Despo and Jason met as they both organise charity events in North and South London. They used to invite each other to their events but were never able to attend and meet. Finally after a year and a half Despo took the bull by the horns and called Jason on a personal note. They got chatting not knowing what the other looked like and finally arranged to meet at an event and the rest, as they say is history! They decided to get married on the island of love Cyprus at St. Nicolas’ Church followed by a reception at St. Raphael’s Hotel. Here they share their special day with you.

The dress: I came across the wedding dress I wanted in a wedding dress magazine and found that it was from the Sincerity collection (Jason also looked through the same magazine and said it was his favourite dress without realizing it was the one I had chosen!). I contacted Sincerity and they put me in touch with Brides by Losners in Stamford Hill (www.losners.co.uk). It was the first dress I tried on and knew straight away it was the one for me. The dress is a full A-line strapless white satin gown with beaded crystals sewn in the bodice and trim with a chapel train.

The Accessories: The tiara, gloves and veil were bought at Brides by Losners as they matched the wedding dress.
The shoes were bought from the wedding department in House of Fraser and the jewellery was bought from Swarovski.

The Suit: Bought from the Tux ‘n’ Tails section in Brides by Losners. It was ivory with a lilac waistcoat and cravat and finished off with lilac cufflinks and tie pin.

Bridesmaids/Flower Girl/ Pageboys/Ushers: We had four grown up bridesmaids and one flower girl who all wore long lilac dresses purchased from BHS. The tiaras and shoes were also purchased from BHS. The girls’ earrings and necklaces worn by all the girls were purchased from Ernest Jones. We also had four ushers and one page boy who all wore black suits with lilac waistcoats and cravats . They also wore lilac cufflinks and tie pins and silver pockets watches.

The Big Day: Jason and I decided to suits with lilac waistcoats and cravats. They have a traditional Greek Cypriot wedding and started our day with the changing of the bride and groom to traditional Cypriot songs and violins. Jason changed at his godmother’s house as unfortunately his parents are no longer with us and I changed at St. Raphael’s hotel in a room they had specially arranged for me. At the church we walked down the aisle together with the sounds of a live Byzantium choir.
After the church ceremony we made our way to St.Raphael’s where our guests greeted us in the gardens of the hotel. We had our reception in the gardens where we cut our cake and our guests enjoyed the canapés and the selection of drinks available. We then made our way in the octagonal hall which had stunning panoramic views all round, and enjoyed a buffet dinner. We decided to dance the ‘money dance’ with the violinist playing which is not common anymore in Cyprus and which many of our guests though Cypriot had not experienced before (it appears that this is a tradition that British Cypriots have kept) and which they all thoroughly enjoyed. The remainder of the evening was spent on the dance floor. It was the little things that Jason and I had decided together that we felt made the day special…the choir singing as we were walking down the aisle together, the teddy bear that the flower girl was holding, the decorated bird cage which held the cards we were given, the wedding favors which were really quite unique…but ultimately it was that as well as all our family and friends from Cyprus being at our wedding our 90 guests who flew especially to Cyprus to join us on our special day.

The flowers: We chose lilac roses throughout from the bouquet ,the buttonholes, the flowers held by the bridesmaids to the table decorations.For the reception we decided not to decorate the tables outside as the gardens and the view were stunning. We decided only to decorate the venue inside where our guests were to have dinner with flowers on the tables. Our table decorations consisted of lilac roses, white anthuriums,and three bamboo stems (apparently it is good luck to have an odd number of stems in the arrangement!)

The favours: We decided on silver salt and pepper shakers in the shape of pears which were affectionately known as ‘The Perfect Pear’.

Bride & Grooms Top Tips: Keep to your budget as it is easy to let money issues spiral out of control, shop around to find the best deals – the internet is a great resource, plan ahead and if your hotel provides a wedding coordinator like     St.Raphael’s do trust them….our wedding coordinator was fantastic!Enjoy the day and the food as the day flies by and you are too busy worrying about everyone else.

Special Touches: Jason: Seeing Despina in her dress for the first time and realizing it was the one best I liked in the wedding a great magazine. Also when the priest announced that we were married and we shared our first kiss as a married couple.stunning and very unique Despina: Seeing Jason waiting for me at the church with my bouquet was beautiful.He looked really anxious and taking our first steps together in the church as a couple, was exciting.

The Photos: Adam from Photography By Adam took our photos. We were thrilled with our pictures. We asked Adam who is based in Palmers Green to fly over to Cyprus and take our photos and thankfully he said yes. We have a wedding album that captures our special day beautifully.

Bride’s beauty/make-up tip: When you get married in a hot country especially during one of the hottest months of the year your make-up does not last as long especially if you sweat a little, therefore pop into one of the beauty salons or make-up departments in the large stores and ask for a serum which you put on underneath your make-up which prevents you from sweating and means your make-up lasts all day – it really does work. I have yet to find it in the UK so shop around (definitely available in Cyprus). Make sure to test it before the big day though in case you are allergic.

The Honeymoon: We initially spent four nights in Paphos and then went on a four day cruise to Rhodes. Our main honeymoon was later on in the year when we spent three days in Singapore, from there joined the Sapphire Princess cruise liner and visited Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, our cruise then took us to Australia where we visited Darwin, the Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane and final stop was Sydney. We toured Sydney and then flew to Alice Springs and from there took a coach to Uluru (Ayers Rock) toured part of central Australia before heading back home.

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Many thanks to Photography By Adam for providing the photos. All image rights remain the property of Photography By Adam.

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