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Kate and Daniel’s big day by the sea

Weddings Abroad week special! Ayia Thekla, Southern Cyprus

Kate and Daniel’s big day by the sea in Cyrprus

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Kate and Daniel Gilbert were married in southern Cyprus.

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“Dan is Greek Cypriot so we decided to have our wedding in Cyprus because he loves the Greek culture and food,” says Kate.

The couple hired a wedding planner, Penelope (penelopesweddings.com) who was based in London but specialises in Cypriot weddings.

“She honestly gave me the most beautiful wedding I could have dreamed of,” says Kate.

Kate and Daniel’s big day by the sea in Cyprus – The Ceremony

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They got had a traditional service in a little chapel on a hill called Ayia Thekla which is a few kilometres away from Ayia Napa.

“It’s absolutely beautiful and overlooks the sea. It’s a very small church and could only fit about 40 people in it but enough for my closest family and friends,” says Kate.

Kate and Daniel’s big day by the sea in Cyprus – A carriage ride

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Kate’s mum hired a horse drawn carriage as a surprise for them, which took them for a tour of the village while their guests went on to the reception hall.

“Dan and I then went back to the church which is by the beach and took our photos – the sun was just setting and it was the most beautiful sight,” says Kate.

Kate and Daniel’s big day by the sea in Cyprus – The Reception 

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The reception was held in a very old fishing restaurant on the harbour in Liopetri and was decorated with flowers and fairy lights.

“I used to go there when I was a child so it was very sentimental for me and the only place I wanted to have my wedding in. We just wanted a really relaxed affair where there was loads of food, drink & dancing,” says Kate. 

Kate and Daniel’s big day by the sea in Cyprus – Wedding party

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The party then sat down to a lavish meal of freshly caught fish of the day and BBQ.

“I remember looking around and seeing all our guests laughing and joking and tucking in – it really was the best feeling,” says Kate.

The couple’s first dance was All You Need is Love by The Beatles.

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“The party went on tlll about 2am when everyone except our closest family and friends left – we had a midnight feast and drinks till around 4am. It really was the most magical day,” says Kate.