5 STAR LUXURY HOTEL WEDDING IN SUNNY CYPRUS – LAUREN AND ROSS
I travelled all the way to Cyprus to shoot Ross & Lauren's big day. They got married at the fabulous 5 star King Evelthon Hotel in Paphos, with their closest friends & family in tow. King Evelthon Beach Hotel is directly located on the beachfront of Chlorakas bay, in fabulous well cared for, landscaped gardens of 100,000 square meters. The hotel also has its own Water park, a kids club and several a la carte restaurants. It was one of the most fun weddings I’ve shot, especially as I got a holiday in Cyprus at the same time, with my husband, who cam along on the day to help me out. The hot Cypriot sun shone all day long & fun was had by all!
The Groom spent the morning in the hotel swimming pool. I had to ask him to swim up to me for photos. I did joke that I have never had a swim-up groom before. Meanwhile the bride got pampered in the hotel salon, getting her hair and make up done. Lauren says 'the hair and make up team also did a brilliant job on myself and our other guests'; everyone looked stunning. Lauren had her nails done prior to leaving England by the talented Holly Nevin.
The ceremony was an intimate affair under a gazebo, directly overlooking the sea. It was the perfect spot. During the ceremony Lauren & Ross read their vows to each other in a beautiful and personal service. They then cut their cake and we did the family photos in the beautiful surroundings. Lauren says 'Our chosen wedding venue at the King Evelthon was perfect. Nicely decorated and personal with a lovely backdrop for photographs. Our ceremony was very informal. Anita even had to chase off some dudes in Speedos who kept trying to intrude'.
The guests went into an air conditioned room for a cocktail immediately after the wedding. As a surprise Lauren & Ross had laid on a Red Tour Bus to take all the guests on a Champagne tour of Paphos. This was great fun. Perhaps the MOST fun I have ever had at a wedding, even though I had to take my life in my hands on the speeding bus to get photos of the guests enjoying the ride. The Bus blasted out party music and honked at cars, other buses and people in the street bars as we passed. Lauren says 'The Wedding Bus Cyprus was an amazing tour of Paphos. Everyone loved it and had so much fun. Everyone was waving we felt like royalty. Our favourite part of the day was definitely the bus everyone singing and dancing away with Champagne, Beers and Wine. It was such a laugh. This also helps cool everyone down but does ruin your hair'. Embarrassingly, for me, at one point my dress blew up and exposed my pants to Lauren, who found this absolutely hilarious! It also happened to a few of the other female guests too!
The reception was in the pool bar restaurant at the Hotel. Lauren says 'The reception was great. The area was decorated exactly how we wanted, with everything in the perfect place. We chose a BBQ buffet which everyone enjoyed with almost too much choice of food and deserts'.
During the heartfelt speeches, the DJ had a few slip ups with the microphone, but this added to the fun but the problems were soon rectified. The DJ even had a dance with the Bride & Groom at the end of the night. During the couples first dance, the guests 'sparkled' around the edge of the dance floor. The Bride & Groom then did a Sparkler tunnel. I stuck around after this to have a drink with the couple, but couldn't resist keeping my camera with me as I knew that the couple were planning to make a splash at the very end of the night by jumping into the pool in their wedding clothes. The Groom gave me the nod when he slipped in, so I could take photos of everyone else scrambling to get in. Unfortunately, the hotel manager came and told everyone to get out. However, he did shake the brides dad's hand and have a laugh and joke with everyone as they got out. I had a very wet & soggy cuddle from the bride & groom when we left for the evening after the party ended. They were all going on a boat trip the next day, and I expected there may be some sore heads from the party antics of the evening, including most of the guests laying on the floor and being fed shot out of a bottle directly into the mouth!
Venue: https://www.tsokkos.com/hotel/King-Evelthon-Beach-Hotel-and-Resort/ Lauren wants to give a big shout out to Anita, their wedding coordinator at King Evelthon who she says 'was amazing and organised everything from decor to having my dress cleaned after the wedding day. And was an amazing help in keeping everyone calm, organised and collected on the day and most importantly on time'. I would also like to second that - she made my job so easy!
Dress: https://www.wed2b.co.uk/locations/south-yorkshire/yorkshire/wedding-dresses-rotherham As you can see Lauren looked stunning. She actually lost an amazing 4 stone, at her local slimming world group prior to the wedding allowing her to wear her perfect dress.
Bridesmaid Dresses: https://www.boohoo.com/womens/dresses/bridesmaids Lauren says the Bridesmaid dresses were only £18 each!
Bridal headpiece: https://www.facebook.com/flutterbybridalboutique/
If you are planning a wedding over seas, contact me because if it is somewhere I want to visit, I could plan a little holiday there and sacrifice one day of my hols to shoot your wedding, meaning I can offer you a bespoke package on your destination wedding photography.
Here is a little selection of images from Ross & Lauren's amazing day.