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Destination Wedding Inspiration in Umbria, Italy

Our editor Stephanie is currently on a fab European adventure, and following her on Instagram has me dreaming of packing up and setting sail – maybe to a gorgeous spot like Italy. Through the eyes of Squaresville Studios, the floral design of Crocus Fiori and styling by Umbria Bee Coming, this inspiration is proving that Umbria was made for destination nuptials. Click here for more.

From Squaresville StudiosLast summer my husband and I spent several months in Europe, including 4 weeks in Italy. We planned the trip booking local apartments via Airbnb and by pure chance ended up with a cute loft in Terni, Umbria. This particular region of Italy is just beautiful but far less known and completely underrated. It is full of kind hearted people, ancient architecture and breathtaking nature. (great food too, of course!). We were lucky to meet a local named Marco whose passion and profession it is to make Umbria more known. He is involved in all kinds of amazing projects that are geared towards bringing more tourism to the region. Long story short, he suggested that we create a style shoot and try to publish the pictures hoping they would draw attention to Umbria as a wedding destination. Needless to say I was happy to oblige because I truly believe that Umbria makes one of the most stunning backdrops for a wedding and/or honeymoon. The shoot took place at Abbazia San Pietro in Valle. Once an Abbey built in the 8th century it is now a luxery hotel that also hosts weddings. A venue full of unbelievable history and beauty!

Photography: Squaresville Studios | Floral Design: Crocus Fiori | Stationary: Susan Asbill | Catering: Hora Media | Calligraphy: Lettering Art Studio | Location: Abbazia San Pietro In Valle | Planning: Marco Angeletti At Umbria Bee Coming | Stationary Styling: Bows And Arrows

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Botanical Garden Wedding Covered in Cherry Blossoms

This Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding is gorgeous all on its own – no question about it. But when it just so happens to be that time of year when the city is blanketed in cherry blossoms, it makes for a pinch-me-perfect setting you HAVE to see for yourself. Thanks to Photo Pink (so appropriately named!) springtime nuptials have never looked sooo good.

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From the Bride… As native New Yorkers, we wanted to create a wedding that was incredibly romantic yet iconic to our great city. The Palm House in Spring had all of the elements to create the magical night we envisioned. Guests were greeted with champagne and a string quartet playing melodiously in the stunning magnolia plaza. The Art Deco facade of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was the perfect backdrop to create a classic Hollywood vibe. With the groom’s Oscar night worthy bow tie, the bride’s Monique Lhuillier lace wedding dress, and a jazz band playing the cocktail hour made our wedding feel timeless. The glass Palm House captured the essence of romance with candlelight and an early spring sunset greeting our guests as they entered for the reception.

We wanted our ceremony to be special for us as well as our guests. So, Tom and I got down on one knee and proposed to my sister and asked her to marry us! Kiera created a ceremony that was undeniably memorable, filled with humor, heartfelt sentiments and really engaged our guests. Most notably, she incorporated elements from Native American traditions, such as the invocation of the directions, which allowed our guests to feel a part of the ceremony by reminding us to stay in the present and to focus everyone on what was happening. Tom and I used Steven Curtis Chapman’s “I Will be Here” for our vows. Kiera gave us a beautiful Pendleton blanket as a wedding gift, and it was used in the ceremony to wrap us for the moment we became husband and wife.

Our “let love grow” theme really came to life with the selected readings for the ceremony and was complimented by being outside in a beautiful botanic garden surrounded by all the trees and flowers coming to life for the season. The ceremony concluded with a surprise reading of Dr. Seuss “Oh the Places You’ll Go” which was made extra special by the participation of a dear friend and our 2.5 year old nephew.

Tom and I both were excited to have our reveal at the Prospect Park Carousel! I felt so giddy waiting to see him, the excitement had been building after it took us an inexplicably long time to arrive due to some afternoon traffic. I’ll never forget the moment when he turned around and we saw each other for the first time! Feeling so excited and it was all really about to happen. WIth our bridal party standing by we laughed and hugged and let it all sink in.

I’ll never forget the sweet smell of the magnolias as I entered the magnolia plaza. They rustled ever so softly in the breeze creating an inviting atmosphere for us and our guests. As we exited the plaza after the ceremony it was a surreal moment, everything and everyone disappeared and it was just the two of us, a moment of total happiness and love.

At the end of the evening Liesl and Randy came to get us to come outside for some pictures, it was about to rain and the sky was the most magnificent shade of orange! It was magical and an incredibly special way to end the night.

Photography: Photo Pink | Videography: Kiss The Bride Films | Floral Design: Rebecca Shepherd Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Ana Parzych Cakes | Reception Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Twobirds | Catering: Charles Sally Charles | DJ: DJ Gaza | Groom's Attire: Kenneth Cole | Groomsmen's Attire: Kenneth Cole | Officiant: Kiera Nagle

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Garden Inspired NYC Rooftop Wedding

A cityscape makes for a pretty gorgeous backdrop and the proof is in the imagery by Robert And Kathleen Photographers. Imagery that showcases a wildly chic garden wedding soaring high in the NYC skyline with loads of blooms by Cornucopia Flowers, pretty garden details by Red Letter Events and view like you wouldn’t believe. Now grab a cozy seat and get lost in the gallery for a bit.

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From Robert and Kathleen PhotographersThis late summer is one of the prettiest weddings we have ever had the pleasure to photograph. It’s mix of natural elements and chic NYC location were a true reflection of the couple. Ana and Chris are gorgeous and their taste is impeccable. She was stunning in her Monique Lhuillier gown and Valentino shoes and he looked incredible in black tie. Ana is a nutritionist and incorporated a ton of natural elements into her day – from beeswax candles to centerpieces that were a blend of flowers and vegetables.

Ana & Chris’s story from Robert & Kathleen Photographer’s Blog…The connection that Ana and Chris share just seems natural. There is no pretense, no artificiality. They are bravely and unabashedly themselves and embrace the people they have closest to them in kind. They genuinely care about leaving the people they love and the world they live in just a little bit better than they found it. There are few people in the world that care so openly about making you feel comfortable in their presence like Ana and Chris do.

They do this because the love they have given to one another is so strong, so powerful that they can’t help from wanting to share it with others. And on their wedding day, they did just that. Standing on a terrace, perched fifteen stories up from the bustle of midtown Manhattan, it was as though you were transported to a different world as you watched Ana walk toward Chris in her wedding gown. With the wind blowing her veil and tears in Chris’s eyes, it was a vision straight out of a Hollywood movie. But it was even better than any movie you had ever seen. Because simply by being bearing witness to Ana and Chris exchanging their vows, you couldn’t help but be moved. There was no question that these two people were meant to find one another. Meant to inadvertently cross paths at a party in San Francisco years ago, when one of them was walking out and the other walking in. Meant to share a brief introduction and shake hands for the very first time during that short few minutes. Because when their hands touched, they felt something. In that moment, they knew there was a stronger force bringing them together. And from the moment they became a couple, they have accepted one another unconditionally and felt love deeper than they ever had before. And set them off on a life together where they would share that love with all the people closest to them. To love each one of them just as they have loved each other: openly, freely. All the while making the world a better place in the process. Because the world can always use more love. And it absolutely needs more couples like Ana and Chris.

Photography: Robert And Kathleen Photographers | Event Planning: Rena Hecht Of Red Letter Events | Floral Design: Cornucopia Flowers | Cake: Sugar Flower Cake Shop | Ceremony Venue: The Terrace At The Hudson Hotel | Reception Venue: The Penthouse At The Hudson Hotel | Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids Dresses: JLM Couture | Hair: Bobby Tochterman | DJ: DJ Furnace Of Scratch Weddings | Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier

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Animal Themed Country Wedding in the United Kingdom

Petting zoos and gorgeous outdoor affairs aren’t your standard combo but the second you lay your eyes on this wedding it will all make sense. From the jeweled Jenny Packham dress to the adorable donkey, were smitten with Britt Spring’s photography, The Passion Of Flowers’ approach to blooms and overall a day infused with animals and a whole lot of love.

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From The Bride…We definitely had a bit of an animal theme going on with a side of cowboy and American Ranch thrown in for good measure.Our decorations came from all over the place: charity shops, antique shops, Etsy, Ebay and my Nan, and were mostly sourced by me in the months leading up to the wedding.

Our invitations (which I designed) featured two chickens so these kind of became our emblem. My favorite decorations were the two feathered life-size chicken that I ordered from the States. They kept a watchful eye over everyone from the bar all night.

I really wanted antler chandeliers but these are generally quite expensive – eventually I found the ones we had randomly at Next.Then there were vases, animal planters, chalk boards, wagon wheels. vintage signs, fake animal heads and brass animals. Paper decorations for the marquee were custom made by FunkyFrillsUK from Etsy. Each table was named after an animal so for the name places I bought lots of Childrens plastic animals and spray painted them white, in fact I was up early doing this on the morning of the wedding! I used kraft tags and hand stamped all of the names.

Will and I met through two of our best friends, the best man and one of the bridesmaids, who met at university and are now married. I always knew I wanted to get married in North Norfolk as it’s where I grew up and it’s a really special place but we were very lucky to find Scaldbeck House as it had only just been refurbished and the owner agreed to apply for a licence so that we could have our wedding there. The thing that did it for us was the view looking out over Morston Harbour, which is a bit wild and of course those big Norfolk skies.

One of my best friends, Charley (who did an amazing reading of Roald Dahl’s Cinderella at the ceremony) is a wedding planner and has a fantastic blog called London Bride. I was quite daunted by the task of choosing a photographer but she recommended a few and I loved Britt’s work. Beautiful, stylish and memorable and not a hint of cheese. Also she is very happy and relaxed which is great as Will and I are both terrible at having our photos taken usually.

Photography: Britt Spring | Flowers: The Passion Of Flowers | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Brides Shoes: LK Bennett | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Band: The Slippery Hill Boys | Fred The Donkey: Scratby Donkeys | Luxury Home: Scaldbeck House | MUA: Flash Kate | Petting Zoo: Off The Farm

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