Polina & Justin. Wedding.

August 10, 2009

My best friend married her best friend. On my birthday! And it was the most PERFECT wedding. We arrived at the Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing Resort (www.wiegele.com) to the tranquility of Blue River mountain air, lavish rustic cabins, and all my most precious people in the whole world … all gathered at this very wedding. Everyone had their game face on, especially as us girls prepared the stunning flower arrangements – if Polina ever decides to take a break from her spinning law career, she can definitely rock a floral sweatshop … I mean, boutique! 

On the big day, I squeezed in a refreshing swim in the picturesque lake at the heart of the resort, where my parents met me with a huge birthday bouquet of red roses. Amazing. Then my responsibilities as a bridesmaid resumed, quickly giving way to the the ‘photozilla’ side, as I longed to document each moment. Oh, man, was it ever hard to put down my camera. But I did it … a couple of times. 

Photographer Nicole Marshall (nicolemarshallphotography.com) was such a trooper, documenting our chaos and happy tears – with a badly sprained ankle! Hope you’re better Nicole, can’t wait to see your photos! 

Gentle clouds covered the harsh 2 o’clock light just as the ceremony started and Justin’s sister Dani began to pour her heart out with a beautiful live version of the song “At Last.” No bride has ever looked so beautiful. Even Justin’s chin trembled as Polina floated down the aisle. “Pinch yourself really hard,” whispered Tannis to help me with the happy-tears-red-nose-lumpy-eyelashes situation. Thanks, Tannis!  Then the radiant Mr. and Mrs. graced us with their hugs, champagne, and orange creamsicles. 

The reception was fantastic, with everything from the hearty Italian dinner, to the seductive first dance to Diana Krall’s “Temptation,” to my favorite part – STEALING OF THE BRIDE! We had no time to waste. As I thoughtfully rid the mingling Polina of her wine glass, she was scooped up by Ilya and Alik, my sneaky accomplices. With the help of kind guests, we raised $665 for ransom in a matter of minutes! Who took the money, you ask? Naturally, the bride! 

Polina and Justin, you are a constant. The most charming couple I know. I love you dearly and can’t wait to see your family grow! 

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  1. Katya Pekh

    August 11th, 2009 at 05:37

    Katusha, the photos look stunning! Polina is a star! These photos are even more special, just because it’s your closest friend’s wedding. They are beautiful! I look forward to the bridal photos:) I miss you and will see you soon! muahh

  2. Candice

    August 11th, 2009 at 09:19

    This was your best best best wedding YET – AMAZING

  3. Sarah Hodzic

    August 11th, 2009 at 18:17

    Wow, just … WOW!
    You do such a beautiful job of telling a story with your images.
    I feel like I know this bride and groom just from scrolling through your blog entry.
    Love your creative eye, so fabulous!!

  4. Lindsay

    August 12th, 2009 at 11:33

    What beatiful photos, and a beautiful couple!! Looks like it was a really fun wedding!

  5. Sergey Usik

    August 12th, 2009 at 11:34

    Wow! I like all pictures you posted! I start to follow your blog!
    Wishing you the best!

  6. Michelle Faye

    August 14th, 2009 at 10:48

    So much love. So much talent. Polina is absolutely breathtaking. Lovely.

  7. Igor (papa):)

    August 14th, 2009 at 15:21

    It IS SOOO COOOL!!! YOU should’ve been THE official photographer there!!! It brings back memory…what a great days, what a great pictures!! Bravo!

  8. Polina

    August 14th, 2009 at 15:26

    Baby, your pictures are my daily ration now. The morning mood booster, the afternoon delight and the evening desert of kind memories. Thank you! (PS you should start charging “per viewing”:)

  9. Kate Harrison

    August 17th, 2009 at 00:15

    Stunny & real! Fantastic story-telling and such spunk, humor, sweetness and beauty. Bravo! 🙂

  10. Randy Lim

    August 19th, 2009 at 12:04

    Katya, these wedding photos are absolutely phenomenal. i actually feel like i’m experiencing the moments you’ve captured. even without the help of cheesy love songs that usually accomodate a slideshow!

  11. latisse

    November 23rd, 2009 at 22:16


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