Real Wedding: Mariya + Daniil


Along the hinterland border of New South Wales and Queensland, Southern Love Photography takes us on a little bit of an inland journey where we meet up with Mariya and Daniil, following them through a day full of love and light that culminates a relationship that began in their hometown in Russia.

There’s a freshness to the atmosphere for the couple’s elopement on this beautiful pristine day. Dewy mornings, the quiet, reassuring tingling of cicadas and crickets. The day is perfectly planned, with almost no decoration, no music – just nature. A quiet murmur slowly builds, the echoing crunch of twigs and leaves beneath the feet of guests as they arrive, followed by the groom, standing on a cliff, awaiting his beautiful bride. That echoing crunch that turns the attention of everyone to her as she makes her way towards him – a smile unable to be removed erupts from his face in the most vulnerable of moments. What follows is a mini adventure through paddocks and forests, and ultimately a grand adventure together.


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