Le Mille e Una Nozze knew what they were talking about when they recommended Tuscany to Martina and Fabrizio. It was a home run from start to finish. Les Amis Photo captured it all – the views and the special moments between the two, to all the rustic chic details that make our Pinterest boards bloom (thanks to the talented Flowers Living). More in our Vault right this way!
From Le Mille e una Nozze… When I met Martina and Fabrizio, they were thinking about a wedding as a three day party and they thought that the Italian Riviera was the good choice for a party by the sea. But meanwhile, as they were describing their ideas of their dreaming wedding, I suddenly realized that Tuscany was their perfect location.
They immediately loved my proposal. Borgo Sant’Ambrogio was the perfect venue: not too big, with a little church and a big field in front of it, with a right number of rooms for guests, but above all with a beautiful meadow for the dinner and a breathtaking view on the landscape!
So I started to think about the wedding’s concept and the beautiful landscape helped me: I chose the olive tree and its leaves as the main component, and I suggested the idea of a wreath, evoking a big hug, for the graphic suite. Colors were the ones of the landscape plus a touch of pink to adorn.
The religious ceremony took place in the field in front of the church, with a simple setting. “Love theme” from Nuovo Cinema Paradiso was the song that accompanied the bride’s entrance. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a standing cocktail, and then the dinner. For centerpieces we chose simple compositions to get a natural effect, lots of candles, and an outdoor garland lighting for the dinner area.
After dinner a spectacular wedding cake was served under an illuminated tree, and then the guests danced all night long.
Photography: Les Amis Photo | Event Planning + Design: Le Mille e una Nozze | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Wedding Dress: Alberta Ferretti | Stationery: Mondo Mombo | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Artevento Catering | Hair + Makeup: Salon Beautè Siena | Lighting: Wedding Music And Lights | Band: Sombras live music | Venue: Borgo Sant'Ambrogio | Graphic Design: Mondo Mombo
It’s officially THAT time of year. The time when we pull out of the cozy blankets, drink all the pumpkin lattes we can get our hands on (#noshame) and stare at the all the fall inspiration shoots from our favorite vendors. *Enter* this pretty from Honey And Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner + photographed by Sophie Epton. One peek at the first image and you’ll see why we’re madly in love.
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From Honey & Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner… Lost in the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, this bridal inspiration was particularly treasured because of the impressive venue we have found and of the magic you can breathe all around, with its stunning garden, the amazing villa, and the ancient charming atmosphere. That was exactly what we wanted to create and we specifically choose a palette with touches of burgundy and blush to enhance the styling with a vibrant beautiful color. The styling conceived by Federica, from Honey and Cinnamon, was simple but refined in very few details.
“I imagined a delicate and elegant bride, walking down the paths of the amazing Italian Garden, where perfect hedges create an amazing view for the visitor and the wisteria dominate all. We created elegance with a stunning bridal dress created by Anna Fucà Atelier, a very soft gown made or organza with a precious body made with delicate lace. The bride was beautifully prepared by the talented touch of Organic Brides with neutral shades to give this ethereal refined touch. She wore a unique hair piece designed by Orchidée de Soie, shoes by Bella Belle and above all the stunning jewels of Susie Saltzman to give a touch of pure elegance to this romantic set. She was embracing a gorgeous bouquet born from the talent of ISA’ Events, specifically designed loose and messy in the beautiful shades of dusty rose and burgundy of peonies, hellebore, ranunculus, roses and viburnum all together magically mixed. Sophie was able to capture the true essence of this work, giving everything a sense of ethereal elegance. Working with her was pure magic!”
Various the sets we re-created: a walk in the Italian garden, sitting down in the shade of the imposing sculpture where romantic ceremonies are often celebrated and where a beautiful cake created by Alessandra Frisoni was standing for its shots the marvelous view of the Tuscan hills, a romantic table set for two in the lawn in front of the pool where the elegance of the stationery suite conceived by The Little North Sea Studio, a pose in front of the villa and dreaming of her romantic and never-ending love.
Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Floral Design: ISA Events | Wedding Dress: Anna Fuca | Cake: Alessandra Frisoni Studio Cake | Makeup + Hair: Stella - Organic Brides | Invitations + Calligraphy: The Little North Sea Studio | Venue: La Foce | Event Planning + Styling: Honey And Cinnamon Italian Wedding Planner | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Hair Accessories + Ribbon: Orchidee De Soie | Jewelry Design: Susie Saltzman | Model- Martina Tinozzi: 4 Upper Models | Tableware: FLAVIO SAMPAOLO S.R.L.
I come from a long line of elopers… my parents, my sister, me. So you better believe that when I laid my eyes on this stunning seaside soiree, I fell madly in love. Instantly. From the bride’s beautiful Jenny Packham gown to the breathtaking scenery to the sweet duo saying “I do,” every last moment is pure perfection. See it all in mesmerizing images captured by the talented Facibeni Fotografia in THE VAULT right here.
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From the Bride… My husband’s life and mine revolve a lot around traveling, so we thought it would be fitting to celebrate our union overseas. Since he also proposed to me while in Hawaii on top of a volcano at sunrise, I wanted to get married in a setting as spectacular as this one. I had thought about at least five different places where we could get married. Caught in my indecision, I googled “destination wedding elopement” out of desperation. Luckily, it lead me to my photographer’s blog post of a couple in Manarola and I instantly fell in love with the scenery. Manarola had that perfect intimate and romantic feel I was looking for. And that’s how the decision was made. And because Italy has great wine, Pierre-Andre agreed.
Regarding the decision to have an elopement, it was both for practical and sentimental reasons. I’ve always wanted a destination wedding. However with a large family like mine and the many friends I wanted to invite, having 100 people fly over seemed impractical. So we decided to have the best of both worlds by eloping in Italy, and having a celebration in Montreal with family and friends afterwards. Another reason to elope was that I wanted a stress-free day where I could simply focus on my husband and the joy of celebrating our love.
From Facibeni Fotografia… Among the many lovely locations and venues where to elope in Italy, Cinque Terre have to be mentioned as the most picturesque. These 14th-century fishing villages are built on the side of the steep mountainside, perched above the turquoise water of the Italian Riviera. Stopping at each of the five villages – Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso – you fall in love step after step: the aroma of the salty air, the colored flowers on the balconies of the many colorful houses; the sun that kisses your skin and the turquoise water. While enjoying every detail, you will feel as dropped into a fairytale. As for the wedding photos, Cinque Terre are a backdrop so perfect you could think it is fake. It is Italy with all its power. It is all about Dolce Vita. No matter which Cinque Terre village you choose, each will have something special to offer.
Photography: Facibeni Fotografia | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Groom's Attire: Surmesur | Bouquet: Calfolia