Fairy Tale Inspired Venice, Italy Engagement Shoot

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Christiane and Erich opted for a very special engagement session – in Italy! This darling couple traveled to Venice for a fabulous, fairy tale-inspired photo shoot with the talented team at Ladies & Lord Fine Photography, and what became of their day out in Italy is nothing short of fairy tale magic in photos.

We asked Claudia Magas of Ladies & Lord to share a bit about the ideas behind their shoot.

Christiane & Erich are avid Italy fans. Every year they come for a vacation to the Northern coast and of course to Venice, which has a special place in their hearts.

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I met the couple on a wedding fair and we really hit it off. They told me about their wedding plans and how they wanted something different. Something bold and extraordinary. Well, THAT is exactly my cup of tea I told them ;))

Christiane once mentioned the carnival and fairy tales and so my imagination ran wild and I immediately thought of a dramatic look in a red cape. I just had the vision of an empty Venice (I know, I am disillusioned haha) and her roaming the streets in it.  (We captured this vision in the short film we made.) 

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In order to be dramatic one must choose bold colours so we went for marsala and gold. The décor from the pompous cake to the many shades of red, burgundy and marsala was a drastic change to all the pastel, blush, peach and ivory palettes that are in right now.

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I travelled with my team to Venice one day before the shoot. We met the couple at the romantic Settimo Cielo Hotel in the San Marco district of town. Christiane & Erich chose it for the glamorous décor and rich colours and posh furniture. It matched our storyboard to perfection. We started with filming a few sequences in the evening trying to get a few alleyways and canals without people. I also love shooting a test run before the big day just to get the couple relaxed. Usually people are not used to being in front of the camera and a short test run makes them more comfortable. We really got it going the next day when we got up in the wee morning hours to start with hair and makeup. Venice is quite quiet in the morning so we used this time to roam the partly empty streets, wander around the alleys. All in all it was magical.

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 People always ask about a highlight but you are in Venice – La Serenissima – it is the atmosphere around you that is the highlight. I can’t wait to come back here soon.

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How will their big day top this day? Well, it’s taking place in Austria to start and we’re sure they have some more magic up their sleeves to share.

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To see more of this amazing love story, watch the video here.

The short film is part of the invitation. Guests will receive the invite and a link to the film. Neat, right?

Congratulations to Christiane & Erich!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Ladies & Lord

Engagement Session Vendors: Venue: Settimo Cielo, Venice, Italy, Makeup: Sfumato makeup, Flowers: Div Art Flowers, Dress: Eva Poleschinski, Jewelry: CIRO, Cake: Betty’s Bakery Molecular Sensations, Calligraphy: Jeannette Mokosch

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Romantic Wedding in Venice, Italy

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Monse and Victor said I do in one of the most romantic places in the world – Venice, Italy! Their European destination wedding was one filled with beautiful places and moments between the two. Their wedding planner, Amber Mollison of Angel Lion Weddings & Events, shared a little bit about their big day with us.

Monse and Victor are a lovely Mexican couple that traveled with close friends and family to celebrate their union at ai Gesuiti church, one of the most and ornate churches in Venice.

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Following the service the couple wandered the dark streets of Venice while the photographer captured them under the street lights and the full moon.

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The reception was held at Ca Sagredo, an historic palace on the Grand Canal. The couple dined under the famous painting of the lovers.

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For more from this romantic day, watch their video here:

Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Mauro Pozzer

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: Angel Lion Weddings & Events, Ceremony Venue: Santa Maria Assunta Gesuiti Church, Reception Venue: Ca Sagredo, Flowers: Fantin Fiori, Hair + Makeup: Letizia Cordella, Video: Claudio Polotto

 

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Andros Island Beachfront Wedding in Greece

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Tom and Sophie are from the UK but traveled from their current home in Canada all the way to Greece for their destination wedding on the beautiful island of Andros. The bride shared with us how their big day abroad came to be.

By the time Tom had proposed we both knew exactly where we wanted to get married, on the Island of Andros, where his parents lived. Tom took me out there to meet his parents a few months before the proposal and I instantly fell in love with the Greek island. Tom and his parent’s had holidayed on the island for many years which then led to them moving out there 11 years ago and I completely understand why. The island is a stunning, colorful place, full of greenery inland and white sandy beaches by the coast. It is not one of the main tourist islands which made everything that much more real. It almost felt untouched and the local Greek’s were ever so friendly and welcoming.  One day whilst we were there on holiday, Tom’s parents took us to Blue Bay Holiday Village to meet George (the owner) and have a swim in the pool. Once we got there I instantly knew that was where we would get married, overlooking the Aegean Sea. I even told George this and said as soon as I had the ring on my finger we would book a date!

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During the engagement Tom and I were living in Vancouver, Canada which made wedding plans a little more difficult. Organizing a wedding in Greece, with all the wedding guests in England and the bride and Groom in Canada proved quite stressful but one of the easiest decisions we made was finding our photographers…When they arrived in Andros on our wedding day they started taking pictures from the moment they got to the hotel. They were extremely professional but more importantly so very friendly. I felt like we had made friends for life by the end of the day.

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One of the best moments of the day was simply getting ready with my bridesmaids. We spent the whole day (as we didn’t get married until 7pm) laughing and reminiscing.

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When it was time for the ceremony we walked up to Blue Bay following two Greek musicians. This is a Greek tradition and it really set the whole ceremony up wonderfully. There were a few local Greek’s at the wedding who got everyone up Greek dancing after the ceremony which added a fun, traditional vibe to the reception.

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One of the funniest moments came at early hours in the morning when one of my bridesmaids decided to jump in the pool, in her bridesmaid dress. The venue looked stunning and being able to party until 7am in the warm Greek air was exactly what we wanted. I fully believe if we got married in England it would not have been as much fun and would not have provided us with the exact night that Tom and I were hoping for. If being able to enjoy a holiday with all of our loved ones in Andros wasn’t enough, we also got to share the most wonderful day of our lives with them as well.

Our big Greek wedding in Andros was a dream come true and I would do it all over again, any day of the week if I had the chance!

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Once the wedding day was over, the excitement carried on with the anticipation of receiving our photos, and boy did they deliver! They are by far the best wedding pictures I have seen and we have had many comments on them by friends all over the world.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sovisual Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero, Venue: Blue Bay Resort & Anerrousa Hotel, Catering: Punta Playa Catering, Wedding Boutique: Tickled Pink, Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy, Groom Suit Giussepe Handmade Roman Taylor, Rings Bespoke: Ch Jewellery, Hair Abby Johnson Edit Saloon, Flowers : Anemona, Nails: Beauty Sense

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Stunning Intimate Destination Wedding in Santorini, Greece

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Today we’re bringing you a very special big day, an intimate elopement or destination wedding for two in beautiful Santorini, Greece. Inna and Ilya may not have had a big guest count but they are proof positive that you can still have a stunning, over the top wedding no matter the size. We just can’t get enough of these gorgeous details in Greece!

The couple’s wedding planner, Anna of Rosmarin Weddings and Events, shared with us the story of their little big day. Lately it happens often that the couple wants to avoid a big wedding with lots of guests. In this case, the best solution appears in intimate weddings just for two, when two loving people in an atmosphere of infinite romance pronounce the most important words for each other. That was the story of Inna and Ilya. They chose for the wedding ceremony a small church on a lonely cliff on the most beautiful island on earth – Santorini.

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Inna ordered pillowcases which decorated the bride’s morning.

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Inna, as a perfectionist, wanted to create an unforgettable day. That’s why she has paid great attention to details, decor and color palette. The choice fell on a peach – a gentle, very wedding color, green – we used a lot of ivy, fragrant eucalyptus, which is rich in Santorini, and as a accents – purple, plum.

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So much tenderness was that day! The beautiful bride looked incredibly elegant, and at the same time romantic. By the way the dress was sewn to order, and it is often the best solution when the dream dress impossible to find in stores. Ilya looked like a character from old Hollywood films – perfectly fitting suit, accessories and, of course, bow tie in the tone of the wedding palette.

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Thin flowing fabrics, exquisite details, vintage dishes and fruit table decoration – all these made style truly gentle and romantic.

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We organized a dinner on the terrace of the hotel room, and by tradition it started in the most romantic time on Santorini – when the sun had almost disappeared behind the horizon and painted the island in ocher colors.

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Song of couple – John Legend “All of me”, and the main phrase of it: «All of me loves all of you» became as the leitmotif for wedding polygraphy, which perfectly fit into the overall style.

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It was a wedding, which the couple dreamed of, and the memories of this day will remain in their hearts for a lifetime. No doubts!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Julia Kaptelova

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner + Decor: Rosmarin Weddings and Events, Floral design: Fabio Zardi, Bridal Makeup: Anna Dedes, Bridal Hair: Bella Domigou, Bridal Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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A Sweet Beach Destination Wedding in Malta

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Carrie-Ann Smith and Josh traveled from London to Golden Bay, Malta for a beach destination wedding among friends and loved ones. The pair tied the knot on the sand at Pebbles Beach Bar at the Radisson Blu Golden Sands after deciding to do something a bit different than the weddings they’d attended in the past. The couple shared their big day story with us:

We had been to a lot of weddings over the last couple of years and we wanted to do something a bit different. We also thought that going abroad would help cut down on numbers and therefore costs as weddings in the UK are very expensive. We also decided we would go travelling after our wedding and so thought it would be a great way to start the trip of a lifetime.

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Our first holiday abroad together was to Malta. My Uncle, Dave, (Dave Pryde, Travel Counsellor), helped us choose Malta as he thought it would appeal to Josh with Malta’s rich history and to me with the great seafood and sunshine.

When we thought about getting married abroad Malta was our number one choice as we both loved the island and it was special to us. We went back for a weekend to visit possible wedding venues and choose the Radisson Blu at Golden Bay because of its great location and beautiful beach.

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The couple opted for a first look since their wedding ceremony was so close to sundown: We would highly recommend this as it was a special and intimate moment away from the madness of the day. It also saved time after the ceremony. We had the photos taken next to one of the Maltese stone towers that are dotted around the island. I think our favourite pictures are from there; we were just so happy to see each other and the setting is fantastic as the tower is located on a cliff edge overlooking the Mediterranean.

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The main focus was on the beach, we envisioned a romantic setting for the ceremony with a lovely sunset in the background followed by everyone in a more relaxed and informal environment dancing in their bare feet.

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A funny memory from our ceremony was my nephew Daniel, who was our page boy, walked down the isle swinging the ring cushion in his hand, which had our rings tied to it! Thankfully they didn’t come loose and it definitely made us laugh a lot. Some friends even caught it on video.

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The meal was served on the terrace overlooking the beach and the party was back down on the beach where the hotel team had set-up a dance area, sofas, beds, tables, a bonfire and the bar. The mother of the groom, Sally, hand made the table centre pieces which were material boxes decorated with a sunflower pattern. Inside the boxes we put photo props and a set of postcards that were to be used as the guest book. There were also some toys and colouring in for the children. Sally also made some lovely bunting that hung above the top table.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Bernard Pretorius

Wedding Vendors: Location: Radisson Blu Golden Sands, Wedding Dress: Homemade, Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Very, Groom + Groomsmen Outfits: Next, Wedding Planner: Bride & Groom, Radisson Blu Golden Sands, Flowers: Homemade, Honeymoon Destination: 9 month Around-the-World trip through Europe, South America, Australisia & South East Asia

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