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Elegant Summer Garden Azerbaijan Wedding

Admittedly, I’ve never seen a wedding set in Azerbaijan, but if they’re all like this beauty, then I can’t wait to see more. From the ethereal boudoir session among olive trees and ancient architecture, to the Bride’s sparkling Pronovias gown and the traditional dancers at the glamorous reception, this wedding wows. See all the photos from Olga Plakitina here.

 

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From Olga PlakitinaOrhan and Ulviyya – a beautiful and harmonious couple from Azerbaijan. It was a gorgeous sunny wedding day. Boudoir session was in a lush botanical garden among olive trees, wild roses and field shrubs, cacti and ancient architecture.

Simple, natural and consisting of spreading a bunch of greens, asters and succulents in harmony with the beautiful garden locations.

Sparkling dress by Pronovias mermaid silhouette, long veil and her hair in a bun – a classic style that never goes out of fashion. Easy color and black arrows in the make-up – the bride like a fragrant Rose of East.

The wedding had more than 300 guests. The ceremony and dinner held in the restaurant Park Meridian. Exquisite design tree lights, traditional dances and tradition with the fiery rice, singers and of course a delicious cake.

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Photography: Olga Plakitina | Floral Design: Lilac Flower Boutique | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Azza | Hair & Makeup: Beauttech | Groom's Attire: Emiland

Elegant + Romantic Phuket Destination Wedding

It’s a summer Saturday so in no way should work be done today. Instead, let’s pour ourselves another round of ice cold coffee and dive into this beauty before us. These lovebirds are proof that fate can be oh so strong (don’t miss their adorably romantic story told by both parties below) and celebrated their union with a beyond amazing bash thanks to Luxury Events Phuket and Iam Flower. Julian Abram Wainwright snapped away and Imageforge Asia’s film below just made my day a whole lot brighter.

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From Luxury Events Phuket… Melissa and Ishay’s love knows no border. Let them transport you into their love story which truly looks like a fairy tale…

From the Groom… It was a typical beautiful night in Uganda when I met Melissa. I went with my co-workers to the go-to Irish pub, Bubbles. I saw her from across the bar, standing with her friends, laughing as usual… lighting up the room as she always does. It wasn’t the first time I’d seen her but I never dared to walk up to her. For some reason, that night, I had the courage to talk to her. As introductions typically go in Uganda, the first question is often, “Why are you here in Africa?!” I told her I was a Greek cucumber farmer. She called me out on my bullshit right away. I was immediately attracted to her feistiness and directness. I told her that night that she and I were going to be serious. I knew it was true… she told me I was crazy! We said goodnight and I gave her my phone number, hoping she would call me. She never called.

From the Bride… I met Ishay in December 2009 when I took a year off from medical school to do research in Africa. We both were just like any other ex-pats in Kampala, hanging out at THE Irish Bar in town. I just spent the whole day out with my girlfriends. I almost didn’t go out that night, but fate decided otherwise. I have to admit when I met him, I thought he was attractive. I remember not even being able to pronounce his name. I put his number in as “I, the pilot.” The following week, I was at the Irish Bar, again… and I felt a tap on my shoulder. I looked up and there he was. We spoke and had a real conversation. I thought he was intriguing, intelligent, and fascinating. He kept up with me… even in his Israeli English! I was impressed.

From the Groom… As small communities go, we kept running into each other at the trusty Irish Bar and I asked her out on a proper date. I invited her to drive a boat in Lake Victoria that weekend. She wore a black jumpsuit and big sunhat. Of course, as a future dermatologist, her face was covered in sunblock. I’ll be honest, it was weird but even then, she looked so cute. She always managed to surprise me. She was full of determination and tried so hard to keep the boat straight on the water. It kept curving to the left and right. Who was this girl?

From the Bride… Later that week, we went to dinner. He asked me to wear my glasses. I was so embarrassed since I never wore my glasses out in public. But I did. And he made me feel so beautiful. That night, we never stopped talking until the next morning. We kept having nights like this; it was like a movie! A week later, we went to northern Uganda on a safari; we spent the entire night listening to music, laughing, and sharing our life stories. I had never seen the sky so lit up with stars. He traced out different constellations for me, pointing out the “Great Wagon” to me. Of course, I corrected him immediately and said it’s the Big Dipper.

From the Groom… One month later, I returned to Israel for a business trip and asked her to join me. That’s all it took. One month after knowing her, I knew she was my wife. Six months later, Melissa moved back to California. We spent hours talking on the Internet. For the next two years, we flew back and forth – from Uganda to San Francisco, from Israel to San Francisco, from Israel to Thailand, from San Francisco to Thailand. In July 2012, I moved to Philadelphia and Melissa moved to New York. We weren’t living together yet but at least, we got closer.

From the Bride… Everyone told me we were crazy, that this relationship would never be. We came from worlds apart. We lived worlds apart. But, Ishay was never an average man. He left his dream job in Africa. He left his life, his family, and his friends in Israel. He got accepted to a school that was once my dream school when I was younger. I consider myself so lucky to have met such an incredible person.

From the Groom… Our time in Uganda changed my life. To this day, I still miss my life in Uganda. But today, five years after I approached her in Kampala, I have my true love and she is forever my wife.”

From Luxury Events Phuket… The couple wanted their wedding to be elegant and bohemian with colours to be more overwhelming. The theme colors were white with pops of soft pastel colours (blush, peach) with hints of green and gold, in order to create something classy but with a warm romantic garden-like feel.

What was most important to them was to have a wedding with all the formal elements but in a fun atmosphere incorporating touches of Thai. Melissa’s brother was the wedding celebrant so as the couple were already legally married in the US, Melissa and Ishay wrote their own vows and said them under a chuppah (representing Ishay’s side of the family) in a private villa in Phuket, Thailand. We added in mozoltov at the end. The night was a mixture of Thai and Western elements with the beautiful Thai orchids mixed with the imported flowers in all the arrangements. The guests drank stunning Thai wines, Thai beer. There were three signature cocktails for the evening with one of them being a Thai Cucumber Mojito. Thai canapes were served during cocktails, after the ceremony, followed by a very Western style menu but there was homemade coconut ice cream served with the dessert followed by late night snacks of a local beef noodle soup station which is a dish that the local Thais love to eat on the streets late at night.

As we were in a private villa we could not do the wishing lanterns but instead we set off fireworks after the first dance which are still allowed in Thailand.

Photography: Julian Abram Wainwright | Videography: Imageforge Asia | Event Planning: Luxury Events Phuket | Floral Design: Iam Flower | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Mango | Catering: Daniel Isberg | Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman | Venue: Private Villa | Cake Designer: Les Diables Phuket | Hair & Make Up: Lisa Allen

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Intimate Beachfront Gay Wedding in Phuket, Thailand

Get ready to have your wanderlust ignited, loves, because these gorgeous, intimate nuptials on a private beach in Thailand are so Pinterest-worthy, you may have your bags halfway packed by the end. Thanks to Pure Bliss, this darling duo was able to plan their dream wedding from halfway around the world, and, lucky for us, we’ve got all the waterfront bliss in the gallery right here!

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We were able to ask Sterling and Ron few questions about how their love story started and how they end up having their wedding in Phuket, Thailand.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both meet each other?

Sterling: My little brother had been telling me about this guy for months – he said I needed to meet him. Well, at his medical school graduation, my little brother finally introduced us. I had seen him earlier and thought, “WOW!”, and when my brother brought him over, I was speechless. We hit if off right away, but started off as friends. We emailed back and forth (I lived in Seattle and he lived in Virginia – opposite sides of the US), and after a lot of plane flights and quick weekends, we fell deeply in love.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both feel when you met each other the first time?

Sterling: I don’t think I am allowed to say what I was really thinking, so I will give the nice version: My heart leapt, and I was giddy. It was like I had known him forever, and I just found him again. I had to get to know him more. I was like a little a nervous little kid.

Pure Bliss Team: May we ask how your love has grown until the wedding day?

Ron: Neither of us were “out”, so we walked around the issue for quite a while, and the whole coming out to each other was very special. I was actually hiding in a closet when I told him I thought I was gay. Having someone going through the same thing was huge for me. His family was much more accepting than mine (they still are), and they were so patient with me as I started to accept who I was. Every time I saw him, I thought, I couldn’t love him any more – but then I found out that it just keeps growing and changing with time. He started off as my best friend, and now I am married to my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Pure Bliss Team: Why and how did you choose Phuket, Thailand, as your wedding destination?

Sterling: We had been planning the wedding for months – originally scheduled for Seattle. Coordination, suits, colors, food, travel, venues…it was overwhelming. Especially since we lived on opposite sides of the country. So, one night we just decided to get married somewhere else, without all of the drama. We randomly picked Thailand. Ronnie had sent me a Youtube video from some company called Pure Bliss. I contacted the team on a whim, and Nanya got back to me the next day. I explained that we were on a budget. In under a month, she coordinated everything from across the globe!!!!

Pure Bliss Team: How did you find the wedding?

Ron: IT WAS EVERYTHING WE HAD IMAGINED! Pure Bliss Wedding team found us a venue and a private beach. We walked out on the warm sand, and I was holding my best friend’s hand. I am not emotional, but I started to tear up as I looked at everything that had been set up for us. The beach was groomed, there were flower petals, there was a simple canopy where our officiator awaited us. The whole team was there, and the music was surreal. They had Cannon in D playing for us, with the waves crashing in the background. Simple elegance. Everything was planned! The flowers, coordinators, photographers…everything went smoothly! They even added a small surprise for my husband – his favorite animal is an elephant, and the look on his face when they brought a happy baby elephant out was PRICELESS!! We spent time together laughing like little kids, playing with the elephant. The dinner was then set up for us on the beach. We had enjoyed our first dance together, and then got ready for dinner. We had a private chef and servers wait on us, as we enjoyed our first dinner as a married couple. It was a perfect day. I can’t thank the team enough for making our day…perfect.

Photography: Mildly The Film | Wedding Planner: Pure Bliss Wedding | Rings: Jared's Galleria Of Jewelry | Venue: Cape Panwa Hotel | Belts: Wallace And Barnes | Groom Suits : J Crew | Makeup And Hair Stylist: Top Phuket Makeup Artist

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Intimate + Glamorous Desert Wedding in Dubaï

This morning, we established with this couple’s gorgeous engagement session from Michael Ferire that it was entirely possible for the desert to be romantic. Now, their wedding is here to prove that the desert can be glamorous, too. From the Bride’s stunning rose and calla lily bouquet to the intimate ceremony in the sand, this wedding is seriously special. See all the swoon-worthy details here.

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From Michael FerireCoraline and Johan wanted a simple, intimate and chic wedding, with a small number of guests, surrounded by those they love. They chose Dubai because it is a city where everything is possible. The contrast between comfort and desert was definitely one of the reason why they love this city so much.

The color palette has been balanced between warm and cold to underline the contrast of the city. From natural desert pastels to hard textures of steel and the architecture, Dubai was the perfect fit for the marriage they wanted.

Photography: Michael Ferire | Wedding Dress: Ellis | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Dubai Hotel (Marina) | Calligraphy And Stationery: Aurélie Sculier, Ante Scriptum | Lab: Carmencita Film Lab

Romantic Dubaï Desert Engagement Session

Who knew a desert could be romantic? Obviously, this sweet couple and their talented photographer, Michael Ferire, did and brought their vision of a desert romance to life with the gorgeous engagement photos below. With stunning light, a beautiful landscape and a couple so obviously in love, even the barren desert of the United Arab Emirates looks like an oasis for love. See it all here.


From Michael FerireFor their engagement shoot Coraline and Johan wanted something very natural. The best option was to use the desert as a minimal and warm place. The aim was to do an authentic engagement shoot and the Dubaï desert was a perfect fit for that.

Photography : Michael Ferire | Venue: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa