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REAL LIFE WEDDING Anika & Steven The Tropical Wedding of Anika & Steven McKay


After meeting in London at an Eid celebration in October, 2006, Anika from Leeds and Steven, from London began a long distance relationship which was to blossom into a proposal of marriage in February 2011 at Steven’s birthday dinner with close friends and family.


Anika and Steven wanted to find a venue that would be romantic, yet meaningful. Struggling to find somewhere mid-country that would accommodate everyone they wondered whether to get married overseas. The tropical island of St Kitts, in the Caribbean, sprung to mind instantly. It was here some four years ago that Anika scattered her father’s ashes out to sea. Anika’s Dad would be the one


'Guests were made welcome at the Sprat Net Restaurant for a lobster dinner, they took to the open seas aboard a luxurious catamaran to Nevis for lunch and snorkelling'


person that would be greatly missed on the day, therefore to return to the beautiful oasis of St Kitts made perfect sense, for many special reasons. Anika and Steven chose to get married at The Beach House Restaurant on Turtle Beach, renowned to be the island’s most romantic destination for ocean side weddings. The restaurant is situated on one of the island’s most beautiful, pristine beaches overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the Sister Island of Nevis. It epitomises charm, elegance and sophistication and required little or no decoration. “It is simply perfect, private and special in its own right” said Steven.


Sensitive to guests having the expense of travelling to St Kitts and taking time away from work and home commitments, Anika and Steven organised 3 wonderful days of wedding celebrations. Guests were made welcome at the Sprat Net Restaurant for a lobster dinner, they took to the open seas aboard a luxurious catamaran to Nevis for lunch and snorkelling, and of course the wedding day, by which time everyone had really got to know one another. Some of their special memories include; Anika’s dear friend Sanyu singing “Make Me Whole” by Amel


Laurrieux, Anika’s Brother’s speech, Steven looking back at the guests, after taking their vows to see 95% of the people they wanted to share their wedding with were there, guests Limbo Dancing and their honeymoon in a luxurious, private villa on St Kitts with ocean views, private pool and seaside cabana…utter paradise.


If you’re thinking of getting married abroad, Anika recommends that you plan your wedding at least eighteen months in advance, giving you time to prepare, and allowing guests time to save. Working with a Wedding Planner can prove beneficial as they can provide advice and guidance on venues, entertainment, flowers etc. within your budget. Steven also recommended that you do some sensible cost comparison of your own too. Helping numerous guests with their travel and holiday arrangements can also become quite difficult, they recommend that you use just the one Travel Agent to co-ordinate your party’s travel. Worldwide Travel Solutions of Leeds were a huge support. Useful guides regarding the legalities of getting married abroad can be found on the internet.


When talking to Steven and Anika you can still hear the sheer happiness in their voices when they reminisce about their wedding.


So grab yourself a world map and get dreaming – here’s proof that they do come true!


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