Heather, 25, married Neil, 35, at The Elysium, Paphos on the 25th September 2013

We met over 3 years ago at a Christening. A week or so later we went on our first date to Cambridge where we met for coffee and went punting! The date went well and we decided to have dinner too! 3 months later we moved in together. Another 3 months later and we bought our first house together. 6 months after that and after our first Christmas in our new home we were engaged and then spent the next 18 months planning the wedding!

Neil proposed to me in what can only be described as a very ‘individual’ way at our home in late January 2012. We were due to go out for dinner with my family as my dad was
visiting from Australia. Of course I had nothing to wear for the evening so instead of arriving home at 6pm as usual I went shopping, not knowing at the time that Neil had booked the afternoon off work and was waiting for me at home!

Consequently by the time I walked through the door we only had an hour until we were due to be going out, so the proposal and the joyous screams of my sister 20 minutes later was a bit of a whirlwind.


A lace A-line dress with sleeves and a satin bow around the waist, with jewelled pieces scattered all over the dress. (Maggie Sottero)

My dress was quite busy so I went quite simple on my jewellery. A small pearl bracelet and pearl drop earnings. I also wore a vintage inspired head piece which was my favourite thing of all!

Neil wore a dinner suit with an ivory bowtie. He also wore a useful gift from his auntie and uncle called a ‘Shirt Companion’ which not only ensured his shirt stayed taught and tucked in but also provided great comedy for all of us!

We loved Cyprus anyway and we had heard the Elysium Hotel had a good reputation. Also it looked to be one of the best chapels on site at a hotel – I agree it was

Our Cake was a 4 tier ivory cake with small pearl and bow details with sage ribbon.

The best part of the day for me was just before I walked down the aisle, adrenaline and emotions [were] pumping.

My advice: Be prepared that something will go wrong! Planning a wedding is stressful no matter how well you plan it something will go wrong, however it doesn’t mean it’s all a disaster! Even though we did have a few hiccups it was still a perfect day.


Photographer: Belle Momenti Photography, UK

Venue: Elysium Hotel, Paphos