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Romantic Italian Cliffside Elopement

Remember how I was dreaming about an e-sesh re-do? Well, I’m about to make that wish-list a little longer because that same couple eloped in Italy with Renee Hollingshead along their side. Tucked away in the steep Amalfi Coast cliffs every moment is complete with stunning views that are guaranteed to ignite the romantic in us all.

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From Renee HollingsheadTucked away in the steep Amalfi Coast cliffs is the beautiful and romantic city of Ravello. Filled with charm, incredible history, winding roads, and stunning views, this destination wedding swept us off our feet and kept us begging for more. Rachael and Josh, Maryland realtors, met a few years back at work. Fast forward to a few months ago and they are planning their dream wedding– an Italian Elopement! They chose the ever-so incredible Palazzo Avino as recommended by their travel agent Jim. Known for their impeccable service, amazing views of the coast, and one of the top restaurants in the city, this resort was everything they dreamed of and more.

Josh and Rachael spent the most of the day at the beach club, relaxing and soaking up some some mediterranean rays. From there they got ready together in their suite before meeting each other down the aisle. Laid-back, care free, and fun would be the best way to describe the afternoon. With stunning paper details from Poppy & Scooter, a amazing dress, and a sharp Italian tailored suit, these two were ready to tie the knot in style! The Italian Mariachi strummed away popular loves songs, their guests held hands, and the officiant spoke the most beautiful words. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was one of the most romantic ceremonies I have ever witnessed. After a champagne toast and cake cutting, we strolled around the five-star resort taking in all of Ravello’s old charm. Their love is so effortless and true. They ended the night with an intimate dinner for four at the resort’s five-star restaurant overlooking the cliffs and sea. I am forever grateful for this opportunity to capture such a beautiful love story in such magical place. Congratulations Rachael + Josh!

Photography: Renee Hollingshead | Coordination: Emmanuela Apicello | Wedding Dress: Jovani | Jewelry: Royale Jewelers | Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Palazzo Avino | Bridal Boutique: Synchronicity Boutique | Groom's Attire Retailer: Nordstroms | Travel Agent: Perfect Honeymoons And Holidays

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Romantic Summer Ravello Engagement Session

It’s a common day occurrence that I dream about an e-sesh re-do, but can you blame me? Because after scrolling through the vibrant gallery from Renee Hollingshead I’ve got gelato and dancing on the mind. And that is just the start, because we’ve got this darling duo’s elopement up NEXT!

From Renee HollingsheadWhen Rachael first contacted me to photograph her Italian elopement, I just knew we had to do their engagement session there. Their luggage arrived to their hotel just an hour before we were scheduled to meet. They quickly got ready and we hit the quaint streets of Ravello, Italy for a romantic evening stroll. They laughed, shared gelato, danced in the streets, and held hands. With the hustle and bustle of passerbys, the romantic sound of music in the air, and the delicious scents of five-star cuisine, this was easily one of my favorite engagement sessions to date. From Rachael’s gorgeous curly locks to Josh’s dapper Italian-Cobalt blue loafers, their style is top-notch! Every street and alley we turned on was the perfect backdrop to their love story. Rachael and Josh are oozing with love for each other and I am so glad I got to celebrate their special wedding weekend.

Photography: Renee Hollingshead | Venue: Ravello

Rustic + Romantic Italian Wedding

Tucked away in Tuscany, Wee Three Sparrows captured one truly significant celebration. I’m talking a castle ceremony full of beautiful surprises, and the highlight – though there are many – is the sudden rain shower that proved to be a wonderful omen. It’s all waiting for you in a gallery that redefines romance in the most regal way, and you can see it all here!

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From Wee Three Sparrows… In April I had the honour of travelling to Tuscany to capture the wedding of Stephan and Julie, clients who became friends. Their wedding was full of family love, beautiful details and the most spectacular views, from the castle ceremony to hor d’oeuvres overlooking the hills of Tuscany.

From The Bride…Once we decided to go with a destination wedding, we considered a few options, and after discussing it with one of my best friends, who lived in Florence for art school, we realized that Tuscany would be a perfect setting for our small family wedding, since it would be more quiet in the spring than during high season, it would be a relaxing but less commercial spot than other destination locations, and if we could set it in a villa, it would be a perfect family vacation. When we were planning, we kept saying that our vision for the wedding was a sense of home. As well, my parents met and fell in love in Europe while on a tour, and had one of their first dates in Italy, so it has always had a draw for me.

We found a beautiful villa in a sleepy town with a storied medieval history, in Poppi, Italy. We got in touch with Francesca Panci, the owner of Fattoria Quercia Vecchia (meaning: Old Oak Tree Farm). She was so hospitable and knowledgeable throughout our planning and our wedding week. We also connected with officiants in Italy (blessings from Italy) who took the time to get to know us and bring together a meaningful wedding celebration. With these guides, we knew that we would have exactly the kind of wedding we both had hoped for – intimate, relaxed, but also meaningful and memorable. I was super lucky to have my sister and friend as my artistic consultants, for every aspect of planning – from my dress, makeup, hair, flowers. We visioned everything beforehand and went with local flowers that we arranged together, including a beautiful centrepiece of olive leaves (from the villa’s trees), branches and lemons that my friend handcrafted.

​The wedding was originally planned for the villa, but we chose to have it in the Poppi Castle, also the city hall, in case it rained, as April rains are common in Tuscany. We loved that everywhere we went in Poppi – shopping for groceries, buying our flowers for the wedding – people recounted to us their story of getting married at Poppi castle. It was nice to be connected to the community immediately. ​

It turned out to be such a wonderful choice, full of surprises and beauty. The castle was very quiet on the Monday we got married, with a few guests visiting the castle, who joined in to clap and cheer for us. We had our choice of settings within the castle and chose in the end to have our guests sit along the long hallway in the castle, opened up to the rest of the castle, with a view out the window and upwards to the castle’s ceiling where there were doves perched. It was both intimate and grand. We got married right next to the library where Dante’s original works are archived, meaningful for us as we first met in the University of Toronto library, and Dante’s words resonate with us, speaking of ‘the Love which moves the sun and the other stars’ which brought us together.

​Our wedding was attended by close family and my lovely friend who had lived in Florence, and we couldn’t believe how it all came together – with our two families connecting from B.C. and Toronto – enjoying the Tuscan countryside, beautiful wine, food, nature and sights and sounds, in the peaceful pace of Italy.

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Photography: Wee Three Sparrows | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Ceremony Venue: Poppi Castle | Reception Venue: Fattoria La Vecchia Querica | Make-up: Bride's Sister Mina Kim | Floral Design + Hair: Bride's Best Friend Esther Hollywood | Officiants: Blessings From Italy

Elegant Vow Renewal in the Heart of Rome

My new Mr. doesn’t know it yet, but I’m already planning our future vow renewal. Can you blame me? I think not. Not when O’Malley Photographers and The Wedding Care send over a beauté like this one, set in the heart of Rome. Can you even handle that floral crown? And those shoes. More this way!

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From Cristina Ditta of The Wedding CareImagine wandering through an enchanted neighborhood in the heart of Rome, immersed in the scent of an orange grove and in the song of the sparrows. There’s a hidden little spot where it seems that time has never gone by, where the majestic beauty of the Eternal City, with its palaces and its art is the protagonist. The Wedding Care designed, planned and coordinated a romantic wedding vow renewal event that felt like being suspended in time. O’Malley Photographers captured every second of it.

Martina and Emiliano are one of the most gorgeous couples I have ever met. I have known them for some years now having also organized their wedding! When they came to me with the wish to renew their vows I was so excited because they were not only married, but were also head over heels in love with each other, something that is evident the moment you meet them. They are truly a lovely couple.

The bride wore a stunning ivory “Dress Ruota” 100% silk gown designed by Santarella, a gorgeous floral crown crafted with dark red English roses, nude and white carnations hybrid and blush rose branches realized by Nina E I Fiori.

The lovely couple enjoyed the magnificent beauty of the environment while sipping their authentic Italian espresso in beautiful porcelain by Seletti (courtesy of èstile concept store) and indulging in exquisite cakes and chocolates by Rosaria Garzone Cakes. When the last slice of cake was eaten and the sun went down, the special day designed by The Wedding Care and captured by O’Malley Photographers might have ended, but the fairy tale of a life together will never end.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Floral Design: Nina E I Fiori | Wedding Dress: Santarella | Cake: Rosaria Garzone | Invitations: Cecilia Boschi | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Hair And Makeup: Muccino Amatulli | Calligraphy: Cecilia Boschi | Groom's Shoes: Campanile | Venue: Giardino Degli Aranci | Planning & Styling: The Wedding Care | Tableware: Seletti Via èstile Conceptstore

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Romantic Flower-Filled Tuscan Wedding

Impending bad weather couldn’t deter from the magical wedding wonderland created by Enzo Miccio for this summer celebration. Overflowing with roses and proteas, and a dress fit for a princess (courtesy of Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection), this wedding was made for royals; take a look at Alfonso Longobardi’s pics and I dare you to disagree. Eager for even more romance? Visit our Vault for plenty more pretty!

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From Enzo Miccio… Who doesn’t dream about a wedding in an enchanting forest where nature is the protagonist? For those who love natural greenery and the wild, the forest offers a unique and surreal atmosphere in which the architecture is determined by the nature, where timeless reigns.

This was the mood with which Anna and Philip united each other in marriage: he, a charming boy coming from South Africa, her, an English and sweet girl, who dreamed to reality of looking like a fairytale princess. Both of them wanted to be the protagonist of the fairytale atmosphere, where enchanted creatures, fairies and elves were the co-stars in this magical and enchanted wedding.

After long and careful research, the famous wedding planner Enzo Miccio, commissioned by the couple, found in Tuscany the ideal place to organize their special wedding. Moreover, Tuscany is a place of charm especially for British people.

Anna and Philip chose to celebrate their wedding in June 2014 with a fabulous 3-day outdoor wedding event in a elegantly-decorated area at the beautiful Borgo Pignano, a 750-acre country estate between Volterra and San Gimignano. The thoroughly enchanting Pignano estate features an elegant 18th Century manor house and surrounding stone farmhouses, gardens, meadows, pools, small lakes, orchards, woodlands and waterfalls.

Unfortunately the weather prediction of that weekend was disastrous. Luckily Enzo Miccio, knows how quickly Tuscany climate could change, therefore during the organization of the wedding event he prepared a plan B, C and D, too.

How could he realize the dream of Anna who looked at him with her big blue eyes, and to whom he had promised the staging of a fairytale? The dark clouds never left us, until 5pm, when a storm arrived which hit us with such violence that left us all in silence. The torchon of flowers, organza curtains, the little chairs in white wood decorated with wreaths of olive trees and ivy, the string ensemble, the bridesmaids with their wonderful dress in satin and chiffon, beautiful bouquet made with proteas (flower that Anna dedicated to Philip), peonies, roses and sand-colored sweet pea… everything seemed to have been broken.

Enzo ran to embrace and reassure Anna, everything would be just as well, that she would have this very special marriage, she only had to wait a while before marrying her Phil. A flute of champagne to make her smile return and then Enzo went into the forest with his gray soaked attire. He summoned Philip’s best men and his assistants under a weak but always relentless rain. So armed with rags they dried the chairs, created a makeshift gazebo to protect musicians, distributed 200 white umbrellas, and replaced the damaged flowers.

Finally, Enzo ran to Anne with the sealed wonderful Valentino white macramé wedding shoes and told to her that her wedding dream would become reality anyway, even with the weather.

And so it was… Anna and Philip had their enchanted fairytale and after the ceremony, the couple and their guests from the UK, South Africa and all around the world, enjoyed aperitifs on the pretty lawns overlooking the breathtaking Tuscan countryside views before the wedding banquet was served in a marquee in the gardens in front of the manor house.

After the wedding banquet and after cutting of the wedding cake – which had been delicately and beautifully decorated by the bride’s mum – the couple and their guests danced the night away on the dancefloor of an open marquee, decorated with chandeliers, pretty sofas and fabulous floral arrangements.

Photography: Alfonso Longobardi | Event Planning: Enzo Miccio | Floral Design: Enzo Miccio | Wedding Dress: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection | Catering: Borgo Pignano | Wedding Venue: Borgo Pignano | Bride's Jewelry: Enzo Miccio Bridal Collection

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