While traditional weddings in Russia are fun + cheerful grandiose affairs, that type of setting just didn’t suit Maria + Andrey or their ideas for their wedding day. They live and work in different cities (over 1800 miles apart!) , so distance + airplanes have become a commonplace part of their lives. Because of that, they decided that on their most important (and long-awaited) day, they wanted to be alone somewhere magical. Just the two of them, sharing their vows.
They chose picturesque Iceland as their backdrop and invited the amazing Nirav Patel along to capture the moments as they unfolded. Maria shares, We were both born in Siberia and the North is in our blood. Traveling the world, we have always found that the Northern nature is beautiful and unique, and people living in such harsh climatic conditions have some kind of special power – strength of spirit and kindness. Therefore, choosing a venue for our wedding, we stopped at Iceland, perhaps the most mysterious and beautiful Northern country.
Maria: Maybe this sounds trivial, but most of all, I remember the ceremony. There, on the edge of the cape above a storming ocean, I looked at my husband and I thought, "God, I can’t believe that all of this is real, I love him and I'm happy!
Me: When you're standing on the edge of the world, far away from home and swear always to love and support your wife, you are giving a promise not only to the priest and your wife but also to this wonderful landscape... it is an indescribable feeling. Definetly the ceremony.
This may not coincide with conventional or with someone's expectations, it may seem extremely difficult. That is not important. The main thing - it is the memory of this day, that you will keep all your life. And perhaps as we are, looking at pictures, you tell each other: "We did it! And it was the craziest and the happiest moment of our lives!
photography: Nirav Patel // florals: Aurora Tours // wedding dress: Celestina Agostino // bride's shoes: Hugo Boss // hair stylist: Aurora Tours // makeup artist: Aurora Tours // groom attire: Hugo Boss // location: Landmannalaugar and Dyrholaey in Iceland // tour: Aurora Tours