happily ever after

Derya & Engin
9th of December, 2011

“I mean every word, I love you”

the proposal:

“Tears started running down our faces from happiness and joy. We started kissing and dancing to the sound of the waves. We stayed at the beach till 5am, we did not want the moment to end”. Whilst walking to the car, hand in hand, Derya blissfully recalls herself and Engin screaming at the top of their lungs “we are getting married!”.

the ceremony:

On the day of their 8th year anniversary, Derya and Engin finally said “I do” with 450 family and friends as witnesses, including guests all the way from Turkey.

As soon as the bride and groom exchanged their vows, an explosion of music, drummers and dancers burst through the doors in celebration of their marriage. “I couldn’t have thought of a better way to end the ceremony”, said Derya.

the reception:

To Derya’s surprise, the first dance was beautifully sung by one of the groomsmen, “I couldn’t believe it when I heard my name in the song. It was written especially for me by my very own husband”. As they continued to dance, Engin held Derya tighter and whispered in her ear, “I mean every word…I love you”. Following the reception, the bride & groom, the bridal party and close friends continued their celebrations in the warm summer evening on the beach. Singing, dancing, laughing for hours on end to the strums of a friends guitar. “It was the most amazing experience ever…there I was in the arms of my husband in the early hours of the morning watching the sun rise as the girls danced away on the sand”.

the honeymoon:

Three days after their wedding, the newlyweds began their honeymoon. Starting with 10 nights in Bali, Indonesia, then 4 nights in Kuala Lumpur and a further 2 weeks in Penang, Malaysia.

With only two days before returning home, Engin had a surprise for his wife. Instead of flying home, Engin took Derya to the Golden Palms Tree Resort in Sepang, Malaysia to celebrate her birthday. The exquisite resort stretches out into the shape of a palm tree, almost a kilometre from the Sepang coastline. They spent 2 days in the huts over the water… “It was the most romantic time of my life. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the fairytale!”

Derya & Engins’ Wedding Vendors

Grooms Suit Hire by Prinzi Collections

Cake Design by Oakleigh Quality Cakes

Photography by Hakan Dalar Photography

Make-up Artistry by Ellie Makeup