Intimate Formentera Beach Wedding

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Who would expect to meet their future husband at a stop light? Cory and Saul met driving along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles (separately)… and it was love at first sight! After a romantic proposal in Barcelona in 2012, the couple spent few days on Formentera island and they fell in love with the tiny Isla Bonita, so they decided that that’s where they were going to get married. Ana Lui Photography was there to capture this beautiful and non-traditional wedding…
 

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On the day of the wedding, Cory and Saul got ready together with their closest friends on their boat and then got dropped off at the stunning beach “Playa de Ses Illetes”.

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On the beach, their wedding planner set up the ceremony area with a single blue hydrangea, drift wood from a local artist and merchant, rustic wooden chairs and one talented guitarist who played for Saul and Cory as they spoke their vows surrounded by nature.

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The sunset ceremony felt magical. The guests and the wedding couple watched the sun going down and listened to the sound of the sea.

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Cory and Saul say:¨We couldn’t recommend more The Balearic Islands as a wedding destination. Formentera Weddings was amazing and Ana Lui Photography beautifully captured the moments to last forever!¨

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Photography: Ana Lui Photography // Catering: Chezz Gerdi // Celebrant: Jon Michell Fueter // Wedding Planner: Sole Segura of Formentera Weddings // Beach: Playa De Ses Illetes // Shirts: Rag And Bone
 

Istria Villa Bridal Inspiration

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My wedding blogger heart started beating a little faster when I opened the email with Marinkovic Wedding‘s bridal inspirational shoot. That villa! These dresses! The groom (we talk about beautiful brides a lot, but what about all the handsome guys?)!

I’d say this shoot has two motifs: “Pink opulence” and a more subtle “lavender” theme… brought together by this Istrian seaside venue (I am loving the pink facade!) and the delicate gowns from eNVyRoom. Gorgeous!!
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Photography: Marinkovic Weddings // Dress designer: eNVyRoom //  Styling, flowers and decoration: Lela Design // Venue: Villa Polesini, Porec, Croatia

 

Modern Rome Wedding + A Tail hem dress

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Wow guys, this wedding… Definitely not your cookie cutter event thanks to Michaela’s and David’s unique sense of style. This modern Rome wedding is lacking “details” as we know them from many wedding blogs (erm, like this one right here), but it has the couple’s signature all over it, from the bride’s statement dress to the venue (those chairs!!!). Thank you Purewhite Photography for sharing your images with us today, I find them very inspiring!

 

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It was love at first sight for Michaela and David: “We met pretty randomly in Dubai (where we both live) at Zuma about six years ago. It’s a bit of a debate between my husband and I as to who initiated conversation but without sounding too cliché we kind of slowly gravitated towards each other near the bar and fell for each other instantly…”

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David proposed during a trip to Rome: “We were taking a late night stroll along the river in Trastevere. As we approached the car he stopped “to ask me a question”. It was then he pulled out the ring and we both kind of froze. Very unexpected, considering I was actually taking him out to dinner that night for his birthday (he kind of stole the show). I think we hugged for about 15 minutes. Partly out of excitement and partly out of not really knowing what to do next. It’s interesting how the dynamic of a relationship changes from that moment. You instantly go from being “boyfriend and girlfriend” to eternal partners for life in one second. That’s kind of amazing.”

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“We commissioned a custom smartphone app and website to communicate with our guests, keep them in the know and make them interact before the wedding. All of the graphics for the app, website and printed material were custom designed by on one of our closest friends and designer Edem Agbotui…on his own time; through late night and weekends managing around his daily work at Moloobhoy & Brown.”

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The bridesmaids wore a 60s-inspired navy blue “Brigitte Bardot” dress – handmade by an Italian tailor shop. The groomsmen donned navy blue suits and white shirts with lavender and pink ties, all with white button holes.

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On coordinating the wedding themselves: “We found the venue online. Since I have quite a lot of experience in planning luxury events (I am a luxury brand consultant) and David is an Architect and self‐proclaimed expert in all things aesthetic we decided to plan everything by ourselves. For us it was a pleasure to have the chance to imagine and model our special day from scratch. But we did not do it all on our own… our friends and family gave us incredible help starting with the civil wedding in Dubai and onwards to Italy with errands ranging from expediting documents to picking up flowers. Most of all, they offered us incredible emotional support which was the most important thing for us. Strangely I didn’t transform into bridezilla during the planning of the wedding. I saved my bridezilla moment for the wedding day in Rome when I lost my cool because of a wardrobe malfunction with my veil when I was getting ready!”

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Any advice for brides-to-be? “Try to organize well without getting a control freak: family and friends are there to help in case of emergencies. If you are planning a destination wedding, I suggest hiring an expert, it will make everything much easier. Also have a person of trust to hold a pouch with everything you might need during the night, including a ice‐spray: it will help to cool your tired legs after many hours of looking fabulous on high heels.”

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Wedding photographer: Purewhite Photography // Venue: Officine Farneto // Entertainment Live Jazz Band: JOM “Jazz On Monday” // Flowers: Vivaio Lanciani (Tel +39 06 439 6518) // Catering: Catering Enoteca La Torre // Invitations & Stationery: Edem Agbotui // Bride’s dress: Sartoria Mauro Gala // Makeup: Maurizia Claudini
Groom’s attire: Gucci, shoes and tie Prada

 

Tuscan Wine Resort Wedding

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If I were to get married again today, I would probably do something like this. Seriously, every last detail of this Italy wedding organized by TuscanDream and photographed by Andreas Holm Photography, resonates with me: From the gorgeous Tuscan wine resort setting, the white and pink wedding flowers, mercury glass votives and vases, to the bride’s beautiful Laure de Sagazan dress – this wedding is one to my taste! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did first looking at it…
 

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Claudia and Edward met through mutual friends during a night out in London. Says the bride: “We discovered we had the same taste for music so at the end of that night, Edward asked me for my phone. The week after, he invited me out for dinner and during that first date I remember thinking what a gentleman he was. Who would have thought five years later we would be getting married!”

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The look on the groom’s face! Such happiness….

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The bride on having a destination wedding: “We decided to get married in Italy because we had guests and family coming from everywhere in the world. Italy was a good excuse for everyone to take a break. We had a beautiful scenery and excellent food and wine.”

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On finding the venue: “We booked a whole weekend with our wedding planner to see different places. It’s important to have a rough idea from the beginning in terms of numbers, dates and budget. That will help you take a decision. Booking the venue is probably the first and most important thing to do.”

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The mapa mundi seating chart was designed and made by bride and groom.

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Claudias’ advice for destination brides: “My first and best advice is to get a wedding planner. It’s so much easier to work with a local contact that can check things while you are in the distance. Our wedding planner was great and she always made us feel things were in control. Edward and I can both say that our wedding was one of the happiest and most fun days in our lives.”

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The couple hand-wrote the menus and the table seating cards, can you believe it!

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Wedding photographer: Andreas Holm Photography // Wedding Coordinator: TuscanDream – Planner Carolina Casini // Flowers: TuscanDream – Elena Bindi // Catering: Galateo Ricevimenti // Venue: Villa La Selva // Musicians: Four on Six Band // Invitations & Stationery: The Walton Street Stationery Company // Bride’s dress: Laure de Sagazan // Bride’s acessories shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo and accessories from Jenny Packham // Groom’s attire: Thom Sweeney, Drake’s and Budd // Groom’s shoes from George Cleverley // African Tent: Tenticke Italia

 

Belle Route Wedding Marketing Bootcamp

**Hey guys, this post will be only in Spanish as it is something for my Spanish wedding peeps, we’ll be back to English with the next entry**

 

Chicos, el post de hoy me hace especial ilusión, porque es un nuevo paso en mi trayectoria profesional y no puedo estar más contenta. He unido fuerzas con mi amiga Gabby de En Route Photography, una crack de marketing y fotografía, y juntas os traemos nuestro primer taller sobre marketing, dirigido exclusivamente al sector de bodas!

 

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¿Estás lanzando tu negocio en el sector de bodas?
¿O ya llevas un tiempo en el mercado pero crees que podrías mejorar tu presencia online y tu manera de utilizar las redes sociales?
¿Quieres saber qué estrategia online es mejor para tu negocio o cómo manejar las redes sociales sin volverte loco?
¿Quieres saber cómo tú también puedes encontrar clientes en Instagram, Pinterest o cómo asegurar que tus clientes ideales te encuentren?

¡Te ayudaremos!

Vamos a compartir contigo nuestro conocimiento de marketing online y nuestra experiencia en el sector de bodas: Los pequeños detalles que dan resultados rápidos, los errores que hemos cometido y todo lo que hemos aprendido.

 

En nuestro bootcamp hablaremos de:

- Cómo encontrar tu nicho en el sector de bodas y cómo crear una marca más allá del logo
- Cómo estructurar y gestionar tu web y blog
- Lo más importante del SEO
- Social Media Madness: Utilizar Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. para tu negocio
- Trabajar con blogs y otros proveedores del mercado nupcial

Te vamos a enseñar las técnicas y trucos más importantes del marketing online y te daremos ese empujoncito que necesitas para hacer crecer tu negocio.

Las plazas son limitadas a diez para asegurar que todos los participantes reciban atención y consejo personalizados.

¡Te esperamos!

 

Precio: 150 €, IVA incluido
Lugar: Lucas Fox Lounge, C/Pau Claris 108, Barcelona
Fecha: 21 de marzo de 2015
Horario: 10:00 – 18:00
Incluido en el precio: Snacks, comida, refrescos y sobre todo, atención y consejo personalizados para tu negocio

Inscríbete en bellerouteworkshops@gmail.com

 

Taller redes sociales y marketing online

 

 

Sobre Esther: Tras una trayectoria en el sector de marketing deportivo y organización de eventos, creó su primer blog de bodas en 2011. Originalmente de Alemania, Esther vio rápidamente el potencial del mercado para parejas extranjeras. En 2012 lanzó Belle & Chic, un blog dedicado exclusivamente a bodas en el Mediterráneo y con enfoque “destination wedding”. Escrito en inglés, Belle & Chic pretende promover el sector nupcial en el Sur de Europea y abrirlo a un público internacional.

Esther ha colaborado en varias ocasiones en styled shoots y editoriales, que han sido publicado en reconocidos blogs y revistas online, tanto a nivel nacional como internacional. Además ha podido compartir su conocimiento sobre redes sociales, blogging y marketing online en talleres y conferencias para fotógrafos de boda, como la European Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference en Colonia y el Foro de Fotógrafos en Sevilla.

 

Sobre Gabby: Tras acabar dos carreras universitarias en marketing internacional se dedicó a trabajar para una gran multinacional como gerente del marketing europeo. Aunque fue una experiencia de gran reconocimiento, no llegó a satisfacerle por completo, por lo que empezó su experimentación online con su propio blog. En un año alcanzó estar entre los 10 blogs más seguidos de categoría lifestyle mundial en Bloglovin. Como consecuencia de su trabajo en el blog empezó a fotografiar y en breve se dio cuenta que es lo más gratificante para ella.

Así creó su empresa En Route Photography, que se dedica a la fotografia de bodas. Con En Route encontró el trabajo de sus sueños, que le permite combinar sus pasiones más grandes: viajar, la fotografía y el marketing online.
Su trabajo de bodas le ha llevado entre otros lugares a Los Angeles, New York o Paris. Ultimamente le gusta pasar más tiempo en Barcelona, trabajando con parejas internacionales.