Sarra and Nicholas’ love story all started with a blue velvet jacket. As the older sister of one of his best mates, Nicholas never dreamt that Sarra would be interested in him. It wasn’t until this particular party where Sarra stroked his blue velvet clad shoulder to feel the fabric that a seed of an idea was formed. But it wasn’t until seven years later when they started going hiking together that they both realised there was something special between them.
Both Sarra and Nicholas remember the fateful Sunday when they both admitted they liked each other, only to realise they would be separated for six long weeks as both had booked overseas trips. But they weren’t apart for long. The new couple met up for a week in beautiful Slovenia, where they got to know each other more, and may have even fallen in love.
All those years later and these guys are still madly in love and adore everything about each other. Nicholas says:
“She is kind, gentle and patient. She is stunning, her smile makes your heart skip a beat, and still gives me butterflies sometimes … and we have the same perspective and direction in life, and what we want for our lives together.”
For Sarra, she loves that with Nicholas what you see, is what you get:
“He is full of love, support and just wants to live a simple life with that special person who he can care and look after.”
And so it was inside the Holy Protection Cathedral in Brunswick East, packed with their family and friends, that Sarra became Nicholas’ special person for life. Looking from the outside, the huge golden orbs on top of the Russian Orthodox Church only a hint as to the incredibly adorned interior with biblical paintings covering all the walls and dome ceiling.
Once the service and celebrations were over, we drove to Egan Reserve in Coburg for some photos. Our job is just so easy when we are photographing couples who are madly in love, and this was one of those magical days. The only crowd control needed was when the rowdy bridal party were released from the limo to join us. Dancing through the park with a bottle of champagne and portable speaker, these guys were hilarious – there was definitely no chance of serious photos with these guys!
Then it was off to the Regal Ballroom in Northcote to continue the party. Originally a picture theatre 100 years ago, the room was filled with the constant loud shouts of “Gorko!” which is a signal for the newlyweds to kiss and everyone at the table to all drink a shot of vodka. But it was the Russian dancing that blew our mind. A huge crowd formed a circle where individual dancers took centre stage to show off their incredible skills to applause and whoops – and that was just from us 😊
Sarra and Nicholas, thanks so much for trusting us to capture all the love, laughter and traditions of your special day. We’ve absolutely loved having you guys in front of our camera and wish you all the happiness in the world for your future together.