When the Bride and the Groom met working in the food industry, you know the reception dinner is going to be phenomenal! From the signature cocktail – a rose-colored citrus aperitif topped with edible flowers – to the late-night snacks of schnitzels and goulash inspired by the couple’s Eastern European heritage, the menu of this wedding planned by Exclusive Weddings in Prague was a food lover’s dream. To top it all off, Punk Rock Cakes baked a gorgeous peach-marbled creation in a delicious carrot flavor. See it all in the drool-worthy gallery captured by Stepan Vrazala Photographer and the film by Primetime Video.
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From the Bride… He popped the question while we were traveling in Europe visiting our families. Although we reside in Southern California, my husband lived in Germany until he was 14, and my parents immigrated to the U. S. from Slovakia, so we are both of Eastern-European heritage. We had visited Prague just a few days prior to our engagement and walked through St. Wenceslas vineyard, admiring the cobblestone path down from the castle through the vineyard – the same setting we would eventually be married in. With travel being a love of ours, our family sprinkled around Europe, and Prague being one of the most beautiful cities, a destination wedding was meant to be.
We had decided the top three most important things we wanted to focus on during the planning process were: family, food, and floral decor. Family from near and far traveled around the globe via planes, trains, and automobiles to one of the most romantic cities in the world. Our goal was to choose a venue that could show off Prague’s beauty in all its glory, and that’s exactly what we got when we chose Villa Richter. Guests marveled at the sweeping views of spires, domes, the Vltava river, and St. Wenceslas vineyard while watching us exchange vows. It felt like a fairytale.
Both of us are passionate about food – it’s essentially what brought my husband and me together. He is a professional chef, and we met while working in a catering kitchen. Little did we know after countless hours of catering many weddings, six years later we would be reveling in our own. We approached our wedding menu planning as if we were planning an indulgent feast for ourselves with all of our favorite foods and flavors we wanted to share with our guests. Signature cocktails included a rose-colored, citrus aperitif topped with edible flowers and a zesty whiskey and ginger concoction. Cheese and charcuterie are a must in our book, so a French cheese bar and a whole leg of Jamón was an easy pick for accompanying hors d’oeuvres. Lobster-cognac soup, house-made smoked salmon, foie gras with brioche… We were in food heaven. Desert was a spread of many classic Czech pastries, chocolate mousse cups, tiramisu, and our gorgeous peach-marbled wedding cake in a carrot flavor. A late-night snack was one that reminded us of our family roots – schnitzels and goulash. The cognac and cigar bar on the terrace overlooking the city lights rounded out the evening.
I wanted the wedding design to be elegant enough for the romantic setting, but also fresh and modern. Frezia Fleur tapped into my head and made my vision a reality. Greenery garlands weaved into free-form florals of vibrant hues: orange, coral, and peach. Geometric vases, gold accents, watercolor stationery, and candles tied the dreamy setting together. The swoon-worthy set-up of the desert bar still makes me beam. A geometric “love conquers all” sign suspended onto a natural greenery backdrop, while gold-glass shelving was filled to the brim with candles.
The entire day was a dream. My husband and I talk about how we wish we could relive it repeatedly. It was our best day ever, and we have all of our lovely vendors to thank. We could not have planned this dream destination wedding half-way across the world if not for our amazing wedding coordinator, Andrea of Exclusive Weddings in Prague.
Photography: Stepan Vrzala Photography | Cinematography: PRIMETIMEVIDEO | Event Planning: Exclusive Weddings In Prague | Floral Design: Veronika | Wedding Dress: Calla Blanche | Cake: Punkrock Cakes | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Wtoo by Watters | Hair + Makeup: Bridal Beauty by Bara K. | Band: April | Men's Attire: Combatant Gentlemen | Wedding Venue: Villa Richter | Bridal Boutique: Wtoo By Watters From Bellissima Bridal In Coral Gables, Florida | Bride’s Earrings: Nordica Photography