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Destination Wedding by Gia Canali and Yifat Oren, IV

Thank you so much to the always inspiring Gia Canali and Yifat Oren for sharing today’s ridiculously gorgeous wedding with us. We feel really lucky to get to brag about some of our favorite vendors and you two are very high on our list of favorites. I hope that all of you found this wedding as inspiring as I did. And like yesterday’s Lisa Vorce feature, I hope you discovered ideas tucked inside that you can replicate on any budget. I’ve included a few budget ideas below!

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The main thing to note when finding inspiration within this wedding is the natural elegance. They looked to the beach…the colors, the textures, the natural beauty…and translated that into each and every detail. Starting with the color palette. With a blend of whites, greens and natural hues the look just faded perfectly into the backdrop.

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Next up, the details.

1. If you are getting married at a hotel on the beach, ask the hotel to borrow some of their lounge chairs. They always have extras on hand and although they might make you pay a rental fee, the look will be totally relaxed and chic.

2. Keep the details simple. Look to IKEA for accent pieces like these amazing floor cushions. A runner using plain muslin fabric. Branches instead of flowers to frame the aisle. Think organic, simple and refined. These adorable fans are a pretty affordable accent and your guests will love them.

3. Keep your flowers ultra simple and tidy. Wrap your bouquet in natural linen and twine or leather. With centerpieces, go for simple and low white flowers. Accent with big bowls of styrafome balls wrapped in twine (make your own based on these from Target). You can also fill in with artichokes and other pretty veggies without spending a ton of money.

4. Gift your boys a clean, casual white shirt that they can wear with khaki’s from their closet and a pair of brown flip-flops.

5. Finish off the look by creating wooden signs to mark each area of your wedding. The Ceremony…The Drinks…The Dinner…etc. You can even add in fun things like this couple did like a Jewelry Making station or Domino Dock. White paint on a sturdy wooden board will go a long way for making your affair seem a bit more homegrown, a bit more charming.

Destination Wedding by Gia Canali and Yifat Oren, III

Every now and then I feel like a total wedding stalker. I OBSESS over the details, the perfect brides, the flowers, the design. And this wedding has me in total crazy stalker mode. Aside from being one of the most beautiful destination weddings I’ve ever seen, it’s also refreshingly edited. Designed by the insanely talented celebrity designer Yifat Oren, this wedding is all about the gorgeousness… with decor that blends seamlessly into the beach backdrop and every detail appearing cohesive and simply beautiful.

The ridiculously stunning photographs that Gia Canali shot only make it that much sweeter.

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A few details from Gia…

The couple held a simple, gorgeous, ceremony – the bride’s uncle co-officiated with a local officiant, who ended the ceremony by saying, “And now, not only by the laws of these islands, but also by the laws of your hearts, I declare you husband and wife.”   Then there was a blessing stone ceremony that everybody joined in!

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Are you madly, madly in love yet? The dress on the beach, the lounge chairs, the effortlessness and total luxury placed side by side within every detail. We have more goodness coming up in just a bit!

Destination Wedding by Gia Canali and Yifat Oren, II

You should probably sit down for this next feature. Even if you have no interest in a beachside wedding, even if you aren’t going to rock out a ballroom wedding gown, even if traditional gorgeousness isn’t your thing…you will still LOVE this wedding. It’s impossible not to. Photographed by Gia Canali and designed by the world famous Yifat Oren, this wedding is the definition of beauty. It’s perfection through and through.

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And I have to say…a ballroom gown on a beach has to be one of my favorite wedding luxuries. It’s impossibly gorgeous and will forever be a look that gives me butterflies. The gown in particular, by Monique of course, just might be as close to perfect as you can get, setting the tone for the ridiculously beautiful wedding to follow.

As for flowers, I love, love, love the concept that GD Designers put together for the affair. For a really expensive, absolutely luxurious affair, the flowers were a welcome, understated style.  They were muted, they were organic, they were simply stunning. And the invitations, designed by Jennifer at Tiny Pine Press. Ummm…hello gorgeous.

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Here area a few deails from Gia Canali, the photographer behind these perfect images…

Jennifer Parsons of Tiny Pine Press designed gorgeous stationery across the board.  The save-the-dates were printed on wooden paper and a luscious handmade paper and wrapped in turquoise blue threads.  The invites were letterpressed on handmade paper and mounted on wooden paper (like the opposite of the save the dates) — with little turquoise waves stitched in at the top. The decor behind this wedding was perfect–simple, modern, earthy, and sweet.  Each event, from the beginning to end, was planned to be fun and meaningful — with good food and lots of time for friends.  There were surprises, too, like fireworks at midnight! Each groomsman’s boutonniere matched a bridesmaid’s bouquet, featuring a single (different) bloom.  My favorite boutonniere featured something that looked like asparagus.