Zheravna emerged between the 12th and 14th century and grew to become a cultural and handicraft centre in the 18th century.As the local population came to wealth, the architectural appearance of the village was shaped by one – or two-storey wooden houses surrounded by stone walls and cobblestone alleys.

Once this place was an old tracian village called Potuka.There are several versions for the origin of the name of the village.One is that it comes from the bird crane (in Bulgarian ‘zherav’).Another one is that it comes from ‘zherna’,’zherka’-words with old Slavic root meaning ‘watermill’.There are many mills in the area.

There were crafts,livestock and trade developers here.The village prospered in the 17th century because it was on the main road to the old capital Tarnovo.

Zheravna is an easy location to travel to ,situated 32km from Petolachkata Junction on the road from Sofia to Burgas.

Each year Zheravna is visited by about 20 000 tourists.The village is a heritage site .Today there are nearly 200 houses registered as monuments of culture.People come to Zheravna to travel back in time,inhale fresh mountain air, sleep in a traditional house and enjoy local cuzine-most of the guest houses spoil their guests with home made, traditional dishes-made in a clay oven with home pruduced vegetables, meat and fruits very often hand picked in the local forest.There is a traditional festival of national constumes held every Summer-it lasts up to 3 days and people wear traditional old folklore costumes, masks or uniforms,dance traditional dances called ‘horo’ and ‘rachenitca’, and sleep under the stars near an open fire.

One of the most impressive and beautiful sight seeings is The Saint Nicholas Church which was built in 1834.Today the church is adorned with a rich collection of icons,stone sculptures and church plates.The icons are dated from the second half of the 18th and the early 19th centure.Other interesting sight seeings are the Chorbadzhi Rusi’s house and the native house of the famous Bulgarian writer Yordan Yovkov born in 1880, the art gallery occupying the old class school as well as the museum house of the educator Sava Filaretov.

The rooms of the houses have carved ceilings and exquisite decoration on the doors,windows and iconostaces(a wall of icons and religious paintings).Today, the old school is turned into a gallery, and a lot fountains and old mills are preserved.There were schools of carving in the town.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual trip to one of my favorite places and if you have any questions or need more information about visiting,please don’t hesitate to drop me an email at trulynaturalphotography@yahoo.com

Love :Nadia x

Zheravna-a journey back in time.Part 1

Zheravna is a little Bulgarian village tucked in the heart of Stara Planina mountain-with around 300 houses and over 500 people population, an architectural reserve, it holds a very special place in my heart.I will take you on a short journey (in few parts)through some of its cobbled streets on a hot Summer day.I hope you enjoy it :0)


Entering the village is always somehow emotional-one can instinctively feel that there is a lot to be found in this small piece of paradise on earth.

If you are coming to visit I strongly recommend Summer time when the grass smells fresh, the mountain is welcoming and green and all nature sings happy songs:0)

The village is an architectural reserve-nothing has changed since few hundred years ago-you walk on same cobbled streets under the roofs of oak timbered houses …as if time has stopped

I absolutely admire the way all buildings are incorporated in the surrounding natural environment-as if they are part of it.The attention to detail, craftsmanship and passion with which every stone is placed on its own place creates such a pleasant feeling.

The smile on my face says it all :0)))
..to be continued

Surbiton Golf Club-Surrey’s perfect weekday and winter wedding venue

The entrance of the Surbiton Golf Club
The entrance of Surbiton Golf Clubhttps://www.surbitongolfclub.com/functions_events/weddings/

Finally, I have the time to sit down and enjoy sharing with you some information about the lovely Surbiton Golf Club that is also a beautiful wedding venue in the heart of our beloved green Surrey .

My story starts on a rainy May Morning when I headed to the golf club to meet the lovely Emily – a wedding organiser there and everything seem to have been against my travel on that day.I was not driving and htough I love travelling by bus and train this time I regret it.The bus was 40 minutes late, then the train fromGatwick Airpiort was also running 10 minutes late.When I reached Clapham Junction where I had to break a journey in order to connect to a train from London to Guildford, all trains in this direction have been cancelled until further notice due to an unfortunate passenger/ train accident in the area.It was rainy and windy and my back was killing me ….not my idea of a good day.

So, I took a decision to go back home and rearrange another day for our meeting.A week later ,again on Tuesday I was following the same journey and I managed to reach my destination on time with the sun above my head, my camera and a big smile :0))).Meeting Emily was a absolute pleasure – she gave me a tour of the whole property, we had a friendly chat and over the wedding industry trends and a bit of laughter.I look forward to meeting her again and become part of creating some beautiful, unforgetable photo memories for Surbiton Golf Club’s Brides and Grooms.

Surbiton Golf Club golf course

Surbiton Golf Club is one of Surrey’s most beautiful and well-presented Golf Courses with a heritage stretching back to 1895 and nestled between the picturesque villages of Claygate & Hinchley Wood, close to the A3. Surbiton Golf Club continues to evolve and adapt to the needs of golfers at all levels and take pride in the Club’s friendly atmosphere, welcoming clubhouse and stunning 18-hole parkland golf course.

With panoramic views overlooking the golf course and a dedicated hospitality team, the team also pride themselves on throwing an event like no other as teh ensure that, whatever the occasion, the utmost attention and professionalism will be paid to make it ‘an event to remember’.

It really is the ideal place to grow within the golfing community, feel valued within a team and ultimately enjoy being part of a club that values you.

The clubhouse building of the Surbiton Golf Club
Surbiton Golf Club House which is also housing the weddings and civil ceremonieshttps://www.surbitongolfclub.com/functions_events/weddings/

Surbiton Golf Club is the perfect weekday and winter wedding venue, including civil ceremonies. If you are looking for a romantic setting for receptions for up to 100 people then you should look no further. Theis lovely golf course provides the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs.

Just 16 miles from Central London, and close to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports and Surbiton mainline station, Surbiton golf club is an incredibly accessible venue with ample onsite parking for all your guests.

The venue offers a variety of menus that can be tailored to your needs, starting at £45 per head. They have an excellent wine list to choose from and can order special wines as required. And if you want ‘bubbles’ on arrival or to accompany the speeches and toasts they can satisfy every budget.

The chef, bar and events team will deliver a wedding reception to remember that is built around your dreams for your special day. Their wedding packages will be tailored to meet your requirements by our experienced wedding co-ordinator. From your initial enquiry to the day itself, their team will provide a superb level of service to ensure you have the perfect wedding at a lovely, picturesque venue. Let them know all your needs from flowers to table settings, music and dancing and they will create the perfect wedding experience.

The spacious terrace with a beautiful green view over the golf course - a perfect back drop for your wedding photos .
The spacious terrace with a beautiful green view over the golf course – a perfect back drop for your wedding photos https://www.surbitongolfclub.com/functions_events/weddings/

Because Surbiton Golf Club is a very active Members Golf Club, they limit the number of dates when weddings are possible. This is to ensure that their weddings to not detract from the golf and the golf does not detract from your special day.

If you would like to plan the perfect wedding reception with our help, why not call them now and arrange a time to come and see what they can offer.

You can either call on 0208 398 3101 or email Emily at enqs@surbitongolfclub.com

I hope you have found this post interesting and more important useful.

I would like to use this opportunity to introduce to you an amazing addition to my Prices Page , that can be found along with all my Wedding Photography Packages on https://trulynaturalphotography.com/info-investment/


Monday – Thursday Summer Discount  -£100 discount

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These can perfectly fit your Weekday or Winter wedding at the Surbiton Golf Club.If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at trulynaturalphotography@yahoo.com

Thank you for reading and have a lovely day

Best Wishes:Nadia x

Plan your perfect Wedding Ceremony with Yvonne Beck-London Celebrant of the Year 2018 by Lux Life Global Awards

Yvonne Beck -London Celebrant of the Year 2018 by Lux Life Global Awards- ready for the Wedding

Celebrant Ready for the Wedding…. Ham Yard Hotel, photo Yvonne’s Iphone
Yvonne says:’This is just before the wedding ceremony for Kate and Peppy, – I am always there well in advance, and will help with ushering, seating, explain the ceremony flow to readers, or professionals working within the space so that everything goes smoothly.’https://celebrantinlondon.co.uk/

I was fortunate to come into contact with Yvonne in 2018, and would like to share with more people more about her and the fantastic service she offers.

Yvonne loves weddings!  She absolutely adores listening to couples and finding out what kind of ceremony they are looking for, and then helping them to create their special ceremony, which is uniquely crafted by herself, just for them.  She can write and conduct Ceremonies for any major milestone in life, and her focus is on Weddings, Vow Renewals and Baby Naming Ceremonies.   As a Wedding Celebrant who trained with the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants in 2011, she has had the pleasure of creating over 150 ceremonies.  She also offer something a little more unusual in that she is bilingual and works in both English and German, giving an added dimension to couples and families, who want to ensure everyone is included in their ceremony. 

Boxmoor Hall Wedding, photo Yvonne Beck iphone.Recreation of  Las Vegas Style  Wedding

Boxmoor Hall Wedding, photo Yvonne Beck iphone
‘Roxanne and Mark wanted to elope, have fun, have a destination honeymoor and chose a fabulous Las Vegas wedding, and got married in one of the famous Wedding Chapels on the Strip.  They had a fantastic fun wedding, with a limo and driver, and a videographer capturing their fun throughout the day.  After they returned, they asked me to recreate their ceremony at the lovely Boxmoor Hall Hotel in Hemel Hempstead, where the room was decorated in true Las Vegas Style, and guests were able to spin the roulette wheel, eat hot dogs and hot popcorn!  The cake was an amazing design based on the black and red suite of Hearts.  Before the ceremony began, guests were treated to their wedding highlights and we celebrated in fine style! ‘ https://celebrantinlondon.co.uk/

As trusted wedding professional, Yvonne was kind enough to share with me the trends she has noticed in the weddings:‘I have noticed over the past three or four years in particular that couples are planning for a smaller more intimate wedding as against a much bigger event.  The smaller events, say around 25 to 75 guests, often help them to feel more involved, in control and also feel they can really get every detail perfect for their wedding.  A large wedding can be stressful and tiring – even if there are several great professionals on board.  Couples can feel quite overwhelmed with large numbers of guests and how to manage such a large event.  Expectations rise significantly around a Wedding, not least with the couple themselves who want every part of their day to be perfect, which in turn becomes a huge responsibility.  Smaller more intimate weddings and ceremonies allow couples to really attend to their guests and relax and enjoy what is hopefully one of the most important and happiest days of their lives.’

Charlotte and Ilker – ceremony at The Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Bath Road, London Heathrow  Photo Yvonne’s Iphone

Charlotte and Ilker – ceremony at The Sheraton Skyline Hotel, Bath Road, London Heathrow  Photo Yvonne’s Iphone
‘ Charlotte and Ilker met at work – she was in HR and he was in Hospitality.  It took some time for their romance to flourish, but it did, and in time they moved to take up roles together in luxury hotels abroad.  However, the place they met, and fell in love, was where they decided to hold their wedding ceremony.  With a Caribbean style theme, in the stunning pool bar area of the hotel, beautifully decorated with pink peonies and greenery, the ceremony took place on a small island in the pool!  It was followed by a wonderful steel calypso band and cocktails, after which a full wedding breakfast was held.’

Yvonne offers very personal service to her couples and supports them through tough the process of creating their wedding ceremony. She always asks couples to get in touch with her before making any decision about booking, and as long as she has their date available, this works through either face to face or skype calls initially.  Once the decision is made, then she asks for a small booking fee, which is deducted from the overall price, and then closes the date off exclusively for them. 

She will then send the couple some forms which help me to understand their ceremony process, and their relationship.  Further skype and emails and phone calls will of course take place.  The ceremony is usually approved around a month before the day itself, so that you are all relaxed and just happily anticipating the special day!

Jenny Wedding – The Long Barn, Newton Valence, GU34  photo Yvonne’s Iphone

Jenny Wedding – The Long Barn, Newton Valence, GU34  photo Yvonne’s Iphone
‘Jenny and Tom had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at this listed barn – around 120 guests arrived and enjoyed watching them say their vows and listening to their personal story, which was just so endearing!  Their Readings were a mix of religious and non religious, and we all sang the hymn Jerusalem together, chosen by Tom, its the official anthem of his beloved sport, Rugby Football!’  https://celebrantinlondon.co.uk/

Yvonne supports the couple with assistance and advice – and this may include other professional vendors, music choices, choices of wedding readings from the large collection she have created over the years, and also one to one assistance with the writing of personal vows.  Most couples want to create something very personal and are fine, but if they need my help she can assist with examples and support. 

She can also help them to include culture or symbolism or even religion within the ceremony – it really is a completely blank page for them to draw and dream upon!  Some rituals are now getting to be quite well known – such as a Hand Fasting, where the couple have their hands tied with ribbons during the ceremony.  This is an ancient Celtic tradition which coined the phrase “Tying the Knot” and “ Bonds of Matrimony” as the ties were symbolic and rings were only really for the wealthy who could afford silver or gold rings as a symbol of their union. 

Happy HandFasting Completed

Happy HandFasting Completed – photographer unknown, provided by couple with permission
‘Eleanor and Sam are totally practical yet also very romantic and a wedding ceremony in her parent’s garden was simply wonderful.  On a beautiful warm sunny afternoon, we sat everyone on hay bales, and Sam and Eleanor stood in a stone circle with me.  Eleanor had recently given birth to their beautiful daughter, and she told me that her rings wouldn’t fit – what could we do?  Naturally I suggested a handfasting, with vows and promises, and this was a lovely choice, as we talked about their union, and the union of their families, and how being parents was so precious to them both.”https://celebrantinlondon.co.uk/

By now you may be asking what makes Yvonne unique in the service she can offer a couple planning their ceremony-she spends all the time that the couple needs and wants in terms of being there for them from the beginning of our relationship until the day – sometimes 3 or 4 months, sometimes up to 3 years! She has the ability to create ceremony in two languages, and a host of experience, advice and suggestions in terms of creating a totally personalised ceremony that is authentic and represents the couple and their values and lifestyle.Yvonne is happy to incorporate religion, faith, ritual, culture and support all couples who want a ceremony that speaks truly of their commitment.  She also has contact with great professionals and suppliers. 


Jonathan and Clint – Ceremony at the Connaught Hotel, Mayfair.  Photographer unknown, provided by couple.
‘These boys wanted a ceremony that celebrated their Australian and Scottish Heritage, which we did by a surprise Gift Giving Ceremony for the mums!  The boys each gave their new mum in law a beautiful gift – one was an Australian sheepskin rug and the other a tartan rug.  At the moment of the Gift Giving however when I asked for the gifts to be presented they looked around…. No one came forward!  The guest in charge had left them in his hotel room !!  Needless to say after a bit of a scramble around London they were found, and was part of the fun and laughter of the day!’ https://celebrantinlondon.co.uk/
Maria and Rav Wedding Day – photographer unknown, image sent by couple

Maria and Rav Wedding Day – photographer unknown, image sent by couple
‘ Maria is originally from Frankfurt, and Rav from London.  They were fated to meet, and to fall in love – and after several challenging years of a long distance relationship they were able to make a home together in London.  They both wanted a bilingual ceremony along with a German Tradition – the ring bearers are often small children in a German Wedding – and we managed to incorporate a surprise Rose Giving for their mothers too, thanking them for their love, care, inspiration, sacrifice and good advice 😊  This was a totally beautiful, relaxed, authentic and sincere wedding ceremony, on a hot summer’s day in a family garden.’https://celebrantinlondon.co.uk/

In the end of this blog I would like to share some final,lovely words from Yvonne, especially for all lovely couples who are on their journey of planning their wedding and ceremony.

‘I found Celebrancy work quite late in life, and just love being able to offer couples their unique love story, created with sincerity and authenticity as well as with love and humour.  Ceremonies can be held almost anywhere, at any time of day or evening, and any day of the week.  There are no restrictions, and I love that couples are more and more inclined to use favourite places or spaces where they can put their own stamp on the day, whether that’s indoors or outdoors, in gardens, by lakes, in woodland or forest, on boats or in manor houses. We have a mantra in my Fellowship, – “Your Day, Your Voice, Your Choice” and this is I think what I love most about my work, that it offers choice and gives them the day they have always dreamed of. 

Every love story is unique, and it is an honour to be trusted with every couple’s story.’

Yvonne has a full calendar for 2019 and is now taking bookings for 2020 and 2021.  She can be contacted by email at ivvey@hotmail.com, or by phone +447800543426 or through her website where more information, videos, photos and testimonials can be found, www.celebrantinlondon.co.uk

Yvonne is also in Social Media

@YvonneBeckCelebrant on Facebook

@celebrant_yvonne on Instagram

NB  Yvonne’s Ceremonies are celebratory and ceremonial and totally personal and unique, and are not legally binding.  For couples seeking to register a marriage, they should obtain their Marriage Licence through their chosen Registry Office.  This is often done at a Standard Service which all Registry offices must offer, and costs approximately £60. 

Kate and Peppy Ring Exchange – Ham Yard Hotel Soho London, photo credit WeAreTheClarkes

Kate and Peppy Ring Exchange – Ham Yard Hotel Soho London, photo credit WeAreTheClarkes
‘Kate and Peppy wanted a fun and lighthearted wedding day, with a fusion of their heritage, and personal vows and promises – we held the ceremony on the rooftop garden area of the hotel, with family and friends.  A wedding Artist captured the scene as it unfolded. The live acoustic band played a beautiful mixture of music throughout and the couple had their first competitive game after the wedding, in the basement Bowling Alley at the hotel!  This wedding was featured in the fabulous Rock My Wedding Blog here’
Tami and Sam – Shotley Vineyard, Suffolk – photo credit Nicholas Wallace

Tami and Sam – Shotley Vineyard, Suffolk – photo credit Nicholas Wallace

‘ Tami and Sam love the sea, the water, and the outdoors, and chose this beautiful vineyard overlooking the estuary, as their ceremony space.  Tami has German heritage, and we created something which included vows and promises in both languages, along with a customized  Wine Blending Ceremony – which fitted our location perfectly!  Readings were given in both languages, and Tami’s mother sang and played the guitar – a beautiful and tender moment between mother and daughter!’ 


An Edwardian Manor House set on 17th acres of ground -a beautiful place for weddings
The Grand Mansion House is exclusively yours for your Wedding day from Midday until Midnight https://www.gorsehillsurrey.com/

Earlier in February I have visited the gorgeous Gorse Hill for a meeting with Celeste – the Senior Wedding Organiser.I am more than happy to tell you the story of this amazing Manor House and to share some photos I have captured during my visit and the hospitable tour Celeste has given me.

Gorse Hill is a quintessentially English Edwardian Manor House situated in the stunning Surrey country-side. Set in 17 acres of grounds, with plenty of character and charm, it’s a beautiful venue for any occasion, but particularly comes alive on a Wedding Day.

The mansion house was refurbished in 2017 to a very high standard and now has a new lease of life. Our neutral, but warm colour scheme works with any style and accentuates the Edwardian features of the building.

View towards the entrance to the Main Building of Gorse Hill

The owner was Mr Ingram – a successfull underwriter in Lloyds, but he was not destined to enjoy this beautiful, new mansion.In 1912 when Titanic sank,it took a large par tof Mr Ingram’s fortune with her.

During the Second World War a 500 pound bomb, destined for the main railway line, fell in the grounds.

Shortly after the war in 1947, the house became the home of the Southern Railway Training College.

A beutiful water fountain is welcoming all guests to the main building of Gorse Hillhttps://active-hospitality.com/

In 1959 the British Transport Commission took over the mansion and its functions were enlarged to embrace all sections of nationalized transport.

At the moment the property if part of he Active Hospitality group.

Gorse Hill is licenced for civil ceremonies up to 90 guest.You will be married in front of paned bay windows overlooking the manicured gardens, followed by a drinks reception on the terrace or in the bar.

Your guests will then move into the elegant restaurant where your Wedding Breakfast and the speeches will take place.

After tea and coffee, it’s time to cut your cake and have your first dance, after which you can let your hair down and dance the night away in the characteristic boardroom which happens to make for the perfect dancefloor.

Please meet the lovely Celeste, who will be taking care of you and your Wedding, so that everyhing runs smoothly and you are left only to enjoy your day .You can contact her as many times as you need to go through the wedding organisation.The venue offers 2 Simple Full Day Wedding packages :1.Simply Sensational and 2.Simply Spectacular.In case none of those are suitable for you, they can create a Bespocke Wedding Package between 3 and 6 hours.

Celeste Pederzolli | Senior Wedding & Events Coordinator

T: 01483 747444 |DD: 01483 778 204

E: celeste.pederzolli@gorsehillsurrey.com

W: www.gorsehillsurrey.com
Gorse Hill, Hook Heath Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0QF

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog and if you would like to choose me for your Wedding Photographer at Gorse Hill , please don’t hesitate to contact me on trulynaturalphotography@yahoo.com or visit the About and Info and Prices pages for more information about the Wedding Photography Packages I offer from covering your Ceremony only, trough Half Day to Full Day Weddings.

Love:Nadia x