PART I, ANNA & EUGENE: A Woodland Wedding at The Oaks Events | + Dozens of DIY Details

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All Feature Photos by Vera Gayazov Photography

Also see PART II, ANNA & EUGENE : A Sensual Second Day Session | Love at Lake Jocassee.

When a bride describes her groom as “easy to fall in love with,” it’s no wonder we’re now here and sharing their story. Charlotte natives, Anna Poplavskiy and Eugene Faliy, first met at church eight years ago. It didn’t take long for Eugene to sweep Anna off of her feet. Their first date, on Valentine’s Day (no less), included a greeting of beautiful roses as well as a gift box containing a beautiful new outfit and necklace for their date. Anna admits, “It was the most romantic day of my life.”

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The couple was engaged in an elaborate ploy orchestrated by her now husband, sister and friends. At a park Uptown with a lively fountain, Anna said “yes” when Eugene proposed. This was a moment Anna surely remembers as “a perfect day with the most amazing memories.” The newly engaged couple celebrated at a post-engagement dinner with friends, and she still could not believe she was going to marry the man of her dreams.

Anna and Eugene were married at The Oaks Events in Midland, NC in October of 2016. While the couple describes themselves as traditional, they chose to do a “first” look standing back to back while reading handwritten letters to each other. At the count of three, they turned to see one another. Eugene was unable to hold back tears at the sight of his bride, and Anna was unable to let go of her groom.

The ceremony was set in an outdoor pavilion, where the tones were natural and highlighted by creams and golds. The bride’s father walked her down the aisle to a violinist in a moment she says she dreamed about since she was a little girl and prayed for her entire life. The couple exchanged vows and said “I do” in a gorgeous ceremony, surrounded by family and friends. The bridesmaids were wistful in a subtle tone of taupe and the groomsmen dapper in charcoal suits. Anna’s bouquet featured gently furled roses, whimsical seeded eucalyptus, boughs of tallow berries, crisp white lisianthus, and stalks of ivory astilbes.

In a rather traditional ceremony, the most surprising moment came as they were about to kiss: a spider entangled itself in the layers of tulle in Anna’s bridal gown. Without hesitation, Eugene rescued his new wife, removing the spider and solidifying their union with a much-anticipated kiss.

The wood accents were carried into the reception where nature-inspired floral arrangements by Lena’s Flowers and hand-drawn chalkboard signs and lanterns dotted the tablescapes. Guests enjoyed Russian fare prepared by friends while celebrating the new mister and misses.

In giving advice to other brides and grooms, Anna acknowledges that there were a couples of technical difficulties, and that if she could change anything about the day, she’d like to be more prepared. Ultimately, though, she describes their wedding day as “beautiful, blessed, and stunning.” We certainly can’t argue with that – especially since we’re still swooning over their album.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Vera Gayazov | www.veragayazovphotography.com | @veragayazovphotography
VENUE, RENTALS: The Oaks Events | www.theoaksevents.com | @theoaksevents
OFFICIANT: Peter Yevchick
CAKE: Dina Biruk
FLORAL DESIGN: Lena’s Flowers
GOWN, SHOES: New York Bride & Groom | www.nybride.com | @newyorkbrideandgroom
BRIDESMAID DRESSES: New York Bride & Groom | www.nybride.com | @newyorkbrideandgroom
TUXEDO: Jos. A. Bank | www.josbank.com | @josabanktuxedo

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