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Intimate Wedding Under the Tuscan Sun at Villa Montanare

Food, wine and family were at the core of today’s intimate wedding at Villa Montanare in Cortona (yup, the little town where Under The Tuscan Sun was filmed!) From the welcome pizza party to the romantic wedding day – every moment of their wedding weekend was planned to perfection by Lione Weddings and the bride herself in order to create a truly authentic experience. Guests dined among the cypress trees underneath three breathtaking arches by Flowers Living complete with chandeliers hanging from above. See all the steal-worthy details at the full gallery, captured by Stella Mia Photography!


Ardriana and Zach always loved traveling abroad, exploring new places and cuisines. During their first trip to Italy, they had dreamt and joked about getting married there one day. With their family roots originating there and their love for travel, it felt only fitting. As a a wedding planner and a bride, Ardriana knew she wanted their wedding to be an experience for their friends and families.

Like many couples in 2020, they decided to postpone their celebrations abroad. During the wait, Ardriana & Zach celebrated an intimate ceremony on New Years Day, 2021 in Rhode Island, surrounded by a select few family and friends.

Once June 2022 came, Ardriana & Zach, rented a villa to host their wedding party for their stay in Tuscany, while their additional guests stayed throughout beautiful hotels nearby – totaling 40 guests joining in their intimate celebration. There were several events leading up to the wedding day, including a spa day, pasta-making course and welcome pizza party with a vineyard tour to finish off the week. The welcome party featured live music, great pizza and dream-worthy gelato.

The wedding venue, Villa Montanare, was the easiest decision they made. With the venue just moments from the picture-perfect town of Cortona. Every decision from there was made with purpose. The bride, Ardriana chose to stay very true to herself on her wedding day, with her natural curls and family heirloom accessories.

For the groom, Zach, it was important he wore a comfortable yet tailored linen suit from a Rhode Island based company. He decided on cuff links from DelBrenna, a jewelry company within Cortona, along with a gifted signet ring, engraved from his mother.

The goal for their celebrations were focused on food, wine, and family. The decision to host their wedding abroad brought its challenges, but they are grateful for their vendors for sharing in their vision, their families for trusting in it and all of their friends for leaning into it.

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Ardriana and Zach always loved traveling abroad, exploring new places and cuisines. During their first trip to Italy, they had dreamt and joked about getting married there one day. With their family roots originating there and their love for travel, it felt only fitting. As a a wedding planner and a bride, Ardriana knew she wanted their wedding to be an experience for their friends and families. Like many couples in 2020, they decided to postpone their celebrations abroad. During the wait, Ardriana & Zach celebrated an intimate ceremony on New Years Day, 2021 in Rhode Island, surrounded by a select few family and friends. Once June 2022 came, Ardriana & Zach, rented a villa to host their wedding party for their stay in Tuscany, while their additional guests stayed throughout beautiful hotels nearby – totaling 40 guests joining in their intimate celebration. There were several events leading up to the wedding day, including a spa day, pasta-making course and welcome pizza party with a vineyard tour to finish off the week. The welcome party featured live music, great pizza and dream-worthy gelato. The wedding venue, Villa Montanare, was the easiest decision they made. With the venue just moments from the picture-perfect town of Cortona. Every decision from there was made with purpose. The bride, Ardriana chose to stay very true to herself on her wedding day, with her natural curls and family heirloom accessories. For the groom, Zach, it was important he wore a comfortable yet tailored linen suit from a Rhode Island based company. He decided on cuff links from DelBrenna, a jewelry company within Cortona, along with a gifted signet ring, engraved from his mother. The goal for their celebrations were focused on food, wine, and family. The decision to host their wedding abroad brought its challenges, but they are grateful for their vendors for sharing in their vision, their families for trusting in it and all of their friends for leaning into it.

Photography: Stella Mia Photography | Cinematography: Lumos Produzioni | Event Planning: Lione Weddings | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Wedding Dress: Yris Bridal Design | Cake: Preludio Catering | Invitations: Babooche Calligraphy | Bride's Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Preludio Catering | Hair: Hair by Marisa Lee | Band: Wedding Music And Lights | Groom's Attire: Aldo’s House of Formals | Venue: Villa Montanare | Beauty: Ana Matanovic, Makeup Florence | Bride's Hair Piece: Nea Milano | Cocktail Bar: Brindapino | Groom's Details: Delbrenna | Italy Venue: Villa Montanare | Rental Car: Do It In Tuscany | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Villa: Emma Villas

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This Tuscany Destination Wedding Perfectly Mixes Modern Styling With Traditional Elements

Travel to Tuscany for a classic wedding that will have you dreaming of a destination celebration in Italy.  Wonderlust Events planned a day that combined modern details with traditional elements.  Soft, romantic flowers in rattan pottery, by Lettre à Elise Events, lined tables for a stylish touch, while the local favorite Millefoglie cake was served at dessert.  You’ll love every incredible image beautifully captured by Anna Gianfrate Photography, see them all inside the full gallery.

Kelly and Ben’s destination wedding took place in Cortona in Tuscany, Italy at Villa Montanare. A private Tuscan home on a hill, where our couple hosted 80 of their closest friends and family. The color scheme of this wedding was greens, whites, and soft yellows. The ceremony took place at the back of the villa overlooking the beautiful rolling countryside with amazing picturesque views of the Tuscan hills. The arch of the ceremony was mainly made out of olive branches, with touches of white.

It was important to Kelly and Ben that the Italian atmosphere was carried throughout the day, so following the ceremony an Italian string trio played nostalgic Italian music. The caterers served food stands of different Italian foods, presented in wicker baskets, and a traditional gelato cart served gelato during this time to keep guests cool in the 30-degree heat.

The guests dined along 2 long tables dressed with neutral linen tablecloths. Beautiful soft flowers were presented in terracotta pottery and each place setting had a rattan charger, with a linen napkin and minimalist nude and white-toned stationery. As the sky got darker the olive trees lit up with beautiful fairy lights to bring all the romance. Kelly & Ben had a cake moment where they made a traditional Italian Millefoglie cake in front of guests and this was followed by their first dance under a canopy of lights, where their DJ played the night away.

Photography: Anna Gianfrate Photography | Wedding planner: Wonderlust Events | Floral Design: Lettre à Elise Events | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | stationery: Vine in the Wild | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Preludio Catering | Hair: Romina Pashollari | Hair & Makeup: Yasmin Schwitzer | Venue: Villa Montanare | Entratainment: Alma Project | Gelato cart: Cassia Vetus | Italian Villa: Villa Montanare

Five Things to Consider When Planning a Destination Wedding with LBB Member Taryn Stark Wyant

If you’ve spent any amount of time on TikTok or youtube shorts (it’s me, hi, we’re there too) in the past 10 months you’ve seen destination weddings skyrocket and we are in LOVE with the intimate, cultural experience they create.

But once you open up the whole world to wedding destination potential, it’s easy to get over-analysis-paralysis. So we sat down with our editors and one of our LBB experts, Taryn Stark Wyant Wedding Planning & Design to break down the most important elements to consider when choosing a destination wedding location!

1. Consider Architecture

In addition to a destination’s natural terrain, the location’s architecture is what will *really* set the tone for your entire wedding vibe. Whether you’re surrounded by growing vines up a brick english countryside cottage, or standing on an iron balcony with an accenting saltillo tile roof, the location dominates the aesthetic of the photo. Once you determine what time of background you’re working with, the rest of the details have a specific scope to work through.

And take it from us, you can never go wrong with choosing a location with a balcony. It’s a win every time.

2. Consider Incorporating Unique Transportation

A shocking 2022 trend that has taken our aesthetic preferences by storm is the incorporation of boats in the wedding transportation space, and we can’t get enough of them. You could be in a Chris Craft boat on the east coast or (in this case) a sail-boat in the Mediterranean and we will swoon every time. If you’re picking a destination with water, make the most of it!

3. Consider How Your Attire Will Match the Environment

Knowing how much the destination’s terrain, architecture and weather play a role in the aesthetic of your wedding, aligning your attire accordingly helps you make intentional decisions that make your whole look cohesive from head to toe. We will always love a groom in linen on the beach, a bride with a light, flowing chiffon running through grassy hills or a vineyard and you better believe there’s no better place for a ballgown silhouette than a castle venue (that goes without saying, but we couldn’t leave it out.) And in reference to point #2, if you’re going to stand at the helm of a sailboat, might as well do it wearing a cape!

author’s note: Capes are applicable and relevant in almost all settings and they are one of the best wedding fashion trends to emerge in a long time so please, please keep them coming. We swoon. 

4. Consider Color Palette

In this elopement the groom is slaying his alignment in color pallet to the environment and his bride’s accessories. The color of his jacket is a dialed up saturation of the colors naturally occurring in the background, giving him a little pop to stand out while still coordinating in the setting. And speaking of the bridal look, her bouquet looks as though it’s taken an eye droplet of color influence from everything that surrounds her.

When you’re working with the best of the best vendors, they ensure your floral game lines up with not only what your’e envisioning, but also how your vision and expectations translate to what’s native to your environment. And speaking of vendors, that leads us to our next and arguably most important point.

5. Consider Your Key Vendor

Picking a destination wedding means venturing outside of your familiarity and comfort zone and while sometimes that can seem scary, it’s also half of the excitement! So the most important first step to take after selecting your location is to find the right planner to bridge the gap of local understanding, time zones and helps connect you to the rest of your vendor team. Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning & Design was the mastermind brainpower behind this coastal Italian elopement, and you can see the quality of coordination from start to finish.

When we talked to their team, the main objective they take for each wedding is to “curate personal, intimate, luxurious celebrations for our clients’ wedding weeks, affording them the joy and excitement of the experience without the stress!” and that’s exactly why you bring in the pros. Their biggest priority is to develop an authentic and meaningful relationship with each of our clients” and since you’ll be spending so much time planning and coordinating with them, it’s an important pillar to build on! 

One of the most important parts of the wedding planning process is managing your decision fatigue to protect your mental space and make the whole process as enjoyable as possible, and the best way to do that is by putting the right framework around each decision. If you’re considering doing a destination wedding, use these five considerations to help narrow things down and then get fun and creative from there!

Cinematography: Anna Lord Studio | Design: Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design | Event Planning: Taryn Stark Wyant Event Planning and Design | Floral Design: Moss Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Emily Kaye Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Falisia, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa | Calligraphy: Pirouette Paper | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Lingerie: Flirt Boutique | Photogra: Sarah Heath Photography | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Travel Planning: Britta Heath Luxury Travel

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Amore & The Amalfi Coast: Elegant Romance in Ravello

The beauty of Italy comes alive at this Amalfi Coast wedding. Filled with special accents like fresh lemons, hand-drawn illustrations, and lots of love, Blooming Eventi planned a day we can’t get enough of.  Endlessly romantic floral design by Malafronte Fiori is an absolute must-see, and it’s all artfully captured in time in the exquisite imagery by Lace & Luce.  Visit the full gallery to take a trip to Italy.

From the bride… One of the most special things about our wedding to my husband and myself was where we got married. Years before we got engaged, we traveled to Ravello and fell in love with its charm, beauty, its genuineness, and on that trip, we fell more deeply in love with one another– we even ended up naming our dog Ravella. So when my husband proposed in 2019, there was no question about where we wanted our wedding to be. When it came time to plan, what was most important to us was to be able to share our favorite place with our favorite people. We aspired to do so with a timeless, elegant design that let the beauty of our venue- a traditional Italian villa perched at the top of Ravello’s cliffs- shine through. It was only through the support of our incredible vendor team that we were able to achieve just that. To get our guests excited to join us in Ravello, we used a custom, hand-drawn illustration of our venue on all of our wedding materials. Our save the dates, change the dates, invitation suites, welcome bags, guest welcome letters, limoncello favor tags, drink koozies, wedding signage and more all adorned the illustration.

Fast forward to the days leading up to our wedding… There was no greater feeling than being in our favorite place, halfway across the world from “home”, in this small, coastal Italian town and bumping into a best friend from college or my godmother or my dad on a rustic Italian street. It was indescribable and brought us so much joy getting to share this place that means so much to us with the people that mean even more to us. We also wanted to honor and celebrate with this town we love so dearly on the day of our wedding. So after our ceremony, my husband and I took a walk through the town and visited many of our favorite places: we danced in the town square, stopped by the ceramic shops, and even took a shot of limoncello with a local store owner. Not only were we on cloud nine, just getting done with our I Do’s, but it felt like Ravello was just as elated as we were, cheering with us, clapping, dancing. And that was why we fell in love with Ravello so many years prior. It was such a beautiful place with kind people, and the perfect setting for us to spend this special time in our lives.

A few additional special details from our wedding:

  • As a wedding gift, I surprised my husband with a vintage Alfa Romeo for him and his groomsmen to drive around and take pictures in on the day of the wedding.
  • I did two ‘first looks’; one with my bridesmaids and one with my dad. I’ll never forget their sweet reactions to seeing me in my wedding dress. That was the moment that it really hit me that I was a bride.
  • Right before our ceremony, my husband and I did a ‘no look first look’ where we stood back-to-back, read letters to each other, and exchanged gifts. Because we’d waited so long for our wedding, we wanted the first time we saw each other to be when I walked down the aisle. Getting to hear David’s voice one last time as my fiancé, overlooking our favorite place, was the perfect way to close our chapter of being engaged. It was so special to get to speak with each other before the ceremony and it made seeing each other at the end of the aisle that much sweeter.
  • I designed most of the items for the wedding myself, including our save the dates, change the dates, invitation suite, welcome bag playing cards, koozies, limoncello tags, bar menus, wedding signage, dinner menus, reception shoes, and I print-pressed each welcome bag by hand.

    Photography: Lace & Luce | Cinematography: Mirco e Anisa | Event Planning: Blooming Eventi | Floral Design: Malafronte Fiori | Wedding Dress: Retrofete | Wedding Dress: Calla Blanche | Cake: Villa Eva | Invitations: Double Trip Press | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry | Catering: Villa Eva | Calligraphy: ELM Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: SuitShop | Groomsmen's Attire: SuitShop | Wedding Venue: Villa Eva | Beauty: Beauty Livery | Weddings Rings: Brilliant Earth | Weddings Rings: Hitched

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Al Fresco Spring Wedding at Relais Villa Vittoria in Lake Como

They say good things come to those who wait, and for this darling couple – those words couldn’t be more true! After multiple years of postponements, Macy and Travis finally exchanged “I do’s” at the Lake Como wedding weekend of their dreams. Rebecca Rose Events left no detail unturned, while Figli Dei Fiori decorated their intimate celebration in timeless green and white blooms. The full gallery captured by Jillian Knight is all the destination wedding inspo you’ll need, just don’t forget to pin your fave moments! ;)

From Rebecca Rose Events… Macy and Travis originally planned their destination wedding in Italy for April 2020 and were forced to reschedule three times due to the pandemic, until the week finally arrived in May, 2022 when they could safely host their guests for two days of celebration at Relais Villa Vittoria on the beautiful shores of Lake Como. It was all worth the wait.

Guests arrived to a casual welcome reception at the villa and enjoyed cocktails, dinner, and conversation as the sun set behind the mountains. Each couple received a property welcome gift that included locally sourced bottled juices, hazelnuts, and Italian macarons, as well as a welcome packet of details and a custom watercolor illustration of the villa where they would enjoy two full days of luxury hospitality.

On the wedding day, we arranged a private wooden boat to take Macy and Travis out on the lake following their first look. The weather was so perfect it felt almost surreal to everyone, and there’s just nothing quite so exquisite as the vibrant blue of the water on a sunny day. Just before sunset, guests gathered for an intimate ceremony just in front of the pool on the villa’s lakefront terrace. With the decision to keep their guest list intimate, Macy and Travis opted against having a traditional wedding party of bridesmaids and groomsmen, so that their closest friends could enjoy the festivities simply as guests. The ceremony was heartfelt, emotional, and picture perfect.

After enjoying aperitivo on an upper terrace, everyone progressed down to the 40 foot estate dinner table set under the vine covered arbor for a leisurely formal plated dinner service and toasting.

The design for the wedding was inspired completely by the palette present in the surroundings. We incorporated the soft peach color of the villa’s exterior walls, the green from the lush gardens, and a hint of Lake Como’s blue. Nuage Designs created custom table linens for the occasion, which we paired with their white lace-trimmed napkins (a subtle nod to the lace on the train of Macy’s dress), and custom acrylic menus that featured watercolor artwork. Each chair was tied with a personalized place card. We created coloring books for the two children in attendance.

The evening ended after desserts and dancing into the wee hours.

Photography: Jillography Wedding Photography | Event Design: Rebecca Rose Events | Floral Design: Figli Dei Fiori | Catering: Relais Villa Vittoria | Hair and Makeup: Elena Panzeri | Officiant: Fabio Albonico | Venue: Relais Villa Vittoria | Linens: Nuage Designs | Musicians: Blunotte Eventi | Rentals: Latini | Stationery & Gifting: Rebecca Rose Events

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Old World Elegance on the Amalfi Coast at Villa Astor

We’re closing out the last few moments of summer with an epic Amalfi Coast editorial planned by Krissy Campbell dripping in old world elegance. High fashion, a fine art aesthetic, jaw-dropping blooms by Lettre a Elise Events and Mediterranean sea views at every turn. If you’re looking for Italian destination wedding inspo, look no further. You’re going to want to spend a little extra time at the full gallery by bonphotage, and don’t forget to pin your faves ;)

The winding roads through the Amalfi cliffside towns led us to the Mediterranean escape of Villa Astor right off the Marina Grande in Sorrento, Italy. The blend of this incredible area (and the view!) with a nod to Neo-Roman architecture, Dominican Monastery remnants and lush gardens made it a perfect choice for a dream couple’s intimate Amalfi Coast celebration. I couldn’t wait to create around the natural elements and beauty of the space, while also speaking to current topics of connection, thoughtful luxury, intimate post-COVID destination weddings, fashion and travel at this stunning location.

I wanted to showcase the versatility and options that a coastal Italian venue like Villa Astor could provide to couples for an entire extended and intimate experience for themselves and their guests. We decided to showcase a few vignettes throughout the property that highlighted the beautiful Pompeiian villa and gardens that could be used all year round. We designed a ceremony, two tablescapes, and a dessert table by the talented Mon Annie Cakes. These paired with portraits highlighting luxuries of the area including a speedboat ride and Fiat 500 getaway. We also included dreamy paper goods by two talented stationery artists, Olumis Calligraphy and Studio Wren.

To bring the vignettes to life, we decided on a spring or summer wedding palette and, again, played to the property and its surroundings. I chose colors that weren’t overly bright, yet felt fresh with touches of the colors seen in the indoor living spaces as well, using soft pinks, yellows, and even subtle greens and blues. It was important for us to keep in line with the fine art aesthetic while adding both personal touches and pops of coastal color. I described the couple and their ideal celebration with descriptors such as “elegant, luxury, exclusive, romantic, intimate, refined, travel, sophisticated, coastal, cultured, delicate yet bold, hopeful and lush.”

We also wanted to create a story for this couple that could be reflected in the experience and details of their time at Villa Astor. This is the story of a couple with a love for travel and culture. They want to reflect their connection to the natural and European-style architecture while inspiring their guests to discover for themselves perspectives and stories beyond their own – to embrace the experience of the coastal slowed pace and seaside escape…to celebrate places and people that may surprise, challenge and inspire. Their celebration speaks of their desire to use their travels to connect themselves and others to the innate beauty found in places and people wherever they go.

All of this gave us a wonderful foundation to work with as we designed the experience.

We began to connect with professionals worldwide that could beautifully bring these elements and values to life. We worked with the incredibly talented French floral designer, Lettre a Elise Events, to create stunning floral vignettes that flowed naturally throughout each space – from a show-stopping ceremony installation flowing over the iconic archways, peering out to the sea to two tablescapes, both overlooking the cliffside water, each lush with pops of softly toned florals and taper candles. She also created the most romantic bouquet for the bride, just perfectly sized for her and her delicate, romantic gowns along with her soft bridal hair and makeup by Samantha Pretto. The touch of florals perfectly enhanced the already stunning natural landscape and architecture.

The color palette softly played off tones of early summer and the subtle tones both outside and inside the venue. We had so much fun weaving these together in each of the table details. The backdrop of the villa with the gardens, sea and mountains in view created the perfect spots for multiple outdoor dinner fetes surrounding the wedding day. One of the villa’s checkered balconies held a glass-top oval table highlighted with matted gold touches, stunning paper details and a center brimming with almost a dozen floral arrangements, softening the palette and keeping the space timeless yet bold and luxurious. The second tablescape was set with old-world chairs and paper details, velvet linens and lush floral, nestled against the seaside backdrop along the cliff’s edge. The invitations and day of paper goods by both stationery artists were a truly personal touch as each guest received a unique menu and personal place card, each assembled together with color, texture and design details custom to each attendee. Muted palette tones, combinations of hand calligraphy and typeface along with wax seals, floral art and personalized gifts gave a nod to the inspiration found in the locations and the thoughtful luxury of the entire experience. The texture in the china and flatware pairings (thanks to G&G Party Service) brought a true nod to the simple, yet elegant look of the venue’s iconic architecture and gardens.

The experience was both intimate yet elevated as we showcased the couple’s high taste for fashion and design in the haute couture gowns of Galia Lahav and romantic, yet bold colored gown by Il Giardino Fiorito delle Spose. The groom was not spared in his regal look as well in two different tux designs by Sergio Nesci Boutique. The couple was adorned with Italian jewelry and accessories by New Milano and a bridal ring by Taya.

Lastly, we also wanted to ensure that we captured the couple taking special moments for themselves throughout the experience. This is one of my top priorities as a planner and designer – to provide our couples with not only a stunning space, but the ability to cherish the beauty of the moments together both alone and with their guests. The bride and groom were captured throughout the property and luxurious villa in its natural element with the most perfect golden light and seaside landscape. They escaped in both a quaint Italian car as they were married off and enjoyed a luxury speedboat getaway from the Marina Grande as well.

As you can see through the beautifully captured photos from the Bonphotage team, each detail of the celebration and experience at Villa Astor was thoughtful from beginning to end. The aesthetic and beauty was only heightened by the intimate moments between them and the intentional touches added for themselves and their loved ones. We hope this project inspires a timeless, yet highly personal and thoughtful approach to luxury celebrations on the Italian Amalfi Coast and beyond!

Photography: bonphotage | Floral Design: Lettre à Elise Events | dress: Il Giardino Fiorito delle Spose | dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: MonAnnie Cakes | stationery: Olumis Calligraphy | stationery: Studio Wren & Co. | Ceremony Venue: Villa Astor | Rings: Taya Gioielli | hair: Samantha Pretto | tux: Sergio Nesci Boutique | Officiant: Stefania Celardo | Accessories: Nea Milano | Planning: Krissy Campbell | Rentals: Corso Gaetano | boat: VW Cabriolet | car: fiat500sorrentowedding

Discover One of Tuscany’s Most Picturesque Venues in Orvieto

The beautiful La Badia di Orvieto is complete with a Romanesque chapel, cypress-lined roads and endless views of rolling Tuscan hills – I mean, need we say more?! Old world romantics will swoon over today’s gallery captured by Faith Roper PhotographyJanna Brown Design Co designed and styled every thoughtful detail of this gorgeous shoot, with coordination by CheChic!Weddings. Trust us, it won’t take long to see why we’ve coined La Badia as one of the most picturesque venues in Italy!

Set outside of a hill town in the Umbria region of Italy, La Badia di Orvieto is a Benedictine abbey built around 1100 that now serves as a gorgeous hotel and wedding venue. The space is a blend of medieval castle vibes with its tower and ruins and the romantic Romanesque chapel with 13th century frescoes. Cypress trees line the driveway, and an olive grove borders the venue for the perfect Italian countryside vibe. 

For this wedding editorial, the bride, Carlotta, wore a lace Reem Acra gown embellished with delicate pearl beads and carried an oversized bouquet of white and cream peonies, roses, ranunculus, and more. The delicate florals and lace of the gown stand in contrast against the roughness of the stone and ruins. The handsome groom wore a classic black tuxedo. Our day began with separate bridal and groom portraits in the candle-lit stone chapel and its fresco adorned room. Paper goods by Prairie & Sage are fitting the medieval castle meets Italian countryside style. 

Our ceremony was set in the courtyard with dark wooden chairs fitting a castle celebration. The reception was held under the dramatic archway ruins, with round tables laden with lush bouquets of white and cream florals, including the most gorgeous peonies you have ever seen. Couple portraits around the venue ended with a walk in the olive grove at sunset to enjoy the view of the Orvieto skyline with the Duomo as the star. The editorial was designed and styled by Janna Brown Design, with coordination by Che Chic Weddings, and photography by Faith Roper Photography.

Photography: Faith Roper Photography | Coordination: CheChic!Weddings | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Wedding Dress: Reem Acra | Ceremony Venue: La Badia Orvieto | Makeup: Milvi Colmenares | Hair: Oliver Giacone | Bridal Boutique: Alexia's Bridal | Paper Goods: Prairie and Sage

The Art of Romance At A 16th Century Villa On Lake Como

History, architecture, and romance collide at this incredible editorial shoot on Lake Como.  Janna Brown Design Co. designed a dream-like day, complete with a fantastic floral lined aisle that echoed the flower-bordered steps above the ceremony set-up.  Every ultra-elegant minute is artfully captured in the imagery by Faith Roper Photography.  You can see the best that Italy has to offer inside the full gallery.

From Faith Roper Photography… Set on the shores of Lake Como in Tremezzo, Italy, Villa Sola Cabiati is an exquisite wedding venue for the lover of romance, art, architecture, and history. The villa was built in the 16th century and later redesigned in the 18th. With walls and ceilings adorned with frescoes, rooms decorated in luxury antiques, and windows and balconies looking out at the lake, the setting is a dream at every angle.

Our wedding ceremony was set in the back garden with a bouquet-lined aisle to echo the flower-bordered stone steps above. The bride’s gown is a cloud-like creation by Demetrios Bride, and the groom wore a classic black tuxedo. With formal portraits against the frescoed walls, the couple is quite literally stepping out of a painting. Paper goods by Shasta Bell Calligraphy fit the artful, old-world style.

For the reception, a long table in the upper salon was set with blush and cream flowers and cream and gold plate ware. Antique chairs at the table faced an amazing view of the lake from the balcony and windows. No Lake Como wedding is complete without a classic wooden boat ride around the lake to enjoy views of the Italian Alps and picturesque villages. The event was all beautifully designed and styled by Janna Brown Design Co., with expert coordination by Centorose e un tulipano, and photography by Faith Roper Photography.

Photography: Faith Roper Photography | Coordination: Daniela And Paola, Centorose E Un Tulipano | Event Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Floral Design: Janna Brown Design Co. | Wedding Dress: Demetrios Bride | Invitations: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Ceremony Venue: Grand Hotel Tremezzo | Makeup: Daniela Guanziroli | Hair: Merita - Lake Como Bridal Beauty | Groom's Attire: Domenico Caraceni | Boats: Como Classic Boat | Bridal Boutique: Le Spose di Milano

Wedding At Luxurious Villa D’Este Lake Como

This couple celebrates their Lake Como wedding in the sweetest of ways, with their baby daughter! Elena Renzi planned the waterside affair filled with food, fun, family, and friends.  The neutral color palette of blooms by Ratti Flora beautifully complimented the natural beauty of the location, and everything was artfully captured in the imagery by Koman Photography.  Visit the full gallery for a look at all the lovely.

From Koman PhotographyThree months after we met for the first time on a video call with Elina and Sam, they had their first baby Sofia, such a wonderful event! We fell in love with this lovely couple and their little girl and made sure that their wedding day was going to be simply perfect. In Persian culture, weddings are not to be celebrated quietly and discreetly but, on the contrary, they need to be joyful and lavish, which is why Elina and Sam chose to get married in the gardens of one of the most luxurious villas on Lake Como, Villa D’Este.

With its elegant structure that conveys its majesty at first glance, its large and beautifully designed spaces, and its access from the lake, it was the perfect location for such a sumptuous wedding. Organizing a Persian wedding is anything but simple, but it is the attention that tradition pays to the single detail that makes it truly impressive. Traditionally, couples pronounce their vows seated at a low table with a strong symbolic value: no one but the bride and groom and their loved ones may touch it, not even the wedding planner, who must leave it to the people in charge to bring the precious tablecloth and richly set the table.

On the table, the objects that stand out above all others are the mirror and the candelabra, representing light and fire each, two elements of great symbolic value. Other objects, some of which arrived directly from Iran, include a tray of spices, representing abundance; hard-boiled eggs, symbolizing fertility; crystallized sugar cones, invoking a sweet life for the bride and groom; decorated bread, the Koran and so on. Particularly moving is the moment when the bride and groom promise each other a conjugal future full of sweet words by covering each other’s lips with honey.

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Photography: Koman Photography | Cinematography: Koman Photography | Event Planning: Elena Renzi | Floral Design: Ratti Flora | Makeup: Davide Brustia | Hair: Carmel Ospina | Lights, Music and Outdoor Furniture: Blu Notte | Location: Villa D'Este

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Spring in Full Bloom at Villa Di Geggiano in Siena

Today’s editorial planned by Caterina Weddings is your perfect blueprint for an ethereal Spring wedding – complete with one of our favorite bouquets of all time! In a feminine palette of ivory, blush and pale peach, Chiara Sperti  infused the natural beauty of the season to her lush arrangements. Allow the full gallery to fully transport you to Springtime in Siena, captured to perfection by Linda Nari Photography!

From Linda Nari PhotographyRebirth, purity and flourishing beauty inspired this romantic editorial set at the 14th Century Villa di Geggiano wedding venue in Tuscany. Blush tulle, delicate flowers and several beautiful bridal looks create a timeless universe enlightened by love and fine art vibes.

The stunning visuals are created by fine art wedding photographer Linda Nari with planner Caterina Weddings and a team of creatives inspired by rebirth and the flourishing blooms of spring: “We wanted to create a tribute to life. A message of hope and a hymn to beauty, which will always be our salvation in hard times.”

The gorgeous floral design from Chiara Sperti Floral Events follows a soft feminine colour palette of ivory, blush and pale peach with tiny touches of blue and purple. The spring medley of flowers features garden roses, ranunculus, spirea, sweetpeas, narcissi and fritillary in a beautifully natural freeform style.

For the ceremony, Chiara created a floral structure echoing the design of the ornate stone arch at the head of the aisle, plus freeform clusters around the chairs for a lovely organic feel. The natural styling continues to the tablescape, featuring foliage decorated beech branches and informal floral compotes.

Every detail echoes a lightless touch, from the delicate lingerie and blush tulle gown to the intricate gold jewellery and understated stationery.

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Photography: Linda Nari Photography | Event Planning: Caterina Weddings | Floral Design: Chiara Sperti | Cake: Sweetiepie | Stationery: la precisina | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Catering: Roland's | Groom's Attire: Laura La Sposa Chic | Accessories: Nea Milano | Bridal Dress: Iris Noble | Location: Villa di Geggiano | MUAH: Silvia Gerzeli | Patterned gown: Daalarna Couture | Style & Content Consultant: Tuscan Witch | film lab: Carmencita Film Lab | lingerie: Julia Stefanello Atelier | wedding film: Lumos Produzioni

Kissed With Love and Limoncello, An Intimate Positano Elopement

With a kiss of warm hues and vibrant citrus accents, Federica Beni turned “lemons into limoncello” for Misoo and Charles’ Positano elopement at the cliffside Villa Treville. Malafronte Fiori’s florals emulated the Amalfi Coast sunshine and added a burst of color against the venue’s crisp backdrop and panoramic coastal views. This intimate elopement was infused with oh-so-sweet touches – like the exquisite hand-illustrated invitations by Debbie Wong Design. Immerse yourself in this marriage of luxe Italian style and true amore in the full gallery, captured by Lace & Luce, and the video, filmed by Luigi De Gregorio

From the bride… As we said in our vows, “This day was not exactly what we had in mind when we started planning two years ago for our 2021 wedding”… but our Positano elopement was absolutely perfect and unforgettable nonetheless!

We got engaged in Santorini, and we’ve traveled to Europe together every year since we started dating. So while we were disappointed to have had to postpone our big wedding closer to home, planning a destination elopement in Europe still felt very “us.” Especially after all the COVID-related disappointments from the past year, we really wanted to “pivot” and plan something special and romantic, just for us. Not to mention, we literally could not think of a more perfect place to “turn lemons into limoncello” than the Amalfi Coast!

Planning a destination elopement was admittedly a little nerve racking at first, especially after having postponed another wedding. Once we found our photographer and wedding planner though, the rest of the pieces seemed to fall so easily and naturally into place. We loved each and every vendor who was part of our day, and everyone was so kind and supportive throughout the whole process (not to mention incredibly talented).

We exchanged vows in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places that we have ever seen. From tearing up as our ceremony musicians played Zeffirelli’s “Romeo and Juliet” theme song against the backdrop of his former home, to our boat ride during which so many people on passing boats loudly cheered and clapped for us, to dining under our stunning lemon-covered ceiling while watching the sun set over Positano… this day was full of so many incredible memories that we will treasure forever.

From the planner Federica Beni… It was not an easy season for lovers who had planned their special day for months and months. The uncertainty pushed many of them to postpone their celebration (for the first time and in many cases even twice) but the idea of having to wait further 12 months for living such a special emotion has not been an easy one to cope with.
Italy was Charles and Misoo’s destination for their honeymoon this past September, following their Canadian wedding which was unfortunately postponed to 2022. Why give up the idea of having a romantic Italian tour and to taste the romance of a special love celebration for just the two of them? 

This adorable couple opted for a beautiful and emotional elopement in Positano, in one of the most exclusive venues of the Amalfi Coast, Villa Treville, once owned by the famous movie director Zeffirelli. When couples contact me to explore the options they have to elope in our beautiful country of Italy, finding the perfect solution is not so easy as it may seem, because the venue they like might be too big to be rented only for two people and at the same time they don’t have a secluded and intimate area where to have a small private celebration and dinner to follow. I found them the perfect option with Villa Treville, a cliffside estate, from where you can enjoy a spectacular and captivating view on Positano, private and super luxury accommodations, each one with a private outdoor area, which was the perfect solution to celebrate in style.

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Photography: Lace & Luce | Videographer: Luigi De Gregorio Filmmaker | Event Design: Federica Beni | Event Planning: Federica Beni | Florals: Armando Malafronte | Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera | Stationary: Debbie Wong Design | Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Celebrant: Carmela Cesarano | Hotel: Villa Treville | Earrings: Ippolita | Hair/Make-up: Alessandro Mancino & Marco Carpentieri | Rental Company: Preludio Noleggi | Silk Ribbons: Stella Wolfe | Veil: Noon On The Moon

A Romantic Summer Wedding at the Pinterest-Viral Abbey of Saint Galgano

You’ve probably seen this venue many times before during your late night, endless Pinterest scrolling sessions – but may have never known exactly where it was! The Abbey of Saint Galgano is a breathtaking Gothic style church from the 13th-century, situated in the beautiful province of Siena region in Tuscany. Flowersliving brought the couple’s dreams to reality… dressed in a pastel palette, overflowing with heavenly blooms, and blanketed by rows of twinkle lights. Trust us, you’re going to want to spend some extra time on today’s full gallery captured by Facibeni Fotografia.

From Flowersliving… A romantic yet modern destination wedding in Tuscany in the most beautiful church nearby Siena.
San Galgano Abbey is a breathtaking venue and the colors of the flowers really complement the beauty and the uniqueness of the church. 

Sara & Marcello from Emilia Romagna Region decided to tie the knot in the beautiful Tuscany looking for the perfect rural countryside but choosing a romantic and elegant colors palette of light pinks and dusty blues.

After the civil ceremony at the abbey they decided to celebrate in the beautiful maremma area surrounded by cypress and olive trees.

The aperitive at the sunset overlooking the tuscan hills was a magic moment for all the guests who enjoyed the tuscan breeze and the dreamy view. A tripude of candles to lighten up the dinner area as a frame to celebrate the newlyweds.

Photography: Facibeni Fotografia | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Cake: Sweetiepie | Stationery: Tuscan lab | Reception Venue: Conti Di San Bonifacio | Bridal dress: Pronovias

The Ultimate 4-Day Fairytale Wedding on the Amalfi Coast

Today’s wedding planned by Amalfi Wedding Planner is the dictionary definition of a fairytale. Their four-day Italian affair overflows with envy-worthy fashion, drool inducing cuisine, and endlessly breathtaking views of the Mediterranean sea. The beautiful setting, enchanting history, and rich culture played a major role in influencing the design elements of their day, along with the playful pops of color you’ll notice in their floral arrangements by Armando Malafronte. See all the magic unfold at the full gallery, captured by Elias Kordelakos.

How We Met
We departed from very different starting points – Glaudson grew up in Brazil and moved to the US as a teenager, while I grew up in Germany and moved to San Francisco after my studies. We followed different paths, but somehow we each arrived at the same destination. Whether by the hand of fate or pure chance – many thousands of miles away from where our lives began we met – and we fell in love.

We had our first date in San Francisco at a wine bar and right there we knew we wanted to see more of each other. For us, love really did happen in a heartbeat – from the moment we began to know one another, we found an immediate ease and each of us felt an inescapable attraction to the other. Our first date, an evening where the hours flew by as we chatted and laughed together, was inevitably followed by a second date just days later. Since then we have been inseparable and the rest, as they say, is history!

The Proposal
Glaudson’s romantic proposal was worthy of the most wonderful fairytale! On a visit to my hometown, Glaudson arranged a private tour of the city’s Baroque Castle, accompanied by my family, which ended in the castle’s ancestral hall, where he dropped to one knee before kings and queens of yesteryear, presented the ring and popped the question. As I said ‘YES’, the hall erupted in cheers, before we shared a celebratory toast against the castle’s regal backdrop with my family.

Wedding Planning Process
Together we have faced and overcome many difficult life experiences, especially during the past two years but these challenges have served only to strengthen and deepen our bond. After getting engaged in January 2019, we were planning to get married in June 2020 – then the pandemic hit. We rescheduled our wedding four times due to COVID and planned and re-planned all events for 2.5 years until we finally were able to travel to Italy and to say our ‘I do’s’ on September 7th 2021. With the words from Maya Angelou: love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope! Overall, the planning process was a joy and brought us even closer together.

Wedding Gown
As I started my search for THE wedding gown, I flew to Los Angeles and met up with my close friends to visit the Galia Lahav Flagship store. I tried on a couple of dresses in various shapes and styles before putting on the Aelin gown. Once I put it on, I felt like I was immediately transported into a fairytale. The waves of white, sparkling tulle, the exquisite crystal embroideries made of hundreds of beads catch the light with the classic A-line shape of the gown made me feel like a real-life princess. The gown was modern with sequined flower petals and lustrous metal leaves cascading down its pleated skirt with the sheer corset top, yet timelessly elegant. After I learned that each gown of the Galia Lahav couture collection is designed to each bride’s measurements, all hand-crafted – I knew it was the one! It took almost 8 months to finish it. Thread after thread, bead after bead…it was worth the wait. I cried when I put it on for the first time.

The second Wedding Gown
For dinner, I changed into a light, flowy pure white pleated gown by the designer Maria Lucia Hohan and with a side slit. The gown has a feminine corset type top with an open back and corset strings and the slit made it easy to dance in.

Welcome Cocktail Gown
For the Welcome Cocktail I wore a lace embroidered gown with illusion neckline, keyhole open back, and silk chiffon full skirt by Berta Bridal. I wanted to create a wow-effect for when our guests see me for the first time in Ravello and give them a little taste of what’s to come on the wedding day. The gown was very comfortable with material of the bodice and lace appliqué being stretchy – it felt like a second skin.

Lemon Grove Tour & Rehearsal Dinner
The Amalfi Coast is all about its lemons. Leading up to the wedding events I spent a lot of time searching for the perfect dress and what would be more fitting than a lemon dress which I found by the designer Alexandro Miro. The rehearsal dinner design was inspired by the colors of the Italia flag – green, white and red. I wore a Dolce & Gabbana summer dress in those came colors with a matching D&G purse and comfortable Prada wedges while Glaudson wore a casual light beige suit.

About our Guests
We were fortunate to be joined by 40 guests made up of our closest family and friends, who came from as far as California to join us in Ravello for four days. It was the perfect group size for us, as we got to spend quality time with each and everyone of them over the course of the festivities. It felt like one big family despite different cultural backgrounds and some language barriers (guests from Germany, France, USA, Brazil, Japan, India, Russia and Africa).

Why Ravello
When selecting a location for our wedding, we considered our family and friends who are scattered all around the globe. So we decided to make an adventure out of it and chose a destination everyone would want to travel to. We were looking for a place where we could spend at least three or four days full of activities with family and friends. We love the ocean, scenic landscapes and views, lush vegetation and great food & wine. What came to mind first was the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Once we narrowed down our search we decided on Ravello, the Jewel of the Amalfi Coast!

Ravello is an ancient coastal village perched on a hilltop more than 1200 feet above the Mediterranean Sea, with the most breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast. To me it’s one of the most enchanting and romantic settings in the world. A place where magical, mystical and physical elements blissfully co-exist.

Ravello has many beautiful wedding venues to choose from, but for us the one and only option was Villa Cimbrone. It combined everything we wanted for our special day – a beautiful setting, various event areas, an exclusive and intimate feel and 5-star service, food and wine. And not only that, Villa Cimbrone also has a rich history. The Villa dates back to the 11th Century, the Villa Cimbrone was lovingly renovated and restored by a British nobleman in the early 20th Century.

With it’s stunning, turreted, castle-like structure, nestled into extraordinarily beautiful gardens and with breathtaking views reaching towards infinity, this fairytale kingdom – rich in art, history, culture and natural beauty – has long been loved by authors, poets, actors, artists and composers. When asked about the most beautiful place he had ever seen, American author Gore Vidal said: the view from the belvedere of the Villa Cimbrone on a bright winter’s day when the sky and the sea were each so vividly blue that it was not possible to tell one from the other.” The villa was also the heavenly secret hideaway of actress Greta Garbo in the spring of 1938. Isn’t that romantic!?

Wedding Invitation & Stationery
Our wedding invitation was an important part of our wedding as it set the tone for the upcoming experience! Amalfi is famous for it’s hand-made paper which is a century old tradition in this region. Hence, we worked with talented calligraphers and artists such as Amanda (from La Pomme Et La Pipe Press), who created an invite of hand-made, deckled-edge paper with floral letterpress elements. Our invitations details like gold beveled edges and the seal wax stamps reminded one of the ancient Villa Cimbrone. Amanda also created matching ‘her & his’ vowcards for us with hand-dyed silk ribbons in blue and blush colors. The dinner menus were written on hand-made Amalfi paper with matching seat tags with gold foiled deckled edges.

I wrote a personalized ‘thank you’ note to each of my bridesmaids which was printed on hand-made deckled-edge paper and added together with a name card to their gift bags that included a blush satin bridesmaid robe from Flora Nikrooz and a Prada fragrance.

Wedding week and timeline of events
Our wedding was a magical four-day event (September 5-9, 2021) in Ravello, Italy and surrounding towns.

Welcome Cocktail
We started with a Welcome Cocktail in the sea-view gardens of the historic Palazzo Confalone followed by a dinner at the Belmond Caruso Hotel on Sunday, September 5th. We selected Palazzo Confalone because of its history, unique architecture, lush gardens and excellent cuisine. Like a diamond in the rough whose brightness increases over time, Palazzo Confalone stood on an uncertain date, probably between the end of the thirteenth and the beginning of the fourteenth century, beginning a history of luster and wonder. Back then, it was the residence of a noble family originally from Scala.

When entering the atrium of Palazzo Confalone, our guests were stunned by the majestic arches and marble columns. A sumptuous staircase leading to the main floor unveiled the path to a room with a frescoed ceiling in a good state of preservation. Afterwards our guests entered the gardens with a belvedere of the Amalfi Coast. We set the mood with soft jazz music, white fairy lights in the gardens, a table with welcome bags and a hat garland which served as a fun welcome gift.

For the occasion and for a first ‘wow’ effect, I wore a lace embroidered gown with a silk chiffon skirt by Berta Bridal. As the Cocktail Party began, we welcomed our guests and enjoyed typical Italian drinks, such as Aperol Spritz, Bellinis, and local canapés while catching up with family and friends which made for an emotional start of festivities as we hadn’t seen many of them in a while due to travel restrictions during the pandemic.

Welcome Dinner
Afterwards we walked over to the Belmond Caruso Hotel for dinner at the Belvedere Restaurant where we enjoyed more time with family and friends over dinner and took in the stunning views of the coast over Belmond’s iconic Infinity pool as the sun went down.

Lemon Grove Tour
This was followed by a Lemon Grove Tour in Amalfi on September 6th with our guests where we learned everything about the Sfusato Amalfitano, the most famous Amalfi lemon. We wanted our guests to feel and taste the true essence of the Amalfi Coast and what the region is known for. We felt a cool breeze while walking through the lemon groves which protected us from the southern Italian mid-day sun. After walking the lemon grove terraces we ended the tour with a delicious hand-made pasta lunch prepared by our hosts from the Amalfi Lemon Experience.

Rehearsal Dinner
In the evening, we met our family in a little hill town called Scala at the Trattoria da Lorenzo. Spending time with our family and eating really good food are two things that Glaudson and I hold dear to our hearts and Trattoria da Lorenzo offered the perfect setting for it. We started off the evening with an Aperitivo in the Gardens with canapés and an open bar. Followed by a casual 3-course dinner prepared by who they call the ‘Mozart of Meatballs’ in this region.

Wedding Day
Tuesday, September 7th, was the day of our wedding ceremony and reception. The weather was an absolute dream! I got ready in the morning in Villa Cimbrone’s Bridal Suite with my bridesmaids. We got our hair and make-up done by the fabulous team of Alessandro Mancino while sipping on a glass of champagne. I surprised my friends with a gift bag that included a satin robe, perfume and a personal letter. I wore my Galia Lahav gown with a matching cathedral veil and with white Jimmy Choo satin sandals. After my bridesmaids helped me into my wedding gown, I headed to the Cloister area at Villa Cimbrone for the First Look.

In the afternoon our guests gathered in the gardens of Villa Cimbrone sipping on lemonade and champagne while we had our First Look and took wedding photos. At 5pm we began our Wedding Ceremony at the Tea Room. A violin and cello quartet played songs like Wildest Dreams by Duomo while guests arrived in the area. I walked down the aisle to an old-time classic ‘Can’t help but falling in love’ by Elvis Presley. The ceremony was held by Carmela, our wonderful wedding officiant, and brought everyone to tears including us.

We timed things so that we could capture couple portraits at Villa Cimbrone’s beautiful terrazza dell’infinito right after the ceremony before joining our guests for the Aperitif. The Aperitif took place in the Gardens of Four Dancers where we gathered for a toast. We performed the cake cutting, and cheersed to our loved ones. All kids loved the wide open space to run around during this warm September afternoon. With a glass of champagne in our hands we continued with our guests to the terrazza dell’infinito. The sky and the sea were each painted in different shades of blue so that it was not possible to tell one from the other. We took in the view and soaked in the last sun rays while the sun descended over the hilly coastline.

Our Reception (dinner and dancing) took place at Villa Cimbrone’s Garden of Two Fountains, where we set up a fully stocked open bar, a separate dance floor, a bride & groom table, and two long tables where our guests could enjoy a four-course meal artfully prepared by the talented team at Il Flauto di Pan. On the menu: Roasted octopus, fresh cannelloni pasta filled with Genovese, braised beef or a choice of sea bass fillet with various sides and two types of cake – a white sponge cake with lemon cream, and Delizia al Limone di Ravello, a local lemon cake topped with strawberry sauce.

During dinner our family & friends held speeches and we enjoyed several toasts. And after dinner, we performed our first dance to “At Last” by Aretha Franklin. After, we kicked off the party with “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, and danced the night away!

Boat Tour
The next day on September 8th, we invited our guests to experience the Amalfi Coast by sea and rented a 24m Turkish Gulet. We spent most of the day on the boat, enjoying a swim in the warm waters of the mediterranean sea, antipasti and homemade pasta prepared by the fabulous team of Plaghia Charter and breathtaking views of Positano and the Amalfi Coast.

Wedding Design Concept
When we decided to get married in Ravello, we had a vision for a magical, fairytale-like experience that would reflect our shared taste for elegance and the beautiful things in life (La Dolce Vita). Our starting point was a 50-page inspiration book that I put together with mood boards, color palettes, musical soundtracks, and design inspirations for each of the events during our wedding week. From the beginning, we set out to design a cohesive narrative across events that would transport guests into a real-life fairytale amidst Ravello’s naturally romantic scenery, medieval architecture, and iconic cliffside gardens.

Lighting played an important role to create a romantic setting. From the white fairy lights in the Gardens of Palazzo Confalone, to lanterns that bathed the gardens of Trattoria Lorenzo in a soft light during Aperitivo. Complemented by big white lanterns that illuminated the path, during our reception at Villa Cimbrone’s Garden of Two Fountains and fairy lights draped around trees.

Similarly, we wanted to mirror the natural beauty of Villa Cimbrone with its lush green gardens and vines climbing up the historic walls of the villa. Villa Cimbrone is such a naturally stunning location, that we did not want to overdo it, just add a personal touch to it. We chose florals and vines to be draped organically around pillars, lining the ceremony aisle, winding around the cocktail tables and even the wedding cake to evoke a lush, overgrown, enchanted garden feel without seeming overdone. Throughout, our main color scheme consisted of shades of blush, white, light blue and green with fresh pops of color such a pink and fuchsia that seamlessly tied into the natural environment. The bouquet was kept simple in white and blush colors.

Color pops were added as a red thread throughout the events such as Amalfi lemons and blue and majolica ceramic tiles. I incorporated a ‘something blue’ throughout various parts of the wedding day – from the blue tiles of the Bridal Suite, the light blue delphinium flowers at the ceremony, the blue and white Amalfi ceramic vases, the blue ribbons on the dinner table to the blue pleated Randall Loeffler sandals I wore with my 2nd dress for dinner and dancing.

Even our guests’ attire was matching the theme. My mother and mother-in-law wore a fully beaded tulle gown designed by Adrianna Papell in a light blue and champagne color. The leaf embroidery matched my dress and followed the wedding’s fairytale garden theme. The flower girls wore hand selected dresses in blush and light blue colors with ‘La vie en rose’ embroidery, while the ring bearer wore a little black tux. All of the bridesmaids wore simply elegant formal dresses in blush and champagne colors in various styles while the groomsmen wore black tuxedos and suits with matching bow ties.

In keeping with the concept of timeless elegance, we chose décor that felt timeless. For instance, elegant white Chiavari chairs at the ceremony and reception tables matched with pure white table linen and napkins. Glamorous silver vases, elegant silver under-plates, lots and lots of candles and dinner menus made of hand-made Amalfi paper with simple but classic glassware. We set up multiple standing tables in the reception area so guests could walk around and mingle. One table was placed at the beginning of the dinner area which offered a shot of limoncello to guests before taking a seat, on another one we had placed a polaroid camera for guests to take fun instant pictures.

Live music also played an important role in setting the tone of our special day. A string quartet during the ceremony evoked emotional feelings and created a romantic setting during the aperitif: our DJ played the best Motown and Jazz music during dinner and dance music after.

Overall, we added some fun touches and designed our own cocktails such as the ‘La Dolce Vita’ and the ‘Godfather’ that were on the custom bar menu.

Finally, in addition to the aesthetic and atmospheric elements, we wanted to thank our guests for traveling to Italy and welcoming them in Ravello. To that end, we invested in a variety of custom gifts for each guest: a bag with goods from Ravello and our wedding itinerary and sun hats, fedoras at the Welcome Cocktail, gift bags with robes and fragrances for bridesmaids and Ravello’s famous limoncello for each guest on the dinner table as wedding favor.

Our favorite part of the wedding
Bringing everyone together after such a tough time and being able to enjoy ‘La Dolce Vita’ together. Seeing how our family and friends become one big family, no matter their cultural backgrounds or some language barriers. And finally seeing everything come together so beautifully – after such a long time and postponing the wedding four times – was such a dream come true!

Advice to ‘Brides to Be’
Enjoy the process! The wedding planning process is a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with your partner to create a beautiful and personal experience. I put a lot of effort in upfront planning and was very hands-on in the creative process and the design of our wedding events which resulted in a well planned series of events that Glaudson and I could fully enjoy and be present with our guests.

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Coordination: Linda Gatto | Event Planning: Jennifer Meyer DeJesus | Floral Design: Armando Malafronte | Dress: Berta | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Invitations: LaPommeEtLaPipePress | Ceremony Venue: Villa Cimbrone | Reception Venue: Villa Cimbrone | Calligraphy: Sea and Sun Calligraphy | Groom's Attire: Zegna | Officiant: Carmela Cesarano | Bride: Jenny | Lemon Grove Tour: Amalfi Lemon Experience | Lemon Tour: Amalfi Lemon Experience | Location: Belmond Caruso Hotel | Muha: Alessandro Mancino | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Trattoria da Lorenzo | Rentals: Plaghia Charter | Video: Marco Caputo | Welcome Cocktail Location: Palazzo Confalone

A Chic Summer-Inspired Celebration In Florence

With a touch of elegance, a bit of timeless and a whole lot of beautiful flowers, this Florence inspiration shoot is nothing short of wonderful.  Tuscan Tours and Weddings and Tuscany Wine Food Adventures planned and designed a day that has our hearts swooning.  We could stare for hours at the organic, free-flowing arrangements designed by Giorgia Carolini Floral Design, and can’t get enough of every single image expertly shot by Koman Photography. You’ll fall in love with every photo inside the full gallery.

From Tuscan Tours and Weddings… This editorial shoot at the beautiful Villa Le Fontanelle in Florence wanted to inspire chic brides seeking an elegant and at the same time romantic setting for the most important day of their life.  Villa Le Fontanelle with its beautiful historical character and that perfect mix of city and countryside was the perfect inspiration for this summery old-world style celebration. Situated just above Florence and enjoying one of the best views of the city and Brunelleschi’s dome, this boutique-style villa is immersed in an amazing natural environment with terraced gardens full of flowers, greenery, and olive trees.

The editorial team created an amazing design for every moment of the day that wanted to remind of summer light and colors in Tuscany. The bride wore an ethereal white gown by Millia London, that gave a super romantic and dreamy vibe to the day, and flowery Bella Belle Shoes shoes completed her look together with natural makeup and a clean style updo. The gorgeous stationery suite designed by The Wedding Letters was inspired by the coral-peachy flower decorations and Brunelleschi’s dome – undoubtedly one of the most known landmarks of Florence. Florals and table rentals did add that real Italian-style summer vibe, reminding of Tuscany’s sun-soaked terracotta rooftops and sun-kissed fields, with coral and peach floral installations displayed in a delicate natural style, to give the idea of having just picked them from the surrounding countryside.

We chose to have the ceremony by the ancient chapel to add some historical charm, followed by signature Italian drinks like Aperol Spritz and Negroni, and of course Prosecco! Dinner took place in the panoramic terrace in front of the breath-taking view of Florence, at an ancient wood table lined up with wrought iron chairs and set up with lots of gorgeous items to create a classy, understated, elegant feel perfect for chic summer soirees under the Tuscan sky. This inspiration shoot is a wonderful source of inspiration for couples who dream of getting married in Tuscany and have in mind a mix of classic elegance and contemporary romanticism.

Photography: Koman Photography | Event Planning: Tuscan Tours and Weddings | Styling: Tuscany Wine Food Adventures | Floral Design: Giorgia Carolini Floral Design | Stationary: Laura Mazzetti - The Wedding Letters | Hair and Makeup: Suely Hair and Makeup | Tux: Sartoria Teatrale Firenze | Venue: Villa Le Fontanelle | Bridal Dress: Millia London | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Models: Milan Model Couple | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi

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An Elegantly Intimate Wedding In Villa Del Balbianello

Our heart skips a beat for well-thought-out, intimate weddings.  Picture this, your favorite people, a beautiful destination, and the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime.  For their special day, Rachel and George decided to entertain their nearest and dearest in Italy.  The Lake Como Wedding Planner brought their vision to life complete with a waterfront ceremony and a reception that made guests feel as if they were sitting inside a secret garden.  The artful blooms were elegantly designed by Tulipina, and Elias Kordelakos was able to capture the love of the day in imagery that is sure to stand the test of time.  Visit the full gallery to fall in love with every last detail.

From Elias Kordelakos … An intimate wedding, means you have more time to enjoy it with your guests and be more relaxed. Rachel and George had postponed their original date a few times already so they wouldn’t want to miss another chance of celebrating their love.

The bride was radiant in her Zuhair Murad gown! They had chosen one of the most coveted villas in Lake Como,Villa Del Balbianello and a talented team of vendors to make their dreams come true.

The Lake Como Wedding Planner, together with Tulipina created a magnificent setup for the ceremony and reception area, Marco Failla created some delicious chocolate favors as a farewell favor and Elias Kordelakos captured all the magic!

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Videographer: Marco Abba | Event Planning: The Lake Como Wedding Planner | Floral Design: Tulipina - Kiana Underwood | Wedding Dress: Zuhair Murad | Cake: Ramperti Pasticceria | Reception Venue: Villa Del Balbianello | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Class Eventi | Celebrant: Comolake celebrant | Boats: Como Classic Boats | Chocolate Favours: Marco Failla | Printed goods: Letter Ink | Rentals: The Como Collection

Limoncello Inspired Italian Wedding Editorial

When life gives you lemons, use them in your wedding decor! This limoncello inspired editorial, at the historical Villa Cetinale in Siena, Italy, has everything from a limoncello table to fresh lemons decorating romantic reception tables. AMV Weddings planned, designed, and styled this spectacular day filled with free flowing organic blooms by Flowers Living. It was all elegantly captured in the incredible imagery by Jenny Wagner Photography. Take a trip to Italy in the full gallery.

From Jenny Wagner PhotographyThis wedding editorial, set in the autumn in the countryside of Tuscany, features a vibrant couple and fittingly bright and crisp details to suit their style. Lemon trees and a limoncello table, a cake design inspired by porcelain, and a gorgeous vintage getaway car round out a vibrant and romantic wedding design.

The couple enjoyed their ceremony at the back of the historic Villa Cetinale in Siena, Italy, with a ceremony space covered in beautiful florals and greenery.

The bride took a quiet moment to admire her gorgeous reception table, also adorned with intricate greenery and lemon and porcelain details. The couple then shared a few sweet smiles and kisses during a more private moment between just the two of them, in their vintage Italian getaway car.

Photography: Jenny Wagner | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Dress: Amsale | Cakes: Sweetiepie | Stationary: Inquisited | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Shoes: Something Bleu | Jewelry: Victor Barbone Jewelry | Men's Attire: Bucco Couture | Accessories: Megan Therese Couture | Classic Car: Classy Car Rentals | Flatlay Styling: Sophie Kaye Photography | Hair/Makeup: Madeline Eleanor | Linens: Nuage Designs | Location: Villa Cetinale | Model: Fabio Martina | Models: Arianna Bettio | Planning, Styling + Design: AMV Weddings | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Ring Boxes: Lovely Ring Boxes | Styling Accessories: Curated Trove | Styling Mats: Lindale Studios | Workshop Host: AMV Weddings | Workshop Speaker: Koman Photography | Workshop Speaker: Andreas K. Georgiou | Workshop Speaker: Sophie Kaye Photography | Workshop Speaker: Rossini Photography

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An Intimate Wedding In Ravello That’s So Dreamy It Feels Like A Fairytale

We must be dreaming because this wedding is so beautiful it looks like a fairytale! The Amalfi coast is known for its idyllic scenery, making it one of the most romantic wedding destinations in the world. For this Ravello wedding, Rachael Ellen Events planned and designed a day worthy of the location filled with everything from a chic Vespa to a garden reception that will take your breath away. With romantic blooms seeming to organically grow around and on top of the banquet table this is certainly an alfresco wedding guests won’t soon forget. The beauty of the day was all elegantly captured in the artful imagery by Elias Kordelakos. Visit the full gallery for a trip to Italy.

From Elias KordelakosItaly is one of the most sought-after wedding destinations. Ravello, a small picturesque village situated on top of a mountain, has some of the most amazing wedding venues the Amalfi Coast has to offer.

Brikelle and George had their intimate destination wedding at Belmond Hotel Caruso. The couple made the most of their visit to Ravello by having a pre-wedding photoshoot in Villa Cimbrone as well.

The magic of Italy came alive in this exquisite intimate wedding day. With jaw-dropping views and beautiful design details, what more could you ask for?

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Event Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Event Planning: Rachael Ellen Events | Floral Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Catering: Donatella | Makeup Artist: Trine Juel | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Paper goods: Ink & Press Co. | Rentals: Wedding Solutions

This Destination Puglia Wedding Feels Like A Dream Inspired By The Desert

Pack your bags for Puglia for this dreamy destination wedding. With a wheat, rust, and amber color palette, the desert inspired the design for this special day planned by Elegante Weddings and Events. Boho yet garden chic vibes were artfully orchestrated in the florals by Lilla Bespoke Floral Design. Lush and low tablescapes, with eclectic natural wood and soft blush taper candles, created a glow through the multi-course dinner. It was a sight to behold, beautifully captured in the stunning imagery by bonphotage. Get lost in all the beauty in the full gallery.

From bonphotageKyla and Madison’s Puglia destination wedding was out of a dream. The white backdrop of the stunning Masseria Grieco in contrast to the bold and lush florals and natural vegetation from the region made it a dramatic and elegant location for this stunning wedding.

This LA-based couple decided on a destination wedding to escape the fast-paced life of the city and bring all their friends together to an unexpected location. The ceremony had a large, circular arch as a parallel to the symbolism behind the wedding bands.

With the use of pampas grass, cappuccino and toffee garden roses, lisianthus, olive greens, and other local foliage the aesthetic of the wedding complimented the location. It was an incredible celebration of two wonderful people finding each other and being surrounded by so much love and joy.

Photography: bonphotage | Event Planning: Elegante Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Lilla Bespoke Floral Design | Ceremony Venue: Masseria Grieco | Catering: Rotondo Catering | make up: saras brides | DJ: dj gius

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Would You Believe Us if We Told You This Was a REAL Wedding?

Get ready to do a double take – because it’s hard to believe this is an actual real wedding. A drop dead gorgeous, statement-sleeve gown, Villa Balbiano, and a firework show to end the night with a bang – I mean, does it get any better? To make it all the more unbelievable,  this Lake Como affair was planned in just two short months! All thanks to the talented team at Happy Moments Collector. Julia Kaptelova Photography was there to capture every last detail, we can’t wait to see our Pinterest feeds filled with magic from today’s full gallery!

From Happy Moments Collector… This wedding was planned in less than 2 months! But we were lucky enough having the couple who were very fast with the decision making and very organized! And we are not mentioning how beautiful and model looking the bride and groom are… When we saw the guests on the wedding day – we literally thought we are having only models around! Young and beautiful! The couple fell in love with villa Balbiano and after the site inspection it was 100% match. Villa itself and amazing gardens overlooking the lake – it can’t leave you without taking the breath away. 

For the flowers and decor overall we had 2 different opinions and references from the bride and groom and we needed to find some solution that would work for both parties. Groom tended to something more classical and timeless in white/blush colours and the bride, on the contrary, wanted something more saturated in terms of colours and trendy but at the same time natural looking and elegant. So we decided to merge mostly light colours with some hints of burgundy, navy and golden elements. So at the end we had really elegant garden wedding. 

Play of high flower arrangements at some tables and lower arrangements with chandelieres hung above added movement and chic to the table setting. Modern garden furniture added trendy look to the aperitif and dinner area. Dinner was accompanied by sets of the cover band playing famous songs together with the touching speeches from the guests and entertainment from the famous talk show host. 

Cutting of the cake was done with the background of the fireworks that added so much romance and festive feeling to the moments that everyone was literally fascinated. And we can’t help mentioning the looks of the bride starting from the morning till the end of the event! The main wedding dress was just out of words! Very stylish and fancy. The second black and white dress that was very elegant and at the same time trendy was fantastic as well. The preparation shoot and the wedding itself were such a blast for all of the team of vendors that we are looking forward to the anniversary of this beautiful couple a lot!

Photography: Julia Kaptelova Photography | Cinematography: Smile Emotion | Event Design: Happy Moments Collector | Event Planning: Happy Moments Collector | Floral Design: Figli Dei Fiori | Wedding Dress: murashkaofficial | Reception Venue: Villa Balbiano | Catering: Sunlake Catering | Entertainment: Mikhail Belyanin | DJ: DJ Alex Fresh | Make-up and Hair: Lidija Malinovskaia | Music and technical equipment: Blunotte Eventi | Rentals: Latini | Second Dress: Rasario

A Romantic Citrus-Infused Engagement Party Under the Tuscan Sun

With an engagement party this good, we can’t even imagine how incredible their wedding is going to be! Under a canopy of cascading greenery, vibrant lemons, surrounded by endless vineyard views – the darling couple and their closest few dined under the Tuscan sun in style. Italian Weddings and Events planned the festivities to perfection, while Elias Kordelakos was behind the lens capturing all the magic unfold – don’t miss out on the full gallery of inspo!

From Elias Kordelakos… This couple had their engagement party in Tuscany as a prelude to a spectacular wedding in Mexico that will take place in 2022. Nonetheless, the setup offers an idea of what’s going to follow. 

There was a table covered by greenery and lemons, a photobooth and a special corner with a couch where the couple exchanged their gifts as their families and closest friends cheered them up. And all of this at a brand new venue in Tuscany!

Photography: Elias Kordelakos | Event Planning: Italian Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Reception Venue: badia di pomaio | Catering: Badia di Pomaio | Band: Musica Evento | HMUA: Giulia Make Up Firenze | Lights & sound: GB Audio