Brought to you by Bulgarian photographer Yana Peneva and The La bride team is a captivating an authentic Bulgarian photo shoot of the couple Mariya and July in the hearts of the Black Sea.
The pre wedding shoot is held in St. Vavara, a district of Bourgas. Boasting beautiful sea waves and sounds from packs of dolphin, it is a coastal area situated at the Black Sea in the mountain skirts of peak Papia. Along with their furry pals and a Bohemian inspired tent, their photo shoot was a lovely one in the basking glow of the setting sun.
Hours before the wedding, Mariya’s makeup and hair are done. With her parents beside, her bridesmaids join in with blessings and a toast. Soon, it was time to meet her groom. Donning on a pale pink wedding dress with waves of sheer tresses, she is ready to go. She was lead by her dad to the wedding ceremony area where waiting for her is July with a matching coloured tie in deep suit.
With a traditional orthodox wedding to match in Kalakria Balchik, these two individually proclaim before the assembly, that they have come out of free-will, without constraints or prior commitment, to be joined by God as husband and wife. Putting aside the bouquet and signed papers, they are then handed candles which are held throughout the remaining service. The candles represent the couple’s faith and willingness to follow the Light of Truth, Jesus Christ and that they will have their way through life lighted by the teachings of the Church.
Prayers are offered on their behalf as they are crowned by the priest in the name of the trinity. The crowns have two meanings. First, they reveal that the man and woman, in their union with Christ, participate in His Kingship. Second, as in the ancient Church, crowns are a symbol of martyrdom. It hereby signals the giving of one’s life totally to the other and to Christ.
As the sun sets, nightfall blends in with a more upbeat pace. Blue striking lights illuminate the bars and dance floors. As guests sipped on their cocktails prepared by the bartender, emotional and heartwarming speeches are given by the bride’s mum and dad.
Kissing her mum and a hug to her dad, Mariya’s life on this journey of marriage to July has just begun. May they have a good and peaceful life ahead.
Photography: Yana Peneva