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Beautiful Buenos Aires Is Our New Bridal Dream Destination

While it’s no surprise that the City of Light is for lovers, what about the “Paris of South America” aka Buenos Aires? Well, if these pics by Sophie Epton are any indication, this Argentine city is ripe for romance. Sophie captured a gorgeous Bride-to-be and all the beauty surrounding her and lucky for us, we get to take a virtual trip with this uber pretty Vault gallery – bon voyage!

From Sophie Epton Photography… Traveling to Argentina is always at the top of my list, but traveling to this incredible country for a dear friend’s wedding and getting to shoot her bridal… well, that’s just the icing on the cake! Three years ago when I eloped with my husband Jordan in Buenos Aires, we met the most incredible girl, Clari Firmat, who we hired for hair and makeup. Little did we know that during the next year, over many e-mails, we would become dear friends as well. She became our officiant, drove us around the city for incredible portrait shots, and even took us out for a seafood dinner at her family’s local yacht club. Although we only spent about four days with her, we felt like we had known her our whole lives. When she told us she was engaged and getting married, it took about three seconds for Jordan and I to say “We’re in!” We flew back down to the “Paris of South America” where it all began, and embarked on a joyous weekend filled with amazing friends, laughter and unforgettable experiences.

Clari’s bridal is something I will cherish forever. We photographed her at the beautiful and quaint Hotel de Casco in San Isidro, just a little outside of Buenos Aires. The greenery, architecture and Clari’s stunning looks were a dream to photograph; literally around each corner and turn, there was new inspiration for me to utilize as a background. Clari wore the most amazing hand-designed wedding dress made just for her by Luli Greig… I loved the blush shell color and intricate beading that draped so elegantly over her body. She also wore an heirloom ring made with sapphires from her own great-great-grandmother’s brooch, and a shimmering crystal hair piece she made herself with her company Tepeino Puntocom. Jessica Crowell designed the most beautiful suite that reflected the old-world, whimsical feel of the venue – I just adore the hand-painted palm fronds and leaves on the envelope liner! The day ended with a walk amongst the large Jacaranda trees as the sun set over this beautiful bride, a moment I will never forget…

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Photography: Sophie Epton Photography | Wedding Dress: Luli Greig | Invitations: J.RoCro Arts + Letters | Bride's Shoes: Ayres | Ring: Bride Taxo Joyas | Hair + Makeup: Tepeino Puntocom | Venue: Hotel de Casco San Isidro | Hair Acccessories: Tepeino Puntocom | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Elegant Argentinian Wedding Inspiration

This elegant outdoor inspiration shoot features the perfect mix of sweetness (that adorable dress!), rusticity (that yummy tablescape!), and local flair (those gorgeous tiles!) that makes for an unforgettable shoot. Photographer Amy Fanton (who’s married to an Argentinian herself!) captured the old world charm of Buenos Aires so perfectly in this gallery, that we’re ready to say adios to the office and fly South right now!

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From Amy Fanton PhotographyThe inspiration for this shoot was rooted in my fascination with the enchanting and sophisticated elegance of old world Argentina and the details that define it’s capital–grand 19th century classical colonial architecture, geometric patterned tilework, gilded gold furniture, and crystal chandeliers offset by more rustic “gaucho” Argentinian details and all set among the relaxed leafy cobblestone streets and open air patios of Buenos Aires. My husband happens to be Argentinian and while we had originally planned to do two weddings–one in the States and one closer to his family in B.A. our plans were put off when we found out a baby was on the way. This shoot was a wonderful way for me to play out some of the elements I would have incorporated into my own wedding if it had taken place in the Southern Hemisphere. It was also great to work with some local wedding vendors who were able to show me another side of Buenos Aires!

We selected a dress with an intricate beaded pattern that mirrored the geometric patterns found in traditional Argentinian textiles, mosaics and tilework. We wanted something free flowing and relaxed to reflect the easy going culture while remaining relatively conservative. Amazingly we found the perfect option at ASOS. A gorgeous handmade belt from Mood Swing Couture added glamor and sophistication to the entire look and also incorporated elements of geometry from the typical patterned tilework.

For the bride’s hair and makeup, Vicky created a natural look with a touch of glamor using primarily golds and browns to highlight the features of the bride. A relaxed braided side chignon kept the look fresh, young, and pretty.

Angie and Flor of HNAS Martin Martin styled two different tables for the shoot–one more formal, appropriate for an elegant sit down dinner, and the other a bit more rustic, perfect for a rehearsal dinner or a “day after” meal. For the formal setting we used a mixture of antique silver plates, brass candelabras and a mixture of copper and crystal vases, overflowing with bunches of hand picked native Argentinian flowers including lisianthus, tuberose, and crepe myrtal, all set upon a runner reminiscent of traditional Argentinian textiles.

For the rustic table we used traditional materials that would be used for a typical Argentinian meal called an Asado (delicious grilled meats and cheeses! dieters beware! ;) ). Rustic wooden plates, seltzer bottles typical of San Telmo, ceramic, and a touch of native Argentinian ribbon added a laid back element to the shoot. The pattern found on the ribbon is typical of indigenous Argentinian tribes and said to symbolize mountains reflecting on a lake. Bunches of daisies and wildflowers were set on the table and woven through the back of the wrought iron chairs to contributed a bit of whimsy to the free-spirited look.

The relaxed bouquet was made using lisianthus, wildflowers, and a cedar rose tied together using the same indigenous patterned ribbon.

Lou from Beyond Vintage designed gorgeous stationery also mimicking the geometry of a traditional Spanish tile pattern, using fiery tones of red to pull together the theme and add a bit of color to the shoot.

For the cake we wanted to go with something simple, yet elegant while tying together the traditional Argentinian elements. It was prepared using a white fondant and wrapped with the same ribbon in the rustic table setting. To finish off the design, cedar roses were rested between tiers and on the top to add a touch of elegance.

Four traditional desserts were prepared by Copetin for the shoot including Alfajores–dulce de leche sandwiched between two shortbread-like cookies, torta de coco–a cookie consisting of layers of coconut and dolce de leche atop a shortbread crust, frola–a crust covered with a fruty paste called dulce de guayaba and a lattice pastry crust, and my absolute favorite, rogel–dulce de leche layered between a thin pastry and topped with delicious merengue.

And all the treats were as amazing tasting as they looked!

Photography: Amy Fanton Photography | Styling: Hnas. Martin Martin | Floral Design: Hnas. Martin Martin | Dress: ASOS | Cake: Hnas. Martin Martin | Stationery: Beyond Vintage | Makeup & Hair: Vicky Ray Studio | Accessories: MoodSwing Couture | Decor: Hnas. Martin Martin | Desserts: Copetin