Maria and Nenad enjoyed an intimate wedding in Montenegro with their closest friends and family. We got to find out a bit about Maria and what she enjoyed most about the day. We also discussed her tips for making the Big Day that little bit easier.
1. What you do for work?
I have a background in accounting but a few years ago I changed my life and became portrait and wedding photographer. Now I have my own studio Mashas Photos and enjoy every minute of what I do.
2. Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the wedding?
Nenad proposed to me at the same place where we met, on Curl Curl beach in Sydney. He organised a bit of an Amazing Race for me. He asked me to pick up the post at his mum’s place. When I opened the post box, there was a note and my favorite chocolates. The note said to come to “our special” place. I knew exactly where I had to go. The place where we met a year and a half ago. We did have a long three year engagement, we were enjoying being fiancée and fiancé.
3. What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme or vibe?
It all started from me buying royal blue shoes by Badgley Mischka. My shoes established the color palette for the wedding. And I always knew I wanted to have a rustic wedding. I love relaxed and intimate weddings. We only had 14 guests so I found that rustic fitted well.
4. Favourite detail and/or moment of the day?
Planting an Olive tree! I had an amazing wedding planner who helped me put the wedding together. Before the Big Day we went through every detail but the olive tree was a total surprise! When we arrived to the reception dinner, guests gathered together and we planted our first tree as husband and wife. Now we have one more reason to come back to Montenegro, to check out our tree.
5. Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what?
No, we didn’t have any DIY. All ideas I had in my mind, my wedding planner helped me to realise with the help of very talented vendors.
6. Any family or religious traditions incorporated into your day?
Yes. My background is Russian. And in our culture the mother of the bride meets newlyweds with bread and salt. Whoever breaks off the biggest piece of bread will be the leader in the family.
7. What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage for us is family. All the good and bad, happy and hard things that come with it. It’s love and respect in the first place. So far it’s the two of us and our cat, Boris.
8. Talk to us about your dress, where is it from? How long did it take to find?
I found my dream dress on Pinterest. I just pinned it and moved on to other décor pins. I went to the shops and tried lots of dresses but somehow my mind was going back to that dress on Pinterest. It took a few hours on the internet but I found it. The dress is by Oleg Cassini and I purchased it in Davids Bridal in USA.
9. Advice for other couples planning their wedding?
If you can, get a wedding planner. That way during your big day, you can just relax and enjoy.
Make sure you do a hair and make up trial! I did mine the day before as it was a destination wedding and we only arrived four days before the big day, but I knew I wanted to do it just incase!
Buy flat shoes! Towards the end of the night, your feet will be in pain. This is a fact. I am glad I bought white lace shoes from H&M. They were $10 and saved my life!
11. Vendor Credits:
Photography: Eduard Perov
Bridal gown: Oleg Cassini
Veil and hair piece: Davids Bridal
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Reception stylist, flowers, decorations: Anastasia Belyakova from Blush Pink Events
Rings: Angus and Coote
Jewellery/Accessories, earrings and dress rings: Samantha Wills
Bridesmaids dresses: Zara
Grooms suit, ties and bow ties: The Gentlemen’s Club
Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss
Ceremony: Art Hotel Galathea, Kotor, Montenegro
Reception and Catering: Aman Resort, Villa Milocer, Sveti Stefan, Montenegro
Cake: Patisserie Montenegro
Cake topper: BetterOffWed (on Etsy)
Stationery designer: Seadreamme
Hair and Make up: Galina Loyko and Oksana Perova
Robes for me and mum: BridesmaidsRobes (on Etsy)
Ring Pillow: MomoRadRose (on Etsy)
Customised hangers: MishmashofLove (on Etsy)
Favours: The Red Balloon Candy Artisians
Mariya now has her own studio based in Sydney and her services are available for weddings and family photography. Take a peek!