Stunningly romantic Russian wedding

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For their wedding day, Elen and Nikolay dreamed of creating a warm, at-home ambience, a celebration that felt like a summery homemade dinner in the countryside with their nearest and dearest. A series of thoughtful touches and beautiful details created a serene atmosphere, a cozy celebration that was a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the city. SONYA KHEGAY captured all the amazingness of the day (and be sure to check out the beautiful Elen’s getting ready images here).

Fluttering ribbons and graceful lace, rustic wooden signage with flowing, hand-painted script, airy floral compositions in the English garden style – details that reflected the pair’s relaxed alfresco vision in shades of ivory, caramel and honey. Escort cards were attached to a board of flowers, creating a deconstructed bouquet that tied in perfectly with the bridal party’s exquisite florals.

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The couple ensured there was plenty to entertain their guests once the waterside ceremony was complete. On the green grass near the marquee that housed their wedding dinner, they placed a sweet bar and a hookah lounge, where guests could mingle beneath the trees. They could also try weaving wreaths, or having their portraits drawn by a specially commissioned artist. At the end of the night, a spectacular fireworks display lit up the night sky, before guests were treated to a same day edit of the wedding film, in the best tradition of watching a movie with family and friends.

Elen invited her guests to participate in the chic country dress code by publishing inspiring images on her social networks. The bride herself wore a breathtaking Elie Saab gown, the delicate Louise, which perfectly suited her garden wedding style with its softly flared skirt and cap sleeves adorned with flowers and gemstones.

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Photography SONYA KHEGAY / Cinematography MAXIM MOLCHANOV / Florals BLUSH PETALS / Venue BERTA SPA VILLAGE / Stationery SPECIAL INVITE Hair & make-up ELENA OTREMBSKAYA / Bride’s dress ELIE BY ELIE SAAB / Bride’s shoes JIMMY CHOO / Jewellery GRAFF and TIFFANY & CO/ Groom’s attire ARMANI / Planner AJUR WEDDING / Event design LATTE DECOR
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Romantic Bridal getting ready session

SonyaKhegay_Elen_1 I think it’s such a lovely idea to document the ‘getting ready’ process on your wedding morning, and when it looks as lovely and romantic as this it’d be a crime not to! Elen is the most stunning bride and you can see her beautiful wedding by SONYA KHEGAY that featured in Issue 7 of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE in the next blog post but for now let’s enjoy the morning of… 

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Photography SONYA KHEGAY / Cinematography MAXIM MOLCHANOV / Florals BLUSH PETALS / Venue BERTA SPA VILLAGE / Stationery SPECIAL INVITE Hair & make-up ELENA OTREMBSKAYA / Bride’s dress ELIE BY ELIE SAAB / Bride’s shoes JIMMY CHOO / Jewellery GRAFF and TIFFANY & CO/ Groom’s attire ARMANI / Planner AJUR WEDDING / Event design LATTE DECOR
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La Femme Inspiration Shoot

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This beautiful editorial by MICHELLE LANDREAU has me feeling like I’ve stepped into a perfume ad!! With dreamy florals by the amazing LINDSEY COLETTA, and the prettiest of hair & make-up by JENNIFER C NIEMAN. Shoot at VINEWOOD PLANTATION it starts off with a beautifully feminine boudoir shoot with robes and accessories by FINE & FLEURIE before moving out into the garden where the model where’s a gorgeous gown from FABULOUS FROCKS OF ATLANTA.

From Michelle: “Spring is always a glorious time in the South as the horizon becomes dotted with soft whites and pinks as though the clouds have come to rest among the trees. This was the main inspiration for a softly feminine bridal and boudoir shoot that calls to the sweetly pretty palette of the landscape and sophisticated elegance of the South.

Our team of talented vendors worked hard to create a beauty that most women would find relatable. We call this collection of photographs “La Femme,” and during the shoot, this character took a life of its own. Our bride was swathed in layers of lace and tulle to accompany a bouquet in the silkiest pinks to celebrate all that is feminine. She chose to get ready in a bathroom with an antique style tub surrounded by her perfumes and cosmetics. After getting dressed, we photographed in her a garden and open field, and she was perfectly at home in both environments.

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Photography MORNING LIGHT BY MICHELLE LANDREAU / Venue VINEWOOD PLANTATION / Hair & Make-up JENNIFER C NIEMAN / Floral Design LINDSEY COLETTA / Wardrobe Stylist MELISSA WELCH / Bridal Shop FABULOUS FROCKS OF ATLANTA / Hair Accessories & Robe FINE & FLEURIE / Vintage China VINTAGE ENGLISH TEACUP / Jewellery JESSIE JORDAN JEWELRY
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