Bride Natanie wears a custom Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" wedding dress at Lake Bled, Slovenia

Natanie’s Fairytale “Epiphany” at Lake Bled

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A picture is worth a thousand words….

Bride Natanie's custom Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" gown in Slovenia

…until it leaves you absolutely speechless.

Real life fairytale wedding at Lake Bled, Slovenia featuring a Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" wedding gown

Such is the case for these most magical and surreally beautiful images by Aisha Khan, of Natanie and Mark, and their modern-day fairytale wedding elopement at Lake Bled, Slovenia.

A few years ago I shared a photo on Instagram of this beautiful “castle” in the middle of a lake, somewhere in Europe.  It was enchanting and inspiring…and straight out of a storybook.  I also wasn’t completely sure it was a real place (it just seemed too perfect!) Flash forward a couple of years, and imagine my surprise when seeing a few peeks of our Bride Natanie, tying the knot in this very real, very enchanting place. It’s Lake Bled in Slovenia.  And not only is it absolutely breathtaking, but the legends and traditions surrounding Lake Bled are just as romantic.

The island in the middle of Lake Bled features 99 stone steps, leading up to an ancient church and bell tower- built in 1655. Tradition states that a groom must carry his bride up all 99 steps, while they remain completely silent. Once atop, the couple rings the bell and makes a wish.

Lake Bled and it’s folklore inspired this most magical non-traditional wedding of Natanie and Mark, and these exquisite images (by the crazy talented Aisha Khan) of their day tell their story.  From a horse drawn carriage ride, to boating across Lake Bled to the island, to a suspended bridge atop the mountains surrounding Lake Bled, and ending inside a cave–this wedding is nothing short of an epic adventure.  And Natanie did it all in her custom Lauren Elaine “Epiphany.” Follow along on their journey as they make it to the top of the steps– and live vicariously via the gallery below:

Bride Natanie prepares for her wedding in custom satin Lauren Elaine mermaid wedding dress Custom Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" and "Arabelle" mermaid wedding dress on Bride NatanieFairytale wedding at Lake Bled, Slovenia A fairytale wedding on Lake Bled, Slovenia featuring a custom Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" wedding gownA bride gets carried up the stairs at Lake Bled, Slovenia A bride follows tradition and is carried up the stairs at Lake Bled, Slovenia A groom celebrates carrying his bride up the stairs at Lake Bled, Slovenia Bride Natanie celebrates her Slovenian wedding in her custom Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" mermaid wedding dress  Epiphany by Lauren Elaine BridalBride Natanie wears a custom Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" wedding dress at Lake Bled, SloveniaBride Natanie's custom Lauren Elaine mermaid wedding dress at Lake Bled, SloveniaBride Natanie embraces her husband at her wedding in Lake Bled, Slovenia wearing a custom Lauren Elaine "Epiphany" gown A bride at Lake Bled, Slovenia in a custom Lauren Elaine mermaid "Epiphany" wedding dress

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