Happy Tuesday everyone, and for those of you waiting for the children to go back...
Happy Friday everyone and yay for the weekend! How are you all and what have you got planned? My mum is coming up from Cornwall to visit this weekend which I am very excited about, she hasn’t seen Dexter since October so it will be great for her to see how much he has grown and developed! To end the week I have this gorgeous sunny destination wedding all the way from Cyprus. As we are in the deepest depths of cold and wet January I thought we could all do with seeing some sun and this wedding is full of sunshine! The lovely couple Andrew and Nicola decided on a gorgeous colour scheme of aqua and white which I think looks wonderful against the Cyprus backdrop! Thanks to Phil Smith Photography for the images.
Andrew and Nicola were married on 1st August 2014 at Vasilias Nikoklis Inn, Paphos, Cyprus. ‘Glorious sunshine and memories of our wedding with family and close friends all on holiday together. There were 40 guests in total and planning took 18 months from deciding to get married on our tenth year together. All in all if we were to put it all together not long at all, a few emails here and there, it was really easy, especially for me the groom with the occasional “yes love” in agreement.’
How they met
A blind date. Ten years.
Sat at the bar in Prague. I asked Nicola to marry me out the blue putting her in total shock. I repeated the question, she said yes, we kissed, and then celebrated with the barman who had instantly poured us all shots… We drank and laughed and danced for hours.
How did you allocate your budget
The wife did it all
How did you choose your photographer
We had seen his work on his website after a strong recommendation from a friend and it was stunning, very creative in how he capture’s the day. After reading all the excellent reviews from couples that had used him before we decided to arrange a meeting. Once we had spent five minutes with Phil we knew instantly he was the man for the job, extremely professional and personable in his work. Very open and knowledgeable with his advice and experience. His work is simply superb and elegant. We barely noticed he was there at the wedding taking photographs but we certainly noticed the quality and admire his finished work.
My dress was not designer but still beautiful, shoes and accessories were gifts from parents
The Suit and Bridesmaids
We did not have traditional suits for the groom; we opted for a casual aqua shirt and white shorts. The bridesmaids wore chiffon aqua dresses.
Theme or Colour Scheme
Our colour scheme was aqua and white which looked so bright and crisp in the Cypriot sunshine.
We had an artificial white posy for the bridesmaids; I had a beautiful hand crafted broach bouquet.
We had a gorgeous canopy over the dining area which we decorated with bunting and hanging lanterns which looked really pretty.
Guests enjoyed a mezze of starters, either traditional Cypriot lamb kleftico which fell off the bone or grilled sea bream and cheesecake for dessert.
We chose a plain sponge cake with aqua and white decoration.
We hired a DJ who played a playlist we compiled ourselves. We knew exactly what type of music we wanted and the DJ played it all night creating an amazing pool party atmosphere.
Buy or DIY your Stationery
Stationary was bought from various places.
Personal or Handmade Touches
We took our own decorations and gave these to the venue who dressed the place perfectly.
When my bride walked down the stairs which was the isle, I cried, she was so beautiful. The speeches were amazing (apart from mine as I was a bit shell shocked and forgot most of my speech) we had lots of laughter and tears. There was any amount of special moments over the two weeks in the sun with everyone involved in hilarity, festivities, and great memories. The kids loved the holiday and we loved the kids. What a hoot.
Advice to other couples
Don’t be afraid to get married abroad. There are amazing companies in places like Cyprus that do everything for you like our wedding planner did for us. It was a stress free process that I would highly recommend.
Be sure to take everything in on your wedding day as it is over in a flash. Take time to take each other away from everyone else just for five minutes and just sit together and watch. Take it all in. Look at all your friends and all your family enjoying themselves, you will love every minute of it. A good friend advised us to do that, best advice we ever had
We had 2 special surprises which were my best friend Jenna and Brother Brian turning up for the wedding as we thought they couldn’t make it. (That was the hardest secret I have ever had to keep for months but the best ever result seeing Nicola shake with excitement when they turned up!)
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