Maha, 34, and Sayed Abou Diwan, 36, married at the Columbia Beach Resort Hotel in Pissouri, Limassol on the 14th September 2014.

We met in July 2012 over a photo the bride posted on Instagram, of a Lemonade Jar she made… “once upon a Lemonade” is our ceremony theme. We had our first date in person November 15th, 2012 and have been a couple since. Sayed flew in from Dubai to Cyprus for our first date!

My dress was a Lilianne West designer dress , sweetheart neckline, with some pearls and from the waist down A-line full lace long train – such a romantic dress. I wore a rhinestone head piece around my forehead with two white leaves on the side, it was an exclusive design just for me.

We said ‘I do’ on the terrace of Colombia Beach resort at sunset. We chose it as it defines romance, love and peace for us; its simply beautiful.

In conclusion, our wedding was in 3 venues at Colombia Beach Resort, it started at the outside Terrace at sunset ceremony and reception, then dinner by the beach lawn, and after 12 we had booked the ball room for afterparty, and a photobooth.

The reception terrace had mint turquoise lace bows tied on every second chair, all chairs were white. Two white cages of flowers on the ceremony table, with the ring pillow and tray.

We offered white flipflops for the ladies, each pair tied in a mint turquoise bow, each plate had a beautiful box with a starfish on it and a Thank you note, which had a small shot glass that said: “Take a shot, We Tied the Knot” Maha & Sayed 14.09.14 , also an organza bag with 3 traditional koufetes chocolates, and Hershey’s kisses chocolates personalised with a note on them. Also at the Photobooth each guest got to keep a photo they took alone or with us, as many as they wanted.

The best part of the day was when I entered the Ceremony with my dad on my side, at sunset, and my groom was in tears and saw all the faces of people that I love and mark a special phase in my life. Also the Groom, had a small speech written that he read out to the bride, was very romantic.

My advice: I learnt that small weddings with very close friends and family are the best and  do not go past like a flash light like most brides said, I enjoyed every moment of it, and since we had booked 3 different venue’s at the resort, it felt like a full day full of surprises for me and the guests. Also your personal touches, they are so obvious at the wedding, and very appreciated. I chose and designed every detail in my wedding.

Photographer: Christalla Kyriacou

Venue: Columbia Beach Resort, Limassol

Videographer: Sasha Aleksandar

Bridesmaid Dresses: Massimo Dutti

Accessories: Belles by Raquel (Lebanese Head Piece Maker in Dubai)

Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Groom’s Suit: 800 Suits, Dubai

Makeup: Eliana Mandrides/ Kohl Studio

Hairdresser: Marios Neophytou

DJ: Petros Petrou

Wedding Planner: My Special Events