Talk about nervous.... so I get this email confirmation to plan and photograph a wedding - YAY, YET the Bride to be signed off as Ksenia Belova Photography http://www.kseniabelova.com/ so naturally I viewed her portfolio which includes Milan fashion runway, extensive editorials in New York, London, Australia and I’m thinking WOW her work rocks, will I deliver the goods ? .. you know quiet little freak out moments.
Meeting Ksenia and Marco over their month stay I was fortunate to have an insight to their richly interwoven story between countries, languages, travel, adventure, their love for life and of each other.
Black Rock (Turoa) was decided as Ksenia and Marco's ceremony venue once they felt the energy; the mana. No formalities. Just feeling. Barefoot on the beach.
Vow introduction by John Whitta :
"Ksenia Belova and Marco Alessandro Palmieri, you have come here today to be joined in marriage.
The location you have chosen is a significant one and its place in Cook Islands tradition is not lost on you.
Other Polynesian peoples have locations where it is said souls depart for our legendary homeland of Avaiki.
It is a strong Polynesian trait to travel to a place where one feels they belong, even if in truth you have never been there before.
These special places, like Tuoro, are however places that are passed through. It is in no way the ultimate destination in a spiritual journey, but a portal to somewhere better".
Thank you for being you. Enjoy .. the journey .. xox
Wedding Planner : Mr+Mrs Weddings Rarotonga
Celebrant : John Whitta
Photographer : Melanie Cooper
Videographer : Varo Media