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Romantic Flower-Filled Tuscan Wedding

Impending bad weather couldn’t deter from the magical wedding wonderland created by Enzo Miccio for this summer celebration. Overflowing with roses and proteas, and a dress fit for a princess (courtesy of Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection), this wedding was made for royals; take a look at Alfonso Longobardi’s pics and I dare you to disagree. Eager for even more romance? Visit our Vault for plenty more pretty!


From Enzo Miccio… Who doesn’t dream about a wedding in an enchanting forest where nature is the protagonist? For those who love natural greenery and the wild, the forest offers a unique and surreal atmosphere in which the architecture is determined by the nature, where timeless reigns.

This was the mood with which Anna and Philip united each other in marriage: he, a charming boy coming from South Africa, her, an English and sweet girl, who dreamed to reality of looking like a fairytale princess. Both of them wanted to be the protagonist of the fairytale atmosphere, where enchanted creatures, fairies and elves were the co-stars in this magical and enchanted wedding.

After long and careful research, the famous wedding planner Enzo Miccio, commissioned by the couple, found in Tuscany the ideal place to organize their special wedding. Moreover, Tuscany is a place of charm especially for British people.

Anna and Philip chose to celebrate their wedding in June 2014 with a fabulous 3-day outdoor wedding event in a elegantly-decorated area at the beautiful Borgo Pignano, a 750-acre country estate between Volterra and San Gimignano. The thoroughly enchanting Pignano estate features an elegant 18th Century manor house and surrounding stone farmhouses, gardens, meadows, pools, small lakes, orchards, woodlands and waterfalls.

Unfortunately the weather prediction of that weekend was disastrous. Luckily Enzo Miccio, knows how quickly Tuscany climate could change, therefore during the organization of the wedding event he prepared a plan B, C and D, too.

How could he realize the dream of Anna who looked at him with her big blue eyes, and to whom he had promised the staging of a fairytale? The dark clouds never left us, until 5pm, when a storm arrived which hit us with such violence that left us all in silence. The torchon of flowers, organza curtains, the little chairs in white wood decorated with wreaths of olive trees and ivy, the string ensemble, the bridesmaids with their wonderful dress in satin and chiffon, beautiful bouquet made with proteas (flower that Anna dedicated to Philip), peonies, roses and sand-colored sweet pea… everything seemed to have been broken.

Enzo ran to embrace and reassure Anna, everything would be just as well, that she would have this very special marriage, she only had to wait a while before marrying her Phil. A flute of champagne to make her smile return and then Enzo went into the forest with his gray soaked attire. He summoned Philip’s best men and his assistants under a weak but always relentless rain. So armed with rags they dried the chairs, created a makeshift gazebo to protect musicians, distributed 200 white umbrellas, and replaced the damaged flowers.

Finally, Enzo ran to Anne with the sealed wonderful Valentino white macramé wedding shoes and told to her that her wedding dream would become reality anyway, even with the weather.

And so it was… Anna and Philip had their enchanted fairytale and after the ceremony, the couple and their guests from the UK, South Africa and all around the world, enjoyed aperitifs on the pretty lawns overlooking the breathtaking Tuscan countryside views before the wedding banquet was served in a marquee in the gardens in front of the manor house.

After the wedding banquet and after cutting of the wedding cake – which had been delicately and beautifully decorated by the bride’s mum – the couple and their guests danced the night away on the dancefloor of an open marquee, decorated with chandeliers, pretty sofas and fabulous floral arrangements.

Photography: Alfonso Longobardi | Event Planning: Enzo Miccio | Floral Design: Enzo Miccio | Wedding Dress: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection | Catering: Borgo Pignano | Wedding Venue: Borgo Pignano | Bride's Jewelry: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection

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SMP Blogger Bride Engagement in Paris

When it comes to our Blogger Brides you better bet they’ve got style, grace, and of course good taste. So when Jean of Extra Petite sent over her recent e-sesh from Paris – with none other than Le Secret D’Audrey behind the lens – well let’s just say I just about DIED over every detail. It’s pretty, it’s pink, it’s Parisian (with a petite flair), and we’ve got it all waiting for you in the gallery!

From Le Secret D’Audrey… Jean is a “Boston gal standing just under 5 feet tall”. This blog started as a means for her to share her experiences while building a wardrobe of pieces that actually fit and flattered her figure. She is followed by many for her great taste and fun tips.

From The Bride To Be…Hello beautiful brides! For my third post on here, I wanted to share our engagement photos from Paris taken by the talented Le Secret D’Audrey. For brides who have more than one dress planned for wedding activities (ie. rehearsal dinner, reception, bridal shower), an engagement session could be a great opportunity to give one of the other dresses some extra attention and not have to buy something new. I wore this shorter white dress later for my shower, and this blush pink gown was handmade by one of my best friends for our Chinese wedding tea ceremony. Our wedding photographer shoots with a digital camera, so for engagement photos we wanted to experiment with a film photographer for the lighter, more airy feel of that medium. Romantic Paris turned out to be the perfect setting!

Photography: Le Secret D'Audrey | Gown: Khatu | Venue: Paris | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Jean : Extra Petite

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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Elegant Peach + White Wedding Inspiration in the South of France

If you’re a Francophile, prepare to fall in love with this stunning inspiration shoot! Captured by Ingrid Lepan Photographe, and brimming with romantic touches like lace back gowns and Nice Plume calligraphy, this shoot also happens to feature an absolutely dreamy bouquet, from Vanessa Bouvier-Daniel of D’amour Et De Deco, and we got the bouquet breakdown right below!

Al Fresco

From Ingrid LepanWith this photo shoot we were looking to showcase the upcoming wedding decoration trends…The keywords used to guide us were lightness, softness and simplicity.

Each vendor was inspired by these three words, the veils were chosen for their looseness into the breeze, we wanted this rendering with Léa, who walks through the hanging linens in the breeze of a soft spring evening. The dress from the designer Vanda Outh, made out of Chantilly lace and muslin chosen for its smoothness. The very natural make up and the hairdressing created by Les Ciseaux de Marie, Nice Plume’s aerial organic calligraphy of the menus and the seating cards were a perfect fit with the table decoration as well as Zouzou Traiteur’s peach and vanilla mini pavlovas and mascarpone cream or the rose petal marmalade locally produced and the peach cocktails. The choice of our photographer Ingrid Lepan was an end of the day lightning with a sunset backlight to give these pictures even more softness.

The whole team worked on the little details, such as the ice cubes holding in little flowers and spices, the details of the bouquet and the flower crown made with handpicked flowers on the same morning in order to send out this smoothness touch.

From Vanessa Bouvier-DanielFor the bouquet, the key descriptors remain the same as the photo shoot: an airy atmosphere, simplicity, and the softness of pastel colors. A few flowers were picked in the woods on the same day as the shoot, such as honeysuckle, wild snapdragon and grass, which were combined with the peonies, locally-grown roses, a branch of Kalanchoe Magic Bells, and two succulent flowers. Everything was held by a linen ribbon that matched the veils.

Elegant Peach + White Wedding Inspiration Bouquet

  • 3 Stems of Pink Peonies
  • 5 Stems of Peach Roses
  • 2 Stems of Succulent Flowers
  • 1 Branch of Kalanchoe Magic Bells
  • Honeysuckle
  • Wild Snapdragons
  • Grass Flowers

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