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Germany Wedding Inspiration: Clean + Classic + Elegant

I am lucky enough to call Germany home, and I don’t take it’s beauty for granted in the least (it’s so gorgeous) but even I was floored by this shoot from Kibogo Photography. Along with a team of ridiculously talented pros, they were able to capture the old world beauty of Deutschland and boil it down to it’s most sincere elements, creating wedding inspiration I fully expect to take over Pinterest!

From Kibogo PhotographyI am so excited to share our wedding inspiration shoot that we did in Germany at the Grandhotel Steigenberger Koenigswinter. The hotel is an elegant and unique spot — located on a mountain called Petersberg and looks like a castle. Its bright and beautiful rooms inspired us to do an elegant wedding inspiration shoot there for local and international brides who are looking for unique locations here in Germany. I gathered a whole bunch of creative people on the boat and we started designing the shoot.

We wanted the wedding inspiration shoot to be clean, clasic, elegant. The color theme was peach/rosé and menthe with silver. Peonies, white flowers, breathtaking stationery and three gowns from Jenny Packham were the highlight on that day! Not to mention that we had the whole presidential suite to get ready and style the bride and groom in! We started with a few getting ready images for the “groom” and a few boudoir images for the “bride” which I totally adore! We then proceeded to shoot some portraits outdoors with an oldtimer (blue Audi) — being oh-so careful with the gown!

While the “bride” changed into another dress I shoot the details of table, stationery, cake, jewellery, rings, cufflings, shoes, bow ties, groom with cake, table of “reception”, and the cake table. Before we headed with the couple to the tables, I took some portraits of them alone plus details of their attire.

After some images at the table with the couple we headed to the big hall where they usually hold big wedding for some dancing photos as a wrap up for the day. That room/hall has an amazing view towards the big river called Rhein. Oposite on the other side of the river you can see another castle (Dragon-castle).

We did this inspiration shoot to show potentional couples how they could celebrate their wedding at a venue such as this. Not many know about the amazing venue since it’s up on a mountain. You can have an indoor ceremony there since it has a small church beside the main building or you can have an outdoor wedding on the big terrace next to the presidential suite. Outdoors is a lovely park to take walks or just sit on one of the many terraces and enjoy the breathtaking view!

Photography: Kibogo Photography | Videography: Marco Dueck Films | Wedding Planner: Doreen Winking | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Stationery: Clara Tuma - A Creative Affair-Studio | Brides Shoes: Spartoo | Grooms Shoes: Schuhhaus Raaf | Bow Ties: Olga Shulman - Atelier Melange | Brides Shoes - Peach: Sarenza | Cake : Alma Pasteles | Chocolates: Silvia Roenn - Gaumentraum | Decor + Floral Design: Helene Gutjahr | Earrings: Poetry Designs | Grooms Suits : Herr Von Eden | Hair & Make Up: Maskenraum - Christina | Headpiece : Jannie Baltzer | Jewellery Of Bride: Jenny Packham Via The White Dress Company | Oldtimer: Autohaus Seiler | Photography - Assistance: Katharina Sparwasser | Sequin Table Cloth : Mylk & Honey | Wedding Gown Boutique: The White Dress Company | Wedding Rings + Cufflings: Michaela Roemer | Wedding Venue: Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg

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Old World Romance at Costa Navarino Resort

This wedding should come with a warning label. The styling by White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination is so gorgeous you might just have to put off that work project a bit longer, the setting is so breathtaking you might scrap your honeymoon plans and opt for a Mediterranean getaway, and it’s all captured so beautifully by George Pahountis your fingers will get tired from all the pinning. At the very least we recommend you sit down while cruising through this romantic al fresco affair.

From White Ribbon BoutiqueWe started working with Abbey & Costas over a year before their wedding date and although we had never met them in person, we felt like we knew them for many years. They are one of the loveliest couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with and who shared a great vision for their wedding. The groom’s parents were born in a small Messinian village in the South Peloponnese, Greece and they selected Costa Navarino resort, in Messinia to hold their wedding as, due to its location, it represented part of the Groom’s family origins.

Many of their close friends and family travelled form very far away to celebrate the couple’s journey. The wedding ceremony was held at a chapel in the Groom’s hometown while the reception and pre-wedding festivities were held at a beautiful balcony of the resort overlooking the blue sea and green golf courses.

Our inspiration for the décor was based on the natural ambience of the Messinian region and we decided to use a mix of green foliage, blush and pink flowers and season fruits. Neutral colored linens and vintage accessories complemented the décor by creating a simple and sophisticated look, which blended in perfectly with the surroundings.

Guests experienced some unforgettable moments that day, with the emotional first dance of the couple, the heartfelt speeches of the couple’s older siblings and the night long dancing of guests.

Photography: George Pahountis | Event Planning: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Floral Design: White Ribbon Boutique Events Coordination | Wedding Dress: Casablanca | Reception Venue: Costa Navarino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse

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Pink Peonies in the South of France

Loads of peonies in the South of France is a dream scenario no matter how you spin it. It easily lends itself to a wildly beautiful affair ripe with black-tie attire, a blanket of lush florals by Roni Fleurs and effortless chic details crafted by Lavender And Rose Weddings. It’s also the kind of day that has left SMP green with wedding envy and you can see even more captured by Polly Alexandre Photography right here.

From Polly Alexandre PhotographyI’m delighted to share this beautiful South of France wedding with you. Renata & Johnny’s first meeting involves 2 jetskis, 1 sea urchin, 40 spikes, 2 cities and a hospital. You can read more about their story, and see their Ibiza pre-wedding shoot on my blog. The Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is one of the most beautiful villas on the Cote d’Azur. It overlooks the Bay of Villefranche and the Bay of Beaulieu and is in one of my favourite areas of the South of France; such gorgeous coastline, so romantic; it’s a perfect choice for your wedding. Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild was a strong, intellectual woman who built a dream villa and put together an exceptional collection of art and antiques.When she discovered this plot of land in 1906, Béatrice fell in love with the beauty of the spot. However, back then, it was no more than an arid rock crossed by a mule track. When she learnt that the land was for sale, she bought it immediately. It took 5 years to build the villa and when finished she used it to home her incredible collection of porcelains, paintings by the masters and furniture. She made this her winter residence from 1912 onwards and came here regularly for over ten years, during which she split her time between Paris, Monaco and Deauville. The villa is now owned by The Academie des Beaux Arts, and open to the public, as well for private hire. Renata and Johnny got ready at the Grand Hotel du Cap, and had a private first look in their gardens, before travelling together to the Villa Ephrussi for some pre-ceremony photographs in the gardens. A beautiful and moving Jewish ceremony followed under a glamorous chuppah in the centre of the gardens, and as Renata and Johnny walked down the aisle together as husband and wife, the music started and the fountains shot high into the air in celebration. Guests explored the gardens over a cocktail reception and then were seated for a beautiful outdoor dinner in the gardens. Speeches followed, live music and then a wild party to the sounds of an awesome band from Marseille, a dessert table, macaroon pyramid, lively hora dancing and yet more dancing late into the night. As you can see from the photos, the day just got more and more fun as it went on! The Bride would like to share a sentence from her Wedding Report by Emma that perfectly sums up how they felt about their day.. “It was a similar sentiment that echoed throughout the evening as the newlyweds surfed their way through a sea of awed congratulations. It was almost as though this reality that Renata and Johnny had created was better that any dream that could be imagined; this display of love was filling each and every heart to bursting point.”

Photography: Polly Alexandre Photography | Videographer: Allora Visuals | Wedding Planner: Lavender And Rose Weddings | Florist: Roni Fleurs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Potel & Chabot | Ceremony Venue: Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild | Reception Venue: Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild | Catering: Potel & Chabot | Hair: Fabrice At The Grand Hotel St Jean Cap Ferrat | Groom's Attire: Tom Ford | Bridal Preperations: Grand Hotel St Jean Cap Ferrat | Evening Dress: Femmes Fatales By Ella Tatarinova | Stationary Suite: Louise Richardson | Wedding Story: The Wedding Reporter

Monique Lhuillier is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here. Lavender and Rose is a member of our Little Black Book. Find out how members are chosen by visiting our FAQ page.
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