Photography: Muravnik Photography // Event Planning and Design: Dream Weddings Europe// Wedding Gown: Pronovias// Groom’s attire: Rui Martins // Stationery: In Love Unique Moments// Flowers: Decorelle// Venue: Penha Longa Resort, Sintra, Portugal // Rentals: A&C Luxury Rentals // Wedding cake: Edelweiss
Kaysha is a famous kizomba singer, born in Congo and raised in Paris, he found his love in Portugal. Valeria is an Instagram influencer form Portugal, her father is from Guinee-Bissau and mother from Belorussia.
They are beautiful, not only outside, but inside. They are classy. They are trustful. We have created this story of prince and princess, having a vision of a French movie “la Belle et la Bête”: thousand of roses, golden details, a mix of modern vibes with vintage decor.
From the couple:
- How did you and Valeria meet?
We met 5 years ago in the birthday party of a mutual friend, Dandy Lisbon.We spoke briefly that night, but met again at the miss Guinea Bissau contest through another mutual friend. That night we spoke about modeling work for my clothing brand and the conversation led to friendship. About 3 weeks later we started dating.
- A story of your proposal or a romantic story of how your relationship evolved leading to the wedding day
This is the most natural story I ever had. Everything went smoothly and without really thinking about it. She moved in the first year without really talking about it. It just felt like she belonged here. So one day, I was travelling and I just gave her my keys and told her I’d be back in 24h. 2 years later, I knew she would be the mother of my children and my wife. I actually knew I would propose 2 years before when I wrote the song “Everlasting” about the day of the proposal. And the instrumental of the song I re-composed to become her bride entrance.
- What inspired your wedding style and how you envisioned your dream wedding, what was especially important to you?
Together with Anastasiia (the wedding planner), we imagined a fairy tale wedding, based upon beauty and the beast. A movie, both Valeria and Anastasiia loved. The goal was to use colors without being too heavy on the colors as Valeria is into colorful things but Edward likes all things white and immaculate. What was important to us was the flowers, our guest being happy and honoring our parents.
As Valeria’s mom is Belarussian, her dad is Guine-Bissau and my parents are Congolese and my mom half Portuguese. We also tried to respect all of their traditions and at the same time doing things our way.
- How did Valeria choose her wedding dress, what did she love about it? A few words about her and your wedding looks (yours was unforgettable as well, so it would be great to hear how you chose it)
Valeria being a famous influencer, there was no doubt that her dress should be different and amazing at the same time. She loved the fact that her dress was classic but modern at the same time. Queen stuff.
I called my stylist friend Rui Martins and we chose everything together, from the tissue, the textures, the colors and it was a complete bespoke experience. We really looked like royalty.
- Anything else you’d love to share :)
The crazy thing about getting married is that, you only do it once with that person. And a few months later, you realize all the things that could have been simpler, all the things you spent that you didn’t really need and all the un-necessary stress. But after the burst of emotions and the 3 days of emotional hangover, it feels like a beautiful dream.
From the bride Lilia
My fairytale wedding, that’s how I tell everyone about my Big day! A simple ‘thank you’ can’t begin to express our gratitude for everything Marina and Alex did to make our day truly perfect! I think we are the luckiest couple to fall into their hands! They were not just our photographers, but closest friends who guided us throughout the whole day, shared all the emotions and helped in a critical moments.
When we decided to do a destination wedding, there was no doubts that it would be a wedding next to the ocean with a warm beautiful light and a nice and friendly atmosphere around. Portugal hit us with its magnificent sceneries and a number of amazing venues to choose for a wedding ceremony. The hardest thing was to choose one! It could be wedding at the beach overlooking crazy waves or a royal palace wedding in a charming forest, or as we chose, to get married in a castle by the beach. When we firstly saw this fort overlooking the blue ocean, it straight away matched with my princess dreams!
The next difficulty we met was a choice of our wedding photographer. My family is very close to photography and a good quality memories means a lot to us. At that point I think we was just super lucky as Marina and Alex had a couple of weddings in Portugal at the same time! As a future bride I was following the wedding industry and couldn’t even dream of having a Top European film photographers at my wedding, but magic happens!
As I mentioned, Marina and Alex became our close friend, as we shared together such an important moment of our live! They were so attentive to details, helped me relax in front of the camera, calmed down when I was nervous, they supported us the whole day! We had a few critical funny situations and without Marina’s help and good sense of humor, it could be really stressful. One moment happened when my 3 meters long veil was blown away by the wind over a huge cactus just before we were supposed to walk down the aisle with my dad. Ugh, thanks to Marina who dropped her camera straight away and helped me to get out of it!!!
The other funny story we will always remember and joke about, this is just had to happen, I won’t go into details, just mention a flowery bush, next to we were taking a picture, stepping into a dog poop, haha. No worries, we found a fountain close by!
Overall, I have to say our wedding photographers were the best! They helped me feel as a supermodel, managed to take amazing pictures of my husband though he hates being photographed, we had such a lovely couple photo shoot as well! I couldn’t even ask for a better result! All the memories will stay with us forever!
Заливающий все вокруг мягкий свет, ветер и океан, влюбленная пара, плёнка – вот он, рецепт волшебства!
Эта серия была сделана во время индивидуального мастер-класса в Лиссабоне для Лены из Instants Secrets Photography. Мы провели вместе целый день, отвечая на все вопросы, которые были у Лены, обсуждая разные аспекты съемки на пленку, типы пленок, оборудования, замер света, нюансы сканирования и бизнес-процессы.
Нам очень понравился такой формат преподавания! Возможность дать именно то, чего не хватает конкретному человеку, основываясь на его опыте и этапе пути. Ближе к вечеру мы отправились на прогулку, чтобы наглядно показать на практике, какой мы ищем свет, как замеряем его, как работаем с парой.
После отзыва Лены вы увидите результат нашей короткой прогулки.
I can’t thank Marina and Alex enough for a great day we spent at my one-on-one (in fact one-on-two) workshop.
I was following their work for quite a while and then one day I saw that Marina posted an update on her Instagram on having a workshop planned in Europe. I couldn’t get to the one in Barcelona but I was happy to have a possibility of spending the whole day with her and having all my questions asked at an individual master class instead!
I just started with film photography and even with the amount of information in the Internet it is difficult to figure out which results can you get in different lighting conditions, what can you expect from the lab and how to enter the market where you want to be. Marina is a great teacher: she loves explaining, she makes sure you are following and she is just such a talented and inspiring person!
We were comparing scans, studying all types of lighting, discussing marketing strategies and I got to ask everything that I couldn’t find an answer for before. Second part of the day we spent outside taking photos of a couple at a beautiful beach and Marina and Alex did a great “light walk” with me – we were trying different angles, analyzing reflections, I finally started to meter correctly! It was incredibly useful to see how she works with a real couple to get such relaxed, natural and intimate pictures.
We ended the day with a lovely dinner and a bottle of wine, chatting like old friends. I am very grateful for this experience, knowledge and inspiration I got that day!