Yana and Igor’s Gorgeous Rivera Maya Destination Wedding

Yana and Igor have their older brothers to thank for bringing them together:

“Our brothers are good friends, so being two younger siblings we would always tag along with them. We met for the first time when we were 16 and 17 at a New Year’s celebration in the Poconos (with our brothers, of course), but it wasn’t until a few years later that we started to date.“

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, spectacular crystal bridal hair comb and  jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

Right away, Yana knew Igor was someone special, and although Igor felt the same way, he wasn’t quite there…lucky for him, Yana was happy to wait!

“He tried to play hard to get and didn’t want to date me for a while. But I knew right there and then I had to have him – that he was different then anyone else I ever met. After a long wait I finally had him and knew that he was not going anywhere!”

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana, bridal hair comb and  jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

When it came to proposing to Yana, on June 17, 2010, Igor did so in very romantic and spectacular style…with a little help from his older brother!

“Igor told me that he needed to go to Vegas for business with his brother and asked if I would like to come along with his brother’s wife. Since I’ve never been to Vegas, I thought it was a great idea. So, the whole flight they talked about business and how they needed to be away from us for a day and that we would have to just hang out alone. Wellllllll….we arrive in Vegas at 11pm and right away they tell me to get dressed – we’re going to party. With a little fight I said fine… even though I was exhausted. Next, they asked where I wanted to go. I said I didn’t care, but that I’d go to the Eiffel Tower or the Venetian on a gondola ride. In the end, I decided on the Eiffel Tower since I’ve never been to Paris but have been to Venice. Once there, we went to the top, walked around and watched the amazing views of Vegas and the Bellagio fountains light show. That’s when Igor turns to me and asks, “What if I told you there was no business trip, no investors, and that I brought you here (now he’s down on his knees) to ask you if you will marry me!!!!!” Of course I was in total shock and of course I said yes! Everyone was clapping and screaming, and after that the celebration began!”

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, unique crystal bridal hair accessory and  jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography – Zorz Studio

Back home, Igor and Yana began planning their March destination wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Since Yana knew exactly what she wanted, despite the distance, getting all the details together was a breeze!

“I knew what I’ve always wanted and that was a destination wedding, as soon as we came back from our Vegas trip I started to research resorts and we chose Barcelo Maya Palace resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. We had our ceremony on the beach where our Rabbi, Michael Kruk (from Florida and who we flew in) married us. Then, for our cocktail hour, we proceeded to the resort’s rooftop area which overlooked the beautiful ocean while a Mariachi band played… which was a blast – our guests loved it! Our reception took place near the beach in a gorgeous beach cabana, and our DJs ( Ari and David who we also flew in) made sure we danced all night!”

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, elegant crystal bridal hair jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

For her Riviera Maya wedding, Yana knew she wanted her gown to be different and as exceptional as her venue.

“I’ve always wanted something special… something flattering and unique. So, I went with a Demetrios gown and it was so perfect!! I love pink, so I chose pink dresses for my girls and baby blue for my matron of honor because my color combo was pink and blue to represent the ocean, where I would marry my best friend!”

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, spectacular crystal bridal hair comb and  jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

One-of-a-kind wedding gown chosen, Yana began her search for the accessories she’d imagined.

“When I started looking at headpieces, everything was awful and overpriced. I decided to go to Bridal Styles since a friend and my sister-in-law both got their pieces there. Once there, I tried on two things and right away knew that I wanted my piece. I had seen the jewelry  on the website and fell in love when I saw it in person! I had to have it, so there it was…the full package in less than 20 minutes!”

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana, crystal flower bridal hair comb and  jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

Before Igor and Yana knew it, March 30 had arrived, and it was all they had imagined…and more.

“Our wedding day was very intimate and personal. I had always wanted something small, where my family and close friends would be there and that’s what we got! 70 people that mean the world to me were there, and that’s all I ever wanted! The day was PERFECT for Igor and I, which is all that mattered to us. We started the day off with getting ready, then took off for a few hours with Ed (our photographer Zorz Studio from NYC) who took the most amazing pictures of JUST us (which was very important to us). From there, the day just got better and better…from the amazing chuppah overlooking the ocean to the reception where our closest family and friends danced their butts off, everything was perfect…we never wanted it to end, and we danced till 2am!”

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, crystal bridal  jewelry  and flower hair comb – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

Back from their wonderful celebration getaway, these happy newlyweds have the following advice for other couples planning their weddings:

“Every bride should not stress and always remember that this is about you and your mate! Never question your thoughts and ideas – do what you want and never look back! Remember, this is just one day of your life that will fly by so fast, so make sure it’s about you two and not the 300 people that will be at your wedding. This is why we chose to make it small and intimate where we actually got to enjoy every minute of it and never wanted it to end!”

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Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ StudioA

Yana & Igor, spectacular crystal bridal hair comb and  jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

Yana & Igor, photography - ZORZ Studio

Yana & Igor, timeless bridal  jewelry – Bridal Styles NY, photography  – Zorz Studio

Best wishes, Yana and Igor, and thank you for sharing your day with us!

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2 Responses to “Yana and Igor’s Gorgeous Rivera Maya Destination Wedding”

  1. Ed Hafizov says:

    Wonderful story and jewelery, Bridal Style! Thank you so much for crediting my photos. 🙂 Wishing you continued success in business and many more happy brides!

  2. Elaine says:

    Thank you Ed! Your images are so much more then just photographs, they are a true work of art. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

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