Elya + Andres • Ayurvedic Casa Feliz Wedding

June 5, 2018
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



Vendor Tribe

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

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It was an amazing day that we will remember forever. Cannot say how much I loved being a part of this love journey and thank you for capturing these moments so beautifully.

What a beautiful day! Great job 🙂

Thanks, Andria! We had an amazing team!

What a beautiful day! Great job 🙂

Thanks, Andria! We had an amazing team!

I love the way you use color! This is a stunning wedding!!

Thanks, Katy! The blush + gold tones were so lovely with the Spanish style home. 🙂

I love the way you use color! This is a stunning wedding!!

Thanks, Katy! The blush + gold tones were so lovely with the Spanish style home. 🙂

I just love the feelings this wedding makes me feel! Awesome airy look with an amazing venue! <3

I just love the feelings this wedding makes me feel! Awesome airy look with an amazing venue! <3

Those details are KILLING me! The colors are so beautiful and you truly captured so much joy!

So glad you loved the style and joy of this wedding!

Those details are KILLING me! The colors are so beautiful and you truly captured so much joy!

So glad you loved the style and joy of this wedding!

Stunning. I love all the details

Lovely work as always Shaina! Love the dress and details

Lovely work as always Shaina! Love the dress and details

Love that golden glow all throughout the wedding!

Thanks so much, Hanna! This couple had that golden glow about them all day! 🙂

Love that golden glow all throughout the wedding!

Thanks so much, Hanna! This couple had that golden glow about them all day! 🙂

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