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The look is moody and marbled in today’s inspiration shoot styled around the stunning gray marbled skirt bySweet Caroline Styles. Set in  the white sandstone and mica cliff sides of the Ojito wilderness and styled by For The Love Events, the team played up the marble gown by repeating the classic gray and white detailing in the details including an invitation suite by Eleven and West, and the smokey grey marble fondant cake by Maggie’s Cakes. The contrasting floral palette light peach and dusty pink was inspired by a vintage hand marbled paper and incorporated into romantic florals by Renegade Floral. The moody table complete with black tapers and organic geodes includes rentals from RUST vintage. If drama in the desert is what you’re working for, then you’re in luck as it;s all captured beautifully in these images by Alicia Lucia Photography.

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Photo: Alicia Lucia Photography // Styling & Design: For The Love Events // Floral: Renegade Floral // Stationery: Eleven and West // Dress: Sweet Caroline Styles // Hair/Makeup: Genica Lee // Ribbon: HoneySilks & Co. // Cake: Maggie’s Cakes // Jewelry: Chela Gurnee // Linen: La Tavola // Rentals: Rust Vintage

 

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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

 

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

 

 

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

 

We’re all about the purple palette and dinnerplate dahlias in this inspiration shoot from Monica Relyea Events. Set on the grounds of Delamater Lawn, a Beekman Arms Property, a historic bed and breakfast open since the late 1700’s and designed by one of America’s finest carpenters, the location was the inspiration for this shoot. Floral Fantacy by SaraPaper Trail Rhinebeck and North Country Vintage Rentals all contributed to the vintage charm white Alicia King Photography captured it all.

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Photography: Alicia King Photography // Style & Coordination: Monica Relyea Events // Florals: Floral Fantacy by Sara // Invitations: Paper Trail Rhinebeck // Venue: Delamater Lawn, a Beekman Arms Property // Sailcloth Tent & Chairs: Clifton Park Rentals // Hair & Make Up: La Tulla Bella // Dresses: Chamonix Bride // Vintage Rentals and Furniture: North Country Vintage Rentals // Jeweler: Zimmer Brothers Boutique Rhinebeck // Vintage Lincoln Continental: Owen Clark // Cake: Deisings Kingston