Oliver & Darya married in North Cyprus
With families in Britain and Kazakhstan and an engagement in Bangkok, the wedding of Oliver and Darya Slevin was always going to have an international flavour, and in North Cyprus they found the dream location for their perfect day.
Oliver and Darya Slevin, from Scotland married on 16th September 2011.
The ceremony took place under the ancient, dramatic arches of Bellapais Abbey, overlooked by mountains and with views of the Mediterranean in the background. The wedding party then moved on to Merit Crystal Cove Hotel for a luxurious reception, with the sea creating a soundtrack of gentle waves as the sun set.
The big day
Having the wedding in North Cyprus meant there were no long haul flights or visa complications to worry about, so Oliver and Darya were able to share their big day with all their loved ones from the UK and Kazakhstan. They used local wedding planners Angelic Events to coordinate all paperwork and bookings, and to source trusted local suppliers for personalised touches like food, hair and cakes.
Darya wore a beautiful, traditional white dress from San Patrick, complimented by a bouquet of crisp white roses. After the ceremony Darya changed into a new outfit for the evening, allowing her to stay cool and comfortable in the Cyprus sun, but keep the beauty and grandeur of a traditional wedding for the photographs.
The food added a local flavour to the reception as guests were treated to a feast of meze, roasted veal and delicious Turkish desserts.
“My favourite moment was walking through the arch towards my husband with a backdrop of hundreds of people, though not just guests but tourists too,” says Darya, “They were very respectful and all clapped my entrance, which made for great atmosphere and a stunning scene.”
Having the wedding in such an ideal tourist destination allowed the couple to spend two weeks in the sun with their friends and family. Oliver and Darya had then planned a delayed honeymoon the year after the wedding, but within a month the couple were delighted to find out Darya was expecting their first baby.
“If you are going to get married abroad it definitely helps to have someone local to sort out the paperwork, especially instances where people need to attend – without a wedding planner based in North Cyprus it wouldn’t have been achievable,” says Darya.
“Also,” adds Oliver, “Three-piece suit and tie in September is not necessarily a good idea. While I think it looked great, the beads of sweat down the forehead, not so much!”
Oliver and Darya’s wedding was organised by Angelic Events, who specialise in arranging personalised events in unique and eye-catching venues in North Cyprus – a destination perfect for luxury weddings at much more affordable prices than the UK or elsewhere in the euro zone.
For more details go to www.angelic-events.com