Friday, September 9, 2011

Viktoria and Arsen

Words flying around completely missed by the outsider.  Viktoria swishes about the house preparing for the long day ahead, her day.  The morning breeze runs through the window and cools off her flush face, sitting for the first time that day, and getting ready begins.   

This was my first traditional Ukrainian wedding.  Viktoria did me the great honor of explaining all the traditions.  Family was about everywhere, wiping the counters as well as their eyes.  Never have I seen so much family come together in such a fun and festive way.

 Viktoria's mom and best friend discuss the day to come as the bride works out the last details on her hair and make up.  

 Way across town Arsen has begun his preparation, through the process looks quite different.

 This was an amazing tradition of "bartering" for the bride, and Arsen's first time seeing his bride.

 I love this shot, amidst all the joy and family...

the long road

 This was a blessing ceremony

Skyping in family and friends who couldn't make it.

and then, she {snapped}

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  1. WOW! Absolutely beautiful shots and a beautiful wedding.

  2. What a beautiful time! Congrats to them. Love her dress and love the bridesmaid dresses!

  3. Gorgeous wedding shots. You did a great job.

  4. Wow, what a treat this was! The hug shot got me a little choked up-you definately caught emotion there. These are all just an incredible set of shots - such a nice story through them!

  5. Such beautiful moments captured! Ones that will be treasured for years to come.

  6. Beautiful.

  7. Wow! Beautiful wedding and beautiful photos!

  8. so pretty! I really love that last photo of the first set...the black and white hugging, very serious one. thank you for showing off your shot this week!