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Stephanie and Hans spent their Tuscan destination wedding weekend with their favorite “amazing people, relaxing in the villa, enjoying delicious Italian food and partying till the morning.” The event, planned by The Tuscan Wedding, was held at Villa Le Piazzole and the team behind the styling and design let the natural beauty of the venue shine with relaxed, romantic details in a palette of white. Florals were by Flowers Living, the bride designed her lovely stationery and all the stunning images of the day were captured by  Purewhite Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

We managed to get all our families and friends together for a weekend in beautiful Italy. We always knew we wanted to have a relaxed holiday feeling for our wedding and were thrilled that our 100 guests were willing to travel to Italy for us. We loved that it was a weekend so we could spend time with all those amazing people, relaxing in the villa, enjoying delicious Italian food and partying till the morning.

Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

It’s an Aire Barcelona gown. I went to 2 boutiques in Antwerp. The first one was a brand new ‘boho style’ boutique, where I found some great options but didn’t get the feeling you are supposed to get. I then went with my mother to a more traditional shop (JPC in Antwerp) where they asked me to flip through binders and indicate what I liked. After I found everything too traditional  (what? Picky? Me? I have no clue), the owner told me she could understand my style from looking at my outfit and that she had the perfect dress for me. And she was right! I put it on and immediately loved it.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We chose to have a very personal ceremony where we involved friends and family members. We asked Hans’s childhood friend to serve as celebrant, my cousin and two friends are musicians while my brother, the maid of honor and best man had personal speeches. Given Hans proposed in Loch Lomond, they made up a song about us on the tones of the folksong “Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond”, complete with gestures and everything. Most of the guests were already informed and practiced without us knowing, so everyone participated during the ceremony. The song stayed inside my head during our entire honeymoon the weeks thereafter, love it!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

There were so many unforgettable moments, impossible to say just one. The atmosphere of the entire day was the thing we will remember forever. Everyone was so happy and relaxed, from the ceremony to the party. We loved how everyone danced along, my mom never left the dance floor once!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at university. We studied the same subject but Hans was in his final year and I in my second. I was in a student’s union with mutual friends who introduced us. We went to a party together and it was love at first sight. We went on a couple of dates and I immediately knew this was the man of my dreams. Hans proposed to me in Scotland in September 2017 after we were together for almost 7 years. He often had to travel there for work and during one of the final travels, I joined him for the weekend. We first spent a day exploring Edinburgh and on our second day we went for a hike in Loch Lomond where he packed the cutest lunch and afternoon tea for a picnic at the top of the mountain. After our lunch, he took out the ring, went on one knee and proposed with the most beautiful backdrop.

Wedding planner: The Tuscan Wedding // Photographer: Purewhite Photography // Florist: Flowers Living // Stationery: designed by Bride  // Venue: Villa Le Piazzole // Bride’s Dress: Aire Barcelona Gown // Catering and cake: Lodovichi Ricevimenti // Hair and makeup: Giulia Cresci // Lighting: Wedding Music & Lights // DJ: DJ Matthew // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

 

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There’s always room for a few punchy, fun accents and today’s Tropical Technicolor Dream editorial offers more than enough inspiration for the couple that’s looking to add some flair. Designed by Kara at Fete Planning Co. and styled by Chelsea Rousey Photography, the shoot is set at The Drifter Hotel which offers a backdrop of playful retro vibes. Vibrant, graphic florals are by We are Gathered, prismatic cake and macarons are by Salt & Light Pastry Co. and gorgeous rentals are by Lovegood Rentals. Lucky for us, Aaryn Storms was on hand to capture all the style and flirty fun in these lively images.

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Photography: Aaryn Storms // Planning & Event Design: Kara, Fete Planning Co. // Planning & Styling: Chelsea Rousey Photography // Floral Design: We are Gathered // Invitations/ Calligrapher 1: Kelsie Wolfley Designs // Invitations/ Calligrapher 2: Hark Creative Co. // Venue: The Drifter Hotel // Gown: LVD Bridal & Sarah Seven // Grooms Attire: Stitch & Tie // Hair Stylist: Ali Vasquez // Make up Artist: Melissa Vaccaro // Cake & Macarons: Salt & Light Pastry Co. // Jewelry: Brilliance in Diamonds // Models: Molly & Aitor // Rentals: Lovegood Rentals

 

The inspiration for this gorgeous vow renewal from Sara Lasher and Emily Fuselier Photography was not only the couple’s beautiful family but also the bride’s favorite color—soft blush. Jessika and Jeff wanted a very intimate day full of love, with their young children playing major roles. They held a small ceremony at Jessika’s grandparent’s house, which unfortunately was lost in a fire a few years back, but that did not stop Sara Lasher and team from creating something so special for the couple. The entire day was full of life, love and shades of blush, which complimented the sunshine and shades of green that the south has to offer. Flowers were by Paradise Florist, invitations, calligraphy and artwork by Chi Doan and it’s all captured in these dreamy film images from Emily Fuselier Photography.

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Photographer: Emily Fuselier Photography // Planner: Sara Lasher // Florist Designer: Paradise Florist // Invitations, Calligraphy, and Artwork: Chi Doan // Hair and makeup: J See // Wedding Dress: BHLDN // Grooms Attire: The Black Tux // Cake: Celebrations // Film Lab: Photovision Prints // Catering: 1910 // Rentals: Old New Borrowed Blue Rentals // Rentals: Pure Vintage

 

You GUYS! We have died and gone to floral heaven!! Emma Job of The Petal Report, curated a dream team to create this gorgeous “flowers-exploding-in-every-direction'”editorial set at The Gadsden House. With a focus on a rich, vibrant aesthetic, the look was accomplished by highlighting elegant textures in combination with unique pops of color for a timeless, yet anything-but-boring space. Florist Juniper & Jasmine was responsible for the stunning arrangements which included anemones, delicate ranunculus, large poppies, brown sweet peas, white bleached japanese fern, hellebore, and the ever lovely lilac tied all elements together and stationery by West Pasture Studio. Check out all the floral-goodness in these gorgeous images by the fabulous Kailee DiMeglio Photography

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Design + Coordination: Emma Job, The Petal Report // Photography: Kailee DiMeglio Photography // Floral Design: Juniper & Jasmine // Venue: The Gadsden House of King Street Hospitality Group // Stationery: West Pasture Studio // Bridal and Bridesmaids Gown Designer: Emily Kotarski Bridal // Hair + Makeup: Paper Dolls // Rentals + Lounge: Ooh! Events // Chairs: The French Eclectic // Linen: Connie Duglin // Models: Alicia Niland, Kyle Norton, Mallory Lehr + McKenzie Hymes // Ring Box: The Mrs Box

 

Marissa and Chris had visited and fell in love with Charleston six months prior to their engagement, so the Lowcountry location was a natural choice for their destination wedding. The couple chose William Aiken House of Patrick Properties, for its classic southern charm—a perfect venue for the couple’s ‘tropical elegance’ theme. With help from our fabulous friends at Ooh! Events, the details of the day turned out exquisite—from the garden ceremony to the courtyard reception, the soiree oozed elegance. White florals by Out of Garden and Marissa’s STUNNING Marchesa gown are total standouts and lucky for us they’re captured, along with all the details, in these images by the always-excellent Clay Austin.

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How and when did you meet?

We’ve actually known each other since we were 11. Always friends through middle school and high school, but never romantic until after college when Chris VERY actively pursued me.

Marissa, tell us some about your dress!

Marchesa. It was one the first dresses the bridal consult pulled for me, and before trying it on, I said, “NO WAY.” I eventually put it on and fell in love immediately. It couldn’t have been more of a “Marissa” dress with the A-line with a fuller skirt, the flower appliqués, a hint of sexy with the illusions down the center and on the sides. It was so easy to wear..I never wanted to take it off! I wish I could wear it again.

Where are you from? If not from Charleston, what made you select The William Aiken House for your nuptials?

We’re both from Warren, New Jersey, but now we’re based in Hoboken. We chose Charleston because we knew we wanted destination, but we got engaged right after hurricane Irma so the Caribbean was definitely off the table! We had been to Charleston about 6 months prior to our engagement, and we fell in love with every aspect of it from the weather, to the people, to the bars, restaurants, and shopping, we knew it would be a great place for a wedding weekend. We chose the William Aiken because of the classic southern charm with bold pops of color which set this venue apart from the other historical homes. I knew I wanted to keep everything outdoors, and the grounds made this so doable!

 

What were some special touches and details that made your wedding unique and totally you as a couple?

Oh my god. We did the ceremony outside in front of the pergola, and obviously, a car had to drive by while blasting the loudest rap music, but in terms of special touches, I think the venue as a whole made our wedding unique. Chris and I try to do the unconventional like choosing a destination wedding, so we definitely did not disappoint. We had the cocktail hour on the balcony, delicious and interesting food, the BEST wedding cake I’ve ever had (lemon cake with passionfruit icing), and the sparkler sendoff was definitely something different from the weddings we’ve been to!

Spill the beans on the proposal.

MYKONOS!! Need I say more? Chris planned an amazing sunset dinner; he got down on one knee at sunset, and I said yes!

 

What was your absolute favorite moment from the reception, the both of you?

Our favorite moment of the day was the first look by far. We couldn’t wait to see each other, but in terms of the reception, we loved being on the dance floor together and with all our loved ones.

 

 

Design, Coordination & Rentals: Ooh! Events // Photographer: Clay Austin // Floral: Out of Garden // Ceremony & Reception Venue, Catering and Bar: William Aiken House, Patrick Properties // Officiant: Rick Burton // Videography: Lowcountry Wedding Film // Hair & Makeup: Slate Bridal Hair & Makeup // Ceremony Music: Palmetto Strings // Reception Entertainment: Right to Party