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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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One of high-society Moscow's most interesting women, Olga Svibloba, tied the knot with French businessman and art patron Ollivier Morane last week.


The director of Moscow's House of Photography and founder of the capital's most prestigious photo exhibit, Moscow Photo Biennale, Svibloba was marrying Morane, the owner of a brokerage and insurance company in Paris, for a second time. The two were officially wed in France three years ago, but it took the busy couple until now to find the time to get married in a church. The ceremony took place at the Vysoko-Petrovsky Monastery on Ulitsa Petrovka - the very first wedding service performed in the church since before the 1917 revolution.


Later that evening the newlyweds invited their wedding guests to a party at the Teatro restaurant in Moscow's prestigious Metropol Hotel - the same locale Svibloba uses for her Moscow Biennale parties.


Even on their wedding day, the creative couple did not forget their love of photography, combining the lavish reception with an exhibit entitled "The History of Wedding Photography." The walls of the restaurant were covered with the pictures taken from a rare Parisian photography collection featuring photos from more than a half-century of weddings dating from the 1930s to the early '90s.


Among the guests were the capital's most famous photographers, gallery owners, actors and businessmen, including screenwriter and actress Renata Litvinova, director of the World Class Fitness club Olga Slutsker, photographer Vlad Loktev with his wife, make-up artist Veronica Shepovalova, and Aidan Salakhova, director of Moscow's Aidan gallery. Admiring the display, the guests dined on wine and wedding cake.


While Svibloba was decked out in an elegant pearl-gray gown with a hood for the morning ceremony - a creation from Moscow designer Yulia Yanina - she slipped into one of Yanina's low-necked blue gowns for the evening's entertainment. Compared to the wedding photographs of Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy that graced the walls, the bride of the hour was looking decidedly more frivolous.


The radiant Svibloba decided to share some of her happiness with her guests. Posing as a biblical Adam and Eve, the bride and groom stood in front of a palm tree decorated with green apples. After a round of photographs were taken, the bride passed out the forbidden fruit to her guests as a symbol of her marital bliss.