Nina herself came to open the door … and within my very first gasp made me feel like a tenderly awaited bridesmaid…
The boutique Presidential suite of Union Bank Inn was filled with loving smiles and soft Serbian music. I’m glad I caught Nicola Gavins on her way out – her talent in make-up artistry is incredible and it’s always such a treat to have her work magic on Nova Brides. But it wasn’t till Nina slipped into her iconic gown that I got a lump in my throat. I felt so special sharing these moments with Nina and her bestest friend Natasa. Surely, the comfort of the hotel room wasn’t enough for my devious soul – I was ready to throw Nina over my shoulder and steal her away for some bridal photos outside. This was challenging to say the least, as the groom and ‘all his people’ were at the same hotel, seeping into the ballroom for cocktails. Nina, thank you for trusting me, wearing a big purple housecoat and escaping through the parkade with me. You and Natasa rock!
I loved Nina & Shone’s ceremony – it unfolded an hour before dinner in the very same ballroom. Intimate, elegant, and simple. As the cocktails continued, I took the newlyweds and their bridal party for some photos – the air was fresh with recent light rain and falling golden leaves.
If you had any doubts that this was a Serbian wedding, you just had to stand still for a moment to feel the dancing-vibrating floor all the way up in your face – it was a blast!
Nina, you sweep me off my feet. Thank you for being so selfless and sweet. For treating me with so much love, for my awesome vegetarian meal, for running to get ice for my ankle, for reminding me to stop shooting, for trusting me. You guys are such a beautiful couple and I wish you a lifetime of beautiful moments together.