Anastasia and Stoyan were married on 7th November 2015 in Versailles close to Paris.
Two months before their big date, the couple decided to hire Ceremonize as their wedding planners. They had already chosen their wedding venues – one for the cocktail reception, and another for the dinner – so they entrusted us with organizing vendors and helping them to perfectly plan the details of the day.
Anastasia and Stoyan realised just how much work goes into planning a wedding when they attended a friend’s wedding during the summer. A little daunted by the process, they thought it was a good idea to bring an extra pair of hands on board!
The simple and moving civil ceremony
took place at the town hall in Versailles, a commune close to Paris where King Louis XIV famously resided. As the groom himself lives in Versailles, it was possible to organize a civil ceremony there. The couple didn’t want a religious wedding, so a civil service was the perfect choice.
After the civil ceremony, the wedding guests were invited to enjoy a glass of champagne in a lovely spot near the town hall. It was a warm, intimate affair, and the 20-degree heat (amazing for November!) allowed the party to make use of the terrace area.
It was here that the bride tossed her bouquet. As a special surprise for her single friends, there wasn’t just one lucky recipient – when Anastasia threw her flowers, the bunch separated into several smaller bouquets, so that each of the single ladies could catch one!
The wedding dinner
Then it was time to move on to the dinner venue; a private golf club in Versailles.
The decorations and centrepieces were light and luminous to draw attention to the luscious wood furnishings of the reception room. As wedding favours, the bride and groom offered their guests small traditional Russian dolls called Matriochkas with a French macaron inside. The dolls were personalised with a picture of the couple, painted by a Russian artist.
Throughout the dinner, a jazz band provided a light, classy ambience. As a surprise for the guests, a group of traditional Bulgarian dancers performed mid-way through the dinner. This was a touching nod to the couple’s heritage, as the groom is Bulgarian and the bride Russian.
Then it was time for the wedding cake. It was a delicious naked cake adorned with berries. It was cut to the dulcet tones of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E.
Last but not least, before the evening’s dancing began, yet another surprise unfolded. An incredible fireworks display lit up the skies surrounding the venue, and the eyes of all those watching it!
We wish the happy couple all the very best in their life together!
Planning and coordination : Ceremonize wedding planner Paris
Wedding Decoration : Kahina events
Photographer : Elena Usacheva – auteur de toutes les photos de cet article
Cake designer : Synie’s
Hiarstyle: Pia Paysant
Make-up artist : Charles Gillman