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Elegant + Romantic Seaside Portofino Wedding

Portofino is known as perfection the world over, so to host your special day there is what dreams are made of. And to host a bash filled with peach bellinis and blooms overlooking the colorful city below makes it all the better. Set at the Belmond Hotel Splendido, with Facibeni Fotografia capturing it all, these pics are my prescription for any hump  day blues – get your fix in our VAULT right this way!

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From Facibeni Fotografia… Sarah and Shaun got married in June 2015 in Portofino on the Italian Riviera. They had travelled to Portofino for a romantic escape and fell in love with the authentic beauty of the small traditional fishing town. A year later they hosted an intimate and heartfelt wedding with their closest family and friends. Their two children, Harry and Jessica, witnessed the day.

The bride is a romantic by heart and her personality was reflected in every little detail of the decor. The ceremony, one of the highlights of the day, was celebrated at the picturesque church of Saint George, protector of the town. Bride and groom reached the port on a little Italian cart while guests paraded behind them. While guests were treated to a delicious local ice-cream, Cristiano from Facibeni photography sneaked in some quiet time with the bride and groom for portraits along the marina. The light was magical.

About the design and styling – Sarah and Shaun shared lots of inspiration from their home design, to their personal taste in dresses and favorite colors. Alice from Sposiamovi designed all the decor and little details around them. As they love Portofino they wanted local features to be incorporated like the Bellini cocktail bar, the little three wheeled Ape car they rode to the town, the elegant dinner setting with incomparable views over Portofino and an Italian singer that learned all their favorite songs to make it extra special.

A little advice for couples planning a destination wedding is a little hiccup can happen when handling wedding paperwork for Italy. We had to redo a document from scratch with very little time. Lucky we had planned ahead and had enough time to reapply at the Consulate for the Nulla Osta. So, remember to double check your paperwork each time is submitted and plan ahead to allow enough time to amend any mistakes. Start as soon as you can!

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Photography: Facibeni Fotografia | Cinematography: Riccardo Lavezzo | Event Planning: Sposiamovi Italian Wedding Planners | Floral Design: Genio E Sregolatezza | Wedding Dress: Berta Bridal | Stationery: Sposiamovi Italian Wedding Planners | Bride's Shoes: Valentino d'Orsay | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss Red Label | Ceremony Music: Musica Evento | Venue: Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

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Romantic Italian Wedding Inspiration

There’s just something about Italy that makes me weak in the knees. From its’ coastal cliffs to its’ colorfully faded architecture, it’s easy to see why Castello Brown Portofino was the perfect place for Rebecca Arthurs to capture the stylings of  Princess Wedding, those stunning florals by  Il Profumo Dei Fiori, and a perfect cake by Nana & Nana. Take a dip in the entire gallery here.

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From Rebecca ArthursOur inspiration for this shoot was born with the location: Castello Brown (Castle Brown) has an incredible panoramic view of Portofino, a Ligurian village in the north east of Italy, bordering with France, and near famous lands of Cinqueterre.

The colour palette we used in the shoot are the typical colours of this mediterranean region: With its impressive mountains and lovely rolling hills, colored by the green Mediterranean turf and overlooking the Ligurian Sea. We were inspired to use these soft green, white, cream, & natural browns.

The table was set with the rich Mediterranean culinary traditions (wine, green olives, pecorino cheese, fruit, oil) near rustic inspired stationary.

We loved to contrast the natural and Mediterranean outdoor mood with elegant props and dress at this stunning castle.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Videographer: Pazart | Event Design And Planning: Cristiano Guerra - Princess Wedding | Wedding Cake: Nana&Nana Cakes | Hair & Makeup: Stella - Organic Brides | Art Direction And Graphics: Cristiano Guerra - Princess Wedding | Floral: Il Profumo Dei Fiori | Location: Castello Brown Portofino

Week-long Wedding Celebration in Italy

If your guests are traveling across the Atlantic anyways, why not make a week out of it, right? That’s the approach Ali and Zach took when planning their Italian nuptials, and we’re sure glad they did. This stunning wedding week started in Florence and ended with the ceremony in Portofino, with lots of vino, fireworks, and dancing along the way. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the enchanting film from Carmen and Ingo.

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From Carmen and Ingo PhotographyWe are photographers by heart but we now and then do wedding videos for our clients too. Normally they are about 4-5 minutes and just a little add on to the photos.

Summer last year, we had this american (New York based) couple that wanted photos of their week long wedding in Italy. Florence and Portofino. They also asked for video. Since it is a bit to hard to compress 5 days in 5 minutes, we have produced an almost 12 minutes feature film for them.

The photos have still not been published actually, as the B&G wanted them to be in a print magazine somewhere in the US. However, we are allowed to release the feature film and since it was such a spectacular wedding week, we wanted to try if you are willing to feature one of our videos as well.

The Pre Events…Florence was the original place selected for the big affair, but with the hot temperatures known for that time the year, the couple decided to weave Florence in a different type of fashion. Thus was borne the #Zachitali adventure – a caravan starting overlooking the city of Florence, woven through the streets of the ancient city through a special scavenger hunt, and capped with a bus ride to beach party destination of Santa Margherita Ligure, and ultimately, Portofino.

Wedding Party Fashion…Frustrated with the options available in-store, the Bride wanted everything customized. Bridesmaid dress fabric was hand-selected by the Bride and her designer sister-in-law to glisten in tones of champagne, gold, and blush peach to accent the natural colors of the Ligurian coastal towns, and especially the venue. Each girl’s body was taken into consideration to ensure they felt their best on the big day. The Groom’s tuxedo was created bespoke by an Italian tailor, and the bride’s veil was lined with Italian lace to give her otherwise modern Peter Langner gown a more old world feel. Vintage pieces were purchased for everyone in the party by the Bride at Pippin – from old cufflinks to 1920’s rhinestone drops.

Pre Ceremony Musicians and Memory Table…From the moment guests arrived at La Cervara, they were to receive a feast of the senses. Mandolin and accordion players greeted them as they exited the vans, wielding tambourines draped with ribbons for guests to join in to the music. A “swan song” cocktail was there as an early refreshment – which was a crisp mix of St. Germain cucumber and champagne. Guests had polaroids to snap their photos to include in the guest book for the bride and groom, laid out for them on a table bedecked with vintage frames and the weddings of the bride and groom’s ancestors. Flower pots hung from the ceiling, framing the cloisters and teasing the guests with visuals of the garden to come.

Ceremony…The ceremony was designed as a celebration of not just Zach and Ali, but of the world of friends and loved ones that had flown across the ocean to share in the special week. To shield their heads from the sun and the ladies’ faces from perspiration, straw fans and panama hats were given out, along with parasols as an additional cooling agent. To dip the guests right into the fantasy that would ensue that evening, an acrobat danced in the air on white silk to capture the guests attention as they waited. Ali’s Rabbi from her hometown temple who married her parents, sister and brother officiated, signs and rings and flowers were carried by her niece, nephew, and custom music was selected to cue each special moment, from Music of the Night for the Bride’s entrance, to The Saints go Marching In to pay homage to their love of New Orleans jazz.

Pre Reception Décor...Zach and Ali cultivated their relationship over a love of literature, sharing life’s synonyms via their favorite excepts from the likes of “The Power of One,” “Pillars of the Earth,” and “Great Gatsby.” Each book housed the seating arrangements, scribbled elegantly in gold on old fashioned bookmarks. Their head table of course held the name of the F.Scott Fitzgerald work that inspired their wedding – The Great Gatsby. As favors for their guests, Ali and Zach commissioned a custom work done by an Italian artist – an etched representation of their week-long Italian adventures, encased in old ink and wine bottles as a nod to the proximity of the sea at their venue. To set the tone for the journey through time, straight to West Egg, Ali and Zach had a 20’s style jazz band to get guests right into the jazz age during the ‘aperitivo,’ as they noshed from an authentic Italian cheese table, a Ligurian fish bar, and sipped on custom cocktails pulling from the freshest local ingredients.

The wedding was the Grand Finale… mined with surprises for the guests’ utter delight. Every half hour brought a new treat – be it masks to mimic a Venetian masquerade, beads nodding again to New Orleans and the Groom’s schooling at Tulane, cocktail popsicles, fire dancers, and a photobooth with props brought in from their hometown, set to represent their various passions from cooking (chef’s hats) to countries (Italian flags) and baseball (foam fingers, anyone?.) If guests’ feet tired from the dance floor, they could find respite in a gentleman and ladies corner, dotted with their very own caricatures by an artist that created them at the welcome drinks in Florence only days before. The nights entertainment was capped off with fire dancers…until an even better surprise was given by Ali’s father. As Ali’s Dad took to the stage to share his speech to his daughter, he asked “do you trust me?” With that, he queued Josh Groban’s You Raise me Up over the loud speakers, prompting a burst of golden fireworks arching over the Portofino harbor as Ali’s Dad invited her to the dance floor, along with her new husband and his mother, so that they could share the stage and the first minutes as father daughter and mother son.

One year after sliding doors happened and we struck up a three hour conversation on a train, we turned an electric friendship into romance and began dating. The rest, they say is history.

Videography: Carmen and Ingo Photography | Event Planner: Chic Weddings in Italy | Florist: La Rosa Canina | Wedding Gown: Peter Langer | Invitations: Bride & Finger Ladies Letterpress | Engagement Ring: Hyde Park Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wai Ming | Makeup: MakeupNV | Hair: Marie At Brides By Benedetti | Groom's Attire: Ricardo Negro | Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridal Shoes: BHLDN | Cermony Venue: La Cervara | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro Prince Albert Slipper | Reception Band: Sway All Stars Orchestra | Rehearsal Dinner: Cafe Puny | Thursday Beach Bbq: Villa Rombolino | Tuesday Welcome Dinner In Florence: Villa La Vedetta | Veil: Suzanne Couture Millinery | Wednesday Welcome Dinner In Florence: Il Latini

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