Casa Feliz Wedding • Winter Park, Florida • April 18, 2017
Elya & Andres traveled from their home in New York City to tie the knot in Winter Park, where they grew up. These two have a love story that feels honestly more like a fairytale- and their wedding day was a beautiful cultural fusion of their Colombian and Russian heritage. Across the candlelit dinner party tables of their reception, I heard so many beautiful languages being spoken and realized how special this day was.
The couple had an ayurvedic wedding ceremony led by two sisters, their yoga instructor friends Dhyana & Syama in front of elegant blush carnation garlands in the Main room at Casa Feliz.
Elya’s father swept her around the dance floor to a classical Russian Waltz that brought me chills, before Andres and his mother brought their own Colombian flair to the dance floor. Elya’s sister brought some of her husband’s German roots into the mix with a sheet painted with a heart they had to cut out, so the groom could carry his bride through it and complete their first challenge as a couple.
One of the cutest Russian traditions was when all the guests started yelling “gorka”, which means bitter, because the world can be a bitter place- so the couple has to sweeten it by kissing as long as they can while the guests count. They sent their guests home with a taste of New York- black & white cookies. It was such a joy documenting this wedding celebration, and I wish Elya & Andres a marriage full of light & love!
Chapter I: The Wedding Morning
Chapter II : The Ceremony
Chapter III : The Dinner Party
Chapter IV: Reception Festivities
Wedding Venue: Casa Feliz Wedding & Event Venue Winter Park, FL | Facebook | Winter Park Wedding Photographer: Shaina DeCiryan Lifestyle Wedding Photography | Facebook | Instagram | Wedding Videographer: Zach Swee Photo & Film | Wedding Planner: Monica Cullen of As You Wish | Facebook | Bridal Makeup: Shannon Miller of Faces by Shannon | Bridal Hair: Brittney Boscana of Brie & Brie | Farm to Table Wedding Catering: Arthur’s Catering and Events led by Marie Fattore | Floral design: Family friend Julie | Wedding DJ + Lighting: Patrick Cullen of Atomic Entertainment | Coconut + Guava, Amaretto, & Nutella Butter Wedding Cake: Party Flavors Orlando Custom Cake | Bridal Gown: BHLDN Blush Gown by Watters Gowns | Bridal Headpiece: Twigs & Honey | Facebook | Instagram