Real bride Louise tells us all about her stunning wedding abroad in Paphos, Cyprus…
How did David propose?
David’s proposal was not a typical one… he planned it with our little girl and got her to tie string around my finger. Then he said “shall we all go and get you your real one?” I thought he was joking! The thing is a few years into our relationship David asked me what I’d like for Christmas. I asked for a nice ring as I tend to lose other jewellery. He must of panicked and thought I was hinting for an engagement ring. He bought me the dullest ugliest ring you could imagine (how ungrateful do I sound!) It made my finger look like a sausage! I owned up and told him I wasn’t keen and exchanged it. I think after this he was too scared to pick my engagement ring himself!
What dress did you wear?
I wore an Opulence dress called Devon. The most lovely lady Gwenne, from gwenne.co.uk, helped me find the “one”. I knew it was the one as it brought a tear to my eye!
And the accessories?
The dress had a lot of detail so I only wore pearl earrings from Warren James. I also wore flowers in my hair from Pure House in Cannock. My shoes were from Lispy, with lots of sparkle and a killer heel. I didn’t have a bag as it was the one day I didn’t want to carry one!
What did David wear?
David, the best man and usher wore suits from Next. David’s mum made the ties and our son Bradley’s page boy outfit! David didn’t spend much time looking for suits. He went into Next, tried about 3 suits on and came out. Typical man! He didn’t want a Waistcoat because of the heat.
How did you feel when you saw him up the aisle?
I felt on cloud nine! I thought I’d be nervous but I was too happy. Also my lovley bridedmaids had provided me with a few glasses of wine while we were getting ready and that might have settled the nerves a bit…
Who were your bridesmaids and what did they wear?
Initially I found the bridemaids dress hunt stressful. My bridesmaids live up and down the country so getting them together at the same time was not easy. I had quite a clear image in my head of what I wanted and opted to look online. The bridemaids dresses were from Asos. They have a great range and do petite and tall so it worked really well. My daughter Olivia’s dress was from Bhs.
What was your theme?
We wanted a small intimate wedding abroad, so wanted our theme to suit that. We also wanted a bit of tradition still and the chapel at Elysium ticked all the boxes. I didn’t want bold colours for the bridemaids dresses and think that ivory (my dress) and peach complement each other well. I found Pinterest and Instagram great for brainstorming.
What was the highlight of your day?
The highlight was saying the vows and being pronounced man and wife. I will never forget it. Our son Bradley running a toy car across David’s head during this will be a fond memory!
What was your best buy?
I’d say the best buy was the bridemaids dresses. Having the range in different lengths made them great value for money. I was worried about buying from the high street but they fit really well.
What’s your saving tip?
Everyone has a budget. Have the thing that you can’t be without and mix it up with some budget buys. You don’t have to spend a fortune to feel amazing and have a great day. For us the venue and hotel was important as we knew that’s where our honeymoon would be too. We wanted luxury and were not disappointed!
Date: 20th June 2016
Venue: Elysium Hotel in Paphos
Photographer: Costas kiryakides
Louise’s dress: Opulence Bridal
David’s attire: Next
Bridesmaid dresses: Asos
Flowergirl & pageboy outfits: Bhs & custom made
Jewellery: Warren James