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Nataly and Yuri’s wedding day at French Creek Golf Club was truly such a beautiful day from the moment we arrived
Nataly had so many beautiful details for me to play with from her stunning bouquet and florals by Urban Flower Market to her perfume bottle, ring dish, and gorgeous heels. I love seeing how my couples share their personality through their details. Yuri had so many awesome little details from his last name stitched into his suit jacket and his initials on his shirt cuffs. His blue suit paired so beautifully with the warmth of the venue and floral arrangements!
Beyond just the details, this day was full of SO much love and fun. Nataly’s sweet
Their ceremony was in a gorgeous, authentic barn where they stood among their friends and families and said their vows. They filled a vase with separate colors of sand to become one to symbolize their lives joining together. A super sweet sentiment that their officiant led was a ‘last single kiss’ with the bride and groom’s mothers – he explained that they were giving their last single kiss to their mother who gave them their very first single kiss. Major chills! It was such a beautiful moment. They tied the knot and celebrated the start of their forever!
Nataly and Yuri met a few years back when Yuri was the owner of a Crossfit gym. Nataly was a Facebook ad for a 6-week body loss challenge at the gym, so she told one of her close friends to join with her! After the initial interview process, Nataly’s friend told her how how cute the coach is and that Nataly would totally fall in love with him! After her interview, she definitely agreed! She didn’t make it seem as if she was interested, though, because of her shy nature. They always kept it professional when they would talk! Although Nataly was more quiet, her friend would get them both noticed in class a lot! Nataly said she didn’t think she had a chance with him, since all the other girls would flirt with Yuri!
After about a week in the program, Nataly texted Yuri about the back pain she was experiencing, and that was the start of it all! They would constantly text each other all night and when they would see each other, they would smile but not make anything too obvious! They started hanging out after class, as well and seeing each other on weekends. Nobody else in class knew anything was going on aside from Nataly’s friend! It was hard to keep a secret, but they wanted to keep it professional – Nataly said that seeing all the girls flirt with him constantly was a struggle, of course! He soon asked her to be his girlfriend, and once they made it facebook official, everyone at the gym freaked out! They have been inseparable since and Yuri popped the question at home in the cutest way!
Nataly says, “The proposal was totally unexpected! I didn’t even know it was happening while he was down on one knee! He proposed a day after my birthday. I was very sick on that weekend and he want to treat me to breakfast in bed. He woke me up and told me to get ready a little since he wanted to record himself treating me to the best breakfast. I laughed at him and didn’t take him seriously. All I kept thinking was “There’s no way I’m showing anyone this video.” I prepped a little and sat on the bed waiting for my coffee and food. He came in to plan out where he is going to put the tray of food and if everything looked good for him. A few minutes later, he comes in with a tray and two plates covered. He’s recording and sets the phone on the window and starts presenting his meals. He uncovers the first plate and goes ‘first plate, your favorite eggs and bacon.’ I wow-ed his meal to play along with what’s happening. He then goes to the second plate and goes ‘now for dessert’ and uncovers a small box. I look at it, a little confused and he then goes on one knee… still a little confused. He opens it and asks me, “will you marry me.” All that came out of my mouth was, “shut up, are you serious?” I didn’t even say yes before I jumped into his arms and started kissing him. He put the ring on and I just couldn’t believe it. I just kept shaking. It was the best surprise ever.” How adorable is that?!
If you want to see these cuties during their engagement session with their pup, Aussie, you can check it out here! We lucked out with such a beautiful day in the middle of the winter!
Nataly and Yuri, you two have hearts of gold and the sweetest love story. I adore the way you look at each other and always know how to get the other one laughing. You handled the rain like champs, and looked absolutely stunning through it all! Your wedding day was one for the books, and I am beyond honored that I was the one to document it. Thank you for everything! I am SO happy for you two! Congratulations, lovebirds! Wishing you to lifelong love, joy, and laughter! Xoxo Love you two!
Second Photographer | Rachel Watkinson
Ceremony & Reception Venue | French Creek Golf Club
Wedding Coordinator | Kate Hannon
Dress Designer | Oleg Cassini
Dress Boutique | David’s Bridal
Shoes | Blue by Betsey Johnson, Macy’s
Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist| Daneene Jensen & Associates, Kimberly Valosen
Wedding Rings | Tropiano & Son Jewelers
Welcome Sign | Peonies to Paint Chips
DJ | Silver Sound DJ, Dan Breslin
Florist | Urban Flower Market, Rina Romero
Cake | Wegmans
Bridesmaids Dresses | Lulus
Groom Attire | Indochino
Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse
Invitation | Shutterfly
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