Why we Chose to Celebrate our Anniversary at Columbia
“It’s all too easy to become swept up in the commotion of daily life and to let the important moments pass you by. But we were resolved: ten years and two children later is an anniversary worth remembering, respecting, and revelling in.
My husband’s uncle is a theologian, and so the idea came to us to celebrate our tenth year of marriage with a blessing: a short ceremony that brings together loved ones as we look back on our past, appreciate our present, and anticipate our future.
Of course, with our respective families dispersed across the UK, Ireland, and Cyprus, the logistics of actually bringing everyone together would be –we realised –no easy feat.
However, having stayed at the Columbia Beach Resort before, having fallen in love with the natural beauty of the surroundings, and having been immeasurably impressed with the stellar service, I had an inkling that this five-star, all-suite property could just be my secret weapon in mobilising the family troops.
Sending pictures round of All Saints Chapel –the most beautifully quaint and vibrantly decorated chapel I’ve personally ever seen, nestled into the Resort’s landscape –along with pictures of the different Suite categories, and, of course, the lush 80-metre long swimming pool did the trick: family and friends from far and wide were booking their tickets, reserving their suites, and preparing to celebrate our special day with us.
In the months leading up to the blessing, the staff members at Columbia Beach Resort were faultless: eager to help, to share their ideas and experience, and to ensure that this whole process was nothing but enjoyable for my husband and I. From the flowers, the table arrangements, the menu, and more, no detail was left unattended.
Their tireless work paid off. Not only did we get to recreate the magic of our wedding day –this time with our two children by our sides –we were given the gift of time: time with our friends and family, time with each other, and time to enjoy every moment.”
– Zoe and Gareth White