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WHITE EDEN WEDDINGS capitalized on the history of the stunning Chateau Saint Georges venue and it’s location in Grasse, the world capital of perfume, to create this romantic wedding inspiration. A plum-centric palette of purples, dusty pink and grey accentuates the details of the venue and stuns in the textured and gorgeous florals by Julie Guittard. The style (and fabulous arrangements)  translate beautifully to a classic tablescape with touch of ballroom glam. The team enlisted Tatyana Chaiko to capture all the details in these lovely images we’re thrilled to share with you all today!

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From the planners: Our inspiration for this styled shoot came out of a surprising but meaningful trio.

The historic side of the venue, linked to the Queen Victoria of England (who we should thank for making the white wedding dress a thing by the way!) the strong and unique plum color; and finally the desire of romanticism expressed by the roses as the shoot took place in Grasse, the world capital of perfume.

The color palette -plum, dusty pink & grey- we worked on was a delicate match which highlights the soft interiors of the Chateau, and accentuates the substance and energy we wanted to infuse to the session through the numerous details, each one more meaningful than the other ones. The plum color provides depth to the dusty pink and feels like a perfect match with the two shades of grey revealed by the main room.

Consistency is to us the main idea of an inspiration shoot. In order to maintain the quintessential British charm, we used with sensitivity vintage accessories along our session. The delicate and refined florals created by the talented Julie Guittard were the key link with our romantic theme infused by the perfume history in Grasse.

Planning & styling: WHITE EDEN WEDDINGS // Photography: Tatyana Chaiko // Flowers: Julie Guittard // Venue: Chateau Saint Georges // Dress: Cathy Telle // Hair & Make up: Amandine Baron // Hair Extensions: Dream Extension // Jewels: Alice Magnin // Ring box: Amonie // Macarons: Ladurée // Rentals: Maison Options // Linen: Mademoiselle Coton // Vintage accessories: Les Dépareillées

 

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Paige and Ben have the amazing recreational sport of dodgeball to thank for their romance. When they got engaged, the couple, who are both from Northern California originally, immediately knew they wanted to get married in the wine country. The bride’s vision for the wedding was around a theme of “natural elegance with urban edge.” They let Chateau St. Jean “do most of the talking” and personalized their day with modern yet timeless touches like gathered florals by Charlotte &Daughters and a show-stopping four-tiered cake by Michele’s Corner Wedding Cakes. Planning was by Alicia K Designs and all the lovely details are captured in these photos Kreate Photography.

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How did you meet? 

We met in San Francisco in 2011 when we both joined the same dodge ball team while trying to meet new people. I asked him out a few months later and knew almost immediately that he was the one. In the past 6+ years, we’ve moved to New York and back to California again and traveled a ton.

Did you have a specific theme/vision in mind for your wedding day? How did you come to pick your color palette?

I work at Instagram doing Communications/Public Relations so have done a fair amount of event planning in my career and I had a pretty clear picture in my head of what I wanted. Ben works in finance, but has a very strong sense of style so his input made a huge impact on the final aesthetic of the wedding.

My vision for the wedding was around a theme of “natural elegance with urban edge.” We wanted it to feel modern yet timeless at the same time, and we wanted the venue to do a lot of the work for us.

I’m a big fan of cool colors such as gray, blue, and green, which played nicely into the “natural” theme. We were able to keep the colors soft, cool, with pops of warmth and color here and there. I did a lot of research on Pinterest looking at different color combinations, and basically combined a bunch to come up with our own. The final palette combined those blues and greens in the form of silver/olive/sage, with blush and crème and a pop of marsala.

What is your proposal story?

Ben proposed when we were traveling in Iceland. On the 3rd day of our trip, we were exploring some of the natural sites, and while I was standing on top of a crevice in the earth where the Northern and European tectonic plates meet, Ben got down on one knee. It was completely surreal. We immediately found a gas station that would sell us a bottle of champagne to begin celebrating. That night, we stayed at a beautiful hotel in the middle of nowhere and watched the Northern Lights dance and move across the sky. It was magical. The rest of the trip we spent exploring while brainstorming our dream wedding. We ended the trip in Copenhagen where we did more exploring and celebrating. It was perfect.

Photography: Kreate Photography // Wedding Coordinator: Alicia K Designs // Florist: Charlotte &Daughters // Save the Dates & Name Cards: PS Paper // Invitations: Bella Figura // Calligraphy: Southern Calligraphy (via Etsy) // Venue: Chateau St. Jean // Dress + Suit Designer: Dress: Monique Lhuillier // Suit: Beckett & Rob // Shoes + Jewelry: Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Jewelry: rings inherited, earrings Overstock.com // Hair And Makeup Artist: Eliza Dougherty (friend) // Cake/Desserts: Michele’s Corner Wedding Cakes // Guest Gifts: DIY // Catering: Park Avenue Catering / The Tomales Bay Oyster Girls // Wedding Rings: Genevieve Lau Jewelry // Ring box: The Mrs. Box

 

Sarah and Ramez were accustomed to the large weddings of their culture—they even met at one! When it came to their own nuptials, however, they preferred an intimate affair where their guests felt like they were on vacation. And what better vacation than the breathtaking scenes and stunning views of Florence?! Planned by Exclusive Italy Weddings, vows were said in a traditional Coptic Orthodox ceremony at Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti followed by an incredibly romantic celebration at Villa di Maiano. Garden party vibes were accentuated by florals EVERYWHERE by Tuscany Flowers and guests enjoyed the outdoor dinner seated to view the sunset over the city. The couple enlisted the genius of Katie Mitchell Photography to capture all the details of Sarah and Ramez’s stunning destination affair and we’re thrilled to be sharing the photos with you today.

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How did you meet, how did you become engaged and for how long had you been engaged before your wedding day?:

Ironically enough, we met at a wedding! It was about 5 years before we got married, and we were actually both unsure if we were going to be able to make it (it was in Canada!). At the time, we both were focusing on catching up with old friends and family and weren’t in the “single and ready to mingle” mind set but another guest: “Mike from Toronto” introduced us and we will forever be indebted to him. We talked a while and Ramez tried to drag me out to the dance floor a few times but we missed each other at the end of the night and didn’t say goodbye. I came home to a Facebook message from him and while it was a little cheesy, much to my surprise I had no inhibitions talking to him. We would have long chats about our closest family and friends, our life aspirations, and eventually what we expected from the friendship. At the time, he lived in California and I in Virginia so long distance was difficult at times but we knew it was worth trying. One of my favorite things about him is he was bold enough to express his feelings for me yet allowed a natural progression of our relationship. A few months went by and he came to visit me in Virginia. My family fell in love with him just as much as I did and I knew it was right.

Ramez proposed about 1 year before the wedding, he had an elaborate plan for us to go skydiving and on the way down he had his friends hold up life- sized signs asking if I would marry him!! We were all set to go but before we got on the plane to jump, the winds changed and it was considered too dangerous. He was able to come up with an alternative, and took me to a winery where his friends emerged from the background with the signs! It was one of our favorite days but we’re still due for our skydiving date!

What was most important to you when planning your wedding?

In our culture, we tend to have extremely large weddings (think +300), but we wanted our wedding to be more intimate and make our guests feel like they were on vacation with us which is why we decided on having a destination wedding, so location was very important to us. We came up with Italy because it was the perfect location that gave us the romantic vibe we were looking for but also had ancient roots and and a rich culture.

We wanted our wedding venue to have amazing views and what’s a better backdrop than the city of Florence?! Villa di Maiano is perfectly positioned on a hillside that overlooks Florence so for dinner, we had everyone seated so they could view the sunset over the city.

Your outfits and accessories – what made you choose them and what did you love about them?

I always had a vision about my dress, I wanted something dramatic but romantic and tasteful. I imagined a lace dress with a low- cut back, I must have visited 10 different bridal stores before finding the perfect dress but when I tried it on, I knew it was the one! I love the dress because to me, it’s elegance is timeless yet it still had a “wow factor” to it that made it unique.

RAMEZ: We wanted a break from the norm of grooms in black tuxes so I wore an royal/electric blue, and thought it would make me stand out that much more from my groomsmen who did wear the traditional black tux. We also love how sharp the groomsmen looked wearing their ivory pocket squares which matched the bridesmaid dresses. The list goes on and on for accessories! I wore Pantherella merino wool socks, Calvin Klein loafers, a T.M. Lewin Marcella wing collar tuxedo shirt, a Tissot watch given to me by my father. Perhaps my favorite accessory though were the Italian flag cuff links I purchased for me and my groomsmen. They were elegant, but also very fitting for a wedding in the Tuscan Hills!

What made you choose your flowers/general decorative arrangements?

We wanted lots and lots of flowers at our reception, so the idea of a pergola with hanging flowers over the guests tables captured the garden feeling we were looking for, we hung lanterns from the pergola for warm lighting at night. We wanted to match that with floral table arrangements that were full and lower to the table to balance out the look. From there, with the help of our planner and florist we came up with the gazebo floral arrangement for the sweetheart table and around the chandelier on the dance floor. We were blown away by the results!

I initially wanted a bouquet of peonies but our florist told us they were out of season in July but then I saw this amazing round bouquet of garden roses on Pinterest that my florist was able to replicate. I fell in love with it and wish I could have brought it home to the states with me. The bouquet was simple, pale peach garden roses with no greenery, but since my dress was intricate, I thought it was the perfect balance.

Tell us more about your ceremony including any readings, any special moments and your vows:

We are Coptic Orthodox which is one of the most ancient denominations of Christianity so our wedding ceremonies are very traditional. We are robed and crowned as a symbol of becoming king and queen of our new home together as we take the responsibility of making our home in a sense, a Church, where God will be the center of our marriage. We embrace our traditions and couldn’t imagine doing it any other way.

 

Where there any DIY elements?

Though it was difficult to transport items from the US to Italy, we wanted to give our guests a favor that would be memorable to our location so we asked Villa di Maiano for bottles of olive oil that they make and we tied “Grazie” notes to each one for our guests. Since the wedding, many of our guests have told us they use the olive oil when they cook. We love that our favors were a little taste of Italy and something our guests could use when they came home.

My sister, Marina Salama, was pivotal in our wedding planning. We were both first years in residency and dental school so our hours were long and we were exhausted by the time we came home. She was so helpful in keeping us encouraged and worked to make our vision into a reality. A lot of the time, she was the point person that would be speaking to our planner and vendors and did a lot of research with our vision in mind, this wedding truly couldn’t have happened without her help! She understood what we were looking and worked tirelessly to make sure we were happy and we are forever thankful for her. By the way, she did this when she was 7 months pregnant! Talk about superwoman.

What was the vibe of your day? What colors/styles/themes did you use?

We wanted the vibe of the day to be whimsical and romantic which is why we wanted our reception to be outdoors with an emphasis on the flowers to make it an elegant but airy garden party. We kept the color scheme simple, mostly shades of ivory, white, and peach with gold accents seen in the flowers, the tableware, and the decorative pieces on the tables. Our tables were full of vases and delicate candle holders and votives. While it was a formal event, we still wanted everyone to feel relaxed so we decided to have long tables to make it feel more family style.

 

 

 

 

What was the most memorable part of the day?

This is an almost impossible question to answer, but if we had to pick we would say we loved the moments we had alone after the ceremony. Driving through Florence in an old school Bentley and taking pictures at some of the cities most famous landmarks had to be the highlight for us. It was the first time in the day when the nerves seemed to settle and we were able to just catch our breath, and process the fact that we just got married. Those private moments we spent together, and the undying smiles on both of our faces in the car on the way to the reception were moments we will never forget for the rest of our lives!

If you could impart any words of wisdom to a couple planning their marriage and their wedding day, what would they be and is there anything you would do differently?

We would tell anyone planning their wedding to try not to stress too much. That’s certainly easier said than done because ultimately everyone has different opinions and there are just so many options out there it’s hard to pin it down! Pick the most important 3 elements for the wedding day to your (ex: the food, the entertainment, the decor) and focus on those initially then tackle the rest. Be prepared for a few set backs and always be open to other options. Ultimately, your wedding will always be the most memorable to you, no matter what!

 

Wedding Video at Villa di Maiano Florence from Marcoabba on Vimeo.

Photography: Katie Mitchell Photography // Wedding Planner: Laura Frappa of Exclusive Italy Weddings // Second Photographer: Fontaine // Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers // Stationery: Minted // Preparation Venue: Florence with a View // Ceremony Venue: Chiesa di San Salvatore in Ognissanti // Reception Venue: Villa di Maiano // Videography: Marco Abba // Dress: Pnina Tornai, Dress 4372 from Kleinfeld Bridal // Veil: Kleinfeld // Jewelry: Swarovski // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo // Groom’s Shoes: Calvin Klein // Groom’s Watch: Tissot // Groom’s Attire: 3 Day Suit Broker // Hair and Make Up: Laura Navarinni // Décor, Styling & DJ: The Alma Project // Transport: Alterini // Caterer: Galaeto // Cake: Sugar & Spice

 

San Francisco couple Emily and Matt brought all the people they love together in wine country to share in the joy of their wedding day. Their goal to “enjoy the scenery, food and wine of beautiful California wine country” was achieved with the help of Rue 29 Napa Valley and a simple aesthetic highlighting the stunning backdrop at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. Florals are by EV Floral, the groom designed the invitations and event paper and Catie Coyle Photography was on hand to capture all the love.

 

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What made the wedding special and unique?

When asked what we wanted our wedding to be, we really wanted people we loved to join us in wine country to celebrate a wedding weekend in one of our favorite locations. Wine country is where we go to relax and we wanted to share that with all of our guests. The goal was to enjoy the scenery, food and wine of beautiful California wine country. We got married in late October on a warm Friday evening, following the Napa Valley fires. Until the week before our wedding date, we weren’t sure if we would be able to stay in Calistoga or get married in St. Helena. We were so lucky and thankful that our venue and accommodations (for the most part) were still standing. We were blessed to be able to have our guests come to wine country following such devastation, hopefully bringing life back to the area.

 

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

Every girl dreams of the day they find their wedding dress, I was no different. Though I had a harder time making a decision. I knew I wanted something “me.” My three words I used to describe the dress I wanted were romantic, classic and structured. I found my grown at Amy Kuschel in San Francisco. I was hoping to find a dress by a San Francisco designer and was glad when I fell in love with the simple elegance of “Sugar.” I was with my mom and two bridesmaids when I first tried it on, but later came back by myself to make the final decision. Being shorter (5 feet 1 inch) it is hard to visualize yourself in dresses that you try on and are way too long and sometimes the wrong size. Once I made the decision on the dress I added buttons down the back.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted our wedding to be intimate and personal, with things that represented us as a couple. Matt designed our wedding invitations and the menus that were on each person’s plate as they sat down. The most personal part of our wedding was that we wrote our own ceremony, and Matt’s father married us, which was very special.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Don’t know if I could pick just one. Having everyone you love in one place is very humbling. After 7 years together being able to say our vows in front of our family and friends was the best gift anyone could ever ask for. The backdrop and stage for our first dance is an image we both remember. Getting time together dancing and laughing was pretty memorable.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Matt and I met in college. He transferred to University of Colorado his sophomore year and was high school friends with two of my sorority sisters’ boyfriends. We hung out in the same circles and saw each other often. After graduation Matt moved to Chicago and I moved to San Francisco, it wasn’t until years later when he moved to San Francisco that we reconnected. We started dating and 7 years later we got engaged. We went up to wine country for a weekend away and had a relaxing time. While sitting by the pool waiting for our massages we were sipping champagne and he pulled out a jewelry box. Matt has a great sense of humor and he asked if I wanted to see what was inside. I was so excited to finally get to marry my best friend. Within 8 months we were married; why wait any longer?

Photographer: Catie Coyle Photography // Wedding Planner: Rue 29 Napa Valley // Floral Design: EV Floral // Stationery: Designed by the groom // Getting Ready Venue: Indian Springs Resort & Spa, Calistoga // Wedding Reception Venue: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena // Music/Entertainment: Ivy Hill Entertainment // Hair & Make Up: Sherrie Long // Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation

 

Kirsty and Santiago’s wedding in the English countryside is a vision of romance in a barely-there neutral palette of grey and white and hint of peach. The grounds of the Brinsop Court  provided a lovely garden ceremony followed by a reception in the courtyard of the rose garden. Planner One Stylish Day assisted the bride in crafting perfectly personalized details included feminine florals by Wild Bunch Flowers, signage in Spanish honoring Santiago’s heritage, a customized gin bar, s’mores at the fire pit and a few nods to their pet bunny like the rabbit cake topper on cake by SK Cakes. The couple enlisted photographer Naomi Kenton  to capture all the moments of the big day and the images are absolutely dreamy!

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from the bride: Santiago and I met in London eight years ago and six years later he proposed whilst we were on holiday in Bali. Since then I loved every minute of planning our wedding, I always knew exactly how I wanted my wedding to look. Despite this I still trawled through hundreds of wedding venues across the UK. My mum and I drove for hours to so many venues but every venue we went to had so many rules, from which wine you had to serve to what time the party had to finish. We once drove five hours to one place and they didn’t even offer us a cup of tea! We never wanted a traditional wedding venue, we knew that we preferred to hire a big house for the the May Bank Holiday weekend and have our friends and family feel like they had a great weekend away – which is how we came across Brinsop Court. No crazy rules and restrictions, just one stunning house surrounded by a moat and plenty of tastefully decorated rooms for our closest friends and family to stay.

We hired the whole house from Friday to Monday and once the venue was sorted everything else followed. I’m detail obsessed and adored having so much to organize. Santiago was working in the US during the months building up to our wedding day so my parents were my biggest support in my preparations.  My Mum learnt how to make soy candles and hand poured each one of our wedding favors, she also made our seating plan out of wine corks while my Dad made sloe-gin and refurbished old barrels for the gin bar.

On the day I didn’t want to have to worry about anything nor did I want my mum running around sorting things out so we sought out the help of Louise from One Stylish Day in the lead up to the big day and the day itself. Louise’s vision was completely aligned with mine, we wanted something timeless, effortless and pared-back. Louise kept everything running smoothly and me calm (particularly when the caterers starting serving prosecco at our champagne reception!)

My second priority was a wedding video, at first Santiago didn’t want one but I can honestly say it was the best decision we made for our wedding. I searched through so many cinematographers and came across HD Moments. Months after the wedding I still watch our wedding video and advise any brides-to-be to seriously consider incorporating video into your big day if you can. So much of the day goes by without you realizing and after the vows are said it’s incredible to relive those special moments so vividly.

For our stationery we had everything hand-written in calligraphy. Our “Save the Weekend” was a leather luggage tag as we wanted our guests to pack their bags and enjoy the weekend with us. Judy Broad was an easy choice for our stationary as I had long been an admirer of her work after my bridesmaid asked her to do my hen party invitations. Our entire invitation suite was made from Khadi paper and Judy worked so hard to ensure that every letter was smooth across what is actually a very difficult paper to write on (little did I know!)

I also felt the same about Naomi our photographer, I knew that I didn’t want overly posed images and loved that Naomi shot in both digital and film. Once the main vendors were booked I started to focus on my dress. I went to several boutiques in London but nothing stood out to me until I bumped into my old friend Sanyukta Shrestha. I have known Sanyukta for years and worked on one of her very first campaigns which made the process of perfecting the dress even more special. I described how I wanted the dress to look and was blown away by the sketch that Sanyukta produced. I loved that we could make changes until it was totally perfect and more importantly all of the hand-loomed materials Sanyukta uses are ethically made and support women in Nepal.

Details were the most important thing to me. I worked endlessly to ensure the aesthetic was cohesive and that everything had been thoughtfully curated. We used a neutral color palette of grey and white with a hint of peach. I loved following wedding blogs but tried to incorporate our own way of living into our big day. Santiago’s heritage was very important to us. We had some of the signage written in Spanish, played salsa music and served Colombian Espresso Martinis after dinner. Our house bunny Bonnie is my fur baby so we had lots of rabbit accents throughout the big day including our cake toppers, ‘Bon Bon’s Bar” and our ring holder.

On the morning of our wedding my grandparents gave me half an English Crown from their own wedding day while my mum presented me with an engraved box containing my something old – the necklace that my late grandad had given to her on her wedding day. I had breakfast with my mum in the bridal suite and exchanged wedding day gifts while the boys had a barber come to their room to do wet shaves.

I had always wanted to get married outside so was really grateful that it wasn’t raining on our wedding day. But as my dad was walking me down the aisle a big gust of wind blew my veil around his leg – thankfully he managed to untangle himself and I was actually thrilled with how Justina and Greg from HD Moments managed to stylize the mishap on our video. It was a really special moment to walk down the aisle and see Santiago as I hadn’t seen his suit before and we both wrote our own vows and kept them as a surprise from each other. I was so overwhelmed by Santiago’s words I cried during my own vows!

Our reception was held in the old rose garden in the courtyard of Brinsop Court underneath a stretch tent. During the reception guests enjoyed making s’mores on the fire-pits, a gin bar and my parents surprised us with a firework display in the evening. We also took dance lessons for our first dance before the wedding day and I highly recommend this if you have two-left feet like we do!

On the Sunday we had lawn games and a big BBQ to finish what was the most perfect weekend.

Kirsty & Santiago | Brinsop Court wedding video | Fine art wedding film from hdmoments.co.uk on Vimeo.

Photographer: Naomi Kenton // Wedding Planner: One Stylish Day // Florist: Wild Bunch Flowers // Stationery: Judy Broad Calligraphy // Venue: Brinsop Court // Videographer: HD Moments // Dress: Bespoke at Sanyukta Shrestha // Bridesmaid Dresses: Needle & Thread // Flower Girl Dresses: Bespoke at Milly Wedding Shop // Hair and Makeup: Evie Smith // Catering: Clever Chefs // String Quartet: Cantabile Strings // Linens and Ribbons: Kate Cullen // Furniture & Crockery Rental: Options Hire // Handmade Bar: Made By Wood & Wood // DJ: Stylish Entertainment // Brides Shoes: Chloe // Groom’s Suit: Paul Smith // Groomsmen Suits: Charles Tyrwhitt // Cake & Cake Swing: SK Cakes // Photo Booth: Vintage Booth // Signage: Thistle Paper Company // Men’s Barber: The Groom’s Day Barber Shop