European Inspired Boudoir Portraits + Photo Shoot

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Today’s beautiful photo shoot is brought to us by international wedding photographer, Rochelle Cheever, based in Italy.  She came to California to capture boudoir portraits inspired by her aunt and a little European luxury and we’re obsessed with how beautifully it all came together!

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Rochelle shared with us a little bit about the concept behind the shoot.  “Set at a scenic villa in California, this beautiful boudoir shoot was inspired by romance, nature, and a touch of Italian spirit. Between delicate touches of lace and flowers, the devil truly is in the details for this shoot. Our model’s classic beauty produced a vintage feel that resonated in this villa, which belonged to my late Aunt Sonja. A true legend of our family, my cousin, Breesa, and I came together to commemorate her spirit in this glamorous shoot. A pageant queen of her day, Aunt Sonja would have reveled in the luxury and glamour this shoot brought to her home.”

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“Aunt Sonja’s thirst for adventure took her to places near and far, whether she was honeymooning in France, kayaking in Alaska or hiking through Tuscany. From living in Oregon, to Mexico City, to Vancouver, Aunt Sonja had a life on the road that never lost its touch of sophistication. A lover of the finer things and the “hostess with the mostest,” it was her home in Carlsbad that finally enticed her to settle and she would have been delighted for that home to become a piece of this lovely boudoir shoot.”

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Rochelle Cheever Photography

Photo Shoot Team: Model: Kristen Stephenson-Pino, Florist: BLOOMS by breesa lee,  Dessert: Sweet as Bliss, Calligraphy: Four Things Paper, Jewelry: Lei Bijou, Hair and Makeup: Unveiled Bridal Beauty, Dress: The Dress Theory

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Zurich, Switzerland Wedding Ceremony + Reception

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Today we’ve got part two of Lindsay and Adrian’s beautiful wedding in Switzerland!  Yesterday, we shared with you their civil ceremony with a stunning yellow wedding dress and now we’re getting a peek into the big day they shared with more friends and family, complete with a church ceremony.

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The church wedding took place in a small local spot built in 1510 in Kandersteg, Switzerland, a tiny village high up in the Swiss Alps!

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The bride opted for a second short lace wedding dress (that we love!!), but this time in white.

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It may have rained on their wedding day but that didn’t stop the celebration and is sure to bring them good luck!

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After their Catholic ceremony, the group poured into the pouring the streets for some fun photos and to get the party underway!

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For décor at the reception, the couple actually used different fabrics throughout that they had gathered during their engagement to use to decorate the tables and walls.

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But this was a group celebration so Lindsay and Adrian asked their guests to each contribute too – with a piece of art that they each created, writing postcards of love to the couple, which lit up the reception space with personal touches.

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This two-day wedding was quite the adventure for the bride and groom, through the Alps and rain, and despite the weather, an amazing time was had by all!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jenny Smith & Co

Wedding Vendors: Caterer: Restaurant Samses, Dress; Romona Keveza, Cake: Baeckerei Tea Room Marmotte, Other: Vin du Mur

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Wedding in Switzerland with a Yellow Wedding Dress!

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Lindsay and Adrian said I do outside of Zurich, Switzerland in an intimate civil ceremony with close family to bear witness. In Switzerland a civil ceremony is actually required before you can have another wedding so this couple broke up the festivities into two different days of celebration!

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Their civil ceremony took place in an old castle in a town called Greifensee, just across the lake from where Adrian had grown up.

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How fabulous is the bride’s yellow lace wedding dress!?!  We love!

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It was in the Landvogtstube room (that even had the bride’s last name in it) that the ceremony took place while the larger group gathered in the courtyard to cheer the newlyweds on once they exited the building.

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It was then off to a brunch celebration, after which the group boarded a coach bus and headed to the Alps for a grand wedding the following day.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s story when we bring you the big bash of the darling Jennifer and Adrian and their sweet church ceremony.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jenny Smith & Co

Wedding Vendors: Caterer: Restaurant Samses, Dress; Romona Keveza, Cake: Baeckerei Tea Room Marmotte, Other: Vin du Mur

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Greece Wedding Inspiration

Dreaming of marrying the love of your life with the inspiration of Greece? It has the perfect touch of romance for a wedding day or an option for an unfortgettable destination wedding in the homeland. Incorporate the country colors with gorgeous blue wedding shoes to go along with your white wedding dress. Adding olive branches and flowers along the buildings of your venue can give it a special touch for a wedding inspired by Greece. Also, if you’re doing a destination wedding there is nothing more special than being surrounded by the beautiful white buildings that are unique to the lands of Greece. Instead of the traditional corsages and boutonnieres consider using lavander to give your wedding party an authentic touch. A beloved tradition for celebration in Greece is to break plates! For your reception set up a stand for your guest to start the party with the breaking of plates. To enhance the beauty of your wedding cake, add olive branches for a simple but beautiful look that brings greek inspiration. Have your flower girls wear a headband with flowers native to Greece, along with lavender and olive branches to tie in the beauty of greek culture. You won’t regret celebrating your big day with the unforgettable details that the greek culture has to offer!

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 {Photos: Shoes: Anna Roussos via trendybride, Building: Vangelis Photography via Brides, Boutonnieres:Beaux Arts Photographie via Elizabeth Anne Designs, Plates: Larissa Cleveland Photography via SMP, Cake: Yiannis Alefantou via SMP, Flower Girls:Brookelyn Photography via Grey Likes Weddings }

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An Engagement Session in Switzerland

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Today’s shoot is a stunning engagement session that took place in Salzburg, Switzerland!  Krista and Gury were traveling abroad and decided to take advantage of that time together and plan for some fabulous photos to be used in their wedding planning.  Krista shared with us their adventure.  “Gury and I were traveling to Europe for a cousin’s wedding, and we decided it would be the perfect way to celebrate our engagement and our first Europe trip together to have our engagement pictures taken abroad.  Salzburg was our final destination on our trip, and we had planned a romantic few days there together.  After luckily finding Claire Morgan online, and browsing many of her beautiful engagement sessions we had a wonderful day visiting some beautiful locations all over Salzburg for our photos.”

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“I have used the engagement photos our save the dates, and have received so many compliments on them.  I also plan to put them in our guest book, and create a slide show at our wedding reception.”

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“Gury and I will be having an Indian fusion wedding, and I had this idea that I wanted to have some photos of us doing bhangra (a tradition type of dance from Punjab) to include on our save the dates. I want our guests to immediately feel like our wedding is going to be a fun celebration full of dancing.  So Gury and I danced around while Claire took photos and they came out amazing!  I also loved our final photo location, we raced to a lake nearby and managed to catch the end of the sunset and ended up with beautiful photos. It was a quite moment together where we caught some beautiful natural moments together.”

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The couple plans to wed in San Jose, CA in the fall.

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Congratulations to the soon-to-be newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Claire Morgan Photography 

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