Adina & Andrei
Two days before New Year’s Eve, Andy decorated my room with fairy lights and photos of us. He left a beautiful dress on my bed with a note saying what time to be ready. His sister and her husband then picked me up and took me to a beautiful candlelit path with a laptop at the end. It played a video of my friends all saying lovely things and beside it was a letter telling me to close my eyes. When I opened them, Andy was kneeling before me. He asked me to be his wife with a beautiful halo diamond ring!
A talented Romanian designer, Alexandra Indries, made my princess gown from silk tulle. It had beautiful details added and was worth every penny – I loved it! I felt just how I’d always imagined I would, like a beautiful princess. I only added a pair of earrings, gifted to me by a friend, to wear with my dress and heels.
Andy looked so handsome wearing a light grey suit from D’S Damat, teamed with a white shirt sourced in Zara, brown shoes from Massimo Dutti and a colour matched tie and pocket square, too.
In Romania, bridesmaids are usually girls who have yet to marry themselves, and as most of my friends were already married, I didn’t have any. My sister did walk down the aisle before me, though.
One of my good friends kindly did my makeup – she did a great job giving me the fresh and bright look I like for brides and it looked great in the photos. Another friend had planned to do my hair, but was unwell just before the wedding so another friend stepped in. He curled my hair beautifully before jetting off to Paris straight after the wedding!
The moment we kneeled down and the pastors prayed for us was the best bit of our religious ceremony.
We had a four-course banquet at our reception. The feast began with an appetizer, followed by a fish course and the traditional Romanian sarmale with mamaliga. Steak and potatoes completed the culinary line up.
After looking at countless real weddings, as well as inspiration from the internet and Pinterest, we decided upon a vintage wedding theme.
To decorate, we bought lots and lots of candles (you can find a huge selection here!). My husband made the illuminated letters, the wooden boards with 1 Corinthians 13 on, the table numbers and even the giant Jenga! Some of our talented friends decorated most of the venue on the wedding morning. Everything looked perfect!
If, like us, you’re enlisting the help of friends, be very specific about exactly what you’d like them to do. It’s best to write it down and give each person just one job to focus on – that way you’ll know everything is sorted in advance and you can relax and enjoy the day. If you’ve imagined a theme like we did for our vintage wedding, you want it to be put into place just right!
A lady named Magda designed and arranged our colourful, bright and beautiful blooms.
Pinterest inspired our wedding cake, I knew it exactly what I wanted it to look like! It was a delicious forest fruits cake.
My husband is a musician and has many musical friends. This meant we were lucky enough to have three bands play at our wedding!
Our first dance was to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’. A friend choreographed a routine perfectly for us – it wasn’t too simple or too complicated, it was just right.
We made Funchal in Madeira our honeymoon destination! While there, we walked in the mountains, swam, snorkelled, visited the botanical gardens and shopped! We even enjoyed a one-day cruise to Porto Santo!