Evgeny & Lydia | Washington Oaks State Park Elopement | Florida Destination Wedding Photographer

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A LITTLE BACKGROUND STORY

Evgeny had found Washington Oaks Garden State Park online & then began planning a surprise picnic proposal for Lydia. The morning of, Lydia woke up alone in the house & immediately called Evgeny. He then told her about the surprise picnic & asked her to grab some Dunkin Donuts on the way to the park. Lydia figured the picnic was the only surprise that day.

When Lydia arrived at Washington Oaks, unsuspecting & in her comfiest Keds, Evgeny met her & lead her along a sandy path to a now very special spot. In that spot - exactly 6 months after their love story began - Evgeny proposed & Lydia said yes!

WHICH BRINGS US TO THE ELOPEMENT

No one but their parents & grandparents knew about the small wedding they were planning. Lydia's parents we able to be there in person to witness their vows, but the rest of the family attended via Skype. Evgeny's parents & grandparents viewed the wedding from Israel, while Lydia's grandparents viewed it from Ukraine & Russia. There were about 4 cellphones set up on tripods so that everyone could see.

Just like that, along a secluded riverside beach, Lydia & Evgeny were married. They vowed to give their lives to one another & sealed those vows with a kiss(or two!) in the same spot they had promised forever 6 months earlier. This was such a moving & emotional day for Lydia & Evgeny. Their love for each other is the kind of love that we all hope & pray for. The kind of love that is so rare & so beautiful.

This is a love story that never would have been set into motion without a very special lady named Emma. So this is Evgeny's grandmother who told him a year ago, "There is a Ukrainian girl in America, who is single, very nice, & smart. Maybe you guys should talk? It's always good to have lots of connections in the world!"

AND SO THEIR LOVE STORY BEGAN..

 

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THEN WE VENTURED AROUND THE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS OF WASHINGTON OAKS...

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VENDORS

DRESS & VEIL Davids Bridal

HAIR COLOR Adrianne at the Cottage Hair Salon

NAILS Erica at the Cottage Hair Salon

OFFICIANT Valerie at the Wedding Officiant Palm Coast

FLORALS Blooming Flowers & Gifts - European Village

LOCATION Washington Oaks Gardens State Park - Palm Coast, FL

PHOTOGRAPHER Native Expressions LLC - Haley Martin