When I found out photographer Amy, from “Shot By Amy” was going to be shooting a Ukrainian Wedding I couldn’t wait to blog about it as its actually quiet close to my heart. My mother happens to be Ukrainian, and I knew she would be buzzing to see these images, plus we both follow Myro Doodles on social media which unbeknownst to me is Myroslava’s business.

THE VENUE.
The wedding of  Myroslava (Myro) Kochan & Callum Coates took place in at Tarasivka (affectionately known as the Field of Dreams) which is a piece of land owned by the Ukrainian Youth Association of GB in the middle of the Derbyshire countryside.  Myro says “I’ve been going every year for summer camp since I was tiny – I practically grew up in that field with all my friends and Callum has been coming to work at the summer camps with me the past few years. There’s a lot of history there, it’s a beautiful location and we love that it is half way between our home towns of Coventry and Manchester.”

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THE OUTFITS.
Myro’s dress was custom made by Erica Stacey Bridalwear – “I like to be unique so I knew I couldn’t have something off the hanger!” We have seen Ericas work at a previous wedding fayre and they are truly beautiful designs. The dress was a pale shell pink topped with white lace. It was fitted to mid-thigh when it flowed out into a long train, and sat off the shoulder with delicate lace wing sleeves. The dress was finished off with beaded embellishments and Swarovski crystal buttons down the back for a bit of sparkle. Worn with bejewelled shoes, a custom made flower crown from Gypsy Rose Vintage and finished off with a blush tulle veil dotted with crystals….stunning.

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Rose gold palette of pinks, creams and metallics were inspired by Myro’s beautiful rose gold and pink topaz engagement ring which Callum had custom made for his bride to be. The bridesmaids wore pink and gold, and the boys wore grey and sky blue for Coventry City everything was finished off with metallic touches. The fabulous Ivy Florist based in Leeds, transported the flowers to their wedding. “I had a bouquet of roses, dahlias and lots of beautiful greenery as well as wheat and poppy heads for a Ukrainian touch and forget-me-nots which remind me of my Baba (my grandma). My bridesmaids had smaller versions, and the groomsmen had roses, greenery and wheat sheaves.”

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Callum wore a light grey suit handmade for him in Coventry. It was slim fitting with a scooped waistcoat under the jacket. He wore it with a Liberty print tie and pocket square in shades of blue.

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BEST MOMENT
“There were so many amazing moments – seeing Callum for the first time, the amazing speeches by our best men, bridesmaids and our parents, dancing with all our friends to trumpets playing the Spice Girls – but one of my absolute favourites happened as soon as our ceremony ended. We turned around to walk back down the aisle and my Baba was sat there. She’s in a care home at the moment and we didn’t think she’d be able to make the journey but my family surprised me by bringing her along! Everyone got quite emotional, especially me. We had all our favourite people there and her being a part of it was the cherry on the cake.”

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THE FOOD TRADITION
“There is a lot of drinking involved in a Ukrainian wedding so the key is to keep eating! For our wedding breakfast our guests enjoyed a hog roast and paella from a giant pan, something I’ve loved since I lived in Valencia, followed by all kinds of cakes and sweets. Polish sausage called ‘kobasa’, Ukrainian rye bread and gherkins were laid out for guests to pick on throughout the day to keep everyone going. In the evening, we served curry which is one of our favourites and had been homemade by our friends’ parents the day before. We also served traditional Ukrainian dumplings known as ‘varenyky’ which are filled with cheese and potato and served with hot onions and butter – these were all handmade months before by ladies from the Manchester Ukrainian community and frozen for the big day. They made over 1500 and it was a perfect chance for everyone to try a bit of Ukrainian cuisine.”

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THE CAKE
“Our cake was made by the talented Laura from Yolk – she is based in Hackney but it was well worth the journey for that baking! The bottom layer was Victoria sponge, the middle layer was lemon and lavender with homemade lemon curd and the top was chocolate. It was all iced with pale yellow vanilla buttercream and finished with wreaths of beautiful fresh flowers inspired by the Ukrainian floral headdress, complete with rainbow ribbons. We wanted everyone to really enjoy the cake so we had it for breakfast with our guests and a case of champagne the next morning!”

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THE DETAILS.
“Signposts and alcohol played a big part (our centrepieces were signposts to our favourite pubs and vodka is a massive part of every Ukrainian party!) but a handmade, homemade, rustic feel was central to our day.Our decorations were all completely homemade and probably my favourite part of our wedding aesthetic. For months our family and friends have been collecting glass jars and spirit bottles – we had over 200 on the day, spray painted, hand illustrated, polka-dotted, wrapped in lace and tied with twine, all completely unique and made by me and my friends. They were filled with hydrangeas, roses, snapdragons, gypsophilia and daisies from the local flower market. The centrepieces were wooden signs made by Callum and painted by my maid of honour with the names of all our favourite pubs that have played a part in our relationship – they were set in bell jars with moss, petals, gravel and fairylights, like a little garden. My mum sewed the gold sequin table runners, and along with my best friend’s mum she cut, sewed and dyed over 500m of homemade bunting from Baba’s net curtains which we hung in the trees. The table plan was made with my granddad’s old suitcase and the confetti was made with hydrangea petals from my Baba’s garden. I hand wrote everyone’s names on paper doilies instead of place cards, and made activity packs for the children.  I created hand-illustrated signs for the menu and welcome drinks which we displayed in antique-looking frames sprayed gold.”

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“I am an illustrator by day so I wanted to put my own special stamp on our wedding. I had hand-drawn the stationery myself, hand-illustrated everyone’s favours and written our favourite romantic quotes on glass jars for the décor, but my favourite bit was probably our wedding guide. There are loads of traditions involved in a Ukrainian wedding so I hand-drew a ‘survival guide’ to get our guests through the day. I was inspired by the style of the Daily Prophet newspaper from Harry Potter and I put a lot of love into the detail – it was so nice to see people really getting into it!”

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THE EVENING
“We love brass bands so we were over the moon when we found Twisted Tubes, a modern brass band who play pop covers. They went down an absolute storm but my highlight of their set and one of my highlights of the entire wedding was when the musicians came onto the dancefloor with their instruments and played Spice Up Your Life around us – it was one of those once in a lifetime moments! We were also treated to a cabaret by my Ukrainian dance group, Podilya. I got to perform my own dance with some of my bridesmaids and a guest appearance by my new husband, and then all my dancer friends performed Hopak which is the most famous Ukrainian dance. The atmosphere in the hall was electric and after they danced they got all our wedding guests up to try some moves for themselves.”

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I love how this bride was adamant in using independent businesses. Myro says “For our wedding we tried to use and support small businesses and I would encourage other couples to do the same. We communicated in person with all our vendors and they went above and beyond to turn our visions into a reality. Almost everything was transported from other parts of the UK but it was well worth it to say we knew exactly who made our cake, exactly who arranged our flowers, exactly who hand-made our outfits – it complimented our homemade wedding and made everything that bit more personal.”

Contributors:
Erica Stacey Bridal
Ivy Florist
Shot By Amy Photography
Cake by Laura from Yolk
Podylia Dance Troupe
Twisted Tubes Brass Band

Almost all this blog is written in Myro’s own words, thank you for taking the time to share. We hope you enjoy reading this real wedding blog as much as we loved blogging it.
Enjoy…