This shoot with creative direction by Natalie Papova was inspired by old English farm houses, soft fabrics and botanical illustration. Brittany Village in Northern California provided the backdrop giving the team a chance to incorporate English architecture and give a refined feel to the images. The talented Esther Clark created a rich and sophisticated invitation suite, full of beautiful details and garden-inspired illustration while Amanda Vidmar created a gathered, soft bouquet perfect for the mood. Lucky for us Yourdreamphoto was on hand to capture all the beauty.Click to expand for more
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YOU GUYS! We are so excited to share this fabulous Italian wedding designed by Grey Collective member Chic Weddings in Italy with you. From the Frida Kahlo-inspired reception under the cafe lights on the couple’s recently restored B&B in Ceglie Messapica, to the bride’s rad style accentuated with the larger-than-life-amazing floral crown, this wedding is oozing with style. We’re loving the romance of the family-style reception and the florals by Flower Addicted are the perfect amount of artsy. Studio AQ was on hand to work their fabulous photo magic and we’re so happy to be sharing the gorgeous photographs of Luisa and Francesco’s wedding with you.Click to expand for more
What made the wedding special and unique?
We were lucky enough to get to celebrate our wedding in a special venue: our home! We have recently renovated an old trullo property in Ceglie Messapica, in the heart of Itria Valley and transformed it into “Fikus” a small boutique B & B so it was the perfect occasion to gather our very big Italian families and friends from all over Italy and Europe to be with us on our special day. It was so emotional we got to celebrate our wedding in our very own nest we have created with so much passion and heart. Plus the work that the CW team and the florist have done was amazing – we were all in awe!
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I had something completely different in my mind and wanted something more ” Gatsby – like ” but eventually in the last atelier I went, the dress was just there awaiting for me! The atelier manager opened these huge wardrobes with amazing floating dresses and the only thing I was attracted to was this tiny impalpable lace long sleeve – so I asked “What about this one?” and so I was actually choosing my own dress. It’s the Villaroel dress from Yolancris, and honestly I never thought this kind of dress would do for my body type but I felt so comfortable in it and started giggling when I had it on. Of course I added my special styling and twist: I wore it with no under-gown, I added the golden belt and the D&G like vintage crown for the party , and I just felt it was so much my style.
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
I have always been passionate about Frida Kahlo and her art but in the recent years I got to see this amazing exhibition in Rome all by myself – so I spent three hours wandering around her pieces and her life and it really got into me. Also Francesco and I share this idea of love that goes beyond formality and cliches and we really wanted to express it . So it was inevitable somehow to get her style as major inspiration for our big day.
The floral crown was the killer – Francesco and all the guests went nuts about the bold flowers and everyone kept asking about it. Channeling Frida all day was our way to make the wedding so very deeply personal.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
I am a control freak and although everything was perfect and everyone had great time, I was stressed out the majority of the time!
It had been a crazy day and I had been spinning around a lot. But the most memorable moment of the day was driving back from the castle where the ceremony was held to our B & B. We were in the car with Marta from Studio A+Q and the driver and it was like any other day – it was perfection. Francesco and I chatting and giggling and really feeling the love. The light was perfect, the warm summer wind, the anticipation of what we were about to see, it was those perfect 15 minutes we will never forget.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Francesco and I are both originally from Puglia but had never met until we were both living as expat in Brussels. Oh, yes life is funny! We got together in 2012 and by then Francesco had decided to move back to Puglia for its own start up, I basically quit my job and went back to live with him, leaving everyone in shock! But love wins it all! The idea of Fikus came a little bit later and it has been the center of our life for the past years, so the perfect ending to our project was to celebrate our love there.
Francesco proposed on the rooftop of our house on a sunny September Sunday morning with my favorite Juste un clou ring by Cartier – surrounded by ancient olive trees and a construction site work in progress for the renovation. One of those (im)perfect moments that are unforgettable!
Event Design and Production: Chicweddingsinitaly // Photography: Studio AQ // Florals: Flower Addicted // Invitations: Otto piu’ otto // Venue: FIKUS The Apulian B&B // Second Shooter: Paolo Manzi // Catering: Chez vous // Bridal Gown: Yolan Cris // Bridesmaids Dress: Vila
Bonnie Sen Photography and Bright Occasions were inspired by the artistic and whimsical nature of music to create this wedding inspiration shoot that flowed smoothly with elements of lush foliage and perfect blooms by Petals by the Shore and gorgeous paper by The Dandelion Patch. Set at the National Cathedral School, the overall mood, story and color palette is soft and romantic, with added surprises of modern elements. We’re loving the highlights including piano escort card display, painted marble backdrop, and the vintage gold bar cart used two ways. Get inspired when you check out all the gorgeous images by Bonnie Sen Photography.Click to expand for more
From the creative team: Our beautiful bride is wearing a soft blue-gray bridal gown and lace coverlet by pas de deux bridal, with understated and natural hair and makeup. The lace coverlet is a perfect addition for winter months and also gives the look of separates, which is a trend we are seeing a lot more of in bridal fashion. We chose pas de deux, which literally means a dance for two, perfect for our music-inspired shoot. Their romantic and versatile line of gowns and separates are both fresh and timeless.
We emphasized the organic movement of greenery throughout the ceremony and reception details. Our bride and groom are surrounded by beautiful foliage in a way that feels as though it is growing up and around them. The 25 foot long gray marble hand painted backdrop and aisle anchors the space, giving it added depth and richness. The painted backdrop is also a perfect compliment to the blush and gray watercolor invitation and stationery set with modern gold lettering.
The gold vintage bar cart was a perfect addition for the shoot and became a great way to display our wedding cake and dessert table, as well as for our grapefruit and thyme cocktail and bar set-up. Finally, our long dinner table brought the whole look together. The lush flowers and candlelight on the table with a backdrop of rich greenery to bring the outdoors in and offer a sweet surprise to the reception. The soft gray linen, white dinner plates, gold flatware and mix and match glassware fit with the simple and elegant aesthetic of the shoot. And the clear lucite chairs give the table a contemporary look, while fitting in with the timeless design.
Photography: Bonnie Sen Photography // Wedding Planner: Bright Occasions // Florist: Petals by the Shore, Kelly Shore // Invitation Suite: The Dandelion Patch // Venue: National Cathedral School // Dress Designer: pas de deux bridal // Suit: Alton Lane // Wedding Cake: Catherine George Cakes // Wedding Gift: Marigold & Grey // Hair Stylist/Make-up Artist: Amie Decker Beauty // Artist: By Brittany Branson // Drape: Drape Kings // Rings: Susie Saltzman // Rentals: Select Event Group // Vintage Furniture: Something Vintage// Models: (Bride) Anastasiia Putkova / (Groom) Sepehr Hajireza
In 1905, Eugene and Merrette Carpenter bought the mansion known today as 300 Clifton. Eugene played a major role in the formation of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and worked tirelessly in encouraging the people to become patrons of the arts. It was this devotion to the arts and bringing people together that inspired the concept of this shoot captured by photography duo Anywhere and Somewhere. With the styling help of This Love Weddings, floral beauty by A Day in Provence and calligraphy by Owl Post Calligraphy the timeless look came together in such a romantic way. We love the moodiness of the rainy day and that vintage Donna Karan gown from Shop Gossamer is on another level. Mashaida and Andrew of Anywhere and Somewhere captured all the details to perfection and we’re thrilled to be sharing them with you today.
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Photography and Concept: Mashaida and Andrew of Anywhere and Somewhere // Stylist/Planner: Faith and Kierra of This Love Weddings // Florist: Tara of A Day in Provence // Calligrapher: Cindy of Owl Post Calligraphy // Venue: 300 Clifton // Handmade Details – Crème Silk Ribbon by Shasta Bell Calligraphy // Dress: Vintage Donna Karan, Shop Gossamer // Makeup Artist: Heather Trachsel // Hair Stylist: Julie Swenson // Models: Andrew and Lexi // Groom’s Shoes by Magnanni // Catering by Rinata // Hairpiece: Mashaida of Corbielle // Bride’s Ring: Custom Piece by RF Moeller // Tabletop and Furniture Rentals: Apres Party and Tent Rental // Film Lab: Goodman Film Lab
The vision for this airy inspiration shoot was it’s historic location. Built in 1852, Excelsior was recently restored setting the tone for the rustic-meets-elegant details in the editorial. Moss + Vine styled with the contrast between the rawness of the building and airy ballroom elegance mixing the natural elements—rich wood floors, reclaimed bars, textured walls—with soft feminine lace and whimsical greenery to create the feeling of elegance with an edge. Caroline Logan Photography was working the magic behind the lens capturing all the inspiring details.Click to expand for more