A gondola ride, a grand yet intimate dinner, and a masquerade ball with your love – this is the romance of my dreams, and it was all brought to life in a breathtaking elopement editorial planned and designed by Scent of Orchid and shot by the magnificent Rebecca Yale Photography. We're talking a sexy, black lace Claire Pettibone number, fiery red florals by Madness Flowers, and a menu designed by Written Word Calligraphy to look like one of Cassanova's love letters. This, ladies, is the definition of amore.
Our Venetian elopement editorial was inspired by the romance of the floating city itself. The city is famous for its gondolas, canals, Casanova, and – of course – masquerade balls. We were inspired by the Baroque paintings that covered the Hall of Music in the Ca'Sagredo Hotel and carried the palette through the shoot with black and gold as our dominant colors with deep pops of red. Venice is famous for its glasswork and lace, which are made on the islands of Murano and Burano right off of Venice's shore, and the black lace Claire Pettibone dress set the tone for the dark romance of the day, which was echoed in the lace runner on the ballroom table. Written Word Calligraphy created an invitation suite featuring a folded invitation that opened like a letter and hearkened back to Casanova's letters that he would write to his lovers while imprisoned in the city. A single red rose bud was placed on the four guests' plates next to the love-letter-like menu along with a miniature mask, much like the one the bride wore during portraits. We imagined the couple would enjoy a romantic and intimate meal followed by a masquerade ball of music and dancing and then a gondola ride through the canals of Venice.