2019 in pictures

So this year I turned 30. And the number made me feel like a serious adult.
I decided to travel alone for the first time to Canada and this decision turned out like one of the best in my life. I spent 3 weeks in Canada and took an internship in Flytographer office. You can read an article about my experience here.
This year I decided I will work less and travel more. And that’s perfectly what I did. I haven’t spare much, but all the money I spent on travel was the best-invested money ever.

At the beginning of the year, I didn’t have many destination weddings booked. And I ended up having every weekend in a different country starting mid-June to mid-July. And the biggest surprise of the year showed up in June. I was booked for a wedding in Seattle. This is what I love about my job. Sometimes you think you are having a free week and the day after you have multiple bookings showing up on a very last minute!

For the very first time, I was thinking of what to do next with my career so I made the KHIRIA workshop and KHIRIA mentoring. And next year I want to educate more people and be educated.
I wish 2020 will be a great year. Thank you, for being part of my 2019 and see you in 2020!

Marriage proposal with overview of Prague

If you imagine Prague. The most iconic landmark is Charles Bridge. Popping the question on Charles Bridge is very complicated because is super busy at any time of the day. That’s why I am all the time on a hunt for a perfect surprise proposal spot in Prague.

One of the places I like is located in Letna and has the most beautiful view of all the bridges. And if the sky is clear you can see pretty far.

Last Sunday was raining almost all morning. But look at the sunset we achieved in the afternoon. (Yes, sunset is 4 pm right now in December).
So this is the result of perfect time planning when the sun listens and shows up in the end.

Congratulations, guys, on your engagement!

 

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Tuscany Wedding near Florence

Wedding in Tuscany

For this wedding, I was booked together with my friend and great videographer Jana Buskova. (here is the video, click on it only if you are ready to cry) Jana pick me up in Florence in a stylish Fiat 500 and we drove together to the typical countryside of Tuscany. We spent three days together eating great Italian food and, of course, drinking a lot of wine.

Saturday was all about this amazing couple:
“Bride and groom started dating in July 2014 and were married on their fifth anniversary, July 14, 2019. They were engaged on March 11th, 2018. They planned their wedding for a year and four months.

Early in their relationship, they studied abroad together in Florence, Italy through the Gonzaga-In-Florence program. Following both of their graduations from Gonzaga University, they volunteered at a meditation retreat center in Northern Italy for six weeks. Traveling is very important to the couple. They wanted each person at the wedding to be fully present for the day. The guests and wedding party staying together in a beautiful villa in a foreign country created a perfect opportunity for an intimate experience for all the guests. They originally wanted a smaller wedding, but were pleasantly surprised when so many people planned to come! Italy holds a special place in their hearts, and they hope to live there one day.

The wedding was all planned from the United States by the couple. They chose a venue almost immediately after getting engaged. However, after almost a year of planning, a new venue had to be procured due to a gas line explosion. They wanted to get married in Tuscany and were very fortunate that Villa Barberino was available, and had the exact number of rooms and beds needed for their guests. They choose Villa Barberino because of the stunning view, wonderful staff, and ability to host all of their many guests for up to five nights. It was all meant to be!

The wedding day was magical. Nicholas and Sophia were married by Sophia’s aunt, surrounded by a bridal party of 19, in front of 70+ friends and family. Nicholas and Sophia exchanged vows overlooking the lake in one of the many beautiful gardens of the villa.

In total, 70 people traveled from the United States to be there, from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, California, Utah, and North Carolina. Some guests had never left the United States before, and many had never traveled to Europe before.”
(text is written by the bride)

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Wedding in Italy

Venue: Villa Barberino

Florists: Voglia Diverde

Music: Wedding Music and Lights Arezzo, Toscona, Italy

Dress:Honest in Ivory

Makeup: Adrienne Aereboe / Tuscany Bridal Beauty Stylists Florence

Wedding in Oegstgeest / photosession in Leiden

Dutch Wedding

It seems I’ve started a tradition, that every year I am photographing weddings in Leiden. We did the couple session in the area about the old town, De Burcht and Hortus Botanicus, a common route when shooting in the city of Leiden. For the ceremony, however, the couple chose Oegstgeest venue Villa Beukenhof. This venue is a great place if you want a place with a nice private garden, where you can spend time with your guests if the weather allows. And the garden is beautiful for wedding l in July. There are a lot of corners you can hide and have a great floral background for your wedding photos.

Fabienne and Stefan were guests at this wedding I photographed back in 2017. I remember I took a picture of Fabienne with her wide smile during the reception and I guess this delivered photo of her did the magic I was booked as their wedding photographer two years later.

The Netherlands

You all know how much I LOVE THE NETHERLANDS. And how happy I am when I am back in the state. Enjoying canals, Dutch and Belgium beers. And eating a lot of unhealthy fried food such as Bitterballen. Oh gosh, I miss Bitterballen!

So what is so special about Dutch weddings next to the served Bitterballen? The ceremonies are so relaxed, very personal, though some of the longest civil ceremonies ever. They may take about an hour or more. And why? because the officiant speaks about their lives and stories. There is a lot of speakers from family sides. And it’s very emotional. The very first wedding I captured in the Netherlands made me change my career from a car photography business to a wedding documentarists photographer.

Let’s take a sneak peek to the Netherlands again with this cute couple.

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wedding venue: Villa Beukenhof

dress: enzoani blue