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Papel Picado Wedding Backdrop

This, my dears, might be the coolest wedding backdrop I’ve ever seen. And it comes as no surprise with the crazy talented Karina Puente behind all the beauty. Today, she’s giving us a behind the scenes look at how she crafted this wedding work of art which made it’s debut at Jose Villa’s Mexico Workshop last year. See Karina’s backdrop in action for the wedding shoot and a sneak peek of the welcome dinner we’ll be sharing next week!

From Karina PuenteMy name is Karina Puente and I am visual artist. Here is a glimpse into my process of creating Wedding Backdrops for the Jose Villa Photography Workshop, Mexico. My favorite part about handcrafting these pieces is the physical and conceptual process required to execute the design. My art-making always begins with a preliminary sketch to visually communicate my intention and as a result, wonderful conversations follow.

These works are fabricated in the style of Papel Picado (cut paper) and they connect me to new clients and, metaphorically, to my Mexican cultural heritage. In Mexico, Papel Picado is widely recognized and elevated as a folk art that commemorates sacred celebrations. Traditionally, tissue paper is layered, cut, and chiseled to reveal intricate designs and patterned panels. I work with knives and a material that is as whimsical as paper yet more durable and translucent. I play with dynamic scale invigorating the papercutting tradition into a contemporary practice.

My panels can run 100 feet high, flirting with light and shadow or can be installed as wedding alters, Chuppahs, or interactive design elements. My work is intended for worldwide shipment and wedding day, event, and gallery installation. My large-scale Papel Picado Backdrops invite the viewer to play and imagine possibilities. Be in touch and let’s bring your vision to life!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Handmade Wedding Backdrop, Papel Picado: Karina Puente | Wedding Gown: Galia Lahav | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Artist Studio Photography: The Wheel Vintage Photography | Artist Studio Workspace: Impact Hub, Philadelphia | Bride’s Bouquet: Sarah Winward | Candles: Creative Candles | Creative Direction: Joel Serrato | Event Planning and Design: Laurie Arons Special Events | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins Ball | Graphic Design and Collateral Pieces: Amber Moon | Local Flower Sourcing: Gabriela Salazar | Photography And Style Workshop, Mexico: Jose Villa Workshops | Table Top Floral Design: Saipua | Table Top Rentals And Design: Casa De Perrin

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Elegant Mexico Wedding Inspiration

SMPers, we’ve had a week sprinkled with the first half of pretty from Jose Villa’s Mexico Workshop last year, and if you missed the boudoir and engagement shoots—you might want to peek at those before diving into the wedding portion, which is unbelievably stunning to say the least. With overall planning and design by Laurie Arons Special Events, every inch is executed with elegance and grace by the amazing vendor team below. Find every bit right here in the big, beautiful gallery.

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Summer
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Hacienda
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Elegant

Interested in joining in all the magic that takes place at Jose Villa’s 2015 Workshop? There are still a couple spots left! See all the details below.

Jose Villa 2015 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 15–19, 2015
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

Click here for more details and to reserve your spot!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Wedding Gown: Lihi Hod | Wedding Gown: Emily Rose Riggs | Cake: Sweet And Saucy Shop | Engagement Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Calligraphy: Anne Robin | Candles: Creative Candles | Custom Artwork: Karina Puente | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Floral Design Assistant: Gabriela Salazar | Food Styling: Diana Perrin | Graphic Design And Collateral Pieces: Amber Moon | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Location: Hacienda La Labor | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Tabletop Rentals And Design: Casa De Perrin

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Romantic Jewish Terrace Wedding in Tuscany

When your venue happens to be a villa owned by an Italian designer (ever heard of the Ferragamo family?) your wedding is guaranteed to have style. David Bastianoni was behind the lens of this country-chic affair with an imperial twist, Italia Celebrations created a picturesque day complete with L’Arte Della Torta Di Melanie Secciani cakes and endless romance.

From David BastianoniIn the heart of Tuscany lies Il Borro , a spectacular Relais and Chateaux owned by the Ferragamo family perfect for a wedding with big style!

The ceremony was held in the big space near the Villa, where the Groom arrived with all their friends, and the Bride (lovely in her dress) with her mum.

Bridesmaids in their beautiful dresses — pastel blue and bouquets in pale pink, create an atmosphere of fairy tale. The Groomsmen in a country-chic style, make it even more impressive ceremony.

All the emotions are read on the faces of the two mothers … and you know … the mother is always the mother!!!

Everything was continued in the wonderful Italian garden and guests were entertained by the typical Italian products and sparkling wine, between song and typical Jewish dance.

The two imperial tables in the terrace of the Villa created a picturesque view and warm color where everyone enjoyed the delicious dinner, while the gorgeous flower arrangements created a friendly and romantic atmosphere for all.

Photography: David Bastianoni | Event Planning: Italia Celebrations | Floral Design: Noosheen | Cake: L'Arte Della Torta Di Melanie Secciani | Ceremony Venue: Il Borro | Catering: Tuscan Excelsia | Dinner Venue: Il Borro | Getting Ready: Il Borro

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Glamorous Engagement Inspiration in Mexico

If yesterday’s boudoir gorgeousness from Jose Villa had your heart a-flutter, today’s glam e-sesh from the Mexico Workshop will have your jaw on the floor. Personally, I’m thinking black tie engagements are kind of the best new thing, especially when TEAM Hair & Makeup add their pretty touch (and their amazing new TEAM Bridal Extensions). Up tomorrow is the wedding portion lovelies, so stay tuned!

Psst, there are a few spots left for Jose Villa’s 2015 Workshop! Grab a seat while you still can! See all the details below.

Jose Villa 2015 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 15–19, 2015
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

Click here for more details and to reserve your spot!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Engagement Ring: Trumpet And Horn | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair And Makeup | Custom Skirt: Bel And Beau | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Lace Top: Emily Rose Riggs | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design And Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events

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Rustic + Elegant Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

This time of year is extra magical; everything is blooming, colors are popping up everywhere. And this inspiration shoot, set among the rolling hills of Tuscany, captures that amazing energy and more. Melanie Nedelko’s pics are pure art and this scene created by A Very Beloved Wedding has grabbed hold of my heart and isn’t letting go anytime soon. From the gorgeous Milia Ink stationery, to the beautiful Victoria Rüsche dress, to the La Chia headpieces, get swept away in all this Italian romance right this way!

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Spring
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Villa

From the Melanie NedelkoMyself and the Event Designer and Planner, Elisabeth & Lorinda, from A Very Beloved Wedding, produced and creatively directed a Styled Shoot called “Toscana Nascosta” based on Goethe’s Italian journey. This shoot is about slipping away from duties, trying to discover yourself through the things you see, finding a meaning to words, learning to know yourself by and through objects of beauty, getting inspired, feeling free, happy and in love… unconditional love. Goethe was seeking paradise, just as we do, and he found it in Italy, just as we did.

Tuscany, Italy is near my base in Austria, so I love to spend holidays there from time to time. The unique nature, pine trees, olive trees, good red wine, lemons and delicious food – there is no more delightful spot to celebrate “la dolce vita” than in Tuscany! It was like a dream come true capturing this delicate wedding inspiration on film. The light is very special – it’s a perfect destination for photographers and of course for a wedding! I hope you all feel inspired when watching our vision of a perfect wedding in Tuscany!

From A Very Beloved WeddingThe Design and Styling was all about lemons and olive trees, spring and summer, white sculptures and forbidden gardens. The color palette was lemon yellow, olive green, off-white and beige and gold accents, the atmosphere and experience was Mediterranean, the materials were organic, woody and silky, the stationery was soft and natural, the flowers fresh and free and the couple elegant, agile and in love. We were so inspired by the place and setting that we even wrote a poem. There is no doubt: Italy surprises us and makes us even more creative.

Spring under my feet
Summer in my heart
It is because of you, I can feel the perfumes of blossoming spring flowers
Because of you I love the fresh lemons in my mouth
Because of you I see white sculptures in forbidden gardens
Because of you I feel this moment

Photography: Melanie Nedelko | Floral Design: A Very Beloved Wedding | Wedding Dress: Victoria Rüsche | Stationery: Milia Ink | Event Design + Planning: A Very Beloved Wedding | Film Lab : Carmencita Film Lab | Headpiece: La Chia | Location: Villa Sermolli

Moody + Romantic Boudoir Session in Mexico

Last fall, I had the wonderful opportunity of speaking at Jose Villa’s Mexico Workshop and witnessing all the beauty that it encompasses—an incredible experience to say the least. And the first shoot that I had a front row seat to was this utterly dreamy boudoir session that radiated a moody kind of ethereal vibe, which is just too gorgeous to even put into words. Make sure to savor each one of Jose‘s captures below!

Incredibly stunning right? And bonus, for all you aspiring photographers out there—there are a few spots left for Jose Villa’s 2015 Workshop! See all the details below.

Jose Villa 2015 Mexico Workshop

Dates: November 15–19, 2015
Location: Hacienda El Carmen

Click here for more details and to reserve your spot!

Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Wedding Dress: Galia LaHav | Hair And Makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | Fashion Stylist: Summer Watkins | Floral Design Assistant: Gabriela Salazar | Hair Extensions: TEAM Bridal Extensions | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Overall Design & Planning: Laurie Arons Special Events | Vintage Rentals: Found Rentals

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