Jade, 26 year old Dance Teacher, and Ashley, 24 Mortage Processor, married at the Nissi Beach Hotel, Ayia Napa on the 4th June 2014.
We married on our five year anniversary after meeting in a nightclub.
Ashley proposed to me on my 25th birthday at a restaurant on the beach in Egypt. He’d pretended that he hadn’t bought me a card or didn’t think to plan anything special so I was in a mood with him! We’d just finished our meal and the waiter came over with the ring on a plate with flowers all around it.
As people were already paying for their holiday to Cyprus for the wedding I didn’t want them to spend money on my hen so I planned a Pole Dance Party for my friends and family. I also had another hen [party] on Nissi Beach in Cyprus.
My dress was exactly what I didn’t plan to have! I originally wanted something plain but when I tried this type on it just didn’t feel right. The dress that I chose was made by Art Couture. It had a very tight detailed corset-style top with lace, beads and pearls with a gold tinge and a large netted fishtail bottom with a long train. It was double the amount that I budgeted for but I just had to have it!
As my dress was so detailed I thought lots of accessories would spoil it so I didn’t even try on a veil! I wore a few pearls placed in my vintage hairstyle, my Grandma’s bracelet and some pearl earrings. I had nude shoes covered in Gold spikes and Crystals by Kurt Geiger. You couldn’t see my shoes so I decided to have something a bit funky!
I borrowed my Mother-in-Law’s hair pearls that she wore for her wedding and I wore a blue garter. My ‘something new’ was my earrings and my late Grandma’s bracelet was my ‘something old’.
Finding bridesmaids dresses was the hardest part! I had two bridesmaids who are my best friends and they are both in their mid-twenties so it was hard to find something that was modern, mature, the correct colour and not too heavy so they would be comfortable in the heat. I originally bought nude colour dresses which I then decided would look to washed out on pictures as everything else was white with a hint of gold. I couldn’t return the dresses so unfortunately lost my money on those. We decided on Navy Blue Grecian style dresses from Miss Selfridge which were very light to wear. Instead of flowers, they carried white parasols and wore white matching shoes with a chunky gold cuff to modernise it. They also wore pearls in their hair to match me.
We originally wanted to get married on the beach but after researching it we didn’t like how anyone could watch you and that there could be people sunbathing topless on your photos and video! We looked into hiring out a private beach but it was far too expensive. We really wanted to get married somewhere exotic like Thailand but we didn’t want our families to spend too much money on their holiday. Someone recommended Nissi Beach hotel to me and at first I wasn’t keen on getting married in a hotel but when I looked online I just loved how naturally beautiful, casual and private it was and it was only a couple of metres away from the beach!
We had white gerbera daisys. My bouquet was thin and long wrapped in white lace and pearls to match my dress. We thought daisies were different as most people have roses.
The reception area was decorated with white drapes, petals, pearl hearts and candles. With the amazing scenery we didn’t really need to do anything to make it look beautiful.
We had fans placed on every chair in the ceremony venue and then small scrolls with a poem on in the reception venue which barely anyone noticed! We took everyone on a surprise two hour open bar boat party as our main favour. As people had spent so much money to attend our wedding we really wanted to do something special for them. Everyone loved it!
I think the best part of the day was the boat party as it gave everyone a chance to get to know eachother better and it was very relaxed and lots of fun. People were taking their clothes off and jumping in the sea! As our boat was late getting back in we had missed the sunset (we had paid to have sunset pictures) so our lovely photographers said we could do them a few days after which I was happy about as after a good few drinks on the boat I wasn’t looking the freshest! It was nice to get dressed up again and the sunset was a lot better than on our wedding day, the photos were beautiful.
My advice: Save around £2000 more than you plan to. You somehow manage to go over-budget without even realising along the way!
Photographer: The Hacks Photography
Entertainment: DJ Lee