“We had a romantic rustic theme with a pale pink & cream colour scheme.”
Your Names: John & Anna Hayward
Length of engagement: 2 years
Wedding Date: 2019-09-10
Wedding location: Vasilias Nikoklis Inn, Cyprus
How did you meet and get engaged?
We met through our personal trainer (Ninja Warrior – Jonny Urszuly) at the gym. We got engaged in May 2017 on a weekend away to Edinburgh. John surprised me with a romantic storybook of our journey so far & the ring (which he designed himself at a local jeweller) in our hotel room. We were staying at Twelve Picardy Place.
Describe your wedding:
We had a romantic rustic theme with a pale pink & cream colour scheme. Pale pink lace runners on top of cream table cloths, scattered with wooden hearts & centrepieces of large pale pink roses & cream peonies with gypsophila & green leaves on top of a wooden log. Wooden hearts hung above us and were lit up by tiny fairy lights at night.
Tell us about your bridal look :
Simple natural makeup, natural golds & bronzes on the eyes. Hair swept back into a low bun with an Ivory & Co headband & cathedral length veil.
My dress was a custom made gown by Ivory & Co and my veil was by Nieve Couture all from Bridal Barn Boutique in Lathom, Lancashire.
What did your bridesmaids wear?
Pale pink, floor-length dresses with beaded hair vines.
What was your ceremony like?
A civil ceremony underneath the grapevines on the terrace. My Dad gave me away & my brother read a poem. We had 62 guests, 51 of whom had travelled far & wide to be there (the furthest came from Mexico!)
Tell us about your wedding venue:
Vasilias Nikoklis Inn is a beautiful & rustic venue, set in the Paphos countryside away from the city nestled in a breathtaking valley. Vasilias is a secluded, private venue making our wedding day even more special. A beautiful place, over 100 years old. They have 8 beautiful bedrooms for the bride & groom & their guests to stay in. I got ready at the venue with my bridesmaids & mother of the groom the morning of the wedding. Some guests stayed at the venue the night of the wedding & we had breakfast together the next morning.
What is your favourite memory from your wedding day?
When the photographer took the two of us off to take some photographs. It was the only time we got alone the whole day. It was nice to catch up with each other & relax a little.
Have you got any advice for other couples?
Do not try to please everyone. It’s one day when the only thing that matters is your happiness. Those that mean the most to you will be there no matter what. Don’t stress about the little things, everything will fall into place. The day goes so fast, try to take in every second. The day was everything I had hoped it would be & so much more.
Wedding venue: Vasilias Nikoklis Inn | Photographer: Photo7studio | Planner/coordinator: Christina Konstantinou | Musician: Dave Roberts | DJ: Mike Peers | Hair and Makeup: Exquisite Bridal Hair & Make up | Dress: Ivory & Co – Bridal Barn Boutique | Suits: Zara | Bridesmaids dresses: Online | Cake: Love Island Cakes | Jewellery: Wedding rings from Tati Jewellers in Paphos | Flowers: Aliki Flower Shop
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Kelly is a former wedding planner and a lover of anything pink. She believes that any bride can plan her own wedding, with a few tips and helpful tools.