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Rustic + Romantic Barn Wedding in Hawaii

If you’ve been Hawaii, chances are you’ve tried shave ice, the state’s unofficial dessert. And if you’ve tried it, then you understand why this couple brought a shave ice truck to their wedding. Today, you’re the one in for a treat, because this wedding is gorgeous—from the Bride’s bouquet from Passion Roots to the lush Hawaiian landscape. See it all from Ashley Goodwin Photography here.

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From Ashley Goodwin PhotographySweet vintage barn (yes, barn in Hawai’i!) wedding overlooking the pacific ocean. Lush pinks, vibrant teals, and gorgeous lace mixed with mercury glass decanters and stunning floral arrangements. Their pup, Spunky, even celebrated with the couple back down the aisle! In the wedding industry herself, the bride chose Ferragamo jelly shoes as they shared shave ice, a local favorite.

Photography: Ashley Goodwin Photography | Floral Design: Passion Roots | Wedding Dress: Pronovias Barcelona | Cake: Cake Works | Catering: Chef Elmer Guzman's Island Cuisine | DJ: The Dj Hawaii | Venue: Sunset Ranch | Event Staffing: Tropical Moon Events | Music: Henry Makua | Rentals: Pacific Party Rental | Shave Ice Truck: Tat's Shave Ice

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Glamorous + Romantic Paris Anniversary Session

I have a love affair with Paris, and this anniversary session from Sophie Epton PhotographyMadame Artisan Fleuriste and Lazzaro Makeup Artistry is precisely why. The stunning photos below capture the beauty and charm that make Paris my favorite city in the world. And this sweet couple? Well, they’re pretty gorgeous, too. Get your passport ready and experience the romance of the City of Lights here.


From Sophie Epton PhotographyParis is far and away one of the most visually stunning and magical places in the world, and I can’t think of any other city I would want to document love stories more, especially for this anniversary session. The inspiration behind this shoot was to document a globetrotting French couple, who after living apart in different countries for quite some time in their eight years together, have finally reunited in the city of Paris. While capturing weddings and engagements is so wonderful and essential, I think it’s vital that we continue to document other important stages of love and life. For a couple to stay together through the ups and downs of a relationship and still remain strong and committed is such a beautiful thing, and should be celebrated!

We had the best time photographing all over this magnificent city, following our couple to some of their favorite areas including Le Marais and the spectacular Palais Royal, and shooting small snippets of their life together to commemorate such an exciting time. Samantha with Wondrous Whimsy provided incredible calligraphy to represent love letter passages and quotes that had been written back and forth over the years by the duo; she also teamed up with Lacy from Paper Birch Designs to create an engraved olive wood board that was used during their picnic in Place Des Vosges, as well as the laser-cut “Tu Me Manques” wood sign (which translates to “you are missing from me” in French) that really represented the long-distance period of their relationship. We even procured a French Blue Mrs. Box to house a ring that had been bought years ago in Mexico as a symbol of their long-lasting love and promise to one another.

The entire shoot was elevated so much by the incredibly talented vendors in Paris that we spent months planning with across the world. Madame Artisan Fleuriste created whimsical florals in dreamy shades of peaches and pinks that added so much beauty and drama to every scene. Jacqueline with Babylone (a local jewelry shop in the heart of Le Marais) contributed the most exquisite handmade jewelry that paired perfectly with each outfit and metallic BHLDN gowns. Additionally, Toni with Lazzaro Makeup Artistry provided brilliant hair and makeup, even traveling with us all over the city for touchups. We ended the day at the quintessential Eiffel Tower, and as we were all packing up, the iron skyscraper lit up with an explosion of golden shimmer…the perfect end to such a magical day! We hope this story and shoot inspires more couples to document their life beyond their wedding day, and truly celebrate the living, breathing, authentic love that exists within any everlasting union.

Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Event Styling: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | Dress: BHLDN | Jewelry: Babylone Paris | Venue: Paris | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Hair + Makeup: Lazzaro Makeup Artistry | Laser Cut Wood Sign + Engraved Cutting Board: Paper Birch Designs | Linen Napkins: Burkelman | Love Letters + Calligraphy: Wondrous Whimsy | Market Bag: Apolis | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Silk Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

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Romantic Italian Villa Boudoir Session

An ethereal boudoir session in a sixteenth century Italian villa? Seriously, is this real? Lucky for us it is and Greg Finck’s pics show in all their beyond beautiful glory that Italy is the place to be for such effortless beauty. Villa Buonaccorsi was the perfect backdrop for Honey and Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planners’ shoot, complete with a gown that makes me go gaga. See all this gorgeous goodness right here!

From Greg Finck PhotographyThe Marche Region in Italy is unknown to many. It is however breathtakingly beautiful thanks to a very rich artistic, cultural and culinary heritage. The region is full of amazing landscapes with vineyard-covered hills plunging into the sea, and wonderful venues such as Villa Buonaccorsi. This majestic venue located on the hills was the perfect backdrop to this shoot.

Designer Honeymoon and Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner imagined this boudoir shoot, inspired by the architectural style of the venue, dating back from 1500. The interior design of the venue is indeed full of walls in neutral colors and empty rooms echoing of ancient splendors with frescoed ceilings and huge windows facing the interior patio.

We opted for a neutral color palette to highlight the effortless beauty of our bride. Floral design was perfectly nailed by Italian floral designer Isa Events and our bride evolved in a beautiful and fluid Cortana gown. The olive tree hair accessory, designed by The Wild Rose reminded of the Roman ancient Italian empire, and still echoes the ancient gloriousness of this Villa and region.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Event Design: Honey And Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Isa Events | Wedding Dress: Cortana | Wedding Shoes: Mascia Mandolesi | Hair And Makeup: Manola Spaziani | Venue: Villa Buonaccorsi | Hair Accessories: The Wild Rose

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Intimate Beachfront Gay Wedding in Phuket, Thailand

Get ready to have your wanderlust ignited, loves, because these gorgeous, intimate nuptials on a private beach in Thailand are so Pinterest-worthy, you may have your bags halfway packed by the end. Thanks to Pure Bliss, this darling duo was able to plan their dream wedding from halfway around the world, and, lucky for us, we’ve got all the waterfront bliss in the gallery right here!

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We were able to ask Sterling and Ron few questions about how their love story started and how they end up having their wedding in Phuket, Thailand.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both meet each other?

Sterling: My little brother had been telling me about this guy for months – he said I needed to meet him. Well, at his medical school graduation, my little brother finally introduced us. I had seen him earlier and thought, “WOW!”, and when my brother brought him over, I was speechless. We hit if off right away, but started off as friends. We emailed back and forth (I lived in Seattle and he lived in Virginia – opposite sides of the US), and after a lot of plane flights and quick weekends, we fell deeply in love.

Pure Bliss Team: How did you both feel when you met each other the first time?

Sterling: I don’t think I am allowed to say what I was really thinking, so I will give the nice version: My heart leapt, and I was giddy. It was like I had known him forever, and I just found him again. I had to get to know him more. I was like a little a nervous little kid.

Pure Bliss Team: May we ask how your love has grown until the wedding day?

Ron: Neither of us were “out”, so we walked around the issue for quite a while, and the whole coming out to each other was very special. I was actually hiding in a closet when I told him I thought I was gay. Having someone going through the same thing was huge for me. His family was much more accepting than mine (they still are), and they were so patient with me as I started to accept who I was. Every time I saw him, I thought, I couldn’t love him any more – but then I found out that it just keeps growing and changing with time. He started off as my best friend, and now I am married to my best friend. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Pure Bliss Team: Why and how did you choose Phuket, Thailand, as your wedding destination?

Sterling: We had been planning the wedding for months – originally scheduled for Seattle. Coordination, suits, colors, food, travel, venues…it was overwhelming. Especially since we lived on opposite sides of the country. So, one night we just decided to get married somewhere else, without all of the drama. We randomly picked Thailand. Ronnie had sent me a Youtube video from some company called Pure Bliss. I contacted the team on a whim, and Nanya got back to me the next day. I explained that we were on a budget. In under a month, she coordinated everything from across the globe!!!!

Pure Bliss Team: How did you find the wedding?

Ron: IT WAS EVERYTHING WE HAD IMAGINED! Pure Bliss Wedding team found us a venue and a private beach. We walked out on the warm sand, and I was holding my best friend’s hand. I am not emotional, but I started to tear up as I looked at everything that had been set up for us. The beach was groomed, there were flower petals, there was a simple canopy where our officiator awaited us. The whole team was there, and the music was surreal. They had Cannon in D playing for us, with the waves crashing in the background. Simple elegance. Everything was planned! The flowers, coordinators, photographers…everything went smoothly! They even added a small surprise for my husband – his favorite animal is an elephant, and the look on his face when they brought a happy baby elephant out was PRICELESS!! We spent time together laughing like little kids, playing with the elephant. The dinner was then set up for us on the beach. We had enjoyed our first dance together, and then got ready for dinner. We had a private chef and servers wait on us, as we enjoyed our first dinner as a married couple. It was a perfect day. I can’t thank the team enough for making our day…perfect.

Photography: Mildly The Film | Wedding Planner: Pure Bliss Wedding | Rings: Jared's Galleria Of Jewelry | Venue: Cape Panwa Hotel | Belts: Wallace And Barnes | Groom Suits : J Crew | Makeup And Hair Stylist: Top Phuket Makeup Artist

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Colorful & Cultural Wedding at Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort

It’s a fact that each and every wedding gives me a daily pinch-me-please moment. And today that moment was made possible all thanks to this Secrets St. James Montego Bay Resort celebration captured by Natalie Franke. It’s so alluring it has officially left me in a tasteful trance of paradise. It’s the type of gallery that is tropical with a traditional twist and we’re loving every minute.

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From Natalie FrankeAfter falling in love with these two at their Baltimore Engagement Session, I knew that their American-Indian Fusion Wedding was going to take my breath away! What I didn’t expect, was to be seated at Sarah’s parents table for dinner… which lead to near teary-eyed moment for this veteran photographer. Oh friends, I truly couldn’t believe it! Such an unexpected honor!

There were so many moments of this special day that took my breath away… from the first moment Sarah put on her wedding gown to the beachside ceremony where Mohit saw his bride for the first time, all the way through her surprise wardrobe change during the reception – Everything about this wedding was perfect! There were tears and laughter… And I truly cannot imagine a more perfect setting for their special day!

Photography: Natalie Franke | Wedding Dress: Garnish Boutique | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Jewelry: Givenchy | Venue: Secrets St. James Montego Bay | Photography - Assistance: Kate Ann Photography

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Intimate + Glamorous Desert Wedding in Dubaï

This morning, we established with this couple’s gorgeous engagement session from Michael Ferire that it was entirely possible for the desert to be romantic. Now, their wedding is here to prove that the desert can be glamorous, too. From the Bride’s stunning rose and calla lily bouquet to the intimate ceremony in the sand, this wedding is seriously special. See all the swoon-worthy details here.

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From Michael FerireCoraline and Johan wanted a simple, intimate and chic wedding, with a small number of guests, surrounded by those they love. They chose Dubai because it is a city where everything is possible. The contrast between comfort and desert was definitely one of the reason why they love this city so much.

The color palette has been balanced between warm and cold to underline the contrast of the city. From natural desert pastels to hard textures of steel and the architecture, Dubai was the perfect fit for the marriage they wanted.

Photography: Michael Ferire | Wedding Dress: Ellis | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Ritz Carlton Dubai Hotel (Marina) | Calligraphy And Stationery: Aurélie Sculier, Ante Scriptum | Lab: Carmencita Film Lab