When I spotted above photo on the page of Dubrovnik-based photographer Marinkovic Wedding,¬†I immediately recognized the dress: “Yaela” from Pronovias Atelier 2014. It was one of the most pinned dresses¬†from that¬†collection, and I actually saw it¬†live on the runway in Barcelona…. I’ve been loving seeing it on real brides¬†in the past 12 months¬†and although it’s not officially available anymore, I thought I’d share this as an inspiration to you brides-to-be.¬†It’s romantic, feminine and a little sexy.¬†The front opening allows you¬†to show some leg, but the elbow-length sleeves balance out¬†this daring peek¬†in the most elegant way.
Thank you Marko for¬†capturing the wedding gown and the surroundings of the Croatian coast¬†so beautifully!
Today, we get to peek in on Teresa and Nils, who tied the knot at the Pousada of Nossa Senhora da Assun√ß√£o in Arraiolos, a former convent from the sixteenth century in a small town in the Alentejo region of Portugal. The amazing¬†Chris Spira Photography¬†was there to capture not only their wedding, but also the¬†pre-wedding party. Beautiful natural wedding inspiration, don’t you think?
Teresa: “As I chose Paris to find my wedding gown, I had already fallen for the dress Sand from Laure de Sagazan that I had seen on the catalogue online. After visiting several designer ateliers in the city, the dress seemed the perfect choice for Friday’s casual reception.”
We love the idea of a poolside pre-wedding get together. Now on to the actual wedding day…
Teresa + Nils: “The small, precious blue-and-white tiled chapel touched us as the perfect venue to hold our ceremony and it lived up to all our expectations.”
Teresa: “The wedding gown for Saturday’s ceremony was from the French designer Celestina Agostino. I received the recommendation of Celestina from a dear friend. From the start, the creative experience with Celestina was awe inspiring and unique. Sharing this once-in-a lifetime occasion with close friends and family made it all the most memorable and wonderful.”
Photography: Chris Spira Photography // Bride’s pre-wedding dress: Laure de Sagazan // Bride’s wedding dress: Celestina Agostino // Bride’s shoes: Stuart Weitzman (“I always wished for wedding shoes with a touch of red. After a long search, during a weekend trip to Milan – and totally unexpectedly – there they were!”) // Hairstylist: Nuno Souto, Hair Station, Lisbon // Make-up artist: In√™s Varandas, Lisbon // Groom’s attire: Pelikamo
It all started with this dress. It’s an √ľber-romantic, blush-hued, rose-inspired gown from Barcelona designer Santos Costura, and when destination wedding photographer Anneli Marinovich contacted me to help put together an inspirational shoot based on this dress, I couldn’t possibly say no.
We enlisted the help of my fave Barcelona-based wedding planner Laura of Fueron Felices and drove up to the amazing Emporda Castle, a hotel and wedding venue halfway between Barcelona and the French border, just a few kilometres from some of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa Brava, surrounded by fields and olive trees. The colors of Pepe Von Strudel‘s lush florals reflected the nude and blush tones of the dresses and created exactly the elegant-rustic atmosphere we hoped for… I hope you’ll enjoy this shoot as much as we enjoyed creating it!
Photography: Anneli Marinovich Photography // Styling: Esther from Belle & Chic + Laura from Fueron Felices //¬†Florals: Pepe Von Strudel // Hair & Make-Up: Anna Rosillo // Models: Barbara & Adrien¬†// Location: Castell D‚ÄôEmporda, Girona // Gowns: Santos Costura // Suit: Stephen Bishop Suiting¬†// Shoes & Accessories: Mr Right // Stationery: Pl Papers
Alex and Marta, today’s American-Catalan couple, wanted a beautiful, but not overly fancy wedding in the bride’s home of Catalunya in Spain. They hired Presume de Boda to implement their vision and the whole affair became a timeless and elegant event at Blanes Monestary (El Convent de Blanes), an amazing centry-old venue overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Fun detail: Marta always wanted a wedding in coral tones, but in the end they settled on a palette that evolved throughout the evening. It started with lighter, pastel hues of blush during the ceremony, incorporated more apricot and coral during reception and ended with darker coral and even burgundy during the dance. I love that idea!
Wedding Planning, design & paper goods: Presume de Boda // Photography: N√ļria Altarriba and Daniela Ru√≠z de Villalobos // Venue: El Convent de Blanes // Bride’s dress: Raim√≥n Bund√≥ // Hair & Makeup: Llongueras // Bridesmaids’ dresses: petit atelier // Flowers: Atm√≥sfera Barcelona y Bastian & Skoog // Cake: Kemagdalenas // Catering: Sibaris Catering // Ceremony and cocktail music: Sara Pi
Today’s couple met at business school and got engaged in Dubrovnik, Croatia,¬†after a candlelight¬†dinner in the old part of that beautiful Mediterranean city. For their wedding they came to a different, but equally¬†amazing part of Southern Europe. Having¬†spent¬†some time during their studies in Southern France, they chose a chateau near¬†Aix-en-Provence as their wedding venue. With¬†the words of the bride:¬†“We like everything in Provence: the setting is magnificent with its fields of olive trees and the lights of the evening, the weather is often great (not in our case unfortunately), and it was easily accessible to all our friends (many came from abroad).”
Thank you Tiara¬†Photographie for sharing¬†this gorgeous chateau wedding in blue with us…
From the bride: “We found our venue through wedding blogs. It had plenty of charm and gave us the impression of being “at home”. In fact,¬†I would¬†recommend to all brides to choose a venue that suits them well and in which they feel comfortable. If possible, come a few days before in order to take in the atmosphere of the site and feel at home. In general, take time to choose the vendors, to meet them and to discuss with them what you want because the more they will know you the more they will meet your expectations.”
“As favors, we offered to our guests a small linen bag which contained a small olive oil soap. The soaps were from¬†one of the oldest soap factories of Marseille.”
Wedding photographer: Tiara Photographie & Bubblerock //¬†Venue: Le ch√Ęteau d‚ÄôAlph√©ran at Puyricard (near Aix-en-Provence) //¬†Flowers: L‚Äôatelier de Vik //¬†Catering: Marrou //¬†Invitations & Stationery: Sweet Paper //¬†Bride‚Äôs dress: Laure de Sagazan //¬†Bride‚Äôs shoes: Sergio Rossi