In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, there could not be a more perfect time to share Alexi and Jessica’s sneak peek . . .
Knowing Jessica and Alexi’s story and filming their wedding, I think the question popped into my head multiple times “Is this real life?” Beautiful bride with movie star looks. Handsome groom with a foreign accent that will make you weak in knees – whether he’s talking about love or car parts. Both with the sweetest and most caring personalities. Both with an unbreakable faith in God. And both hopelessly in love with the other. It’s a story that spans the globe. It’s a commitment that has been tested by time and distance. And it is a love that every person dreams about.
This is the type of love we’re told only exists in the movies. Men with such chivalry and openness like this don’t exist. That’s a trait of the past, right? Women this beautiful can’t possibly be so kind and sweet on the inside too, right?
While in college in Arkansas, Jessica decided to study abroad for a semester in Australia. But just as she was prepping to leave, she was told there had been a mix up with her housing paperwork and she wouldn’t be able to live where she was originally planning to stay near school. She ended up having to stay in an apartment complex much further from school. Not exactly the news you look forward to hearing right before moving across the ocean for six months. However, there just happened to be a very nice, very cute Russian boy living in that same apartment complex. And what at first seemed like a terrible mix up, soon turned into an appointment with destiny.
Yet, the best love stories are those in which the the two main characters also have to face incredible obstacles. In Jessica and Alexi’s case – that obstacle was the ocean. After six months of spending every day together, Jessica had to return to the states, while Alexi was still overseas. But Jessica knew this was it – Alexi was “the one” she had been waiting for, and so began a worldwide love story of trips to the other side of the world and airport terminals filled with hello kisses and goodbye tears.
Their wedding day was so beautiful. I could go on about the beautiful floral from Bella Flora, how perfect Jessica’s dress was and how amazing their tented reception was – with oodles of vintage touches, all pulled-together by Jessica. But what I want more for someone seeing their film to believe – especially young girls still waiting for their prince charming – is that he DOES exist. He is out there – that person you’ve always dreamed of. He just might not be in the more obvious places you’re expecting him to be – your school, your job, your group of friends. Meeting him might take you on a long journey, one that seems frustrating and at times even hopeless. But love – TRUE love – is patient.
We had so much fun shooting with Stephanie Parsley and her team. She rocked every part of the day – and they drove all the way back to Arkansas right after the reception. Rockstars! This was also our first wedding with DFW Events. My hat goes off to planners – especially when you’ve planned an entire outdoor reception and the sky decides to add a few sprinkles – with a late-night thunderstorm forecast – to your plans. Heather was multi-tasking on her cell phone, trying to reorganize the tent Plan B and coordinate her team of assistants, all while helping Jessica lace up the corset on her dress. But everything turned out fantastic!