Let me start off by saying I love you guys. You two are young, smart, and beautiful inside and out. I grew up with Nazariy, he’s always been a stud. A gentleman who loves his parents, who respects his parents, and who would do anything for them. I always looked up to him, I have to say. He’s kinda somebody I wanted to be throughout the high school years. He was very liked and respected by his classmates and his teachers. It was an honor having a friend like Nazariy. He would always text me at 11am on a Sunday morning asking if i’m coming to church to save him a spot, he would always say what’s up, have something nice to say….
I have known Roman & Angela for a long time! Since the day we first sat down - I was beyond thrilled to be their photographer! They’re super cute, cuddly, they always smile and joke around about the smallest things. They are in LOVE! When we did our engagement session in El Dorado Hills, I had soooooo much fun with them! They didn’t need to be told how to pose or act - they were natural models meant for each other!
Their wedding took place at The Flower Farm Inn in Loomis just outside of Sacramento. It was my first time photographing at the venue and it was amazing. Funny thing is - Flower Farm Inn has a cafe that I have been to a few years ago but never did I figure that they were hiding such a gem!
God bless you two in your marriage and your future. Grow old, never stop laughing, and never stop serving those around you. Ya’ll are a blessing to your families, friends and our church. I love you guys.
I never, in a hundred years, thought that I would be invited to photograph a wedding somewhere outside of California. The groom and I first met a few years ago in Ensenada, Mexico on a missionary trip with Bethany Slavic Missionary church and their Amistad Ministries Project. I got a phone call from Ben asking if I photograph weddings and I was asked for my availability on a specific week. I didn't know this was a destination wedding in the beginning, but he mentioned that I needed to be in New Orleans, Louisiana. I told him that I was available and things went on from there. I asked Ben if he was looking for photo or video as well? He said photos but told me that he will talk to his fiancé to see if they wanted to include video. I contacted my good friend Val from LuxFilms to ask him if he was available that week for a wedding. I surprised him when I told him it's a Carnival Dream Cruise Wedding and we were to shoot a wedding in Honduras. As always, Val was down with the idea. *Note: I didn't want to be alone with strangers so that's why I was really hoping Val would come with me.*
Bethany Slavic Missionary Church was kind enough to allow people to create a “backyard” wedding on their property. I do not know who it was, but I can definitely say that it was a terrific idea for a church property to be used as a wedding venue.
Roman and Victoria were members of the church for quite some time. It's very nice to see how the church gives back in such opportunities to the community. Location provided free, secure and easy parking. You often do not see this. Thanks to the California sunsets, we were able to experience a very romantic evening, celebrating both the bride and the groom.
Their wedding was super cute! Knowing them both personally, it was very fun and simple to photograph their wedding. It always feels good knowing your location, your customers and knowing that they trust you.
I have been friends with Nazariy for many years. Just recently, Nazariy found the love of his life, Tanya. Anytime I look at his Instagram or Snapchat story, they're always out and about enjoying each others' company. Whether it be biking, having dinner, getting their photos done by other photographers or Tanya making a double chocolate cake, they really know how to have fun together.
This proposal was quite unique. We had to convince Tanya that this is a typical photoshoot that they've done with other photographers. Nazariy and I have planned this for quite some time. We ended up going to the curves of Stinson Beach to find a location to propose, to Mt. Davidson, to Sly Park. Sly Park really fit with what we've been looking for.
Nazariy had his brother Alex set up the area for him with their little sister, and the rest was history. Allow these photos to speak for themselves.
I want to congratulate my brother Vitaliy and his fiancé Alona (weird that someone from our family is now engaged!) It was an honor to be able to surprise Alona with my paparazzi skills. Special thanks to my girlfriend Oxie and Eugene for tagging along and keeping me company during the drive and the shoot itself.
It was VERY cold and windy in Lake Tahoe. It almost felt like I was hiking Mt. Everest and the frostbite is something that you just have to deal with. We managed to pull it off and thanks to all the friends that came out to assist the proposal, thank you.
Here are some photos from the day!
Shooting with Paul and Olya was really fun. We didn't have too much time to shoot as we planned for an all-day shoot. Little did you know that in our Slavic culture, hardly anyone is ever on time. We met up at the golden gate park in San Francisco, ca at around 3pm and only had an hour to shoot there before we had to go to half moon bay. I hate being rushed. I like to take my time and perfect a shot. But sometimes you have visitors, dog walkers, tourists, and nosy people that won't let you have your way. Being on a time crunch was one of the hardest things. It's sure one heck of a responsibility to fulfill when there is no "Second chance." with the help of my girlfriend Oksana Kambur we managed to knock this out quite easily. The bridal party was well behaved and listened to my every request. Here are some of my favorites from this day.