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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.

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Styling & Creative Direction: Natalie Papova // Photography: Yourdreamphoto // Invitation Suite: Esther Clark // Florals: Amanda Vidmar // Makeup and Hair: Jasmine Chan // Models: Sami Swanson & Jeff Dean

 

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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.

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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

 

There’s so much to inspire in this gorgeous elopement shoot from designer Adriana Marie Events. The team set out to create a soft, ethereal and relaxed vibe. The look was achieved with lush foliage and rich blooms by Blossom and Vine , soft plant-dyed fabrics, the bride’s flowing Tara la Tour gown, and an adorable barefoot couple skipping hand-in-hand through the tree lines to their forest nuptials. The private ceremony in the woods, a floral-themed sweetheart table by the lake, and sweet, gold-flake accented desserts and a decadent cake by Catherine George Cakes polish off the colorful, romantic mood. Lauren Swann Photography was behind the lens capturing all the beautiful details and we’re thrilled to be sharing them today.

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Designer: Adriana Marie Events // Photographer: Lauren Swann Photography // Florist: Blossom and Vine // Paper: KA Kalligraphy // Location: Blossom and Vine Farm // Baker: Catherine George Cakes // Bride model: Nina Laveau // Groom model: Jarrel // Gown Designer: Tara la Tour // Tuxedo: Capital Custom Clothier  // Hair & Makeup: Pretty Weird Beauty // Ring: Trumpet & Horn // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Linen: Rentals to Remember // Tabletop: Anthropologie

 

The inspiration for this shoot designed by Spell Events was derived directly from the whimsy of the lush surrounding of the venue Tiny Boxwoods in Houston, Texas. The gardens are filled with charm and ambience and the team wanted to match that whimsey with the style of the editorial details. Bringing on floral-magic-maker Maxit Flower Design was a must. The abundant florals are romantic, graceful and filled with unexpected details like figs and seasonal fruits. Silk & Willow‘s moody linens are the perfect accent to the colors and warm feels from Maxit’s arrangements, while A Fine Flourish added a timeless touch with calligraphy. We’re loving all the rentals, but the farm table that was built for the shot by the design team is definitely a show piece. If romance and whimsy are what you’re looking for—this one has it all and every, single gorgeous detail is captured in these beautiful images by Awake Photography.

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Coordinating/Design/Furniture: Spell Events // Photography: Awake Photography // Florals/Design: Maxit Flower Design // Calligraphy & Invitation Suite: A Fine Flourish // Venue: Tiny Boxwoods // Wedding Cake: Buttercup Bakery // Hair & Makeup: Blush Worthy // Alice Chairs: Johanna Terry Events // Glassware & Flatware: Aztec Events & Tents // Live Painting: Jamie Lewis Artistry // Wedding Dress: Whittington Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dresses, Shoes, & Accessories: BHLDN // Hairpieces: The Botanist Co. // Linens: Silk & Willow // Rings: Susie Saltzman // Chandelier: Décor and More Rentals // Bride Model: Madison Miller // Groom Model: Tyler Spell // Bridesmaids Models: Shelby Bastins / Emily McCollum // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

Jordan Brittley Photography and her team including planner Allie Rose aimed to create inspiration for couples who find themselves in those transition months – the months that happen when the weather and the colors are still changing in the Midwest. When a couple is itching to express the bold colors of spring, but might still be confined to an indoor venue. Along with amazing florist He Loves Me Flowers, the team knocked it out of the park and definitely brought the lush vibes the blooming season into the cool urban setting at Hotel Vandivort. The rich, modern textured of the venue are balanced by organic textures through the florals, wood table, and hand-dyed ribbon. We’re loving the result and are totally inspired by these gorgeous images by Jordan Brittley Photography.

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Photography: Jordan Brittley Photography // Planning: Allie Rose // Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers // Paper Goods: Bre Corbett // Venue: Hotel Vandivort // Cake: Amy Cakes // Dress: MK Bridal Gowns // Shoes: Rampage // Rings: Golden Classics Jewelers // Ring Boxes: The Mrs. Box // Bridesmaid Dress: MK Bridal Gowns // Robes: Hotel Vandivort // Hair Design: Diamonds and Dos // Makeup: Brooke Messer // Groom’s Suit Designer: Joseph Abboud // Groom’s Shoes: G.H. Bass