SUBMIT WEDDING
View Posts By:

categories

 

tags

 
This Couple Chose to Have their Wedding at the Family Country House

Saying your I do’s at home not only means you have free reign with your creative vision, but that in the years to come you will be able to visit the very spot you said your vows. And what’s more special than that? That’s exactly what Moeko and Jan did for their Big Day with the help of White – Prague Wedding Agency. The results captured by Anezka Chudlikova are intimate, cozy and oh-so-pretty. See it all here!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
Backyard
Styles
Romantic

From White – Prague Wedding AgencyMoeko & Jan weren’t about to have a large glamorous wedding. Instead they chose to celebrate their day in their family country house in the West Bohemia. Even on the official site of the town, Prebuz is described as, “the town at the end of the world”. It’s a town with the lowest population in the Czech Republic surrounded with beautifully rough highlands. It turned out to be the perfect place for Moeko & Jan’s intimate family affair, just as they wanted it. The flowers & decoration were magical, boho & romantic with lot of natural material involved. Their day was nothing but relaxed with a funky yummy wedding buffet prepared by “Sweet & Pepper days” bistro & catering. The bistro is a lovely family run place and their “made with love” food and service just enhanced the family atmosphere of the day. It was wonderful to work with them on the concept of the wedding. We love to be creative and loved little touches at the wedding like family tree with old family photos. Moeko lived in the USA and wanted to share her passion for S’mores bars with her guests – it was a nice surprise for both Czech and Japanese guests. We just had to take a use of the original barn which belongs to the family house. It was decorated for the welcome cocktail, the DJ spinned the party here and it was a perfect spot for the photo corner. We used parts of furniture that we found in the attic that was years and years old. When the sun set, everyone wrapped themselves into cozy duvets. Moeko & Jan are total sweethearts and absolutely perfect together. We were so happy to be there with them on their special day. Love was literally all around!

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

App CTA

App CTA

Photography: Art Motion Media | Event Planning: White - Prague Wedding Agency | Floral Design: Inspirito | Catering: Sweet and Peppers Days | Band: Zeuritia | Stylist: Linda Chudomelova | Tent, furniture, lightings: Borovka

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Destination Wedding in Prague? Yes Please!

Ahh, Prague. One of the most beautiful cities in the ENTIRE world and the ultimate backdrop for a destination wedding. No surprise, Exclusive Weddings In Prague and Stepan Vrzala Photography were behind this incredible day and The Vault album is like a wedding + travel gallery all rolled into one.

From the Bride…I met the man of my dreams in sunny California, and it was love at first sight. Then, in February of 2015, Nicholas proposed. We were spending a day together in beautiful Carmel, along the coast on the famous 17-mile drive. During one of the stops while sitting in front of the vast Pacific Ocean, he took my hand and said he will love me forever. He pulled a ring from his pocket and asked me to marry him. I will never forget the moment he made me the happiest girl in the world.

Nicholas was born and raised in California, but his parents grew up in the Czech Republic and Austria. My family lives in Russia, where I was born and raised, and I moved to California when I was 21. Because of our family ties overseas, we wanted to hold a destination wedding in Europe so our loved ones could all attend. We wanted the location to be meaningful, and after much consideration we decided on Prague. This romantic city full of history and beautiful architecture felt like the perfect fit- a blend of Eastern and Western European cultures, as well as the birthplace of Nicholas’ father. Excited about our decision, we immediately went to work planning our destination wedding in the “Golden City”.

Our preparations began with a search for a local wedding planning agency. We came across Exclusive Weddings in Prague, owned by Andrea Hanusova, and immediately she made a great impression on us. What followed was close to a year of hard work and diligence, to plan the perfect wedding. Andrea patiently helped us through the whole process, and we enjoyed every minute of working with her. She was so personable and talented, making us feel comfortable even in stressful times. She understood our ideas and wishes easily, and helped make our dream wedding come true.

Our fairy-tale wedding in May of 2016 could not have been more perfect. We stayed in the historic Pachtuv Palace, which was established in 1628 and was a favorite lodging of Mozart and other luminaries. The hotel was ideally situated in the heart of Prague, and our room had a wonderful view of The Vltava River and Charles Bridge. We started the weekend with a welcome dinner at a Czech restaurant the night before our wedding, where our guests had a chance to meet each other and break the ice. The following morning was a blur of excitement as I got ready for our big day, and before I knew it I was standing in front of the beautiful Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. This antique church built in a neo-gothic style stands majestically atop a hill in the Vysehrad fortress and overlooks the Vltava River. The interior is embellished with gold statues and delicate paintings, but I hardly noticed these details as my Daddy walked me down the aisle, my heart beating. Nicholas and I exchanged our vows in front of God and our family and friends, a moment we will cherish forever.

The reception that followed was held at Villa Richter, a restaurant in St. Wenceslas’ Vineyard, the oldest vineyard in Bohemia. Nicholas and I first toured Prague in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and visited several picturesque spots for our photo shoot. Meanwhile, our guests arrived at the restaurant and were greeted with signature cocktails and canapés, which included smoked duck breast, prosciutto and figs, and marinated salmon. After enjoying the breathtaking view of Prague’s Old City from the terrace, we took our seats at the beautifully-decorated wedding table. The theme of the reception was one of romantic elegance, with hydrangeas, peonies, roses, carnations, eustomas, sweet peas, astilbes, and astrantias in cream, off-white, and shades of pink. These were surrounded by stunning candles, glass ornaments, and mercury vases. In true Russian tradition, the table was covered with platters of meats, fish and caviar, cheeses, and other delicacies. Grilled tiger prawns with chili ginger sauce were served as the first course, followed by lobster cream soup, and the most delicious main courses including deer tenderloin, grilled veal ribeye steak, and rolled corn chicken. We went back out to the terrace to cut the cake, which was a combination of our two favorite flavors: mud cake with raspberry and dulce de leche.

We had a very fun and lively reception, full of Czech, Russian, American, and Austrian traditions, followed by an emotional first dance to Ed Sheeran’s “Speaking Out Loud”. On the last day we met up with our guests for a boat cruise with live music and buffet-style lunch. As we were enjoying the sunny spring weather and reliving memories of the previous night, we got a chance to see Prague from the river, including the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul. We said our goodbyes with a heavy heart, but we were grateful that our loved ones could get together and share our special day in the romantic, beautiful city of Prague. It was truly a dream wedding and the happiest moment of our lives.

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Stepan Vrzala Photography | Event Planning: Exclusive Weddings In Prague | Floral Design: Inspirito | Wedding Dress: Olvi's | Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Vysehrad Church | Reception Venue: Villa Richter | Rings: Shane Co. | Hair + Makeup: Lucie Pruzkova | DJ: DJ Jirka Brezina | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Transportation: Sebatour | Hotel: Pachtuv Palace | Cake + Desserts: Punkrock Cakes | Getaway Car: Oldtimer Sebek

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
The First Place this Bride Looked for Her Color Scheme? Her Closet!

When it comes to planning your wedding, deciding on a color palette can be daunting, so you’ll want to steal this Bride’s ingenious idea. “To choose a color palette for our wedding I started in my closet…. I took a step back, squinted my eyes and noticed the color I saw the most was fuchsia.” From there, the rest of her fairytale vision came to life in this beautiful day captured by Stepan Vrzala. See it all in The Vault!

Colors
Seasons
Summer
Settings
LodgeOutdoor
Styles
Al Fresco

From The Bride…Every girl grows up dreaming about her fairytale wedding day. I was no different. I wanted a beautiful castle with a sweeping grand staircase, the perfect sunny warm day, bright colorful flowers and let’s not forget… Prince Charming! My Prince Charming, otherwise known as Jeremy, and I, LOVE to travel, so deciding to have a destination wedding was easy. Picking a location was a bit more challenging. We knew it needed to be a castle (obviously), but wanted our guests to travel to a place they had never been before. We decided on Prague, the beautiful Czech countryside and Chateau Mcely. That’s when the dream of my fairytale wedding started to take shape.

To choose a color palette for our wedding I started in my closet. Isn’t that where all color palettes start? I took a step back, squinted my eyes and noticed the color I saw the most was fuchsia (and black, but we’re going to forget about that part). It’s true, bright vibrant pink is my favorite color. I just never realized it until that day in my closet. Now, what to put with fuchsia? I came out of the closet and flipped through bridal magazines, searched Google and scoured the pages of Style Me Pretty until I found a picture of a bouquet I fell in love with. It featured fuchsia roses and various lighter shades of pink peonies with a touch of green. Right click, save as, color palette complete!

Having a two year engagement is both a blessing and a curse. It gave me lots of time to plan and even more time to DIY. Our Save the Date is probably my favorite part of our invitation suite. Jeremy and I sat down together at the dining room table one Saturday and we painted a picture of Chateau Mcely. We scanned the picture and had it turned into glossy postcards to send our guests. Our guests loved finding out we were the artists. It added a personal touch right from the very beginning.

Before we knew it, the plane was landing in Prague and the wedding celebrations had begun!

On Day one, we asked guests to meet us under the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square at 1pm. As the trumpeters finished their arrangement and crowds began to dissipate we started to find one another. Together we walked the cobblestone streets to an old pub where we spent the rest of the afternoon chatting and drinking.

Day two, guests had a leisurely day as they checked into their rooms at Chateau Mcely. We had a lazy afternoon in the sun as we lounged around the natural pool and tossed beach balls. That evening we took a bus to a neighboring town for a chateau and brewery tour. The highlight of the evening was a medieval dinner complete with sword fights and fire breathers!

Day three was about team building and bragging rights. Guests were given colored t-shirts in their welcome bags. They were asked to wear their team t-shirt and meet on the lawn of the Chateau for a Geocaching event. Each team was given a GPS tracking device and raced to be the first to each secret cache. It was exhilarating and competitive. Yellow team went home with gold medals engraved with our wedding logo and the date. After guests cooled down they joined us for our rehearsal dinner on the Chateau Patio. Guests were offered homemade lavender lemonade and Chateau Mcely’s own Nine Flowers Herbal iced tea to sip from mason jars.

The wedding took place on day four. By this time our guests were like family, laughing and joking as if they had known each other all their lives. As the string trio played familiar tunes guests began to gather once again on the Chateau patio. Bright pink hydrangeas, peonies and roses lined the white carpeted aisle. I never felt more beautiful than the moment I walked down the aisle in my Badgley Mischka gown. It was my princess moment. Our florist, Marketa, tied my Grandmother’s ring, given to me by my father, to the base of my bouquet, so that she was there with me on my special day. The ceremony was sweet and made personal with readings from two family members and a unity candle lighting with our parents. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and Champaign on the lawn before moving into the Chateau dining room for dinner. Guests dined on grilled Chilean sea bass, beef sirloin and roasted duck prepared from an old Czech recipe. Mini jars of Chateau Mcely’s wild thyme hand balm were placed at each guests’ place setting as a token of our appreciation. Guests were invited onto the dance floor after dinner. Shortly after, our 4-tier wedding cake adorned with cascading fresh roses and peonies was rolled out by the pastry chef. The cake was the sugar rush our guests needed to keep them fueled for a night full of dancing.

The next morning, the fifth and final day, guests enjoyed a delicious chateau brunch while recounting memorable moments from the previous days. Old and new friends eventually said farewell to each other before departing Chateau Mcely, many continuing their travels to new destinations before heading home.

Looking back on this experience, my advice to future brides would be to enjoy your engagement and be realistic with giving yourself enough time for planning your dream day. There were several couples engaged after us and married before us and I have no idea how they did it without being stressed. It took a full year and a half of planning to put our wedding together. With a full time job and a busy schedule I can’t imagine doing it in less time and enjoying it as much as I did. We met some amazing people in the process who helped make everything come together seamlessly. Katka, Stepan, Marketa, Milli and the staff at Chateau Mcely, thank you!

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Stepan Vrzala Photography | Floral Design: Inspirito | Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka | Invitations: William Arthur Fine Stationery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Sung | Hair + Makeup: Mili Dvorakova | DJ: Radim Keith | Ceremony Music: Musica Festiva | Venue: Chateau Mcely | Bride’s Shoes: Betsey Johnson

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here