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Romantic + Luxe Elopement Inspiration in Venice, Italy

Pack those virtual suitcases dear readers because today we’re jet-setting off to one of the most romantic places in the world, ITALY! Venice to be exact, and this pretty lil’ inspo from Sapphire Events and Archetype Studio is worth the trip because it’s out of this world lovely. A luxe layering of Laura Hooper Calligraphy and Melissa’s Fine Pastries, you’re going to want to see it all in The Vault!

From Koby & Terilyn Brown, Archetype StudioWhat a beautiful relationship Jeni & Roberto have, and getting to know them through this shoot was magical.  We could not have predicted that out of 137 churches currently standing in Venice, we would scout and pre-pick the very one they were standing in front of when he first told her he loved her!  As we approached it about halfway through the shoot, Jeni turned to me and whispered,  “How did you know?!”   You will see it in their eyes… this kind of love brings a magic that affects everyone around them.

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Photography: Koby & Terilyn Brown, Archetype Studio | Styling: Valerie Gernhauser, Sapphire Events | Cake: Melissa's Fine Pastries | Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Makeup: Valerie Gernhauser | Hair: Terilyn Brown | Suit: Perlis | City: Venice, Italy | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Floral: Valerie Gernhauser, Sapphire Events | Location: Piazza San Marco | Models: Jeni Anton & Roberto Palanca | Red Gown: Joanne Fleming Design | Ribbons + Table Runner: Silk & Willow

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Romantic + Elegant Venice Engagement Session

There is something about the Italian city of Venice that makes your heart beat a bit faster, as you anticipate a new treasure around every corner; this engagement shoot by Kibogo Photography is further proof of the city’s magic. With stops all over, from the Clocktower to the Piazza San Marco, these cuties captured their love surrounded by history and romance. See it all in our Vault right this way!

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From Kibogo Photography… Venice, known as one of the most scenic locations in the world, was the perfect location for Tine and Florian’s engagement shoot. They previously enjoyed their time traveling in Venice in 1999 and 2007 and wanted to return together to capture some of the memorable moments that they had during those prior trips.

Venice leaves a long lasting impression on anyone who visits it, and it has several beautiful historic areas, such as the famous San Marco Square, where we captured most of the moments.

The Square is known for its unique architecture and its historic buildings such as the Clocktower, Procuratie Vecchie, Procuratie Nuove, the Loggetta, and other incredible structures in the Piazza, which is just the perfect backdrop for some beautiful couple portraits. It was an honour for me to capture their love for each other in one of my favorite European romantic getaways.

Florian loves and admires Tine’s creativity and courage; qualities that have helped her bring her dreams into reality. Tine loves Florian for his big heart, his serenity and single mindedness.

Photography: Kibogo Photography

Venice Boudoir + Anniversary Shoot

Nearly a year ago, we fell in love with this beautiful couple and their California soiree full of rustic elegance. And today, we get to fall in love all over again with their sexy, yet sweet and oh-so-elegantly captured images from Matthew Ree of their first year anniversary sesh in Venice. I’m not even married yet and I’m already planning our year one festivities—one peek at these snaps and you’ll see why.

From the Mrs…We decided to celebrate our first wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy—a country that neither one of us had ever been to but always wanted to visit. We planned on starting out in Rome, then taking the train north to Florence, and ending up in Venice. While planning our trip, I browsed online through various photo galleries—first of sites to visit, and then somehow ended up perusing SMP’s engagement and styled shoots in Italy. We decided that having pictures as a souvenir/keepsake would be such a wonderful anniversary gift to ourselves. On our last trip abroad, there weren’t very many photos of us, as I held the camera most of the time and snapped away. This time, I was determined to have photos to share and to keep as memories. And so, my search for a photographer began. I went through each and every single one of SMP’s features in Italy and SMP’s Little Black Book, researched each photographer, and contacted many of them. It was like wedding planning all over again! At the end of this crazy search, Matthew Ree seemed to be the best fit for us—I loved his photography, and his personality (over our email exchanges) really attracted me. We started discussing outfits, settings, style, and what I envisioned for the perfect shoot. I was psyched that I’d get to wear my Tadashi dress; I didn’t get a chance to wear it on my wedding day, since I loved my actual wedding gown so much and kept it on all night. See it here! The next task was to select whether to shoot in Florence or Venice, which was a difficult decision as we had never been to either place. We ended up choosing Venice, since we thought that the scenery would be so unique.

It was raining from the moment we got off the train in Venice, so much so that San Marco Square (and many other places) were flooded for part of the morning, with mostly grey skies, when the rain would temporarily stop. This put a bit of a damper on our plan for taking pictures. Our photographer, Matthew, was so nice and flexible; we started out with a boudoir shoot on the first day—which was actually lots of fun!—and broke out the second day with more “formal” pictures in the morning, and casual ones in the afternoon. One of the silliest parts of the day was when we were taking photos in San Marco Square, all dressed up. There were so many random people (tourists) who came closer up and started taking pictures of us and congratulated us! They probably thought that we had just gotten married!

Florence and Venice are two of the most romantic cities I’ve ever visited. The architecture is truly mesmerizing and out of this world! There are so many different places, lovely bridges to cross, and tiny streets to get lost in. Each turn revealed another beautiful building façade with new window shapes or soft colors, all against the bluish green canal. It looked like a made up movie set, or like it came straight out of a painting. Unfortunately, with shortened daylight time and weather constraints, we couldn’t possibly capture all of Venice’s beauty. However, we are so happy with how the pictures turned out. The color palette and backdrop are simply gorgeous. And I bet that no one can tell that we were actually shivering in the freezing December cold!! Our only regret is that we didn’t have Matthew follow us along throughout Italy to document all of our fun moments in Rome and Florence! One of my favorite pictures is the one of us on one of those little bridges, with the picturesque and serene reflection over the water. This really was a magical experience that was dreamily and beautifully captured through Matthew’s lens.

Photography: Matthew Ree | Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Lace Top: Forever 21 | Lingeries: Frederick's Of Hollywood | Lingeries: Victoria's Secret | Mens Shoes: Hugo Boss | Skirt: Express

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