You, my friends, are about to get bit by the travel bug and the gorgeous images of Lilly Red Photography are to blame. Together with design by Ema Giangreco Weddings and florals by Fioreria San Rocco Eventi, inspiration for a winter elopement in Venice was born. Pore through the vault for even more of this beautiful city that is about to shoot to the top of your must see list.
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From the Event Designer… Venice is a timeless city in Italy, surrounded by the intricate canals and small passages, where the way of life has managed to keep its charm throughout the ages. Being in the city during the winter allowed us to embrace the peacefulness around us. The understated beauty of Venice in winter was the spirit of our inspirational, captured by Lilly Red Creative.
Our bride started her journey in the award winning boutique hotel, Ca Maria Adele. The intimate Sala Noire room served as the backdrop with its rich textures and luxurious details. The light gently entered the room through the silk window coverings. Winter attire was accomplished with a soft laced, wool pullover coupled with a playful tulle gown, provided by. A handmade Venetian fur shawl, provided by Sartoria dei Dogi, added additional depth to the dress. Blue and burgundy provided deep, rich colors from which we could base our palette. The bouquet and floral crown, by Fioreria San Rocco Eventi, gave us the contrast and pop against the warmth of the attire. The groom was dressed in deep colors of blue and burgundy, the suit by Salvatore Ferragamo.
The couple’s first look took place on a small landing, only accessible by wooden bridge. They indulged in a warm hug, enjoying the joy of a sunny winter day. We took a stroll through the little streets around undiscovered corners and we found ourselves at a water taxi station (“ vaporetto”), where the sun shone and illuminated our beautiful bride while she was covering herself with her winter shawl. The table was set on an intimate little dock, overlooking the Grand Canal. A deep blue, velvet cloth complimented the ocean waters and our color selection. The blue was enriched by tone of the dark, red flowers and fruits. The patterns on the dishware and glasses provided a layer of detail and complexity to our setting. The blue velvet cake was the perfect way to end our session, surrounded by velvet tablecloth and roses, creating a frame for our sweet ending.
Photography: Lilly Red Photography | Event Design & Planning: Ema Giangreco Weddings | Flowers: Pretty Flowers by Fioreria San Rocco | Wedding Dress: Il Sogno Atelier | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Engagement Ring: Brilliant Earth | Calligraphy: In Loft Calligraphy | Venue: Ca Maria Adele | Dishware: Anthropologie | Groom's Apparel: Salvatore Ferragamo | Hair & Make Up: Lisa Semenzato | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wedding Shawl: Sartoria dei Dogi
If you’ve ever, and I mean EVER toyed with the idea of an elopement, this inspiration shoot is about to convince you completely. Set in Venice, Italy with breathtaking architecture and a classic gondola ride, consider this your visual blueprint designed by Atrendy Wedding for a European “I do.” Go see the gallery by Eric Kelley for even more moments to love.
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From the vendors… A timeless styled photo shoot that inspired an enchanting, Old World dream. We were inspired by the blossoming wisteria, the bustling waterways and intimate canals… the most beautiful city in the world. An outdoor ceremony in the garden of the Belmond Cipriani followed by an intimate dinner creation under the purple wisteria set the Venetian mood. We took advantage of the quintessential beauty of the city exploring bridges, hidden alleys and the famous stone paved St. Mark’s Square. A palette of white and green with pops of pink and orange enhanced the natural setting without distracting from this city’s natural beauty. The Venice canals were highlighted in the watercolor paper suite, and a gondola ride for the bride and groom were key elements of this quintessential Italian shoot.
Photography: Eric Kelley Photography | Event Design: Atrendy Wedding | Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Ca'Rousel Bridal | Invitations: Emily Rose Ink | Shoes: Emmy London | Hair + Makeup: Letizia Cordella | Tuxedo: Blank Label | Featured Contributor: Venice First | Hair Pins: Melinda Rose Design | Hand-Dyed Silk Fabric: Pompom Blossom | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photography - Assistance: Élan Klein | Rentals: Select Event Group | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Rings + Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Robe: Girl and a Serious Dream
As if we needed another reason to packs our bag and move to Venice PRONTO, this engagement session is certainly it. Overflowing with romance, gondola rides, AND the most adorable couple ever, we’ve got it all captured by Thecablookfotolab waiting for you in The Vault!
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From Thecablookfotolab…These 2 lovebirds literally stole my heart. I think that people in love is the most harmonious thing ever. The way they look at each other, the way they keep the hands, the way they touch, everything around seem to be electrified by their emotion. For me this shooting was like a movie: so natural and easy. I love so much the idea of a destination engagement! What can be more romantic? Only destination engagement in Venice that ends in the gondola sailing to the sunset.
From the Bride-to-be…Alex was scheduled to go on a 6 month overseas assignment for work in March 2015. The week before he left, we went on a “farewell” road trip up the coast of California. He proposed in Big Sur at sunset on the beach, just the two of us. It was very exciting, but his departure was looming over us. The first six months of our engagement were definitely difficult, as he was in a remote place and had limited access to the internet (even less access to a phone!) So when he came home in September, we wanted to take a special trip to celebrate our engagement and being reunited. We decided to go to Italy because it is so romantic! I wanted to take engagement pictures in Venice so that we would always have a reminder of those happy moments. I found Darya on Style Me Pretty’s vendor guide and fell in love with the style of her photography immediately. It is so natural and filled with emotion. Alex and I were both apprehensive about taking photographs because don’t love having our pictures taken and thought we would feel awkward. However Darya made us feel SO comfortable and natural. She ended up spending the entire day with us, instead of just the few hours we booked her for, and we had such fun getting lost in Venice with her. The day that we thought be a chore ended up being the highlight of our whole trip. We can’t wait to see Darya again, hopefully soon!
Photography: Thecablookfotolab | Dress: Billy Ella | Engagement Ring: Harold Stevens San Diego | Men's Attire: J.Crew | Film Processing: Carmencita Film Lab | Location: Palazzo Cavalli