Today’s beautiful wedding extravaganza is full of details galore. It has a palette that is vibrant and eclectic, a beach location that is perfectly echoed in the styling, but more importantly the details are personal to the couple, Volkan and Damia.
So pull up a chair and take some time to devour this stunning wedding in all its glory…
Your love story: Volkan and I were both born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to the US for college. We met through his college friend Kaan, who happens to be my dearest cousin! We found out that we lived in adjacent buildings.
After a while we went from being neighbours and good friends to dating. A year later, we were having such a great time together that Volkan proposed to me at our favourite restaurant in New York, Eleven Madison Park.
The planning: This was a truly DIY wedding, everything was hand picked, selected and made with the help of our family.
My husband and I planned every little detail together, and my mother executed the wedding, took our ideas beyond our imagination and made our dream wedding possible. It took us over 5 months to come up with every detail and many Facetime calls, since Volkan and I live in New York.
It was my complete trust in my mother and her patience that made the wedding planning smooth and fun even though our wedding destination was in another country.
The venue: Sarigerme, Turkey, had always been a special place for me. I was 3 years old when my mother first took my brother and I there.
I started going there to spend every summer vacation. I brought along my closest friends from elementary school through college, and together we created our fondest memories. I have a deep connection to that place, and I absolutely love the beauty of its nature and of its people.
These close friends ended up being my bridesmaids, and we were all aware of how much more special Sarigerme had just become.
The dress: To find to my perfect dress, I had to do a little bit of travelling. Two amazing designer sisters, Yolan and Cris, happen to live in Barcelona, Spain. When my mother showed me their designs over the internet one day, I instantly knew that I couldn’t wear anyone else’s designs on my wedding. Luckily, I was able to go, meet them in person and get the dress of my dreams as they beautifully handmade it just for me.
The details: For the wedding ceremony at the beach we had vintage hankies for our guests’ happy tears as well as starfish flip-flops that my mother made for our guests and coral and turquoise pashminas engraved with our initials in case people got cold during the ceremony..
Surrounded with the blues and greens of the nature, our venue became our inspiration for the design details. We put pictures with artnouveau frames on trees all over the hotel garden. The altar and the ceremony area was covered with seashells and starfish, our seating cards were packed as messages in hundreds of small bottles that were scattered inside two vintage sand filled rowboats standing on the beach…
The dinner area design was to represent more of a vintage and free spirited mood. Along with the rustic lace table runners and turquoise vases, we used bright orange, yellow, pink and white ranunculus blooms. To represent Volkan’s mountaineer spirit, we bought hundreds of feet of thin climbing rope, taught my mom how to tie them in double eight knots, and she magically converted them into napkin rings for 380 people.
Most memorable moment: My favourite moment from our big day was… after walking down the aisle on the beach, we faced towards our family and friends, I had my husband’s hand in my hand, and I was never that sure about my love and my future, as I was at that moment. We were just so happy that we made it and everybody we love was there to witness.
Advice for other brides? Do it yourself… It’s tiring yes, but it is the best way to reflect your full personality and desires. In the mean time, don’t forget to have fun, live every moment and don’t forget to ask for help.
On your wedding day, your wedding photographer is always beside you, make sure you are with someone you trust and feel comfortable. There is nothing like those pictures that will remind you the best day of your life.
- Photographer: Yeliz Atici Photography
- Dress: Yolan Cris
- Shoes: Jimmy Choo
- Groomswear: Hugo Boss
- Groomswear: Tom Ford
- Make-up: Mehmet Yildirim
- Hair: Orhan Bademli
- Florist: Lisan-i Ezhar
- Venue and Catering: Magic Life Sarigerme Hotel
- Wedding Cake: Le firin
- Serving Cake: Five o'clock
- Music: Mix Music
- Videographer: Dugme Film