Romantic Destination Wedding in Le Marche, Italy

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Giorgia and Marco said “I do” in Le Marche, Italy at the beautiful Abbey of Saint Firmano.  The couple fell in love with the venue, that set the tone for a flawless day.  The bride shared their story with us:

We love the hills and the landscape of Le Marche and we wanted to get married here.

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The Abbey and the Palace are ancient both and they represent the story of our land Inspiration for the décor.

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On the wedding day I felt a complicity so deep never felt before; I was very excited but we were also so excited to be able to live our dream. I was happy that everything went very well. Complicity and enthusiasm have accompanied us throughout the day, from start to the end of the wedding day.

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Advice for other couples: You must have a wedding planner that knows very well the zone you chose for your wedding and she can help you to discover the true taste of the city/village/location.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer + Videographer: Aberrazioni Cromatiche Studio

 Wedding Vendors: Church of the ceremony: Abbey of Saint Firmano – Montelupone, Banqueting: Hotel Ristorante Palazzo Carradori di Montefano, Wedding planner: Nadia Sparapani di Loving Marche, Bridal dress: Mattioli Sposi – Ancona, Bridal shoes: Massimo Bartolini hand making – Recanati, Jewelry: Gioielleria Cestarelli – Macerata, Groom: Barbieri Boutique di Civitanova Marche, Flowers: made by a friend of the bride, Cake: La fabbrica dei dolci

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City Chic Destination Wedding in South Carolina

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Bryan and Adea’s city chic destination wedding took place in Greenville, South Carolina, where the couple traveled from Memphis to reunite with loved ones on their big day. The bride shared with us some of her favorite moments and memories throughout the planning process and their beautiful big day.

We chose the Hyatt because of the hotel atmosphere being downtown Greenville and there studio 220 view where we had our reception.

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My best memory of the wedding was when the door opens and I say Bryan on the stage waiting for me at the end and I took my last walk as Adea Jackson with my Dad and my brother.

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Another favorite moment? The poet and the violinist performance during the ceremony.

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My wedding dress is very breathtaking! It was not a traditional dress, but it brought out my personality and displayed a beautiful bling design in the front and also in the back. My shopping experience took place with my brother at J. Andrews Bridal and Formal in Peachtree, Georgia. I wanted him to be with me to pick my dress because my Mom passed away and he has been beside me throughout everything. He was a great help because he knows me and gave his honest opinion and that was the only opinion I wanted. When he saw my dress when I tried it on he kept saying that’s it you don’t have to try on anymore. He said this is not a normal wedding dress and it looks good on you. I wanted it but wasn’t 100% sure this was the first wedding dress shopping experience. I tried on more dresses and they just didn’t do anything for me and wasn’t my vision. My entire wedding key word was different and my dress was definitely that, so I purchase the dress that day and been in loved with it ever since.

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Our first dance was elegant and different. We love “Real Love” by Eric Benet and dancing to it really made it more loving.

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We wanted just a pop of color with elegance and “different” from other weddings. The yellow really made it pop.

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The exit send off with sparklers held by guest was exciting and fun while they cheered us on as husband and wife.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: FamZing Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Greenville, Reception Venue + Catering: Studio 220 Hyatt Regency Greenville, First Dance Choreography: Fred Astaire Dance Studio Memphis, DJ: DJ Exclusive, Florist: Carolina Event Services, Rentals: Carolina Event Services, Cake Designer: Couture Cakes, Hair Stylist/MUA: Kesha Brown, Videographer: FamZing, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Dress Designer/Bridal Salon: Allure Bridal/ J. Andrews Bridal and Formal, Groom tux/suit: Miguel Wilson Collection

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Fall Destination Wedding Under a Waterfall in Iceland

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Kristi and Luke held their far away destination wedding in beautiful Iceland! They opted to wed in the fall season when the Northern Lights may be spotted. The pair wed at the ION Adventure Hotel but the actual ceremony took place with a waterfall backdrop! And the day was full of adventure, with hikes, exploration, a visit to a black sand beach and more. Kristi shared with us a bit about their adventuresome big day.

Luke was interested in a destination wedding and I did not want the normal beach wedding because often it is blue sky and blue water.  I wanted something more dynamic with a beautiful backdrop–so green hillside with a waterfall fit the bill.  It was also important to us that the location be simple to travel to and a place where English was widely spoken-a majority of our families hadn’t traveled internationally.  We spent time researching options in Northern England and Ireland and one night I found an awesome location in Iceland.  A few weeks later, Luke was looking at options and stumbled upon the same hotel without prompting, so we took it as a sign and opted to dig in a little bit and look at Iceland!  A few weeks later we decided Iceland would be our destination and it did not disappoint!  

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Our original location fell through shortly before the wedding and Miss Ann provided us with a couple alternatives that kept us in the Southern Iceland region.  This is the area we wanted our guests to experience during the day.  The ceremony backdrop of a waterfall was also non-negotiable so we opted for the location we thought, from video, would provide the best backdrop and was moderately private.  Our location ended up being a public space and a handful of people arrived during the ceremony, but not mass crowds like you would experience at Seljalandsfoss or Skogafoss.  Since we did have a change in venue, this also allowed us to keep the location of the ceremony a secret from our guests until the bus pulled up—which was fun!

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Pastor Egil was great and allowed us to customize a majority of the ceremony so we were able to include four of our dear friends in the rite, which was very special to us.  It was also a great gift to be able to share the entire day with family and friends.  We love to travel, be outdoors and explore so doing that for the entire day in our wedding garb with those dear to us was a great way to share a little of why we love adventure with them.

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At the hidden waterfall by Skogafoss we got drenched trying to climb behind the waterfall for pictures and the rocks were muddy from the rain shower earlier in the day.  No one fell, including guests, but it added a little more excitement to the afternoon.

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Some of the photos on Reynisfjara beach were taken after climbing up super sharp rocks—yes, we were still wearing dress shoes and heels!  We both had changes of shoes to put on, but it seemed more of a challenge to do things in our dress shoes!

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We asked the bride about the design of the day. I had a hard time with this one, I like most colors and didn’t really know which direction to head, so I asked Miss Ann for advice.  She recommended brown and green—her favorite, very natural colors.  Well, I think brown might be my least favorite color-primarily because Luke gets everything in brown and I think it needs some spice.  I did the regular research, outdoor wedding color palates, fall wedding colors, destination wedding themes and then asked opinions of some savvy friends.  All of which said, “you can do whatever you want”.  So, in the end, a few ideas from Pinterest struck me as “up our alley”, aka classic and timeless.  I then ranked mine from 1-4 and Luke did the same, we agreed on our #1 so gray and green-simple yet refined won out.  

We chose our hotel based on the simple lines and striking appeal, so the simple color palette and decor played very well in the reception space.  I also wanted a little pop of color for the ceremony, so the pink peonies in my bouquet were perfect.  

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Your Adventure Wedding

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Accommodations: ION Adventure Hotel, Wedding Planner: Your Adventure Wedding

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Laguna Beach Wedding Location – Pacific Edge Hotel

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I recently got a little staycation in over the weekend in posh Laguna Beach, CA at a boutique hotel you may not have heard about, but needs to be on your radar.  The Pacific Edge Hotel, standing right on the Southern California sand, is home to 39 oceanfront rooms, a happening restaurant scene, and beach bungalows for day use that might be the best kept secret in So Cal!  And of course you can get married here too!  If you’re looking for an oceanfront wedding venue for an intimate event, this spot is super unique to say “I do” at.

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You can get married on the sand in front of the Pacific Edge Hotel, a surprisingly rare opportunity in Southern California!  You can even opt for dinner outdoors too, alongside the beach bungalows that are a must-do for any wedding weekend (but more on that later).

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Or you can go inside into one of their intimate event spaces, all still overlooking the ocean of course.  The Villa is a newly renovated private beach home on property that opens up to the outdoors with French doors and delights guests inside with hardwood flooring, a stone fireplace and beach decor that sets the perfect mood for a wedding of 40 guests or less.

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For a small property, there’s lots to choose from for your wedding (and other events like rehearsal and post-brunch) so you never have to leave!  The Deck is a fantastic outdoor restaurant, also available for a buyout and otherwise bustling on a Friday night.  Or checkout Driftwood Kitchen for more amazing views and some seriously good food too.

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One of my favorite parts of the Pacific Edge Hotel are their beach bungalows, small (10 people or less) indoor event and day-use spaces with decks sitting right on the ocean’s edge.  Take over one or all of them (each uniquely designed by local celebrity designers and surf brands) and your wedding party will have the most fun pre or post-wedding day at the beach!  You can order in fresh fish tacos, poke, ceviche and so much more and you’ll be treated like kings and queens as you get ready for or recover from the big day.

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If you’re planning a bachelorette weekend in Southern California, this is a fantastic idea too!  And at the end of the night, you and your guests just go right upstairs to your rooms to retire until tomorrow.

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The oceanfront rooms at the Pacific Edge Hotel are charming, the food is fantastic, and the sunsets and surf views simply can’t be beat.  For an intimate destination wedding or a weekend away before the big day, be sure to check out the bungalows, The Deck, and so much more at this hidden gem in Laguna Beach.

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Villa Destination Wedding Outside of Florence, Italy

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Natalia and Luke held their destination wedding just outside of Florence in Tuscany, Italy at the beautiful Villa La Ferdinanda di Artimino. Their outdoor ceremony was simply stunning while a grand celebration followed with views for days of the Tuscan countryside. Natalia shared with us the details of their wedding day.

Luke and me are lawyers and we are from the UK. We decided to fulfill our wedding dreams with a destination wedding in Italy because we wanted to say our I do’s in a beautiful location, with good food, wine and a romantic culture and history and soon came to the conclusion that nowhere could be better than in Italy!

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For us the exchanged of the vows overlooking the olive trees and wild countryside surrounding the villa with our familie and friends was absolutely the most emotional moment of our wedding day.

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The inspiration for the wedding came from me. I’ve a playful personality, I loves colour and couldn’t decide on just one so opted for a rainbow of pastels to be worn by my lovely bridesmaids and displayed in the bouquets and details for the day.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alessandro Chiarini

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: The Tuscan Wedding, Venue + Catering: Villa La Ferdinanda di Artimino, Videographer: Momo Film Factory, Flowers: Stiatti Fiori, Lights: GB Audio, Dj: Matthew DJ

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