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From the bride, Albina – “The story of meeting Vladimir meeting is rather usual: we have been students of the same university and after graduation started working together. Our feelings developed rapidly, and just after few months I realized that this man is my destiny!

Vladimir proposed to me on my birthday while we were at a concert seeing my favorite singer. I sad ‘Yes’ without any hesitation! And then we simply forgot about our wedding preparations. Our decision to marry this summer was a spontaneous one. We loved what we had seen in pictures and paintings of the mountains near the Black Sea and decided to have a wedding just for two and really embrace our feelings of freedom, youth, and love.”

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“We found some really special places to take our photos: the top of Ilias-Kaya rock, Old South Coast Road, and Sarych Cape. Our experience of love-story shooting with Alexander and Marina Santi was very pleasant and they helped us with our idea of spending the day traveling from the mountains to the coast.”

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“I wanted to find a wedding dress and accessories which would fit the environment.

We didn’t want too many decorations and details, and focused instead on the beautiful setting we got married in. We choose a wedding bouquet, cake, ring box and watercolor printing for our vows.

The hardest parts were finding the groom’s suit, choosing the filling for cake finding just the right words for our vows.”

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“The day of our wedding everything went perfectly! The photo session took us nearly 6 hours non-stop, but as a result we’ve got perfect images capturing our love. We enjoyed that day immensely as did it all exactly the way we wanted!”

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Photography: Alexander and Marina Santi // Styling: Yulia Pashchenko // Florals: Two Bees // Wedding Dress: Dream & Dress // Calligraphy: Manya Gamaniuk // Accessories: White Pearl // Cake: Lavka Zusmana // Location: Crimea, Russia

About Sara Burnett

Editor of Burnett's Boards, which she founded to showcase global creativity in the wedding industry. Sara currently lives out of a suitcase while island hopping the Caribbean and beyond. Learn More // Follow on Instagram.


  1. This is gorgeous… Loving the dress!!!


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