Southern France Cliff Engagement

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I really really have to like an couple shoot to show it on a Monday (a day usually reserved for real weddings). But this one right here from l’Artisan Photographe is so beautiful that it effortlessly jumped to the beginning of the week.

I don’t often make use of the term “fine art” (everything seems to be “fine art” in weddings these days), but today I believe it is an expression that is called for. Love this Southern France Cliff Engagement!

 

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I don’t typically recommend dark colors for photo shoots, but these two are so stylish dressed all in black! The perfect example of how to bend the rules…

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Diana comes from Lithuania and Clement is French. The groom-to-be shared with me: “Diana and I have been together for 6 years. We met in Milan, kind of a romantic meeting like in the movies. To celebrate this occasion we decided to have our photos taken in order to have a beautiful memory for the future. We are quite timid when it comes to taking pictures, especially romantic ones. Surprisingly, the ambience that Raphael created relaxed us, we felt natural. The setting was a marvelous surprise for us when we arrived there, such an unexpected and beautiful secret spot on the beach! We are really happy with the result of the shoot, the quality of the images are really editorial and clean, so obviously we loved it! That was the first shooting experience for us and we can say that we would definitely do it again in the future.”

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Photography: l’Artisan Photographe
 

Pastel-Colored Dijon Château Wedding

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Belle & Chic‘s mission is to showcase stylish Mediterranean weddings, but every now and then we stray away just a little from the Mediterranean coasts to showcase the amazing work that is being done in the Northern part of Southern Europe… Like this Dijon wedding, photographed so beautifully by Kristina Assenova. The château venue with its ample gardens couldn’t be lovelier, and the effortlessly elegant décor and sweet French-German couple just captured my heart…
 

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The bride’s favorite flowers are hydrangea, which were used to decorate the venue. Brass candle holders added to the overall ambience, just like the old and rustic stone walls of the chateau’s former barn, where the dinner took place. 

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From the bride: “We wanted a simple summer wedding, and the charming gardens of Barbirey with the beautiful château were the perfect setting. We chose three subtle colors – creme, plae blue and vintage rose – for design of the celebration. It was a classic French country wedding, with the pre-banquet cocktail on a lawn and the dinner and party in the barn.”

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Photography: Kristina Assenova // Church: Nôtre Dame de Talant // Venue: Chateau de Barbirey // Flowers: Event Floral (Magalie) // Catering: Carré Gourmand
 

Portugal Sobralinho Palace Wedding

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We have a lovely local Portuguese wedding on the blog today, and the two things I like most about this is definitely the lovely bride’s look (how pretty is that bow on the back of her dress?) and the venue: Sobralinho Palace.

The photographers told me that the palace, with its gardens and pink facade, one of the major architectonic and historical icons in the area of  Vila Franca de Xira and dates back to the seventeenth century. Beautiful place to hold a wedding, thank you Five Photography for sharing!
 

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Photography: Five Photography // Venue: Palácio do Sobralinho // Wedding Planner: Pratas Wedding Design // Caterer: Palhinhas Gold // Flowers: Raquel Morgado // Makeup: Mariana Ribeiro Daehnhardt

 

Rustic Croatia Wedding

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It’s not often that we get a glimpse into local culture that is so authentic like this Croatia wedding, captured beautifully by Barbara Tursan Misic Photography. Tihomir and Patricia got married in Lubenice, on the island of Cres in the Adriatic Sea. The village, whose beginnings date back 4000 years, was home to Tihomir’s family for centuries and is now almost deserted. The couple was able to hold their reception on the village square overlooking the sea… what an amazing backdrop for a wedding!

 

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The day was filled with old customs: The groom came to pick up the bride, accompanied by an old man playing the wines (an instrument similar to bagpipes) and they walked together to the local church. After the ceremony, bride and groom danced an old traditional dance on the village square.

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The afternoon reception was held on the village square – when the sun went down, they moved to a local restaurant.

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Tihomir and Patricia met in early summer 2010 in a local bar. She was wearing checkered pants and was cheating at crossword puzzles and he just couldn’t wrap his mind around the fact she knew about his father’s wooden boat. Fast forward two years… They traveled to Rome, The Eternal City, and got engaged there – one morning she woke up with a ring on her hand (he was carrying the ring in his pocket the entire time they were in Rome, but the right opportunity never presented itself).

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Lubenice is built on top of a cliff. It was actually first constructed by the beach, but suffered constant attacks by pirates, which made them move the village up on the hill. Legend has it that Attila came from under the walls of the village and the image of the Holy Mother of God appeared on the walls and Attila turned away and left the village untouched. Her statue is still on the altar of the church.Today there are only five people living there – four widows and one widower.

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Photography: Barbara Tursan Misic Photography // Bride’s dress: eNVyRoom

 

Greece Destination Wedding at Hotel Kinsterna

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This is one of those weddings that makes me want to get married again, in the Mediterranean of course.
Daniel and George tied the knot in Monemvasia, a town located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese in Southern Greece. The venue is stunning, to say the least, and don’t even get me started on the scenery and the amazing light!! But have a look at these images from Adonis Kekidakis and see for yourselves…

 

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I didn’t promise too much about the venue and scenery, did I?

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Loving the string art seating chart, ingenious idea!

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Dan and George on getting married in the Mediterranean: “We visited Monemvasia in 2010, and fell in love with the area, with a landscape combining olive groves, vineyards, the azure Aegean and the unique castle on a rock. It was the perfect spot to show off just what Greece has to offer to our friends and family, and is a beautiful setting for a wedding.”

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And of course the thumbprint tree as a guestbook… and oldie but goodie!

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“The Kinsterna is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at, with brilliant service, warm and professional staff, a chef worthy of a Michelin star, and stunning architecture. We felt this was the ideal spot for a wedding, and even enquired about it on our stay when it opened in 2010”.

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White candles, bouquets with protea flowers and delicate ivy decorated the beautiful reception area.

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Dining just a few inches above the water lilies… one of the may details that struck me about this Monemvasia venue.

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Wedding photographer: Adonis Kekidakis // Wedding Coordinator: Wedding Experts in Greece // Venue: Hotel Kinsterna, Monemvasia // Flowers: Ioanna Vamvakari // Catering: Hotel Kinsterna // Invitations & Stationery: Amoretti Weddings // Groom’s attire (George): Pakkend // Groom’s attire (Daniel): New Tailor // Rings: Zolotas Rings