Destination Wedding Ceremony in Carmel-By-The-Sea

Destination Wedding Ceremony in Carmel-By-The-Sea

Russian born Dominique, and Dutch born Kay flew in from Singapore for their destination wedding ceremony in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Their families, who are scattered all around Europe flew to California for their intimate destination wedding ceremony on a private estate in Carmel-By-The-Sea.

Europeans have more of laissez faire sense of time than us Americans, and Dominique and Kay’s wedding ceremony was certainly delayed by quite a bit. But the delay wasn’t only because of their liberal sense of timing...

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You see, in Russia, grooms have to work for their brides. A groom is denied his bride until he passes a series of “tests.” He is jokingly asked to “pay up” in money, gifts, or jewelry, heckled and humiliated, or forced to do silly dances, answer riddles, and perform goofy challenges to prove his worthiness. Once the groom sufficiently impresses friends and family with this bridal ransom, or vykup nevesty, the wedding ceremony can proceed. In this case, the Dutch groom had to indulge his bride’s Russian family.

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Big Sur wedding photographer, Peer Johnson of Peer Johnson Photography, did an excellent job capturing the spontaneity and bubbling-over joy of this intimate destination wedding in Carmel-By-The Sea.

Naomi was so special! She created such a lovely and highly personalized ceremony for my husband and I - it was really really beautiful. We got such amazing feedback from everyone there and I was touched deeply by how she’d written up and performed the ceremony – it was something that was so well aligned to our values, dreams and beliefs.
— Dominique, Carmel By The Sea

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