Bridal Flower Accessories from Romantic ART Life

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“I am really passionate about art, beauty and fashion. So working in the wedding industry has everything I want.” Says Anastasiya of Romantic ART Life, the designer of the beautiful bridal flower accessories I want to show you today. I can very much relate to that statement, weddings are just such a unique fusion of different arts… And Anastasiya picked making bridal sashes and headpieces as her craft, in which she says she is sharing her love of nature, the delicate beauty of flowers and her passion for details & feminine beauty.”

Accessories can really make a bridal look come together, and I am exited to have discovered these sweet floral designs from Romantic ART Life!

 

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Says Anastasiya: “Romantic, exquisite and charming, my collection features delicate fabrics, soft laces, charming beads & crystals. Every piece was handcrafted & carefully put together to create an elegant accessory that will enrich bride’s feminine side and add a unique personal finishing touch. Every piece was made with love & passion!”

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The flower accessories are also a great option for bridesmaids, they could even double as a bridesmaids gift and replace the bouquet!

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Bridal Flower Accessories: Romantic ART Life // Photography: JoPhoto // Hair & Makeup: Tony Williams

 

Outdoor Boudoir Session in the woods

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This is a first for Belle & Chic, I don’t think we’ve ever featured a boudoir session on the blog before. And it’s not that I don’t like them, quite to the contrary. But I do think they are hard to photograph, so I guess I was just waiting for the perfect boudoir – sensual and elegant – to come along. And then these images from Instante Fotografia and Lounge Fotografia landed in my inbox. And I knew that this is what I would have loved to give to my husband as a wedding gift.

From Instante Fotografia: “We had been wanting to do a boudoir for some time. So we started looking for a location, and at first we had a hotel room in mind, but nothing seemed quite right. So then we thought of doing it outside. A few days before the shoot, we were dinning with Luís and Marta from Lounge Fotografia and asked them if they wanted to come. Luís accepted and took his Contax 645 for a spin. And the rest is history…”

Beautiful history. I used Lounge‘s stronger black and white and Instante‘s creamy colors in post, and I am in love with the result. And don’t forget to scroll all the way down for the video, where you can see more of the beautiful location!

 

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Photography:Instante Fotografia & Lounge Fotografia // FotografiaMake-up: Bárbara Brandao // Model: Filipa

 

Rome Wedding in front of the Colosseum

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Sonny and Zarra’s wedding begins with a familiar story: “When we got engaged in March 2013, we had full intentions of having a full-blown wedding in Tampa, Florida. However, the planning became more and more overwhelming. We wanted to cherish and appreciate the entire process, but the stress and potential wedding costs were getting in the way. It was the night when I had a mini-meltdown that Sonny asked me whether we should just get married in Paris or Italy. My eyes lit up, and I immediately exclaimed, ‘Yes!’”.

They definitely took the right decision by coming to Rome, flying in over 20 of their closest family and friends from all over the world, and saying their vows in front of the Colosseum. Is there a better ceremony backdrop? And don’t get me started on the portraits taken in the Eternal City after that… Rochelle Cheever knows Rome like no other and the word that immediately comes to mind looking at her images is “fairlytale”. Don’t you agree?

 

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From the bride: “Instead of spending thousands for decorations, favors, overly priced wedding reception, we stayed true to our personalities and picked what was important to us, our “must-haves”: (1) a venue near the heart of Rome, (2) talented photographer and videographer to capture all the special moments, (3) a professional harpist to add a romantic touch to the ceremony, and (4) a local family restaurant away from touristy spots so we could fully relish the night with family and friends (We literally occupied the entire restaurant and had the best times of our lives). Sonny and I got to truly enjoy the day and night with our family and friends. We devoured scrumptious food, sipped fine wine, talked to all of our guests, and genuinely got to celebrate our wedding. It was perfect!”

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Any advice for brides planning a destination wedding? “Do your research and do not be afraid to negotiate so you can stick to your budget. But importantly, think about what would truly make you and your soon-to-be husband happy. It is extremely easy to get caught up with everything that is going on around you. However, do not let others dictate how you should plan your wedding or how your wedding should look like. Having some help from a planner, parents, and friends is appreciated, but ultimately listen to and follow what your heart desires. You will only go through this wedding process once in your life, so truly make it about you and your soon-to-be husband.”

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And there is a video, too…


 

Wedding photographer: Rochelle Cheever // Wedding Planner: Laura Colavalle // Gown Designer: Allure Bridal from CC’s Boutique // Veil: Kristel Yulo // Bride’s shoes: Badgley Mischka // Earrings and bracelet: Neiman Marcus // Wedding bands: Gold & Diamond Source // Hair and makeup Artist: Lorena Lo Giudice (Make-up) and Rita Cattiva // Groom’s Clothing Designer: Jos. A Banks // Catering/Restaurant: Osteria del Cavaliere // Invitations: Paperless Post // Videography: Rochelle Cheever

 

Effortlessly stylish El Far Llafranc Wedding

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Every time I get a submission from En Route Photography I have a hard time narrowing down the photos. Truth. Because they are all just.so.beautiful. Take this Costa Brava affair of Margot and Philippe, a French couple currently residing in Dubai. The bride’s family is from Spain originally, so they came to Llafranc, a small coastal village, to say their I dos in front of family and friends from all over the world. They both work in fashion, and wanted a simple wedding with a big party (there were two dance flash mobs!)… and after the wedding they headed straight to Paris for fashion week. Now that’s getting married in style!

 

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Wedding photographer: En Route Photography // Venue & catering: El Far Llafranc // Flowers: Lourdes // Videographer: OneDayOneSong // Stationery: Pret a Papier // Hair: Laura McCosh // Makeup: Laura / Teresa Snowball // Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham // Bride’s shoes: YSL
 

Burgos Wedding in an Old Palace

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Do you know what I love most about this odd job of mine, about being a wedding blogger? The couples. Seeing their pictures, reading their love stories, browsing through all the images that never make it on the blog… These brides and grooms let me become a part of their big day, and for that I will always be grateful. Beyond the stunning dresses and gorgeous flowers, I find beauty in seeing their smiles, tears and subtle glances, although a lots of times I can’t even show all that in a post.

Why am I telling all this? Well, because looking at this particular wedding, I could practically feel the love between these two! They were overjoyed to get married, and their guests were equally moved and excited. So don’t let the palacio setting and the tuxedo fool you, this is a heartfelt and joyous wedding, captured beautifully by Marcos Sanchez.
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The bride on finding the venue: “We visited several venues, were looking for something simple, in the country, cosy and nice. When we first visited Huermeces palace we saw that fit with our idea, and Oscar made us feel so comfortable that we didn’t hesitate one moment to have our wedding there.”

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“Thanks to Best Day Ever, we had all the details we wanted for our wedding: the ceremony’s decoration, with small bottles hanging from a tree and filled with wild flowers, a reception with lemonade, old wedding photos hanging from a wall in the garden, a guest book table…”

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What would advice would you give brides-to-be? “I would tell them the same thing we were told: Enjoy all the little details surrounding that day and every moment, leaving behind nerves and worries. Think about the essence of a wedding and everything else will be ok for sure.”

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How did you two meet?
Like most of good things, our story began when we less expected it. It was in Madrid’s jungle where we found each other. The place, Melos, a famous bar in the Lavapies area. All happened between friends, laughter and drinks. Maybe the Albariño brought us together, maybe Beltrán (our mutual frind), destiny, or maybe it just had to happen. That’s how a 25th of October 7 years ago our paths crossed.

How did your husband propose?
It was in a country house in the Gredos mountains (Avila). The Aravalle area is a specila place, where we went for our first getaway together and where we really began to know each other. Same house, same Jacuzzi, same rainy days, same people, strong feelings, happy end…

Photography: Marcos Sanchez // Wedding Coordinator: Best Day Ever // Venue: Palacio de Huérmeces, Burgos // Flowers: Floristeria La Villa Verde // Catering: Maher Catering // Invitations & Stationery: Engarza // Bride’s dress: Loolah // Bride’s headpiece: Lia Terni // Bride’s shoes: Mascaró // Rings: Touchwood Rings // Groom’s attire: Grandfather’s tuxedo // Groom’s accessories (tie, cufflinks, etc): heirloom