Today on the blog i'm sharing with you the most elegant engagement session on the beautiful island of Corfu. Corfu, the second larger of Ionian islands is rich in beautiful scenery. You can find white sand beaches, emerald waters, and lush greens forests with the perfect “light” which is a dream for every film photographer. Destination photographer Mikhail Balygin chose a magnificent beach near Nissaki Village in Corfu Island for these elegant engagement images.

The bride to be told us: The beginning of our love story is rather unconventional and not romantic at all. The first time we met was to discuss a possibility of renting an apartment from him. That is how I became his tenant and he became my landlord. However, it did not take long for a romantic spark to appear in our formal relationships. One day Stas came by to help me hang a picture on the wall and we ended up talking and eating dinner together. After that evening, Stas invited me on our first date and that is where our story began.

We love film photography and always wanted our wedding and love-story photo shoots to be done using film. We find film photos to be much more sophisticated and timeless than digital. We were very lucky to find Mikhail Balygin, a very talented and creative film photographer. Mikhail not only was our photographer, but he also helped with the concept of the photoshots (we had 3), styling, outfit selection, color-matching, timing, and he always was quick to reply and mad the whole experience fun and not stressful at all.

"The day before our wedding was gloomy. Despite that, Mikhail did an amazing job capturing our love story on film the photoshoot took place on a very picturesque beach near Nissaki Village in Corfu Island, Greece. Corfu is the most green out of all Greek islands, however, on the day of the photoshoot it looked foggy and it was hard to imagine how our film photos would turn out. We were able to finish shooting right before the rain started. This was a perfect time to hide from the rain in a nearby tavern where we had delicious seafood dinner.

When, in a few weeks after the wedding, we received the first photos from the that day, we were simply amazed. The quality was just perfect. Mikhail did an amazing job capturing every moment and working with far from perfect light. We were very lucky that we found such and experienced and professional photographer as Mikhail. Our recommendation to all newly-engaged couples to not only look at a portfolio when choosing a photographer, but also try to meet in person or over Skype to see whether you are a good fit to work together. At the end of the day, the most important is to enjoy this exciting time and make it as stress-free as possible."

Photography: Mikhail Balygin | Mua & Hair: Julia Afanasenko | Location: Corfu island

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