Oh I wish you a Merry Christmas

Thats the thing about Christmas – whether you celebrate it for religious reasons, family reasons or because it gives you an excuse to splash out on people you care about at the end of the year, there is something special about this day we call “Christmas”.

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For me personally it has always been about sharing it with my family and having a beautiful morning together where we exchange presents, laughs and morning cups of coffee. I have always loved this day because no matter what we were going through as a family, this day would always bring us close again.

For the second year in a row I am miles away from my family – on very different continents in fact. Christmas eve is also my Dad’s big birthday which unfortunately I had to miss.

I truly hope that wherever you go and wherever you are, there are people who will take you in and who will help to make this day a really special one, knowing that your family is not around. These people are your friends and even though the good ones are hard to find, once you do, they are a true gift on a Christmas day and every day.

This year I am very grateful to have my beautiful family in my life, although miles away, my heart is always with them. I am also grateful for my new family and for my husband who I adore and love infinitely. But this year I am especially grateful to our friends who have helped to make us feel loved and special on a Christmas day for the last two years.

I wish you and all your loved ones, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you don’t celebrate Christmas then I hope whether it is now or at a different time in the year, you have some special days planned with your loved ones and make sure they always know you love them.

Love is the most important gift of life, so keep on giving today and every day after,

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Happy Holidays!

Always Yours,

Maria Flash Photography

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.

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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.

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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.