Nikki, 39, & Ray, 42, Russell married at the Olympic Lagoon Resort in Ayia Napa on the 15th May 2015.

We had been talking via an online dating site and met in a local pub in 2011. Our first date was on 11/11/11, Ray took me out for dinner and drinks. We then went on a second date the next evening and again on the Sunday.. we were virtually inseparable after that.
My dress was Sophia Tillia Jillian. I tried on about 20 dresses in total. I had already bought a dress however I couldn’t get my mind [off] the Sophia Tolli [dress] and ended up selling the Benjamin Adams dress and buying the Jillian dress. As soon as I put it on I knew it was the one. It was a stunning dress of lace and tulle with scattered appliqué and a thin diamanté belt. It was whimsical and just stunning!

We booked the wedding direct with the hotel in 2012, so 2 and a half years in advance. The hotel wedding planner we dealt with, Sally, couldn’t be nicer. She was amazing, helpful from start to finish.

The hotel had a few choices of [venues], but we decided to have the ceremony in the Olympian Gardens. When we first got to the hotel and saw the Gardens, I cried and even Ray found it emotional. It’s truly beautiful and just has a magical feeling you cannot describe. Following the ceremony we went to the Cinnamon Bar for our cocktail reception & cake cutting to take advantage of the air con. We then returned to the Olympian Gardens for our speeches, buffet and party.

The absolute worst part of planning was trying to find the Bridesmaid’s dresses. I had a specific shade in mind and trying to find something, in a price range that suited both bridesmaids was hard work. It was such a relief once one of my bridesmaids came across the Boden dresses. A real Hallelujah moment!

My Advice: Take time to stand back and watch everything at the reception. The day goes so quick that the next day you regret not taking more notice of everything. Also don’t stress about the small things like every shade matching as it’s just not noticed on the day!

Photographer: The Hacks Photography
Venue: Olympic Lagoon Nissi Bay, Ayia Napa
Bride’s Dress: Sophia Tolli Jillian
Groom’s Suit: Next UK
Flowers: Silk Blooms UK
Wedding Rings: Beaverbrooks UK & Ernest Jones
Transport: Bridal Bug Cyprus