Christina, 32, an Assistant Headteacher & Paul Pearson, 31, a Joiner, married on the 31st July 2014 at Aphrodite Hills, Paphos, Cyprus

We met on a blind date and went to an Italian restaurant for a meal.  Afterwards, we met up with a few of my friends to go to a casino and partied the night away!  We have been together now for 6.5 years.

Paul proposed to me and although it was a surprise, I kind of had an inkling beforehand.  I had always wanted to go island hopping around Greece and so in the Summer of 2013, this is what we did.  We booked a 3 week trip and started off in Kefalonia – making our way through to Athens and then finishing in Cyprus so that Paul could meet my Cypriot family (as my father is from there).  One of the landmarks that I had always wanted to visit was the Acropolis and during our stop off in Athens, I was extremely excited to visit there.  Unfortunately, we arrived too late to closing time and were not let inside.

Very disappointed, we wandered around the grounds and found some steps which led to a hillside that looked over the whole of Athens.  We sat on a rock and Paul asked a man to take our photo.  Getting ready to pose, Paul suddenly got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  Little did I realise, that the man taking the photo was actually videoing the whole thing.  My engagement ring (picked out completely by Paul, with a little help from his sister Laura) was absolutely stunning.  It’s a large square ring with a big princess cut diamond in the centre and surrounding it are 4 baguette diamonds and 4 round cut diamonds in each corner.  He couldn’t have picked a nicer ring!! Where did you get Married? A Greek Orthodox ceremony in the chapel at Aphrodite Hills. On our visit to Cyprus after Paul proposed, my cousins recommended Aphrodite Hills, I had driven past it and seen the brochures and fell in love with it!  When we returned to England, my cousin Maria (who lives there) went to visit and took pictures of the different areas and met with the wedding coordinator.  It just looked magical and I liked the fact that there was a chapel on site near the reception venue as well as amazing villas that we could stay in whilst we were there.

Our First Dance was Snow Patrol – ‘Open your Eyes’ What was the best part of the day and why? We can’t pinpoint any particular part of the day that was our favourite because from start to finish, it was perfect.

My advice: I would definitely recommend getting married abroad. The top tip would be to be extremely organised – settle up bills before the big day, keep regular contact with all people involved which makes for a relaxing, stress free holiday/wedding when you arrive.

 

Photographer: Christine Constantine

Venue: Aphrodite Hills, Paphos

Videographer: Limelight Productions, UK