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Sophisticated Wedding in Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany

Gattotigre – Destination Wedding Videography, you’ve got every single one of us feeling all the wedding day feels thanks to your cinematographic magic. For Amy & Keith’s special day is what dreams are made of. Overflowing with Tuscany Flowers and endless love, this is one celebration you’ll want to preview pronto. Get ready for some happy tears and press play to see it all below!

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From the Bride… Keith and I met in East Hampton during the summer of 2012 through mutual friends. I am from Texas and we both work in finance in NYC: me, in the real estate private equity business development and investor relations, while Keith is an inter-dealer broker. After a few years together, Keith proposed during the Christmas holiday. I love the holidays – particularly Christmas. We made an event of decorating our apartment in Nolita (Manhattan) for the holidays – Christmas tree decorating, light hanging, etc – and the next morning, Keith proposed under the tree in our pajamas, over my favorite green juice breakfast.

My goal for the wedding was to create a wonderful memory for my then-fiance’, our family and friends. Every detail was meant to make the weekend feel special and intimate and create a lasting memory that will make the people we love smile every time they think of our wedding. The most exciting part of the wedding planning was the wedding dress shopping and menu planning! I loved wedding dress shopping with my mom, sister and brother – all who flew in from Texas. I equally adored choosing the menu. From the truffled ricotta with lavender honey antipasti, to the wine pairing, I loved every detail.

Invitations were embossed on rounded-edge ivory double-ply, brown gilded edge paper in a romantic brown script. The ceremony invitation, farm-to-table welcome dinner invitation and farewell brunch invitation each included a sketch – the Borgo Santo Pietro villa, a platter of Italian vegetables and a rose bush, respectively. The invitations were bundled neatly with a ribbon and sprig of lavender. Inner and outer envelopes were calligraphed in brown ink, with the outer envelope sealed with a wax stamp of the couple’s initials. Day of stationery included a welcome note, escort cards and menus.

I had lace scraps from my dress sewn into the inside pocket of Keith’s tux (which luckily he didn’t notice during the fitting) and was a surprise on the wedding day! We had a simple ceremony officiated by the mayor, with a Catholic blessing after the conclusion of the civil ceremony. The reception opened with a few welcome speeches; oysters and typical Tuscan appetizers were served while guests were enjoying the cocktails. The tablescape included long garland of peonies and olive branches. On each lady’s place setting, atop the menu, was an alternating peony or garden rose; atop the men’s place setting were olive branches. Tuscany Flowers also provided the antique candelabras on the tables.

We chose The Maldives for our honeymoon – Gili Lankanfushi and The One and Only. It was gorgeous – crystal blue (80 degree) water teeming with sea life, which we enjoyed while scuba diving and snorkeling. We also (of course) fully enjoyed the food, which was rich with Indian and Arabic influences.

From Gattotigre – Destination Wedding VideographyThe wedding took place in Borgo Santo Pietro Luxury Relais (Chiusdino, Siena, Tuscany – Italy) on Saturday May 23rd, 2015. This stunning Relais is located about 45 mins to the south-west of Siena. It is set in its own delightful gardens, and it is an oasis hidden away behind private gates and walls. Once inside you are greeted by perfectly manicured gardens, fountains, statues and endless authentic details. Inside the villa the level of decor continues providing a very inspiring backdrop for a wedding. The Bride’s suite was simply stunning, with a big marble fireplace in the middle. The Bride looked gorgeous in her Ines Di Santo sheath dress purchased from Bergdorf Goodman, while the Bridesmaids chose their own blush and mauve dresses.

It should have been a beautiful day of sunshine and an outdoor wedding followed by drinks and dinner under the stars… instead it rained from sun up to sun down and into the night and every single photo/video had to be done under cover. Even the outdoor shots were done with an umbrella. Amy and Keith were supposed to get married in the main part of the St. Galgano Abbey – instead we used a small side area which was covered but looked out onto the gardens and continual rain. It wasn’t an easy day by any means! Anyway, with tons of soft candlelights and ancient candelabras, elegant white details and the romantic feel of a secret garden, the wedding reception was still a dream come true!

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Photography: Jules Bower | Cinematography: Gattotigre - Destination Wedding Videography | Wedding Planner: Becky Mathews Weddings | Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers | Invitations: Lyndsay Wright Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Galgano Abbey | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dolce And Gabbana | Hair + Makeup: Daniela Delia | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Bride's Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cufflinks + Studs: Ralph Lauren | Getting Ready + Reception Venue: Borgo Santo Pietro | Groom's Jewelry: Audemars Piguet | Groom's Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Registry: Williams Sonoma Registry

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Retro Chic Swing + Jazz-Themed Wedding in the French Countryside

This wedding is full of all of my favorite things: a beautiful lace wedding gown, adorable little French children, beautiful blossoms, scrumptious sweets and a gorgeous couple madly in love. Complete with a jazz theme (the couple took swing lessons to prepare for their big day!) and a summery palette, this day came together in the loveliest way. See it all from Anne-Claire Brun in The Vault!

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From Anne-Claire BrunI loved this wedding! I had never seen this theme before and everything was so beautifully crafted! Maxime and Chloé are two amazing people and so in love that the whole day felt unreal :)

From The Bride…Maxime and I met in High School. My best friend was dating one of Maxime’s friends and decided to play matchmaker! We kept our relationship going, even when Maxime was abroad and all throughout our studies. Years later, we were traveling in Stockholm, in October. For my birthday, Maxime took me to the botanical garden, a magical place! We had afternoon tea on an outside table with dozens of small birds surrounding us. We then wandered around the garden in the late sunny afternoon. I was standing on a tree trunk with Maxime’s arms around me when he told me he was ready to commit and proposed to me. I remember the sunset on the water so vividly, it was perfect!

For a year and a half, we were both really invested in the wedding. We took lessons of Lindy Hop every week to learn the basics of the dance and then private ones to learn a choreography on the song “Sing Sing Sing” from Benny Goodman. We spent so many week ends working on the wedding! It was intense but those moments brought us closer together.

The style of the wedding was retro-chic 20s swing and jazz. We went to flea markets to find items for table decorations and the candy bar. The tables names were jazz singers’ names, the invitations art deco and I was wearing an old style comb through my hair. The color theme was grey blue, nude and gold. We decorated Napoleon chairs with grey blue, white and nude ribbons. Maxime’s groomsmen wore a blue grey bow tie and my bridesmaids wore nude and gold. I found a gorgeous 20s style dress whose bottom was entirely embroidered with pearls for my sister. Also, I designed the tote bag for all the women at the wedding. The bag read “Swing your day” and we chose the colors to make them look vintage.

We also wanted a touch of nature so we had the bag made in canvas, kraft paper and wild flowers. Many elements were homemade like the photo booth accessories entirely made by my sister, the signs crafted by Maxime’s dad, the frames and the table plans found and painted by my mom… We also found the fabric for the table runners and the bridesmaids dresses that we then had put together by a dressmaker.

We wanted a cozy place with a lot of character and this old farmhouse with its beautiful barn and backyard was perfect!

During the wedding day, I really enjoyed getting ready with my mom and my sister. It was a moment of feminine complicity and it felt magic! Maxime and I loved the moment when it was just the two of us, right after the ceremony, in the vintage car. Also, our friends and cousins prepared a surprise for us: they did an amusing take on a fashion show and they paraded in front of everyone wearing funny clothes.

For the music, we had: the entrance into the church: “A Chloris” from Reynaldo Hahn sang by a mezzo soprano friend (she suggested the song and we found it beautiful.), the exit from the church: ” La Valse d’Amelie” from Yann Tiersen used in the french movie “Amelie” and that is so meaningful to us the first dance: our choreography on “Lindy Hop Sing Sing Sing” by Benny Goodman (we didn’t want a traditional waltz and we loved the enthusiasm and joy that the song inspired! It went perfectly with the theme of the wedding!).

If I had any advice for the couples preparing their wedding now, it would be to not be too stressed on the wedding day (I know it easier said than done!) but it’s important in order to fully live the emotions of the day.

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Royal Purple Old World Wedding in Slovakia

Mary Donna and Oliver have officially planned our dream wedding. For starters, the location? Superb. The decor? Sublime. And the love? Undeniable. Peter & Veronika Photography was on hand capturing it all to share and thanks to THE VAULT you can witness the magic.

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From Peter & Veronika PhotographyMary Donna and Oliver had to travel all over the world to find each other and fall in. Oliver was born in Slovak Republic and in the childhood emigrated with his parents to US.

Mary Donna is from Philippines, but she found her home in US as well. They are both doctors and they found their love right at the workplace. Marry is a cardiologist and therefore it was easy for her to steal Oliver’s heart. For their wedding they chose the capital of Slovak Republic – beautiful Bratislava.

Slovak Republic is on the half way between US and Philippines, that´s why both of the families met right there. The wedding took place in a beautiful hotel right at the heart of Bratislava with an amazing view of the castle and the National Theatre.

It was a classic and elegant wedding in purple and white shades. Both bridesmaids’ dresses and their bouquets were purple. We are very happy, that we could be a part of that connection of these two wonderful persons, two different cultures and two families.

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Photography: Peter & Veronika Photography | Cinematography: Patricia & Oliver | Floral Design: Wolfert | Wedding Dress: Veejay Floresca | Stationery: Printsonalities | Rings: Laviano | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Veejay Floresca | Makeup: Sona Kubenikova | Groom's Attire: My Suit | Venue: Carlton Hotel | Event Planning + Coordination: Lovely Day

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