I have on several occasions in the past been engaged to take photographs at weddings and in particular at Columbia Beach Resort, which has of late a popular wedding destination and for good reason. Located on Cyprus’s south coast, the resort sits in a serene area near the beach with stunning view of the sea, which creates the perfect environment for that elegant wedding that every wedding couple looks forward to.
Elegant Wedding at Columbia Beach Resort | Christine & Ihab
Ihab and his wife Christine wanted me to take photographs during their wedding, which they planned to have in Cyprus in a fortnight. They indicated that they will wed at Columbia Beach Resort. Even though I know the location perfectly well, I had to take some time visit it one more time just to acquaint myself with any new developments.
The couple arrived three days to their big day and was at first taken aback when I finally met them. Although living in Abu Dhabi, Ihab is from Egypt and Christine is from Lebanon. Just how would I manage to come up with elegant photos that truly depict an elegant wedding at Columbia Beach Resort taking into account their cultural difference? I was however relieved when I noticed how relaxed the couple was and the easy way the couple undertook their preparations.
The D-day arrived and I accompanied the two and their close family friends to the location. Everyone exhibited simplicity but an elegant one at that. I had no doubt in my mind that this would not only be a beautiful wedding but also the most elegant wedding at Columbia Beach Resort, a wedding I had to depict in my photography. Christine appeared to have given special attention to her wedding gown. She wore a long, handmade veil I was informed was her own idea. On his part, Ihab wore a simple yet elegant black suit, a white shirt and a black bow-tie to boot. I did not need to fix my eyes on the two; I let my camera do that.
The couple’s simplicity was not only restricted to their mode of dressing. The ceremony itself was very simple. Christine’s son walked her down the aisle, which was made up of beautiful rose flowers laid on the greed manicured grass as walking path. Everyone around instantly became emotional. Tears of joy flowed freely on everyone’s face. Ihab’s mother was particularly emotional. I gave Ihab a quick glance and could not miss how proud he was of his mother. Love was written all over his face. These are the scenes I looked forward to capture for the elegant wedding at Columbia Beach Resort. I did.
The heavens must have looked down favorably on the wedding couple and everyone in attendance. With tunes of violin and cello playing, a calming light wind breeze swept across, which created the perfect atmosphere for Christine and Ihab to tie the knot, with each of them promising to love and cherish the other for the rest of their lives. This was a simple yet elegant wedding at Columbia Beach Resort that I had no doubt in my mind would show in my photography, and it did.