I’m not sure whether it was the castle scene, the Bride’s beyond gorgeous style or the quaint reception setting, but I could have sworn this slice of beauty was a styled shoot at first sight. That’s how incredibly pretty this Dutch wedding day is. Captured by Nastia Vesna & Maksim Gladky, it’ll transport you to another world, where a 20’s inspired style meets a secret garden.
From Nastia Vesna & Maksim Gladky… It was Warm autumn day, a fairytale castle, beautiful guests, delicate décor in deep shades, noble style of the bride and groom, dim lights of candles, playing jazz on a background, and the air is full of love and warmth.
From the Bride… Our story began in Amsterdam where we first met as the students in 2010. What followed then was a colorful kaleidoscope of unforgettable moments in which we found ourselves immersed – late evening walks and bike rides across Amsterdam canals, weekend getaways all over Europe, Christmas markets in Germany, New Year Eve’s in French Alps, summer vacations in Spain and finally very romantic proposal in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Florence.
Even though we both come from Moscow and are currently based in London, it did not take us long to decide that we want to get married in Amsterdam – the city to which we felt deeply attached and which changed our lives to the best.
Planning of the wedding started with falling in love with the dress – once I saw Jenny Packham designs, I realised that I will not walk down the aisle in any other gown but hers. It just felt so right and so “me”! The model I chose was actually not from the latest collection and luckily I still managed to find it at Bloomfeld Luxury Bridal. For the hairpiece I wanted something matching but modest not to overdo the total look. As for the shoes, one of my main criteria was being able to dance in them the whole night long, and Valentino’s Tango pumps definitely lived up to their name.
We managed to find the location rather quickly. I had already heard about Kasteel de Hooge Vuursche from few friends and liked the pictures. Once we got there we became sure that the place ticked all the boxes – beautiful and elegant, with amazing outside garden, large windows, plenty of natural light and cosy dining room. I believed that finding location should be the most difficult part of the wedding planning process. Since we coped with this task so easily, I decided not to hire a wedding planner and plan the wedding myself. Though challenging, it was great fun and experience I enjoyed a lot! Actually, I even decided to become a wedding planner myself and have recently joined Wedding Blues agency London team.
The vintage style of the dress set the tone for the wedding – “Among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars” (“The Great Gatsby”). I wanted just a hint of 20’s in the decoration and the atmosphere: jazz music, Art Deco font for the stationery, candle light. As for the colour palette, my personal preferences matched perfectly with the season: deep jewel stones and grape tones both for the flowers and the dress code for the guests.
Our main goal was to create intimate and cosy atmosphere so that the guests and ourselves can enjoy the day and relax. This is exactly how we look back at our wedding: exceptionally beautiful and warm autumn day both in terms of the weather and the vibe.
Photography: Nastia Vesna&Maksim Gladky | Videography: OatStudio | Floral Design: Don Florito | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Shoes: Valentino | Groom's Attire: Suitsupply | Castle: Kasteel De Hooge Vuursche | Film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Hair piece: Valentino | Styling + Day of Coordination: NINA Weddings