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Beach Engagement Session in Hawaii

As cool weather starts to creep further and further into these fall days, I find myself drifting off a bit more to warm weather walks and sunset swims. So naturally, this seaside engagement session has me in a SMP induced beachy daydream. Brought to us by the fabulously talented Blenda Montoro Photography, it’s a full blown swoonfest complete with some adorable four-legged friends.  You can get lost in every inch right here in the gallery.

From Blenda Montoro PhotographyAimee was finishing her last year in college on Oahu and was working for a company that allowed her to go to Kauai weekly to manage a night event. “The Point at Sheraton” was a restaurant that had a weekly Friday night party where a lot of young people from Kauai would get together to socialize. One night while Aimee was working Kodi approached and said “I would love to get to know you.” Surprised, Aimee suggested they meet to swim the next morning down by the Sheraton Hotel before her flight. Little did they know that swim would be their first of many. About their proposal… Dog walk turns into knee drop. While walking Bula, their handsome mut, they decided to take a detour to watch the sunset up top the Kukuiolono golf course near their house in Kalaheo, Kauai. It was on a special bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean during a perfect Hawaii evening with their dog, amidst many other dog walkers that Kodi proposed. Kodi kept it short and simple as he always does; “There is something that is long over due, Will you please be my wife and marry me Aimee?” Aimee of course said yes and they will be getting married this October. These photos are meant to capture two things that are very important to Aimee and Kody’s life: the beach and their horses.

Photography: Blenda Montoro Photography | Beach: Shipwrecks Beach Kauai | Bride's Dress: Dolce Vita | Bride's Swimwear : Mikoh | Flower Crown : Blue Orquid Kauai | Spray Tanning : Sunkissed Kauai

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Tuscan Wedding Inspiration at Coselli Collection

Inspiration from one of the most romantic places on the planet? We’ll definitely take it. Mostly when that Tuscan pretty comes from talented folks like Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events with florals from Dario Benvenuti & Viviana Mioranza and the gorgeous Coselli Collection sets the scene. That’s when magic happens. Each and every image snapped up by Adrian Wood is the definition of dreamy, and you can soak up every magical moment here.

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From Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & EventsTuscany is truly a magical place. It is one of the finest, most luxurious, and most romantic spots in the world.

I have been doing weddings in Italy since 2009, and I only work with foreign couples that are in love with Tuscany and want to tie the knot here. Couples always ask me how they can incorporate the Italian style into their wedding and mix it in with their own cultures. With that in mind, I’d always wanted to create something that shows the colours, tastes, and glamour of a wedding in a “pure Italian style”; so when I met the amazing Adrian Wood, we didn’t think twice about planning a photo shooting in Tuscany.

Italy is all about breathtaking landscapes, romance, art, food, fashion, and of course, great wine, so I needed to make sure to incorporate all of these elements into the shoot.

Adrian is one of the photographers whom I admire the most. He truly has a gift, and I just can’t get enough of his photos. He came all the way from Greece, together with Yiannis Sotiropoulos and Nikos Dimou. They are extremely talented, professional, and super fun to work with.

The perfect setting for the shoot had to be the Coselli Collection, a marvellous villa in Lucca that not only offers a heavenly backdrop for a wedding but also only offers first-class services.

Dario Benvenuti, one of the most creative and talented floral designers in Europe, together with his lovely wife, Viviana Mioranza, created the stunning tables and did an amazing interpretation of the Italy of old traditions, combined with a touch of luxury and romance. Their attention to details was impressive, and honestly, everything they touched they transformed into a piece of art. They actually went to the antique market to find original, antique garden objects to display on the table.

These results wouldn’t have been possible without the beautiful flowers of Gori Fiori, who is one of the most important flower providers in Italy and has a great and beautiful variety of flowers. The thing that I personally love about Gori Fiori is that, no matter where you are, they are able to deliver the best flowers all over Italy.

To complete the magical touches of the table, Delizia Ricevimenti provided us with the table setup and the food…. And, oh my God, their food is incredibly yummy and a delight for the eyes.

Italy is so beautiful and fashionable, and the way to communicate this was by involving the best and most renowned designers in Italy. The designer Alessandra Rinaudo provided the stunning wedding dress, and her exquisite gown fit perfectly with the opulence of Villa Coselli. I was so honoured to involve Carlo Pignatelli, a very prestigious celebrity gown designer in Italy and worldwide. He provided the super elegant groom’s gown.

Silvia Gerzelli did the makeup and hairstyle of our lovely model, Carolina Rosini.

Elena Pagliai from La Luna121 created the charming little favours.

So, here you go. This is our interpretation of an Italian style wedding. Hope you enjoy our “Italian job” as much as we did.

Photography: Adrian Wood Photography | Videographer: I Like To Movie It | Wedding Planner: Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events | Invitations: Il Papiro Firenze | Catering: Delizia Ricevimenti | Favors: La Luna 121 | Groom's Attire: Carlo Pignatelli | Backstage Photographer: Yiannis Sotiropoulos Photography | Bridal Couture: Alessandra Rinaudo | Flower Designers: Dario Benvenuti & Viviana Mioranza | Flower's Provider: Gori Fiori | Make-up Artist & Hairstylist: Silvia Gerzeli | Model: Fabiano Vitucci | Model: Carolina Rosini | Wedding Venue: Coselli Collection

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Romantic Destination Wedding in Tuscany

There are so many incredible places in the world sometimes I’m torn about visiting the same destination twice. Then there are some places so undeniably beautiful, so beyond charming, you wish you could return again and again. This Tuscan wedding captured by Alison Chang Photography makes us want to jump on a plane bound for Italy. The breathtaking hilltop villa? The romantic al fresco reception? Every lovely inch is here for your viewing pleasure.


From the Bride… The inspiration behind our celebration was based on my fascination with Tuscany. I have always been drawn to the region’s rustic charms and gastronomy and knew it would become crucial elements to a magical day.

We opted to have a private civil ceremony in the UK, but decided to host a small reception in a quaint town in northwestern Tuscany. The villa we rented for a week accommodated over 35 guests and was situated on the hills overlooking Lucca. It also doubled as our venue for the party where two long tables were set up on the grounds with fairy lights strung above the tables, lit as the sun started to set and twinkled into the night.

The dress was Claire Pettibone’s Sky Between the Branches. The only requirements I had for my wedding dress were that it is not strapless and will seamlessly tie into a relatively relaxed but romantic scenery. In the end I just fell for the lace work and knew it would be the perfect fit.

For the tables, we chose muted tones: white table cloths and and burlap table runners to better accentuate the softer pastels from the flower arrangements in mason jars and the lush greens from the garden. Details such as fresh rosemary tied in pink ribbon on the chairs and delicate lace draped over the tall cocktail tables were all beautiful, complementary additions dreamed up by our amazing wedding planner, Glenda Marradi.

The food served was primarily traditional Tuscan fare: papa pommodoro, pecorino and burrata cheeses, bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and beef tartar meatballs drizzled with truffle oil were among the hors d’oeurves that were served. The sit down meal consisted of a risotto with pecorino cheese and zucchini topped with toasted pine nuts and homemade papparadelle pasta with wild boar ragu. It was the “live cake” that will probably be what most guests will remember. The chef conducted a live demonstration of millefogli (aka Napolean) with chantilly creme and fresh strawberries.

It was an intoxicating evening and was more than what we could have possibly hoped for.

Photography: Alison Chang Photography | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone, Sky Between The Branches | Reception Venue: Casale De' Pasquinelli | Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Ron Ron Veau Velours | Engagement Ring: Berganza | Event Planning + Catering: Il Giorno Perfetto By Glenda Marradi | Hair Piece: Olivier Laudus, Hester Antique Pearl Comb | Wedding Band: Tiffany

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