Of the hundreds of entries we received for our #YourBigDay from Thomson competition, Kriss Aixill and Natalie Bilston were the lucky couple chosen to have their entire dream wedding planned for them. With a sun-soaked beach as the scene – jealous, us? – their big day was definitely one to remember…
Tears were shed, tunes were belted out, and shapes were made on the dance floor – and that was all before the big day had even arrived. This very special crowd-sourced wedding – a UK first, no less – took place at the Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos, and we’re pleased to say it went off without a hitch. Here’s a look back at some of the most memorable moments…
Natalie and her girls made the most of their time aboard the luxury yacht. As for what happened after the sun went down… well, you know the drill – what happens on the hen do, stays on the hen do.
The winning style of dress for the bride-to-be (as voted for by our Facebook community) was a ‘sweetheart’ strapless white gown with intricate detailing. Check out the custom-made detail on the hanger – yep, it had us oohing and ahhing, too.
Kriss and his groomsmen wore the ‘casual chic’ look well, with the groom sporting a light brown 2-piece suit and tanned boots. As for the groomsmen, they went down the laid-back route, in off-white short-sleeved shirts and beach-ready open-toed shoes.
The happy couple tied the knot in a marquee which was beautifully decked out in the ‘Coral Beach’ colour scheme, and perfectly placed, just a stone’s throw away from the shore. It was everything fairy-tale weddings are made of.
The newly-hitched Mr and Mrs Aixill took to the beach to strike a pose, where the beautiful sunset and cliff-top views served as the picture-perfect backdrop to their wedding portrait. We can already see this shot taking pride of place in a frame.
To kick off the evening’s festivities, the wedding party was whisked away on an open-top bus ride around Paphos. After that it was back to the hotel for cake, canapés, and – of course – hitting the dance floor.
Big congratulations to Kriss and Natalie from the entire Thomson team.
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Author: Mary-Claire Akinyemi
Published: October 16, 2014
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