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Beautiful Midsummer Wedding

This wedding is the epitome of simple and sweet.  It’s that sort of wedding where a beautiful, laid-back setting plays nice with DIY details (hello, expertly crafted paper goods), flower crowns and the most heartwarming of ceremonies.  In other words, it’s the definition of pure pretty.  See it all captured by Natascha Unkart in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… When we decided to get married , we had immediately set two priorities: the dress and the photographer. I wanted my dress to be fairly simple yet festive and found the perfect one at elfenkleid. Our second focus was the photography, which would keep the memories of our wedding day alive for years to come. A friend had recommended Natascha Unkart as a very talented and also easy-going photographer and her aesthetics matched ours completely.

As for the rest, we simply wanted to throw a great party for our friends and family. We had put quite some thought into how we wanted to go about it. Our commitment to one another was supposed to be a very personal public act, so to speak. So we asked our two best friends to officiate our marriage, which was personal and fun, as well as emotional. Just the right mix! We chose a beautifully restored monastery at Sopron, Hungary as the venue for our wedding. It gave us the perfect mix of gorgeous environment (we used the garden for our ceremony), the ability to host all of our guests at the hotel, seclusion and yet proximity to our hometown of Vienna, Austria.

As an illustrator and graphic designer I designed the invitation cards and all the little details myself. Friends and family helped us with the decorations, from sewing picnic blankets to filling little paper bags with wildflower seeds as wedding favors.

As a theme I was inspired by midsummer. My family on my mother’s side is from Sweden where this day holds a special meaning. Also, my grandparents were married on midsummer in 1946, so there was also a meaningful component to it. It’s the longest day of the year and the flowers are particularly important in this tradition. In fact, you are even supposed to pick them from seven different meadows for midsummer, but we left that to the lovely people at blumengestalten who provided us with a beautiful, colorful mix. Finally, our delicious cake was made by my friend Nessa Heschmat who is just starting out with her own catering business.

We had the most magical day with our little daughter and our closest friends and family, with lots of personal bits and pieces that made it so fun and special.

Photography: Natascha Unkart | Floral Design: Blumengestalten | Wedding Dress: Elfenkleid | Cake: Nessa Heschmat | Invitations: Alva Wonnerth-Magnusson | Ceremony Venue: Sopron Monastery | Grooms Attire: Zara | Hair & Make-up: Steff Lamm | Sitar Player: Perry Wurzinger

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Romantic Rome Garden Wedding at Villa Aurelia

This wedding is the definition of a destination dream wedding. Can you even imagine saying I do to your main squeeze in Rome with the stunning Villa Aurelia setting the scene for a perfect garden soiree? It just doesn’t seem like it could all possibly be real, but for it was for this couple, and thanks to Studio A+Q we get to devour all the gorgeous here.

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From Stefanie CoveAgatha and Ryan’s general aesthetic (whether it is their personal taste or when designing restaurants) is very natural and organic – not exactly typical for Roman event styling, where the wedding decor often boasts red roses, fabric treatments and other lavish elements! However, as it IS the most romantic city in the world, there was no better place for a beautiful garden wedding overlooking the amazing city lines. The idea was to create an atmosphere where the guests felt relaxed while at a simple yet elegant dinner party…nothing traditional or stuffy about it. Chefs serving the guests themselves with fresh burrata (made THAT morning) helped establish this dinner party at-home atmosphere. Villa Aurelia was the perfect location to create this enchanted garden vibe. The ceremony was held under a canopy of gorgeous trees within the lush gardens. The dinner was in an area referred to as the “Secret Garden.” Guests dined al fresco on wood tables that were draped with handmade, sheer linens. The center of the tables featured terra cotta vessels that were filled with a mix of ivory dahlias and garden roses with green accents of hydrangea, baby ferns and fresh figs –Agatha’s favorite! After dinner, the guests lounged on chesterfield sofas, enjoyed authentic Italian gelato (served from the cutest vintage cart) and danced the night away with the city of Rome lit up in the background.

Photography: Studio A+Q | Planner: Stefanie Cove | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Roscioli | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Villa Aurelia

Intimate Destination Wedding in Tuscany

When the Design Director for Polo Ralph Lauren ties the knot, there’s a pretty good chance it’s going to be a wedding worth swooning. And with Infinite Love Wedding Coordinating working behind the scenes, this Tuscany destination affair delivers, BIG time. The fiercely talented Marisa Holmes captured each moment behind the lens, and it’s all tucked away in the gallery right here.

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From the Bride… When Jesus and I began to plan what was to be the experience of a lifetime, we wanted our wedding to be an experience that everyone else would remember for years to come. We wanted to share in an intimate setting that would involve our closest friends and family. We wanted it to be a celebration of an all-encompassing love that was the beginning of our life together. The greatest adventure of our lives had to have the greatest stating point. We thought about our beloved California where we first met. We searched high and low from Northern wine country to Southern California’s stretch of sandy beaches, yet nothing felt like the old world charm we were hoping for.

As we thought about what our wedding day experience was going to be, the inspiration was simple; old world tradition meets ethereal romance. It was a true reflection of us, of our roots, and of what we wanted our future to consist of. We aspired to follow our traveling spirits, to reach further in order to find that old world charm in the rolling hillside of Italy’s Tuscany region. A rustic Castello nestled in the Chianti region of Tuscany was the place where our dream wedding came to be and Castello di Spaltenna was the perfect fit. We led our friends and family on a wondrous adventure, and a wedding getaway that would covert them into world traveler’s!

As a designer, my vocation has been in the translation of life’s beauty and art. For my own wedding, the greatest challenge was to mirror a celebration of love with the traditions of marital bliss. Our creative vision was only scattered thoughts when we first came to Infinite Love Wedding Coordinating & Consulting; Andrea Randolph completed our vision, brought it to life, and from it created a work of art. On the day of our wedding, our décor portrayed the pureness of whites, off whites, and creams. The Castello’s charming chapel was bathed in the warm glow of countless softly lit candles that filled the entire room. The ceremony began in the early evening with white petals down the aisle, and soft ribbons with white and off-white floral arrangements on the ends of each pew. We also personalized the ceremony with a musical memoir to my father, who passed away the previous year and we paid tribute to our Mexican heritage by including “las arras” (exchange of gold coins) and the “lasso” (the beaded rope) as part of the ceremony.

As the sun began to set, our wedding reception and cocktail hour was the picturesque scenery of an impressionistic painting. The colors blended to a surreal landscape and the wedding photographer of our dreams, Marisa Holmes, captured the fairytale. The cocktail hour was set on the rustic stone terrace overlooking the castle’s vineyard. While the reception was the romantic image of white table linens with soft tulle covered chairs accented with an olive branch on each chair setting, symbolizing peace and prosperity.

Soft white candlelit arrangements with white flowers personified our message of purity throughout the table setting. Each seat of our large feast table was personalized with a guest card. The dinner menu itself was a work of art and we collaborated with the Castello’s culinary chefs and our wedding planner to arrange a feast of rustic Italian traditional cuisine.

Our cake, our dance party with Italian DJ Pink Panther, and our Prosecco cheers with all of the Castello’s staff made the night unforgettable. We even had other guests of the Castello’s hotel join in the fun!

The wedding adventure consisted of so much more than just the wedding day though. It truly began with a rustic guest basket in every room that included Italian bread and wine, Italian maps, translation guidebooks, and a personalized welcoming itinerary for each guest. We also arranged several group excursions that we could share with our guests including Florence and Sienna day trips, personalized group tours, wine tasting, vineyard/cellar tours, and an exquisite culinary experience at Badia a Coltebuono, and Il Pievano restaurants.

The best reward has been the memories of our children, family, and friends that have long since retold the experience countless times from all different perspectives. They have relived the details of our wedding weekend over and over again. The countless, “thank you’s” we have received from our guests expressing their gratitude for allowing them to share in our lifetime experience has been priceless.

And with that, I think…goal achieved!

Photography: Marisa Holmes | Floral Design: Stiatti Fiori | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Melanie Secciani Bakery | Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew | Catering: Castello Di Spaltenna | DJ: Pink Panther DJ | Grooms Attire: Ralph Lauren - Black Label | Officiant: Blessings From Italy | Bridal Party Hair + Makeup : Meagen Miller | Brides Earrings: Ralph Lauren - Vintage Collection | Coordination: Infinite Love Wedding Coordinating & Consulting | Flower Girl Dresses: US Angels | Groomsmen Attire: Ralph Lauren - Black Label | Veil: The White Dress By Renee Pawele Bride | Wedding Shoes (featured): Badgley Mischka Bridal

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