Thank you to Pavel and Marina for a beautiful introduction to Russian culture. On the 25th of January, I had the pleasure of photographing a small and intimate wedding at a stunning Orthodox church in Dandenong. I found out 3 other couples, including his brother the priest, were also celebrating their anniversaries as it’s a special religious holiday in their country.
I was captivated by their unique traditions; the engagement at the entrance of the church (yes, they got officially engaged at the doorstep), placing of the crowns, and the bite of bread and salt at the reception- bread symbolising life, and salt symbolising preservation and a marriage that will last a lifetime.
The lighting and rich colours were a dream to work with; earthy tones like deep sea green and burgundy coupled with mahogany furnishings, finished with gold trimmings. The ceremony was lovely and the two of them were smitten as ever! Marina looked like a life-sized Barbie doll in her fitted gown covered in oversized floral applique, and Pav looked sharp in his powder blue suit. It was simply the two of them all day as there wasn’t a bridal party to join them- I’ve been shooting a lot of small ceremonies lately and I hope this post shows that weddings can be beautiful at any budget! What stays in your memories are the true emotions you felt on the day, and every happy person I’ve ever seen looks perfect and beautiful (:
Pav’s relatives are from Urumqi, on the Chinese border, and I was pleasantly surprised when his uncle came up to me after the ceremony and spoke to me in fluent Mandarin! Turns out their family is fluently trilingual, which I thought was very cool (: It was nice seeing their friends and relatives come from everywhere to celebrate this momentous occasion with them- 6 years together and Marina finally made it to Australia! Long distance is a painful challenge, but I am so happy that they made it.
I wish them all the best in the future and I hope Marina, you settle well and make lots of new friends in our wonderful city!