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From a Skydiving Engagement to a Dream Wedding in Sicily

If I had to describe this wedding in one word, I’d call it enchanting. Completely and utterly enchanting. From the fact that these two got engaged while skydiving to the beautiful Bride’s Pnina Tornai dress (can you even?) to their Sicily fete filled with charm. I think you’ll find yourself lost in The Vault gallery captured by Rossini Photography just like I did.

From the Bride… Dustin and I are from complete opposite sides of the world! He hails from Sydney, Australia and I grew up in the United States. We met five years ago on the 4th of July in Southampton, New York, (a short drive from New York City, where we are both living). Fast forward three years and a skydiving engagement later, we decided Italy would be the perfect place between the US and Australia to have our wedding.

While on vacation in Italy, Dustin and I fell in love with Sicily and the small, scenic beach town of Taormina. Taormina has the most charming streets, delicious food, and a stunning backdrop of the still active volcano, Mt. Etna. After meeting Domenico and the staff at the Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, we knew this was our venue. There is an old world charm about the Hotel Timeo, which made for a very classic and traditional backdrop, which is what I always envisioned for my wedding day.

I chose a crisp white and blush tone color palate. The backdrop of Taormina and the Timeo gardens are so stunning that we didn’t need to add an intense color palate. All three bridesmaids wore different shades of blush colored gowns. The flowers were done all in white with green ivy and flowers ranging from roses, peonies, and hydrangeas.

My favorite part of the evening was watching the sunset over Mt. Etna with candles lit everywhere, and sharing a delicious five-course dinner with our closest friends and family.

Claudia and Luca of Rossini Photography were fantastic! They came to our venue site a day early to scout locations. They were very professional, kind, and easy to work with. And the pictures are stunning… I want to frame them all! I highly recommend this lovely couple. We had an amazing four-day weekend filled with love and laughter. It was the perfect way to the start the beginning of the rest our lives together!

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Photography: Rossini Photography | Event Planning: Distinctive Italy Weddings | Floral Design: Floridea di Antonello Cacciola | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Stationery: Dal Prato | Bride's Shoes: BCBGMAXAZRIA | Rings: Kwait | Hair and Makeup: Luxury Style | DJ: Fabien Koufach | Tuxedo: Jason Ascher | Celebrant: Mario Musumeci | Ceremony Music: Musica e Sposi | Wedding Venue: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo in Taormina | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Jazz Trio during reception: Apa Giovanni | Jewerly: Kwait | Soprano: Ilenia Leonardi

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Eloping Never Looked So Pretty!

If you’ve ever, and I mean EVER toyed with the idea of an elopement, this inspiration shoot is about to convince you completely. Set in Venice, Italy with breathtaking architecture and a classic gondola ride, consider this your visual blueprint designed by Atrendy Wedding for a European “I do.” Go see the gallery by Eric Kelley for even more moments to love.

From the vendors… A timeless styled photo shoot that inspired an enchanting, Old World dream. We were inspired by the blossoming wisteria, the bustling waterways and intimate canals… the most beautiful city in the world. An outdoor ceremony in the garden of the Belmond Cipriani followed by an intimate dinner creation under the purple wisteria set the Venetian mood. We took advantage of the quintessential beauty of the city exploring bridges, hidden alleys and the famous stone paved St. Mark’s Square. A palette of white and green with pops of pink and orange enhanced the natural setting without distracting from this city’s natural beauty. The Venice canals were highlighted in the watercolor paper suite, and a gondola ride for the bride and groom were key elements of this quintessential Italian shoot.

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Photography: Eric Kelley Photography | Event Design: Atrendy Wedding | Floral Design: Philippa Tarrant Floral Designs | Wedding Dress: Ca'Rousel Bridal | Invitations: Emily Rose Ink | Shoes: Emmy London | Hair + Makeup: Letizia Cordella | Tuxedo: Blank Label | Featured Contributor: Venice First | Hair Pins: Melinda Rose Designs | Hand-Dyed Silk Fabric: Pompom Blossom | Linen: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photography - Assistance: Élan Klein | Rentals: Select Event Group | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Rings + Jewelry: Susie Saltzman | Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream

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Want to Rock Your Vintage Wedding? Get Away in a Car Like This.

When your wedding day takes place at an English manor as charming as this one, it doesn’t take much to wow your guests. A lovely off-the-shoulder Moira Hughes number, anemones, peach and ivory roses, and of course, a getaway car like this will do the trick. Ready to plan your own vintage affair? Make sure to soak in the full gallery from Weddings by Nicola & Glen in The Vault!

From Weddings by Nicola & GlenNicola and Tom’s wedding took place in the romantic surrounds of Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds. A luxurious 14th century Manor house with epic views over the rolling English countryside made an amazing location for our couple to return home to. Nicola and Tom, although originally from England now live in Sydney, Australia both working in advertising. With their creative background it is unsurprising how many gorgeous details permeated their day.

Nicola and Tom planned so many fun surprises. A seriously swish vintage Jaguar XK12 waited outside the church so they could drive themselves back to Calcot Manor to cheers from all their guests. On arrival at Calcot Manor a three piece Mariachi Band surprised guests at the drinks reception complete with trombone, guitars, sombreros and pisco sours! Impromptu dancing ensued!

A stunning stationery suite was designed by Nicola’s friend and water colour artist Harriet de Winton. She created a pretty lavender and fern wreath motif that was echoed on the dreamy hand-painted cake by Curtis & Co Cakes. An installation of giant wreaths by Lisa Elliott Flowers was suspended in the Barn at Calcot Manor making quite a statement! de Winton Paper co also created a beautiful water colour commission for Nicola and Tom to use as a table plan on the day based on all their favourite beaches in Sydney.

Other highlights included our beautiful Bride’s stunning Moira Hughes wedding dress – an Australian designer with an eye for romance. The dress combined an embossed Italian bodice and raw silk skirt, with an oversized silk bow and exquisite lace veil completing the look! Nicola wore cute Charlotte Mills peep toe heels with a poem on the soles. For the evening our Bride swapped her veil for a dreamy Bride La Boheme vintage headpiece.

Nicola’s Bridesmaids looked so chic in 1920s style white and silver dresses from Coast and strappy white heels. Sally and Nicola from Bristol Bridal Hair and Makeup mixed it up styling the girls hair both up and down and creating very natural yet polished beauty looks. The guys looked dashing to match in grey suits, black and white polkadot ties from Scotch & Soda and cufflinks made from reclaimed watch parts.

We loved that Nicola and Tom put so much heart into making sure every detail fitted with their overall vision for their wedding day to reflect them as a couple. Most of all we adored capturing how much these two souls enjoyed their actual wedding day as months of careful planning unfolded with style and oh so much fun! 

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Photography: Weddings by Nicola & Glen | Floral Design: Lisa Elliott Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Moira Hughes | Cake: Curtis And Co Cakes | Invitations: De Winton Paper Co. | Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Church, Hawkesbury Upton | Reception Venue: Calcot Manor | Shoes: Charlotte Mills | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Coast | Calligraphy: De Winton Paper Co. | Band: Buddhalicious | Ties: Scotch & Soda | Groomsmen's Attire: Ted Baker | Cufflinks: AHW Studio | Hair & Makeup Artists: Nicola and Sally from Bristol Bridal Hair & Makeup | Headpiece: Bride La Boheme | Mariachi Band: Mariachi Men | Watercolour Table Plan: De Winton Paper Co.

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