Ivana and Ondro
When Ivana and Ondro invited us to be the Slovakia wedding photographer for their nuptials in Banska Stiavnica, we certainly didn’t hesitate. We are always excited to go to a brand new destination wedding location, and Slovakia is famous for its beautiful scenery, friendly people and of course, its particular wedding traditions. Having met several years ago on a New Years Eve hike to the very top of the Sitno Peak, this couple share a passion for the outdoors and wanted to share their love of their country’s traditions as well as their affection for each other in this beautiful, perfect day.
Our travels that day took us to the beautiful historic town of Banska Stiavnica, which can claim a fascinating history of gold mining, as well as being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not hard to see why it is a protected place, with its quaint architecture, beautiful streets and perfect breathtaking landscape. We sensed it was a place where fairytales are made, and just stepping outside in this gorgeous town put us in mind of ancient folklore, fairies and magical tales. We just couldn’t wait to help Ivana and Ondro to tell the wonderful story of their love through our cameras in this amazing setting.
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The ceremony took place in the historic town hall, and it was a dream come true with its timeless frescos on the interior walls, glistening chandeliers and luxurious floors. As Ivana walked down the aisle with her proud father, we caught something truly magical in this one-of-a-kind setting, something perfect and eternal. Ivana looked like a fairytale bride, flawless and calm with a gown that seemed designed especially for her, while Ondro held his own as a handsome and quietly confident groom. Their love and affection for each other, as well as for their assembled guests brought true happiness and joy to the room.
A lovely added touch throughout the day was the traditional Slovakian Master of Ceremonies (known as a starejši) who held the crowd together and announced the important moments, his traditional outfit adding that extra special theatre and feeling of occasion to the events. Such a warm family atmosphere pervaded the day, and this was evident in the warm embraces that met the couple as they greeted their guests on the steps of the town hall. A lovely moment followed with the entire family assembled together for a group photo in the warm Slovakian sunshine – a wonderful memory.
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Next, Ivana and Ondro were collected by a bright red vintage Skoda, ever in keeping with traditions, and were swept away to a picturesque tavern with absolutely amazing paintings of folklore scenes on the walls. They also made sure to keep to the tradition of sharing bread together (among several others!) and of course, Ondro carried his bride over the threshold in true gentlemanly style, much to the delight of the assembled guests.
Of course, the Slovakia wedding photography for this outdoor-loving pair would not be complete without portraits taken at the Sitno peak itself. They first met on this mountain, and with its spectacular views across the entire Štiavnické vrchy Mountain range, we fully understood why this was the perfect place to capture those last special moments of the day. The sun, the mountains, the forest, everything came together in one perfect final moment for Ivana and Ondro. A perfect day for a perfect couple.