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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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Rani and Tim’s vineyard wedding in North East Maryland, was a lovely blend of a modern farm aesthetic and the bride’s rich cultural background. Rani’s mother is from New Delhi and the traditions of her heritage were woven into the day like the elephant motif symbolizing prosperity and good luck, and the bride’s henna as well as her grandmother’s bright ruby jewelry. Amanda’s Florist created relaxed, white florals that tied into the beautiful landscape and Ashley Relvas Photography was on hand to capture all the details and moments of the day.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I had never dreamed of what this day would be like having grown up with two older brothers – it just wasn’t something that was brought up very often. Yet, when it came time for my husband and I to make decisions on what we envisioned, things clicked very nicely. Trusting our gut instincts on what we loved the most, we, along with friends and family created an unforgettable day.

After attending weddings into the double digits year after year, we knew the core elements of what we enjoyed the most at a great party – delicious food, flowing booze and music that got every single person out of their seats – everything else was just a bonus. We saw four venues – the last being the one. We fell in love all over again at Elk Manor and were ecstatic to have an amazing all-in-one venue with an established caterer to boot.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

With my mom being from New Delhi and my dad having been born and raised on the east coast and of Irish descent (similar to that of my husband), I wanted to weave both cultures into the celebration to reflect our union.

Any bright colors typically work for Indian weddings while red is typically reserved for the bride. I wore my grandmother’s ruby earrings and necklace to reflect that bright, vibrant color while maintaining a neutral/peach and gold color scheme throughout the bridal party outfits and decorations. The rubies were such a special piece to the day – my grandmother wore them at her wedding and my mother at hers – it was amazing to have three generations of love represented in the jewelry set. Mehndi (Henna) is an Indian tradition when it comes to weddings and I was so happy to have ornate designs on my hands which are known to symbolize joy and happiness.

Elephants symbolize prosperity and good luck, so it was easy for us to make this beautiful animal a cornerstone of our wedding. The gold elephants helped tie together white flowers and other rustic touches to create simple centerpieces that stood out.

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

I went with traditional western clothing for the big day, aiming for embellished and detailed looks. I lucked out at a BHLDN sample sale and came home with two incredible dresses – one for the ceremony and one for the party. For the ladies, I had been loving some Adrianna Papell and decided on full length, neutral embellished gowns. The guys wore navy with peach ties helping to give a balanced and attractive color scheme to our outdoor, by-the-water wedding.

We could not have been happier with our wedding and are so thankful to have such an amazing group of family and friends that surround us and were there to help us celebrate the best day of our lives.

Photography: Ashley Relvas Photography // Florist: Amanda’s Florist // Invitations: Direct from India // Venue: The Winery at Elk Manor // Wedding Dresses: BHLDN // Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell // Cake: Sugar Bakers Cakes // Hair: Kristina Wolfe // Makeup: Blush Makeup LLC // Catering: Rogue Fine Catering // Band: Rich Posmontier Ensemble  // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

Kristen and Ken’s spring Scottsdale wedding at Four Seasons Scottsdale was truly out of a fairy tale. This gorgeous couple believes that there are few things that are more beautiful than bright, delicate and feminine pops of color against a dusty desert panorama. Designed by Outstanding Occasions, rich magenta florals by Petal Pusher and geometric candle holders were the perfect accessories to the dainty and chic outdoor ceremony. The brilliantly creative Elyse Hall captured all of the intimate moments that this picture perfect celebration had to offer. We’re obsessed and know you will be too!

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

With 100% of the guests traveling from out-of-state, the choice of destination was very special and unique to us, as many of our guests haven’t visited Arizona. This was a place that I grew up visiting with my parents as they have a second home here. We were excited to have our dearest friends and family celebrate the weekend with us, so we truly made it a three day affair!

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

I found my gown during a shopping trip with my mom in Atlanta. The hand-beading and detailing was exquisite.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

Making the wedding day personal and unique was very important to me. From the welcome bag with our favorite hand-picked items, and a play on the southwest Arizona aesthetic, to the custom made dream catcher escort cards; we truly wanted our guests to feel appreciated, taken care of and feel the southwest vibe throughout. The entire design played off my favorite color of pink, while keeping our location in mind. From fuchsia and gold foiled stationery with a blind embossed aztec print, to our bougainvillea adorned ceremony arch; we added my favorite color in chic ways throughout.

Ken and I are also aren’t huge dancers, so we brought in more of a classic rock band to play our favorite music. Additionally, Ken is from Canada, so we ended the night with a Poutin Bar to play off  his hometown.

Photography: Elyse Hall // Planning: Outstanding Occasions // Flowers / Furniture / Bars: Petal Pusher // Paper Products / Welcome Bags/ Custom Napkins: idieh design // Venue / Cake / Food / Beverage: Four Seasons Scottsdale // Bride’s Dress: Rivini // Veil: Toni Federici // Bridal Shop: Bridals by Lori,  Atlanta, GA // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Hayley Paige from Nordstrom // Suits: Mens Wearhouse // Escort Card Dream Catchers: Bearlanders Trading

 

Andrea and Jacob’s traditional wedding in Santa Barbara took place at the The Biltmore with an outdoor ceremony and a ballroom reception. The sun shone down on the day, coordinated by KB Events, and filled with white and pink florals and classic details like the Santa Barbara String Quartet playing the couple’s favorite Beatles songs as the bridal party processed down the aisle. The standout, though, is Andrea’s beautiful Monique Lhuillier ballgown—so beautiful!! Lucky for us Anna Costa was on hand to capture all the delightful details of the day in these images. Enjoy!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

What made our wedding special was the fact that so many of our family and friends traveled to be there. It was great to share our special day with so many of our friends and family.  What also made it special was the beautiful location. The Four Seasons Biltmore at Santa Barbara’s beautiful grounds provided an excellent setting for our wedding.

Tell us about the dress and how you found it!

I wore a Monique Lhuillier wedding ball gown. Before I found my wedding dress, I had gone to several bridal shops and tried on numerous wedding dresses. However, I just didn’t find one I completely loved. Randomly one day after lunch with my mom and sister, we walked by the bridal boutique at Nordstrom and I saw a beautiful dress on display. I tried it on and knew that was the dress I wanted to wear on my wedding day. It was strapless with a sweetheart neckline. The color, which was a mix of ivory and latte, in addition to the beading appliqués on the bodice and skirt gave the dress a bit of a vintage look. The skirt was my favorite part of the gown because it was asymmetrically layered, which gave it a more modern feel. Needless to say, it was a very romantic dress.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

One of the personal touches was our selection of the music. We had the string quartet play some of our favorite Beatles songs (Across The Universe, Eight Days A Week) during the procession. We also took time deciding what would play during our first dance. It was important for the song to be a classic; something soulful and something we’d want to hear years from the day. We chose Sam Cook’s Nothing Can Change This Love. Also, during the ceremony, we did the lasso and arras ceremonies, both of which are rooted in Filipino culture and is an upheld tradition in Andrea’s family. The lasso symbolizes lifetime unity or the everlasting union of the bride and groom when they officially become husband and wife, as well as the symbol of marital protection. The coins were to symbolize our promise to constantly provide for one another.

What was the most memorable part of the day? 

The most memorable part of the day for us was the ceremony. Our officiant, Father Battaglia, made our ceremony fun and so meaningful. Being able to say our vows to each other in front of all our loved ones really was special. Also, Andrea and I knew that our wedding day would fly by in an instant, so anytime we realized an important event was occurring (signing our marriage license, first dance, cutting the cake) we would look at each other and say “bask in the moment!” so that we could take the time to enjoy our surroundings, the company of our loved ones, and each other.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Andrea and I met at UCLA, specifically while walking around Drake stadium. We actually lived on the same floor and saw each other all the time in the common study hall. It was there that we became best friends over time and eventually realized we should be together. Four years later, when I was in the middle of law school and Andrea had just started a PhD program, I took her back to UCLA and proposed to her on the top of Janss Steps, which sits on top of a hill overlooking much of the campus, including Drake stadium where we first met.

Santa Barbara Wedding // Andrea + Jacob // Four Seasons The Biltmore from Film Foto Fusion on Vimeo.

Photographer: Anna Costa // Coordinator: KB Events // Florist / Wedding Colors: Grassroots // Invitations: Minted // Venue & Caterer: Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara // Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier // Videographer: Film Foto Fusion // Officiant: Father Joseph Battaglia // Ceremony Entertainment: Santa Barbara String Quartet // Reception Entertainment: Project Entertainment DJ // Bride’s Hair & Makeup: Jose Eber Salon, Four Seasons Resort // Bridesmaids’ Makeup: Nordstrom

 

Jackie and Danny’s wedding day in Orange county is filled with glam details. Sequins, metallics, barely-pink roses, vintage transportation—you name it, this wedding’t got it. A traditional church wedding is followed by a blush-lit, floral-filled ballroom reception at VENUE. We’re especially loving the blooming trees flanking the sweetheart table and the stunning floral chandelier dripping in greenery. Photographer Mike Zaragoza has captured all the details of the day and the adorable couple in these beautiful film images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Our family and friends made everything extra special! Our nieces and nephews went to Yogurtland (our favorite) and got us each our favorite flavored yogurt with our favorite toppings! It was such a surprise when we saw them all walk up to us in the middle of the reception with our special treats!! We loved it!

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

I found it at a small boutique in Tustin, CA. I was with my sister and mom which made it extra special. My dress was from Australia!! The moment I slipped it on I knew it was mine!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our wedding favors represented our different cultures. We gave away traditional hand-carved and painted husband and wife dolls we purchased while on our trip to Korea to visit Danny’s family. We also gave away hand-stitched velvet bags with colorful flowers that I purchased in Mexico; inside they had traditional wedding cookies.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

So many, it’s tough to narrow it down to one! Walking down the aisle, seeing each other for the first time, saying I Do, our first dance!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I was coming back home from a business trip and Danny & my mom were going to pick me up at the airport. When I was exiting through the tunnel, I could see my mom and Danny waiting for me holding a large banner that had my name on it, and Danny was holding roses. I thought they were being funny by bringing a banner, and the roses didn’t throw me off since Danny always picks me up from the airport with roses (so spoiled, I know!). As I got closer, I hugged them and then turned to head towards the baggage claim and that’s when I saw my entire family! Brothers, sister, nieces and nephews; even my brother on FaceTime from San Antonio!! When I turned back to look at my mom and Danny, Danny was on one knee and asked me to marry him! I said yes, we hugged, we kissed, and everyone in the airport cheered!!

 

Photographer: Mike Zaragoza // Venue / Coordinator / Catering / Florist: VENUE / Cat Chu Three Petals // Coordinator: Krissy Allegra // Invitations: Minted // Dress: Essense of Australia // Dress Boutique: Blush Bridal // DJ: Steve Perez // Dessert: Cake Alex // Videographer: Ivan Ivanov // Transportation: Classic Limos