Torn apart more than two decades ago, Yesim Atila and Caglar Culcuoglu are proof that some things are meant to be.
The couple, originally from Ankara, Turkey, met as teenagers in their homeland in 1987 and were inseparable for three years.
“We were each other’s first love,” Yesim, 43, says.
But Yesim says family reasons brought things between her and Caglar to a heartbreaking end.
“I had to leave him without even explaining why and got married to someone else and moved to Australia in 1991,” she explains.
Yesim’s first marriage ended and a year later, 2012, she and Caglar reconnected, travelling the world together before getting engaged in Venice.
Yesim and Caglar finally had the day of their dreams with a Las Vegas elopement on June 23, 2015.
The bride says they felt like movie stars as they wed on the Eiffel Tower observation deck of the Paris Hotel. While it was just the two of them, Yesim says more than 500 well-wishers in the street became a part of the celebrations.
The couple followed their intimate wedding with dinner at Paris Hotel’s Le Village Restaurant.
“We feel blessed that life gave us a second chance,” Yesim says of their elopement.
“This was a love that was meant to be.”
Photos courtesy of Image Las Vegas.
Yesim stunned in her strapless gown from Fairytales Bridal Boutique.
The glitz and glamour of the Las Vegas Strip made for some memorable photographs for the couple to cherish.
Brides Accessories: Impostors Bridal Jewellery / Brides Gown: Fairytales Bridal Boutique / Brides Shoes: JJ's House / Cake: Pastry Palace / Caterer: Le Village Buffet Restaurant / Celebrant: Michael J. W. T Reverend / Ceremony Music: Paris Weddings guitarist / Ceremony Venue: Paris Hotel / Flowers: Paris Weddings / Grooms Attire: DS Damat Ankara Kizilay / Grooms Shoes: DS Damat Ankara Kizilay / Hair: beGlammed / Honeymoon: USA / Makeup: beGlammed / Photographer: Image Las Vegas / Reception Venue: Le Village Restaurant / Rings: Prouds Jewellery / Transport: LX Limo / Videographer: Image Las Vegas / Wedding Night Venue: Paris Hotel / Wedding Planner: Jaclyn Morgan