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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

 

Celebrate Dallas planned this lovely editorial focusing on a bride with a very simple, modern style. Clean silhouettes, simple details, and unique interpretations of traditional designs set the scene at Jefferson Tower Events. We’re loving the gold-leafing on the stationery by Golden Greys, the pastel ranunculus-heavy blooms by Celebrate Dallas and the feminine styling of the bride. And, lucky for us, all the beauty is captured by Jeff Brummett in these lovely images.

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Flowers + Styling: Celebrate Dallas // Photographer: Jeff Brummett // Paper: Golden Greys // Venue: Jefferson Tower Events // Hair + Makeup: Erika Curry // Dresses: Lovely Bride // Jewelry: Sonya Renee

 

You guys, this beautiful elopement shoot from Callie Hobbs Photography is beyond dreamy. Capturing the majestic light of the California beaches, the team created a look that’s organic, timeless, elegant and totally relaxed. The bride’s look is natural and romantic with a silk chiffon wedding gown with draped sleeves, designed by Leanne Marshall, and a petite yet elegant gold headpiece. Flourish Calligraphy produced a simple love note with delicate hand lettering on handmade paper with bronze wax seal. And last but not least, the romantic bouquet by Siloh Floral with citrus toned blooms and vining greenery seems to capture the warmth of the setting sun. Check out all the details is these gorgeous images by Callie Hobbs.

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Photography: Callie Hobbs Photography // Florals: Siloh Floral // Paper Goods: Flourish Calligraphy // Dress: Emma and Grace Bridal // Dress Designer: Leanne Marshall // H/MUA: Hair and Makeup by Josie // Ring: Susie Saltzman // Models: Hayley & Eric // Lingerie: For Love and Lemons // Robe: Clo Studio

 

Summer is here and this vibrant editorial from our friends and Grey Collective members To La Lune Events has us feeling all the sunny vibes. The eclectic and worldly styling is enhanced bythe gorgeous details including tropical florals by L&S Design Co., graphic cakes by Hey There, Cupcake!, flirty stationery by Peanut Press Creative and guest appearances by some pretty adorable tropical bird-friends compliments of Free FlightDiana McGregor was on hand working her incredible magic behind the lens, and capturing all the fabulous details at Rancho Valencia.

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From the event planners: Imagine a bride who just returned from a trip around the world. She is effortlessly refreshed, relaxed, & has a sweet spot for all things bright, textured, & unique…paired with that perfect exotic touch, of course! This vibrant vision inspired us to create this gorgeous shoot, and we fell in love with the idea of incorporating all of these elements into her big day. As a gift to her guests, we visually transported them to the look & feel of a far away land, right in a heart of San Diego county.

Rancho Valencia, a Mediterranean inspired Resort & Spa tucked away in Rancho Santa Fe, set the stage as the perfect backdrop with its luscious landscape & charming architectural elements. As guests arrive at the property they are greeted by 45 acres of stunning gardens & unique details. Amazing tile work, oversized pottery vases, & fountains can be found speckled throughout the property, greeting guests with the feeling as though they have just been whisked away to the other side of the world.This shoot was filled with so many special details, from the amazing handcrafted wooden bead chandelier created by To La Lune, to the fun & funky pattern play invitation suite & paper elements by Cassie Salcido of Peanut Press Creative. And who can forget the amazing birds which provided the perfect exotic touch!?

Our effortlessly gorgeous bride wore two incredible gowns from The Dress Theory. She started the day in the most beautiful beaded v-backed by Theia. Her bright & beautiful bouquet crafted by L&S Design Co. popped stunningly against it. Post ceremony she changed into a Jenny Packham which was adorned with lovely jewels.

Hey There Cupcake whipped up two insanely perfect cakes which tied everything together. We showcased these beauties on peacock chair pedestals that were dolled up with florals. All of the lush tropical untamed florals by L&S Design Co. were chock full of bright & cheery blooms mixed with unique greenery, pomegranates, & persimmons. We absolutely loved the touch of kangaroo paw!”

Event Design, Coordination, & Styling: To La Lune Events // Photography: Diana McGregor // Floral Design: L&S Design Co. // Rentals: Powwow Vintage Rentals // Cakes: Hey There, Cupcake! // Gowns: The Dress Theory Bridal Shop / Jenny Packham + Theia // Makeup: Beauty by Melina // Hair: Hair by Brenda // Invitation & Paper Elements: Peanut Press Creative // Calligraphy: Wendy Ware // Venue: Rancho Valencia // Birds: Free Flight