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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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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A Romantically Pink Wedding in Corfu, Greece

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Michele and Sebastian said I do on the beautiful island of Corfu, Greece in a picture-perfect and romantically pink destination wedding. The couple’s wedding planner, Anna from Rosmarin Weddings and Events gave us some insights into their gorgeous big day and how they selected this spot from around the world.

When Michele and Sebastian started to think about their wedding their first and ultimate decision was to have it somewhere abroad, next to the sea, where could come all their close friends and relatives to share this day with them. There is one more reason for that because basically couple lives in Paris but originally Michele is from Lebanon and Sebastian from Poland so there were not so many days in their life when their families collected together.

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Michele and Sebastian were considering a Catholic ceremony and from the beginning their choice was directed to amazing Santorini or Mykonos. But there were not any opportunities to have a Catholic ceremony there. This is how Corfu became one and only in final most right choice for the couple. Corfu Island is very famous about it’s history and heritage and stay a bit apart about culture, architecture from other Greek islands which we’ve used to see. And the reason of that was big influence of Italy, which is close to the island. There are a lot of Catholic churches and for the wedding was chosen Cathedral church of Saint James and Christopher in the historical center of Corfu town.

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Michele knew from the beginning that event styling should be very elegant with touches of chic. That’s why she chose pink and gold as main wedding colors. Reception dinner took place at the beachside restaurant – Piedra del Mar with perfect collaboration of Venetian Well restaurant who provided really elegant and gourmet catering.

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Gorgeous wedding cake was made by Cake Boutique and really exceeded couple’s expectations. 

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Elias Kordelakos

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planning + Styling: Rosmarin Weddings and Events, Reception Venue: Piedra del Mar, Catering: Venetian Well restaurant, Cake: Cake Boutique, Bridal Hair + Makeup: “Nicoletta” salon

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Elegant Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Sam and Ange traveled from London to the Tuscan countryside for their intimate destination wedding among beautiful gardens at the spectacular Villa Mangiacane, in San Casciano val di Pesa, not far from Florence.

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The bride wanted seasonal flowers in her wedding décor and thus a look of blush, pinks, and blues were incorporated with peonies, white wax flowers, and freesias, by florist Franci’s Flowers Wedding Design.

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The ceremony took place outside along the staircase of the villa’s terrace, where the pair tied the knot among olive trees and a breathtaking vineyard.

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Laughter and celebration were in abundance at this picture-perfect reception that followed the ceremony at this destination wedding in Italy.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Stefanie Kapra

Wedding Vendors: Location: Villa Mangiacane, Flowers: Franci’s Flowers Wedding Design, Celebrant: Tuscan Pledges, Hair and Makeup: Silvia Gerzeli, Videographer: Gabriele Lupo

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Italy Destination Wedding Gala Inspiration: Engage!16 Italy

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We’ve got one more magical event to share from the Engage!16: Europe wedding business summit I recently returned from.  Set in beautiful Puglia, Italy at the famed Borgo Egnazia property, on the final night, the team at Engage hosted a gala in full masquerade style.  The black tie party was dripping with deep red tones atop a neutral palette, giving the tent plenty of drama before even the first guest stepped inside.  But this party was more about the entertainment than even the flowers.  Elan Artists brought in bands to rock the night away, Italian opera singers to fit the setting, and even ballerinas to dance between courses!

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If you’re in the destination wedding business, going around the globe to one of the Engage Summits is the best investment you could make for your business (and your clients!).  And this is something you feel and know by the time the week ends and you get to celebrate together at the gala.  The decor is so special, but the people, the friends you’ve made and the business you’ve built is that much more special.

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This tented fete was the perfect blend of a little bit of country chic (the rustic twine and small details reflected the area we were in) paired with the grand centerpieces, well-dressed bars, and beautiful tent to remind us of the black tie affair we were a part of.

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And just like at the previous Engage parties this week, each guest was invited to partake in the fun and the theme by dressing the part.  As we entered the party, we were each given a lace mask to wear at the ball.  This is a great idea for a themed party when you want your guests to immediately immerse themselves in the experience!  And it makes for great photos too!

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These are our fabulous hosts, Rebecca Grinnals and Kathryn Arce, the brains behind the Engage Summits. They have been teaching us in the wedding industry for years to better ourselves, our brands, and our events to serve clients at the highest level possible.  If you’re in the wedding industry, this is an event not to be missed.  Any day now they will be announcing the 2017 lineup of dates and locations, so stay tuned as they sell out FAST and rumor has it, they’re going global again.  I know I’ll be there!  This trip to Italy was once in a lifetime and this event I will never forget.  Thank you to Kath and Rebecca for including me in such a magical experience and thanks to the entire Engage team for wowing us like I never thought possible, even for you!  To see who produced this incredible event, check out the vendor credits below.

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Event: Engage Summits, Photography: Betsi Ewing Studio, Location: Borgo Egnazia, Florist: Giuseppe Armenise, Entertainment: Elan Artists, Audio Visual: Light Tracks Service, Branding, Gifts, Accessories: Gifts for the Good Life, Event Stationery: TPD Design House / Two Paper Dolls, Videography: Elysium Productions, Linens: Nuage Designs, Floral Support: G Fresh, Roses: Meijer Roses

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