Karina & Shone. Wedding.

September 29, 2009

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. 

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  1. Elena

    September 29th, 2009 at 19:46

    They’re gorgeous! Esp. some of the black and white ones.. And the ones where they kiss are so adorable!

  2. Nicola

    September 29th, 2009 at 21:59


    Beautiful bride, beautiful day, beautiful photos.

    Great work!

    It was lovely seeing you on the fly, we will have to actually meet up for coffee before you leave.


  3. Sarah Hodzic

    September 30th, 2009 at 12:34

    Oh my goodness, you always seem to have the most GORGEOUS couples! Ooof, these are simply stunning!!! Amazing job as always!
    I have to say one of my favorite images is the one where the bride and groom, and bestman and maid of honor are lined up against the wall, such great personality!

  4. Jova

    October 18th, 2009 at 04:22

    Beautiful Nina. Greetings from Serbia.

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