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This wedding is a lesson on so many levels. You’ll read more below, but here is what I want you to take away from this:
1. A good wedding planner can save the day.
2. You should never let rain ruin your wedding.

Carolina of TuscanDream took on Chiara’s and Marco’s wedding a mere 5 months before the event and, against all climatic and logistic odds, managed to plan and organize the couple’s dream wedding.
Oh, and I think this is the first time we have a read bride wearing Inbal Dror on the blog… and I have to say Chiara looks simply stunning!

 

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From the wedding planner: “When Marco and Chiara contacted me at the end of January 2014, they had already chosen their wedding venue, a vineyard estate of understated beauty, located not far from Marco’s hometown in Southern Tuscany. The estate was not only gorgeous, but it also was centrally located for their guests who were arriving from all over Italy.

They had fallen in love with the estate from looking at pictures on the website, and decided it was perfect without even visiting it. I told them that I was familiar with the venue and I thought their guests could be accommodated and invited them to come have a look and we could figure a way of making their dream wedding happen.”

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“We didn’t have much time – their wedding date was already set for July, a scant five months away – and my agency’s wedding calendar was already pretty full for the season. The estate was located 15 minutes from my house, which, considering the time restraint, would work to our advantage. I love a challenge and tend to deliver best under pressure… and this was going to be quite a challenge – so I was excited to figure a way of making this work!”

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“The weather was beautiful and everybody really enjoyed the panoramic drive to the church in Massa Marittima and the cocktail by the pool with a stunning view over the vineyards. “

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“The bride Chiara is an artist. She graduated from the University of Bologna in Art and Literature and she loves to draw with charcoal (carbon) as well as paint. She already had a color palette and a style in mind for the wedding – informal but sophisticated using soft colors, different types of material and was willing to mix flowers and fruit to achieve the result. With that in mind I knew I had to introduce her to Tommaso, from La Rosa Canina. The hardest part would be then to convince him to agree to do the wedding… I knew he was overbooked, but he was just the perfect match for her. He initially declined in a phone conversation, but I convinced him to meet Chiara before formally declining.  We got together and once he met Chiara and listened to our enthusiastic plans his interest was piqued and he decided to jump onboard!”

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“The estate did not have a room big enough for a seated dinner for over 100 guests… and the weather had not been great with lots of thunderstorms appearing out of nowhere, which is why the other planners had advised that the estate was too small! But a small voice in my head reminded me that I had read somewhere that African Bedouin Tents were now available for export to Italy, and these would be perfect for any inclement weather!  After a frantic search we were rewarded and were able to secure a beautiful white 300 square meter African Tent.”

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“After an initially sunny day, around dinner time, a huge thunderstorm moved fast towards Conti di San Bonifacio… But even the rain could not ruin the beauty of the celebration!”

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Planning: Tuscandream – Planner Carolina Casini // Photographer: Marco Miglianti Studio // Florist & Event Designer: Tommaso Torrini, La Rosa Canina // Make up artist: Giulia Cresci // Marquee: Tentickle Italia, Michele Camerota // Bride’s dress: Inbal Dror // Groom’s attire: Gucci // Wedding favours: handmade ceramics by Italian Pottery // Venue: Conti di San Bonifacio, Gavorrano, Tuscany

 

Sponsor: Die Hochzeitsfotografen

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“Our images are born out of passion. Passion for love and for photography.” 

That’s what Angelika and Artur of Die Hochzeitsfotografen, a photography duo based in Germany and available for destination weddings worldwide, say about their work. A beautiful statement, isn’t it? I am thrilled to welcome this couple that photographs couples as a new sponsor to the Belle & Chic family. Check out their work on these pages here and here, I am pretty sure you’ll like what you see….  and you’ll want more. So make sure to hop over to their webpage and blog, they are full of pure eye candy!
 

Travel Dates 2015: 
And here is the good news for those of you getting married in the Med this summer: Die Hochzeitsfotografen are going to be in Italy and Croatia between August 23 and September 3, 2015. Don’t miss the opportunity to book Angelika + Artur without having to cover travel costs!
 

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Angelika + Artur about themselves:
“All that remains after a wedding are the memories. Of an incredible and indescribable day full of emotions. 

That is exactly why we love capturing weddings, immortalizing the love between two people on a day that is a milestone in their lives. 

We enjoy meeting new people, being part of true love stories and capturing the beautiful moments in life. It’s building a friendship with our couples and having fun as the four of us, that’s what we love about our job.” 

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Sicily Wedding + A Museum Ceremony

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Liane and Luke are from Ireland and got engaged in South Africa, but when it came to picking a location for their wedding day, they knew it was going to be the Mediterranean: “We wanted to get married in the sun and were always blown away by the Med whenever we visited on holiday.  We also wanted to select a destination where our friends and family could come for a relaxing break as well as the wedding. Liane loves the movie Cinema Paradiso and the classical score and so this was a great inspiration.”
They finally settled on Sicily, and when they visited Cefalu they absolutely fell in love with its unique character and rustic atmosphere.

Sicilian Wedding Day helped them to organize their entire event and secure Museo Mandralisca as the location for their ceremony, the very first time a couple has been married there!

 

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The bride on having a destination wedding: “You need to have a great wedding planner that you can trust and that knows the area well… They work on your behalf to secure the best deals and options with local suppliers and officials.  This is especially important in the likely event that you don’t speak the native language. Other than that: Breathe, relax, enjoy the day and all the little moments that make it… it is over in a flash but the memories are special and will last forever.”

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Wedding Coordinator: Emma Mell and Simona De Salvo at Sicilian Wedding Day // Wedding photographer: Vincenzo Chisari // Ceremony location: Museo Mandralisca, Cefalu, Sicily // Reception venue: Hotel Le Calette, Cefalu, Sicily // Flowers: Daniel at Mantineo Fiori // Catering: Hotel Le Calette // Invitations & Stationery: Zazzle // Bride’s dress: Custom made by Irish designer Caoimhe Keane // Bride’s shoes : LK Bennett // Bride’s earrings : Knightsbridge Diamonds (Irish Wedding Store) // Groom’s attire: Remus Uomo // Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Asos

 

Sunny Cadaqués Destination Wedding

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Many destination couples come to the Mediterranean to tie the knot because they have roots down here. Anna and Marc, a German-Swiss-Spanish couple, are no exception. After a civil wedding in Germany, they had a religious ceremony in Cadaqués, where part of the groom’s family is from. After saying their vows in the picturesque village’s main church Santa Maria on the top of the hill, they went down to the beach to have their portraits taken during a short boat ride. The reception and party took place in a 14th century “masia” a little farther land inwards in the mountains… and Elmar Feuerbacher was there to capture all the prettiness!
 

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Photography: Elmar Feuerbacher Photography // Venue: Perafita

 

Parmesan Basket Tutorial from Ambrosía Concept Catering

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As promised earlier, we’re back with the easy recipe for the Parmesan baskets used in Ambrosia Catering’s “Eggplant Parmigiana”.
The edible shells look so delicate and are a great way of presenting appetizers. Here is how you make them:

 

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On a sheet of parchment paper, sprinkle shredded parmesan cheese into a disc shape.
Mircowave it for a few seconds to melt it.

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Then quickly wrap it around a small upside-down glass, creating the basket shape.

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Carefully remove the crispy shell, which is now ready to be filled with whatever delight you desire… This will definitely impress the guests at your next dinner party!

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Catering: Ambrosía Concept Catering // Photography: En Route Photography // Styling: Belle & Chic