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Timeless Late Summer Engagement Session in Paris

Guillermina and Ben’s e-sesh is essentially what our daydreams are made of. A french inspired scene complete with a pretty pink gown and stellar views, it’s surely to be your new favorite too. French Grey Photography captured these sweethearts to share and we’ve got it all in THE VAULT!

From the Bride-to-be… Ben and I met in 2007 while we were both studying abroad on Semester at Sea, a three month long program where we circumnavigated the globe. Once back in the U.S., Ben went to California and I returned to Miami. We dated long distance for two and a half years, then Ben moved to Miami. Fast forwarding to Christmas 2014, Ben surprised me with a ski vacation in Aspen. As you can guess, he proposed in Aspen, while we were having wine and hanging out by the fireplace. It was very intimate and I was caught completely off guard. We only called our parents that night, and we savored the moment by getting dressed up and going out to a romantic dinner to celebrate.

I was having a hard time finding a wedding venue that really excited me. I knew I preferred a destination wedding, but nothing seemed perfect until I came across a French chateau wedding. From then on, wedding planning became more fun than stressful, so I knew this was what I wanted my wedding to mimic. I looked at various places in the U.S. that had the same style, but it wasn’t the same. We finally decided to go for the real thing, and we booked flights to Paris to check out the venue I had fallen in love with.
While researching French wedding everything, I came across some of the most beautiful engagement pictures I had ever seen, by French Grey Photography. I fell in love with the lighting and the elegance of Brian’s photography. Ben and I booked a session, happy to know that even if we didn’t have our wedding in France, we’d have great pictures and memories of our time in Paris. We were both surprised as to how much fun the shoot was, and are in love with the pictures.

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Photography: French Grey Photography | Dress: Fame And Partners | Shoes: Betsy Johnson | Ring: DVG Diamonds | Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna | Hair And Make-up Styling: Modern Beauties | Men's Shoes: Allen Edmonds

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Modern Boho Meets British Bridal Inspiration

I’m dealing with an intense case of dress regret right now. I loved my own wedding gown, don’t get me wrong. But if I’d been able to dig through these designs by Luella’s Boudoir, well, I may have chosen differently. My personal fav – this one right here. But it’s one among many, all captured by Ashlee Taylor in the Spanish town of Tarragona. Start perusing the Vault and do tell – which one would you wear!?

From Ashlee Taylor… This shoot took place in a small beautiful village in the heart of Catalonia, Spain. We thought that this would make a perfect backdrop for these stunning gowns providing inspiration for destine brides. The gowns looked stunning in the warm Spanish sun and the delicate colours were captured perfectly on film.

From owner and designer Rachel Attwell of Luella’s Boudoir: The Luella’s Collection of Wedding Dresses has been designed in partnership with British Wedding Dress Designer Charlotte Casadejus. Charlotte was chosen because of her natural sense of style, her ability to create beautiful silhouettes that are both sexy and easy to wear, her creative ability to produce something that is extraordinary in design and her fastidious attention to detail. Having spent many years living in France, Charlotte is also very familiar with the principles of haute couture and has a real passion for exquisite fabrics. Charlotte worked seamlessly alongside Luella’s own design team resulting in a unique collection of extremely wearable and sophisticated dresses and a refreshing new approach to bridal design.

The collection can be described as Modern Bohemian with a British Victorian influence and has been inspired by the feminine and floaty shapes of bohemianism mixed with the glamorous Biba style of the late 70’s. The dresses are a combination of long, loose flowing skirts, intricate looped chain and fringe detailing and beaded floral motifs indicative of bohemian style fashion and the intricate laces, long sleeved and high necked frocks of the Victorian era. The collection consists of seven unique styles in a mixture of warm Mediterranean colours and further variations of each style have been created with the use of different beading and detachable elements.The team have also produced a complementary set of accessories, including a variety of belts designed to work with several of the dresses, and a stunning hand beaded cape.

Since the original Bohemians were from central Europe it seemed like a natural choice to shoot the collection somewhere in Europe, and when trying to locate a photographer, the Luella’s team discovered Ashlee Taylor from Taylor Barnes Photography. Ashlee lived and worked in Spain which meant that she was very knowledgeable about which locations would be suitable for the shoot and was extremely comfortable working with the variances in the Spanish light and scenery. Her fine art style of photography was also the perfect complement to Luella’s own romantic, understated bridal style.

The shoot took place in the beautiful region of Aragon and was specifically chosen because of the warm colour palette of pinks and gold tones, reflecting the collection of dresses own soft selection of nude and metallic hues. Using local models and a local hair and make up artist also meant that the shoot had a distinctly European feel.

The collection took over eight months to make from the initial design concept to completion and part of the reason for this was that the team decided to use some intricate design techniques, including hand painting gold leaf on to the fabric, the inclusion of a hand pleated gown, producing a unique cornelli lace and a number of intricate hand beaded details. All of the dresses are made in the UK and as such, can be made with extremely short lead times.The collection has also been specifically designed to be as versatile as possible with the option to have the dresses made in other colours, with variations to the original styles. Some of the designs will also be available in larger sizes.

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Photography: Ashlee Taylor | Floral Design: Westwood Design | Wedding Dress + Accessories: Luella's Boudoir

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Tropical + Bohemian Wedding in Naxos

In our eyes, Paul and Sivan planned the perfect wedding. Traveling all the way from Los Angeles to the hidden gem that is Naxos, these two escaped the ordinary for one extraordinary celebration. The ultimate adventure wrapped up in romance, With Heart Films captured every second to share and we’ve got it all below. From a sweet ceremony, to the ideal reception, Press PLAY to see it all!

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From With Heart FilmsPaul and Sivan, decided to have their wedding in one of the hidden gems of the Greek islands. So they traveled all the way from Los Angeles to have their wedding in Naxos. Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. It has some of the most beautiful beaches, traditional villages unaffected by time and with most recognizable landmark the gate of Apollo’s temple. Sivan is a beautiful woman, inside and out and not only that but she is also incredibly talented and full of passion and creativity. Co-founder at MUSE and sharing inspiration and ideas through sivanayla.com, it is no wonder she organized all the details of her wedding perfectly.

We were welcomed with open hearts from both Paul and Sivan, as well from the Richards and Vardi families and for three days,we lived with them the adventure that was P & S wedding. An adventure that found us walking in the small alleys of the town of Naxos, doing a magical ride to traditional villages still unaffected by time and sailing at sunset to Paros, on a boat full of people laughing and dancing.

The ceremony took place at Banana, in the amazing St. Anna beach, where in front of their friends and families, Sivan, in her gorgeous Galia Lahav dress, looking stunning and Paul equally handsome and elegant, exchanged their vows. Once again we had the joy of working with talented Adonis Kekidakis as the photographer. We feel blessed that we shared all those moments of laughter and tears and love. Mostly love. The night found everyone partying, celebrating the union of these two “star-crossed lovers”.

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Photography: Antonis Kekidakis | Cinematography: With Heart Films | Floral Design: Marie Moustakis | Ceremony Venue: Banana Beach | Reception Venue: Banana Beach Restaurant | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Jet Set Diaries | Wedding Favors: Sugarfina Champagne Gummies | Groom's Suit : Calvin Klein | Groomsmen Suits: Zara | Bridal Dress + Veil: Galia Lahav | Bridal Shoes: Aquazzura | Cake Designer: Aktaion Pastry Boutique

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