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Valerie and Ryan’s Palm Beach wedding planned by Simply Couture Weddings, is filled with bright florals, grandiose architecture and style at every turn. The bride’s citrus-hued bouquet by Port + Palm Co. is a show-stopper and we can’t get enough of the groom’s rad, white dinner jacket. Lucky for us, Shea Christine Photography was on hand at the Flagler Museum to capture all the details in this palm-tree lined affair.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

I wanted to do something different from a sand ceremony or unity candle so I found a Celtic Handfasting tradition. My husband and I literally “tied the knot” and it was meaningful because we both have a Celtic background. We also lived in Miami for 2 1/2 years and I have Cuban heritage so I wanted to incorporate an “Hora Loca” into our reception to bring the party! We got foam light sticks, glow sticks, and party beads and our planner passed them out towards the end of the night to keep the party going!

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

The gown is from Spanish designer Pronovias (another nod to my heritage.) I knew the elements I wanted in a dress – lace, off the shoulder with sleeves, defined waist, back detail –  and I spent hours looking in magazines and on websites for the perfect one. I tried on over 50 dresses! But when I saw that dress on a website one night I knew it was the one. I had to hunt for a salon that carried it because it was part of the 2017 collection which was just being released, but I finally found it at Couture Bridal in Miami Beach. When I tried it on, I pictured myself standing next to my husband and I couldn’t help but cry – that was it!

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We’re big Disney fans so I definitely wanted to incorporate that in a subtle way – we got a Disney-themed cake topper and had some Disney props in the photobooth. Also I’m a huge Lilly Pulitzer fan and with the events being held in Palm Beach, it wasn’t hard to work that into the wedding theme. We had Lilly print patio furniture and menus at the rehearsal dinner, and our wedding florals were Lilly’s jungle inspired.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

For me – taking portraits after the first look. He had seen me in my dress so the emotion and the nerves had passed. I felt I could relax and have fun. It was all about us and I felt so special and beautiful but we didn’t have a hundred pairs of eyes staring at us yet. For him – just before she walked down the aisle. Even though we did a first look, seeing her walk down the aisle toward me was what I had been waiting for all day. It was emotional when they opened the doors to the pavilion and I saw her again with her dad.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We both work in retail and met working at J.Crew. Fast forward 5 years, Ryan had always wanted the engagement to be a surprise. So he enlisted the help of his mom to get the ring from a jewelry store in his home town and picked the last proposal spot I would ever guess. While on vacation with his family that summer at his favorite lake, he waited until our last night by the campfire when we were making s’mores. He refused to toast my marshmallow for me, which I thought was strange (because he didn’t want the ring to fall out of his pocket in the dark.) Everyone had been waiting for him to ask the whole trip and I had no idea! Finally his parents were going to bed when he asked them to take a picture of the two of us. That was when he got down on one knee and said he couldn’t live without me and asked me to marry him! How could a girl say no to that??

Planning: Simply Couture Weddings // Photo: Shea Christine Photography // Floral: Port + Palm Co. // Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas // Venue: Flagler Museum // Bridal Gown Designer: Pronovias // Bridal Salon: Couture Bridal // Cake: Earth and Sugar // DJ/Photobooth: Vision DJs // Caterer: Chez Gourmet // Hair/Makeup: Emmy Sinanan // Transportation: Millenium Limo // Tux Rental: The Tux Shop

 

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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

 

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

 

When making decisions for their wedding day at Castle Hill Inn, Katie and Andrew knew they  “just wanted the entire event to feel natural, relaxed, and fun.” The couple asked their friend – who happens to be a great artist – to paint a watercolor of the venue for a Save the Date postcard and everything unfolded from there. They enlisted an etsy vendor to create a custom watercolor branch motif and monogram for the invitations by Emerald Invitations and florist, Kim, from Greenlion Design helped them to create an amazing natural aesthetic for the day. We’re definitely loving the stunning, greenery-filled ceremony arch and the dangling vine escort card display—so cool! Lucky for us, one of our faves, Erin McGinn Photography, was on hand to capture all the details in her gorgeous signature style.

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from the bride: Andrew grew up in Rhode Island, and Newport has been a special part of our relationship. Most of our friends and family are on the east coast, so Newport seemed like the perfect place to have the ceremony and reception. When choosing a venue, we wanted to get married somewhere that meant something to us. Andrew’s family used to spend New Years’ at Castle Hill Inn, and they actually hosted his christening party there when he was a baby. Having that element of history made the venue feel that much more special.

Photography: Erin McGinn Photography // Florist: Greenlion Design // Invitations: Emerald Invitations // Escort Cards/Table Numbers: Champagne and Ink // Venue: Castle Hill Inn // Bride’s Dress: Reem Acra // Hair and Makeup: Jennie Kay Beauty // Dress Boutique: M Bride // Hair Comb: Greenlion Design // Earrings: BHLDN // Lighting / Décor: Exquisite Events // Transportation: Viking Tours // Cake: Scrumptions // Rentals: Rentals Unlimited // Music: Young Love and the Thrills // Ties: Neck & Tie Co

 

There’s just something about a man in a kilt, right?! Julia and Jonny’s garden-themed wedding took place at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where Jonny and his groomsmen donned the traditional garb to honor his family’s Scottish heritage. The day, planned by Elizabeth Duncan Events was complete with bagpipers at the outdoor ceremony in the museum’s courtyard. After the nuptials, the party moved inside the historic venue where the grand foyer was filled with a spectacular, colorful display of floral amazingness by Philippa Tarrant Floral Design. We’re also loving the mix-and-match floral pattern heirloom china—so perfect for the garden party vibes. Lucky for us, Love Life Images was on hand to capture all the details of the day for us to enjoy.

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Photography: Jennifer Domenick, Love Life Images // Coordinator: Elizabeth Duncan, Elizabeth Duncan Events // Florist: Philippa Tarrant Floral Design // Invitations: Just Paper and Tea // Venue: Baltimore Museum of Art //  // Wedding Gown: Anna Maier, Hitched Salon // Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Hitched Salon // Hair and Make-up: Carlos Perino and Erika Davidson // Caterer: Occasions Caterers // Transportation: Zbest Limo // Officiant: Julia Jarvis // Ceremony Music: String Poets // Bagpiper: Paul Cora, Maryland Bagpiper // Reception Music: DJ D-Mac and Associates