Your Love Story....Tell us where it all began.....
We met in an indoor cycling studio in Washington D.C. we started as riders and eventually, it became our fun part-time jobs after our regular work days and on the weekends. Since we spent some time together we quickly became close friends. Our friendship quickly transitioned into something more. Here we are 4 years later getting married in 60 days!
When and where did you get engaged?
We got engaged in Lisbon in March 2020. I would share all the details and all the tears that I shed but I think you guys are quite familiar with the story ;)
Tell us why you chose Bulgaria for your wedding?
We chose Bulgaria primarily because all of my family (except my parents) live in Bulgaria. It is a very long and annoying process for Bulgarian citizens to get a visa to the US so we knew that for my family to attend the wedding it would have to be in Bulgaria. We also loved the idea of a smaller destination wedding where we don't have to invite distant friends and co-workers but instead, we can focus on those closest to us. Plus, not many would visit Bulgaria on their own so this was a perfect opportunity for our US friends and family to visit a country they have heard so much about.
Describe your wedding in 3 words!
What has been your biggest challenge with planning a destination wedding?
I think the key challenge with any destination wedding is feeling like everything is coming together while you are oceans/countries/hours away. For very neurotic, organized, type-A brides like myself it is hard to let go of control and fully trust your vendors. Even when each one is perfect and personally chosen, it is stressful to relax and trust that everything will come together as planned and imagined.
What are you most excited about for the big day?
Marrying the love of my life after two long years of stressful planning while the world decides not to cooperate!!
Besides the obvious, we are both very excited to spend a whole day celebrating with our friends. We have not had the opportunity to gather all people closest to us in one place and I can just feel my heart busting with love and happiness once the ceremony is over and we can take a minute to take it all in!
Share your Top Tips for planning a destination wedding
1. Find vendors that you love and are excited about!
2. Make your vendors your friends - you will spend one of the most special days of your life with them so it is only right that you love your vendors not only for their talents and services but also as people.
3. Ask for help!
4. Over-communicate with guests - there is no such thing as too much information, especially for those that are not familiar with the area/country/venue etc.
The Residence - Old Town
Video - @videozani
DJ - @djmateyski
Lighting - @cue_rentall