M��� Of planning the couple���s wedding, Lekkakos says, ���I kept saying I wanted things to look dramatic, and Marc would say he saw dollar signs.��� It was rumored that the bride���s desire for drama include a yacht, which was said to have transported the couple between their Greek Orthodox ceremony and their lavish reception (attended by former Miss USA Shandi Finnessey and Congressman Steven Lynch, among other A-listers) at the Boston Harbor Hotel. No yacht, it turns out, but there was plenty of sophistication. The couple worked closely with their vendors (including Andrianna���s of Exeter, NH���who was ���there every step of the way,��� raves Lekkakos) so that every detail of their August 2012 wedding, down to each guest���s place setting, had a touch of ���M&M.��� ���It was about cultivating this taste of happiness, this extension of our everyday style: luxurious, contemporary, modern. I viewed the wedding planning the same way I���d view planning a business,��� Lekkakos says. The couple cite their rock-solid foundation as the core of their partnership. ���There was a moment of realization at the reception [when we thought], ���We���re together, we���re one,������ says Harris. ���You could feel the love and support in the room. It was very powerful.��� Lekkakos nods, adding, ���It gave me a high to see everyone so happy���that we got to see everyone just have the time of their lives. I���ll have those memories forever. The material stuff just doesn���t matter.��� On Working Apart ���I don���t want to [run my business like] Salon Marc Harris,��� Lekkakos says. ���And he doesn���t want to [run his business like] M. Lekkakos Salon & Spa. But we think of how we can make each other���s individual brands stronger; we give each other advice. It works for us.��� United Front: Harris and Lekkakos exchanged vows in a traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony on August 18, 2012. That also means a different approach to management. Harris has an operational team to help with his staff of 100; his role, he says, is to massage the relationship between team members������the gray area,��� he calls it. He also spends up to three days a week behind his chair, providing the sleek signature styles for which his salons are known. ���I love the art of cutting hair. I love fashion. I love style. I���m a passionate person,��� he says. Lekkakos, on the other hand, is fully engaged in managing her staff of 12���no easy task, says Harris, who spent his own time in the trenches while building his empire. ���She wears a lot of hats,��� he says, ���so she���s driven, she���s task-oriented, and she has success in mind.��� Lekkakos admits to 108 January/February 2013 NSJanFeb13_ Lekkakos.indd 108 11/19/12 3:07 PM

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