a russian wedding.

Sep 17, 2012

Man, do Russians know how to throw a party. And by party I mean a two day-full on-drink-food-dance-feast. I am not kidding, when saying that I needed like three days to recover. The pictures above are from the ceremony and reception.
Unfortunately no useful photographs from the actual wedding dinner and party. Let's just say it was unreal. Picture mountains of food and traditional Caucasian dancers, singers and whatnot in between courses. The program was FULL. They didn't cut the cake til midnight, not sure if that's the norm?! Day two of the wedding extravaganza was spent at a lake with more food, booze and dancing. Phew.
It was an experience I will never forget and wouldn't want to have missed for the world, but one Russian Wedding is enough for one lifetime.

1// View during the ceremony.
2// Bride and groom. Obviously...
3// Reception spread.
4// Russian Uncle living in Switzerland, owning ship to hunt for sunken Chinese treasure. I am NOT kidding.
5// Guests from Brazil and Argentina.
6// This is what it looks like, when three people try to entertain the youngest wedding guest all at the same time. Brides beware, adorable baby girls will steal your thunder!

a russian hello.

Sep 1, 2012
Friends, greetings from Russia.
Posting regularly here is not really feasible, but I wanted to pop in and say a quick hello.

We have been in Russia for 4 days now and it has already been one big adventure. You see, my boyfriend's brother is getting married and his bride is originally from Russia, so they decided to have one hell of a wedding here in Stavropol in the north Caucasus. The family and I flew into Moscow, where we had a few days to see the sights and go explore the surrounding area a bit. Oh my, what an impressive city - one of the  biggest cities in Europe with 12 Million people living there and an area almost as big as the Netherlands.
Now everyone is getting ready for the big day - friends from the Netherlands flew in, family from Brazil and Israel are here and of course the Russian family of the bride. It's one multiculti hodgepodge of people and we love it!
The pictures above were taken at the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, "the most important Russian monastery and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church."