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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 | Mens Shoes: Hugo Boss | Lace Top: Forever 21 | Lingeries: Frederick's Of Hollywood | Lingeries: Victoria's Secret | Skirt: Express

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Whimisical Destination Wedding in Venice Italy

Today just so happens to be National Wear Red day, and we decided to celebrate in the most stylish of fashions. I’m talking a red, Vera Wang bridal gown gracing your computer screen thanks to these stunning images from Lindsay Madden. Oh, and the wedding planned by Chic Weddings In Italy is equally as amazing. It’s wonderfully whimsical, set in the glorious Venice, and complete with masquerade masks. - and it’s all just as amazing as it sounds.


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From Lindsay Madden PhotographyI’m so excited to share with you a beautiful & unique destination wedding held in Venice, Italy this past September. The couple {Jacquetta & Elliot} are from California and hosted 25 of their nearest and dearest in Venice. It was lavish, different and most importantly, filled with so much love. A lot of people worked hard at making their wedding vision a success so seeing this on SMP’s main page would be incredible.

From Eva of Chic Weddings in ItalyWhen I first talked with Jacquetta and Elliot about their wedding, they told me that they wanted to get married in Venice but that they had never actually been. I loved that they selected a location filled with so much history, romance and beauty and I was eager to show them why Venice is one of the best places to hold a wedding. And after our first meeting together in Venice, Jacquetta and Elliot knew that they made the right decision!

From the very beginning of Jacquetta’s planning she had a firm vision as to how she wanted her day to unfold. She knew she wouldn’t be wearing a traditional white wedding gown and that her color pallet wouldn’t be pastel. Instead she opted for a color pallet made up of marsala, black, grey and gold. It was important to Jacquetta to incorporate the richness of Venice into her wedding day and style. She opted to wear a gorgeous burgundy Vera Wang wedding dress and paired her dress with feathered Manolo Blahnik heels.

The ceremony took place at the famous Hotel Cipriani and guests were greeted by two masquerade ushers who distributed wedding programs. Jacquetta & Elliot’s friend officiated the ceremony and the two of them exchanged their own heartfelt vows. After the ceremony, guests were given custom made Venetian masks. They were very detailed and each mask fit the personality of the person wearing it. Guests mingled and enjoyed champagne with the newlyweds and awaited their transport to the Hotel Metropole to continue their evening. When everyone arrived in St. Mark’s Square, Lindsay Madden was able to whisk the couple away for some breathtaking portraits, while I escorted everyone to the cocktail hour.

The Hotel Metropole overlooks the lagoon. It is eccentric & warm. It was the perfect spot to continue this amazing affair. The reception room was made up of one long table and filled with lots and lots of candles. The black candles on the table complimented the rich, red flowers. Guests enjoyed a 10 course dinner and an amazing selection of desserts. After dinner, guests continued dancing well into the evening.

It was an honor to work with Jacquetta and Elliot as well as all the other vendors who helped make their day a success. Venice weddings are truly special and I love how Jacquetta and Elliot made their day their own.

Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Flowers: Tea Rose Milano | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Hotel Cipriani | Reception Venue: Hotel Metropole | Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair And Make Up: Giulia Cresci | Groom's Attire: John Varvatos | Event Planning & Design: Chic Weddings In Italy | Venetian Masks: Ca' Del Sol | Video: ReelLove Films

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Elegant Venice Wedding Inspiration

One thing is for sure—Italy was made for lovers. It’s a place where streets are made of pale aqua canals, the vehicles are Venetian gondolas and romance-filled air surrounds every pretty corner. So it’s only fitting for the scene of gorgeous wedding details galore from The Knot In Italy and Jo Lewis. Get lost in all the dreaminess this gallery has to offer!

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From The Knot In Italy… It was a dark and stormy February night in northern Italy when I received an email from Jo Lewis of Light and Lace Photography to tell me that within a couple of months she would be in Venice on vacation and that she would love to organize a styled shoot during this time and would I be interested in collaborating. I immediately replied with enthusiasm; this was a chance not to be missed, even more so considering that Jo is an extremely talented and passionate photographer who I have followed for some time and that I’ve been dreaming of such a shoot for ages but never found the right moment for it. I jumped on the idea with gusto and quickly gave bones to the project.

Although Venice is packed with a myriad of fantastic venues, I instantly knew that the Ca’ Sagredo, an 18th century palace and 5 star luxury hotel, was the ultimate place for the shoot, both for its majestic interiors and for the ideal location, on the Canal Grande very close to the Rialto bridge. The colour palette was quickly decided; the grand frescoes by Tiepolo that enrich the hotel, not to mention its opulent furniture, could only be gently accompanied, so we chose ivory, blush, accents of deep green and a hint of gold.

We were blessed with two fabulous gowns from the Zahavit Tshuba’s new collection and perfectly matching René Caovilla’s sandals, which our lovely Venetian student and model Flora Dalle Vacche wore with grace and attitude. She and her actual fiancé Carlo Pitter were the best possible candidates for our shoot, for they instilled their mutual love to it. Everything else, from the hand painted stationery to the glamorous and delicate dessert table to the elegant floral decorations and the glass artworks, topped off by a romantic gondola ride from the hotels very own gondola station were the perfect touches that helped make this timeless Venetian dream of Jo and I come to life.

Photography: Jo Lewis | Videography: Jo Lewis | Design: Irene Recupero | Event Planning: The Knot In Italy | Wedding Planner: Irene Recupero | Floral Design: Fantin Fiori | Wedding Gown: Zahavit Tshuba | Stationery: Gaia Milani | Calligraphy: Ketty Agnesani | Bijoux: A Little Bling Atelier | Bridal Shoes: René Caovilla | Glass Artswork: Zora Da Venezia | Hairs & Make Up: Michele Doardo | Hotel: Ca' Sagredo | Model: Flora Dalle Vacche | Wedding Cake, Cupcakes And Macarons: Camilla Rossi

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