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Our Castle Wedding

Hello everyone! I am proud to announce that my wonderful Bradfordik and I sealed the deal in Dracula's castle! We did it at Orava Castle on an overcast May afternoon. If you are a photographer, you know that the photography fairies were with us.

Our wedding was recently featured on the #1 US wedding blog to kick off their new destination wedding blog. Way to go Dracula!

Orava castle is a 13th century castle built on a rock formation (a cliff) that overlooks Orava River. It is our favorite castle, and a natural choice for the ceremony. The above photo is taken on one of its plazas, that you can get to after a good fifteen minute climb up an extremely steep hill.

We decided to spice up the trip to EU and took few friends to Amsterdam and Belgium before the wedding. It was a pure luck that we still fit into our wedding clothes after eating all those Belgian chocolates and drinking at the breweries!
In the below photo, I am waiting in front of the Knight's Hall (where the ceremony was held) to enter. We were honored to have the very bublibicious Fluffy as our ring-bearer. She licked my hand and we bublibished together before my dad brought me to the waiting Bradfordik.

Brad was wearing a colorful paisley hat with a matching tie from Nordstrom, a two piece suit from John Varvatos, and some badass shoes by Magnanni. He also sported a pair of vintage cuff rings. I wore a dress by Jin Wang from SF Union Square, a head pouf (which I envisioned and asked Jin to create), and Charles David shoes. I made a dress for Fluffy using the same fabric and style my dress was made with. I wore a gold sequined Herve Leger dress at the reception.

The reception was held at a baroque-style former salt warehouse from the 18th century, turned into B&B with restaurant and winery. Fluffy and grandpa were there. The weather was perfect (clouds forming a giant soft box). Everyone’s hats were awesome and we enjoyed the company of our family and friends.
Overall, I conclude the wedding was a success. Now onto the babies.
Hair: Madufa of Femme Fatale, Zilina, Slovakia
Makeup: Stacy McClure San Francisco, California
Ceremony venue: The "Knight's Hall" at the Orava Castle
Reception venue: The wine cellar at the Villa Necas

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Reader Comments (11)

Absolutely breathtaking - you look so beautiful and Brad so stylish.

November 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNaoise M

Great pictures. Love the pouting shot. It reminded me of a Charlie Chaplin pose. God bless and may the babies commence.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBelina

Very good post.Very are very beautiful.Happy life ahead!

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShamshul

WOW what a beautiful wedding very nice setting good life ahead to the married couple from Canada

May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjodie mccabe

awesome :) thanks for sharing

May 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternaveen

What a lovely story! A gorgeous wedding and incredible dress and suit (groom!) -- love the hat! May you have a life filled with joy, happiness in each other's love, and a home brimming over with love and family!

June 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

Very nice story. This ceremony seems to be a wonderful ceremony. I love to watch the photos and reading the story. Dressing of both is fabulous and their expressions are showing that how much they love each other.

July 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterintimate wedding venue

I love the Castle Wedding Theme as well as the Castle wedding photography shoot of the wedding. It must have cost a lot but it is worth it.

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStefano

Stefano, promoting your own photography business by hyperlinking the text "wedding photography" to your own site is not a good idea. You might want to know that search engines do not follow links from blog comments, since they all have nofollow HTML attribute. Your efforts are therefore not productive. I removed the hyperlink.

August 19, 2011 | Registered CommenterPetra Cross


wonderful pics!

BTW you don't become fat eating good belgian beer and pure chocolates.
One becomes fat if one doesn't move enough, and you sure do ;-)

Keep up the good work!

Bruges, Belgium

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKoen

..We all think that we will have such a partner, for whom we will devout ourselves, try to fulfill all his wishes. In the same way we dream that on our wedding day we will be one of the best brides or grooms... wedding videographer melbourne

December 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdinah

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