Hold your breath; the familiar music resounds and under the blue sky walks the most beautiful bride on the makeshift aisle – not a red carpet – but one laden with soft cloth and flowers. Everyone turns to look at here. At the altar, the groom wipes away a few tears. The music stops; the couple holds hands, and the ceremony begins.
Weddings, we all believe, are made to be magical. It could even be transformational. The solemnity of the atmosphere, the bounty of flowers, the beauty of the bride arriving in her best state, gown and all – it’s an event of a lifetime that deserves to be etched into memory. Which is why it’s important to capture it in the sincerest, most gorgeous way possible.
Slovenia-based wedding planner AK Weddings is flying all over Europe to plan, design and possible the most intimate nuptials, and they do it in style. Arriving in the events scene in 2016, the female-led company has been the backbone of many weddings set in whimsical outdoor settings in Italy, Barcelona, Greece, among others. Their Instagram feed (@akweddings) tells many wedding stories; in fact, theirs is one of the ogle-worthy feeds that will inspire you to dream about your wedding.
Saying “I do” is probably the easiest part. Before that, lots of preparations. After all, in this big day, all the couple wants is for everyone to enjoy. Sometimes, choices ended up as distractions.
Let’s count it down: wild colours, amazing ballroom spaces, stunning centrepieces and glorious chandeliers hung from the ceiling? How about the crazy playlist that DJ played or the large bouquets the bridesmaids carried? All of them look extravagant, but something is amiss. Weddings become a failure when one chooses to highlight the event other than the real magic: the couple’s love for each other.
It’s refreshing to find wedding planners that take the other route. AK Weddings, no doubt, is one of them. Their philosophy: understated loveliness. Minus the frills and thrills, the group relies on natural, organic wonders – the abundance of flowers, the smiles of the attendees, and the lushness of the location which in itself is already a showstopper. They have the knack of creating weddings that do not take away the attention from the couple. Even their palette – helmed from the sun-kissed colours of pinks, blush and champagne – are subtle and elegant.
The restraint in their craft is commendable. AK Weddings has a natural knack for appreciating the remarkableness of what’s there. With their motifs relying on natural themes, their pictures, taken by their friends at Aluna, are glowing. Whimsical doesn’t have to mean overly decorated. Tables are set simply against a white canvass, allowing the glass and silver cutlery to float and glimmer. Small candles and tiny vases make an impact against the green setting. Even the tiny place-cards add to the entire look without the unnecessary frills.
Things we adore? The smiling faces of their bridesmaids, the charming children romping their way to their seats, and even the couple’s pets making an appearance on their IG-captured events. “Always made with lots of love,” says the company tagline, whose expertise is to create quiet, intimate events worth remembering. Sure enough, this concept anchored them in all of their work. The radiance of celebrating hearts is reflected in their events as they make their way through Europe to create the most wonderful weddings possible.