These two cute and super stylish people have been on RMW before – we featured their gorgeous engagement shoot from Paris a while ago, and now we’re very excited to be sharing their wedding photographs too, especially as they had a very pretty outdoor ceremony surrounded by spectacular Romanian countryside.
Mari and Alex’s photographers Green Antlers also happen to be very good friends of theirs and I think that sense of comfort and understanding is reflected in the images – they are such a lovely reflection of the day.
We’re swooning over Mari’s dress big time – the lace panelling, the very subtle blush toned skirt, the sweet little sleeves…it’s a beautiful gown.
We got married in late May, in our hometown city Timisoara. Even though we live in Paris, we decided to choose Timisoara, the city where we grew up, as our wedding destination. We’ve known each other since the age of 12 and basically we grew up together, filling the town with memories. We wanted our wedding to be all about family, friends and nature. We don’t get to see our families and friends that often so we thought that involving them in our wedding planning would be the best idea! And it was!
Finding the dress was one of the most difficult parts. I got my inspiration from the ‘20s while watching Downton Abbey, of course 😉 Initially, I thought that living in Paris would facilitate the job…but actually when you have hundreds of choices you get crazy confused!! Luckily, most of the prices were so high that I could exclude many of the dresses from my list. I wanted something simple and of good quality but I did not want to spend a fortune on one dress. After all, you only wear it once (better invest in the honeymoon)! So, during the winter holidays I went to Romania and I found the perfect dress in the first store I visited with my Mum and Sister. I chose a Natalia Vasiliev dress. High quality fabrics at the best price ever! There were no more questions and hesitations. The fabrics were just incredible…such high quality and so easy to wear! I loved the fact that the dress was composed of several layers and tones and that it made me feel so light and romantic.
As for the accessories, I chose a Swarovski handmade head piece, made by sweet Daniela Sinea. She was so open to collaboration!
In choosing my outfit for the wedding (Alex) I had to take into account that Mari already chose a Downton Abbey theme for her dress so my obvious choice was for a classic morning dress. I wanted to give it a modern look so I opted for a turndown collar and a grey tie. Needless to say, we don’t have many options in Paris in choosing a morning dress so I took mine from a British website. In fact, every item was bought from different eshops from around the Internet and there was a tense moment when finally few weeks before the wedding I received them all and was able to put them together and try the overall outfit. Luckily, I didn’t have to send any item back for change, it would have been too much of a headache!
We wanted a simple white relaxing wedding in the middle of the nature. The main decorations consisted of white flowers, ivy, white candles and golden chandeliers. It felt really refreshing and pure. Again, we were inspired from the ’20s. We could not have done anything without our sweet friend Consuela Gudiu, who worked so hard to make this real. Basically, her husband and she provided all the flowers and decorations. We only had to pick the flower types and they figured out the rest!
Of course we also had some DIY elements (seating plan, photo collage, game cards etc.) because of which we went to bed very late several nights (thank you Mom for staying up late with us)!
The wedding invitations, menus and programs were custom made by talented Andreea Alexandroni who also shot our engagement in Paris. We cannot describe the joy we felt when we saw everything printed. Actually a funny fact about Andreea is that a few years ago (2010), we accidently met on our first date and she took a picture of us (of course, she did not know it was our first date!)
The day we got married, the weather was definitely playing tricks. Just before the ceremony to start, some dark clouds arrived uninvited. I remember us praying for the good weather. And God made a miracle, as He always did in our story.
Walking down the aisle with my father, seeing the dear ones, and feeling the emotion of my beloved future-husband was the most special moment of the entire wedding. I felt like being part of a fairy tale where everyone played a role. Hearing ‘The Giving’ by Michael W Smith, being played by Desiderio Quintet was so touching. It was hard not to be moved. Almost everyone had tears in their eyes.
The music was provided by amazing Desiderio Quintet group but we also wanted our friends to get involved. We were so glad to listen to our favourite songs performed by special friends and families from all over the world, from Madagascar to the Netherlands.
All the activities were managed in detail by one of our guest friends, so we did not have to worry about anything! One of the items for which we worked a lot was a video directed by us that presented our story in a documentary style.
A good idea to entertain the guests was a photo booth. Most of the pictures are on our fridge now!
We chose a traditional Romanian menu because we love sarmale! The desserts were made by our dear friends from Have Your Cake. They were freshly baked and many of the recipes were custom made for us…you can tell by the amount of chocolate and berries!
We are so blessed to have photographer friends like talented Green Antlers Photography who have known our story for so many years. First of all we chose them because of their particular natural style – they photograph people in love. We noticed that they love the woods, the simplicity and they are so artsy! We felt they were part of our wedding and we did not even notice when they took pictures of us. They are so creative…normally you won’t think of a dried lake bed as a shooting location. And everything went so naturally…we did not have get indications on how to pose. It was really fun and special!
Secondly, we have so many deep memories together from our missionary trip to Kenya, where we got to know them better. Actually our story became real a day after their wedding so we feel bound in a way. What I like about them is that they are really passionate about what they do and photography is a lifestyle for them.