Ukrainian wedding in the 'Field of Dreams', Derby

I first met Myroslava & Callum when Myro & I were both stallholders at an arts & crafts fair a few years ago. An illustrator operating under the name Myro Doodles, she had fantastic handmade cards and canvasses and was drawing henna-type patterns all over peoples hands. I knew immediately that she was my kinda girl! Fast forward a couple of years and I was thrilled to be asked to capture Myro & Cal's special day. I knew it would be lovingly styled with the most fabulous little details and it didn't disappoint!

Myro roped in her family and friends to help with the decor for the day. Between them, they decorated 200 bottles and jars for their centrepieces, made wooden signs to pay homage to their favourite watering holes, sewed sequin and lace table runners and cut 500 meters of bunting from grandma's old net curtains. Myro made her table plan from her grandad's old suitcase and made her own confetti from flowers in her grandmas garden. She designed and illustrated wedding guides for all the guests, explaining the many Ukrainian traditions and opted for hand-drawn doilies instead of place settings.

The setting for the day was Tarasivka (affectionately know as the Field of Dreams) which is a piece of land owned by the Ukrainian Youth Association and a spiritual home for Myro and more recently Callum. They had a Ukrainian wedding ceremony, packed with traditions at a beautiful outdoor chapel, surrounded by their nearest and dearest.

Myro wore a shell pink custom made dress from Erica Stacey Bridalwear and her bridesmaids wore pink and gold dresses from Chi Chi London with flowers from Ivy Florist. The chaps wore grey and blue - a nod to Callum's beloved Coventry City FC.

Food played a big part in the day with homemade Ukrainian delicacies, a hog roast, a huge paella, curry and a fabulous Ukrainian inspired wedding cake by Yolk. There was plenty of vodka flowing and a combination of traditional Ukrainian dancing and the fine sounds of the Twisted Tubes took us right through to the wee hours.

I’ve known Amy since her street photography days and I am so proud to have her not only as our wedding photographer but as our friend. She adapted to the crazy Ukrainian wedding style like a duck to water and listened to exactly what we wanted from the day. She has such an eye for those special candid moments which are so easy to miss – we are beyond in love with the photographs she took.
— Myro