Destination Wedding in Apulia, Italy

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Rosanna and Sabino wed in Polignano, Italy in a beautiful setting that friends and family were able to travel to and celebrate with them.  We chatted with the couple about their big day and what they experienced when saying I do!  “We chose to celebrate our wedding at Borgobianco because my husband and I decided get married in Polignano; the place was perfect for a two days party and to accommodate friends and family the day before the wedding. In addition, we loved the venue for the absolute simplicity, few details, and for the predominant color: white”

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The bride and groom handmade their stationery and paper goods for the big day!

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“With regard to the organization, there were no big problems. We can say that wedding requires meticulous care to detail and this requires attention, especially if some of the details are made by the bride and the groom, as favors, place cards, sweet’s table and the decorations. The greatest difficulty is the coordination of all parties.”

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We often ask couples about the most memorable moments from their day.  “All was emotional and intense for us, but, what I remember in particular was the moment we arrived at the patio where everyone was already seated for dinner, and, before we started dinner, me and my husband have improvised a dance between the tables with a funny song by Domenico Modugno.”

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And Domenico Modugno was infused elsewhere in the reception as well!  The famous Italian singer from the 60′s was also the inspiration for the table names – each a song of his.

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The white color palette was the woven into all the reception details with muted tones and touches of brown on the napkin treatments.

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Then during dancing a vintage DJ booth spun tunes for all to enjoy!

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“Wedding is a very amazing moment, but you have to live it thinking that it’s your important day, without thinking to satisfy other people. The planning must be funny and creative, without frills. And at the end, having on your side a good photographer who knows how to capture the most beautiful moments without being intrusive, but at the same time being familiar and friendly as has made our Erica.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Les Amis Photo

Wedding Vendors: Venue: Borgobianco, Bridal Dress: Alberta Ferretti, Groom Attire: Tonello, Suspenders: Hackett, Stationary: the bride and the groom, Flowers: Marcello of “Ditelo con un fiore” Castellana Grotte, BA, Italy

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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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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 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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