Fairy Tale Inspired Venice, Italy Engagement Shoot


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Romantic Wedding in Venice, Italy


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



A Vintage Inspired Destination Wedding in Italy

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Brianna and Christian wed at the stunning and historic Villa Sesso Schiavo in Marostica, Italy.  But this was no random selection.  The town of Marostica was the place that Christian’s mom grew up in and the same location his parents were married thirty years ago!  In fact, Brianna and Christian even took a few photos outside that very church.

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The bride wore a jaw-dropping wedding dress by Johanna Johnson.

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Brianna gave us a look inside their special day.  I loved the fact we could find a beautiful ancient villa which set the mood for the whole day, not to mention we were able to get married in a castle!! The backdrop was just breath-taking. I wanted a vintage, intimate, elegant feel with lots of history, something which was so easy to do in Italy.”

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“We chose to get married in Italy because we liked the idea of following their footsteps. It also made the usual one crazy wedding day last over a few weeks. We loved the history they gave our wedding, we were able to use one Christians Nonno’s cars (he has passed away, so this meant he was part of the day). This was the car Christian’s parents also had as their wedding car.”

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“All of Paolas family still live in Marostica and the neighbouring town Bassano Del Grappa, by bringing the wedding to them meant they go to be a big part of our day. They wouldn’t have been able to come otherwise. Importantly to the both of us this meant Christian Nonna, was able to be there.”

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The design?  “A lux Modern twist on 1920’s 1930’s 1940’s, classic elegance. Fitting for the 1570’s built villa sesso schiavo where we held the reception, which in its self was rich in history, people, culture and traditions.”

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“Including lots of family was important to us; I wore my grandmother’s medallion on my dress as she passed away 2 years ago. Everyone was in such a good mood, which isn’t when they are on holidays?! By making our wedding a holiday it became something different and made it so much more memorable for everyone who came. Everyone was so excited about it all and the lead up to the big day was all part of the excitement. There were 22 Australians who made the journey over. My parents and brother were also there and loved being part of our new big Italian family. They had never been to Europe and were even more excited than we were!”

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In addition to the family and old world inspirations, there were also a few destination wedding details like this map seating chart!

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With the help of My Italian Wedding Planner, all the delicate vintage details came together perfectly!

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This couple, clearly skilled at throwing parties, had a fun engagement event too!  “Christian proposed on his 30th birthday. I had chosen the ring and he had been holding onto it for the past 4 months. He had a circus inspired dress up party with jumping castles, mechanical bulls, dunking machines, clowns, facing painting, fairy floss and every other carnival ride you can think of. A true circus. It was during speeches, he was dressed up like a clown, wig and all, got down on one knee and in front of everyone asked me to marry him!”

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Congratulations Brianna and Christian!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Mauro Pozzer

 Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: My Italian Wedding Planner, Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson, Venue: Villa Sesso Schiavo, Flowers: Bagnara Fiori by Roberto Giacomazzi, Catering: Cinque Sensi, Wedding Rings: Stewart and Meegan


Italian Villa Weddings

Italy is certainly in my list of top, top favorite places in the world to celebrate.  If bread, wine and cheese are your staple food groups – as they are mine, then Italy might just be the wedding destination for you. So many diverse places to choose from – grand cathedrals in Rome, island resorts in Capri, farmland and private homes in Tuscany, city hotels in Venice, private villas outside of Florence, and more.

I recently stumbled upon this idyllic villa hotel just 40 minutes outside of Venice (on dry land).  Historic and oh-so romantic is the Villa Foscarini Cornaro, a 5-star villa hotel built in the 16th century, located in the Veneto region of Italy.villa foscarini cornaroWith the charm of a private estate and with the amenities of a luxury resort, this venue promises not only fabulous food at your intimate reception, but all you and your guests could want to make your stay glorious without ever leaving your new home.  Complete with pool, lounge, bar, nightclub, three restaurants and a stunning rose garden on the grounds, guests will be kept plenty busy if you want to steal away a moment for just the two of you!

But better yet, if you opt to wed in this inviting space, they have more than just great food to offer you.  The villa comes complete with an in-house team to assist you with everything you need to make sure none of your wedding needs are lost in translation. Full spa services, hair and makeup, tuxedo rentals, and more are available as you wish!destination weddings italyViva Italia!

When to Go:  Early spring is primetime weather for your outdoor I do’s – November being a close second.  Summer can get very hot and if shopping is a favorite pastime then avoid August, as much of Italy takes off on holiday and closes up shop.
Travel Tip:  Rent a vintage sports car for the day or week and take in the surrounding towns and region – there’s much to do outside of this delicious property.


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