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A Fashion Designer Weds at Villa Aurelia in Rome

When you’re a fashion designer like this stunner Bride, it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to steal the show at your own wedding. Can you even with this portrait? Talk about bridal glow. With the help of planner, Francesca Stunell, the entire day was equally as gorgeous, set at Villa Aurelia in Rome. Who wouldn’t want to sit at this wedding table… immerse yourself in the full romance with images from Gianluca and Mary Adovasio in The Vault.

From the Wedding Planner, Francesca StunellThis sweet couple decided to get married in one of the most elegant and impressive Villas in all of Rome! The bride Lilian is a fashion designer, the owner and creator of the precious handbag line named L’Afshar. A gorgeous girl with a beautiful soul! She tied the knot to entrepreneur and founder of Marz Global, Khalid. They met in 2012 in Dubai.

Their ceremony was held in the coveted Secret Garden of this Historic 17th Century Villa Aurelia, just before sunset. The Villa is just 10 minutes from the city centre, located up high on Rome’s Janiculum hill, allowing the guests a panoramic view over the whole of the Eternal City.

The bride made her grand entrance with a gorgeous custom-made Italian wedding dress. It was designed by an Italian designer and seamstress in Rome, at the boutique of Glen Spose. Lilian knew exactly what she wanted: beautiful and precious lace sleeves and a “mantilla” (a particular type of lace veil) to complete the beauty of this dress.

To complete her elegant look, stunning shoes by Sergio Rossi and accessories by …well..herself! In fact, she even made her own bridal clutch bag with their initals, L + K, and another one with their wedding date, XXI.X.XVI (21st October 2016 in Roman numerals). She walked down the aisle with her father to the sound of Pachelbel’s Canon by a string quartet.

The welcome cocktail was held in the Italian Gardens, whilst the dinner was served on long imperial tables in the Lemon Garden, outside of the Villa’s impressive facade! The color palette and vision was clean lines, ivory with touches of gold and some lush deep red and blush pink to add romance! The floral decor was designed by Urooj Goplani of the Bliss Flower Boutique. The arrangements was made of O’Hara pink roses, amaranthus, fresh cranberries with lots of candles to create the magical atmosphere by night! The onsite florist in Rome used for the creation of the design was Bloemen.

We wanted to create a wedding that was elegant and effortlessly stylish like the Bride, authentically Italian but charmingly fun! The Photo Booth was a vintage vespa covered in flowers and gorgeous handmade lace umbrellas, the food was as delicious as it was eye catching and it was the perfect blend of formal but relaxed.

Cashmere pashminas were draped on chairs for the chillier Roman autumn evenings – the weather was touch and go but thankfully it all went perfectly and therefore dined under the stars! The party dined on Prawn & Amalfi lemon risotto, Eggplant, tomato and basil flan, Beef and Seabass! To complete, a traditional Italian wedding cake covered with chantilly cream and wild berries. After the dinner, the guests moved inside the Villa to dance the night away. At the stroke of midnight, a fleet of Mercedes cars came to take the guests home (or to their after party of choice!) An amazing late October wedding to complete our busy summer season!

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Photography: Gianluca And Mary Adovasio | Videographer: FDS | Wedding Planner: The Italian Wedding Event by Federica Nascimben | Floral Design: Bliss Flower Boutique | Wedding Dress: Glen Spose | Shoes: Sergio Rossi | Rings: Harry Winston | Catering: California Catering Roma | DJ: Simone Alinari | Celebrant: TUSCANPLEDGES | Vintage Car: Fiani | Wedding Venue: Villa Aurelia | Floral Creation: Bloemen | Hair & Make up: Mauro Lulli | Handbag: L'AFSHAR | Music : La Semicroma | Vespa: Italian Vintage Garage

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Tuscan Villa Wedding Featuring a Dreamy Family-Style Reception

Where, oh where do I start with this pristine Tuscan fete from Vasia Photography? It’s effortless with that old world charm in every way, yet with hints of modern beauty—did you see the Bride’s two-piece dress? Layered with stationery and calligraphy from Maurelle Calligraphy, olive branches and ivory blooms, and a family-style dinner reception for the books… I highly suggest you spend some quality time in The Vault.

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From Vasia PhotographyKat & Moreno planned an intimate destination wedding to host their closest friends and family in Tuscany. The villa was incredible, tucked away on the outskirts of Firenze and surround by rolling hills, vineyards and olive groves. The couple held the ceremony and reception outdoors and then danced the night away in the Green House. For decor, they kept things simple and rustic, with lots of olive branches, white candles and a long exposed kings table where dinner was served family style with fresh bread and local wine.

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Photography: Vasia Photography | Catering: Galateo Ricevimenti | Makeup Artist: Emma Collins Beauty | Ceremony music: Chiara Trallori | Wedding Venue: Villa Le Piazzole | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Florals & Decor: Fiori Del Chianti | Planning & Design: Fluent Productions | Stationery and Calligraphy: Maurelle Calligraphy

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Intimate Amalfi Coast Wedding with a Fireworks Finish

The simple beauty and intimacy of this day reminds me a bit of my own. Of course, I didn’t say I do on the stunning Amalfi Coast… but I fully embraced candlelight, loads of blooms, like these from Myrtle et Olive, and an unforgettable fireworks finish. Jemma Keech snapped it all up so perfectly with Marco Caputo Films, and you can find the rest in The Vault!

From Joy Proctor DesignJem & Brodie were married at the historic Duomo di Amalfi in the sweet seaside town of Amalfi, Italy. Joined by 40 of their closes friends from Australia, they celebrated with a four course Italian meal and reception at the Hotel Caruso in Ravello. After the reception the guests made their way to the terrace to watch fireworks.

From the Bride… The dream for our wedding was a small, intimate affair, focused on family, friends and food! We met seven years before we got engaged working as a cashier girl and fruit and vegetable boy. We knew if we married in our home town it would need to be a large wedding so a destination wedding was perfect. Where else than the spectacular Amafli Coast with it’s picturesque villages, coastal mountains and turquoise sea. We spent a sun drenched week with our nearest and dearest, eating pizza, drinking lemoncello, visiting Capri and enjoying la dolce vita. For the wedding, the styling was really important to me. We knew we would need a stellar wedding planner to coordinate all the details for us. Enter Joy Proctor. I found her on Instagram, she had styled a shoot at the Belmond Hotel Ravello and it was just exactly want I had wanted. So very quickly we had the venue and the planner picked! Joy was a dream. Her impeccable taste, attention to detail and network of vendors made every detail perfect. The stationary by Written Word Calligraphy and the florals by Heather from Myrtle et Olive were better than we could have dreamed. It rained on the day but Joy didn’t miss a beat, she was calming, positive and swiftly moved our outside wedding inside. Without Joy I would have been a stressed-out mess, l trusted her so much I handed over all the decision making to her, so I could focus on my friends and family and husband to be. She turned a room in the hotel to a candle and flower filled dining room. Our jaws dropped when we walked in!! Our guests feasted on four courses featuring the best produce from the Amalfitana Costiera. Brodie is catholic and we really wanted to be legally married on the day by the priest. It is much easier to have a symbolic ceremony and a legal one in Australia but we were really glad we went to the effort. We met the local English speaking priest Father a year before and luckily he agreed to marry us in the Duomo di Amalfi, a spectacular 9th century cathedral in Amalfi. Our photographer Jemma Keech is Australian based too but I desperately wanted her to shoot the wedding over selecting a local Italian vendor. I was concerned about language barriers when it came to explaining the look we wanted to capture. Add in a husband who hates his photo being taken and it was worth every cent. We had our engagement shoot with her and Jemma somehow made him feel comfortable, even making him laugh. She did so again on the wedding day, and every image is one to be cherished. All the guests loved her! My dress was also found on Instagram, and I flew to Adelaide to met Paul from Paolo Sebastian. From the moment I stepped into his chandelier-lit studio I knew I had found the dress. He was so wonderful and caring as was his divine team. The whole process was so fun! He even included a hand written note wishing us well which I read on the day. I felt like Cinderella. The wedding was a fairy tale and we were trilled so many of our friends & family came from all over Australia and Scotland for the day. Brodie’s best man went the extra mile, flying over for only 48 hours in between commitments. We will never forget the incredible party we had, the people, the food, beautiful Ravello and (finally) becoming husband and wife.

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Photography: Jemma Keech | Videography: Marco Caputo Films | Floral Design: Myrtle et Olive | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Ceremony: Duomo di Amalfi | Reception: Belmond Hotel Caruso | Hair & Makeup: My Wedding Mirror | Bride's Lace Robe: Girl & a Serious Dream | Custom Gown: Paolo Sebastian | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Planning & Design: Joy Proctor Design

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