Vintage Dream: Polina & Robertas in Pawley's Island, SC

Polina, a photographer and jewelry designer based in Russia, met Robertas, an entrepreneur born and raised in Lithuania before moving to South Carolina after college, while in the United States during a student exchange program with her native country. The pair met at a friend's beach house party and immediately hit it off. "It just so happens that I'd learned the Russian language in school, and it made it so much easier to communicate," said Robertas. After a wonderful summer together, Polina had to return to Russia, but "we did not want to lose each other and, against all odds, started a long-distance relationship," recalled Robertas. After dating for two years, Robertas proposed during a hot air balloon ride over a lake in Europe. They tied the knot one year later in an intimate celebration with ten of their closest friends and family members, including Robertas' family from Lithuania and Polina's family from Russia.

Blush peonies made up the romantic bridal bouquet. 

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Polina, a photographer and jewelry designer based in Russia, met Robertas, an entrepreneur born and raised in Lithuania before moving to South Carolina after college, while in the United States during a student exchange program with her native country. The pair met at a friend's beach house party and immediately hit it off. "It just so happens that I'd learned the Russian language in school, and it made it so much easier to communicate," said Robertas. After a wonderful summer together, Polina had to return to Russia, but "we did not want to lose each other and, against all odds, started a long-distance relationship," recalled Robertas. After dating for two years, Robertas proposed during a hot air balloon ride over a lake in Europe. They tied the knot one year later in an intimate celebration with ten of their closest friends and family members, including Robertas' family from Lithuania and Polina's family from Russia.

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Polina helped design her own wedding dress, which was custom-made in Europe. 

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Polina topped her loose, romantic waves with a lush floral crown. She also wore pearl earrings and a bracelet that were gifts from her husband-to-be. 

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Before the ceremony, the couple had a first look. "Polina took my breath away," recalled Robertas.

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The couple exchanged personalized vows in their native language. 

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During the ceremony, the couple asked their parents to join them for the lighting of a unity candle, which symbolizes two families coming together.

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The couple chose Litchfield Plantation for their celebration due to its Southern charm, romance, and intimacy.

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Here, the couple poses beneath the weeping willows.

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