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Classic Italian Villa Wedding

If you’re looking for a little Italian escape today (I mean, why not?!) then you’re in luck because we’ve got it. Martina and Giovanni planned the perfect party complete with sweet details a la Margherita Orlandi. A million thanks to Marta Guenzi Photographer for delivering destination daydreams today for this classic Villa affair is just beyond. Find your favorite moment to share via The Vault!

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From Margherita Orlandi Martina and Giovanni got married during a sunny and warm day of June in the countryside around Lake Como, in Northern Italy. They chose a very special location where to celebrate their wedding reception, Villa Sommi Picenardi. This was the place where they met the very first time on the occasion of a friend’s wedding. So when they decided to become husband and wife, they asked me to start with the planning of the day visiting that particular location.

Villa Sommi Picenardi is an Eighteenth Century country house well known for its amazing english garden in the front side of the building, with rare worldwide plants, and most of all for its delicious italian “secret garden”, in the back yard, with fountains and statues and a staircase characterized by mosaics of Roman inspiration. Here overlooks the rustic hall where we decided to set the dinner, among the brick columns and under the oak-beamed ceiling.

The concept of Martina and Giovanni’s wedding was on the base of elegance and candor, so the main color they chose was white white combined with the most delicate hues of ivory and blush with small hints of green. Following this idea, Martina, that works in the industry of fashion, chose a lace and tulle big dress by the Italian designer Antonio Riva. After seeing the gown, Maurizio Buzzi, the flower designer, created the delicate bouquet made by white and blush peonies.

For the dining room the bride asked me to let my imagination run wild and to create something chic and refined. So I imagined a stylish atmosphere of lightness and freshness, pastel hues and luminous colors. My aim was to create an elegant setting in contrast with the rustic building where the event took place. With the help of the flower designer, I imagined a triumph of English roses (Martina’s favorite flowers), peonies and freesias combined with mirrors and antique silver candlesticks. For the napkins bows I used a satin blush ribbon with a lisianthus flower laid in the middle. Then I asked a calligrapher to write down the names of the guests on the escort cards.

All this scenery was made even more magical by the elegance of the couple and their lovely smiles of happiness for their marriage with each other. The talented photographer Marta Guenzi was so able to capture all these unique emotions with her romantic photography, making the memory absolutely perfect!

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Photography: Marta Guenzi Photographer | Cinematography: Riccardo Lavezzo | Event Planning: Margherita Orlandi | Floral Design: Maurizio Buzzi | Wedding Dress: Antonio Riva | Cake: Pasticceria Ramperti | Ceremony Venue: Chiesa Di San Leonardo, Lecco | Reception Venue: Villa Sommi Picenardi | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Maison du Food | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Fiorello | Calligraphy: Pettinaroli Milano

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Day After Dolomite Mountain Newlywed Session

I started in on our Vault with these images from Thecablookfotolab and within seconds I was regretting that my new hubby and I hadn’t done a day after shoot after our nuptials last June. Still riding the romantic high from their wedding the day before, these two lovebirds just can’t take a bad picture – and Mother Nature’s beauty doesn’t hurt either. Fall in love with the whole scene right this way!

From Thecablookfotolab… One of the best things you can do is to stay with your friends and relatives on the wedding day and then to do the couple’s shoot in a wedding dress in some amazing location on the other part of the world the next day. Exactly like this couple did: after the wedding they came to Italy in order to do an unforgettable shoot in a breathtaking location: the crystal clear lake in the Dolomite Mountains.

I’m happy about the fact that more and more couples ask me to search for a beautiful location for them, they know that I’m addicted to beautiful places, and they drive with me then for 3-4 hours in order to get those beautiful pictures.

The sunset’s light, the love in their eyes, the beautiful gown, blue water of the lake, the mountains in the background, the natural and particular bouquet… Every single detail made this shoot unique. I love when the scenery is so beautiful that you don’t need to overload it with the details and everything is concentrated on the beauty of the image itself and on the feelings of the couple.

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Photography: Thecablookfotolab | Floral Design: Flora Rici | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Rings: 77diamonds | Hair + Makeup: Veronica Fiorello | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Dolomite Mountains | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab

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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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