Gina, 25, and Alex, 28, married at the Agios Raphael Church followed by their Reception and the Anassa Hotel, Paphos.
We met around 11 years ago on social media – Myspace (cringey we know!), I, at the time was 14 (Gina) whilst Alex was 17. We remained good friends throughout the duration.
5 years ago – on the 08th December, Alex asked me on our first date and one thing lead to another from there.
We have been a couple for almost 5 years.
Alex surprised me with a trip to New York for our 2nd year anniversary, as this was the norm for us – going away for our anniversaries, therefore nothing seemed out of place. We arrived 2 days before our anniversary date. On the day (24th April 2016) we were being absolute tourists exploring the incredible wonders of New York, when we headed up to the top of The Rockefeller Building (The Rock). Where I was with my selfie stick taking pictures of anything and everything, when I turned around and saw Alex bent down on 1 knee. I froze for a minute or so before bursting into tears and accepting the proposal.
We are incredibly lucky as a couple witnessed what was going on before I turned around and had actually videoed the proposal.
My engagement ring is everything I wanted and much much MORE. The shape of my beautiful ring is marquise which is protected by a halo around, with an infinity band. Alex designed my ring and had this made especially for me
I am extremely lucky as my dress was made for me bespoke by my auntie, it was made to measure & it is the only one in the world that exists. My dress was nothing short of a dream and I love how special it will always be to me and the memories that came along with the creation of it. I decided on a low-cut, mermaid/fishtail style dress in pure ivory silk and a beaded, floral lace.
As my dress was just a dream I didn’t feel as though I needed much accessory wise, it honestly speaks for itself. I wore my engagement ring, bracelet my mum bought me which incorporated the infinity sign so matched my ring and wedding band well, a pair of drop earrings and a hair vine.
Our Maid of Honour wore a stunning gold/champagne sequin maxi dress, and our girls were all in a multiway sequin maxi dress. Our god-daughter who was our flower girl wore an ivory sheer illusion beaded dress.
Our Ushers wore a light grey suit, with a dusty rose colour bow tie & grey braces.
Our godsons were our page boys they wore grey chino shorts, a white shirt with the same dusty rose bow tie & grey braces.
As we chose the Anassa hotel for our wedding reception, we wanted something that was equally as stunning for us to become husband and wife. Agios Raphael was a little further out than the other churches we had seen but it was everything we [had] wished for and we definitely did not want anything less than perfect.
For our flowers, we decided on light, pastel colours of pink and white smothered in olive leaves
The Anassa is a natural beauty in itself, it honestly does not need much in terms of decoration. The stunning backdrop of the chapel speaks volumes and certainly takes your breath away.
Other than our floral table centre pieces, floral heart created against the backdrop of the chapel, candles, lanterns and photo frames, we let the beauty speak for itself.
We decided on going for a mixture of high and low floral centre pieces to add some definition and character to our space, along with candles scattered around the table to add that element of romance.
We decided to offer personalised candles to our guests, with our names and date of our wedding. We love candles, so we wanted to incorporate something that we love.
We were chauffeured in a beautiful cream 1960’s convertible Beauford, where I was first picked up at my villa with my dad, which we were taken to the Church. Once the ceremony had ended Alex and I were chauffeured back to the Anassa.
We booked to see many venues on a trip to Cyprus once we decided this was the place we wanted to tie our hearts & lives together. The Anassa was the 1st venue I came across when researching online (I fell in love with it from the outset) however, we said we would keep an open mind until going to view the venues in person.
On arrival I can simply say the venue was nothing less than a dream, it completely took our breathes away and stole our hearts at the very first moment.
We opted for a buffet which was beautiful, it certainly catered for everyone and there were lots of it, as well as plenty of choice. I have received nothing but compliments from all our guests on the food. On our special day unfortunately, we did not get to eat much which is a shame, the adrenaline and excitement got the better of us!
The resident Anassa Band were the band we chose, we love love love live Greek music. For our after party we had a DJ so we actually had the best of both worlds.
Everything on our magical day was incredible and perfect, there are no words that can describe the love you share and the love you have for the day of your wedding. To see what you have planned and have created over the duration of 1 year & 9 months come to life before your very eyes is truly the very best experience I have ever had. I can honestly say there isn’t 1 single part of the day that I would say won our hearts over as the entire day from start to end was simply magical.
Organising a wedding especially abroad can be stressful, as a bride you always overthink things, as you want everything to be the best of the best. I can honestly say we encountered 0 problems during the planning stages.
My advice: Enjoy the day and soak up as much as possible, take every single moment in as it flies by incredibly fast.
We went on a mini-moon to Santorini for 4 days. We though as we were getting married in Cyprus we could extend our honeymoon as we want to go somewhere tropical at the start of the new year which is of course the best time to go.
Alex surprised me with the trip to Santorini as he knew how much I wanted to go for years on my 25th birthday a month prior to getting married.
Venue: Anassa Hotel, Paphos
Videographer: Oscar Studio Productions
Bride’s Dress & Veil: Bride’s Aunt (Paula Procopi)
Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss
Flowers: Strelitzia Flower & Designs
Decorations: Strelitzia Flower & Designs
Hair: Tips & Toes Cyprus
Makeup: Natasa Yenakritou
Table Plan: Richie Roo Designs