sea view wedding

A Luxury Designer’s Dream on the Cypriot Coastline

Amara’, derived from the ancient Greek word ‘amarantos’, meaning ‘everlasting’, was the name of the five-star Cypriot hotel where wellness guru and socialite, Yulia Pashevkina, and her husband, Julius Sonin, exchanged their vows in an intimate wedding on August 2020. 

With Michelin-star restaurants, including the iconic Nobu Matsuhisa and Giorgio Locatelli, cascading plunge-pools, panoramic ocean views, and each guest draped in designer attire, this lavish-but- intimate wedding was the ultimate, modern-day ceremony amidst the “new normal”.


Like many brides, Yulia had dreamt of a big white wedding surrounded by family and friends. Never could she or Julius have predicted that their special day would involve social distancing, PPE gear, and celebrating with loved ones digitally via Zoom calls. This, however, didn’t make their day any less special, solidifying their love for one another in unprecedented times.

Palm trees danced in the salty ocean air set to the backdrop of a coral sunset as “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Haley Reinhart played. Walking towards her future husband, filled with love, there was a bittersweet feeling that lingered in the air, as she held close to her heart those she missed most with just her two sisters in attendance. 

Approaching her future husband Julius, who was wearing a chic stripy Velsvoir suit,  Yulia was a true representation of a modern-day bride: strong and beautiful in her sleek and contemporary David Koma dress. Equally chic were Yulia’s sisters, Elena and Dasha, who wore silk floor-length gowns from Galvan London.

True love has no boundaries. A highlight for the couple was having their parents attend their intimate wedding virtually. This enabled their families to watch the whole ceremony and be a part of their special day. Meanwhile, the registrar observed all the health precautions and sported a vizor, but this did not make the ceremony any less romantic.

Following the exchange of vows and stunning Boucheron rings, the newlyweds and their two guests of honour continued their celebrations at the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, Matsuhisa for champagne, sushi and of course, wedding cake.

The Amara Hotel supplied Yulia with her elegant bouquet of white roses.





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