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Romantic Laduree-Inspired Tuscany Beach Wedding

If you think that an Eiffel Tower proposal in Paris on Valentine’s Day is unparalleled, just wait until you feast your eyes on the wedding captured by Facibeni Fotografia. Set at Bagno Francomare on the coast of Italy, this gorgeous Bride and Groom wed in serious style, with a Ladurée theme and Il Bianco E Il Rosa at their side to plan it all. There’s just too much pretty to recount—the gallery speaks for itself.

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From Facibeni FotografiaTuscany is widely recognized for its hills, for historical cities and great food. A few know the Versilia coast, in northern Tuscany, and its beautiful towns. Protected by the Alps on one side and the sea on the other, Versilia is a favorite destination for summer vacations in Tuscany since the ’60s. A long 30 km road separates the bathing resorts from cities full of boutiques, art, and good food. The wedding of this beautiful couple was organized in Pietrasanta, a small but lively town rich in art and craft shops, art galleries and taverns with local products. The center of Pietrasanta is the Piazza del Duomo, where is the great cathedral, completely covered with marble outside and painted with frescoes inside.

Alessandra and Massimiliano, like many other Italian couples, chose a religious ceremony in a small church and the reception at the nearby beach, inside a beach resort. After the ceremony, guests moved to the seashore for a cocktail made with sparkling wine and fresh seafood. After that, an excellent dinner prepared right at the beginning of the beach, under the stars with the sound of the sea in the background. The bride was looking for an elegant wedding. She wore a simple and dress and a long veil. The weather, as often in this area, was sunny and breezy; guests have enjoyed a romantic sunset on the sea. Enjoy!

From Il Bianco E Il RosaAlessandra and Massimiliano got in touch with me four months prior to their wedding day. They had already booked the church and the venue for the receptions. They were looking for the most suitable vendors for their French-style wedding on the beach in Tuscany. Alessandra and Massimiliano have good taste and, thank to this, were not easy to please. They were looking for a classic but chic ceremony in the church. Given the short time available and the many things to do before the wedding, I got started on it right away.

The theme they chose was “Ladurèe” – the proposal took place in Paris, on February 14th, at the 58 Restaurant on the Eiffel tower. I immediately got in touch with Facibeni Fotografia for wedding photography, as I knew they would have been perfect on this occasion. One of the photographers, Cristiano, is a master in collecting the finest details from a wedding.

The ceremony took place into the stunning Pieve di Valdicastello in Pietrasanta, and was followed by the reception in a luxurious beach resort in Forte dei Marmi. The guests enjoyed canapes on the beach before sit for dinner on the side of the beautiful swimming pool. Fireworks over the see lighted up the night. The music, played by a band that came from South of Italy for the occasion, highlighted the cake cutting, in front of many elegant and thrilled guests.

Photography: Facibeni Fotografia | Event Planning: Il Bianco E Il Rosa | Floral Design: Le Petit Jardin | Wedding Dress: Blumarine | Cake: Gelateria Mani | Invitations: Pineider | Reception Venue: Bagno Francomare | Makeup: Silvia Gerzeli | Groom's Attire: Pignatelli | Church Decor: Amanda Casassa | Music: Domenico Pasquino

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Classic + Elegant Tuscan Il Borro Wedding

We’ve seen some remarkably stunning brides as of late, and today’s beauty captured so gracefully by Rebecca Arthurs, has me blushing ten shades of pink with her lace-edged veil and sleek Charlie Brear dress. She steals the show at this Il Borro weekend affair planned by Italia Celebrations. Complete with a wine tour and chandelier-adorned branches, we’re marveling at every inch.

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From Brenda of Italia CelebrationsMichal and Anthony were looking for the perfect location in Tuscany where they could host 150 of their family and friends for a three day wedding weekend. I suggested a few villas which we toured on their scouting trip to Tuscany but I knew that Il Borro was truly ideal and it turned out to be everything they wanted and more. The first day began with a welcome pizza party in the Medieval borgo where there is an outdoor wood burning oven. The mood was to be casual and inviting and to evoke Italy in an earlier, undefined era.

For the second day afternoon the guests were given the choice of having a wine tour with the bride in the antique wine cellar of Il Borro followed by a tasting of the four wines that the villa produces. Or to follow the groom for an afternoon of petanque and pastis. Since the groom is from Marseille, France and petanque and pastis are practically a national passtime this seemed to be a natural way to pass a warm and sunny afternoon. In popularity the wine tour and tasting jumped out to an early lead in the head count in the months before the wedding but the petanque and pastis closed in fast. In the end the totals for each activity were about even. The wine tour and tasting was a decidedly relaxing way to spend the afternoon while the petanque and pastis was delightful but the competition was fierce. They are serious about their petanque in Marseille.

In the evening the couple hosted a rehearsal barbecue for all the guests in the pool garden which featured a vintage Supper Club band. “The Talented Mr. Ripley” is a favorite movie of the couple and so we used that as inspiration to recreate the décor, music and mood of that movie which was set in the late 1950’s Italy.

The third day was dedicated to the wedding day. The bride wanted to make a welcoming party room of her large master suite where she was being prepared and getting dressed. She wanted her friends and family to feel that they could drop in throughout the day and feel welcome. The room had loud music and so the wedding day fun and festivities began early. The mood for the wedding day was Tuscan rustic, natural wood, linen, whites and green and twine.

They had a Jewish ceremony at the villa which was presided over by Rabbi Guy Hall who came from England to marry them. The ceremony was very heartfelt and the bride and groom were overcome with emotion. The cocktail hour took place in the Italian garden of their private villa. The dinner was to be on the top terrace and would begin with a Jewish hora, one of two different versions to be played that evening. I have never seen such an enthusiastic, joyous hora that went on for 20 minutes. I was concerned that the groom would be injured as his many friends were well versed in the hora dance and very energetic. The dinner was served in the upper terrace of the villa where ten vintage chandeliers and eight strands of fairy lights were hung in the surrounding trees to define the dinner area and to make it sparkle. It had such a spectacular yet intimate feel.

After the dinner and dancing and speeches were finished the party was moved to another part of the villa that was set up for the after dinner party. Each event was more fun than the last and the whole weekend was a dream come true all the way down to the perfect weather.

Photography: Rebecca Arthurs | Event Planning: Italia Celebrations | Floral Design: Noosheen | Stationery: Kraft & White | Bride's Shoes: Castaner | Hair And Makeup: Italia Celebrations | Groom's Shoes: Santoni | Groom's Suit: Versace Collection | Wedding Venue: Il Borro | Bride's Dress: Charlie Brear | Bride's Veil: Brown’s Bride | Groom's Tie: Charvet

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Intimate and Charming Wedding in Tuscany

You know those weddings that are so romantic you’ll remember them for years to come? Well, this Tuscany fete from Greg Finck Photography is certainly one of them. Opting to wed amongst grapevines, this Irish duo paired up with Italy Weddings and Inspired By Love to plan one irresistibly elegant affair. Sweet and intimate, guests dined al fresco toasting to love and it’s all right here!

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From Greg Finck Ciara and Mark are an Irish couple from Belfast, Ireland, and had chosen sunny Tuscany for their wedding. When you’re used to grey sky and pouring rain, it’s hard not to totally fall for Tuscany, that fabulous part of Italy calling for bathing sun, easy lifestyle and awesome food and wine.

At the very first contact, Ciara and Mark explained me that they wanted a very intimate wedding, with just forty guests, to focus on the essential, and enjoy their loved ones. They had chosen a magnificent historical Villa – Villa Piaggia – in the heart of Tuscany, to tie the knot. This venue is ideally located, surrounded by square miles of Chianti vineyards and breath-taking landscapes. All of their forty guests had met there for 4 days of celebration, and spend time together.

The d-day has been perfectly planned and designed by Ben Singleton, from Italy Weddings, an American who has been based in Tuscany for years, organizing weddings there. A simple table enhanced by a giant flower garland and fairy lights created a very charming and warm atmosphere. Floral design made of pastel peonies was everywhere, from the Bride’s bouquet to the church decoration.

To keep on that pastel theme, we decided to do the couple session in the middle of olive trees, surrounded by tall grass and a magnificent sun. The couple and their guests then enjoyed a typical Italian meal made of handmade pasta with figs, beef with brunello sauce and rosemary roast potatoes. This beautiful summer day ended with the cutting of a giant millefoglie wedding cake.

Photography: Greg Finck | Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell | Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. | Event Planning And Design: Italy Weddings | Photography - Assistance: Inspired By Love | Villa: Villa Piaggia

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Amalfi Coast Wedding Editorial

Just imagine escaping to coastal Italy with some of the industry’s brightest talent. Imagine a shoot styled to utter perfection by Joy Proctor Design, and the KT Merry as a photography mentor by your side. It’s exactly the idea behind Moda e Art and the proof is in the pudding. We’ve got the snaps from the latest workshop right at your fingertips. Pssst: Exciting news for 2015 Moda e Art hopefuls below!

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From Joy Proctor of Joy Proctor Design… Inspiration abounds throughout Italy and is beautiful landscapes. The incredible gem that is the Amalfi Coast serves as one of the best examples of the marriage between natural beauty and the incredible history so often found in Italy. The participants of this Falls Moda e Arte Workshop had the distinct pleasure of photographing and experiencing what is arguably, one of the treasures of the Amalfi Coast, the Villa Cimberone. The 11th century estate sits atop the cliffs of Ravello, overlooking the grand expense of the Amalfi Coast. Famous for its Terrazzo del’lnfinito, or Terrace of Infinity, and expansive gardens, the Villa is an UNESCO World Heritage site.

The inspiration for the shoot came from the location, set high above the seas below. With a color palate, and textures that evoked the feeling of air and light, we aimed to create something that was ethereal, an homage to the Italian history of the Palace of the Gods set amongst the clouds. The motif of a golden lyre was used throughout the paper suite created by Written Word Calligraphy. We chose to use a combination of paper and vellum for the invitation and paper goods – further adding to the light and ethereal feel of the look. An airy palate of cream, white and gold were played against the weathered stone and marble of the Villa.

The brides gown, a stunning creation by Samuelle Couture was another ethereal piece that played up the light nature of the look. The gowns soft tulle draped around the brides feet, with the slightest ruching at the top of the gown – another homage to the Roman history of the location. The mother of pearl cameo ring from Classic Vintage Rentals hinted to the location set above the sea. A simple green garland and gold leaves adorned the brides hair.

An intimate ceremony was set in front of a dome covered statue, with an aisle of chiffon covered chairs, wrapped in raw silk ribbon. As if a cloud of its own, the table set on the Terrace on Infinity was draped in La Tavola Linens Organdy in white, with an underlay of Topaz Fog. The exquisite gold chargers and intricate mother of pearl flatware from Classic Vintage Rentals played up the elegance of the ethereal linen. Vellum menus with gold calligraphy sat scrolled on each charger, with the name of each guest ribbed between the mother of pearl forks. Glass candlesticks and cut glass votives sat between the wild and organic florals arrangements.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Gown: Samuelle | Cake: Farfalla Di Zucchero | Stationery: Written Word Calligraphy | Ring: Classic Vintage Rentals | Hair And Makeup: Mia Jeppson | Hotel: Hotel Caruso | Design & Florals: Joy Proctor Design (formerly Joy De Vivre) | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Headpiece: Jannie Baltzer | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Location: Villa Cimbrone | Ribbon: Silk + Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Tabletop: Classic Vintage Rentals | Tuxedo: Jcrew | Video: MG Image | Workshop: Moda E Arte

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Authentic Italian Villa Le Colline Wedding

Details? We love ‘em. But every now and then a wedding full of raw beauty, graceful, quiet moments and authenticity comes along and captures our attention. The kind of wedding that pulls it’s energy from the beautiful people, breathtaking scenery and tradition, like this fete planned by Infinity Wedding And Events. From the full-of-anticipation getting ready moments to the Italian-style dinner, you can see the story unfold in Gianluca Adovasio‘s lovely imagery.

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From the beautiful Bride…We met whilst working together at a bar in Melbourne in 2006. I was working in marketing and Luke was the new bar Manager. He was constantly making excuses to call me for work purposes and one day plucked up the courage to ask me out.

After 6 years together, we went out to celebrate Luke finishing his honours degree. He took me to a small family owned Italian restaurant where we had our very first date. He was being very coy and seemed quite nervous (which is unusual as he is never at a loss for words!) and pulled out a gorgeous diamond ring he’d had made and popped the question.

From very early on in the relationship we knew. We moved in together after dating for 4 months. We just worked well together and knew we would be together.

2 years was the length of our engagement – we knew straight away that we wanted to get married in Tuscany which is a place very special to us, having spent much time there for Luke’s studies and work. So we wanted to share the beautiful experience with everyone else and give all of our guests enough time to plan an amazing holiday in Italy.

We hired a beautiful 17th century villa called Villa Le Colline in Impruneta for the week, in the countryside, 20 minutes outside of Florence, Italy. We held the ceremony in the garden of the villa overlooking the Tuscan hills.

We held a symbolic ceremony in the garden with 40 of our closest friends and family. A good friend who had been there since the start of our relationship was our celebrant, which made the experience so much more special to us. I was very nervous before the ceremony, but when I walked out and saw all of our friends and family and Luke standing there, I was excited and surprisingly calm. Luke’s sister sang a song for us, “A thousand years” by Chistina Perri. Luke and I both wrote and chose our vows. Luke memorised and recited William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 to me as part of his vows. It was a beautiful gesture. The view over the countryside was also breathtaking; it was a perfect day.

Our reception was also at Villa Le Colline, we had one long table, Italian style just in front of the villa. The villa was the perfect setting, being an old 17th century home, antique oak doors and shuttered windows with flowering wisteria wrapped around the façade. To complement the natural beauty of the property, we set up rustic lanterns lining the grounds of the villa and bistro lights intertwined around the large tree in the garden under which we cut our wedding cake.

We held aperitivo by the poolside of the villa with a complete spread of beautiful antipasti. For the reception, we had a five piece jazz band who played Frank Sinatra and Al Green and other classics as well as party songs later into the night. Our caterer and wedding planner was Barbara from Infinity weddings and events, who was incredible. The food was a four-course dinner with beautiful simple Italian food, beef carpaccio to start, ravioli with butter and sage, roast suckling pig with roasted peppers and pinenuts for the main and a traditional Italian wedding cake, millefoglie. Our wedding favours (bonbonniere) included little bottles of organic olive oil and limoncello, each tied together with traditional sugared almonds. After dinner, there was an open bar with grappa, brandy and cigars my father had brought for the boys. There was also plenty of prosecco, coffee, vin santo and cantuccini to finish, Tuscan style!

We made a trip to Florence a year earlier and visited a number of different venues. When we first saw Villa Le Colline and met the lovely owner, Andrea (villa has been in her family for generations since it was built), we knew immediately this was where we would have our wedding. It was just spectacular, elegant and beautiful. It certainly did not disappoint for our guests either.

Gianluca Adovasio was our wedding photographer; Gianluca and his wife Mary, are incredibly talented photographers. I searched high and low for the perfect photographer in Italy and after seeing their work, there was no one else I would rather have had. We had a pre-wedding shoot in Florence the day before the wedding to get to know them better. They are very funny and made us feel at ease. Neither Luke and I particularly like “staged” photos, but their work and photos just blew us away.

Wedding colours were ivory, navy, grey and green. The theme was very simple, elegant to fit in with our style, the villa and Tuscan location. We had olive leaves and branches featuring in the table setting and bridal party flowers (how could we not – it was Tuscany and the villa had its own olive grove!). Flowers included sweet peas, hydrangeas, white David Austin roses and blackberries.

I spent hours in the lead up to the wedding, looking over wedding shoots, real wedding articles and inspiration for wedding settings, flowers, cakes, hair and makeup and ideas for bridesmaids dresses.

We had three bridesmaids and groomsmen each. My bridesmaids were my two best friends and my brother’s girlfriend. I spent a long time looking for bridesmaids dresses, but didn’t find anything I liked. In the end I found a beautiful picture of a navy Giambattista Valli dress and had a very talented girlfriend who works on big stage productions in Melbourne recreate the dresses. Luke had his best friend as his best man and his two brothers as his groomsmen. We found their suits at Godwin Charli, a locally made tailored suit store in Melbourne.

I am very into the details and knew I wanted something with a vintage style. My dress was a made to measure dress called “Kasia” from Baccini and Hill and it was the second dress I tried on. Although I tried on every other wedding dress in Melbourne (I like to be thorough), I kept coming back to this dress. I knew it was the perfect dress for me, I felt so incredibly elegant in it. I Both my mother and Luke’s mother saw me try the dress on and were speechless. I had a headpiece custom made out of the same beading from the cap sleeve on my wedding dress. I also found the perfect matching Jimmy Choo sandals to wear.

The whole day was so special, from the ceremony to the reception. It surpassed our expectations in every way. Our caterer and wedding planner Barbara from Infinity Wedding and Events® did an exceptional job, the table setting, the flowers, the food, the music was amazing. She helped pull everything together seamlessly and made planning a destination wedding half way across the world an ease. It felt quite surreal and we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect setting and location for the wedding. We even had a Noweigian neighbour come to the villa and ask if he could join the party as the music was so good!

I also had a lot of fun getting ready during the day in the lead up to the wedding with my girlfriends and I spending the morning together (there were 18 of us staying at the villa). We had a champagne breakfast before getting ready. Our hair and makeup artists were amazing as well. Luigi and Elisa from CLASS hair and makeup in Prato, and their work has included many fashion shows for designers such as Gucci and Prada as well as tv shows like Italian X-Factor. When they had finished with all of us, I think we were all in awe.

It was a perfect destination wedding with all of our favourite people there. It was an intimate setting, which meant we got to spend quality time with all of our guests. Everyone was on holiday so we could truly relax and enjoy the experience together. We had also planned a number of activities during the week for everyone, a private winery tour and lunch in the Chianti overlooking the Tuscan hillside, a rehearsal dinner in a Florentine restaurant which was once an old church and a party the day after the wedding at the villa by the pool. The villa had a pizza oven so we organised a special pizza chef to come and cater. Everyone who came had so much fun and said it was the best wedding they had been to. It was just a magical week.

Unfortunate event – The week before we left for Italy, Luke’s mum broke her ankle severely and needed to have surgery which meant she was unable to fly and couldn’t come to the wedding. We were able to skype the wedding and are having a small second wedding at the registry office back in Melbourne, which means she will be able to attend.

Funny – Two of our girlfriends composed a special rap, dedicated just for Luke and I – they took over the stage and microphones after dinner with one beatboxing and the other performing the rap. Everyone was in hysterics.

Al Green – Let’s stay together was our first dance song. We danced to the song in the garden with the sun setting in the background.

My advice to other brides is think about the things that are special to you and what you don’t want to compromise. i.e. intimate wedding, perfect dress, great food, good band. Get those things right, and then don’t sweat the small stuff. Even if things go wrong before the wedding, it all turns out in the end. Also, take the time to stop and enjoy everything, the day will go very quickly. Pre and post wedding events are a great way to spend extra time with your loved friends and family.

Seeing as we were in Europe, we went on to London for a week for our honeymoon (Luke was presenting at a conference in Leeds) and then onto Crete in the Greek Islands. We stayed at the Blue Palace which is a Starwood luxury collection hotel. We had a honeymoon suite with a private infinity pool. Life could not have been much better, it was amazingly relaxing and just what we wanted. Absolutely recommend it to anyone else and would go back in a heart beat.

Photography: Gianluca Adovasio | Floral Design: Infinity Wedding And Events® | Wedding Gown: Baccini And Hill | Cake: Infinity Ricevimenti™ | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Infinity Ricevimenti™ | Make Up: Elisa, CLASS Hair And Makeup Prato | Hair: Luigi, CLASS Hair And Makeup, Prato | Entertainment:: The Bitband | Suits: Godwin Charli | Venue: Private Villa | Gift List: Wedding Gifts | Venue Stylist/planner: Barbara Calò, Infinity Weddings And Events®

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