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Elegant Florence Wedding Inspiration

Matthew Ree has run away with my heart today. His imagery from this dreamy Florence shoot have me completely entranced and I’m not going anywhere too soon. Rich with old-world Italian charm and gorgeous style for days, it’s a simple, effortless kind of beauty that draws you in like no other. From the bridal portraits to a playful engagement style session, all together it’s irresistible.

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From Matthew Ree… Florence Italy provide enough history and beauty of the town that creates its own beauty itself. We wanted to keep the the essential esthetics of the town and add just touch of elegance to it. All the local vendors and crews participated to the shoot which brought nothing but love of Florence. Just simple and elegance is enough to generate amazing warmth of romance.

Photography: Matthew Ree | Event Planning: Eventi Gaia Di Gaia Cinotti | Floral Design: Jardin Divers | Wedding Gown: Atelier Aimee Florence | Catering: Federico Salza | Castle: Castello Di Vincigliata | Makeup & Hair: Consuelo Cardella

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Laid Back Romance in St. John

My fiancé and I had the toughest time deciding between a local or destination wedding. Ultimately, we chose a local wedding to involve more family and friends, but destination weddings will forever tug at my heart strings. Enter this laid back beach fete planned to perfection by Mary Bartolucci. A tropical breeze, soft sand grazing your feet and palms fanning your every move… dreamy right? Hope on over to the gallery from Two One Photography for more.

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From Mary Bartolucci… After one year of weekly phone calls and hundreds of emails exchanged, the wedding planning process for Janell and Mick’s tropical celebration was completed. It’s always fun to finally meet face to face couples with whom we have been collaborating with for months prior to their wedding date. Our 6’6” groom with his size 0 bride traveled from the great state of Texas along with 65 of their near and dearest. We knew the Texan’s were going to be a fun group from our many conversations with Janelle and Mick during the planning process.

The wedding festivities kicked off with a welcome party at The Tap Room, a local micro brewery featuring mango summer ale and other unique brews. Having quite a few beer connoisseurs in the group, we knew this would be the perfect location to get the party started! After an early morning rehearsal, next day was spent enjoying the many US Virgin Islands National Park beaches and a little of recovery mode too! The rehearsal dinner was held one of St John’s newest restaurants Virgin Fire which specializes in contemporary Caribbean cuisine.

The wedding day began with the team from Sugar and Spice Lux Artistry setting up headquarters in the bride’s villa at the Westin St John. Our lovely bride was gifted a custom made wedding gown by her mom and brother. Janelle flew to mainland China to collaborate with the designer Jueshe for her spectacular gown.

Janelle and Mick chose to not see each other prior to the wedding ceremony. Casey and Ryan from Two One Photography worked separately to do some pre wedding bridal photos. The ceremony was held at sunset on Trunk Bay, St John. Mick’s grandfather Phil, performed their marriage ceremony. The bride walked to Canon in D played on steel pan with a tropical flair. She was escorted by her brother as her Mom and Dad watched sweetly from the front row.

The reception was held at The Waterfront Bistro, a beach side setting. The restaurant boasts the best sunset view on the island, perfect for greeting the guests arriving from the ceremony location. Guests sipped pain killers and a variety of gourmet appetizers while Janelle and Mick enjoyed their first photo shoot as a married couple.

Janelle’s vision for the reception was romance and lots and lots of candles. Island Style Weddings design team along with Roses Too florist created a table scape using teal mercury vases and candle holders with silver accents. Small tea light holders were filled with single white blooms of spray roses and placed on mirrored table runners. Interspersed between the floral design were silver mercury votive and crystal tall tea lights.

DJ Adonis Morton, introduced the couple amid cheers from the crowd. After a welcome toast from the bride and groom thanking their guests for joining them on their marriage adventure, everyone was seated to a three course meal. With tropical breezes, as the sun set over St Thomas and the sounds of calypso, reggae and some old school rock the guests were not seated for long!

Mick’s brother surprised the couple with a magnum of Veuve Clicquot making a grand gesture shared amongst the guests. The evening continued with lots of rum, dances, kisses, glow sticks and a conga line finale out the door and on to their new life as husband and wife. Janelle and Mick may you have many years of happiness together!

Photography: Two One Photography - Casey Wigotow | Event Design: Mary Bartolucci | Event Planning: Island Style Weddings | Floral Design: Roses Too Flowers | Wedding Gown: Jueshe Designer In Suzhou China | Cake: Liz Lowe | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Reception Venue: The Watefront Bistro | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alvina Valenta | DJ: Adonis Morton | Groom's Attire: Indochino | Groomsmen's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Officiant: Father Phil Lawrence | Accomodations: Westin St John, USVI | Beauty: Sugar And Spice Lux Artistry | Earrings: Etsy | Hair And Makeup Stylist: Sugar And Spice Salon | Limo Service: Love City Limo | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Virgin Fire Restaurant | Save The Dates: Magnet Street | Steel Pan Musician : Albion Sewer | Welcome Party: The Tap Room

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Glamorous Wedding at The Colony Palms

If ever there were a wedding that could rock a whole lot of glamour with a hint of edge, it would surely be of former Guns N’ Roses and current Velvet Revolver drummer, Matt Sorum and his stunning Bride, Ace Harper. Can we just take a look at her top knot? Paired with her sleek Monique Lhuillier dress, it’s perfection. It’s one of our favorite Michael Segal weddings to date. See the full party in the gallery!

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From Michael Segal Photography… Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, tied the knot with his gorgeous fiancé, singer and dancer Ace Harper. The couple exchanged vows at the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California in front of 200 guests, which included Jane Lynch, Juliette Lewis, John Varvatos, Gina Gershon and Duff McKagan among others. John Varvatos designed Sorum’s tux and suits for the groomsmen, and Monique Lhuillier designed the dresses for Harper and her bridesmaids. Ace was adorned in diamonds from Alan Friedman designs Beverly Hills.

Wedding planned by Joey from Artisan Events who also did the flowers. The three day affair began with cocktails and Hors d’oeuvre by the pool with a French Brazilian Jazz trio, playing everything from Bossa Nova to Miles Davis, and a video of the bride and groom doing their own rendition of the Sonny and Cher classic, “I Got You Babe.”

The following day, the wedding began as the guests watched the wedding party procession enter to classical renditions of The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” and The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony.” The bride walked down the aisle to The Beatles classic, “All You Need Is Love.” Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple brought everyone to tears with his own rendition of “You Are So Beautiful.” As the bride and groom kissed, hummingbirds flew around the grounds in harmony.

The bridal party then headed to the famous desert windmills for photos with photographer, Michael Segal. The reception kicked off with an unforgettable first dance from Matt and Ace, to Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’ with Billy Idol’s guitarist, Steve Stevens looking on. The dance was choreographed by famed choreographer, Jennifer Hamilton. Chef Jeff Armstrong created the six-course sit down dinner, which included faro risotto, halibut, goat cheese truffle ravioli, and a massive dessert table with 300 cupcakes and other custom delights. As guests dined, Aqualillies synchronized swimmers performed in the pool.

The best man and matron of honor toasted the newlyweds with Belaire Rose Champagne. The party then headed to the Purple Palm for a set by DJ Morty. The bride and groom gave a heartfelt thank you to their guests, and a special poem was read to Ace written by Matt. An all-star jam began with Rockstars Present, as Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan, Steven Stevens, Glenn Hughes and Matt (on drums) took the stage. The bride looking ever so stunning in her wedding dress, took over the vocals on the Led Zeppelin classic, ‘Rock n’ Roll’ and the Stones ‘Jumping Jack Flash.’ Juliette Lewis also stepped up to sing ‘Proud Mary,’ and Gina Gershon sang one as well.

The three day celebration concluded with a poolside buffet the next morning.

Photography: Michael Segal Photography | Event Planning: Joey - Artisan Events Floral Decor | Floral Design: Artisan Events Floral Decor | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Hair: Allessandro Voce | DJ: Morty Coyle | Groom's Attire: John Varvatos | Groomsmen's Attire: John Varvatos | Officiant: Richard Cadieux | Bride's Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake/Dessert: Over The Rainbow | Dinner Entertainment: Aqualillies | Flip Flops: Havaianas | Hotel: Colony Palms Hotel | Makeup: Ernesto Casillas | Rentals: Signature Rentals

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