A Rustic Greek Wedding with Homespun Details at Vasilias Nikoklis Inn in Nikokleia, Cyprus
Soon after Nile Jackson (25 and in the Royal Air Force) and Rachel Howarth (24 and also in the Royal Air Force) met, Rachel realized Nile was in the Air Force and she was just about to apply. Clearly, they had a lot in common! When she was accepted into the force a year later, Nile let slip he was ring shopping. But rather than just wait for the proposal, Rachel took things into her own hands and organized a surprise weekend away for the two of them at a B&B in Lancashire, England. “Nile thought we were spending it at my mum's house,” Rachel says. Rachel hid a spoon engraved with, "Will you marry me?” in a glass of jam and after a few glasses of champagne he discovered the spoon and said yes! When it came time to plan their wedding, they were looking for the perfect venue that was rustic, natural and simple. They settled on the Vasilias Nikoklis Inn in Nikoklia, Cyprus, thanks to the gorgeous grounds and the stunning backdrop . “The views around the island are superb,” Rachel says. The couple first wed in a traditional church ceremony then headed to the inn where guests were greeted by local treats including Cypriot canapes, mini lamb koftas, halloumi and olive pies. A color scheme of pistachio and ivory decorated the venue with little homespun touches--all of which was beautifully captured by Christodoulou Photography. To get the party going, the couple even hired Cyprus dancers as a surprise! "All of our guests told us the wedding day reflected Nile and I perfectly as it was simple but unique," says Rachel.