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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 | Venue: Giardino Degli Aranci | Groom's Shoes: Campanile | Planning & Styling: The Wedding Care | Tableware: Seletti Via èstile Conceptstore

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Romantic Outdoor Wedding in Ancient Rome

There is an old saying that all roads lead to Rome, and after scrolling through the gallery courtesy of Amy and Stuart I couldn’t agree more. From their ancient cloister reception to the regally romantic ceremony, Italia Celebrations was on hand to make sure marital dreams became reality. Watch the entire day unfold and see every picturesque moment here!

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From Italia CelebrationsMolly and Patrick were such a lovely couple and so much in love. They had a special relationship with Rome and so wanted to have their wedding there with their closest friends and family. Shortly after meeting them I took them to a special cloister in Rome that was closed to the public up until just months earlier. Although the cloister dates back to the Middle Ages, it currently houses the Institute for Ancient Roman Studies and the setting could not be more appropriate for this purpose. It was the first location that we saw together and it was love at first sight.

The entrance of the cloister was designed as an optical illusion so that the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, although two miles away, fills the entire view. My only demand was that the couple let me fill the triple arches on the exterior of the building with three huge chandeliers. I always love chandeliers but this exterior was just begging for them. Happily the bride agreed. What I didn’t the bride was that I had months of meetings and site inspections with our lighting specialists and up until the final installation we were still making engineering and electrical adjustments. But it all worked out perfectly.

Both the cloister for the reception and the church for the Catholic ceremony are set on one of the founding hills of Rome dating back almost three thousand years and just everything is ancient and historic. Their Catholic wedding took place in one of the very first Christian churches ever constructed, dating back to the year 425 A.D. and now home to the Dominican Order of Catholic priests. So important is this church that it is the first step in Catholic Rome for celebrating Lent on Palm Sunday. In the photos you can saw many Ancient Roman details that are a part of the church’s architecture and decoration.

Once the ceremony concluded the guests were able to walk only 100 feet away to the ancient cloister for the reception to begin. There they were greeted with a vast assortment of Roman hors d’oeuvres both hot and cold. And it wouldn’t be a true Italian wedding celebration without a whole prosciutto leg that is hand sliced upon request. The bride and groom made their entrance into the cloister to the cheers of the guests who had arrived there before them. From the inner cloister the group moved to the garden terrace with a spectacular view over Rome. The garden was divided into the dinner area on the right hand side and the the after dinner lounge and dancing area was set up on the left hand side. During the seated dinner they were entertained by a Supper Club Jazz Sextet.

Following the dinner was the cutting of the cake and the first dance. The cake was a classical Italian millefoglie with wild strawberries and pastry cream. Once the cake had been eaten and washed down with Italian bubbly it was time for everyone to kick off their heels in the after dinner lounge area where a DJ was waiting for them. They were also treated to an ample dessert buffet and an open bar.

The photographers are the super talented duo of Amy and Stuart who had flown over from California to shoot the wedding. In the plans was a second day of shooting around Rome with the bride and groom back in their wedding finery. Just have a look at the photos, it looks like a travelogue of Rome. The photos are just astonishing and Amy and Stuart did an amazing job.

Photography: Amy And Stuart | Event Planning: Italia Celebrations | Floral Design: Noosheen | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair And Make Up: Italia Celebrations | Entertainment: Supper Club Jazz Sextet | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaid's Dress: Swoon Bridal | Bridesmaid's Dress: Amsale | Bridesmaid's Dress: Mac Duggal | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Institute For Ancient Roman Studies | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Linens: Italia Celebrations | Veil: Lovella Bridal

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Positano Spring Engagement Session

With National Proposal Day coming up tomorrow, we’re getting in the spirit with some sweet stories, starting with this darling duo. If their proposal – at the bottom of the Grand Canyon – is any indication, they’re bound for endless adventures together, kicking off with this epic Positano engagement shoot. Kay English captured not only their love but the beauty of this area and we just can’t get enough.

From the Bride… Jason and I met our freshman year of college at Seton Hall University. He was a computer graphics major, and I was a journalism student. We lived in the same dorm and quickly became friends. But it wasn’t until halfway through our junior year that we realized there was a spark between us. We went on our first date in Central Park, and have been together ever since! We both love to travel and have been to Italy, Iceland and all over the Caribbean together. We love immersing ourselves in the beauty and history of new places.

After dating for over five years, Jason was finally ready to pop the question during a trip to the Grand Canyon. Though I’d always imagined we’d get engaged while on vacation, I hadn’t realized Jason had already bought a ring. So when our plane took off I was totally unaware that he had secretly stashed the most gorgeous ring in his backpack. Once we arrived at the Bright Angel trailhead, our backpacks loaded and cameras in hand, we started hiking down to the bottom of the canyon. By late afternoon, we unpacked and soaked in the gorgeous campsite near the river. The next day, we rested up at the bottom in the warm, sunny weather. All afternoon, Jason had been asking if we could take a walk together. I was exhausted, but finally agreed. He took me down to Boat Beach, a sandy shore along the Colorado River. There, he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him! I was so excited and surprised that I burst into tears. The next day, we had a grueling hike back to the top of the canyon before we could finally celebrate with a nice dinner (and cell phone reception to tell our family and friends the good news!).

It wasn’t long after we got engaged that we decided to get married in Italy. Since we both love to travel, we knew we wanted to invite our loved ones on a trip to somewhere beautiful – full of history, amazing food and stunning vistas. We’d been to Italy before, but never to Positano. Yet as soon as I saw photos of the beachy town built into the cliffside on the Amalfi Coast, I knew it was the perfect place for us. We never got to visit Positano in person before the wedding, but when we arrived it was just as incredible as we hoped it’d be. The weather was especially warm, the water was crystal clear and everyone we met was so friendly. The night before our wedding, we hosted a welcome dinner for our 30 friends and family as a way of saying “thank you” for flying across the world to be with us.

Before an evening spent dining on the best Italian pizza and wine, we walked through the town and onto the beach for a destination engagement shoot. We visited the church where we’d be getting married the next day, strolled along the beach and walked through the small cobblestone streets lined with gelaterias and cute little shops. Just as the sun began to set, we sat down for dinner with everyone as we looked out over the Tyrrhenian Sea and sparkling cliffside of Positano. It was a night filled with so much love and laughter – a special memory we’ll always treasure!

Photography: Kay English Photography | Planner: The Amalfi Experience | Planner: The Amalfi Coast

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