A Destination Elopement in Iceland!

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Today’s shoot is actually a day after elopement session for Julee and John who decided to tie the know with just the two of them in magical Iceland!  The pair enlisted destination wedding photographers, Nordica Photography to capture some personal moments the day after they said “I do.”

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The bride shared a bit about their decision to land in Iceland for the wedding.  ”John and Julee fell in love with Iceland 2 years before they decided to get married there. The breathtaking landscapes, the quiet eeriness of the land, and the subdued mood it encompassed made them appreciate it’s unique beauty.” 

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“Being from New York City, an intimate and isolated marriage ceremony was what they were looking for and found that in Snaefellsnes Peninsula out in West Iceland.” 

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“On October 29th, 2013 they married via civic union and dedicated the following glorious (but cold) day galavanting around the peninsula taking amazing photos with Nordica. Such a great day to remember!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Nordica Photography

Wedding Vendors: Bride’s Dress: Ian Stuart’s RhapsodiaBride’s Coat: ELLIATT Angel Fur Jacket, Flowers: Reykjavíkurblóm, Groom’s Suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suit, Venue: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland, Accommodations: Hotel Budir

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Vintage Wedding Details in Tuscany

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Today’s wedding isn’t an actual wedding, but a mock one – a romantic styled shoot created by the team over at Innocenti Studio in Florence, Italy.  The shoot incorporated seasonal winter elements, local accents, and lots of fabulous fashion with a vintage flair!  Emma from Innocenti shared with us the behind the scenes of this could-be big day.

“This styled shoot was inspired by the idea of creating an intimate wedding that felt like it was being celebrated at ‘home’ in a cozy and almost bucolic fashion. The perfect location for this atmosphere was Fattoria La Serra, an early 19th century farmhouse on top of Carmignano hill looking onto Florence’s valley, with a distant view of the Duomo and the Giotto tower.”

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“The Bride’s hair and make-up was inspired by the romantic dress. For the hair, Marina choose a soft side chignon and for the make-up warm and subtle tones, with a touch of colour on the lips. The beautiful dress was hand-made with French lace in pale pink and the same fabric was used for the boutonniere on the groom outfit.”

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We’re in love with this blush lace bridal gown!!

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“Alongside a main room and a winter garden, the stone farmhouse has 5 adjacent rooms opening one into another through arches and old wooden doors that creates a sense of intimacy and openness at the same time.  Above all, we wanted to portray a romantic atmosphere, with rustic yet sophisticated details and vintage touches.”

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“The wedding table was set in the first room, the kitchen, next to the old wood stove and vintage accessories. We purposely chose a simple setting to recreate a typical Tuscan rustic table accompanied by silver cutlery for added elegance and attention to detail. We opted for the use of lace mixed with recycled materials (cans and bottles), ropes, and porcelain.”

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 “The colour palette was to use delicate pink and green for the flowers, cooler winter colours for invites and menus, tobacco and natural rope for the table setting and the menu.”

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“Stationary, invites and menu were drawn by hand and water-coloured individually.”

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“The third room was set for serving tea and cake, with vintage vases and silver teapots used as flower holders and tea served in withe porcelain cups.”

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“The flowers were absolutely seasonal: sweet avalance roses, groundsel, wax flowers. The bouquet was romantic, made in the classic round and compact shape with the same flowers, and bound by white lace.”

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“In the second room, we used the view from a big window as the backdrop for the main cake and the sweet tables, with macarones, biscuits and Italian almond confetti in white and pink.”

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That’s a lot of sweets for these two lovebirds!

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To see some of the behind the scenes of this styled shoot, take a look at the video by Innocenti Studio here!

Styled Shoot Team: Photography + Videography: Innocenti Studios, Location: Fattoria La Serra, Wedding Planner + Design: Bianco Bouquet Weddings & Events, Wedding Dress: Anna Fucà Atelier, Florals: Il Giardino delle Fate, Cake: Dolce Lab
, Invitations + Menus: Francesca Pulitano, Hair + Makeup: Martina Bernacchioni, Catering + Table Setting: Roland’s, Music: Alma Project, Groom Attire: Otto Marchesi Sartoriale 
c/o Atelier Anna Fucà

 

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Paris Wedding Details

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Paris. How do I even begin to talk about the city of lights? Paris is known as one of the most romantic cities in the world! So of course it comes as no surprise that hundreds of couples jet off to Paris to get engaged, married or to celebrate anniversaries. If you can’t quite make it to Paris, there are plenty of ways for you to have a Parisian themed wedding wherever you may be! Of course no French wedding is complete without a decadence of deserts! From macaroons to truffles, a dessert table is a must! One of my favorite ideas is using a favorite French perfume like Chanel No 5 as a vase to hold flowers. Wherever your ideas may take you remember that French decor is elegant but simple! Have fun!

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{Cover Photo: Clary Pfeiffer Fine Art Photographer via Elizabeth Anne Designs,Le Mariage: Pitch Engine, French Cake: Globe Trotting Bride, Invitation: Le Secret D’Audrey via Wedding Chicks, Chanel Centerpiece: Bridal Guide, Eiffel Tower: Agaton Strom Photographer via SMP, Photo Booth Props: Etsy}

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A Colorful Destination I Do in Tuscany

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Javier and Aidee held their intimate destination wedding in beautiful Tuscany – both in and outside of Florence.  The ceremony was held at Santa Maria a Vicchiomaggio, a church that dates back to 1400.  Their wedding planner, Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events shared with us how the location came to be for this lovely couple.  “Javier and Aidee choose Tuscany because of its splendid  scenarios, romance, art, culture and food. Even though they had never been in Tuscany before, they already knew that Florence was the perfect backdrop for their big day. At the beginning they wanted to organized everything in the centre of Florence, also known as the jewel of the Renaissance, but then, I show them the amazing country side of Tuscany and they felt in love with it as well.  After thinking of what to do, they decided to have both scenarios, so we did the religious ceremony  in a very secluded and charming church immerse in the vineyards and olive trees in the Chianti area, and the wedding reception in the heart of Florence, just in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria.”

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 “The theme that they choose was a rustic/chic with blue, yellow and white touches.  Aidee choose blue navy and yellow with some touches of white. Because a part of her wedding was in the countryside of Tuscany, we propose a rustic style, and the results were just lovely and matched perfectly with the magnificent backdrop.”


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“My recommendation will be that since the castle is in a hill, for sure you’ll need a car to move. Public transport does not arrive to the castle.”

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“Javier and Aidee are a Mexican couple that lives in the United States. When they first contacted me, they told me that they had never been in Florence before, but they wanted to get married here and that the most important thing from them was the religious ceremony. They really wanted to incorporate the Mexican Catholic ceremony. So after searching, I proposed Castello di Vicchiomaggio, which is a lovely castle nested in a beautiful hill in the countryside of the Chianti Area. It’s surrounded by an amazing landscape full of vineyards and olive trees.”

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“One of my favourite parts was at the religious ceremony. There was this one particular song that Aidee loves and wanted to give a surprise to Javier. Our amazing musicians, adapted Brad’s Paisley song “Then” to the violin and harp, so when Aidee made her big entrance, the musicians started to play the couple’s song.”

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 “After the ceremony, they went to the centre of Florence where they walk on the streets and visit some of the most beautiful monuments. Then, they arrive to the Circus restaurant, which is located in Piazza della Signoria and enjoy the amazing dinner and the lovely view. All this beautiful moments where capture by Alessandro Ghedina.”

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“We try to keep everything as natural as possible, so that the couple have that intimate/familiar feel that they were looking for.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alessandro Ghedina

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Location: Santa Maria a Vicchiomaggio, Accommodations: Castello di Vicchiomaggio, Reception Location: Circus Restaurant, Wedding Planner: Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events, Floral Designer: Dario Benvenuti Living, Music: Alma Project, Transfer: Holiday Planners, Paperwork support: Bonnie Marie Bates, Priest: Don Luis Matias Ravaioli

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A European Wedding Inspiration Shoot on the Amalfi Coast

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Today’s event is actually an inspiration shoot rather than a real wedding.  A small team of talented event professionals touched down on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy to inspire those couples out there considering a destination wedding in Italy.

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We asked Kim at Maru Photography how they came to select this special spot for their inspiration shoot.  “For it’s romantic charm and beautiful ocean-side vistas. The location is absolutely perfect for a romantic Italian destination wedding and the region is superbly equipped with all the amenities couples seeing such an Italian wedding experience would want and need!”

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“The inspiration for this shoot was literally “La Dolce Vita!”—the sweet life of Italy’s stunning natural beauty, zest for life and over-the-top romance!”

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“The Amalfi Coast and Positano in particular, is known for it’s lemons. Lemons are at the heart of this region’s delicious cuisines and traditional decorations and motives. We wove them into the decor for this shoot.”

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Besides all the beauty, great food and wonderful people in this part of the world, there is one thing to keep in mind before you book!  “Positano, along with the rest of the beautiful Amalfi Coast towns are ancient vertical towns, built into the cliffs overhangning the stunning Bay of Salerno. This could create challenges for travelers who are challenged with difficulty walking.”

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Maru Photography

Inspiration Shoot Team: Locations:
 Hotel Murat and the Villa Flavia Gioia, Positano, Italy, Event Planner: Milena Santoro of MS Productions

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A Beach Wedding in Portugal (with a baby!)

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Alex and Melanie eloped in Portugal with their darling baby girl Josie by their side.  With just a few people to witness the special occasion, they took wedding photographers, Matt and Lena with them who told us about the intimate event.  “Alex and Melanie live in Germany, they love to travel it has always been something they were passionate about.  They imagined a simple beach elopement and the Algarve with it’s amazing coast line, blue water contrasting the grand orange cliffs, creating small intimate coves along the shore was the perfect place.”

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“They decorated or “pimped out the pram” in Alex’s words, themselves.  Their little daughter Josephine was the only guest at their wedding.  The flowers were made at Casa Galo Verde, by the owner.  The umbrellas and confetti and the paper lanterns were all picked out by them to design the wedding look they wanted.” 

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“They wanted to spend the day celebrating.  They said that they had to get married in the early morning because they just wouldn’t be able to stand the anticipation of waiting to say “ I do” and they wanted to celebrate the whole day as newly wed husband and wife and not a minute less.  So they had a sun rise ceremony on a beautiful small beach.”

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“During our photo shoot we incorporated the confetti which ended up all over the little village street in Ferragudo.  Alex didn’t want to leave it like that and so he borrowed a broom from a woman watching us from her doorway to sweep the confetti off the street.  Apparently this is also reminiscent of an old Bavarian wedding tradition where the groom would have to sweep the streets until his bride came to kiss him.”

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 “A quick stop at a small bakery shop completed their evening picnic on the beach including a traditional Portuguese pastry as a symbolic wedding cake. They spent the evening cuddling, drinking champagne and enjoying the moonlight.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Matt+Lena Photography

Wedding Vendors: Locations: Casa Galo Verde, Ferragudo Town + Beach, Albandeira Beach, Carvoeiro, Portugal, Florist: Casa Galo Verde

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A Destination Wedding for a Destination Wedding Photographer’s Sister

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Elizabeth and Vincent wed at a historic property in Kent, England.  With friends and family from all over the world, this very special spot was home to a celebratory big day that included a destination wedding photographer that was on double duty as the sister of the bride too!

Elizabeth shared with us their big day.  “I selected the location of Chartwell because I had been there several times before with Vincent, my family and my friends as a visitor and I am a huge fan of the UK’s National Trust charity which assists in maintaining historical homes, old estates, and gardens in order to keep the UK’s cultural heritage alive. Chartwell has always been special to me because it was Sir Winston Churchill’s home. I do not admire too many historical people but he is certainly one of them. Not only was he a celebrated statesman, a former Prime Minister, he was also an artist, an avid gardener and a lover of animals- a fascinating person! When I found out that Chartwell did allow weddings on their property, I knew it was meant to be!”

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Talk about a unique first look – this one had sheep in their way!

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Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography captured every sweet and sentimental moment of her sister and now brother-in-law while partaking in the bridal party at the same time too!

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A little rain didn’t stop this celebration, in fact, it allowed for some additional colorful decor!

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“We wanted to create a wedding of different culture that represents our lives, our past and our future together.  Little details where everywhere, and made the people who know us best smile along the day.”

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We asked the bride about her favorite moments from the day.  “One of my favourite moments of the day was when I got to stuff pieces of the gorgeous cake in my husband’s mouth! I also laughed when my two sisters started to sing Alanis Morrisette’s song ‘It’s like rain on your wedding day’ during our ceremony when it started to pour outside and the music was not working outside!”  Sometimes even the mishaps on a wedding day can make the best memories!

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With a wedding photographer for a sister, all of these photos had extra special meaning for the couple.  “I could not have asked for anything more having my sister who is also a successful professional photographer to photograph our wedding. We did a full day photo shoot 2 days prior to the wedding in addition to taking photos at the venue right before our ceremony. I think it is important that the couple gets along very well with the photographer especially for such a special and intimate occasion, so the fact it was my own sister made it that much more comfortable. We both felt at ease and she made us both laugh! She knows how I pose and stand so she was quickly able to correct gestures and faces without making me feel uncomfortable. She managed to run around and take fantastic shots so by the time the dancing began, she was able to let loose and have fun too!”

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“We both love the countryside in general and we very often on the weekend go on hikes to get some fresh air out of London. This is also why we chose to do the pictures in a small village out of London and were very happy to be able to do it in Chartwell.”

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“The date of the wedding being close to Halloween made us chose of the colour and the candies where for most of them from the US.  The seasonal products on the menu and decoration made sense as far as what I do for living – Chef.”

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“We bought ourselves around 60 small pumpkins for decoration, candy jars, old popcorn bags, small brown bags with our name stamp on it and cute clothes pins to close the gift bags. We then clipped the guest name cards made by my eldest sister’s kids (as they were enable to come for the wedding, we wanted them to be part of it in a different way) onto the gift bags with the clothes pin. This was all a Halloween and Autumnal fun theme with pumpkins, candy and pine cones placed on all the guest and side tables.”

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The cake was just spectacular!  Designed by the groom but created by a local company, it incorporated their love of travel as well as the traditional wedding cake elements.

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“Some of the details were on the wedding cake as it was designed as a travelling suitcase. We both love travelling and we both flew across the world already. The tags were our name and the Mandarin symbol of the double happiness which mean wedding as well.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Laura Grier / Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Location: Chartwell, Cake: Elegateau, Flowers, Chair Covers + Sashes: Wedding Day Company, Flowers: Columbia Flower Market

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A Roman Holiday – 1st Anniversary in Italy

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Kristy and Vivek chose Rome as the place to call home for their first anniversary adventure because it had actually been their first dream honeymoon destination.  Kristy shared with us the reasons for this oh-so special trip.  “We choose Rome for our first year anniversary trip as it was at first our dream honeymoon destination – Rome is Vivek’s beloved city as he studied abroad here and for me it would be my first trip to Italia, a trip at the very top of my bucket list. Alas our week full of joyous wedding celebrations (which combined both our Catholic and Hindu traditions) didn’t allow for such post wedding travels – hence it became a celebratory trip for our first anniversary (and something we looked forward to our entire year as newlyweds).”

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The pair jetted off from Chicago to Rome where they touched down for a swanky anniversary shoot with Rochelle Cheever Photography.

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What a great way to see all the sights and capture beautiful memories at the same time!  No selfie cell phone photos needed for this darling couple!

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“All of our accommodations were booked with Starwood Preferred Guest or American Express points. All of our years of travel for work, corporate event planning (Kristy) and having our wedding at a Starwood property (Westin Book Cadillac – Detroit) paid off BIG TIME… now we are busy racking up more points for our next dream adventure…”

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And this truly was the trip of a lifetime!  After their stop in Rome, the pair headed to Florence and explored all of Tuscany before their time in Italy came to an end.

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Rochelle Cheever Photography

Location: St. Regis Rome, Dresses: BHLDN (White Lace – Tracy Reese, White and Black – Katie Ermilio)

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A Rustic Wedding in Romania

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Lulia and Anton got married near Bucharest, Romania, in a beautifully rustic outdoor event under the stars.  The groom, the drummer in The Nugglers had been on an international tour when he took time out to tie the knot in this picturesque setting.  Everyone arrived the night before to Mogosoaia, the place they picked to say I do.  Guests came from all over the world, including the UK, Finland, India, Austria, Japan, South Africa and Timisoara to be there for the couple.

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The rustic natural setting created the perfect backdrop for this boho chic big day.  The bridesmaids wore individual looks in shades of lavender to match their bouquets while the bride donned a beautiful headpiece of baby’s breath to complete the look.

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The ceremony, underneath huge trees, was both sweet and celebratory.

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After the I do, the newlyweds and a few brave friends took a joy ride around the area in a hot air balloon!

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For their first meal as husband and wife, a long curved table set the stage for a stunning reception dinner.

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Lots of lavender details were woven into the reception decor to keep with the theme.

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Not only did the stars light the night, but twinkle lights under a tent served as the ambiance for dancing and lots of live music!

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And for those that wanted a little down time after dinner, a teepee was set up for the kids to enjoy and swings for the ‘bigger’ kids too.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Rares ION

Wedding Vendors: Location: Mogosoaia Garden Palace (near Bucharest, Romania), Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace, Makeup: Diana Ionescu, Wedding Rings: custom made via Etsy, Groom’s Suit: Indochino, Groom’s Shoes: Stone Creek, Flowers: Andy, Anca & Rovana Groves (DIY), Bride’s Bouquet: Floraria Iris, Bride’s Wreath: Lachatterie, Wedding Cake: Tom & Mirela Tomescu (Bride’s parents), Candy Bar: Something Borrowed, Decor/mise en scene DIY: Dan & Mihaela Hognogiu, Fix-up: Adrian Smarandache

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Destination I Do in Andria, Italy

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Amy and Michele held their destination wedding in Michele’s home country of Italy.  Guests came from all over the world to share in the celebration – 32 countries in total!  Amy is from Canada and while they infused lots of Italian details into the day (like the amazing food), the ceremony itself was part Jewish and Catholic and Protestant.  The wedding was also a big family affair (350 guests) – and their daughter Vittoria Aurora was the flower girl, while the bride has another little one on the way!

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We asked Amy how they came to pick such a special place for their wedding day.  “We chose our wedding venue, Villa Carafa because it literally met every single one of our “must-haves.”  For example, we needed a large venue to accommodate our extensive guest list (we had 350 attendees), it had to be in Puglia and accessible from both my husbands’ small hometown and from an airport (to service many of our out of town guests) and most importantly, wanted a place to “wow” our guests gastronomically.”

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“Discovering Villa Carafa was a dream come true! Their grounds are pristine and their modern and tasteful rooms matched our style and the ambiance we wanted to create on our special day. It was easily apparent that everyone at Villa Carafa pours their heart in each and every wedding that they host. Their food is elegant and sophisticated, their service, organization and attention are unmatched. That’s probably why they are booked solid more than a year in advance.

 When we “discovered” them, it was less than a year to go and they only had a few windows from June to September; a Tuesday, Wednesday and almost every Sunday as the Catholic church won’t marry that day. Fortunately for us, I am Jewish and my now-husband is Protestant, so marrying and celebrating on a Sunday wasn’t an issue and we booked our special day for June 30th. We had the entire grounds to ourselves and our wedding event seamlessly flowed between Villa Carafa’s many rooms and spaces.”

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We often ask couples about the most memorable moments of their day.  Besides our epic cheese buffet which featured more than 20 different cheeses and included two chefs who prepared and served fresh mozzarella di buffalo for our guests?”  That was their first reply!  But on a more serious note…

 Our most memorable moments were the cutting of the cake and the ceremony. The later was special for so many reasons. The ceremony was led by a pastor and a female Rabbi and included elements and traditions from the Jewish and Protestant faith such as the chuppah, the breaking of the glass, typical hymns, etc. All of our grandparents who are no longer with us, were present, in some way or another, into the ceremony. For example, an intricate bed spread created by Michele’s grandmother covered the top of the chuppah under which we were married, while the Kiddush cup used to drink the ceremonial wine was from my maternal grandparents who were married on the same day many years ago. Lastly, we walked down the aisle together with the love of our lives, our daughter Vittoria (16 months at the time of the wedding). She was our flower girl and she stole the show. Our son Luca was also present in one way or another as I was 7 months pregnant with him on our wedding day. But that didn’t stop me from dancing the night away! I guess you can say it was a rather unique ceremony and unconventional wedding…that’s why we liked to call it our big, fat Jewish-Canadian, Prostatant Italian wedding.”

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“Standing there, dancing and celebrating with family and best friends, I was literally overwhelmed with emotion. It is such a wonderful feeling to have all your love ones in one place and even more emotional to know that they are there to celebrate you as you embark on a new chapter in your life. When else can you actually ask all your friends who are scattered around the world to be in one place at one time? To future couple debating about eloping or having a big, fat wedding, my advice is to go for it.”

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“I warn you, there will be late nights addressing envelopes and preparing seating charts, but that feeling of standing in solidarity, hand in hand with your soul mate and surrounded by friends and family will fuel you with unmatched energy and move you to tears.  Enjoy it!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Les Amis Photo

 Wedding Vendors: Reception Venue:  VILLA CARAFA, Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Dress Designer:  Couture Hayez, Groom’s Suit: Zegna, Shoes: Ferragamo, Cufflinks + Tie: Hermes

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