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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

 

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Downtown Los Angeles’ Southpark Center was Maggie’s dream venue and she had this to say about it “Flanked by the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, standing together high above the city, and basking in the warm sun, Doug and I were married.” With the help of CCL Weddings & Events, the couple incorporated personal details into the space like graphic stationery by Small Paper Co. , a modern floral arch by Art With Nature and nods to the couple’s Pomeranian all in the bride’s favorite color—purple. Additional details like the ADORABLE donut wall and interactive games throughout the space added the lighthearted mood that Maggie and Doug desired. Christine Farah Photography was on had to capture all the lilac-hued details (and there are lots!) to share with us today!

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from the bride: Flanked by the skyline of downtown Los Angeles, standing together high above the city, and basking in the warm sun, Doug and I were married. What felt like a dream was made even more surreal by the fact that the South Park center was my “dream” venue. We were looking for a venue with an urban, modern feel, yet provided us with natural light and gave us the opportunity to put our mark on the space. We also loved how the venue view was first dominated by the vast expanse of LA in the light, to the sparkling skyline of the night.

Our goal for the wedding was to create an elegant yet simple space that celebrated us both individually and as a couple, down to the smallest detail which wouldn’t have been possible without CCL Weddings helping us. I decided to incorporate geometric shapes throughout the wedding, on our escort board, menus, and vases to reflect both the shape of my emerald cut diamond ring, and the architecture of the downtown buildings. These shapes were meant to compliment the large windows and canvas of our venue. My favorite color is purple, which we placed throughout the design, interspersed with the blue and gold of UCLA, where Doug works. We also wanted to have Bebe, our Pomeranian, join us in spirit, if not in person with her princess-like personality. We had her silhouette turned into an image which made its way onto cocktail stirrers, the cake topper, paper goods, and our Snapchat filter.

One thing that Doug and I realized about each other is that we bring out our competitive side with games, especially with each other. We wanted to bring the feel of our game nights into the wedding, so we developed an interactive experience for our guests. Doug loves quoting movies and I love group games, so we decided to have a movie quote game. We placed quotes around the venue in strategic locations throughout the night, such as at the entrance, and the bar, and guests were to write down which movie the quote was from to win a prize.

Doug and I both love to enjoy good food and drink, and wanted our guests to never be wanting for either at our wedding. I love boba milk tea- I used to work at a boba shop. We set up a station with my all-time favorite drinks as part of the dessert. Doug can be found sometimes eating ramen late at night after enjoying his Scotch, and what a better pairing with our drinks than a DIY ramen bar. We provided a bounty for our guests with spicy kimchi, seafood, and chicken pho flavored ramen. Another surprise we had for our guests was a lady in a “champagne dress,” adorned with full glasses of champagne and provided by A-max Entertainment. In addition to attracting attention, she ensured that our guests had easy access to their drinks.

In the end, all the details came together in a way we could not have imagined. Against the backdrop of the setting sun, not only were our design pieces glow, but also all of our guests on this night to remember.

Maggie + Douglas \\ Interview & Same-Day Edit from Komotion Pictures on Vimeo.

Wedding Planning & Design: CCL Weddings & Events // Photography: Christine Farah Photography // Florist: Art With Nature // Invitation and Stationery Design: Small Paper Co. // Venue: Southpark Center  // Gown: Carolina Herrera / Boutique: Glamour Closet // Catering: Patina Catering // Cake: M Cakes Sweets // Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals // Specialty Rentals: Borrowed and Blu / Modest Peach // Hair and Makeup: Angie Hair and Makeup // Backdrop Installation: Modest Peach // Videography: Komotion Pictures // Cake Topper: Letters To You // Linens: La Tavola Linens // DJ: VOX DJ // Alterations: Stitch in Time

 

Tori is from Saint Louis and Jeremy hails from Minneapolis, but Texas is where their love story began after meeting in college. The couple settled in Saint Louis after graduating and Top of the Rock at Table Rock Lake, a place in the Ozarks where the couple spends much of their time, was a natural choice for their nuptials. The couple followed their romantic ceremony with a rustic reception at The Stables at Integrity Hills. A pared-down palette of neutrals feels fresh and simple, white florals are elegant and compliment the natural textures of the venue. Tori and Jeremy enlisted The Rowlands to capture all the romance and details of their day and we’re excited to share all the images with you today.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

The location – Table Rock Lake. Jeremy and I met in Texas when we were attending college. I’m from St. Louis, he is from Minneapolis and we both lived abroad in college. So a big portion of our dating life was spent navigating long distance. When the time came to pick a location, we really wanted somewhere that felt special to both of us. We spent a lot of time at Table Rock Lake throughout college and it felt like the perfect place to start our marriage.

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

A couple weeks after getting engaged I went to Simply Elegant Bridal, a boutique in downtown St. Louis, with my older sister and mom. I had never tried on wedding dresses before and didn’t really know where to begin. All I knew was I wanted something timeless and romantic. I ultimately chose an ivory crepe gown with a boat neckline and cap sleeves. My favorite part of the dress is the deep-v back and chapel train.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The whole day was incredible. We felt so blessed by all the family and friends who traveled to Table Rock Lake and celebrated with us. Something that made our ceremony very special was that my dad, a pastor in St. Louis, married us. But the most intimate moment of our wedding was when everyone came forward and prayed over us. Jeremy and I were quite literally surrounded by community. It was the one moment throughout our wedding day where I felt like time slowed down.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Jeremy and I both attended Baylor University in Waco, TX. One of Baylor’s special traditions is their welcome week where students come into town a few days before classes start. It’s a week full of events and parties. It was during welcome week, freshman year, where Jeremy and I met. After that first meeting we started hanging out together and eventually became best friends. By the end of freshman year we were dating and the rest is history.

After graduation we both ended up landing in St. Louis. One of our favorite things to do together is to go on adventures and take photos. That Saturday we spent the afternoon downtown photographing the graffiti walls that face the Mississippi River. Afterwards we went to dinner at our favorite place, Olio, and ended the night in Forest Park. The St. Louis Art Museum has a beautiful view overlooking the park. That night we sat on a bench drinking coffee and trying to stay warm under our blanket. Jeremy began to reminisce about all the memories we had shared together in this park, next thing I knew he was down on one knee. On March 5, 2016, he proposed to me with the most beautiful engagement ring that he had designed around a family heirloom diamond. Afterwards we called our parents and spent the evening drinking champagne and celebrating with our family.

Photography and Videography: The Rowlands // Florals: DIY // Ceremony Venue: Top of the Rock // Reception Venue: The Stables at Integrity Hills // Wedding Dress: Simply Elegant Bridal // Groom’s Tux: The Black Tux // Bridal Shoes: Nina // Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal // Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse // Wedding Cake: Pastries by Carla // Grooms Cake: Solvang Bakery // Catering: Big Cedar Lodge

 

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

 

The stunning views, canopies of trees, and surrounding gardens of Beltane Ranch were the perfect fit for Karla and Peter’s romantic wedding weekend in wine country. The couple hired A Savvy Event to plan their day and execute all the personalized details like the guests’ garden walk, with placards narrating the couple’s love story leading them to the ceremony site. Florals by Loop Event Arts are a highlight of the ceremony and reception and a relaxed farm-to-table menu was perfect for the reception under the expansive old, oak trees. Check out all the details and sweet moments of the day in these images by Larissa Cleveland Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We created a special “garden walk” for when guests arrived for the wedding. Before reaching the ceremony site, guests received refreshments then proceeded down a winding path through a beautiful garden. Throughout the garden, we’d placed signs that told the story of our love. How we met, what we love about each other, happy memories we have, trips we’ve taken together, etc. It set the stage and mood for them to arrive at our ceremony site.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

One of my favorite memories from my wedding day was actually the morning yoga session with friends. It really set the tone of the splendid, and relaxed day ahead.

After the ceremony Peter and I took 15 minutes of alone time. It was such a special and intimate moment. We couldn’t stop calling each other “husband!” and “ wife!” From up on the second floor of the Ranch House, it also allowed us to look down from the balcony at ours guests enjoying cocktail hour and cherish the moment – really take it all in!

Beltane Ranch Wedding: Karla and Peter from Dax Victorino Films on Vimeo.

Photographer: Larissa Cleveland Photography // Planner: A Savvy Event // Florals: Loop Event Arts // Stationery: Aerialist Press // Venue: Beltane Ranch // Gown: Vera Wang // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August // Video: Dax Victorino Films // Catering: Park Avenue Catering // Rentals: La Tavola / Bright Event Rentals // Music: Boutique DJ’s