“Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” ~ Anonymous
It was a (photographers) fairytale wedding, set amid the lush mountains of Karuizawa, Nagano. A world away from the every day. The beauty of Spring abundantly green as 4 cultures collided to celebrate Darya & Reza. A beautiful departure for us from our recent city affairs. The bride from Russia. The groom from Iran. This was a Ru-Persian Wedding (their terminology – with guests from Russia, Persia and all points in between…) A stunningly gorgeous day was the backdrop. An elegant Tudor style hotel with the most darling grounds our base… and then there were all the personal touches that made this wedding just so special, so real and full of meaning. It was an afternoon tea party like no other. With all the trimmings. From all the incredible hand-designed decorations – masses of hand-crafted giant florals (the bride designed and made herself for weeks/months prior to the day…), bouquets for the guests, those floating teapots, all the charming details here, there everywhere. With a stunning hand-made gown. We could do a blog post on the details alone…We were so excited to be part of telling this story…. Everyone was involved. From the groom to the grandparents, friends and family. A community making this come to life… And it unfolded like a storybook. From the happiness and excitement of getting ready, to the emotional first look, a simple heartfelt promise in front of friends and then the quintessential afternoon tea party… it was all about celebrating life. With oodles of traditions, plenty of surprises and some fascinating customs… our first time to see the shoe game (love it!!!). It was a coming together, transcending cultures, the joining of family & friends and finding love in the most unexpected places. Once upon a time…
The preparations begin…with everyone pitching in. Hotel Generous transforms into dreamy, whimsical Russian garden party. Masses of handmade flowers, floating teapots and sweet touches of personal decorations.
And with tears, love, much laughter and emotion the reception gets underway.
With first a very Russian tradition. The bread – Kaaravai… traditionally it is offered to the newlyweds by the parents as a symbol of health, prosperity and long life. Both the bride and groom (and in this case 5 guests each) take a bite of the bread and the one that takes the largest bite will be the head of the family. Outrageously fun and messy. We’re not sure but possibly the bride won…
And the favorite… the wedding shoe game. The couple sit back to back. And take off their shoes, giving each other one shoe, while keeping one of their own. They are then asked a series of questions about them as a couple. How well do they know each other? If the correct answer is the Bride – then the brides shoe should go up in the air… it was a riot… and just our kind of wedding… shoes off!!
Darya & Reza, thank you so much for a beautifully unique and extraordinary day. From our first meeting we knew this would be a remarkable experience. The coming together of so many cultures, languages flying and all the moments in between. You bought the world to Karuizawa and we can never thank you enough for including us. So excited for your next chapter and all those to come… Dee & Trace x x