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Elegant Destination Wedding in Italy

To simply call this Italian celebration chic would be putting it lightly. For starters, any day that has the mastermind that is Matthew Oliver The Wedding Planner behind the planning is sure to be a winner in our wedding book. Add in the ever so talented Ben Yew Photography + Film behind the lens and you’ve got yourself one Pinterest worthy gallery. See it all in THE VAULT!

 

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From Ben Yew Photography + FilmRavello, Italy..What can I say. The view is simple stunning. I got to pinch myself when I saw the location. Justin & Cara even hired musicians for their ceremony and reception. Limoncello, the stunning Palazzo Avino hotel, Matthew Oliver as the amazing wedding planner from UK, and just about everything was perfect.

From Matthew Oliver The Wedding PlannerThis wedding was one of my highlights of the year, not only did I get to plan a wedding in Italy (every wedding planners dream), I found my favorite spot in the world – Ravello. As an international wedding planner I’ve been to a few destinations in the last 8 years all incredibly beautiful and special to me, but Ravello did something to me I think it changed my perception on how lucky I am in doing what I do – also it’s the most romantic place I’ve ever been, shame my partner did not have a passport to join me though!

It was always going to be a small wedding as they just wanted to celebrate with their immediate families, so their were 10 guests in total. Small intimate weddings are beautiful as their personal and more emotional.

They found Ben Yew ages ago because they looked at his work whilst starting the plan. Ben Yew is from Australia, so they didn’t think he would be able to come all the way over to Italy. However they gave it ago as what do you have to loose and luckily he accepted the job. Ben Yew is a genius, everything he does with a camera is pure perfection and each photo tells a wonderful love story. Not only did the couple fall in love with the photos, I fell in love with him and would work with him time and time again.

How funny that everyone was from a different location? But I think that is why it all worked and the result was magical – yet slightly different from your general Italian wedding. The design was a simple yet natural style – we wanted to work with the style of the Palazzo, but also to the natural beauty of Italy and go for a classic/rustic theme. As the Palazzo is so clean we brought in natural elements to create a rustic design, so natural wooden chairs was a must, and creating the right floral arrangements had to be perfect. We worked with the famous Armando from Malafronte who did actually what we wished – we wanted to incorporate lemons as lemons are famous in the Ravello region, actually the biggest and most juiciest lemons I’ve ever had. So we had a floral runner run down the centre of the table mixed with lemons and candle sticks. It was simple yet extremely effective.

Each place setting had a beautiful hand written name card, local limoncello with a personalized label, and a fresh herb/flower which we attached to each menu. It all worked and with the view of the Amalfi Coast you couldn’t ask for a better setting.

As Cara works in re-branding and website design, she had a great eye for detail and personalized most of the finer things. She created all the stationery, labels for the limoncello, blackboard signs and other items.

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Photography: Ben Yew Photography + Film | Wedding Planning: Matthew Oliver The Wedding Planner | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Bride's Shoes: Tory Burch | Rings: Tiffany And Co | Band: Neapolitan Duo | Groom's Attire: Suit Supply | Venue: Palazzo Avino | Floral Design & Decor: Malafronte | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Interpreter: Angela Imperato

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Intimate + Organic Tuscan Villa Elopement

I dare you not to blush at this alluring elopement from Thecablookfotolab. The mini boudoir session alone was enough to reel me in, complete with a dreamy lace robe from Ann Summers. What is it about a perfect lace robe?! And when those super intimate I do’s hit the page? It’s all over. It doesn’t end here loves, there’s more to pore over in THE VAULT.

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From Darya Kamalova of ThecablookfotolabThis beautiful wedding was a dream and challenge for me at the same time. I was both: event planner, stylist and photographer. I was so happy to spend hours and hours searching for the most breathtaking location for my couple. I (with a help of my team) organised the ceremony and shooting on one of the most beautiful tuscan villas – Palazzo Pfanner. I can say that I shot there one of the most beautiful boudoir sessions ever – in the old part of villa where the lemon trees were growing many years ago. We had hundred candles and beautiful light from the big windows, gorgeous antique furniture from Corydon, simple and chic florals from Bianco Weddings, elegant MUAH from Lidija Malinovskaja… All was so perfect that I couldn’t ask for more. My heart was crying from happiness when I saw Julia’s tears during the oath. This is a perfect example of how you can spend your perfect day without guests, sharing your happiness only between you two in such a beautiful and intimate way.

From The Bride… Like all girls from childhood I dreamed of a fairy tale. No, not of a prince on a white horse who’s gonna save me from somewhere, but of simple human love for life. Moreover, there was a perfect example before my eyes – my parents.

My husband and I met in the fall. And it wasn’t love at first sight. No tragedy worthy for novels. We met for a long time and talked a lot. And just before the New Year in December Kostya started the “conquering part”. I want to note that he was very active. So much active that less than a month after we started to live together.

I always had flowers in our home, then our beloved cat appeared, we changed apartments and town. Year followed year. The white stripe was replaced by black, scandals – reconciliation. In general, we lived and were happy.

I never thought that someone would love me so much. Just for what I am. And certainly I never thought that I could love someone so much. So he proposed to me on the 46th floor of a nice hotel, almost under the clouds. With a huge bouquet of red roses. Of course I agreed.

I always knew that I will never have the normal average wedding!! I couldn’t imagine me sitting in the center of the room with my husband and all the relatives from all over the country around us. No… And so there was no doubts we needed a wedding for two. The question was only the choice of the location. I knew exactly that it should be in Europe. France or Italy. Nothing could be more romantic. But the choice was made by itself when I met Darya Kamalova from Thecablookfotolab. She did both: wedding planning and pictures of our wedding. She lives in Italy and she offered me magnificent places to choose from. And Italy firmly sunk into my soul.

And then it was simple. I started preparations. I chose a dress (Sonesta) and shoes (casadei) of my dreams. Suit (tommy hilfinger) for my husband. We chose the location. Flowers and furniture. Make-up artist and videographer. Everything went so fast that I did not have time to notice, as we were already in Italy and I was in a wedding white dress walking towards him on the road made of small pebbles surrounded by lemon trees. Our oaths to each other. A small tear of happiness from my eyes. And here we are husband and wife. It was the most perfect day. I will never forget Lucca and beautiful villa Pfanner. The day passed quickly, reviewing photos and video I dip into this atmosphere. And I can’t help smiling. And it seems to be repeated again and again.

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Photography: Darya Kamalova From Thecablookfotolab | Event Planning + Design: Darya Kamalova From Thecablookfotolab | Floral Design: Bianco Weddings | Wedding Dress: Sonesta | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair And Makeup: Lidija Malinovskaja | Groom's Attire: Tommy Hilfinger | Venue: Palazzo Pfanner | Furniture Rentals: Corydon | Lingerie: Incanto | Robe: Ann Summers

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Elegant + Luxurious Wedding Inspiration in Tuscany Part II

If you thought Part I of this inspiration from Getting Married In Italy was the epitome of wedding day perfection, you better brace yourself for the beauty that is Part II. Because the pretty that you’re about to peruse is quite simply beyond G-O-R-G-E! A stunning celebration complete with Studio French Blue calligraphy and unreal views, you’ve got to see all and we’ve got it waiting for you in THE VAULT!

From Getting Married In ItalyThe storytelling of this shooting was conceived as the screenplay of a movie, featuring charming Tuscany. This picturesque Italian region means not only vineyards, olive groves and rustic farmhouses, but also warm luxury and timeless charm.

The inspiration underlying the whole shooting comes from a flair of elegance and sophistication.
The set perfectly matching with our movie plot was Borgo Santo Pietro, a 13th century elegant villa with its charming, warm, neutral stones, velvets and trimmings, lavish gardens and scented lemon groves, sparkling crystal chandeliers and precious mirrors. The interiors of the villa feature hand-picked antiques, original open fireplaces, bespoke hand-carved beds and frescoed
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We envisioned a love movie: an Italian love affair, a dreamy passionate feeling, a Renaissance-inspired bride, a contemporary Tuscan Madonna captured and struggled by a sensual 19th century gentleman. Gold and burgundy, blush and ochre, pale pink, nude and brown created the perfect palette to color our story. Those shades appear both in flower decorations and sweet delicatessen. The fragrances of peonies, roses, eucalyptus and heather blended with the smell of grapes, raspberries, blueberries and blackberries, red currant and pomegranate as in an ancient painting of a wedding banquet. Getting Married in Italy styled the wedding table with lace, gold cutlery, Versace china, gold trimmed glassware from Vetrerie di Empoli and bronze candle holders.

The talented photographer Janna from WarmPhoto captured every single detail with curiosity and great sense of beauty, showing the love plot development and the uniqueness of the setting from the rituals of the boudoir loaded with its pleasure in waiting, to the rendez-vous of the 2 lovers, their intimate candlelit dinner, their sunset garden stroll and sensual seduction. This narration represents our interpretation of luxury lifestyle in multifaceted Tuscany.

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Photography: Warmphoto | Event Design: Getting Married In Italy | Floral Design: Dordas | Wedding Dress: Mariage Haute Couture | Hair And Makeup: Lara Navarrini | Calligraphy: Studio French Blue | Venue: Borgo Santo Pietro | Hair Accessories: Muse For Me | Table Furniture: Preludio

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