A Celestial-Themed Wedding Full of Ukrainian Traditions

Moon shapes appeared on everything from the cake to the florals.

Anastasia and Paul met on Bumble and sparks flew on their first date. Four years later, Paul proposed on a walk along the Canal D’Amour (or “Channel of Love”) on a trip to Greece. According to local lore, the couple explains, couples who swim in the canal are “destined to remain in love eternally,”—so once she said “yes,” Anastasia jumped in.

For their August wedding, the Bethesda pair combined elements of the bride’s Ukrainian heritage (including such traditions as the rushnyk, Ukrainian dances and wedding bread, plus sunflowers), with a celestial theme (which appeared on the cake, photo booth, a floral moon installation, and more) that they say was a “true testament to their love story and artistic spirits.” The color palette featured hues of light blues and yellows throughout.

See all the details of their celestial-themed wedding below.

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The Details

Photography: Kate Thompson

Venue: Private Club

Planning and design: Hannah Rose Event Design

Florist: Eight Tree Street Floral

Invitations: Gilded Swan Paperie

Cake: Cakes by Lalae

Hairstylist: Kiley Morgan of Monarch Salon Collective

Makeup artist: Francisca Rogel

Photobooth: Silly Shotz Photobooth

Music: Bachelor Boys Band

Moon prop: Felycia Furnary

Dance floor and cloud effect: FM Event Productions

Live painter: Jason Gaillard

Rentals: Select Event Group

Bride’s attire: custom by Milla Nova

Groom’s attire: Indochino | Bridesmaids: Dear Cleo

Amy Moeller
Fashion & Weddings Editor

Amy leads Washingtonian Weddings and writes Style Setters for Washingtonian. Prior to joining Washingtonian in March 2016, she was the editor of Capitol File magazine in DC and before that, editor of What’s Up? Weddings in Annapolis.