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Classic, Elegant Slovakia Wedding at Hotel Albrecht

I spend my days poring through gorgeous images, but this collection from Peter & Veronika Photography honestly took my breath away. Beautifully classic with a timeless feel, they paint the picture of a wedding that was gorgeous in every sense of the word. So it’s no surprise that this gallery is stunning from the first image to the last, and you can see what I mean right here.

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From Peter & Veronika PhotographySuzanne and Sveto’ s wedding was just like the two of them. Elegant, sophisticated and very comfortable. Everything was decorated in soft pastel colors and tiny flowers with candles created very romantic atmosphere.

From The Bride…I met Sveto for the first time at University, he was a 2nd year studying in a different faculty. I wasn’t initially interested in a relationship, but his persistence led firstly to friendship, which very soon became the true love we cherish today. We have now been a couple for 8 years, and just recently celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary.

We have been through many of life’s milestones together; we graduated from university, found our first jobs, lived and worked abroad, and of course, moved into our first apartment together. We have traveled to many wonderful destinations, creating beautiful shared memories and experiences along the way.

Three years ago Sveto was offered a job in Prague and I think that this moment was what showed him that it was time to move forward with our relationship. Sveto is not a very romantic type of guy and I knew that if he proposed to me, it would not be in a public or crowded place or during a special occasion. I was really shocked when he asked me to marry him. It took me a while to realize not only what he was asking, but also the real meaning behind the words. I felt truly happy, touched and knew how much I meant to my future husband.

Despite the fact that we hadn’t talked in detail about our wedding prior to the engagement, we quickly agreed on almost all the crucial details including the style, date (which was exactly a year and a day after he proposed), venue, and number of guests. He was mainly concerned about the budget. Looking back now, he does not regret that we slightly exceeded the initial amount, and by little I mean 30 %. I am sure that every bride who reads these words understands me fully.

I had my dream of what our wedding would be like before we got engaged, and I did not made any significant changes during the planning of it. I wanted something unique which I would plan myself, and for the wedding to be elegant and classy.We made the decision not to engage any consultants or planners. In all honesty, if I could go back and change something, it would be that. I spent many evenings, emails and energy on planning everything myself, but in the end all the effort was worth it. It was a timeless wedding which will be in the minds of our guests for a long time to come.

The trickiest thing to organize was the venue. We both like classy, boutique restaurants, but it took us some time to find what we wanted in Bratislava, Slovakia. There are many chateaux, locations with vast, beautiful gardens and rustic buildings, but none of the ones we visited made such an impression on us as Hotel Albrecht The moment we walked through the doors, we knew it was the one. We both went quiet, had smiles on our faces, then after a few moments just looked at each other knowing that our decision had been made.We were informed by the manager that one of the best Czech-Slovak cooks would be available for our date and he would be delighted to select the wedding menu with us. Our expectations were exceeded, we were so lucky. All decorations and flowers for the day were made by Moruška design. Thanks to them I had the most beautiful bridal bouquet ever. It was a combination of pink and white Gypsophila (Baby’s-Breath). They also used this extraordinary flower for the table centerpieces. Huge balls of Gypsophila were placed in high vases inside which were colorful fish. Candles and lanterns were everywhere. It really was like a scene from a fairy tale.

Our traditional ceremony took place in St. Martin’s Cathedral, which is is the largest and finest, as well as one of the oldest churches, in Bratislava, Slovakia. We had a full house and despite the rain, people waited to congratulate the newly-weds. Standing in such a beautiful cathedral, walking to the altar on my father’s arm and finally saying yes to the person I love most in the world, my husband was so touched and moved that both our voices were shaking during our vows. This moment was of course one of the most emotional either of us has ever experienced.

When my husband saw me walking down the aisle to him in the cathedral and caught sight of my wedding dress, he was blown away. After several weeks of preparation starting with drafting the dress on a sketchpad and numerous visits and fittings, I was truly honored by his reaction, and that of other guests as well.

I visited several bridal salons, but did not find the right dress for me. I wanted some element from each dress, but none of them were the whole package. After several brainstorming sessions with my closest girlfriends, I decided to go to a fashion designer. I chose Jana Pistejova, one of the most famous Slovakian designers. Her dresses emphasize femininity and beauty, but they are still sexy.She works beautifully with lace and I knew that a dress made by her would exactly capture me.

After midnight I decided to wear a second wedding dress. A dress that my mother wore almost 40 years before for her own wedding day. It was a very emotional moment for both of us. On my side were feelings of pride and honor to wear such a dress, and for my mother it was a strong emotive experience to see her daughter wearing her wedding dress.

You always need to keep in mind what things are important about your wedding for both of you and insist on them. These items made the wedding special and unique for us. Do not follow the crowd, instead look for something which describes and reflects you. Your wedding must have something from you, and it is more than likely that it will remain one of the most emotional experiences for the rest of your lives.

Photography: Peter & Veronika Photography | Event Design: Moruska Design | Floral Design: Moruska Design | Floral Design: Rhapis | Wedding Dress: Jana Pistejova | Cake: Torticky | Bride's shoes: Dolce and Gabbana | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Next | Hair: Patrik Susi Vesely | Groom's Attire: Lydia Eckhardt | Groom's shoes: Baldinini | Place for wedding portraits: Wiegerova vila | Sweets: Giraffe Bakery | Underwear: Agent provocateur | Venue: Hotel Albrecht | Wedding Music: Maria Kmetova

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Fashionable Elopement in Tuscany

If I had the chance to wedding plan all over again, this Italian elopement is exactly what I’d do. Set in the most charming town hall, with their parents to bear witness, it’s exactly what intimate, wildly romantic nuptials are all about. SposiamoVi planned every moment and Lisa Poggi and Matteo Castelluccia captured to perfection. More photos (and that high-low McQueen gown!) waiting here.

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From The Bride…I don’t always go for the “bigger is better” theory. That’s why, when Simon and I got engaged, we agreed to keep things intimate and romantic. What better way to honor that agreement than to escape to the Tuscan hills of Italy and elope! I did some online research and found SposiamoVi, premier Italian wedding planners, and got in touch with them straight away. They got back to me immediately, and we started planning…

From SposiamoViHailing from Australia, Catherine and Simon wanted to plan their elopement during their trip to Italy in early September, 2013, with their parents as witnesses. A wildly romantic plan, and one that left us all starry-eyed. We got straight to work. Through Skype, email, and Pintrest we were able to share inspirational wedding photos and ideas with Catherine.

After a careful search we were able to secure the age-old town hall in Radda, Chianti and the beautiful fourteenth century Villa Vignamaggio. Radda is a medieval village that is set snugly into the Chianti hills and encircled by forests, olive groves, and vineyards.

Villa Vignamaggio is a venue that sits upon a hill top and overlooks the surrounding vineyards and wineries. SposiamoVi has a long standing relationship with the Villa, and it was the perfect location for the accommodations and reception of this quiet gathering.

At last, the wedding day had come! Catherine – assisted by her mother, hair and makeup artist, and her personal SposiamoVi wedding planner – could finally don her fabulous high-low Alexander McQueen gown and silver Miu Miu t-strap platform open toe sandals, complete with sparkling cut glass heels.

Simon looked very handsome in his stylish light blue suit and polka-dot bowtie. And, as he waited anxiously for his bride, her bouquet of fresh flowers and greenery from La Rosa Canina in hand, his mother attached his boutonniere to the lapel of his suit.

As soon as she was ready, Catherine met Simon, her parents and his parents in the Villa’s elegant main reception room. After a few more pre-wedding photographs from renowned photographer Lisa Poggi and some additional video footage from respected wedding videographer Matteo Castelluccia, Simon’s and Catheirne’s parents got into a luxury taxi and made their way into Radda. Shortly thereafter, Catherine’s father escorted the bride into a vintage Fiat convertible and drove them to the town hall.

Arriving at their destination, Catherine was met by curious and appreciative on-lookers. Simon went on into the town hall’s loggia to meet up with his parents, while Catherine and her parents lingered just a bit before walking into the loggia to a waiting Simon. Their civil ceremony was peppered with much laughter and even a few tears. After they were pronounced “man and wife”, Catherine and Simon’s parents showered them with rose petals upon the town hall’s ancient stone stairs. The six of them then strolled in the warm Tuscan sunshine to a nearby terrace for champagne and hors d’oeuvres, sitting under a sun umbrella and overlooking the sparkling blue-green Mediterranean sea.

Back at Villa Vignamaggio, the SposiamoVi team was hard at work, transforming one of the Villa’s wine cellar into a cozy, culinary haven. Making sure that the dining table was set for dinner with antique lace tablecloth, fine dinnerware, tall candelabra, fresh flowers from La Rosa Canina, and small candles scattered artfully about the table setting. Soft accent lighting from the venerable chandelier above the dining table completed the romantic, intimate ambience.

Before coming to dinner, the bride changed into yet another wonderful Alexander McQueen creation. This one playful with a plunging back, lace accents, and short organza ruffles. Catherine, Simon and their parents enjoyed a delicious Tuscan meal together; each course topped off with a different wine, selected from the Villa’s own vineyard. After dinner the newlyweds cut their cake, and then enjoyed a private dance among the French oak wine casks in the Villa’s aged wine cellar; the photographer and videographer capturing each move, each loving moment.

This was truly an experience that Catherine, Simon, and their parents will look back on for years to come with broad smiles on their faces. A fabulous location, an intimate setting, a charming couple, and loads of love!

Photography: Lisa Poggi Photography | Flowers: La Rosa Canina | Wedding Dress: Alexander McQueen | Hair And Make Up: Lara Navarrini | Bridal Shoes: Miu Miu | Cinematography : Matteo Castelluccia Videomaker | Villa : Vignamaggio | Wedding Planner And Designer: SposiamoVi

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Destination Wedding at Four Seasons Punta Mita

Everyone has a different aspect of their wedding with which they are particularly preoccupied. For some of us it’s the dress, the food, or the ceremony, and for some of us (raises hand) it’s the party. This is a HUGE day and I am a firm believer in an all-out celebration. Photographed by Jillian Mitchell, this Punta Mita bash is also totally gorgeous. You can see the whole pretty-packed fiesta right here in the gallery.

From the bride… Chris is super corporate America with a twist of hippie (since meeting me) and I’m totally a southern grown granola. Chris and I have always had a love hate relationship with Margaritas and Mexican food. Being from Texas, its our way of life – I don’t think there has been a week in our alomst 5 years together where we haven’t had Mexican food and Margaritas every Sunday – then come home for an afternoon siesta!

We didn’t want a big wedding at all – and we knew if we had a Houston wedding, it would have been a 500 person event. Chris and I are both SUPER laid back and easy going. We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities and our favorite things: spending time with our friends and margaritas!

We chose Punta Mita – because we have friends who have houses there and we think its a beautiful, quaint little spot. We also didn’t want to ask our guests to fly more than 2 hours to our wedding destination. We wanted a resort that was killer, yet we wanted somewhere really fun for our guests to have a fun “vacation”. We didn’t want them to think they were traveling for a wedding. We wanted them to go on vacation – and happen to just go to a wedding during their trip!

We didn’t want to choose between our friends – so we decided we wouldn’t have a bridal/grooms party. We’ve both been in a ton of weddings and we agreed, its just too stressful and causes way too much drama. We agreed that our wedding was about two people: Chris and myself.

As far as vendors – I wanted to keep things super simple. Chris wore simple Bonobos blue pants (his favorite color) and a white linen shirt with his sleeves rolled up. I wanted him to feel comfortable, not stuffy. Shoes are always optional in our lives.. I absolutely hate wearing shoes. My dress, was Alvina Valenta purchased at Ivory Bridal Couture. I wanted a dress that was simple and reflected the beach – I didn’t want too poofy or fancy looking – because that’s not me. I didn’t wear shoes.

The food was simple: Mexican. The drinks were our favorite: Margaritas, Corona’s and Champagne with berries – we also had an open bar for our guests. We had tequila at each table – because why not? Our friends spent a ton of money coming to Mexico to party – we wanted to give them a party. I think we accomplished that!

Overall we had the best, most perfect wedding. People are STILL talking about it in Houston. It was wild, crazy, free spirited – just the way we wanted it.

Photography: Jillian Mitchell | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Ceremony Venue: Four Seasons Resort | Groom's Attire: Bonobos

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