Valley Presbyterian Church Wedding Photos
Anastasia & Tom’s Adorable Forest Wedding
“Don’t worry about little things going wrong – you and your partner are what makes the day perfect, not your surroundings!“
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From the couple: We like simple, modern designs, but we wanted to soften them with vintage elements, and incorporate touches of the natural world around us. Basically, the design inspiration came from the wedding dress and the church – simple, structural design elements framing and bringing attention to something different (such as the ornate vintage lace back panel on the wedding dress, or the gorgeous redwoods visible through the church window). Our wedding colors were dark green (inspired by the redwoods at the church), grey, and white. Another nod to nature were our wedding favors – the boxes were made of birchbark. The favors were also meant to bring a bit of the bride’s Russian heritage into the wedding, since they (and the candy inside them!) came from Russia and were made in a very traditional Russian style. We used common garden flowers, like peonies, roses, snapdragons, and sweet peas for our bouquets and centerpieces. The choice was meant to look a little vintage and accentuate the backyard setting of the reception. Originally we wanted the florals to stick strictly to our colors, white and green, but our florist convinced us to add blush pink flowers for more visual interest. I think it was a good call! We personalized our guestbook by having Tom‘s cousins help the guests add instant camera photos of themselves next to their signatures. I think it will be really fun to look through in the coming years! Our other favorite parts of the wedding were the locations of the ceremony and reception, and the relative informalness of the event. Bride: I chose my wedding dress because the blend of vintage lace and simple, modern styling felt unique. The back of the dress, with the lace panel and long train, is definitely its most striking part, and I chose the veil design (a cathedral-length, lace-edged mantilla) to complement those two elements. I chose pearl jewelry to keep my look classic and understated. My “something old” was my mother’s ring – she passed away last year, and wearing the ring made me feel like she was still there with me during the wedding. Groom: I chose a simple grey suit to match our wedding colors. A splash of color came from a green tie that also came from the palette. I shied away from a tuxedo because of the outdoor, informal, and clean, modern look of the wedding. Finally, I picked a particular style of suit to accentuate my recent weight loss prior to the wedding.We met in math class in high school. The teacher thought Anastasia was too chatty, so sat her next to Tom. It didn’t work, we started chatting together instead, and eight years later, Tom proposed. On Thanksgiving, Tom was picking Anastasia up to help prepare for the meal. What Anastasia didn’t know was that he had had a ring made with one of his great grandmother’s diamonds. Before leaving to help prepare the meal, Tom knelt on one knee and asked her, in Russian, to marry him, with her mother, father, and grandparents watching on. Naturally, she said yes! For Anastasia, the most anticipated moment of our wedding day was the first look. She was really excited to see Tom all dressed up, and to see his reaction to her wedding look. For Tom, it was exchanging rings – it felt like a special, meaningful moment in the ceremony. Both of us also enjoyed saying our vows, since we wrote them ourselves and felt they really expressed the relationship we had, and the one we will have as a married couple.