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Marianne and Raymond were married at Castello di Spaltenna, a picturesque hotel situated in Gaiole in Chianti, where “time seems to have stopped.” Guests travelled great distances to celebrate with the couple and Marianna and Raymond focused on touches that would make the wedding special for everyone like bespoke welcome bags, plentiful Italian fare, spectacular florals by La Rosa Canina and a stunning day  in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. We love the relaxed charm and elegance of the details and it’s all captured beautifully by Stefano Santucci Studio.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Having all of the most special people in our lives there celebrating alongside us. I hope that all of the little touches made it unique and of course the incredible setting. There aren’t many places in the world that offer such a stunning backdrop.

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

My dress was Rosa Clara. I realized early on that Spanish designers suited me, so focused on stores that stocked the very best that Spain had to offer. The dress that I first tried on and the version of it that I wore on the day differed greatly. With the help of a fantastic dressmaker we made quite a few changes that made it feel very unique.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

As all of our guests were traveling a great distance to join us we wanted to make them feel special when they arrived in Italy. We had bespoke tote bags made which were filled with mine and my husband’s favorite Italian treats, from taralli and baci to little bottles of prosecco. We also threw in a few practical items like mosquito bands and a guide to the area, which we wrote based on our own experiences.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It’s so hard to pick one specific moment. If I had to choose it would probably be the moment just before I stepped down the aisle. Standing at the top of the terrace with my Dad on my arm, looking down at my gorgeous husband-to-be and all of our incredible friends and family. I realized at that moment how incredibly blessed I am.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Ray and I met at university. We were friends for many years before we realized we had a connection that was stronger than just friendship.

Ray popped the question 11 months before our big day at our favorite restaurant in all the world. It’s a small family run osteria set in the Umbrian hills. We basically planned our week long holiday around our meal there. I had not a clue in the world that under a big metal cloche was a diamond ring instead of my dessert! It really was the most perfect setting for such a memorable moment. I was in such shock I didn’t even finish my actual dessert!

Photographer: Stefano Santucci Studio // Flower Design: La Rosa Canina // Invitations & Wedding Stationery: An Italian Adventure // Venue: Castello di Spaltenna // Bridal Gown: Rosa Clara // Bridal Salon: Fairytale in Fulham // Suit: Ralph Lauren // Bride’s shoes: Sergio Rossi  // Music: Diamond Boys

photographer @photosantucci // flower design @ larosacaninafirenze

 

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Sam and Zach wanted wanted a lush green wedding in the city.  With the help of Laura Remmert Events and the incredible floral and greenery installations by Designs by Ahn their Long Island venue, The Foundry, was transformed into a magical, industrial secret garden. The 19th century manufacturing plant was draped in white florals and green vines that set the tone for a day that incorporated the orthodox Jewish traditions of the groom’s family. We love the combinations of the drama of the scene with the relaxed vibe of the bride, groom and their celebratory friend and family. Check out all the lovely images by our friend Levi Stolove Photography.

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Photographer:  Levi Stolove Photography // Planning/Coordination: Laura Remmert Events // Floral Designer: Designs by Ahn // Cake Designer: Made in Heaven Cakes // Caterer: Great Performances // Band: Silver Arrow Band // Reception Venue: The Foundry // Cinema and Video: Well Spun Weddings

 

We’re loving the blend of bright and modern in Sydney and Avi’s urban Denver wedding at Mile High Station. Planner Tangerine Room Events incorporated plenty of inspiring playful details throughout the day. The punchy palette stands outs in the vibrant florals by Yonder House Floral and Decor—the chuppah is gorgeous and the citrus-hued bridal bouquet totally sets the tone for the day. Avi proposed to Sydney with chalk art at the site of their first date, so subtle chalk references throughout the event design were a must! Individual muslin bags full of chalk hung from a giant escort board, allowing wedding guests to draw on personalized black chalkboard table runners throughout dinner. So cute! Check out all the bright and happy details is these lovely images from Becky Schwartz Photography.

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from the planner: Sydney and Avi’s urban Denver wedding held the perfect mix of classic and modern style. From the traditional Jewish ceremony under the copper, floral draped chuppah fromYonder House Floral and Decor  and handmade paper head table backdrop, to the traditional ketubah signing ceremony, modern aesthetics and classic style were flawlessly paired. Guests and family were seated in the round, honoring the bride and groom’s rich family relationships.

Avi proposed to Sydney with chalk art at the site of their first date, so subtle chalk references throughout the event design were a must! Individual muslin bags full of chalk hung from a giant escort board, allowing wedding guests to draw on personalized black chalkboard table runners throughout dinner. Chalk lettered slate platters passed the yummiest of hors d’oeuvres. Tabletop details of wood grain flatware and copper geometric orbs highlighted the rustic, industrial venue space while lush and vibrant florals from Yonder House added bright and celebratory texture.

A custom invitation suite from Wedding Paper Divas was wrapped in copper wire, perfectly suiting their modern yet romantic and classic style with hand-lettered envelopes and details throughout the event from event designer Tangerine Room Events.

Guests danced the night away to live music from Tunisia, took photos inside a VW bus photo booth and enjoyed ice cream cones from Denver staple, Little Man Ice Cream.

From the Bride: “When I think about my wedding day, I most remember the feeling of being surrounded by love. The ceremony was literally done in-the-round, with the elegant chuppah in the middle of our family and friends. This circle of love surrounding us was even more special because of the amazing relationships we developed with all of the vendors. The planning process was so special and allowed us to become friends with all of the people who worked so hard to make our wedding unique and beautiful.”

Photographer: Becky Schwartz Photography // Event Design and Coordination: Tangerine Room Events // Floral, Copper Chuppah, Specialty Tabletop Rentals: Yonder House Floral and Decor  //Paper Goods: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Mile High Station //Caterer: Footers //Bakery: Shamane Bake Shop //Dessert Cart: Little Man Ice Cream //Videography: Film Monkey //Photo Booth: Shutterbus //Band: Tunisia //Custom Chalk Bag Escort Tags: Anthologie Press //Dress: Matthew Christopher from Little White Dress Shop //Groom’s Attire: Custom Suit from Tom James //Groomsmen Attire: Menguin //Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

 

Samantha and Brian’s wedding day a the perfect blend of elegant and casual.  Their ceremony was traditional and stunning in the grand architecture of Stanford Memorial Church and their reception was lovely and relaxed in the courtyard of the Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park. We’re loving the understated beauty of the bride’s stunning J. Crew gown (read below to see how she and her fashion-conscious husband-to-be decided on the dress) and jewel encrusted statement necklace for the reception. Samantha, a graphic designer, created the modern stationery and Aili Ice Designs was responsible for the sweet ocher-hued florals. The couple enlisted Olivia Richards Photography to capture their day and that she did. The images are beautiful!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I think the most special part of the wedding was having my husband’s daughters be the people in our bridal party. Most of our closest friends had had been bridesmaids/groomsmen in multiple weddings already, and we knew it would be a big treat to let them take the day off for our wedding. His oldest daughter Madison was my MOH, and her sister, Reagan, was the ring bearer. It was incredibly special for the four of us to be a part of the ceremony, and to have the girls beside us as we said our vows—definitely a feeling I will cherish forever. On a completely different note, it was a dream of ours to get married at Memorial Church. Since my husband graduated from Stanford, we were allowed to hold our ceremony there. Even before we were engaged we had always talked about how amazing it would be to get married there. That part was definitely special too!

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

The gown I chose was from J.Crew. Since my husband and I are both very into fashion, I wanted to make sure we were on the same page when it came to what kind of dress I was going to wear (although he still wasn’t allowed to see the final choice until the big day)! He had literally looked through thousands of images of gowns and had only liked 4—the one from J.Crew was one of them. I still wanted the experience of dress shopping so I went to a few boutiques and tried on a dozen dresses, but found that I kept asking for something more simple. When I got home, I ordered the dress online from J.Crew. When I tried it on, I knew it was it. Although it was from a major retailer, I felt like it was so unlike any of the other dresses I had seen. It was simple, comfortable, and sophisticated, yet I still felt sexy in it. After some alterations, it was totally perfect and exactly what I wanted. Another thing I had kept secret from my husband was the J.Crew necklace I found online. It was an older necklace I had remembered from when I used to work there. I thought there would be no way I would find it after so many years, but when there was ONE for sale on Ebay, I knew it was meant to be. I saved it to wear for the reception, and it was a fun little change without actually having to change!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

With a ton of help from my mom, we did all of the wedding planning and coordinating ourselves. Since I am a graphic designer by trade, I was able to custom design our invitations, website, signage, and decor. It was a ton of pressure at first and we spent a lot of time trying to figure out what sort of theme we wanted to go with. At the end of the day, we really just wanted it to feel like ‘us’—but that was easier said than done. After some major styles were decided (venue, colors, fonts, flowers) it all came together exactly how we envisioned it. The drink flags and the individual menus were my two favorite details. And as a bonus, it was so much more cost effective to print and foil things ourselves, rather than purchasing pre-made items. I am totally obsessed with my gold-foil machine. I foiled everything! Also, I can’t forget the ice cream truck we had. Our guests absolutely loved it, and it was such a fun addition that nobody was expecting. I wish I had gone back for seconds!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Everyone always says this, but the day went by SO fast, that I have trouble remembering all the details! To this day, it still gives me a little anxiety thinking about the little things I forgot about or wish I had done. While I don’t remember exactly what everyone said during their toasts, I remember feeling so incredibly loved. Brian’s daughter Madison, my MOH, gave us a toast that she had written herself, and it was absolutely perfect. My husband’s brother and mother also gave toasts, in addition to my best friend and dad. Their toasts were everything I imagined they would be; a little crazy, a little funny, and so, so, incredibly supportive. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place after the toasts were through, and I remember feeling calm and secure. I felt like that was it, that was what the whole day was about. It was about being together with everyone we love, sharing our thoughts and hopes about our past, and future, as a family.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

My husband and I met 7 years ago while living in San Francisco. We both went to school at San Francisco State University and worked part time as personal shoppers at J.Crew. Our school departments shared the same floor of the Humanities building, and one day I just so happened to run into him by the stairwell and asked him to ditch his next class and get lunch with me. The rest is history! But really, the rest was a long road ahead. My husband eventually transferred to Stanford; where we would start to build our life and help raise his two children. Once we both had graduated and had started our careers (oddly enough, together at the same company), and 6 years had passed, I told him it was about time to put a ring on it—and he agreed!

Photographer: Olivia Richards Photography // Floral Design: Aili Ice Designs // Invitations & Design: Samantha Lanier, Bride // Venues: Stanford Memorial Church // Allied Arts Guild // Dress: JCrew // Hair: Drybar // Caterer: JW Catering // Cake: Mia Moretti // Ice Cream Truck: Garden Creamery // DJ: Eastwood Entertainment // Film Scans: Photovision Prints

photography @oliviarichardsphoto // floral design @ailiicedesigns // venue @alliedartsguild

hair @drybar // dress @jcrew // ice cream truck @gardencreamery

Self-proclaimed goofballs, Jess and Adam, wanted their big day to be as light-hearted as possible. Planner, and Grey Collective member, Molly McKinley Designs, made it happen with a balloon hat artist, a waffle bar, and instant film cameras, but she also created an incredibly gorgeous day to boot. Summerour Studio in Atlanta offered a textured, warm vibe and the details are all fresh and modern right down to the incredibly gorgeous (and fun!) bouquets by Tulip. Black, white and gold details keep the looks grounded while organic greens and muted, lavender-hued florals add tons of interest. We know you’re going to love the images captured by the always-wonderful Julie Cate Photography.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There was relentless downpour and flooding on the day of our wedding. This was a bummer, but it led to three wonderful moments. First, the clouds parted just long enough for us to have our somewhat sunny first look on the terrace. Second, there was a double rainbow over the Atlanta skyline, which felt particularly significant to me as I associate rainbows with my late grandparents. And third, we’d chosen a verse from Song of Solomon that featured the line “many waters cannot quench love” to be read during our ceremony. It seemed to rain even harder during this reading, and somehow it just felt like a good omen. If rain on your wedding day is good luck, we must be the luckiest!

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

My gown is by Daalarna, and I found it at Serendipity Bridal in Austin. I loved this gown from the moment I tried it on, but it was more fitted and revealing than anything I’d ever envisioned, so I second-guessed myself. I ended up buying another dress, but a few months before my wedding I woke up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night and realized I’d picked wrong. I called Serendipity that morning, and they rushed with Daalarna to get the dress ready in time. My heroes! To me this dress felt fun and special without being too fussy or ornate.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We rock-paper-scissors for all of our minor decisions (who takes the dog out, what to eat for dinner, etc.) so it only seemed natural to incorporate the game into our vows. In general, I wanted the whole day to feel as lighthearted as possible–because Adam and I are true goofballs. For our reception, we threw in a balloon hat artist, a waffle bar, and instant film cameras. We also paid tribute to the story of how we met by referencing our camp nicknames, Steak (his) and Honey (mine) everywhere from our invitation card to our hashtag to our signature drinks. If you look carefully, you’ll even see honeycomb patterns on our table linens and escort cards!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Instead of renting a car or hiring a driver, we left the wedding in my parents’ black Cadillac–with my dad driving and my mom riding shotgun! After a whirlwind day, it was wonderful to spend a few tender moments with them at the end of the evening.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Adam and I met while traveling for a conference for our favorite nonprofit, Camp Kesem. We kept in touch from 1,000 miles apart, then serendipitously reconnected when I visited Missouri for a football game. He was so smitten with me that he drove down to Georgia to see me (and meet my entire family!) less than 10 days later. It’s crazy, but we’ve been together ever since!

Photography: Julie Cate Photography // Planning and Design: Molly McKinley Designs // Florals: Tulip // Invitations: Ashley Buzzy // Venue: Summerour Studio // Calligraphy: Rachel Anne // Linens: I Do Linens // Cake: Lush Cakery // Bride’s gown: Daalarna via Serendipity Bridal in Austin, TX // Hair and Makeup: Jennifer C Nieman // Groom & Groomsmen: The Black Tux // Catering: Bold American Events // DJ: One Sound and Entertainment // Bridesmaids: ASOS, Joanna August // Placesettings: Classic Party Rental // Hairpiece: Davie and Chiyo // Photobooth: Smilebooth // Videographers: Remedy Films // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box