At the start, there was almost an entire world between them, yet these two managed to find love and a life together. A family friend met Nastya while on a religious retreat in the Ukraine and just had to introduce her to David. The two fell in long-distance love and decided a sunny Miami wedding with Wedding Nature Photography was the perfect beginning to their happily ever after.
The day started at the luxurious and historic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. Nastya designed her one-of-a-kind wedding dress; an elegant blend of modest and modern. She looks incredible.
The wedding blessing ceremony took place at the stunning St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church. How incredible is that interior and all the gilded and candlelit details?! Their photographer, Ilya, described how fascinating it was to witness the Betrothal, Crowning and Common Cup rituals. What a warm and spiritual celebration!
David shares his thoughts on the whole experience from proposal to wedding day and his sentiments are incredibly sweet: It's easy to imagine that Nastya couldn't fathom the thought of leaving everything behind and moving to a different country, but with time and long conversations, she began to know and trust me. I visited her a couple of times including a short trip for the proposal.
“We are really glad the wedding turned out this beautiful. It's something I wanted Nastya to enjoy, especially because all of her close friends and relatives were so far away. Most importantly her mom was here and that was very special for both of them.”
Our advice would be to not stress out so much. We were able to accomplish everything in less than a month! Also, once the day gets rolling just to go with the flow. These things don't always go according to plan. Just accept it and enjoy it! Those become the most memorable moments and will bring smiles to everyone faces when you reminisce. For instance, our DJ barely played any music because we had so many nice toasts. Our favorite was Nastya's mom who didn't bring her reading glasses. She ended up trying on all of our guest's glasses until she was able to find my six year old godson's that worked!
We're both musicians. Nastya sings and I play guitar. She was a vocal teacher in Kiev and I have been in a band for ten years. You could say we are very passionate about music so we both decided to perform during the reception. There were a lot of fun traditional songs that got everyone moving. The wedding was pretty eclectic: Latin, American, Russian, and Ukrainian people. Everyone seemed to enjoy it all!
Such a sweet story. Congratulations you guys!