Real Wedding: A quintessentially English wedding with Russian elegance
Former Miss Russia, Lisa Starchak, wanted a quintessentially English country house wedding when she wed her fiancé, Maxim.
The venue was the traditional luxury country house, Goodnestone Park in Kent, where Jane Austen was frequently a guest after her brother married into the family in 1701. It was this double wedding that, along with the house, gardens, country dances and local society, inspired her best-loved novel, Pride and Prejudice.
Under a cloudy English sky, the couple wed, with a beautiful flower arch made of pampas grass. Although not available in the UK, anything is possible with a great team, and the amazing florist sourced them from Russia. Guests were given a traditional English treatment, enjoying the ceremony from under umbrellas!
A fun Prosecco van brightened up the reception, with guests reclining in soft seating carefully designed for them. The wedding breakfast was traditionally English, with a touch of Russian tradition. Lots of toasts during the dinner, and honey cake to end the celebration.
The stunning cake was tailor made for the bride and groom, and the cake cutting ceremony signalled the start of the party!
Lisa and Maxim gifted lovely candles to all of the guests. The candles have a unique scent designed for the Bride and Groom which will remind them and guests of the beautiful day forever.