Romantic Spring Wedding Inspiration from Russia

Today, we visit spring in Russia. A historic estate served as the perfect setting for this romantic wedding inspiration shoot, grounding the flirty, pretty palette of pastel pinks, purples, and blues. With lush florals, this look is just right for the bride seeking inspiration for her own sweet, sentimental wedding day.

More from the photographer, Max Koliberdin:
“I did this photoshoot as a part of my photography workshop in Sochi last April. I live in Moscow, and the winter is still very much present here in April, with occasional snow days, and only little signs of a slowly coming Spring. 

In Sochi, however, the spring was already in full swing. We were immersed in its presence even more so, since our photo-shoot took place at the former General Drachevsky’s estate, famous for its large variety of rare species of plants that were already in full bloom. We were inspired by this place as soon as we saw it.

We generally don’t like the excessive decorations on the set, and instead prefer the natural, beautiful simplicity. Thus, we didn’t want to overshadow the space, and instead spiced it up a little with the bright yellow accents. During the photoshoot, the weather was changing from sunny to rainy, and as we were finishing up, we took the last photos in almost complete darkness. The indescribable spring scent of the Southern coast increased the creative atmosphere at the event. 

The next day, as I was flying home to the wintery Moscow, I was bringing a little taste of spring back with me.”

Photography: Max Koliberdin | Flowers: OvOwi | Decor: OvOwi  & Anna Kovalyova | Make-up and hair: Anastasia Gvardiyan | Models: Elizabeth Shmelyova  & Konstantin Yartsev | Dress: Nataliya Lokteva

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02.25.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Destination Wedding & Engagement Photography in Scotland

Katie and Mark recently traveled to Scotland for their destination wedding, pausing a few days earlier for their engagement session with Laura Gordon Photography. The resulting photo gallery is an astonishing collection of beauty, showcasing the Scottish highlands in all their glory, leaving us with a serious case of wanderlust. Read on for more from the newlyweds.

More from the couple,
“Scotland is a magical land that speaks to your senses and soul. From ancient, crumbling castles nestled throughout the countryside to lush and rolling hills of the famous highlands, it is a country that has something for everyone.

Our wedding in Scotland was a true fairytale, and the stage was set perfectly by the days before…replete with lots of whiskey, heather, Scottish rain, and intimate family gatherings. I cannot recommend a destination wedding enough…it is a truly special time to share with your loved ones and a great way to turn your wedding day into a week-long celebration. If you are planning a destination wedding, I highly recommend a prewedding shoot so you can capture another element of the country you are marrying in. Ours, captured beautifully by Laura Gordon, are images I truly cherish. We embraced the highlands clad in classic Tweed and leather, muted tones, and the hunting tartan of the clan I was marrying into.”

Photography: Laura Gordon | Planner, stylist & bride: Katie Grant | Video: Before Your Eyes Cinema | Jacket: Zara | Boots: Frye Company | Styling: Sara Russell

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02.24.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Sophisticated, Modern Bridal Style

Some couples cannot see themselves in a field of grass, near the ocean tides of the beach, or climbing a mountain to take their engagement photos. So, taking inspiration from the vision of today’s sophisticated, modern bride, this team of wedding vendors set out to create a new style of inspiration. Read on for more!

From the creative team:

 “We were put to the challenge and our team discussed using muted slate undertones, simple angles, and lines to achieve a crisp Scandinavian look. We used Shop Gossamer’s studio where the blank canvas of a backdrop really allowed us to focus on the couple and the minimalist artifacts, which gave a cohesion to the overall style of the shoot. When you try and step out of the box, there is always that challenge of trying to source the unique pieces needed for the session. But somehow we managed to find the items that were crucial in allowing us to be consistent with our theme. We wanted our husband to have an intelligent and modern look while still maintaining the sleek and simple style, so we outfitted him with come clear glass frames and fitted blue blazer and silver trouser. Our bride was given a clean, tied back hair style to highlight the soft and fresh make-up. An Alexandra Grecco vintage blue satin Valeria Skirt paired with a cream blouse created the tones which blended well with the gold accessories. We hope this can give the modern couple a way to express their style and uniqueness during their engagement session.”

Photography: Jon Cu | Creative Direction: Sally Pinera | Bridal Shop: The Dress Theory | Skirt: Alexandra Grecco | Rental: Vertigo Home | Studio: Shop Gossamer | Lab: Goodman Film Lab | Video: Robert Pinera | Hair & Makeup: Amy Cu

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02.23.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Greenery-Infused Wedding Ideas

Few wedding trends have inspired us the way an overabundance of lush greenery has. It is both simple and elegant. It can convey a feeling of an overgrown English garden or a faraway Italian countryside. Here are a few of our favorite ways to infuse greenery into your wedding day decor:

You can view more of our picks for ways to infuse greenery here.

02.22.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning