After an eight year engagement, Chelise and Ian finally said their ‘I dos’ at a dreamy destination wedding in Cyprus – bringing all their friends and family along with them for the celebration!
Chelise and Ian’s Destination Real Wedding
After falling in love with the island when they took their three children there on their first holiday, Chelise and Ian decided that Cyprus would be the place where they would tie the knot.
The proposal came five years into their relationship when Ian popped the question during a family Christmas with their two boys.
After the opening of the presents, Ian beckoned Chelise to look up at the chandelier. When she did, she clocked a little box hidden there that contained her stunning engagement ring!
Eight years on (and one daughter later!), Chelise and Ian were ready to tie the knot and thought that it was perfect that their three children would get to witness their marriage.
They jetted off to the luxurious five star Olympic Lagoon Hotel in Cyprus for their wedding, where they were joined by 60 of their close friends and family.
They had a full week of relaxation in the sun pre-wedding, followed by a week after the big day so they could continue the celebrations with their wonderful wedding party.
The whole wedding felt like the best holiday they’d ever had and everyone had the time of their lives!
Chelise’s Stunning Backless Wedding Dress
Chelise initially struggled with choosing a dress as she wasn’t sure which style to go for.
After trying on around 10 dresses, Chelise eventually spotted ‘the one’ at a wedding show in Birmingham – it was a Love Marley silk wedding dress which boasted a stunning low back with plenty of detail and applique.
Chelise bought the dress from The Dressing Rooms in Birmingham and felt that it was perfect for the location of the wedding – plus it got the seal of approval from her friends too!
However, even in the run up to the wedding Chelise still had tiny doubts about the dress and whether it was right for her, but as soon as she teamed it with her cathedral length veil she immediately fell in love with it again.
The veil in question was given a glamorous makeover by Chelise’s mum, who sewed individual pearls all over so that it would catch the sun and twinkle as she moved.
Chelise also teamed her dress with a stunning boho inspired headpiece made of pearls and diamantes.
As for the bridesmaids, Chelise couldn’t possibly choose out of her tight knit friendship group, so she ended up having a big bridal party of nine bridesmaids!
The maids wore dresses with nude coloured skirts, lacy white bodices and floaty, short hems – so that the girls would feel comfortable in the scorching hot location.
Dapper Blue Groomsmen Suits
Chelise’s hubby-to-be Ian wore an eye catching blue suit with a bow tie and tan accessories – co-ordinating with his groomsmen who wore similar suits with blue ties and a white corsage.
The groom and his party looked handsome in their vibrant suits, which worked with the destination perfectly and the colour also complemented the bridesmaid dresses.
Ian and Chelise found the suits in Moss Bros, where they both instantly agreed on them as soon as they saw them – proving how in tune they are with each other’s style!
A Wedding Ceremony Overlooking the Sea
Dresses and suits purchased and wedding planning done and dusted, it was time to jet off for the wedding.
Because of the faraway location, Ian and Chelise decided that they wanted an intimate ceremony overlooking the sea, although they were thrilled at how many guests made the effort to travel such a long way to witness their special day.
Their dreams finally became a reality when they tied the knot in a gorgeous civil ceremony in the gardens of the coastal Olympic Lagoon Hotel.
The beautiful bride walked down the aisle with her mum to a cover version of Kodaline’s ‘The One’, after which she joined her soulmate and they were soon declared husband and wife!
The pair swapped amazing handmade rings sourced from Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter.
An unforgettable memorable moment at the ceremony was when three doves were released – one for Ian, one for Chelise and one for their close friend Chantal.
Chantal’s dove was especially poignant, as she had very sadly passed away before the wedding in tragic circumstances – so this moment in the ceremony was in honour of her.
After the ceremony it was on to a cocktail and canapé reception at the hotel bar, where guests were also serenaded by a saxophonist.
Chelise and Ian were thrilled with their incredible wedding venue and were so glad that everything came together wonderfully – especially seeing as the hotel had only just opened a month before their big day!
They were full of praise for the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator, Elena, who helped the couple with their planning in the months leading up to the wedding and the opening of the hotel.
Pink and Gold Cupcakes
For the wedding breakfast, Chelise and Ian opted for the hotel’s Sapphire menu – which mean that guests could tuck into a delicious waiter service dinner of steak and salmon, whilst overlooking the picturesque seafront from the hotel gardens.
Instead of a wedding cake, the couple chose to have a delicious tower of cupcakes!
To fit in with the colour scheme, the cupcakes were wrapped up in gold cases and decorated with delicate iced roses and pearls.
The cupcakes were made on the Island by Love Island Cakes and went down a treat with guests – especially the children who finished them all up at the cocktail reception!
Glamorous Reception Details
Chelise and Ian chose to have a glamorous colour scheme filled with pastel pink, nude and gold accents.
The stunning bride was inspired to have a pink and gold colour scheme after discovering UK wedding suppliers Ginger Ray, plus she thought this theme would fit in so well with the vibrant location.
Tables were decorated with pretty white feathers dipped in white gold glitter for each place setting, whilst the centrepieces consisted of individual candle filled jam jars that read ‘mad with love’ – which the couple now have as part of their décor at home!
Elegant photo frames held each of the table names and numbers as well as a larger one for the table plan.
To complete the amazing décor, Chelise and Ian also had 4ft high illuminated letters which spelt out ‘love’.
Surprise Wedding Favours
During the wedding breakfast, Chelise and Ian revealed a very special surprise for their guests in the form of their ‘message in a bottle’ wedding favours.
The favours consisted of glass bottles from Selfridges that the couple wrapped in lace and pearls with a pastel pink and gold personalised name tag.
The message inside read that Chelise and Ian would be taking every guest with them on an all-expenses paid boat trip around the surrounding islands the next day! Best wedding favour ever or what?
The couple knew that this would be the perfect way to extend their wedding celebrations and spend more quality time with their guests – plus, what better way to get rid of a post-wedding hangover!
Late Night Dancing at the Evening Party
After the reception and the amazing surprise for the guests, it was time for some serious dancing and celebrating in the hotel’s private chillax bar.
The couple hired a DJ for the evening party and enjoyed their first dance to ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri.
This song then cut into Brandy & Monica’s ‘The Boy is Mine’ followed by one of the bridesmaids, Sarah, running on to dance with the couple – it had becoming a running joke over the years that she fancied Ian!
Seeing as the couple were already in a gorgeous, sun soaked location, it was a no-brainer to have their honeymoon in Cyprus too.
They stayed for a week after the wedding along with their guests, and of course there was the amazing boat trip surprise the day after – which made the whole occasion feel like an extended two day wedding celebration.
As if the boat trip itself wasn’t enough, the transfer to the boat was even a VIP lounger coach complete with champagne, music and lights!
Even though the costs of their destination wedding quickly stacked up, Chelise and Ian wouldn’t change a thing about their celebration and thought that it was worth every penny – especially as it felt like one big, amazing holiday with their friends and family.
Ian & Chelise’s supplier list
Photography by: Nick Wild Photography
Bridalwear Shop by: The Dressing Rooms
Mens Wedding Suits by: Moss Bros
First Dance: A Thousand Years by: Christina Perri