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Amalfi Coast Wedding Editorial

Just imagine escaping to coastal Italy with some of the industry’s brightest talent. Imagine a shoot styled to utter perfection by Joy Proctor Design, and the KT Merry as a photography mentor by your side. It’s exactly the idea behind Moda e Art and the proof is in the pudding. We’ve got the snaps from the latest workshop right at your fingertips. Pssst: Exciting news for 2015 Moda e Art hopefuls below!


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From Joy Proctor of Joy Proctor Design… Inspiration abounds throughout Italy and is beautiful landscapes. The incredible gem that is the Amalfi Coast serves as one of the best examples of the marriage between natural beauty and the incredible history so often found in Italy. The participants of this Falls Moda e Arte Workshop had the distinct pleasure of photographing and experiencing what is arguably, one of the treasures of the Amalfi Coast, the Villa Cimberone. The 11th century estate sits atop the cliffs of Ravello, overlooking the grand expense of the Amalfi Coast. Famous for its Terrazzo del’lnfinito, or Terrace of Infinity, and expansive gardens, the Villa is an UNESCO World Heritage site.

The inspiration for the shoot came from the location, set high above the seas below. With a color palate, and textures that evoked the feeling of air and light, we aimed to create something that was ethereal, an homage to the Italian history of the Palace of the Gods set amongst the clouds. The motif of a golden lyre was used throughout the paper suite created by Written Word Calligraphy. We chose to use a combination of paper and vellum for the invitation and paper goods – further adding to the light and ethereal feel of the look. An airy palate of cream, white and gold were played against the weathered stone and marble of the Villa.

The brides gown, a stunning creation by Samuelle Couture was another ethereal piece that played up the light nature of the look. The gowns soft tulle draped around the brides feet, with the slightest ruching at the top of the gown – another homage to the Roman history of the location. The mother of pearl cameo ring from Classic Vintage Rentals hinted to the location set above the sea. A simple green garland and gold leaves adorned the brides hair.

An intimate ceremony was set in front of a dome covered statue, with an aisle of chiffon covered chairs, wrapped in raw silk ribbon. As if a cloud of its own, the table set on the Terrace on Infinity was draped in La Tavola Linens Organdy in white, with an underlay of Topaz Fog. The exquisite gold chargers and intricate mother of pearl flatware from Classic Vintage Rentals played up the elegance of the ethereal linen. Vellum menus with gold calligraphy sat scrolled on each charger, with the name of each guest ribbed between the mother of pearl forks. Glass candlesticks and cut glass votives sat between the wild and organic florals arrangements.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Gown: Samuelle | Cake: Farfalla Di Zucchero | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Ring: Classic Vintage Rentals | Hair And Makeup: Mia Jeppson | Design & Florals: Joy Proctor Design (formerly Joy De Vivre) | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer | Hotel: Hotel Caruso | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Location: Villa Cimbrone | Ribbon: Silk + Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Tabletop: Classic Vintage Rentals | Tuxedo: Jcrew | Video: MG Image | Workshop: Moda E Arte

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Authentic Italian Villa Le Colline Wedding

Details? We love ‘em. But every now and then a wedding full of raw beauty, graceful, quiet moments and authenticity comes along and captures our attention. The kind of wedding that pulls it’s energy from the beautiful people, breathtaking scenery and tradition, like this fete planned by Infinity Wedding And Events. From the full-of-anticipation getting ready moments to the Italian-style dinner, you can see the story unfold in Gianluca Adovasio‘s lovely imagery.


From the beautiful Bride…We met whilst working together at a bar in Melbourne in 2006. I was working in marketing and Luke was the new bar Manager. He was constantly making excuses to call me for work purposes and one day plucked up the courage to ask me out.

After 6 years together, we went out to celebrate Luke finishing his honours degree. He took me to a small family owned Italian restaurant where we had our very first date. He was being very coy and seemed quite nervous (which is unusual as he is never at a loss for words!) and pulled out a gorgeous diamond ring he’d had made and popped the question.

From very early on in the relationship we knew. We moved in together after dating for 4 months. We just worked well together and knew we would be together.

2 years was the length of our engagement – we knew straight away that we wanted to get married in Tuscany which is a place very special to us, having spent much time there for Luke’s studies and work. So we wanted to share the beautiful experience with everyone else and give all of our guests enough time to plan an amazing holiday in Italy.

We hired a beautiful 17th century villa called Villa Le Colline in Impruneta for the week, in the countryside, 20 minutes outside of Florence, Italy. We held the ceremony in the garden of the villa overlooking the Tuscan hills.

We held a symbolic ceremony in the garden with 40 of our closest friends and family. A good friend who had been there since the start of our relationship was our celebrant, which made the experience so much more special to us. I was very nervous before the ceremony, but when I walked out and saw all of our friends and family and Luke standing there, I was excited and surprisingly calm. Luke’s sister sang a song for us, “A thousand years” by Chistina Perri. Luke and I both wrote and chose our vows. Luke memorised and recited William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 to me as part of his vows. It was a beautiful gesture. The view over the countryside was also breathtaking; it was a perfect day.

Our reception was also at Villa Le Colline, we had one long table, Italian style just in front of the villa. The villa was the perfect setting, being an old 17th century home, antique oak doors and shuttered windows with flowering wisteria wrapped around the façade. To complement the natural beauty of the property, we set up rustic lanterns lining the grounds of the villa and bistro lights intertwined around the large tree in the garden under which we cut our wedding cake.

We held aperitivo by the poolside of the villa with a complete spread of beautiful antipasti. For the reception, we had a five piece jazz band who played Frank Sinatra and Al Green and other classics as well as party songs later into the night. Our caterer and wedding planner was Barbara from Infinity weddings and events, who was incredible. The food was a four-course dinner with beautiful simple Italian food, beef carpaccio to start, ravioli with butter and sage, roast suckling pig with roasted peppers and pinenuts for the main and a traditional Italian wedding cake, millefoglie. Our wedding favours (bonbonniere) included little bottles of organic olive oil and limoncello, each tied together with traditional sugared almonds. After dinner, there was an open bar with grappa, brandy and cigars my father had brought for the boys. There was also plenty of prosecco, coffee, vin santo and cantuccini to finish, Tuscan style!

We made a trip to Florence a year earlier and visited a number of different venues. When we first saw Villa Le Colline and met the lovely owner, Andrea (villa has been in her family for generations since it was built), we knew immediately this was where we would have our wedding. It was just spectacular, elegant and beautiful. It certainly did not disappoint for our guests either.

Gianluca Adovasio was our wedding photographer; Gianluca and his wife Mary, are incredibly talented photographers. I searched high and low for the perfect photographer in Italy and after seeing their work, there was no one else I would rather have had. We had a pre-wedding shoot in Florence the day before the wedding to get to know them better. They are very funny and made us feel at ease. Neither Luke and I particularly like “staged” photos, but their work and photos just blew us away.

Wedding colours were ivory, navy, grey and green. The theme was very simple, elegant to fit in with our style, the villa and Tuscan location. We had olive leaves and branches featuring in the table setting and bridal party flowers (how could we not – it was Tuscany and the villa had its own olive grove!). Flowers included sweet peas, hydrangeas, white David Austin roses and blackberries.

I spent hours in the lead up to the wedding, looking over wedding shoots, real wedding articles and inspiration for wedding settings, flowers, cakes, hair and makeup and ideas for bridesmaids dresses.

We had three bridesmaids and groomsmen each. My bridesmaids were my two best friends and my brother’s girlfriend. I spent a long time looking for bridesmaids dresses, but didn’t find anything I liked. In the end I found a beautiful picture of a navy Giambattista Valli dress and had a very talented girlfriend who works on big stage productions in Melbourne recreate the dresses. Luke had his best friend as his best man and his two brothers as his groomsmen. We found their suits at Godwin Charli, a locally made tailored suit store in Melbourne.

I am very into the details and knew I wanted something with a vintage style. My dress was a made to measure dress called “Kasia” from Baccini and Hill and it was the second dress I tried on. Although I tried on every other wedding dress in Melbourne (I like to be thorough), I kept coming back to this dress. I knew it was the perfect dress for me, I felt so incredibly elegant in it. I Both my mother and Luke’s mother saw me try the dress on and were speechless. I had a headpiece custom made out of the same beading from the cap sleeve on my wedding dress. I also found the perfect matching Jimmy Choo sandals to wear.

The whole day was so special, from the ceremony to the reception. It surpassed our expectations in every way. Our caterer and wedding planner Barbara from Infinity Wedding and Events® did an exceptional job, the table setting, the flowers, the food, the music was amazing. She helped pull everything together seamlessly and made planning a destination wedding half way across the world an ease. It felt quite surreal and we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting and location for the wedding. We even had a Noweigian neighbour come to the villa and ask if he could join the party as the music was so good!

I also had a lot of fun getting ready during the day in the lead up to the wedding with my girlfriends and I spending the morning together (there were 18 of us staying at the villa). We had a champagne breakfast before getting ready. Our hair and makeup artists were amazing as well. Luigi and Elisa from CLASS hair and makeup in Prato, and their work has included many fashion shows for designers such as Gucci and Prada as well as tv shows like Italian X-Factor. When they had finished with all of us, I think we were all in awe.

It was a perfect destination wedding with all of our favourite people there. It was an intimate setting, which meant we got to spend quality time with all of our guests. Everyone was on holiday so we could truly relax and enjoy the experience together. We had also planned a number of activities during the week for everyone, a private winery tour and lunch in the Chianti overlooking the Tuscan hillside, a rehearsal dinner in a Florentine restaurant which was once an old church and a party the day after the wedding at the villa by the pool. The villa had a pizza oven so we organised a special pizza chef to come and cater. Everyone who came had so much fun and said it was the best wedding they had been to. It was just a magical week.

Unfortunate event – The week before we left for Italy, Luke’s mum broke her ankle severely and needed to have surgery which meant she was unable to fly and couldn’t come to the wedding. We were able to skype the wedding and are having a small second wedding at the registry office back in Melbourne, which means she will be able to attend.

Funny – Two of our girlfriends composed a special rap, dedicated just for Luke and I – they took over the stage and microphones after dinner with one beatboxing and the other performing the rap. Everyone was in hysterics.

Al Green – Let’s stay together was our first dance song. We danced to the song in the garden with the sun setting in the background.

My advice to other brides is think about the things that are special to you and what you don’t want to compromise. i.e. intimate wedding, perfect dress, great food, good band. Get those things right, and then don’t sweat the small stuff. Even if things go wrong before the wedding, it all turns out in the end. Also, take the time to stop and enjoy everything, the day will go very quickly. Pre and post wedding events are a great way to spend extra time with your loved friends and family.

Seeing as we were in Europe, we went on to London for a week for our honeymoon (Luke was presenting at a conference in Leeds) and then onto Crete in the Greek Islands. We stayed at the Blue Palace which is a Starwood luxury collection hotel. We had a honeymoon suite with a private infinity pool. Life could not have been much better, it was amazingly relaxing and just what we wanted. Absolutely recommend it to anyone else and would go back in a heart beat.

Photography: Gianluca Adovasio | Floral Design: Infinity Wedding And Events® | Wedding Gown: Baccini And Hill | Cake: Infinity Ricevimenti™ | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Infinity Ricevimenti™ | Make Up: Elisa, CLASS Hair And Makeup Prato | Hair: Luigi, CLASS Hair And Makeup, Prato | Entertainment:: The Bitband | Suits: Godwin Charli | Gift List: Wedding Gifts | Venue: Private Villa | Venue Stylist/planner: Barbara Calò, Infinity Weddings And Events®

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Intimate Destination Wedding in Tuscany

When the Design Director for Polo Ralph Lauren ties the knot, there’s a pretty good chance it’s going to be a wedding worth swooning. And with Infinite Love Wedding Coordinating working behind the scenes, this Tuscany destination affair delivers, BIG time. The fiercely talented Marisa Holmes captured each moment behind the lens, and it’s all tucked away in the gallery right here.


From the Bride… When Jesus and I began to plan what was to be the experience of a lifetime, we wanted our wedding to be an experience that everyone else would remember for years to come. We wanted to share in an intimate setting that would involve our closest friends and family. We wanted it to be a celebration of an all-encompassing love that was the beginning of our life together. The greatest adventure of our lives had to have the greatest stating point. We thought about our beloved California where we first met. We searched high and low from Northern wine country to Southern California’s stretch of sandy beaches, yet nothing felt like the old world charm we were hoping for.

As we thought about what our wedding day experience was going to be, the inspiration was simple; old world tradition meets ethereal romance. It was a true reflection of us, of our roots, and of what we wanted our future to consist of. We aspired to follow our traveling spirits, to reach further in order to find that old world charm in the rolling hillside of Italy’s Tuscany region. A rustic Castello nestled in the Chianti region of Tuscany was the place where our dream wedding came to be and Castello di Spaltenna was the perfect fit. We led our friends and family on a wondrous adventure, and a wedding getaway that would covert them into world traveler’s!

As a designer, my vocation has been in the translation of life’s beauty and art. For my own wedding, the greatest challenge was to mirror a celebration of love with the traditions of marital bliss. Our creative vision was only scattered thoughts when we first came to Infinite Love Wedding Coordinating & Consulting; Andrea Randolph completed our vision, brought it to life, and from it created a work of art. On the day of our wedding, our décor portrayed the pureness of whites, off whites, and creams. The Castello’s charming chapel was bathed in the warm glow of countless softly lit candles that filled the entire room. The ceremony began in the early evening with white petals down the aisle, and soft ribbons with white and off-white floral arrangements on the ends of each pew. We also personalized the ceremony with a musical memoir to my father, who passed away the previous year and we paid tribute to our Mexican heritage by including “las arras” (exchange of gold coins) and the “lasso” (the beaded rope) as part of the ceremony.

As the sun began to set, our wedding reception and cocktail hour was the picturesque scenery of an impressionistic painting. The colors blended to a surreal landscape and the wedding photographer of our dreams, Marisa Holmes, captured the fairytale. The cocktail hour was set on the rustic stone terrace overlooking the castle’s vineyard. While the reception was the romantic image of white table linens with soft tulle covered chairs accented with an olive branch on each chair setting, symbolizing peace and prosperity.

Soft white candlelit arrangements with white flowers personified our message of purity throughout the table setting. Each seat of our large feast table was personalized with a guest card. The dinner menu itself was a work of art and we collaborated with the Castello’s culinary chefs and our wedding planner to arrange a feast of rustic Italian traditional cuisine.

Our cake, our dance party with Italian DJ Pink Panther, and our Prosecco cheers with all of the Castello’s staff made the night unforgettable. We even had other guests of the Castello’s hotel join in the fun!

The wedding adventure consisted of so much more than just the wedding day though. It truly began with a rustic guest basket in every room that included Italian bread and wine, Italian maps, translation guidebooks, and a personalized welcoming itinerary for each guest. We also arranged several group excursions that we could share with our guests including Florence and Sienna day trips, personalized group tours, wine tasting, vineyard/cellar tours, and an exquisite culinary experience at Badia a Coltebuono, and Il Pievano restaurants.

The best reward has been the memories of our children, family, and friends that have long since retold the experience countless times from all different perspectives. They have relived the details of our wedding weekend over and over again. The countless, “thank you’s” we have received from our guests expressing their gratitude for allowing them to share in our lifetime experience has been priceless.

And with that, I think…goal achieved!

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Coordination: Infinite Love Wedding Coordinating & Consulting | Floral Design: Stiatti Fiori | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Melanie Secciani Bakery | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Castello Di Spaltenna | DJ: Pink Panther DJ | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren - Black Label | Officiant: Blessings From Italy | Bridal Party Hair + Makeup: Meagen Miller | Brides Earrings: Ralph Lauren - Vintage Collection | Flower Girl Dresses: US Angels | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren - Black Label | Veil: The White Dress By Renee Pawele Bride | Wedding Shoes (featured): Badgley Mischka Bridal

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