Photography: Snezhana’s Photography |
Alvina + Sam
Omaha // 9.19.20
Sam Struk and his bride, Alvina Vedernikov, met at church. “He caught my eye,” Alvina says, “and he liked me as well but didn’t think he had a chance.” After dating for a year, Sam was ready to pop the question over a picnic of Chipotle. “When we got to the picnic, there was a ‘Will You Marry Me’ sign. I was telling him, ‘Ha! That’s cute,’ and shortly realized it was for me!” Alvina says.
Ready to tie the knot, the couple planned their big day in five months. They started by selecting an autumn date. “We wanted the weather to be perfect, so we picked the month of September,” the bride says. “And we were truly blessed with the most beautiful weather.” From there, they looked at a number of venues before finding one that suited their style and the feel they wanted for the celebration. “When we found Olive View Events, we were just speechless with how beautiful the venue and view were,” Alvina says of the event center located in Omaha, just south of the Arkansas-Missouri border.
Working alongside wedding coordinator Elona Skorykh, who also happens to be Alvina’s sister, a dream day began to fall into place. The couple prioritized sharing the special time with loved ones. “We both have large families who mean the world to us,” Alvina says, noting many came from miles away to gather for the celebration. Following the ceremony, guests were treated to a steak dinner along with a bridal cake made by a dear friend. After a honeymoon in Mexico, the couple are now making their home in Rogersville, Missouri.
“I love soft, gentle colors and that’s exactly how our wedding day looked.”
Alvina says her wedding Pinterest board came to life upon hiring He Loves Me Flowers. “When I came the morning of the wedding to see the beautiful flowers, I started to tear up because it was all I ever dreamed of and even more,” she says.
At the top of Alvina and Sam’s must-have list was a coffee bar—complete with a barista—for them and their guests
Bride’s gown Norman’s Bridal (Springfield, MO) Cake Anita Yakovlev Cakes Catering Jamie’s Creative Catering Floral design He Loves Me Flowers (Springfield, MO) Photography Snezhana’s Photography Rentals Eventful Rentals (Springfield, MO) Venue Olive View Events Videographer Stephanie Dejeu Design Co. Wedding design and coordination Elona Skorykh, Eloskor Events
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