Swetlana and Kutay had their official wedding ceremony in Germany, but they also wanted to have a wedding celebration in Istanbul, Turkey. And I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph this beautiful Casa Lavanda wedding.
Casa Lavanda was a favourite getaway for Kutay’s family before, and the entire family loved the place. When I joined them on their wedding day, Swetlana and Kutay was enjoying the beautiful morning in this gorgeous setting, an hour away from the chaos of Istanbul, with their families and friends.
Short-haired brides have some advantage in terms getting their hair done. Swetlana enjoyed this advantage while doing her hair by herself.
But for her make-up, she let her sister and her friend show their talent.
Now it was time to put the dress on, along with the matching headpiece.
Before the coctail hour, we spent some time in the beautiful gardens of Casa Lavanda for some portraits.
The couples prepared a nice decorations and some lovely surprises for the guests, with the help of Feryal Hanım, the owner of Casa Lavanda, and her team. The presentation of the name tags was just one of the details.
The couple appeared among the trees, with a modern version of Samanyolu, a classical Turkish song, was playing.
Emotions were high, while they were reading their wows.
The words in German, were also being translated to English, Turkish and Russian for the guests.
Another little detail that the couple wanted was the little rocks of wishes. The guests would write their words on the rocks, and would put them in a glass vaze. Swetlana’s sister made the opening.
After the ceremony, the guests moved to the reception area for dinner. The rest of the evening in this nicely decorated garden, was filled with music, dancing, and too much fun.