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Whimsical Summer Prague Wedding

It’s been over a year since I visited Prague but my daydreams still drift back there on a daily basis, so coming upon this destination wedding was an extra special treat for me. With Stepan Vrzala behind the lens and Profimovie capturing all the live action, we’re transported to a whimsical wonderland thanks to Exclusive Weddings in Prague. Welcome that wanderlust with our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… When Benni proposed we were enveloped in a delicate snowfall under the stars on the highline park in New York City. I had flown to NY to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday and he had flown to NY to surprise me! I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect and romantic setting…. until our wedding day! Benni was born and raised in Germany, and I have a huge family in Israel. We knew that no matter what, some of our wedding guests would have to fly to our wedding, so we decided to have a destination wedding! We knew that Prague would be the perfect backdrop to our perfect day. My father was born and raised in Prague before moving to Israel, and while there is very little family left there, I knew it would be a great way to honor that side of my family, particularly my grandmother, Lucienne, whom I’ve always looked up to. Prague is also one of the most gorgeous cities in Europe and has such a rich Jewish, intellectual, and musical history. The decision was easy, especially because our friends and family from all over the world were willing and eager to travel to celebrate our special day with us.

I reached out to, Andrea Hanusova, an event planner in Prague, and she helped me pull all my lifelong wedding dreams together. Because we decided to have a destination wedding we wanted to treat our guests to more than just one day with us. Andrea helped us plan an incredible three day event. We kicked off the weekend with a get together at one of the oldest beer halls in Prague where our families could get to know one another. The following evening we held a rehearsal dinner for all of our guests at Villa Richter, a villa on one of the oldest vineyards in CZ that truly has one of the most gorgeous panorama views of Prague. Our guests sipped on local wines and beers while feasting on traditional Czech cuisine and enjoying the views.

I’d always envisioned an outdoor ceremony with a classy yet whimsical feel. Andrea helped me find the perfect venue at a chateau on a small island on a river in the center of Prague. It doesn’t get more whimsical than that! The ceremony took place in the garden in front of the chateau and the reception took place in a gorgeous tent beside the chateau. Guests could freely walk in and out of the chateau and tent to explore the island which really gave the whole day a really varied ambiance that everyone could enjoy! Walking down the aisle with my parents and seeing Benni anxiously waiting, while the harpist played Edith Piaf’s ‘La Vie En Rose’ made all my nerves simultaneously melt away and also give me an overwhelming sense of joy. Under the chuppah from Israel, we exchanged vows and shared our first kiss as newlyweds! We were enveloped in fresh rose petals thrown at us as we descended down the aisle as husband and wife and straight into the celebratory cocktail hour.

I wanted the cocktail hour to feel like a chic yet lively garden party with music, dancing in the sun, antique couches, whimsical props, and garden games. Andrea made all of that happen! We even had a lovely flower-adorned swing hanging from a tree that really wowed the guests! Because Benni and I met in New Orleans, we had a jazz band that played all the NOLA favorites and had everyone dancing (some even barefoot)! We had champagne flowing as well as a signature cocktail with Monin rose, St. Germaine elderflower, fresh lemons, and fresh rose petals that was called ‘Benni & Shirley-La Vie en rose’. The hors d’oeuvres were absolutely delicious. Guests snacked on steak tartare, foie gras with fresh figs, duck confit scented with lavender, and tuna tartar with a passion fruit soup. Guests were then invited into the tent which was adorned with hanging floral wreaths, New Orleans style lanterns, a string light filled gazebo, and tables adorned with Czech crystal flutes, homemade lace tambourines, gorgeous meadow style floral centerpieces, travel inspired giveaways, and fresh apricots to give a really fresh, bountiful, and garden feel. The reception was kicked off by our first dance which began as a traditional Viennese waltz that transitioned into a Peabody swing dance to our favorite song by Parov Stelar who mixes 1920s jazz to electronic beats.

Since both of us love food and culinary adventures, a three course dream menu crafted by Zatisi catering was offered to our guests. Some of the highlights included appetizers of smoked veal tartar with truffle aioli, burned strawberry salad with goat cheese Gervais & gingerbread crumbles, and carpaccio of halibut with caviar dressing. Second courses offered were roasted quail, black tiger prawns with coriander, avocado, & mango sauce, and salmon sashimi with watermelon radish, edible soil, and cucumber dressing. The entrées included French duck breast with apricot sauce, Seabass with vanilla potato Purée, and Veal Filet Mignon. Everything was absolutely perfect from the presentation to the French service to the delicate yet intensely delicious flavors.

Our family gave speeches between each course, each of which filled us with so much happiness, love, and sincere gratitude for our amazing families. The Groom’s sister surprised us by singing Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World’ that even had some of our guests in tears! The Charles Bridge Band, continued playing through dinner, with some musically inclined guests even joining the band. We and our guests continued celebrating by dancing on a sparkling dance floor!

When it was time to cut the cake the DJ played Brigitte Bardot’s 1960s pop song ‘Ma je Joie’ and we all gorged ourselves on the brandied pear chocolate cake and the rest of the dessert table treats which included rose-scented macarons, parfait filled jars, apricot shaped marzipan, white chocolate covered cherries, golden donuts, earl grey cookies, strawberry cake-pops, and more. Guests were then invited to the cobblestone area overlooking the river for a ‘surprise’. The surprise was Frank Sinatra music playing to a backdrop of a magical fireworks show cascading over the Prague skyline. The fireworks enveloped the night with such excitement and awe. It was one of the highlights of the evening for me to cuddle up with my new husband and watch the incredible skyline light up for us. Guests then danced the night away until 3:30 in the morning and were treated to midnight snacks (German bratwursts & Israeli falafel sandwiches), a photo-booth, and flowing cocktails. There were really so many special moments, that I can’t choose one but it was so special was to leave the reception with my husband and remember each and every amazing moment we shared with each other and all of our loved ones. Stepan Vrzala captured every moment so beautifully, I get a sense of renewed excitement at each picture I look at! All of our wedding day expectations were surpassed thanks to our family, guests, and amazing team of planners and vendors!

Photography: Stepan Vrzala Photography | Cinematography: Profimovie.com | Event Planning And Design: Exclusive Weddings In Prague | Floral Design: Inspirito | Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror | Ceremony Venue: Zofin Palace | Reception Venue: Zofin Garden | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Jewelry: Bloomingdales | Catering: Zatisi Catering | Hair And Makeup: Bara K. | Band: Charles Bridge Band | Harpist: Hedvika Mousa Bacha | Accomodations: Pachtuv Palac | Brass Plane Bottle Opener Give-aways: Kate Aspen | Bride's Ring: Roman Feld | Bridesmaids' Hair And Makeup: Andrea Krpejsova | Cake And Dessert: Punk Rock Cakes | Fireworks And Fireshow: Arabeska Fire | Get-together Venue: U Fleku Brewery | Groom's Ring: Dimalta Gioielli | Guestbook Map: HereandThereShop | Minivan: Sebatour | Photo Booth: Fotonaut | Photography For Pre-wedding Dinner: Tomas Vrzala | Reharsal Dinner Shoes: Alejandro Ingelmo | Rehearsal Dinner Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Villa Richter | Rolls Royce: Jaroslav Sebek | Wedding Fans: Kate Aspen | Ïnvitations: Poshest Papers: Custom Handmade Wedding Invitations

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Festive Christmas Inspired Prague Wedding

Get ready for some serious wow moments in this fabulous Prague winter wedding by White Agency! With a festive reception at the Sacre Coeur Chapel decorated with pine cones and berries followed by a palace reception at the Prague castle with Czech sweets and cranberry spice champagne, it’s a dreamy winter wonderland from start to finish, and Inspired by Love captured it all in the full gallery right here!

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From White AgencyBabsi and Luke’s dream was to find the perfect wedding venues that were supposed to absolutely “wow” their wedding guests. It was a difficult choice as Prague, where the couple got hitched, is magical everywhere you look, especially in late November with Advent spirit in the air.

Apart from showing the guests the breathtaking beauty and history of Prague, this lovely couple wanted everyone to feel like they are in a winter wonderland the entire day.

The cozy Christmas atmosphere shined through the day. There were lots of natural elements like cones (traditional for Czech Christmas), wooden branches, gold details and red berries. The ceremony chapel was full of candle lights.

After the ceremony the guests were brought to a palace at the Prague Castle to be welcomed with cranberry spiced champagne and the sounds of a live harp. There was a Czech version of a Viennese cake party ready for them – a sweets bar with traditional Czech Christmas sweets and a gorgeous wedding naked cake with fresh berries. It was meant to be, as the Bride said, “A Czech tea and cake party – with a bit of alcohol ;)”. Mulled wine and hot chocolate bars were located outside on the Palace’s terrace so the guests could enjoy the wonderful views of Prague with something yummy and warm in their hands while listening to live Spanish guitar.

To help the guests mingle and have fun together, there was also a superb micro-magician that was loved by everyone including the kids.

In the evening all 30 wedding guests dined in an upscale restaurant located by the feet of the Charles Bridge. Christmas and love was all around.

Photography: Inspired By Love | Event Coordination: White - Prague Wedding Agency | Floral Design: La Florista | Ceremony Venue: Sacre Coeur | Reception Venue: Lobkowicz Palace | Hair And Makeup: Eliska Matejkova | Cake And Desserts: Punk Rock Cakes | Getting Ready Venue: The Alchymist Grand Hotel And Spa

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Intimate Summer Wedding in Prague

I had the opportunity to visit Prague this summer and haven’t stopped thinking about it since. The city has a bit of magic and this elegant affair captured that spirit beautifully. With Stepan Vrzala behind the lens and Exclusive Weddings in Prague coordinating it all, the finished result is breathtaking. So excuse me while I gaze longingly through this gallery and remember all the love within those city walls.

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From The Bride… We wanted our wedding to be an intimate family and close friends affair but we still wanted it to be fun. We chose Prague in Czech Republic for our wedding because we’ve visited this city a few times before and were always fascinated by its beauty. It’s so romantic and perfect for a wedding. I am originally from Slovakia, a neighboring country to Czech Republic so Prague was a great location for my family and the guests coming from the United States to meet and celebrate together. Choosing our venue was a lot harder though. There’s so many beautiful gardens, hotels, and castles to choose from. Unfortunately, due to our busy schedules we were unable to travel to Prague and see venues in person before the wedding. So we chose a wedding agency that has a lot of experience planning weddings in Prague to help us make all the arrangements. This was unbeatably one of the best decisions we’ve made and we highly recommend to have a local wedding planner to anyone planning a destination wedding. After a year of long-distance planning, Skyping and hundreds of emails we were both very anxious to see it all come together when we arrived in Prague. Most importantly, we could not wait to see our venue, the Augustine Hotel. I remember how nervous I was the day we went to see it. Once we got there I was both relieved and even more excited for the wedding. The venue was beautiful. The staff was very friendly and it felt intimate just as we wished. The small hotel near the Prague Castle has a rich history dating back to the 13th century. It consists of seven buildings surrounding the Saint Thomas Church and Monastery. A few practicing friars still live in an adjoining quarter. Underneath the hotel is a small brewery making the Saint Thomas beer which was served at our reception. Our ceremony took place in an intimately enclosed Sundial garden, followed by a cocktail reception. My husband and I went to take pictures by the nearby Charles River and in the Wallenstein garden. The dinner took place in a cloistered terrace and was followed by our first dance to Michael Buble’s “Can’t help Falling in Love” underneath a 19th century Baroque fresco ceiling of the Litchfield bar. Even though we only had little bit over 30 guests we had lots of fun on the dance floor. Our DJ really did a great job at keeping us dancing. For us a small wedding worked out great and we loved that we were surrounded by our dearest family and friends and had a chance to talk to everyone. This was something that felt true to us and was the most favorite thing about the wedding.

Photography: Stepan Vrzala Photography | Wedding planning and design: Exclusive Weddings In Prague | Florist: Graphite | Wedding gown: Casablanca Couture | Ceremony Venue: The Augustine | Reception Venue: The Augustine | Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Engagement ring: Tiffany Weddings | DJ: Jiri Brezina | Grooms Attire: Calvin Klein | Ceremony music: Klarovo string quartet | Earrings: Nina Bridal | Graphic Design: Graphite | Hair and make-up: Kamila Simankova

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