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Why You Need to Consider a Destination Wedding in Montenegro ASAP

If the small Balkan country of Montenegro isn’t on your radar yet, it will be the second you lay eyes on this gorgeous destination wedding from Thecablookfotolab. Julia and Konstantin’s big day may look like an inspiration session, thanks to Wedding Montenegro, but rest assured, it is a real wedding. And you can pin every pretty moment from it now in The Vault!

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From ThecablookfotolabI loved working on Julia and Kostya’s wedding. Montenegro is an amazing country. I stayed with them 3 days: we were having fun, sunbathing, swimming in the pool, and taking pictures. All the wedding had this relaxed style and it was so good. I loved the villa where the ceremony took place: Villa Milocer, the view there on the sunset was just gorgeous. The ceremony itself was very touching and sincere.

Also one of my favourite things about this wedding is the bride’s dress. It was from BHLDN and on Julia’s body it was simply perfect as she has model’s parameters.

From the Bride and Groom…Proposal (His version): It was totally surprise for her. I invited her to dinner to the fashionable Shato De Ize, a restaurant on the cliff between Nice and Monte Carlo. She was wearing a blouse and shorts. I haven’t booked the table although I knew that the place is extremely popular. We were lucky as there was one free table. We ordered a set of seven dishes from the chef. I had a white paper bag with a “present” for her on our anniversary which was couple of days before. She thought that I would give her earrings or something like that. But when I knelt, she started to understand what was happening. And then I said: Honey, would you marry me? The answer was “yes” and people on the next table started to applause and ask questions. It was a best day in our lives.

Almost immediately we decided that we want to make a romantic wedding ceremony outside Russia. Our mind drew a picture of a green venue, where the surf of the sea can be heard, and the sun is surrounded by brightly colored sky. Moreover we wanted to join such an important day for us with the possibility to spend some longer than just weekend time with our closest friends and family. After going through wedding ceremony’s offerings in several countries, our attention was attracted by the magic of Montenegro. This country has become significant for us, considering the fact that we also spent there our first joint vacation. After choosing the country, I spent a lot of times reading different forums about weddings in Montenegro. This helped us choose the venue for wedding ceremony and banquet.

Choosing right agency and especially photographer I guess is 50% success of the wedding. The remaining 50% – your family and friends with whom you share this important day for you, and their mood.

The first one – the agency – is your eyes and hands, which helps you to realize all that you have in mind. Understanding each other without words is particularly important given the fact that you plan everything remotely from Moscow. Therefore it is very important to trust your wedding organizer.

Photographer – is a person from whom depend on how you will remember your day for years to come. For us it was very important that the photographer shared our views, tastes, she knew how to catch our mood, with whom you may feel easy and relaxed. Relationship with Dasha was almost at random, and we immediately fell in love with her photographs. Dasha lives in Italy and in her clear voice, we immediately felt something close, and her keen interest in photography and a great desire to move in this direction ultimately determined our choice. And we were right – we got not only great photos as a result, but also a wonderful friend at the wedding, which let us toast to the wedding table.

The venue determined the dream dress. It should be something very light, soft and romantic. Dozens of trips to the bridal salons with my friends were unsuccessful – I understand that all this is not mine. And then I decided to order a dress from the USA – the very thing in which I fell in love at the very beginning of their search. And when it flew towards me and I tried it on – I realized that this is it – my dream dress.

In morning of the wedding all the bridesmaids gathered in my room for breakfast. Girls pressed shirts, steamed dresses, we laughed a lot and were very positive. After all the gatherings we began the photo shoot – with laughing bridesmaids, impressive hugs with mum, brutal boys in suits…After the photo session we all went to the ceremony.

Under the sounds of Marry me – Train between rows of chairs with the guests she walks slowly, in stunning white dress for the meeting with her beloved…who stands in the arch, worrying and waiting for her…They exchanged rings and vows to each other…loud sounds of applause greeted the husband and the wife.

After the ceremony, there was a banquet at Adrovic terrace restaurant overlooking the peninsula of Sveti Stefan. Throughout the evening guests were dancing – young and old, saying toasts, clinking of glasses did not stop…And everyone was really happy!

On return to our villa we ran into a surprise – an after party, which our friends have prepared for us. They have prepared slips – a variety of tests for us. From physical exercises to the questions that we raised synchronously homemade signs, which answer the question this does “he” or “she.”

The greatest gift of fate – those wonderful people that surround you. Even if they are not always nearby physically, but their incredible support through thousands of kilometers gives wings and strength. Our wedding guests came from all over the world – Canada, the Netherlands, Latvia, Italy…and we were incredibly happy, knowing that all of them came to share with us this important day in our lives!

Do not forget that first and foremost it is YOUR day! And do not let anything or anyone to spoil it. Nerves and emotions will always be there – but you must immediately abstract away from it all. The night before wedding ceremony me and the groom took the car with an open roof, my bridesmaids put for us a bottle of champagne with glasses in jockey box…and we left. We enjoyed the bright starry sky, murmur of the sea…and each other. And that’s exactly what we needed after a long wedding preparation.

From Wedding MontenegroAn unforgettable day for a beautiful loving couple Julia and Konstantin, a day, when everything came together – the deepest feelings, tears of happiness and a whole sea of flowers!

The couple chose Montenegro as their destination wedding place for a reason – here, in the country of the high blue mountains and the endless sea, here each corner whispers about love!

Julia and Konstantin contacted our agency about half a year before their wedding date, that is why we had all the time needed to think through all the wedding details and make the special day truly magic. The newlyweds decided to choose Milocer park for their venue – this is the famous former residence of the kings, which is surrounded by pine trees and is situated right on the shore of the Adriatic sea. The wedding color theme Marsala perfectly toned with the parks greenery. The ceremony was held in the heart of the park in the shadow of the pine trees. The place where the newly-weds brought their vows to each other was decorated with beautiful columns with ancient vases winded round by ivy. The path to the vases was laid out with rose pedals in a tracery print. Julia looked just amazing in her light streaming dress walking light steps over the rose pedals towards her future happiness.

The ceremony was symbolic, but the atmosphere helped realizing the importance of the moment – the registrar, signs in the wedding certificate and the mutual vows of eternal love. And of course the magic sounds of the sea waves and the fascinating Montenegrin nature. The bridesmaids were all dressed in similar color dresses with garlands on their heads and the grooms friends were all in the same bow-ties. That gave a real charm to the wedding ceremony and the photo session. The dinner was to be not far away from the park, in one of the best restaurants of the Adriatic coast overlooking the magnificent island of Sveti Stefan. The tables were decorated with the marsala colors, wild pomegranates and grapes that helped adding a luxury accent to the whole evening. The photo zone was a hall of memories of Julia and Konstantin, because it was all covered up in photographs from their mutual trips around the world. One of the greatest surprises of the evening was the concert of a famous Montenegrin singer, a participant of the Eurovision song contest – Nina Zizic. There was a lot of dancing during the night, with the memorable first dance of the newly-weds, the couple changed into dancing costumes and expressed all their true love in that dance. Without any doubt the cake was a real unforgettable moment – vivid red color sweet masterpiece!

Julia and Konstantin are an incredible couple, positive loving, young and beautiful, looking straight in the same direction and holding hands firmly! Such a day will stay in their memory for always! And we are honored that we could help making that day perfect!

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Photography: Thecablookfotolab | Event Planning: wedding montenegro | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Ceremony Venue: Villa Milocer | Reception Venue: Hotel Adrovic | Bride's Shoes: Versace Collection | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab

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A Mykonos Wedding That’ll Kick Your Wanderlust Into Overdrive

Pack your bags pretties because we’re headed across the world to a little place called Mykonos. It’s the Greek island that brings all your Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants travel dreams to life plus backdrop to this INSANELY dreamy wedding day. MykonosWedding by Aikaterini planned, Anna Roussos photographed, and you might never convince me to leave all that’s waiting in The Vault.


From Mykonos WeddingTom & Kylene chose Mykonos as the island that suits them both best for their happy and original spirit. They flew their friends and family from the US and from Athens, Greece, to make this dream come true.

It was a warm day and for a May wedding it couldn’t have been a better weather situation. Kylene and her bridesmaids were prepared in the private villa where the couple was staying during all their stay on Mykonos island. Tom and his groomsmen were prepared in a luxury suites hotel near by. A small chapel with magnificent views to the sea, provided the perfect scene for their Christian Orthodox ceremony.

All guests upon arrival found their seats on the outdoor space of the chapel, around the orthodox ceremony table waiting for the couple to make their entrance. Traditional musicians lead the way for the arrival of the groom first and later of the bride. All Greek Christian Orthodox ceremony customs took place. The two large beautifully decorated candles symbolizing the light preceding each one of the couple for all their life together. The ‘koufeta’, the sugar covered almonds, that symbolize the joys and sorrows of marriage as well as fertility. The rice and the rose petals that were thrown to the couple during the ceremony which symbolize abundance and a life strewn with rose petals and the single glass filled with red wine that sealed their love and union. ‘The two that became one for the rest of their lives’.

Kylene’s parents and sisters, were beaming watching her marry the love of her life, and wishing them well. The bride’s so cute little dog pet starred during her entrance and ceremony, wearing bows that matched the whole wedding concept.

Following the ceremony, guests arrived to Nammos Beach Restaurant for the reception and were invited to enjoy a cocktail on the beach lounge especially prepared, with carpets covering the sand, making it a convenient floor to the ladies with high heels. Signature cocktails and drinks were served and while guests where relaxing after the overwhelming ceremony, another overwhelming event was about to happen. The couple arrived by sea, standing on the bow of a stylish polished motorboat, decorated with flowers. None of the guests was expecting anything like this, everyone stood amazed watching the couple as the boat was approaching.

The dinner was delicious as expected, followed by speeches from the family and guests and a few hours of energetic music and dancing. Food, music, champagne, and exquisite sweet surprises to keep the guests entertained through out. The bride, wore a lovely open back dress, embellished with shining elements, custom made by a friend. The groom wore a Hugo Boss tux as well as his groomsmen, showcasing the groom’s style and personality. The flowers chosen to match the classic style, were white and pink roses with olive leaves that made a lovely statement in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets and in the table centerpieces.

From The Bride…A few months into dating, my Greek-American boyfriend and I went on our first trip together to Greece. It was during that trip that we said our first ‘I love you’s’, wrote our names in the white volcanic rock in Santorini, and he brought me to see the church where he said he someday would like to get married.

It was a magical trip trip where I fell in love with not only my future husband, but Greece itself. Fast-forward three years and I was back in Mykonos, Greece with all of our close friends and family walking up to that same church to meet my awaiting fiance.

Planning our wedding, however, was not quite as magical as that first trip to Greece. Of course I had my Pinterest boards full of inspiration, bookmarked wedding blogs, and dogeared magazine pages, but I quickly learned that planning a wedding in Greece would not be as easy as I had imagined. Coming from the US, I was not accustomed to the slower pace of life that Greece operates under,as well as different legal requirements for the ceremony and lack of resources on the island.

I was lucky enough to schedule my dream photographer from Greece, Anna Roussos, found a fantastic florist (Studio 7) who was just opening a shop on Mykonos, and hired an excellent wedding planner (MykonosWedding by Aikaterini) to help with all the details, who knew everyone involved and coordinated everything in such a way I never had to worry about anything.

In the end, we had the most beautiful Greek Island wedding I could have hoped for. The weekend started out with a welcome party at our villa with traditional Greek food catered from one of our favorite little restaurants. This was a great night for our extended families to meet for the first time.

The next day was our Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at a small church atop a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, complete with traditional Greek musicians to accompany us up the path. Our reception followed at Nammos Restaurant on Psarrou Beach with the most delicious dinner and even some Greek dancing which continued late into the night. The weekend wrapped up with a wooden boat sailing trip to the Island of Delos where we explored the ancient ruins, then returned to Mykonos in time to watch the sunset over the famous windmills.

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Photography: Anna Roussos | Event Planning + Design: MykonosWedding by Aikaterini | Floral Design: Studio 7 | Invitations: Aerialist Press | Ceremony Venue: Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Nammos | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair + Makeup: BeautyWorld Mykonos | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Groomsmen Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Hotel: Greco Philia

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Escape to Florence with this Sweet E-Shoot

My hubby and I have been creating a list of places we must visit and at the tippy top? Florence. I was there briefly in college and it was way too short – and without my special person. Florence is a city made for lovers and these two would agree. Gert Huygaerts captured their too-sweet-for-words engagement session and their Vault gallery is our wanderlust motivation destination for the time being.

From Gert Huygaerts… When Lynzie and Josh from Chicago contacted me a few months ago to see if I wanted to shoot their wedding next year, I didn’t really doubt for more than a second… as Lynzie knew exactly what she wanted being a wedding photographer herself.

Having a wedding in Tuscany and with Lynzie and Josh looking for a wedding venue for their big day, we decided to have their engagement shoot in the wonderful city of Florence… it was full spring and the temperature was nice, so the moods were good!

In the amazing old architecture of this Italian masterpiece, we had the most beautiful views and moments full of love… an Italian dream come true!

I’m already looking forward to next summer when they will be coming back to Europe to have their big day. It will sure be a day full of love in an amazing place… I can already feel that!

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Photography: Gert Huygaerts Photography | Dress: Alice & Olivia | Bride's Shoes: Louboutin | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Suit: Hugo Boss Red Label | Film Processing: CarmencitaLab | Floral Dress: Sandals From Zara | Groom's Shoes: Bruno Magli

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