Beautiful Outdoor Destination Wedding in Spain

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Álvaro and Rocío wed at a beautiful country house in Spain, where friends and family laughed and celebrated the night away. We asked the bride and groom to share a little insight into the big day and how it came to be.

The location held special meaning to the couple: It is a family country house in Spain. The best thing about it, it’s that you can have the wedding you really want to.

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We asked the couple about their favorite moments from the day.

The ceremony because we laughed (we felt so happy) and we were also moved by the speeches.

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Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, but in the end it all works out! At first we hired a wedding planner. She had a good taste but didn’t work well. So my mother and I prepared everything: cigar corner, table decorations, floral arrangement, lights, center pieces, the seating plan…

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Advice for other couples planning? Prepare your wedding as you really want it to be.

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To see more from this beautiful big day, watch the video by Emotion and Motion.

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer + Videographer: Emotion and Motion

Wedding Vendors: Catering: The Cook Silvia Lodares, Dress: Laure de Sagazan, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik (gift from Álvaro), Headpiece: Mimoki, Invitations: Arte Papel, Jewelery: Vintage. The engagement ring and earrings were from my grandmother

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Destination Wedding Inspiration Shoot in Northern Italy

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Today’s beautiful photo shoot comes to us from Northern Italy, at Villa Bria in Gassino Torinese, Italy to be exact! Destination wedding photographers Ludovica Lanzafami and Valerio Elia, shared this wedding inspiration (complete with a fabulous pup) with us.

The goal of this shooting was to recreate the special feeling of an Italian style luxury wedding blended with newer wedding concepts: the result is a wild and romantic wedding, somewhere between tradition and modernity. This is why we chose as location Villa Bria, an ancient Neoclassical villa located in Piedmont, and we gathered some of the best and most experienced wedding suppliers of Northern Italy.

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Simmi provided the flowers and the decorations: Camilla Marchetti, the mind behind Simmi, chose roses, a traditional flower which represents love, ivy – standing for marital loyalty, statice – which means union, rice flowers and berries – which represent plentiness and good luck. The colours of the shooting were ivy green, gold, peach and a light cyclamen white. Camilla arranged the bouquet in a natural and profuse way: she bounded it with an ancient brooch which once belonged to her grandmother, a lovely and precious detail, full of memories of the beloved relative. The head-table was chosen for the great impact that it could have in a long 18th century gallery. We wanted to recreate an exclusive romantic scene crossing the past of the Villa and the present wedding style and trends. Daturi e Motta, an Italian excellence in catering service since 1923, arranged the table with stunning hand made glasses decorated one by one with pure gold, and simple plates decorated with pure gold leaf. The menu, designed by Simmi, was bounded with a green lace and a lacquer seal, a very appreciated detail in Italy. Menus and typography (invitations) was designed in the same way, and the invitation was wrapped ina beautiful silk envelope, closed with a green lace and a personalized laquer seal.

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The decorations of the table were mainly glass and silver: the candlesticks were made of Boemia’s crystal, the vases in Murano’s blown vase glass, the candelabra were authentic antique pieces. The flowers in the mise en place were positioned one by one in order to magnify its beauty; more than 200 candles illuminated the gallery to recreate a breathtaking atmosphere, captured by the photographers at sunset first, then in complete darkness.

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Daturi e Motta realized a wonderful white cake which was insert in a stunning cake buffet realized by Simmi: a lot of silver plates, glass vases, candies, sweets and candles make the cake buffet absolutely gorgeous.

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To see more of the day, check out the video by Pier Angelo Carchedi here:

Destination Wedding Photographers: Ludovica Lanzafami and Valerio Elia

Photo Shoot Vendors: Location: Villa Bria, Floral Design: Simmi Event and Floral Design, Dresses: Il Sogno Atelier, Models: Sabrina Siciliano and Diego Converso, Jewels: Giverso Gioielli, Make up and Hairstyle: Erika PXA Make up Artist, Dog Trainer: Itaca Addestramento, Catering: Daturi e Motta, Video: Pier Angelo Carchedi

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Greek Destination Wedding Inspiration

We’re super excited to be heading to Greece this week to scout some amazing destination wedding locations!  So before we go (and report back of course), we wanted to give you a little Greek destination wedding inspiration.  If you want to say “I do” high above the seas, then today’s European post is for you!

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{Photos: Balloons: The Knot Santorini, Church: Vangelis Photography, Chairs: Anna Roussos, Place Setting: Rebecca Ellie Studio, Long Tables: Kasper Creations, Cake: Jen Huang}

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Destination Wedding Shoot in Spain

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Today’s post is a wedding inspiration shoot all the way from Spain!  A talented team of European event professionals partnered together to show you what an elopement could really be like in Granada.  The beautiful rustic details, magical setting, and fun-loving couple help make this one of our faves of recent.  We asked event planner, Mery Liccardi Eventi to share her inspiration for the shoot.  “When we decided to realize this shoot the idea was to create a magic environment, with history and a modern, fresh flair. The scene is bohemian and romantic Granada which won the heart of writers of XIX century” Enjoy!

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Destination Wedding Photography: Lidia Clemente

Photo Shoot Vendors: Models: Chabela Quintanilla & Óscar Soria (Los Ahoras), Event Planning: Mery Liccardi eventi, Location: Hotel Casa 1800 Granada, Wedding Dress: You&Me ProjectMakeup: Sophie Make Up para You&Me ProjectHair: BS Estilistas, Suit: La Colonial, Floral Design: L’Atelier de las flores, Cake: Velvet Granada

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Vintage Styled Destination Wedding in Tuscany

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Stef and Roog live in Eindhoven, the Netherlands but traveled to Tuscany for their destination wedding away from home. The couple gave us a peek into their oh-so pretty big day in the countryside of Italy. But the planning wasn’t always as easy as pie…

We actually had another location we preferred; we’ve been in Tuscany before during a trip to Italy a couple of years ago and we stayed at a wonderful romantic place. But unfortunately the contact wasn’t going very smooth and they weren’t very cooperative, so we decided to look for another venue. After a long search on the internet I found 3 possible venues and decided to write them all 3. Within an hour I got a very enthusiastic and detailed response (in good English, also very helpful!) from Ginevra from Tenuta di Papena. We had a skype-session a couple of days later and we immediately felt a personal connection with her. So we came over last September to visit the location and there it happened; we where in love with the venue! We eventually choose this one, not only because of the good contact with the owner, but also because it’s such a beautiful place, they have experience with weddings and it was affordable. 

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At first I was really looking for a bohemian-styled dress. But once I had a ‘princess-dress’ on, I thought “you can only do this once Stef”. So I went for a beautiful dress with lots of lace, so it would still have a little bit of a vintage look. The florist helped me making it a bit more vintage by designing a beautiful wrist-corage, filled with lovely flowers. Along with the flowers in my hair, it gave perfection to my outfit.

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.

My god, what a difficult question! We had so many!

When we had the moment of seeing each other for the first time in the Abbey of San Galgano, there was a drone flying over the church. A friend of ours ran outside and asked to the guy if he could make some footage of us. So now we have a video of us with all our guests, outside the abbey, from the sky! How cool is that!

The ceremony was just beautiful. We where in an open grain field, with the sun low and my biggest love on my side. The moment you say ‘yes’ to each other will always be very special. 

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How darling is their little nice, Patou?! She certainly stole the show for a moment or two!

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We really wanted a country chic wedding with a bohemian touch. We got our inspiration through Ginevra itself (pictures from weddings she done before) and pinterest. 

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During dinner (which was amazingly tasteful, my mom gave a (15 min!) speech. The wedding planner was afraid that it would be too long, but each and everyone was ‘hanging on her lips’. 

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Our friends made a video at home, where they took ‘a trip down memory lane’ and visited places where we lived, went to school etc. It ended with a hilarious sketch of our 2 best friends (pretending to be us) while camping. Tears of laughter!

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The party was awesome! We brought a DJ with a sax-player with us from the Netherlands, and they made it a party to never forget! We had the party outside, next to the swimming pool. We had a full moon and we had the best party-people in the world (where from the Netherlands ;). Everybody was going out of their minds and it ended up with us jumping into the pool (with suit and dress), followed by our friends. Luckily we have a lot of film-footage from the party :)

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Everything on this day was just perfect. For us it was the most beautiful day of our life. But it’s very special to hear from family and friends that it was also one of the most beautiful days of their lives! Francesco Spighi just captured every (little) thing perfectly and in such an artistic way. We experience the day over and over again, just by looking at all those beautiful pictures.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Francesco Spighi 

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue and Planning: Tenuta di Papena, Floral Design: Mag Florist, Catering: Terre di SienaWedding Dress: White One – Barcelona, Groom Attire: Magee – 1866 Suit Supply, Wedding Rings: Wim Meeussen, Celebrant: Renske Riemslag from Mooitoscane

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