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An Italy Workshop: The Engagement Shoot

When it comes to dreamy landscapes and gorgeous photography, Jose Villa is our go-to guy. He proves time and again that this is a winning combo. For his latest Italian adventure, Jose set up shop at Villa Cetinale, sharing his talent and knowledge with a handful of photographers. The result is this vintage inspired engagement shoot styled by Summer Watkins and beautified by TEAM Hair And Makeup. Check out the full gallery and we’ll be back a bit later with the wedding shoot!

From Jose Villa… This was Day one of the Italy Workshop where we photographed models in an engagement style shoot. This gives the students an opportunity to learn how to pose couples in a natural way.

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Models: Casting Italy | Models: I Love Management | Villa: Villa Cetinale | Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins

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Italian Boudoir Shoot Full of Romance

I’ll be the first to admit that the idea of boudoir can be a bit intimidating but in the right hands, it’s nothing short of perfection. This session is stripped down to the natural beauty of the Bride. A beauty thoughtfully enhanced by Mar Of Team Hair And Makeup and styled by Summer Watkins. And then there’s the photographs by Jose Villa that could stand alone as pure works of art. See even more here.

From Mar… Of course it’s always a pleasure to work with Jose Villa! This was a special shoot because it was for one of Jose’s amazing workshops in Italy.

I wanted the look to be soft and to enhance her beauty. I chose to only soft waves and added in our Team Bridal extensions for some extra volume. I love effortless hair, no one has to know it took an hour to create! With her makeup I wanted totally natural skin and only winged liner and some highlighting in the right places. Makeup can often be distracting in boudoir and I wanted the man behind the camera to see her and not her makeup! Oh and we must not forget her wardrobe, wowza! Summer did an amazing job pulling pieces which are romantic and soft, just like the style of the shoot!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Hair And Makeup: Mar Of Team Hair And Makeup | Models: I Love Management | Models: Casting Italy | Veil: Preston & Olivia | Villa: Villa Cetinale | Wardrobe Stylist: Summer Watkins

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Tuscany Wedding Inspiration Shoot from Emm and Clau

I have such a soft spot in my heart for inspiration shoots. They fill our screens with picture after picture of pretty, and allow us all to dream a little bigger. So this beauty from Emm and Clau is right up my alley. It’s filled with gorgeous florals from Stiatti Fiori, designed by Varese Wedding and all takes place at the stunning Villa Dianella - making this gallery one inspiring place to be today. See it all here.

From Emm and ClauIn April we had the pleasure to shot an American destination wedding in Tuscany and because we wanted to do some traveling also and had some spare time for shootings, we decided we wanted to photograph an Italian styled shoot. So we got in touch with Varese Wedding and started planning everything.

We wanted this project to be something very chic yet simple, in pastel colors. We loved the venue, the stylish wedding table, the delicious candy bar and our lovely Italian bride for the day. But to finish it all with something unexpected, we incorporated a crazy sweet maid of honor to spice the story. We are so thankful for the whole team that did such an amazing job, and were so nice and supportive. We hope you enjoy the photos and get inspired!

Photography: Emm and Clau | Floral Design: Stiatti Fiori | Venue: Villa Dianella | Catering + Rental: Delizia Ricevimenti | Chandeliers: Stiatti Fiori | Design + Planning: Varese Wedding | Hair + Makeup: Accademia I Santini | Model: Diletta Cozzi | Wedding Gowns: Laura Ciobanu

Country Chic Tuscan Wedding from Varese Wedding + Lisa Poggi Photography

Marrying amongst the Florentine hills has to be about the most romantic way to go. Because if you ask me, being surrounded by the olive  groves and Tuscan scenery easily makes for a mighty fine day. So who better to bring it all to life than Laura of Varese Wedding? She wove in sense of rustic chic style, with our favorite Lisa Poggi capturing behind the camera. Ready for even more? We’ve got it waiting to be perused, pinned and swooned right over here.

When Elise described me the style and the type of place, she want for her wedding, I knew that La Borriana would be the perfect setting. She would like to get married outdoor in a farmhouse or wine estate, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards and she want to have everything in one place. What better venue than a farmhouse in the Florentine hills, with a great rustic atmosphere and great landscape? The estate was able to accommodate all the guests and the romantic ceremony was set on the olive grove garden. To keep the country chic style I used different elements to decorate the ceremony and the reception. From the burlap runner on the reception tables to the flowers buckets on the ceremony aisle, from the mason jars with rustic flowers to the colorful buntings, that Elise created and that we hung under the reception marquee.

It was really exciting to work for Elise and Henrick. I had plenty ideas and when I suggested them to Elise, she was really enthusiastic and gave me more inspiration. — Laura, Varese Wedding

Photographer: Lisa Poggi | Wedding Dress: Cecilie Melli | Shoes: La Badia | Bracelet: Yves Saint Laurent | Band: Marco and Arianna | Wedding Venue: La Borriana | Wedding Planning and Event Design: Varese Wedding

Intimate Italian Destination Wedding from Lauren Michelle Photography

Jetting off with the one you love for “I dos” in the Italian Riviera sounds like a dream. But what makes this story even cuter (if you can handle) is that these sweeties met at the tender age of 15. Fast forward 11 years and you get what has to be one of the most romantic weddings EVER. Ocean views, Italian charm and all. Exclusive Italy Weddings made sure it went off without a hitch and Lauren Michelle captured it all behind the camera. Click here for sooo much more.

David and I met when we were 15 years old, and after 11 years together, we got engaged in Central Park in New York City. We knew that we wanted a small, intimate wedding with only our family and close friends. The most important thing for us was ensuring that we could offer our guests an amazing, unforgettable experience since so many people were traveling from all over the U.S. to spend the weekend celebrating with us. I knew I wanted the day to feel romantic and elegant. We both love to travel and we had visited Portofino Italy while we were in college. Even though David and I are both from Los Angeles, when David and I were looking at different venues we knew that Portofino was the perfection destination.

For the ceremony, we picked San Giorgio Church, a traditional church that is situated atop a cliff with beautiful views of the Portofino square, anchored yachts, and the Mediterranean Sea. My bridesmaids and I rode in a tiny Ape up the cobblestone road that led to the church where we were greeted by tourists visiting Portofino.

David and I chose the Imperiale Palace Hotel for the reception because of its stunning ocean views, large communal table, and beautifully painted ceilings. The day was truly magical and everything I could have ever dreamed of. I knew the moment our wedding planner showed us photos of the reception room that the setting would be luxurious, yet intimate — everything we wanted. We chose a color palette of navy, blush pink, ivory and gold and each of my bridesmaids wore a navy lace dress of their choosing. Peonies are my favorite flower — so there was no other choice for me. My bouquet was ivory peonies and the centerpieces were ivory peonies with hint of blush pink. It was a bit difficult to find peonies that were growing in season, so all our flowers were ordered from Holland.

We are incredibly grateful to Lauren Michelle who captured the entire event beautifully, our videographer Mat and to the Chiara at Exclusive Italy Weddings for making everything look impeccable and the day run seamlessly. David and I have the best memories from our wedding day and it is so amazing to be able to revisit them with all the beautiful photos and video taken that day.

Photographer: Lauren Michelle | Cinematography: Matteo Castelluccia Videomaker | Wedding Planner: Exclusive Italy Weddings | Floral Design: Il Giardino SNC Di Morelli | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Ceremony Venue: San Giorgio Church, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy | Reception Venue: Imperial Palace Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy | Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent | Bridesmaid Dresses: Joie | Bridesmaid Dresses: Diane von Furstenberg | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Transportation: Autonoleggio Stelvio | Music: Co-Max Production | Wedding Dress Style: Monique Lhuillier - Jessica

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Tuscany Wedding from Emm & Clau

Florence is bar none my favorite place on earth. It’s a city rich in history, architecture, scenery and romance — but that’s only the beginning. Dive in a little deeper and you’ll find a city just begging to play backdrop to a gorgeous wedding like this, which is why the full gallery from Emm&Clau is a complete and total must. Have a look here!

From the Bride… When one of our friends started telling us about her recent, small wedding in Italy, we thought, why couldn’t we have an intimate Italian wedding? After all, we DID get engaged in Florence, Italy back in November of 2011- it just seemed idyllic.

My fiance, Jone, and I first searched for a wedding planner who could find us our perfect venue. We knew we wanted to get married in a castle, late night dancing and unlimited open bar was a must, andit had to be easily accessible for our guests.We scoured through locations such as Venice, Rome, Verona, Lake Como, Almalfi Coast, and Florence. Every Italian city oozed romance and deciding on one location proved to be a daunting task. Our hearts were set on Castello Di’Vincigliata-a 13th century old castle perched up in the rolling Tuscan Hills surrounded by olive trees and vineyards served as a perfect backdrop to our Italian wedding!

I wanted our wedding to exude elegance, glam, classical romance, and soft tones. We chose champagne, ivory, gold accents, and white flowers to compliment our castle venue.

The week started out with 50 of our closest friends & family arriving in to Italia. We toured through Tuscany where did some wine tasting , had some of the world’s best gelato, and ate the most succulent, local organic food made on-site at a vineyard. Jone and I hosted a welcome/rehearsal dinner at a Florence favorite, Mamma Gina’s, the night before our wedding where everyone got to stuff their belly’s.

Predicted to rain on our wedding day, and being that we were both from the Northwest, it wasn’t something we weren’t used to acclimating to. A couple hours before our wedding, we had thunder showers, but the skies cleared, and we had perfect sunny weather for our special day. No treacherous plan B needed. As a nod to my Vietnamese heritage, I wore a traditional Vietnamese dress (ao dai), and we paid tribute to our parents and family with a customary tea ceremony in the morning where plenty of tissues were used to wipe the emotional tears.

My fianc had a vision of a very particular dress he wanted me to walk down the aisle to, and when I fell in love with this Lazaro number online, I had to immediately try it on as soon as it came off the run way. I loved the exquisite French alencon lace with the delicate sweetheart neckline, and the dramatic layered ball gown skirt made of silk organza…nothing else I tried on could even compare, it was perfect. It was the one. Needless to say, Jone was very pleased when he saw me walk down the aisle.

Some personal touches included: our Save the Date cards were local post cards specially delivered to us from our wedding planner in Florence. In lieu of the guest book, we had everyone sign a handmade map we purchased from Etsy, which indicated where we first met,, where we got engaged, where we would marry, where we’d be living as husband and wife, and where we would honeymoon.We released two doves to symbolize our eternal love and had our guests write well wishes on wish tags that would hang on the reception chandeliers.Our guests enjoyed local Italian aperitifs and belinis in the castle’s courtyard while overlooking the garden and Tuscan sunset. Dinner proved to be a culinary experience as our palates were met with wine from the castle’s cellar, delicious Tuscan cuisine, and an Italian wedding cake delicately made in front of our guests, which they all still rave about. To thank our guests, the wedding favors were Italian limencellos.

To have a fun-filled week with our nearest and dearest friends and family meant the world to us. We loved that our guests got to experience Italy and see why we both fell in love with it’s old world charm. We even got to stay in the same room at the same bed and breakfast where Jone proposed to me!

It all went by in a blink of an eye and we are so blessed with the team of vendors who made a stressful destination wedding, an enjoyable one. Our wedding exceeded our every desire- it truly was an unforgettable day, in which I wish we could relive all over again, in slow motion!

Photography: Emm&Clau | Cinematography: Mickael and Benjamin | Wedding Planner: Samuele Gallorini | Flowers: Marie Lou | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Andy Bridal | Catering: Delizia Ricevimenti Firenze | Makeup: Azzurra Makeup | Hair: Mej Staff | Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss | Celebrant: Joe Bertolino | Venue: Castello Di' Vincigliata | Bride' Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Jewelry: Nadri VIA Nordstrom | Chandelier Rental: Samuele Gallorini | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Groom's Tuxedo: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen Attire: Mens Warehouse | Programs, Menu, Place Card, Reserved Seating: By Invitation Only | Rentals: Delizia Ricevimenti Firenze

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