Every year, dozens of couples travel to Turkey for their weddings or relationships which began as holiday romances blossom into a marriage.

Fethiye Times has been in touch with wedding planners from the area and we hope to carry details of ceremonies every Friday – particularly those which involve British nationals.

Wedding first

The first one we can share was celebrated at Kaya Villas in Kayaköy, which was the setting for the wedding of Michelle Williams and Akıf Arikan.

Akıf is a long-standing member of the team at Bar Rumba in Hisarönü where he met Michelle from Gillingham in Kent in 2012. Following their engagement in 2017, Michelle moved to Turkey a year ago.

Michelle is the daughter of Diane and Ricky Williams of Gillingham while Akıf is the son of Gulgun and Salıh Arikan from Ortaköy, near Fethiye.

Sister act

Best man at the ceremony was Burhan Saraç while the bride was attended by her sister Natalie and fellow bridesmaids Hayley Lewis, Penny Shepherd, Cara Snell, Emma Barber and Helen Lock.

The ceremony was arranged by Hisarönü’s Eken Weddings and was followed by celebrations at Kaya Villas. The couple plan a honeymoon later in 2019 once the summer season is complete.

The new Mr & Mrs Arikan. Picture by
Murat Sarıca