This happy couple, Danyel and Michael were bitten by the travel bug, and themed their spring wedding around their love of exploring the world!
How they met
Turkish Cypriot Danyel and Michael, who is of Australian origin, met at work in 2006. “At first we used to hand out as colleagues, and I felt like Micky was the sort of guy I wanted to get to know better,” Danyel explains. “We were friends for a good year first, then one night, we had a cheeky snog, and the love-fest started!”
Michael whisked Danyel away on a surprise three-day retreat to Bali for her 30th birthday. “Micky arranged a candlelit dinner in the courtyard of our villa, with rose petals scattered, a five-course menu and a birthday cake made by the private chef,” Danyel recalls. “After I’d blown the candles out, Micky got down on one knee and presented me with an antique-inspired engagement ring. I couldn’t believe it – I was surprised, elated and very emotional!”
The bride’s outfit
Danyel looked sensational in her Wendy Sullivan gown. The fishtail style in champagne had a fitted lace bodice and a chiffon skirt, sequin, crystal and pearl embellishments and removable off-the-shoulder straps. “It was beautiful, and shimmered in the light when I moved. I loved its romantic vintage feel,” Danyel says. Her Nine West shoes were a gift from her best friend and bridesmaid Alex, and she added Tiffany jewellery and a vintage-inspired diamanté hair slide from Oasis. Danyel also splashed out and hired celebrity hairdresser Vicki Lord. She wore her hair in a Hollywood glamour-inspired 1940s Marcel wave.
The groom’s outfit
Michael wore a dashing navy blue suit with a white shirt, olive satin bow tie and brown leather shoes. “Micky looked the most handsome I had ever seen him – he was smart, trendy and preppy,” says Danyel.
The bridesmaids wore unique two-piece outfits. “We bought gorgeous baby pink shirts from Topshop, but I wanted a floral top to go with our vintage romantic theme with a 50s twist,” Danyel explains. “Finding the right print was challenging and took months, but finally we found a sheer sleeveless blouse from New Look. We got there in the end, and they look gorgeous.”
Danyel and Michael chose a civil ceremony, and wrote their own personalised vows to each other. “I walked down the aisle with my brother, which was a heart-warming moment,” Danyel smiles. “Seeing all the smiling faces of our family and friends from around the world was amazing, and walking towards Micky was magical.”
Steph Turpin of Fairynuff Flowers put together the beautiful flowers for the bridal party. “I had a small vintage bouquet tied with trailing ivory ribbon,” says Danyel. The bridesmaids carried different bouquets, which were each made up of a single type of flower from the bride’s bouquet.
The reception guests dined on a delicious menu included roasted duck breast, English lamb shank and caramelised Bramley apple tart with cinnamon ice cream. “We chose a London vintage theme with nods towards my Turkish heritage and Micky’s Australian background,” Danyel explains. “We also had a travel theme, as we’ve spent a lot of time travelling the world together. We flew over from Australia to London for our wedding, as did many of our guests.”
The reception decor was a labour of love for Danyel’s artistic aunt, who made all of the decorations, from patterned ribbons to polka dot doily bunting and tissue paper confetti. The couple added luggage label place cards, a travel-inspired table plan, mismatched vintage teacups and saucers, along with black and white passport photos and twig hearts hanging with ribbons. “We also had a ‘Love Story’ chalkboard with a timeline of our relationship, paper fans and recycled jam jars filled with flowers from Covent Garden Market,” Danyel adds.
Danyel and Michael’s stationery was a family enterprise, designed and made by Danyel’s graphic designer cousin. “We cut, handwrote and printed our save the date cards and ceremony programmes ourselves,” Danyel says.
The beautiful two-tier wedding cake topped with fondant roses in pastel colours was also a family affair, as it was made by Michael’s sister Erin.
The guests were given traditional Kurabiye biscuits from Turkey from their favours – a shortbread biscuit made with nuts.
The first dance
The couple’s first dance was to Brighter than Sunshine by Aqualung. “We chose it for its beautiful lyrics, and because we listened to it while we were dating,” Danyel explains. “It was one of my favourite moments of the whole day.”
Danyel’s mum’s partner was the DJ for the evening, playing a mixture of 50s, 60s, rock, pop and contemporary tracks. A friend of Michael’s sang and played the guitar before and during the wedding ceremony.
The newlyweds relaxed at the Datai on the Malaysian island of Langkawi. “We did nothing but lounge in the sun and gorge ourselves on traditional Malay food and tropical cocktails,” laughs Danyel.