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Achingly Romantic Inspiration Shoot Inspired by “The Love Letter”

Inspired by the story of a girl from a rural Italian village who falls in love with a British boy who writes her a love letter every single day they are apart, this stunning shoot from Cecelina Photography is straight out of a fairy tale. Set on the grounds of the historic and endlessly charming Almonry Barn in Somerset, the full gallery of pretty from this inspiration shoot will have any fan of pure romance weak in the knees.

 

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From Cecelina PhotographyThe story behind ‘The Love Letter’ as imaged by the styling team: A girl from a rural Italian village meets an English boy and falls in love. They have been away from each other for the last month and Anthony has posted Olivia a love letter every day, to let her know he adores her and can’t wait to marry her. On the morning of the wedding, the day begins with Olivia sitting in the shade of the tree in the orchard, having quiet time for herself and pouring over the last letter from Anthony. A handmade lace robe, soft fabric, tulle and her details sets the scene while the wind softly rustles in the trees.

Photographed by Cecelina Photography; this Italian inspired styled shoot was dreamed up by Belle and Beau Photography and Naomi Kenton for their A Beautiful Way Workshop this summer. The rustic details of Almonry Barn in Somerset gives a hint of destination weddings; particularly in Italy with it’s gardens, light and fresh food. Soft colours and the wedding dress made specifically for this shoot by Lady Evelyn gives a touch of softness and luxury, interpreted in this fine art photography. The Rose Shed created the rustic flowers with ribbon from Lancaster And Cornish and the styling team creating two different looks for Olivia in her grey wedding dress.

Photography: Cecelina Photography | Floral Design: The Rose Shed | Stationery: Gemma Milly | Bride's Shoes: Harriet Wilde | Make Up: The Barn | Hair Stylist: Louise Alway | Wedding Venue: Almonry Barn | Mentor: Naomi Kenton | Mentor: Belle And Beau Fine Art Photography | Model: Rachael Hayton | Ribbon: Lancaster And Cornish | Wedding Gown & Accessories: Lady Evelyn | Workshop: A Beautiful Way

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Rustic + Romantic Italian Wedding

Tucked away in Tuscany, Wee Three Sparrows captured one truly significant celebration. I’m talking a castle ceremony full of beautiful surprises, and the highlight – though there are many – is the sudden rain shower that proved to be a wonderful omen. It’s all waiting for you in a gallery that redefines romance in the most regal way, and you can see it all here!

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From Wee Three Sparrows… In April I had the honour of travelling to Tuscany to capture the wedding of Stephan and Julie, clients who became friends. Their wedding was full of family love, beautiful details and the most spectacular views, from the castle ceremony to hor d’oeuvres overlooking the hills of Tuscany.

From The Bride…Once we decided to go with a destination wedding, we considered a few options, and after discussing it with one of my best friends, who lived in Florence for art school, we realized that Tuscany would be a perfect setting for our small family wedding, since it would be more quiet in the spring than during high season, it would be a relaxing but less commercial spot than other destination locations, and if we could set it in a villa, it would be a perfect family vacation. When we were planning, we kept saying that our vision for the wedding was a sense of home. As well, my parents met and fell in love in Europe while on a tour, and had one of their first dates in Italy, so it has always had a draw for me.

We found a beautiful villa in a sleepy town with a storied medieval history, in Poppi, Italy. We got in touch with Francesca Panci, the owner of Fattoria Quercia Vecchia (meaning: Old Oak Tree Farm). She was so hospitable and knowledgeable throughout our planning and our wedding week. We also connected with officiants in Italy (blessings from Italy) who took the time to get to know us and bring together a meaningful wedding celebration. With these guides, we knew that we would have exactly the kind of wedding we both had hoped for – intimate, relaxed, but also meaningful and memorable. I was super lucky to have my sister and friend as my artistic consultants, for every aspect of planning – from my dress, makeup, hair, flowers. We visioned everything beforehand and went with local flowers that we arranged together, including a beautiful centrepiece of olive leaves (from the villa’s trees), branches and lemons that my friend handcrafted.

​The wedding was originally planned for the villa, but we chose to have it in the Poppi Castle, also the city hall, in case it rained, as April rains are common in Tuscany. We loved that everywhere we went in Poppi – shopping for groceries, buying our flowers for the wedding – people recounted to us their story of getting married at Poppi castle. It was nice to be connected to the community immediately. ​

It turned out to be such a wonderful choice, full of surprises and beauty. The castle was very quiet on the Monday we got married, with a few guests visiting the castle, who joined in to clap and cheer for us. We had our choice of settings within the castle and chose in the end to have our guests sit along the long hallway in the castle, opened up to the rest of the castle, with a view out the window and upwards to the castle’s ceiling where there were doves perched. It was both intimate and grand. We got married right next to the library where Dante’s original works are archived, meaningful for us as we first met in the University of Toronto library, and Dante’s words resonate with us, speaking of ‘the Love which moves the sun and the other stars’ which brought us together.

​Our wedding was attended by close family and my lovely friend who had lived in Florence, and we couldn’t believe how it all came together – with our two families connecting from B.C. and Toronto – enjoying the Tuscan countryside, beautiful wine, food, nature and sights and sounds, in the peaceful pace of Italy.

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Photography: Wee Three Sparrows | Wedding Dress: La Sposa | Ceremony Venue: Poppi Castle | Reception Venue: Fattoria La Vecchia Querica | Make-up: Bride's Sister Mina Kim | Floral Design + Hair: Bride's Best Friend Esther Hollywood | Officiants: Blessings From Italy

Romantic Rooftop Engagement Session in Toulouse, France

Oh my goodness, do I have a treat for you: this rooftop engagement session in France’s southern city of Toulouse from Elena Fleautiaux Photography. It all started with that gorgeous Pronovias black lace gown and when combined with gorgeous natural lighting, a rich color palette and romantic florals, it’s absolute magic. The couple posed with a sign that said “Le meilleur reste à venir” (the best is yet to come), and I assure you, one look in the gallery, and you’ll see that’s true.


From Elena Fleautiaux Photography… The story of this session starts by a dress :) I was discussing the engagement session with my future bride, Mélanie, – she asked me to forgive her because she had a dress, but it’s black and not very “suitable” for the photo session. But when she sent me the picture, it took my breath away—it was really beautiful.

When I saw it, I decided that I will try to do something interesting FOR IT :) !! And for my couple – Mélanie and Mathieu. M&M. We shot at two locations in Toulouse: an old-fashioned hotel and my roof. I live in the center of the city and can see all the beauty of this city, nicknamed “la ville rose” (the pink city) because of the color of the walls. Even though I’m not French, I love all the historic monuments and the sea of the roofs far-far-far away.

We were lucky it didn’t rain! We used two quotations for the session hand-written by a calligrapher from Toulouse: “Le meilleur reste à venir” (the best is still to come) and a quotation from Paul Eluard, a french poet who was one of the founders of the surrealist movement at the beginning of the 20th century: “Voir le silence, lui donner un baiser sur les lèvres et les toits de la ville seront de beaux oiseaux mélancoliques” (to see the silence, to kiss it on its lips and the city-roofs will become beautiful melancoly birds).

The silver spoons and forks belonged to my mother-in-law’s family during two centuries. Also, we decided to use some pomegranates as a decoration for the “place cards” and as elements in the bouquet and floral composition on the table. The colors were black, beige, pomegranate. The cake’s color was also black. 

My favorite moment was – a big question in my head – how to finish in time the first part of the session in an old hotel and to run and to be in time to have all installed on the roof (and to lift it up all alone !) , and to photograph all the details on the roof , not to forget the couple which arrived later and to do all that before the sun goes down.

I must to speak about three girls who helped me to create the details of the session:
1. Calligraphy – Nathalie, whose beautiful work helped to add exquisite notes in the style and atmosphere of the session.
2. The Cake – Helen, a very kind English girl who helps her couples “come and sleep in sugar” because her cakes are a small dream and a big miracle.
3. Poppy Figure Flower – Sophie, a talented and best florist in Toulouse, who is always there to listen to the ideas and wishes of her clients and propose marvelous floral things.

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Photography: Elena Fleutiaux Photography | Floral Design: Poppy Figue Flower | Dress: Pronovias | Cake: The Cake | Bride's Shoes : Guess | Engagement Ring : Mohedano | Hair: Une Nouvelle Hair | Calligraphy: NatCali | Groom's Attire: IKKS | Groom's Shoes: Azzaro | Venue: Toulouse France | Earrings: Isa Creation Cristal

Glamorous + Romantic Irish Manor House Wedding Inspiration

I’m convinced that Kilshane House is where the Irish “Downton Abbey” would take place. The stately architecture and expansive grounds evoke the classic glamour and elegance of the early 20th Century. And, these dreamy gowns, lovely cakes and romantic florals combined with the genius of Paula O’Hara‘s photography add even more beauty to this historic manor. See all the pretty here.

 

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From Paula O’HaraTrue old time glamour at Kilshane House. We wanted something simple, soft and elegant. Kilshane House has such beautiful locations and light inside and out. It truly is one of Ireland’s best wedding venues. It was easy for us to get swept up in the romance and warmth of this house. And we all fell in love with Matilda the deerhound who was such a quiet, gentle lady and a real star.


Photography: Paula O'Hara | Cinematography: Conor Stafford | Floral Design: Bella Botanica | Wedding Dress: Sharon Hoey | Wedding Dress: The White Gallery | Wedding Dress: Marian Gale | Wedding Dress: Anabel Rose | Wedding Dress: Myrtle Ivory | Wedding Dress: Verona Bridal | Cakes: Gift Cakes | Stationery: Four Hats Press | Rings: Rocks Jewellers | Makeup: Anita Conroy For The Powder Room Studio | Groom's Attire: Louis Copeland | Venue: Kilshane House | Creative Direction, Styling & Props: Alise Taggart | Earrings And Accessories: Myrtle Ivory | Film Scans: UK Film Lab | Hair Styling: Bridget Haren For Altamoda Hair & Beauty, Assisted By Nicole Mitchell | Magazine Commission: Ireland's Confetti Magazine | Models: Alex For Pulse Models | Models: Grace At 1st Option Models

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Romantic Destination Wedding in Provence

I know from experience that a wedding in France is insanely awesome. The breathtaking scenery, the super sweet locals and a darling duo like these two sweeties makes for one, well… seriously amazing combo. Add in a gallery of lovely captured by Miss Gen Photography and a film from Irene Piera Films and it’s a pin-worthy day if I ever saw one.  Head to The Vault for even more.

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From Miss Gen Photography… Provence is an area that is close to Moya and Jamie’s hearts, so it’s where they decided to celebrate their wedding with friends and family from all over the world. The South of France was the perfect setting for this wedding, an outdoor ceremony and reception full of sunshine, champagne and lavender. The colour scheme was inspired by the beautiful French countryside.

Moya and Jamie had a romantic ‘first look’ before the ceremony so they could share a few moments alone before all the guests arrived, this was also a lovely opportunity for some portraits in the beautiful gardens.

Moya’s uncle travelled over from Australia to officiate the outdoor ceremony in the gardens of Bastide St Mathieu. Followed by drinks by the pool and a delicious dinner created by Ben Spalding, the executive chef at Aqua Shard in London.

Moya wore a stunning gown by Australian designer Gwendolynne and Jamie wore a British designed suit by Ted Baker.

The olive grove, lavender and the beautiful old chateau provided the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous destination wedding and it was a pleasure to photograph!

From The Bride… There were a few reasons why Jamie and I choose to get married in the South of France. The idea of a destination wedding had always appealed to us, we love holidays with friends and as I am Australian and Jamie English it meant the world to have all our family and friends in one place for as long as possible. We went to the Cote d’Azur on our first holiday together and said at the time how wonderful it would be to bring loved ones back there if we ever got married – so just over two years later that’s exactly what we did!

We spent a lovely long weekend driving around visiting venues both on the Riviera and further inland in Provence, leaving Bastide St Mathieu until last as we had fallen in love with the pictures on the website and sure enough, paid our deposit immediately. The house and gardens were even more beautiful than the pictures, Soraya was a wonderful hostess and we could instantly imagine having our celebration there.

We did a lot of the initial research and planning ourselves, but as we lived abroad and neither of us spoke fluent French we got the help of a local planner, Natalie at Wedding Angels in Nice. Her knowledge of local suppliers and help on the day were priceless, and really took all the stress out of the planning.

The Bastide formulated our vision for the day. We wanted the flowers and decorations to complement the house and grounds so kept the colours fairly neutral with grey Watters bridesmaid dresses chosen with one of my maids in NYC and then made to measure as the other girls were in London and Brisbane. We went for herbs and lavender on the tables coupled with white flowers all potted in silver and grey pots with silver tea light candle holders. I had a white peony bouquet with lambs ear detail that I had originally seen on pinterest and was brought to life perfectly by Wayne Riley Flowers. Jamie had a ranunculus boutonnière with lambs ear, while the bridesmaids and ushers carried/wore fresh lavender and baby’s breath.

My maid of honour actually found my wedding dress! We got married within a month of each other and she had tried it on at Luella’s Boudoir in Wimbledon. She said she knew straight away that it wasn’t the dress for her, it was the one for me! She was right, and Gwendolynne in Melbourne did such a brilliant job! The dress is called Hope and I absolutely love it. Jamie got his suit, tie and shoes from Ted Baker here in London and looked so handsome.

As we weren’t able to be legally married in France we had the wonderful opportunity to really tailor our ceremony to be very personal. We asked my Uncle to be the celebrant and chose readings that really resonated with us for my sister and a good friend of ours to read. It was very special.

We both really love our food and asked a chef based here in London if he would consider catering the wedding for us. The result was a really sensational meal that people are still speaking to us about but also threw up a fair number of logistical challenges! I am so happy with how it worked out, but would recommend others think quite long and hard about the stress/reward ratio of doing something a bit out of the box! The added bonus of having our chef come from London is that we could get our cake made of rounds of cheese from La Fromagerie in Marylebone.. one of my favourite afternoons of wedding planning was going there to select our cheese – delicious! It also meant the “cake” provided midnight snacks for anyone peckish later!

We love our music also, having been to lots of gigs and festivals together, and one of the fun things about a relatively long engagement (15 months) was putting together playlists for the day – one for as guests were arriving, the cocktail hour, dinner, and suggestions for the DJ for after dinner. We really enjoyed this, and have some great playlists for dinner parties to come! For the more ceremonial moments we picked songs that were meaningful for us – they’ll be ones we listen to forever:

Processional: First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
Recessional: You’ve Got the Love – Florence + the Machine
First Dance: Islands – The XX

We spent a long time deliberating on what to enter the reception to, and in the end picked a song that we both just find really fun – Call Me Al by Paul Simon. It led to one of our favourite moments, a giant sing along with the entire marquee standing and dancing for almost the entire song!

We could not be happier with our choice of photographer and videographer. We knew as soon as we saw Miss Gen’s work that she was the kind of wedding photographer we wanted – she has an amazing eye for a beautiful shot and a way of capturing people and moments that have really brought our day to life afterwards. Irene Piera Film’s work is fabulous too, everyone we have shown our wedding video to says it really feels like you are back there, and we feel so lucky to have such a brilliant memento of the day – especially the speeches and ceremony which really flew by!!

Ultimately, what made the day so special was making promises to each other in front of our friends and family, and it’s definitely important to keep sight of that as you’re planning. It was so special for us to have guests from all over the world together for at least the day – some we were able to spend the whole week with – an experience that we are unlikely to ever have again and we truly cherish. Enjoy every second!

Photography: Miss Gen Photography | Videography: Irene Piera Films | Flowers: Wayne Riley Flowers | Wedding Dress: Gwendolynne | Brides Shoes: Pedro Garcia | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Watters | DJ: Riviera Organisation | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: Ted Baker | Bride's Makeup: Sophie Kilian | Brides Hair: Jennyfer Hillyard | Cheese: La Fromergerie London | Chef: Ben Spalding | Hair Accessories: Richard Nylon Millinery | Planning: Wedding Angels | Private Villa: Bastide St Mathieu

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Elegant English Hindu Wedding

Awash in some of the most beautiful details you will ever see, this stunning affair is the definition of wedding perfection.  From the breathtaking ceremonies in honor of both the bride and groom’s heritage to the jaw-dropping locale, also known as the Ardington House.  Head to The Vault for even more cultural pretty captured by Peachey Photography and prepare to be wowed.

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From Peachey Photography… Danny’s family is Chinese, Anneka’s family is Indian, but they both grew up in England and wanted to celebrate all three cultures in their wedding celebration. In the morning a traditional Hindu ceremony was held, with all the beautiful colours and symbolism that it involves. Their outfits were both handmade by a tiny boutique in Surat, India, and fire, sweet treats and blessing ensued. Music and rose petal confetti led them out on to the lawns for drinks and some beautiful canapes, including hand-carved watermelon sculptures.

Following that, they changed from their Indian attire into a simple, sylish white bridal gown, designed by Augusta Jones, and a dapper dark Hugo Boss suit. Their guests took their seats on Temple Island, the small island nestled in the lake of Ardington House, and watched the English ceremony unfold, under an ancient stone temple adorned with flowers.

Once married a second time, they led their guests across the bridge for more music and food and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony took place for both families, where closest elder family members are served tea by the bride and groom. Dinner and lots of dancing followed and the day was the perfect fusion of ancient traditions from three very different cultures.

Photography: Peachey Photography | Wedding Planner: Table Attire | Floral Design: Flower Ardington | Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones | Catering: More | Groom's Attire: Moss Bros | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bride's Indian Outfit: Vivaah Sarees | Groom's Indian Outifit: Mool Chand India Emporium | Hair & Make-up : Tammi Nguyen | Photography - Assistance: Kate From Depict | Stately Home: Ardington House

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