Paul’s and Anastasia’s special day

What happens when love conquers all? A happily ever after.

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Being a guest at a wedding you often see the best of two people – you see a bride’s perfectly fitted dress that accentuates her features, you see a handsome groom who wears his best suit, you see beautiful decorations and hear beautiful words spoken by close family and friends about how unique and special both the groom and bride are and how truly special their bond is. Afterwards, there is something magical about looking at the wedding pictures – whether you like it or not, for a moment or two you believe in all the beauty and magic that a good wedding picture captures. You start believing in the castles, the dashing grooms and a promise for a happily ever after. You begin to dream about this day as a little girl and you, yourself begin to imagine how your groom will cry one day when he sees you in all your beauty walking down the aisle.

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Meet Anastasia and Paul. Through various obstacles that life has presented to them, they have been able to grow and nurture their love and today they have a beautiful family together. Their gorgeous son was born earlier in September and their love for each other and their son has truly blossomed over time. On November 23rd they joined their lives before their closest family and friends and before God.

I feel privileged and honoured to have been part of their special day as a close friend and a photographer. Here is the story of the day and how it unfolded.

The day began in a beautiful mansion in Avalon. The sun was bright and the water was crystal blue.

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There was a feeling of peace, serenity and excitement which has certainly reflected the mood of this beautiful wedding.



I loved photographing all the beautiful details…

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They both looked stunning like they just stepped out of a magazine or a movie.


Anastasia looked majestic in her ivory dress while Paul looked truly classy and elegant in his suite and a bow tie.

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As the ceremony proceeded they both cried – what a truly special moment between these two beautiful people. Anastasia’s mom has travelled thousands of miles to be there for her daughter’s special day and it was inspirational to witness how close they are.


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Paul’s brother married this stunning couple while the rest of the family and friends witnessed the event.

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After the ceremony we proceeded to take some portraits in the garden and on the beach. The sun was still very high up at four thirty in the afternoon but we had a great time coming up with some serious, romantic and silly poses.


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I love how much fun Paul and Anastasia are as a couple, as soon as we were done with the formal shots, they quickly improvised and started coming up with their own fun and creative ideas.

The rest of the afternoon was very relaxed – some of us danced, while others cooked. It was a truly intimate affair.

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Later in the evening, it was time to cut the Russian wedding cake.

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Anastasia wanted to bring in some Russian traditions to the wedding and the rest of the evening was filled with fun competitions and games.

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I wish them many years of marital bliss and wonderful adventures for their young family. Thank you again for making me a part of it.

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Thank you for reading 🙂 

Always Yours,

Maria Flash Photography.

A Whole New World – Swatee’s and Vasant’s pre-wedding celebrations 

Our favorite Disney song from Aladdin goes like this..

“I can show you the world

Shining, shimmering, splendid…”

Swatee’s and Vasant’s Sangeet night was truly a night to remember. For a brief 6 hours of this beautiful event, this is how I saw the world in the presence of this couple – everything seemed more shimmering and splendid, alongside many performers that evening, love certainly took the center stage.


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Throughout life, we get to meet all sorts of people – we meet clever people, funny people, intellectual people, talented people, beautiful people and seldomly we meet kind people. What is even more unusual is when we find a truly rare combination of people who embody all the characteristics mentioned above. Certainly Swatee and Vasant are that rare combination. Their inner and outer beauty are both inspiring and humbling.


A well orchestrated skit by Swatee’s beautiful bridesmaids on how the couple met and their journey to commitment has made me realise how special the bond is between these two people. It was clear from the presentations and performances that these two are true soul mates and that their love is like a universe – it’s forever.

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This was a fun evening a week before the wedding, when families and friends gather together to celebrate this beautiful couple in a less formal and more relaxed atmosphere.




There was a lot of music, dance and singing and the energy of the room was just electric. There were a few moments where I caught myself doing little dance with my feet :).

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I don’t need to explain more, the love that these two share radiates from within and lights up the room and everyone can see and feel it.



A few days after Sangeet, I had one more event to look forward to – a Mehndi evening. This is a special and festive evening which takes place a day or two before the ceremony, where Mehndi artist draws very detailed and complex designs on the hands and feet of the bride. Of course many other ladies participate and receive some stunning designs on their hands for the ceremony. Mehndi symbolises love and traditionally it is believed that the darker the colour of Mehndi the more love bride will receive from her husband and mother-in-law. Swatee certainly looked stunning as her designs were being completed.

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So much colour, beauty and radiance filled up the rooms of Swatee’s Parents home.

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I wish them both a wonderful life together and I hope the splendid love that I got to observe during these events will carry them throughout life into old age. I wish them many more smiles and laughter and many many more days filled with joy and happiness together and with their loved ones.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of your special celebrations, memories which I will keep for life.

Truly Yours,

Maria Flash Photography