Khao Lak, Thailand. Sofia & Vladimir

My love. I went as far as it was possible. I looked for you in every life, in every world. In every dream I waited for you and enjoyed every moment we have spent together. Your light guides me. At sunset, in every pulsing, agile fleck of dust seen in sunrise I recognise you. Your joy is the day. Your smile is the moon. Comprehending you I comprehend the world. Meeting you I fall in love again. Always.

S&V: We have met through a common friend and started our with a friendship, which did not last long because after three months of knowing each other, Vladimir asked me to move in with him - I thought he is crazy and said yes J We believe that friendship and sense of humour are what makes our relationship so special.





V: We went on a holiday to Budapest just in time for my birthday. The weather was perfect and the city incredibly beautiful. Since Sonia usually plans all our leisure activities far ahead, she had all restaurants booked for every evening with some nice place. Hence I had to improvise where and how to propose – one place was too crowded, another too cold, the third one – far too dark... Finally, we dropped by a beautiful Viennese café. I have prepared a video with our photos and music to show to her and be the time she finished, I have dropped on one knee   and popped the question. 

S: I did not expect it at all, it was the most touching. I am not a cry baby but the video was so beautiful and personal, that my eyes watered. Suddenly Vladimir started to fall under the table. The café was full and the place quite tight, at first, I did not even realize he is proposing J





S: I knew I wanted a dress that would look and feel like me, something different, sophisticated, even daring.  Atelier Pronovias, which is the high line of House Pronovias, makes the most beautiful dresses that are a piece of art each and I was dreaming of wearing Atelier Pronovias dress for my wedding. We have settled on the style of both wedding dress and the groom’s suite only after we have decided on location and basic styling. Indeed, what is good for Thailand not good for an Italian villa J For our Thailand beach wedding we went with a beaded mermaid gown with Chantilly lace   for the bride and the blue linen suit for the groom. I was hunting down this particular style of Atelier Pronovias all over the globe and have finally found it in Pronovias boutique in Saratov, Russia,  that has kindly agreed to sell online and ship from Saratov by post J

I think one of most important things is to feel comfortable and appropriate that is why I wore the dress without an inner liner and the groom had a light linen suit. And I must tell you it was the right decision taking into account humidity and heat in December in Thailand. Vladimir had his suit tailor-made for him at BQ Räätälistudio in Helsinki and he looked gorgeous. Usually, the emphasis is on the bride’s dress and I do not think it is fair. Grooms of the world also deserve a star moment J



S: We were eloping just two of us and thanks to that we could have a relaxed schedule. I have used to organize big forums and coordinating things was not stressful for me at all. We had a nice breakfast together and then I have left Vladimir to relax while having my manicure and make up done. I believe the whole team was very professional and was coordinating with each other smoothly.

V: I think the only thing I would do different from the timing point of view is to have my suit prepared by hotel team faster. Maybe, it was just a misunderstanding or general mañana style of the beach living. Everything else was perfect J





S.: Usually, I am the type of person that has an idea but with the flowers I was going back and forth for over a month. I am thankful for the patience of the hotel coordinator, I was afraid she would cancel our reservation J My dress was the main accent and I wanted something that would complement but not over shine it and at the same time be local for Thailand and fit the groom’s attire – easy task, ha! Thanks to our hotel coordinator, she has found perfect curly white orchids. They were beyond beautiful, a simple bunch, nothing else – all I ever wanted. 






Stationary and décor was in blue/grey/gold theme continuing the sea inspiration. We have though through and chosen everything ourselves, the flowers were provided by the hotel, we just gave instructions on how we want them to be arranged.

V.: I think the colour theme was simple and elegant, I had a supervising role on the décor meaning that Sonia would show me four to five options and I would choose the final J  

V.: We wanted something exotic and warm (Maldives were out of our budget :D). Also we have loved the hotel premises that have been voted the best hotel in Thailand for many years. 

S.: We knew for sure that we wanted the elopement, the family was very supportive of the idea. We have considered Italy, Martinique and even St. Petersburg but decided in favour of Thailand. (Although Vladimir promised that we have our 10th wedding anniversary with a big party in Tuscany J). Italy is a perfect romantic destination but our close friends live there and for us it would have been more like visiting home than elopement to an exotic paradise.  






S. One thing we knew is that we wanted the ceremony on the beach by the sea with a fresh breeze and it was perfect. We were a bit scared about the weather – it was raining two days in a row before and for the whole morning but then happened miracle – the rain stopped and the skies were most beautiful. The sunset and the dinner at the beach were heavenly. 


S. I have been organizing bigger events professionally, so I had some head start. I think the most important thing is to plan in advance, to read reviews and not to stress too much. People are professionals, they know what they are doing, however, if you have some specific requests be very vocal about it. No one is a mind reader J

I think two most challenging things in Thailand that I have faced were – language barrier and general “I am not late nowhere” attitude. We had a lady coordinator at the hotel, everything else we planned ourselves and it turned out perfect. Typically, hotels have their own makeup artists and photographers, but I am very happy we have chosen our own people that we cold trust based on their portfolios.   

S. I would like to thank the whole team that was working with us: Liuda and Misha – for photo and video, it was a very creative and relaxed experience, a real plus is that you could get both photos and videos from one team; my make up artist was Lisa Allen, she was an angel and recreated everything I have asked for; stationary we have ordered from website where you can choose standalone options and add your own texts and agate pieces from Etsy – the whole budget for our stationary did not cross 20 euro – pretty does not have to be expensive J




V: The best moment was when I saw my bride for the first time and thought how lucky I am J

S: For me the most memorable time was after the ceremony because we finally got relaxed and could run around and laugh and be silly and enjoy ourselves. The second best time was when we were dancing at the beach in the candle light with Ed Sheerah playing in the background – it can never get more romantic than that.


















































































































































































































1.     Keep cool 

2.     Plan YOUR wedding not a wedding of someone else’s dreams

3.     Do not be afraid to be different

4.     Enjoy yourself, wedding is just one day, most important is your whole life together J


Photographer: Liudmila Nilava - Dreamwood
Videographer : Mikhail Nilov - Dreamwood


Locaton: Thailand. Khao lak . Khao sok

 With love... 



Feb 24, 2018