Rustic Chic Destination Wedding in Germany

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Katherine and Christoph wed in Freiburg, Germany, a place near to Christoph’s upbringing and a town with beautiful buildings, something that was important to the pair. The bride shared their story with us: Being the architect/engineer couple, we first met at The Empire State Building in New York City… Our first few dates consisted of visiting buildings on Yale’s campus in New Haven and a color photography exhibition at The Whitney Museum because I found out that Christoph was part colorblind. To me that was very interesting and I wanted to know which spectrum of colors he could not see clearly. Throughout the past six years, we have had many challenges that have brought us closer together and made our relationship stronger. After years of long distance from: New york – Uzbekistan, New York – Stuttgart, New York – Hong Kong, we somehow managed to make it through and hope that our experiences will help us as we embark on the next chapter of our lives together.

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We are an architect/engineer pair, so for us the building and the environment was very important. As Christoph is from the Black Forest, we chose the Henslerhof for its architectural history, beautiful setting and its proximity to his home. The Henslerhof was built in 1552 in Black Forest barn house style “Schwarzwaldhof” and it represented Christoph’s home. 

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The inspiration of the decor was The Black Forest Barn. We very much wanted our wedding to be local and personal so we could share Christoph’s home with our overseas friends and family. Katherine is a very DIY hands-on person, so we made most of the decorations ourselves. 

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Our favorite moment was really every moment of it but if we really had to choose, it would be the coffee and cakes time where we had a little time to really sit down and chat with our loved ones.

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We asked the couple for advice for other destination wedding couples: Try to take it one task at a time and take it easy as there will be things that will go wrong, but don’t try too hard to avoid it, just try to embrace it!  No matter what happens, it will be an amazing day.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Forever Photography Studio

Wedding Vendors:  Music DJ: Mario Schlemmer / Party DJ Service, Flowers: Emotions Freiburg, Event Designer/Planner: Lydia Haack / Emotions Freiburg, Hair + Makeup: Constanze Schulz, Transportation: Volkswagen Kombi (Sister in Law’s Uncle’s Car), Ceremony Site: St. Martin’s Church in Freiburg im Breisgau, Reception Venue: Henslerhof, Caterer: Kummerlaender, Invitations: Clara Chang (Bridesmaid), Cake/Desserts: Homemade by family and friends, Wedding Gown Designer: Sarah Janks, Groom’s Attire: Long Wear Hong Textiles, Groom’s Tie: The Armoury Store

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Intimate Rustic Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Happy New Year friends and newly engaged new friends!  Thanks for visiting Jet Fete – your source for destination wedding and honeymoon ideas, information, and picture-perfect places to say I do!  We’re kicking off the new year in style, in Italy!!  Johanna and Evan tied the knot of the same day (different year) that Evan proposed to his bride – June 18th! The pair traveled from San Francisco to an intimate and oh-so stunning destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy, where they wed outdoors among the vineyards and beautiful gardens at Croce di Bibbiano, outside of San Gimignano.  This is such a special way to start the new year, this might be one of our faves all year, and it’s only January!

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The ceremony took place near the olive grove in a gorgeous garden with a rustic wedding arch made of wood adorned with cotton fabric tied with bunches of flowers.

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The group even dined al fresco by a pool, where they ate Tuscan delicacies and drank fine wines from the region.

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The pair kept things personal with artisanal chocolate disks handmade with the couple’s monogram that matched their stationery.

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For favors, fitting of the area, small bottles of Tuscan olive oil were given as a token of their gratitude to the guests.

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What a stunning backdrop for such a beautiful couple and their big day!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Rosapaola Lucibelli Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer: La Foresta Di Zucchero, Lighting: Central House, Reception Venue: Croce di Bibbiano, Event Planner: Efffetti Wedding Planner in Tuscany, Floral Designer: Simone Bertini Floral Designer

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Beautiful Santorini, Greece Destination Wedding

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Berry and Ben wed in beautiful Santorini, Greece, in an intimate destination wedding at a place that was perfect for this pair. The bride shared their story with us.

I have been reading the Greek Mythologies since I can remember. The glories of war and love stories are so fascinating and it inspired me to explore this ancient country on the other side of the globe.  As for Ben (the groom), he is more a beach-type traveler and he loves relaxing on a beach with a chilled beer in his hand. With numerous islands and rich history and culture, Greece has the perfect combination for what we both are interested in and has always been on top of our travel destination list. Since we both wanted a small intimate wedding on a romantic island, Santorini was no doubt our first and only choice where we wanted to tie the knot. Seeing that we are from China and Taiwan, respectively, and now living in New York City now, a travel destination with our very closest friends and family was the vision for what we wanted. This also allow us to spend much more quality time with our guests. 

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In terms of planning the wedding, honestly, it is not quite our thing. Neither of us had much preference or detailed visions about our wedding. We just knew that we wanted to travel to a place with beautiful scenery as the backdrop, celebrate with a crew of close family and friends and end the night with an awesome dinner reception. With assistance from Lydia of StellandMoscha, everything that we talked about came to life on the wedding day.  Having gone through their blogs of previous weddings, their incredible work was the biggest reason that we decided to work with them, and it also served as inspiration for our own wedding.

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We made our vow to each other on the patio of Kamares Apartments in Fira in front of our family under a beautiful arch and the iconic and most beautiful Santorini sunset over the Caldera as a backdrop.

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For both of us, our favourite moment was seeing each other for the first time at the wedding ceremony. We were totally immersed in the “OMG, this is really happening” moment! Considering we have been dating for 8 years, we could not anticipate how powerful and emotional that moment would be. It was the most amazing feeling to see Ben waiting for me in under the arch and surrounded by all the dearest family and friends.  The beautiful sunset and view also gave us a lasting impression.

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For the reception we had a delicious, intimate dinner on the terrace looking out over the Aegean and Fira.

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When we looked the photos, we were amazed by the changing color of the sky throughout the night.  It starts with soft, warm sunbeams during the ceremony, changing into a dramatic blue and purple during the photo session and dinner reception. Absolutely stunning!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Bernard Pretorius

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Kamares Apartments, Wedding Planning & Coordination: Stella & Moscha, Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco, Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Groom’s Suit: Saks Fifth Avenue, Videographer: WedFilms, Hair Stylist: Bella Damigou, Makeup Artist: Renia Bledaki, Caterer: Spicy Bites, Florist: Santorini’s Flowers

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Beautiful Outdoor Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Tina and Chris celebrated their nuptials with three fun-filled days in Tuscany, Italy at Castello di Meleto, where the finale was their English wedding ceremony and reception.  In case you missed day one and two, be sure not to skip a single shot!  Tina tells us about the design and experience of planning (and celebrating) this wedding:  “After two days of Tuscan and Indian celebrations, it was time for the English wedding day. The color scheme for this day was soft pastels with hydrangeas, peonies and roses as the main flowers.”

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“We wanted a romantic, soft and elegant theme, in contrast with the bright and bold colors of the previous day. We originally planned to use the same florist for all three days of the wedding, but she ended up canceling 5 weeks beforehand, which was extremely stressful for us. Our wedding coordinator managed to find two other florists who stepped in to save the day and who did a fantastic job. I particularly want to thank the girls at Only Art Fiori for doing such a wonderful job on late notice with kindness and passion. They really took my ideas and brought to life what I imagined.” 

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“Our ceremony took place on a hilltop overlooking the castle. There was a gentle breeze and a few clouds in the otherwise gloriously blue sky, and there was silence except for the sounds of Pachelbel’s Canon in D by the string ensemble. My father passed away a few years ago, and so my mother and younger brother walked me down the aisle. My mother is my confidante and best friend and I couldn’t have planned this wedding without her support and love. To have her give me away was a very emotional moment for me. Andrea from Tuscan Pledges officiated the ceremony, and we each wrote a few words about the other that Andrea included in his welcome address as a wonderful surprise to us both. We included traditional English hymns like “ Be Still in the Presence of the Lord” in keeping with Chris’s family traditions. I remember the string ensemble played and I felt the soft gentle breeze while looking around at the castle, my husband, the guests. It felt surreal.”

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“We had cocktail hour and a jazz band in the castle rooms and then dinner outside in the castle garden. When we stepped out into the garden in the midst of applause, I was overwhelmed by the sight. The castle garden had transformed into a magical landscape of fairy lights, soft pastel flower arrangements, lanterns, and candles, with a soft amber glow emanating from the castle. It was amazing to watch the scene transform as the sun set and the party started.”

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“We danced and laughed until sunrise, after which the party carried on by the pool. The weekend ended with a brunch by the pool the next day where had to tearfully but happily say our final goodbyes.” 

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“The weekend was a whirlwind and even four days went by incredibly fast. We couldn’t have pulled this off without the excellent staff at Castello Meleto.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: David Bastianoni 

Wedding Vendors: Videographer: Screenshot Productions, Stationery: Nooney Art, Wedding Coordinator: Katia Mastrandrea, Lighting: Marco from Audio Visual, Location: Castello di Meleto, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, Bride’s Dress: Pronovias, Floral Design: Only Art Fiori, Catering: Lodovichi Catering, Ceremony Music: Firenze Classica, DJ: DJ Fabio Dex, Celebrant: Andrea from Tuscan Pledges

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Indian Destination Wedding Day in Tuscany, Italy

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For day two of Tina and Chris’ destination wedding in Italy, the couple and families celebrated with a Shaadi, or Indian wedding.  It was important that the newlyweds incorporate both of their heritages into the weekend and wedding.  Tina explains: “We wanted the weekend to include Italian, Indian and English touches so we had our work cut out for us.” 

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“The next day was the Shaadi, or the Indian wedding. After breakfast, we held a mehndi and mimosas party for the ladies. We had two professional henna artists come to apply the mehndi and also brought mimosas, Indian snacks, bangles and bindhis for the girls.”

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“In the evening around 5pm was when the baraat started. A dhol player led Chris and all of the men from the top of the hill down to the castle gardens, where my family and friends were waiting. My mother performed a traditional “aarti” or prayer and then they were led to the castle garden and into the mandap. After several rituals including a “milni” where family members from the two sides are introduced to each other by the placing of garlands, the castle doors opened and I stepped out, along with my brother, 2 male cousins, and my uncle.”

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“I heard gasps all around me when everyone saw me. I hardly recognized myself! I was wearing a very heavy traditional burgundy and cream Indian bridal lengha and jewelry purchased from Delhi.”

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“After the Indian ceremony officiated by the Hindu Priest, we were led to the herb garden for cocktail hour and an Indian buffet dinner. I wanted the Indian day to be full of bright colors as Indian culture is colorful and loud by nature. I was sincerely touched by how much effort all of the guests made to buy and wear Indian outfits for the event. They bought, rented and borrowed to embrace the Indian wedding.”

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“On the dinner table, we had green table clothes and peach and fuschia napkins along with giant gold lanterns and fuschia and peach rose petals as well as typical Indian jeweled boxes as wedding favours that my aunts brought from Delhi.”

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“After the dinner, the dhol player led everyone to the Stable for the Indian reception. The normally rustic stable was now covered with colorful drapes and silk flowers and bathed in fuschia and purple light. My mother and aunts had spent all morning decorating the stable in true “desi” style. A series of choreographed dances are usually involved in Indian receptions, and we had a surprise in store for everyone. Back in London, we had organized Bollywood dance lessons for our bridal party by a professional choreographer. The 8 of us had actually practiced relentlessly in parks and studios around London to perfect a 6 minute medley of popular Bollywood hits. We had practiced so much, and we were so excited to perform it although I admit it was not as easy in my heavy bridal lengha!”

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“After our dance, my brother and friend also performed a surprise dance for me and ended up bringing Chris on stage to perform with them! He had learned the sequence that afternoon and I have to say I was really impressed. My aunt and uncle also performed a dance along with my bridesmaid from New York. It was so much fun – I’m not sure if I ever laughed or cheered so much in my life. After the dances by our family and friends, we had professional Bollywood dancers perform. We danced the night away for a second time, this time Bollywood style!”

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And last but not least, tomorrow we celebrate with Chris and Tina during their English wedding.  Stay tuned for more from this amazing Italian destination I do!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: David Bastianoni 

Wedding Vendors: Videographer: Screenshot Productions, Stationery: Nooney Art, Wedding Coordinator: Katia Mastrandrea, Lighting: Marco from Audio Visual, Location: Castello di Meleto, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, Indian Entertainment: Apsara Bollywood, Indian Dinner: Lodovichi Catering, Floral Design: Il Bouquet, DJ: DJ Fabio Dex

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