A Real Life Fairy Tale

Reallifefairytale3Ekaterina and Artem brought their dreams to the beautiful Spainish mountains and it was all they could have had hoped it to be

How it all began

We met 8 years ago when Ekaterina first moved to St. Petersburg. We were both starting University at the time and had studied together in the same group from the first day. We spent all of our free time together with mutual friends and somewhere in the middle of it all we fell in love!

The dream location

We love Spain. The culture, people, food, atmosphere - we love everything about it. We had visited Spain a number of times before, each time exploring more places and finding ourselves falling more and more in love with it. Therefore, it didn’t come as a surprise that when we were deciding on the ideal location for our special day, Spain was the perfect location for us. We had imagined our big day to be lit up with daylight and sunshine, which proved to be a bit of a challenge on the day due to bad weather, however the sun finally came out for the ceremony and it was like living a dream!

A venue with a view

The view and tranquility of the venue made it the ideal setting for the wedding. It was beautifully located in the mountains with stunning views of the lake and the sea on the horizon, far away from the noise of the city. There were different levels for us to use as we pleased, depending on the preference and structure of the wedding. We used this to our advantage and had three main areas. The first area was situated on the highest level under a tree, this is where the ceremony was held. The second area was set for the meal and the third held breathtaking views of the lake, making it the perfect setting for the guests to arrive and enjoy welcome cocktails. 

Reallifefairytale1Unique details

The style of the wedding was ‘garden shabby chic’ which was reflected everywhere in pastel colours. The entire decor portrayed this style through white Napoleon chairs, chandeliers and vases, David Austin roses, eucalyptus, hanging candles and the beautiful arch which we were led to by a path of flower petals.

On the night of the celebrations, vintage lamps created a lovely, romantic atmosphere with soft lighting. The stage and dance floor were white and we had a LED screen installed above showing videos which our friends and family had made for us followed by a wonderful video of our love story.

Viva España!

As we had chosen Spain for our wedding location, we wanted the food and attractions to have a Mediterranean feel. To create this we had a Spanish guitarist play during the welcome drinks and then again for the after-ceremony cocktails. The appetisers were traditional Spanish finger food presented beautifully. We then chose a contemporary flamenco show which the guests enjoyed so much they decided to get involved in themselves! After the cake we had an interactive cooking show as a dessert buffet. This was shortly followed by the band, Great Vintage, who played fantastic music for us all night long.

We were thoroughly impressed with each and every tiny detail which altogether made an unforgettable day!

Picture Perfect

We had a few options to chose from for our wedding photographer, however when we met Owen Farrell and took a look at his work, he shared his vision with us and explained the way in which he works - straight away our decision was made and it was the best decision we ever could have gone with. He is very professional which we noticed from the very first moment we started working with him. There wasn’t a single moment in the day that he gave any impression of it being too much for him.

It is important to be able to enjoy yourself on your wedding day and this can be difficult if you are being interrupted by the photographer or videographer on the day. Owen remained invisible throughout the whole day yet still managed to capture every single detail and emotion which we now are able to relive through his photos as if it happened only yesterday!

Our love story was created by Ivan Budarin, a young, talented videographer. The two days we spent with him were so much fun, filming our first film together in some of the most fantastic locations. The love story was romantic and sweet. We showed it as the beginning of the night and all of our guests loved it.

The main videographer we chose for our big day was Antonio de Perez. He is preparing the video for us as we speak and we are can’t wait to see it!

Dream moments

It is impossible to choose just one, for us every moment was unforgettable. We received so many surprises from our family and friends which we weren’t expecting on the day and we will value and treasure those moments for a very long time.Reallifefairytale3

When the time came for us to step down the stairs and take our first dance, a fountain of fire appeared which was as a complete surprise for us - it was so beautiful! We were amazed at how our wedding planner managed to create all of these spectacular moments which made our day even more special than we imagined. It was like a fairy tale!

If I had to do it again, I would change

Nothing. Every single detail and moment was perfect!

Word of advice


Invite only those who are most important to you. Choose only your closest friends and family. You can spend a lot of money trying to impress yourself and your hundreds of guests, but unless they are prepared to share their true emotions and joy with you on this special day you could jeopardised just how beautifully emotional and memorable your day could be.


Ekaterinas Address Book

Dress: Pronovias Marbella

Wedding Planner: Tatiana Polikanova at Events Couture Marbella

Caterina GOYO

Flowers & Decor: AM gallery Marbella 

Photographer: Owen Farrell

Videographer: Antonio de Perez

Video (love story): Ivan Budarin & Ocean Cinema

Entertainment: Events Couture Marbella

Register: Melanie Kettner, Borough

Car: Solo Marbella

Cake: La Vie a Sucre

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