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Tuscany Engagement Session in the Chianti Vineyards

There’s no doubt that when our dear friend Greg Finck steps being the lens, magical things happen. And lucky us? We get to be witness to all the pretty through his seriously gorgeous imagery, including this perfectly lit, soaked in love engagement session in the heart of Chianti. It’s intimate and basic, but in the best kind of way and we can’t get enough.

From Greg Finck PhotographyCiara and Mark are an Irish couple from Belfast, Ireland, and had chosen sunny Tuscany for their wedding. When you’re used to grey sky and pouring rain, it’s hard not to totally fall for Tuscany, that fabulous part of Italy calling for bathing sun, easy lifestyle and awesome food and wine.

We realized Ciara & Mark’s engagement shoot just a few days before the actual wedding. Just like their wedding day, Ciara & Mark wanted a casual and intimate engagement. Nothing fancy, but just the focus on the basics: light, landscape, and obviously their love. There is a harder task as a photographer than to shoot in Tuscany. Beauty and awesome light are everywhere. So we just wandering around the Villa this lovely couple was staying, walking in the middle of Chianti vineyards, finding a meadow surrounded by cypress trees reminding us of the Gladiator movie, resting under the shade of an olive tree. This beautiful session ended with the perfect sunset, calling for Ciara & Mark to get ready for their d-day.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Private Villa: Villa Piaggia

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Rustic Summer Tuscan Wedding

I came upon this Tuscan wedding right in the midst of my fiance and I pondering honeymoon locations, and well, I think Italy just jumped up the list a few notches. With stunning views like these, how can you go wrong? This celebration, captured by Melissa Fuller, is what destination weddings are made of and I’ll be mentally escaping to this gallery for the rest of today, for research purposes of course.

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The Ceremony
I stood atop a rolling hill in the middle of the Tuscan countryside, the sounds of a crowd of people clapping and singing huddled around a long table complemented by the low hanging afternoon sun.  At the end of the table was Robin, the wild haired Italian groom, waiting for his bride and the mother of his son Lev, to round the corner of his father’s farmhouse, parse the crowd, and sit down on the opposite end to sign their Ketuba and make a commitment to one another in front of family and friends.  It was so stunning and perfectly intimate that I wanted to pinch myself.

The couple brought with them their Rabbi Noa Kushner from SF who they met with many times leading up to the wedding to make it personal and meaningful.  By the day of the wedding they knew her very well and she knew them.  The two never rehearsed the ceremony  because they didn’t want it to seem rehearsed.  The beauty in the organic nature in which it all just  sort of happened was well worth it. – Melissa Fuller, photographer

Immediately after the ceremony, Robin and I intentionally took 10 minutes together to contemplate what just happened. After we returned to the group, things got “messy” with traditional Jewish circle dancing, and Klezmer music. It was festive! It was fun and silly! Chairs!  We had a silly dance (which actually we never danced at the wedding, we recorded it afterwards because Robin couldn’t bear being in the spotlight for another second!- Keren Bigio, bride

The Chuppa
The  creative mind of the groom Robin, who works in San Francisco as a designer, was epitomized by the Chuppa that he designed and built from scratch.  He made eight paper models and one quarter scale model with real materials!  The result was a fantastic geometric roof that Robin spent the wedding morning setting up alongside his best friends. – Melissa

Our siblings held the poles of the Chuppa. The Chuppa actually symbolizes our future home (it’s open on all four sides to invite everyone in). Our siblings held the poles of the Chuppa to symbolize helping us “hold” our home. – Keren

An Artists Hand
Robin hand painted and designed all of the signs (parking, bathroom, etc) as well as all of the collateral (menu, invites, seating assignment cards, etc.).  My favorite detail was a little box that guests could use to deposit cards, notes and drawings, complete with an illustration of Keren and their son Lev painted on the top. – Melissa

Overall, a very “DIY” wedding – there was no “wedding planner”, We made it happen ourselves! Tony and Alicia, Robin’s father and stepmother, definitely worked super hard to execute the our vision (quite perfectly!) – Keren

Welcome Dinner
What better venue than the rooftop of an old Roman apartment overlooking the colosseum to bring in a warm welcome for your guests?!  A few days before the wedding, Robin’s mother hosted a fabulous rooftop party that went into the night allowing international guests to explore Rome before heading up the coast to the countryside for the big day.  It was a true coming together of their worlds! Friends from 11 (!) different countries! Mainly, Europe, Israel, the US and Canada were in attendance. – Melissa

I loved how everyone became friends after Friday night and hung out together the whole weekend! It made the wedding day that much more intimate. I also loved that people took daytrips together on Saturday before the wedding (and also after the wedding), and made dinner plans, etc.- Keren

What to Wear
Robin’s mom, Martina, found my dress when she was visiting SF! It was actually the first (and only) dress I tried on.  It was found in a tiny store on Valencia (2 blocks from my house!) called Laku. The owner of the store, an amazing Japanese seamstress, found the vintage dress and kept it in the store as a design piece on a mannequin. It wasn’t even for sale. Robin’s mom saw it and fell in love. We went back to the store together and convinced the owner of the store to let us buy it! She did A TON of work on it to fix it up – and custom fit it.  Robin’s Suit was custom tailored by by Taylor Stitch.  We wanted to tone of the wedding to be casual, intimate, and mostly just comfortable. We told people to dress “countryside chic” – which totally confused people ;) – Keren

Other Details
Keren’s good friend Amir played guitar for them at the ceremony.  Guests and even me, the photographer, were asked to refrain from taking images and just be in the moment after the two came down the aisle.  It made the ceremony one of the most special ones I have seen.

Dinner was served long into the night in a true Italian fashion.  Their baby Lev, woke up just in time to steal the show and make an appearance!  Long family style tables were set up with some of the most delicious plates of traditional pastas, salamis, and seafood passed around from guest to guest.  Also, let’s just say the wine was just as good :)  Yum!  The food was catered by a local restaurant (literally a block from the house in Tuscany) Le Mandorlaie. – Melissa

Photography: Melissa Fuller | Venue: Private Farm

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Bright Bazaar’s Destination Wedding

Remember that time we (virtually) trekked to London for Bright Bazaar’s ridiculously adorable engagement? Well today, my dears, we get to find out what happened next. I’m talking a destination wedding on the Spanish island of Minorca filled with color, style and no shortage of love all photographed by Jean-Laurent Gaudy. Sit back and get comfy because this party is just getting started. 

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From Jean-Laurent Gaudy… What an incredible adventure have I lived with Will & Toby this year. First for their engagement session in London, and then in Minorca for their Mediterranean wedding. They were both so kind and so generous. The memories of these fabulous moments will stay with me for sure.

Words from Will… Toby and I met while we were at university in 2009 and have been together ever since. Toby proposed to me in December 2012 on top of the Pompidou Centre during a trip to Paris. We decided to have a destination wedding and chose to get married on the Spanish Balearic Island, Menorca. This was because we had vacationed together on the island for many years, visiting the same winery at which we eventually held the ceremony and reception for many years; knowing the staff and seeing it grow meant it felt personal and special to us. The wedding was intimate, relaxed and informal, just the way we had hoped it would be.

Photography: Jean-Laurent Gaudy | Stationery: Minted | Best Girls' Dresses: Boden, BHD, Zara | Illustration: Brooke Hagel | Napkins: H&M Home | Strung Lights: Cox & Cox | Table Runners: H&M Home | Toby's Attire: : Jacket: Zara, Trousers: J.Crew, Shoes: Ted Baker, Belt: Topman, Shirt: Topman, Tie: Handmade, Pocket Square: Jack Willis, Watch: | Vases And Succulent Pots: West Elm | Vineyard: Binifadet | Will's Attire: Jacket: Zara, Trousers: J.Crew, Shoes: Office, Belt: ASOS, Shirt: Topman, Tie: Mrs. Bow Tie, Pocket Square: Jack Willis, Watch: