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Scottish Whisky Distillery Wedding

Visiting Scotland is currently item #1 on my must-travel list, so when this darling wedding from Victoria Phipps came along, I nearly squealed out loud. Held at a quiet countryside church followed by a whiskey distillery reception, it’s basically everything you’d think a Scottish wedding should be, plus a whole lot more. From rich, green scenery to bagpipe players to little ones in kilts, there’s no shortage of beautiful images captured.

From Victoria Phipps PhotographyI first visited Islay in January 2012 with my other half on a sort of whisky/photography pilgrimage. There is something very special about this island. It’s a real effort to get there and perhaps that’s part of it, but even on the bleakest of winter days something about the landscape captivates you. There was an inevitable blog post a few months later which, through the power of google, led Lynn to contact me about photographing her wedding there in June 2014.

Reading Lynn’s first email, I had a really good feeling about the whole thing. Her kindness shone threw her words and I was so excited to be invited to capture her wedding day! At the time Lynn told me her mother was fighting cancer and how much strength the family was drawing from having such a happy occasion to look forward to. Tragically Lynn lost her mother late last year, but she certainly made her proud that day in Islay. Lynn & Kyle’s wedding was brimming with love and laughter and their family and friends could not have been more warm and welcoming to us. This was an authentic Scottish wedding with real traditions and real values at the heart of the day… an absolute joy and privilege to photograph.

From The Bride…I first met Kyle watching his team play rugby back in 2002. He was absolutely covered in mud and running towards me, even looking like that I thought ‘oh, I like him’. From that day onwards we became friends and that friendship eventually blossomed into a relationship. I think my 3 year old Border Collie Jed might have helped seal the deal too!

Kyle’s Mother was born and raised on the Isle of Islay and we have holidayed there every year since our relationship began. Islay felt like home to me, as it reminded me of the rugged and peaceful landscape of the village of Kinlochbervie where I grew up in the North West Highlands. So on a beautiful summer’s evening there in June 2013, when we were walking along Singing Sands beach Kyle went down on one knee and proposed to me just as the sun was setting. It was perfect and very ‘us’. Jed even got in on the act too and covered us in sand mid-proposal!

We chose the unique Ardbeg Distillery to host the wedding reception, as we loved the rustic feel it had and the surrounding scenery is beautiful. We wanted our style for the day to be genuinely in keeping with Ardbeg and the island as a whole, so kept a very scottish rustic theme throughout. Our friends and families were keen to be involved in the wedding preparation so we had them collecting jam jars, pine cones, shells, and pebbles! We made sure everyone felt as though they had been part of the day. I am very into Arts and Crafts and Pinterest inspired me with lots of creative ideas so I couldn’t wait to turn all these into a reality. Even Kyle started to enjoy all the crafting once he got stuck in!

I went to the bridal shop with my Mum, Sister & Cousin in the Summer of 2013. There was a new collection being previewed that day, so the place was buzzing with ‘brides to be’ from the moment we walked in at 9am. The lady I had spoken to on the phone to arrange my appointment gave me a wink and suggested we head to the back of the shop where this new collection was, so luckily I had it all to myself! I chose seven dresses from this collection but one really caught my eye. I watched the lady place it 3rd in the pile of dresses. So the first dress was pretty but a little too white, the second one was a bit too sparkly for me and so onto the third… as I put the dress on I couldn’t stop smiling. The lady tied the belt around my waist and I walked out of the changing room. I looked at my Mam first. Her smile beamed from ear to ear and she started crying, then my Sister and Cousin joined in too… it was the one. I only ever tried on three dresses!

Kyle & I are both very close to our families, so we decided we wanted to keep the wedding small and intimate with just close friends and family. I lost my Mother in the November of 2013 after a battle with cancer. We had planned to have the wedding within a year of getting engaged with the hope that she would be well enough to attend, but sadly she lost her very brave fight. This inspired me to make the wedding very personal and make sure she was remembered in different ways throughout the day. One idea we had was to collect small pebbles from our favourite beach in both Kinlochbervie and on Islay and paint little hearts onto them. We asked people to take a pebble in memory of loved ones who could not be with us on the day and to leave in a special place close to their heart. So far these stones have rested in California, Asia, New York and many other places around the world.

I wouldn’t change anything about our wedding day. Many moments will stick in our memories forever. We set a lantern off in the evening for my Mam which was a very emotional. It gave us all a quiet and special moment to remember her and reflect on the day. At one point in the evening we spotted some of our guests venturing outside and we weren’t sure why. When we went outside to investigate we discovered the most amazing moon we had ever seen. It was so bright and seemed huge in the sky – it felt as though it was resting on top of the hill. It was breathtaking. Victoria our wonderful photographer captured the moment perfectly. It was a really magical end to a perfect day.

Photography: Victoria Phipps Photography | Flowers: Chatterbox Flowers | Wedding Cake: Handmade Cakes By Donna, Aberdeen | Ceremony Venue: St. John's Church, Port Ellen | Reception Venue: Ardbeg Distillery | Bride's Shoes: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: 'B2 Jasmine' From Perfect Bridal Rooms, Aberdeen | Groom's Attire: The Bute Heather Range, Houston Kilt Maker, Glasgow | Bride's Veil: Richard Designs | Flower Girl's Dresses: Monsoon | Hair & Make Up: Lyn MacIntyre | Ladies Favours: Spirited Soaps | Mens Favours: Ardbeg Distillery | Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York

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Romantic Summer Wedding in Provence

This wedding might be the best proof for why the south of France is holding steady at the top of my wanderlust list. Weddings Of Excellence In Provence created an escape for this couple and their guests, complete with a private villa and rosé wine for the whole wedding weekend. La Paire De Cerises was there to capture it all, and for the foreseeable future I can be found going through these photos on repeat.

From Weddings Of Excellence In Provence… This is why I like so much of my area, the real Provence, and my job. Our company had the luck to meet Julia and Gustavo, an amazing couple, so nice and so sweet, to reveal their love here in Provence in the area of Matisse and Picasso.

Through this, you will discover our area, with its fields of olive trees, lavender, the wonderful old stone villages and our specific light.
Thank you so much to this fantastic couple, whom we see the reflection of their love, surrounded by their families and friends.

From the Bride… When we decided to get married, we knew we wanted something different. Usually, in Brazil, people hold large wedding parties and we wanted to do something more personal with family and close friends. Gustavo and I lived for three years in Europe, where we had the opportunity to know different cultures, countries and specially to make very strong friendships. France was the country we fell in love. It was a spring weekend in Paris when Gustavo proposed to me, just before coming back to Brazil. Then we thought, why not do a destination wedding? Azure skies, lavender fields, medieval villages, vineyards and marvelous food? The place was chosen – Provence, the south of France.

From there, we started our search to discover who could help us in organizing it. Luckily, we found Stéphanie Fayolle, from Wedding of Excellence in Provence, WEP. We were able to travel to the region one year before the wedding and together with Stephanie we chose the house, tasted the food and selected some of the decoration and amenities. The meeting was wonderful, we loved the astral and professionalism of our wedding planner and she knew how to guide us to a place that was exactly what we thought. From that point, all the communication was by email or phone.

The location we choose was the Domaine Albert Gleizes in Saint Rémy de Provence, a beautiful four hectare park of landscaped grounds surrounds the house. The Domaine had a spacious house and a beautiful garden with some trees over 200 years old, and a nice swimming pool. The place also had a lot of culture, it was where the French painter and art author Albert Gleizes, who became known as the main representative of Cubism, used to live. The venue seemed perfect for our big day!

We decided to hold three days of festivities, so we would have plenty of activities for our guests who traveled so long. On the first day, in the morning we took everyone to for a wine tasting at Chateauneuf du Pape, a French town famous for its wonderful wines. In the afternoon we did a pool party at the Domaine for guests to interact and know each other. There was a Crepe truck serving delicious food and wines from the region. The day before the ceremony, we all went to visit two lovely villages: Gordes and Les Baux de Provence. The ride through the region allowed the guests to completely enter into Provençal climate. At night we had a Welcome Cocktail at the Domaine.

Finally the big day! It was a beautiful sunny day, and we had our 80 guests welcomed by a violinist playing classical music. Following the ceremony we offered a cocktail with champagne and rose wine together with typical Provençal food. The music at this time was played by accordion. In the evening, the dinner, selected dishes from the region, was served in the garden just beside the Domaine. After all that, was the party, the band Selton (formed by Brazilians and well known throughout all Italia) played great musics and the dancing went all night long.

It was three magical days at Saint Remy de Provence!

Photography: La Paire De Cerises | Event Planning: Weddings Of Excellence In Provence | Floral Design: Un Jardin En Ville | Catering: Brunet Frères | Hairdresser: Wedding Hair Provence | Make-up Artist: Ylva Langenskiold | Music Band: Selton From Milano | Private House In Provence: Bastide Albert Gleives

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Romantic Wedding at the Land of Eternal Spring

Overflowing with fresh Expressions Artes Florales , this garden affair has officially put Guatemala on my bucket list. The chic factor exponentially increases with a firework ending and the Bride’s calligraphy skills, and with Saguzo Eventos on hand every detail was flawless. Joe Simon Wedding Films and Megan Robinson shared their favorite moments from this dreamy destination ceremony, right here.

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From Megan Robinson… I have been looking forward to sharing this wedding ever since I was fortunate enough to document it. Of course traveling for, and telling the story of a destination wedding is always a dream come true, but this one is very dear to me. “The Land of Eternal Spring” is even more beautiful than it sounds with it’s colors, textures, foliage, music, culture, people, and landscapes being so dynamic and enchanting. Guatemala happens to be my mother’s native country, so when Amy and Jorge contacted me about documenting their wedding in a place that is home to so many people I love, I was overwhelmed with excitement.

One of the most unique details of this wedding was that the Bride, Amy, is a calligrapher, Letter Love Studio, and she custom designed her invites, envelopes, cake topper, the menu, gift tags, etc. Seeing how much heart was put into this event, even down to the details Amy created made this one of the most memorable days I have been fortunate enough to document.

From the Bride… If there’s one thing Jorge and I love to do together it’s travel. After getting engaged in Thailand (where my dad is from) on a family trip, we thought it only fitting to get married in Guatemala ­ where Jorge’s parents are from and where he lived as a child. We felt it would be extremely meaningful to honor our backgrounds as our families came together as one, and Antigua was a no ­brainer. I fell in love with photos of the cascading bougainvilleas, lush green volcanoes, and colorful worn facades of this little colonial town that Jorge had treasured as a kid. When we visited in February to do the bulk of the planning with Gladys Santizo of Saguzo Eventos the “Land of Eternal Spring” really stole my heart and I couldn’t wait to experience it with our closest friends and family.

Our wedding day couldn’t have been more surreal. I felt so beautiful slipping into my custom Tatyana Merenyuk silk chiffon and vintage lace gown, and Jorge looked so incredibly handsome in a way I will always remember. We always knew that we wanted to get married in a venue that would stand the test of time. Somewhere significant we could visit time and time again and take our family to many years later… and the 18th century ruins of Las Capuchinas and 16th century church of San Jose El Viejo fit the bill perfectly.

The garden of Las Capuchinas was overflowing with fresh flowers and the sound of latin guitar and violin music filled the ceremony air as we exchanged our hand written vows. After the kiss, all of our guests piled into an army of little tuk tuks which took them to San Jose for the reception, bouncing in one long line along the cobblestone streets. It was one of the most fun and memorable moments for our guests and really set the tone for a laughter-­filled reception.

I had a very specific vision for our reception décor, and seeing that come to life really took our breath away. One of the hardest parts of having a destination wedding was that I couldn’t make as many décor items as I wanted to, but I designed and calligraphed every piece I could conceivably bring to Guatemala! From the invitations I collaborated on with uber-talented

Yao Cheng Design, to the welcome bags, programs, menus, escort cards, cake topper, etc. It was so incredible to see all of the little details come together and us and our guests had an extraordinary time. To cap off the evening, Jorge surprised everyone (myself included) with a fireworks display and it was the perfect crescendo to an unforgettable day. The best thing we did (besides get married of course!) was to hire our dream team ­ Megan Robinson and Joe Simon Wedding Films to document our special day. To be in the hands of such wonderful and talented professionals let us truly relax and enjoy ourselves. We were ecstatic to see how they captured our wedding day and their photos and film help us relive it over and over. We could not have asked for more!

Photography: Megan Robinson | Videography: Joe Simon Wedding Films | Event Planning: Saguzo Eventos | Floral Design: Expressions Artes Florales | Wedding Cake: Pasteleria La Cenicienta | Ceremony Venue: Convento De Las Capuchinas | Reception Venue: San Jose El Viejo | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Little Borrowed Dress | Bride’s Dress: Tatyana Merenyuk | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Groomsmen’s Attire: J. Hilburn | Groom’s Attire: D.Jones Clothiers | Invitation + Calligraphy: Letter Love Studio | Invitation Watercolor: Yao Cheng Design