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This Wedding Was Inspired by the Most Gorgeous Floral Gown

We can’t dive into this castle wedding without starting with the most gorgeous floral Lazaro gown that inspired the day. It’s watercolor pastel blooms are carried through every last detail planned by Lovely Day along with floral design by Ponk Rentals. If you are a lover of fresh garden blooms, insanely romantic details and a fairytale backdrop, then you’ll find a whole lot to love in Peter and Veronika’s imagery. It’s flora at every turn.

From the Bride… One of the most emotional experiences of wedding planning is definitely choosing the right wedding dress. I was blessed to have my mother and sister with me to help me pick the perfect gown. I went dress shopping exactly one year before the big day in Los Angeles. I only went to two boutiques; the second one was JLM couture on Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles. I knew I wanted a fairytale garden wedding and when I saw the floral Lazaro gown I fell in love. It was everything I was looking for and I felt like a real princess. When I tried it on my mom put a necklace around my neck the same one she wore to her wedding with my father and we all knew that was the dress. It was perfect day.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Videography: Rec Studio | Planner: Lovely Day | Floral Design: PONK Rentals | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Stationary: Mikina Dimunova | Make up: Veronika Vargova | Photography - Assistance: Floretally

Monet’s Water Lilies Inspired This Editorial + It’s Just as Incredible

This Claude Monet-inspired wedding editorial photographed by Peter & Veronika landed on my desk the very same week I saw his infamous Water Lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie – and I can’t stop swooning! The gorgeous, pastel fresco walls of Theresia Chateau, multiple wild-feeling bouquets by Floretally, and hint of blue in the Bride and Groom’s attire all capture that peaceful beauty of the beloved impressionist paintings. Take a trip to the gallery, because this shoot is sure to inspire awe, just like the Water Lilies.

From Peter & VeronikaWhen creating a concept for this photo shoot, we were very excited about the stunning old frescoes preserved at the main hall of Theresia Chateau. The fresco walls are painted in remarkable muted pink and blue colors, with accents of menthol green and white. Such a color combination led us to Claude Monet’s Water Lilies series that are of a similar nature. Thus Monet became a great inspiration for us. Monet’s paintings are full of flowers, nature, and vivid life, but on the other hand they evoke a sense of peace. Although they are painted in oils, they remind one of the watercolor effect. Inspired by all these elements, we ended up aiming to combine the beauty of nature and art. We used seasonal spring flowers, especially lilacs, tulips, and clematis. Soft calligraphy with a touch of watercolor along the edges of the stationery, soft textures throughout the decor, and a gorgeous gown were picked to create a peaceful impression and easy-going feeling for the overall design. We also tried to show that the nature is the biggest artist, so flowers were tied in bouquets of irregular shapes creating a sense of natural motion – exactly like Monet’s paintings – without repetitive patterns and symmetry.



Photography: Peter & Veronika | Event Design: Floretally | Floral Design: Floretally | Wedding Dress: Mywony | Stationery: Martina Lyons | Shoes: Zoot | Hair + Makeup: Jana Olsinska | Accessories: Lucia Stofej | Attire: Zoot | Fashion Styling: Fresshion | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Food Styling: Lapetit | Location: Theresia Chateau | Models: Exit Model Management

A Winding Table in the Woods = Total Reception Goals

A winding wedding table in the woods sounds pretty darn magical, no? How about if I told you that said woodland celebration just so happened to be this pretty lil’ wedding from Peter & Veronika. And the best part? It’s all waiting for you in The Vault!

From Peter and VeronikaThis Slovak-Korean wedding of Hana and Jozef was a perfect reflection of their personalities. On one hand sophisticated, delicate and romantic like Hana, on the other hand vivid, lively and bountiful just like Jozef with his Slovak temperament. Their wedding was a beautiful merge of two cultures and their traditions. The reception was held under Slovak apple trees and the guests were cooling themselves with Korean fans! Here, under the blue skies at Wiegerova Villa a new big family has emerged and we couldn’t have been happier to witness that.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Event Design: Ponk Rentals | Floral Design: Ponk Rentals | Wedding Dress: Raimon Bundó | Hair + Makeup: Alena Zahorska | Venue: Wiegerova Vila

Alluring + Romantic Shoot at the Home of a Beethoven Masterpiece

Set at Dolna Krupa, the gorgeous site where Beethoven wrote his piano masterpiece Moonlight Sonata for the love of his life, this shoot encompasses that magical romance and more. Captured by Peter and Veronika at their first workshop, we’re transfixed with detail after detail; from the dress to the florals to the look of love between these two, it doesn’t get any better than this. Patricia & Oliver filmed the experience live – see the clip below and even more beauty in our Vault this way!


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From Peter and Veronika… While planning our very first Workshop this past spring we found the inspiration for the editorial theme in the venue place itself. With its long and interesting history, the manor house of Brunswick family in Dolna Krupa is forever bound with the name of the greatest composer of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven. He visited the manor and composed his beautiful piano masterpiece Moonlight Sonata here. Ludwig dedicated this song to his secret love of his life, Josephine von Brunswick, to whom he sent several love letters and called her his ‘only beloved’ and ‘my angel, my all, my very self’. It was a truly beautiful story of an unfulfilled love.

The Sonata itself also inspired the color scheme of our editorial. Moonlight tones of serenity, grey, royal blue, black, silver and gold were used with the decorations, flower arrangements, calligraphy and also with the dress. It made everything look magical, just like the moonlight sky!

From Ponk Rentals… When Veronika mentioned that the manor house where the workshop was going to take place is reportedly the place where Beethoven composed his moonlight sonata we immediately started to think silver, silver grey and shades of blue and completely reworked the mood board. Our aim was to create a rich decor that would complement the strict forms of the building, which is a rather fine example of classicist architecture, but would yet be delicate and fragile to convey the eerie atmosphere of a moonlight reflecting on the water surface. We used Victoria Ghost chairs because they perfectly unite these two aspects and did not take away focus from the manor and the decor, vintage silver charger plates and flatware, very exquisite platinum rim champagne glasses and silk runners from Orchidee de Soie in different shades of blue and grey. Napkins were made from a very fine batiste to add more lightness to the whole scheme. From the beginning we wanted to create very rich florals to acknowledge the manor’s rose garden reputation. One of the countesses was known as “Rose Countess” and had a rosarium with more than 6,000 roses and a complete collection of north countries roses. Flowers were in different shades of white only and it work well with shades of grey, silver and blue accent of the decor and a beautifully faded nude paint on the manor house. The bright green leaves of a fig and kiwi trees we used in the flower arrangements were the only vibrant aspect of the whole concept to bring it alive.

From Martina Lyons… My inspiration was the Chateau love story and “serenity” itself. It is just a beautiful word. It is exactly the color that I imagined. With a drop of beautiful moon gold dust on handmade serenity blue paper it is a perfect amount of romanticism. And all the love coming from Ludwig van Beethoven´s love letter to his Josephine, his Immortal Beloved…

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Cinematography: Patricia And Oliver | Styling: Ponk Rentals | Floral Design: Ponk Rentals | Hair + Makeup: Barbora Yurkovic | Calligraphy: Martina Lyons | Venue: Dolna Krupa | Chairs: Decor2love | Fashion Styling: Barbora Yurkovic | Illustrations: Martina Lyons | Models: Exit Model Management | Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie | Second Wedding Dress: Jana Pistejova | Silver Wedding Dress: Custom Design by Bride | Table Runner: Orchidee De Soie

A European Wedding That’ll Convince You Less is More

Simplicity is the name of the game for this Slovakia wedding, and thanks to the beautiful images by Peter & Veronika Photography I’m officially convinced that less is more. Set by the river with a breathtaking first look, this day is filled with dreamy moments and postcard-worthy views. See each and every capture sitting pretty in The Vault.

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From The Bride…Soon after beginning our wedding preparations, it became clear that we wanted a summer wedding – an outdoor one ideally. The perfect venue was quickly found: s restaurant on the banks of the River Danube with a lovely garden and a breathtaking view of our hometown. The building itself was built back in 1827 and offers a unique combination of elegance and nostalgic flair.

As with every outdoor wedding, the weather was our biggest concern. Fortunately, it turned out even better than expected and we were able to enjoy a warm summer night with our guests, surrounded by the lights of Bratislava’s old city center.

As the venue and its view were already unique, we felt it did not need much decoration. To match the venue’s character we decided to keep it simple and elegant by using flowers in soft pastel tones with golden details.

To give the wedding a bit of a personal touch, and because I have always enjoyed DIY projects, I decided to make certain items myself. The wedding favors, the ring plate and also the menu were all my creations. A great source of inspiration for these was Pinterest and of course the many gorgeous weddings published on Style Me Pretty.

For my dress, I decided to go with the Slovak designer Zlatica Hujbertova. I wanted something simple and airy, something I would feel comfortable wearing throughout the day but also dancing in all night.

My advice for future brides would be this: Don’t panic if things don’t go as perfect as planned. Just roll with it and focus on the important: Having fun on this special day with your loved one and friends & family.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Floral Design: Atelier Papaver | Wedding Dress: Zlatica Hujbetova | Cake: Marlotka | Bride's Shoes: Kurt Geiger | DJ: Wedding King | Venue: Au Cafe Bratislava

Royal Purple Old World Wedding in Slovakia

Mary Donna and Oliver have officially planned our dream wedding. For starters, the location? Superb. The decor? Sublime. And the love? Undeniable. Peter & Veronika Photography was on hand capturing it all to share and thanks to THE VAULT you can witness the magic.

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From Peter & Veronika PhotographyMary Donna and Oliver had to travel all over the world to find each other and fall in. Oliver was born in Slovak Republic and in the childhood emigrated with his parents to US.

Mary Donna is from Philippines, but she found her home in US as well. They are both doctors and they found their love right at the workplace. Marry is a cardiologist and therefore it was easy for her to steal Oliver’s heart. For their wedding they chose the capital of Slovak Republic – beautiful Bratislava.

Slovak Republic is on the half way between US and Philippines, that´s why both of the families met right there. The wedding took place in a beautiful hotel right at the heart of Bratislava with an amazing view of the castle and the National Theatre.

It was a classic and elegant wedding in purple and white shades. Both bridesmaids’ dresses and their bouquets were purple. We are very happy, that we could be a part of that connection of these two wonderful persons, two different cultures and two families.

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Photography: Peter & Veronika | Cinematography: Patricia And Oliver | Floral Design: Wolfert | Wedding Dress: Veejay Floresca | Stationery: Prinstonalities | Rings: Laviano | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Veejay Floresca | Makeup: Sona Kubenikova | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Venue: Raddison Blu Aqua Hotel | Event Planning + Coordination: Lovely Day

Whimsical Pastel Winter Fairy Tale Wedding

There is nothing I love more than a pastel wedding and this whimsical celebration is exactly what I’m talking about. A winter celebration that is as cozy as it is chic, this pretty captured by Peter & Veronika Photography has earned it’s place in our wedding loving hearts. From the Bride’s bedazzled heels, to the perfectly pink gowns, see it all in The Vault!

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From The Bride…Darius organized a romantic weekend in Budapest for us. One day we went on a cruise on the Danube river where Darius proposed. Everything was very romantic that evening. The proposal was unexpected and I realized what is going on only when Darius suddenly kneeled down. Afterwards I finally understood why he ordered a shot of vodka during dinner – for the courage

Originally our wedding was going to take place on 6th June, however we changed our mind and decided that wedding on snow would have a lot of charm. The decision was inspired by my parents, in more specific, their winter wedding in February thirty-three years ago.

During several months before the wedding I spent hours browsing the World Wide Web looking for inspiration for the wedding decorations. All the way from the beginning I was sure about the agency I would like to collaborate with regarding decorations – Moruška dizajn has always been my number one option. The style of our wedding was “romantic vintage”. We opted for round tables and stylish chiavari chairs. Base color for table decorations was pink, highlighted by grey table cloths. In the middle of each table was a bouquet made primarily out of roses. All flowers were imported from Holland and unbelievably beautiful. Behind the table of the bridal couple stood a wall decorated with pom-poms. Finally, there was a cigar and a candy bar.

Our wedding day was a big success. Everything went as planned, even beyond expectation. It was great that we did not have to take care of anything the day itself anymore, our only task was to enjoy the day to the fullest. Everything was taken care of by our contractors and our wedding coordinator Zuzana. It truly was a fairytale wedding.

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Photography: Peter & Veronika | Cinematography: Patricia And Oliver | Event Planning: Zuzana Hajska | Floral + Event Design: Moruska Design | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: Sweet Cake Bakery | Invitations: Kursalon Spicy Brown | Bride's Shoes: Salon Wem | Rings: Brilliant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: Kursalon Spicy Brown | Hair + Makeup: Katarina Mahrikova | Groom's Attire: Ozeta | Venue: Kursalon Trencianske Teplice | Hair Accessories + Veil: Salon Wem

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Colorful European Castle Wedding

Red and green don’t necessarily top my list of favorite wedding colors ever, but this European castle wedding is proving me wrong in the very best way. Set in the Slovak mountains, it’s an affair drenched in lavish greenery and vibrant hues by Moruska Design, and Peter & Veronika Photography worked their magic behind the lens. Go ahead and consider this gallery your new happy place.

From Bride…We wanted our wedding to have a magical spark. Like something just out of Lord of the Rings. The lavish greenery with carefully picked flowers, the glimmering candlelight, the mix of colors, smoke coming out of cocktails, and soft piano music all played out to create an unforgettable atmosphere for all of us.

My husband and I both love nature. Therefore we chose a place set amid Slovak mountains surrounded by forests and rivers. The castle itself is packed with ancient charm. It is a beautifully renovated renaissance hotel with a gothic ruin in the middle and we immediately fell in love with it. Because of the historical settings where stone is omnipresent, we wanted to warm up the courtyard and so-called “Stone galley” by a combination of marsala, blackberry, powder and cream tones underlined by deep green. The flower arrangements were intricate, yet somehow negligent at the same time.

We gathered our guests one day in advance for an informal barbeque party. This simple act made all the difference, as the day of the wedding the people already knew each other and could fully enjoy the wedding itself. We didn’t care much about local conventions. We skipped the obligatory folk music and invited Beatles revival group and a punk rock band instead. We wanted everything to be the way we imagined and though it took months of planning, it was absolutely worth it.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Event Design: Moruska Design | Floral Design: Moruska Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Invitations: Pergamen | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair And Makeup: Boris Bordacs | Band: The Backwards | Band: Lost Clusters | Venue: Grand Castle | Cakes And Desserts: Martina Pinterova Bezakova | Groom’s Attire: Prada | Hair Accessories: Jenny Packham | Paper Goods: Pergamen

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Vintage Chic Marsala Wedding Inspiration

If timeless vintage goodness is your jam, this shoot from Peter & Veronika Photography and Ponk Rentals will have you grinning ear to ear. It’s has a classic, mysterious air that will transport you to a different time and place, where love forever lives. From the deep red and burgundy palette splashes across the stationery and florals to the piles of beautifully aged chairs, this gallery in THE VAULT is a vintage-lover’s dream.

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From Peter & Veronika PhotographyWe have created this styled shoot with the thought of combining modern and trendy with something classic and timeless. On the one hand side there are new materials, trendy colours, unusual flowers and on the other classy jewelry, grandmother’s dress and vintage candle holders. Our inspiration came when we saw Ponk Rentlas’ warehouse full of antique and vintage furniture, which was just asking for a timeless concept.

From Ponk RentalsThe dream for this styled shoot began a long time before it finally came to live thanks to a very talented and energetic wedding photogrpaher duo Peter and Veronika. We always love the dreamy character of our warehouse. From the moment you enter you are transported to a place where time stands still. It’s full of beautiful furniture that our parents collected for years (when collecting develops into a small obsession…) and you can just wonder around for hours discovering, imaging the history and recreating the future of every piece. It’s full of natural light gently filtered through dusty industrial skylights that creates feeling of serenity you would not usually associated with a place like this. We were longing to capture this sentiment of re-discovering, quite creativity and day dreaming. 

Peter and Veronika, who also immediately fell under the spell of our warehouse, suggested a styled shoot inspired by the idea of eternal love we were couldn’t be more excited. We thought of drama and passion of eternal life buried under the stillness of time and space, long forgotten but waiting to be brought back to life. We immediately thought of dark red of the roses, which have always been a symbol of love and passion, to be the focal point of the styling, coupled with gentler shades of purple and white calla and water lilies. We offset the drama with lush linens and silks, luxurious vintage tableware and soft candle lights. Ivy and other trailing foliage symbolizes the passage of time and slow decay of beauty just to be transformed into another form of beauty.

With this styled shoot we would like to inspire the brides not to be afraid to mix the dress from the latest collections (in our case it was the beautiful Pronovias dress from wedding avenue) coupled with vintage fur coat and jewelry with a hint of marsala. The short dress comes from a inheritance (lent by Ponk Rentals), just perfectly illustrating this timeless effect – what was beautiful 50 years ago is still very appealing now as it will be in 50 years. We coupled the vintage dress with a very trendy Hot Chocolate Boudoir Brand (Maison Maybe) .

The whole concept of stationery was entrusted to a very talented illustrator, Iveta Karpathyova, who created amazing “save the date” cards with a hand painted flowers and beautiful script.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Styling: Ponk Rentals | Wedding Dress: Wedding Avenue | Stationery: Iveta Ka Illustrations | Makeup: Olivia Norovska | Hair: Olivia Norovska | Venue: Punta Uva Beach | Accessories: Maison Maybe | Fur Coat: Maison Maybe | Furniture Rentals: Ponk Rentals | Models: Exit Model Management

Intimate Slovakian Wedding

An intimate ceremony capped off by a night of dancing under the stars against one of the most breathtaking backdrops you will ever see: this, my friends, is how you party destination-style.  It’s beautiful details from the Park Hotel Tartuf meets gorgeous images from Peter & Veronika meets an adorable duo who know a thing or two about stylish I do’s.  Get lost in the lovely right here.  

From the Bride… We both new from the very beginning that our wedding venue would be a romantic place in Europe. I wanted it to be a castle but all those we liked didn’t offer accommodation which, in our case, was a must. We wanted to find a place where all the guests could stay, where we could have a ceremony, photo session and the wedding reception. Thus, we started to look at historic hotels and the moment I saw Park Hotel Tartuf in the pictures, I knew it was the ONE. The interior, its stained glass windows, crystal chandelier, beautiful park… we just loved it! The manor-house looked charming and cozy – a perfect venue for our wedding. Besides, I used to work in Slovakia for half a year and the country as well as its open-hearted people will always have a special place in my heart.

Our family and most of the friends live in Moscow just like us and we were worried that they would not be as enthusiastic about our destination wedding as we were. But almost everyone simply loved the idea of travelling abroad and experiencing a Slovak wedding.

Being a perfectionist, I decided to arrange everything myself. It was extremely hard to organize such an event from distance and in a foreign country. Five months before our Big Day we finally travelled to Slovakia to see Tartuf, I was so scared because hotels have a tendency to look way better on the pictures than in reality. But the whole place turned out to be even more magical than we could imagine!

We had 35 guests – only closest relatives and friends. I have to admit it was a hard decision for me and Timur to cut down a guest list to an absolute minimum, but we both believed that an intimate event was more our style. Our wedding was a unique opportunity for our family and friends to come together and enjoy the company of each other for three full days – a rare thing for us these days. It was absolutely amazing to be surrounded by our dearest people from all over the world and love was indeed in the air.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Stationery: Big Day | Shoes: Giovane Gentile | Venue: Park Hotel Tartuf | Catering & Cake: Park Hotel Tartuf | Groom's Jacket And Tie: Cacharel | Music: Dominika Titková & Friends | Wedding Decoration: Park Hotel Tartuf | Wedding Garter: Elena Gerasimova

Whimsical Summer Wedding with Custom Silver Dress

There aren’t enough words to do this embellished silver wedding gown justice, but the photos from Peter & Veronika Photography come pretty darn close. It’s an absolute work of art, and the perfect attire for a sunny outdoor affair dressed head to toe in whimsy. Fashionflowers designed every pretty arrangement, and the gallery is filled with SO much more.


From The Bride…Me and Martin started to date 6 years ago. Almost two years ago we went for a vacation to Thailand. I have to admit that for more than two weeks I expected he would propose me. There were so many beautiful places and romantic moments! But he didn’t… In the morning of our last day in Thailand he got down on his knees and asked the question. For sure I said yes! We both knew we wanted a September wedding, but we also wanted more time to prepare it, so we decided to wait a bit longer and found a date that almost fit the day of our 6th anniversary. I dreamed about a barn or field wedding, but we couldn’t find anything nearby. Until my sister showed me this amazing location near our hometown Wiegerova vila. We fell in love with this place immediately ­ beautiful garden with apple trees, dogs and horses and amazing interior convinced us.

All my planning started on Pinterest, where I found inspiration for everything ­ my dress, decorations, flowers and all those little details and presents. For sure I consulted everything with my (then) fiancé, sister and friend. I knew exactly how my dress should look like (except I wanted it to be white in the beginning), so I decided to buy the fabric by my own and let it done by a sewer. It ended up with this silver stunning dress and I couldn’t feel more beautiful on our big day.

I wanted to harmonize the venue (a bit rustic) and my wedding dress (maybe posh for someone) and with the help of our amazing suppliers it ended up perfectly! We loved everything about it ­vintage furniture, most beautiful flowers, delicious food and cakes, lovely and talented photographers and videographers, folk traditions, great party afterwards (the band was a gift from my father) and the sun shining outside (I don’t know which supplier arranged this). With all this and people we love most was our day just perfect. A day full of emotions and love from my husband ­that’s all I dreamed of…

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Coordination: Atelier Ello | Event Design: Ponk Rentals | Floral Design: Fashionflowers | Wedding Dress: Jarmil | Wedding Cake: Laurent | Stationery: Nenbra | Ceremony Venue: Wiegerova Vila | Reception Venue: Wiegerova Vila | Catering: Roxy Catering | Make Up: Katarina Kmecova | Bouquet: Fashionflowers | Bride' Shoes: & Other Stories | Groom Attire: Paoloni | Groom's Shoes: Massimo Dutti | Hairstyle: Renata Marova | Jewelery: Parfois | Music Band: Hex, Janko Kuric | Sweet Table: Laurent | Wedding Video: Patricia And Oliver

Classic, Elegant Slovakia Wedding at Hotel Albrecht

I spend my days poring through gorgeous images, but this collection from Peter & Veronika Photography honestly took my breath away. Beautifully classic with a timeless feel, they paint the picture of a wedding that was gorgeous in every sense of the word. So it’s no surprise that this gallery is stunning from the first image to the last, and you can see what I mean right here.

From Peter & Veronika PhotographySuzanne and Sveto’ s wedding was just like the two of them. Elegant, sophisticated and very comfortable. Everything was decorated in soft pastel colors and tiny flowers with candles created very romantic atmosphere.

From The Bride…I met Sveto for the first time at University, he was a 2nd year studying in a different faculty. I wasn’t initially interested in a relationship, but his persistence led firstly to friendship, which very soon became the true love we cherish today. We have now been a couple for 8 years, and just recently celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary.

We have been through many of life’s milestones together; we graduated from university, found our first jobs, lived and worked abroad, and of course, moved into our first apartment together. We have traveled to many wonderful destinations, creating beautiful shared memories and experiences along the way.

Three years ago Sveto was offered a job in Prague and I think that this moment was what showed him that it was time to move forward with our relationship. Sveto is not a very romantic type of guy and I knew that if he proposed to me, it would not be in a public or crowded place or during a special occasion. I was really shocked when he asked me to marry him. It took me a while to realize not only what he was asking, but also the real meaning behind the words. I felt truly happy, touched and knew how much I meant to my future husband.

Despite the fact that we hadn’t talked in detail about our wedding prior to the engagement, we quickly agreed on almost all the crucial details including the style, date (which was exactly a year and a day after he proposed), venue, and number of guests. He was mainly concerned about the budget. Looking back now, he does not regret that we slightly exceeded the initial amount, and by little I mean 30 %. I am sure that every bride who reads these words understands me fully.

I had my dream of what our wedding would be like before we got engaged, and I did not made any significant changes during the planning of it. I wanted something unique which I would plan myself, and for the wedding to be elegant and classy.We made the decision not to engage any consultants or planners. In all honesty, if I could go back and change something, it would be that. I spent many evenings, emails and energy on planning everything myself, but in the end all the effort was worth it. It was a timeless wedding which will be in the minds of our guests for a long time to come.

The trickiest thing to organize was the venue. We both like classy, boutique restaurants, but it took us some time to find what we wanted in Bratislava, Slovakia. There are many chateaux, locations with vast, beautiful gardens and rustic buildings, but none of the ones we visited made such an impression on us as Hotel Albrecht The moment we walked through the doors, we knew it was the one. We both went quiet, had smiles on our faces, then after a few moments just looked at each other knowing that our decision had been made.We were informed by the manager that one of the best Czech-Slovak cooks would be available for our date and he would be delighted to select the wedding menu with us. Our expectations were exceeded, we were so lucky. All decorations and flowers for the day were made by Moruška design. Thanks to them I had the most beautiful bridal bouquet ever. It was a combination of pink and white Gypsophila (Baby’s-Breath). They also used this extraordinary flower for the table centerpieces. Huge balls of Gypsophila were placed in high vases inside which were colorful fish. Candles and lanterns were everywhere. It really was like a scene from a fairy tale.

Our traditional ceremony took place in St. Martin’s Cathedral, which is is the largest and finest, as well as one of the oldest churches, in Bratislava, Slovakia. We had a full house and despite the rain, people waited to congratulate the newly-weds. Standing in such a beautiful cathedral, walking to the altar on my father’s arm and finally saying yes to the person I love most in the world, my husband was so touched and moved that both our voices were shaking during our vows. This moment was of course one of the most emotional either of us has ever experienced.

When my husband saw me walking down the aisle to him in the cathedral and caught sight of my wedding dress, he was blown away. After several weeks of preparation starting with drafting the dress on a sketchpad and numerous visits and fittings, I was truly honored by his reaction, and that of other guests as well.

I visited several bridal salons, but did not find the right dress for me. I wanted some element from each dress, but none of them were the whole package. After several brainstorming sessions with my closest girlfriends, I decided to go to a fashion designer. I chose Jana Pistejova, one of the most famous Slovakian designers. Her dresses emphasize femininity and beauty, but they are still sexy.She works beautifully with lace and I knew that a dress made by her would exactly capture me.

After midnight I decided to wear a second wedding dress. A dress that my mother wore almost 40 years before for her own wedding day. It was a very emotional moment for both of us. On my side were feelings of pride and honor to wear such a dress, and for my mother it was a strong emotive experience to see her daughter wearing her wedding dress.

You always need to keep in mind what things are important about your wedding for both of you and insist on them. These items made the wedding special and unique for us. Do not follow the crowd, instead look for something which describes and reflects you. Your wedding must have something from you, and it is more than likely that it will remain one of the most emotional experiences for the rest of your lives.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Event Design: Moruska Design | Floral Design: Moruska Design | Floral Design: Rhapis | Wedding Dress: Jana Pistejova | Cake: Torticky | Bride's shoes: Dolce And Gabbana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Next | Hair: Patrik Susi Vesely | Groom's Attire: Lydia Eckhardt | Venue: Hotel Albrecht | Groom's shoes: Baldinini | Place for wedding portraits: Wiegerova Vila | Sweets: Giraffe Bakery | Underwear: Agent Provocateur | Wedding Music: Maria Kmetkova

Colorful Engagement Session

Fact: engagement sessions are a total blast.  Especially when that e-session happens to include a fab team of vendors making a whole lot of pretty happen.  I’m talking beautiful blooms from Atelier Papaver, yummy treats from Dulche de Leche and even paper ice cream (thank you, Dominika Kubalová).  It’s a fun-filled day captured by Peter & Veronika and you can see it all right here in the full gallery.


From Peter & Veronika… We call this styled engagement session “The sweetest engagement session”. We had this idea in our head a long time ago. When we found the perfect real sweet engaged couple we started cooperating with our favourite vendors, Atelier Papaver, Vila Vilocka and foodblogger Martina Pinterova Bezakova on this idea full of cakes and sweets, pastel colors, sweet decoration and a colorful bouquet.

Photography: Peter & Veronika | Floral Design: Atelier Papaver | Make-up: Martina Pinterova Bezakova | Bow Ties: Hale Koa phineas Estate | Desserts: Martina Pinterova Bezakova | Earrings & Rings: HandMade With Love | Furniture & Accessories: Vila Vilocka | Paper Ice Cream: Dominika Kubalová

Slovakia Wedding by Jan Cechovsky + Brano Herchl

We are going to kick off the launch of our destination wedding blog with a bang or, rather, a pouf!  The star of this ethereal Slovakia wedding by Jan Cechovsky and Brano Herchl has got to be the custom pouf designed for the bride by Jin Wang.  The fashionista and her dashing groom invited a handful of their closest friends to travel with them to her homeland of Slovakia to witness their vows in a 13th century castle.  They threw tradition out the window and hosted a bash that was completely them through and through.  Mosey on over to the full gallery to see more from this couture couple.

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This is a semi-DIY destination wedding that I planned online and via the phone from San Francisco. Extremely unorthodox. No wedding bouquet, no music band, no dancing (except for the first dance).  I required everyone to wear hats and head pieces, which made some of my guests quite unhappy at first.

Both the groom + I are software engineers in Silicon Valley. But unlike most people in the geek world that we live in, we love fashion. We met at Google, where we both worked (and I still do), and have been together since. We live in San Francisco, but I wanted to have my wedding back in my homeland (Slovakia). We had about 10 Americans fly over to EU for this (and a crazy trip to Amsterdam that made it worth the travel). We had 35 guests total. I am a photographer myself, and made sure to select two best photographers Slovakia has to offer. Fluffy (my shih-tzu) also travelled all the way from San Francisco to join us and to carry the rings.

[My] wedding dress was grayish/greenish/beige, made of layers and shreds of tulle. Jin Wang from San Francisco Union Square made only three such dresses, but I was the only bride who had a matching custom head pouf. The pouf was a big deal for me since I’m not a fan of veils. I was going for a pure couture look too. I bought more of the odd gray/green/beige tulle and made boutonnieres for every guest, including the groom. The color theme was “gray, cream, and champagne gold”. Groom wore colorful paisley hat and tie.

The weather was perfect, big storm during the drive to the castle, and foggy skies during the shoot. Who will notice the goosebumps on my skin, right? As a photographer myself, I could not ask for a better lighting conditions.

The out-of-town guests had no idea what they were in for (in spite of me telling them to be ready for major hike). They had to climb the steep road to the castle, and after the ceremony (during my shoot), they attended an 1.5 hr long guided tour in English.  One of the photos shows me and Brad at the back of a bus…where everyone rested after a physically exhausting first part of the day. Before entering the reception, the groom has to sweep broken porcelain plate, while the groomsmen are kicking the chips away from him. (see the photo where the groom is sweeping). It is a Slovak tradition that challenges the couple to show how they work together to deal with unfortune. Once the groom sweeps (with the help of the bride), the party goes inside. One of the photos that I uploaded shows a live folk band that came in as a surprise (from my dad). The wedding cake was a disaster. I had never a chance to see it or taste it before my wedding day. Since I planned it long-distance, I could only describe the cake via email. I sent a photo of an example silver/gold cake to the reception venue, but it seems the pastry chef might have thought that the silver was really blue.  When we walked into the reception room, a blue cake was standing in front of us. One of the photos shows a groom laughing at something high up on the wall. I made a 20 minute video of him as a child and gave him this surprise. The room was crying when they watched it, because Brad was not the most behaved kid. He even mooned the camera at some point!

Wedding Dress + Pouf: Jin Wang San Francisco / Groom’s outfit: John Varvatos / Wedding Photographers: Jan Cechovsky + Brano Herchl / Make-up: the bride did it herself after taking make-up class by “Makeup By Stacy McClure” in San Francicso / Hair: Femme Fatale, Zilina Slovakia / Wedding Coordination, invitations + design: Petra Cross / Ceremony venue: Orava Castle / Reception venue: Villa Necas (a wine cellar in 18th century salt storage mansion turned into modern bed and breakfast)