Taormina Sicily Wedding

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Taormina is a small town on the East coast of Sicily, and I have to admit that this wedding immediately added it to my bucket list of travel destinations. With a history that spans from being a settlement of the ancient Greeks to becoming an artists’ and writers’ colony in the early 20th century, it oozes old world charm. Alexandra and Greg couldn’t resist its appeal and had an elegant Italy destination wedding overlooking the Ionian Sea. Maria Hedengren traveled with them to capture all the details and memories…

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From the bride: “Our planning was a bit chaotic…. Firstly, due to Greg’s study and summer internship we were very limited on the weekends we could choose from for the wedding. Secondly, it took us some time to choose the location for the wedding. And finally, we had a limited budget.”

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“The most important thing for the wedding was wedding ceremony/dinner location and good quality food and wine. We wanted that both we and our guests would have the best memories. And that the wedding would be a huge celebration. In order to ensure the good music during the cocktail session and after dinner, Alexandra made a list of songs to be played and a list of “do not play” songs. The biggest challenge was to organize the wedding in a place where we have never been before.”

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The bride about their venue: “The only problem is that the owner is not speaking English and you therefore have to use someone local to communicate with Villa Antonio. On the other hand, they are one of the few places in Taormina where you can have a party until 03:00 in the morning.”

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wedding reception Villa Antonio

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“In the end, everything went according to our expectations. Except for maybe our first dance when the DJ decided to “spice it up a bit” and turned on the smoke machine…
The whole day was simply amazing. We were of course nervous/excited like crazy before the ceremony, so it was a huge advantage to have our friend to marry us. We enjoyed a lot talking to our friends after the ceremony, during and after the dinner. Wish we had even more time for that.”

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Photography: Maria Hedengren // Wedding dress: Kleinfeld NYC // Hotel in Taormina: Villa Schuler (“We could write a poem about how accommodating, assisting and well organized people working in this hotel are. Nothing is a problem for them.”) //
Wedding rehearsal dinner: Osteria Nero D’avola (“Excellent food and wine. Service is amazing.”) // Wedding ceremony/dinner: Villa Antonio


Bridal Looks from Spain

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We’re taking a break from real weddings today to look at some bridal inspiration from Spain. Javier Díez of Díez Bordons took these images at the stunning Palacete Echeveste, a nineteenth century palace in Valencia, Spain, which is a pretty impressive backdrop in itself. Add the elegant gowns of Spanish haute couture designer Santos Costura and you’ve got some lovely inspiration…

My favorite detail is the gold leaf belt you see below. These kind of belts have been en vogue in Spain for a while now and I also spotted some on the international runways last year… together with the olive branch halo and bouquet, it creates a perfect hellenic bridal look.

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B&W bridal portrait

Photography: Javier Diez of Díez Bordons // Location: Palacete Echeveste, Valencia, Spain // Vestidos: Santos Costura // MUA: Colorus  // Deco: Essential & Events // Modelo: Blanca (Carmen Duran)

Dreamy Tuscany Wedding on Film

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Every once in a while I get to see weddings that make my heart sing. The kind that made me fall in love with them in the first place. Today’s Tuscany destination wedding is such a celebration – unpretentious yet elegant, relaxed yet effortlessly beautiful.

Janice and Nathan are without a doubt a couple with impeccable taste. Relying mainly on a palette of pinks and neutrals to complement the natural beauty of their surroundings, they put together the details for this al fresco affair mainly by themselves. The bride even did the calligraphy on the place cards!

The gorgeous film imagery from Pia Clodi of peaches & mint is the other reason I am absolutely smitten with this wedding… she captured all the loveliness with perfection, don’t you agree?

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calligraphed kraft paper wedding stationery

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Like many destination couples, Nathan and Janice made their wedding celebration a three-day event. Says the bride: “We wanted the experience to be relaxed, intimate and memorable for our guests since they had travelled long distances to be with us in Tuscany. We hadn’t originally planned on getting married in Italy, but the beauty of the Crete Senesi and our desire to share such a stunning place with our loved ones was the deciding factor. The day before the wedding, we took our guests down to Pienza, had an amazing lunch at a farm called Podere Il Casale and then did a bit of wine tasting in Montepulciano. For the wedding day celebration, we drew inspiration from our location, the charming Podere Finerri (aka The Lazy Olive), and tried to create a feel that was rustic, elegant, and comfortable. The following afternoon, we enjoyed a laid-back brunch by the pool overlooking the beautiful Tuscan hills.”

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Janice’s advice for destination brides-to-be: “Try to work with highly-reviewed vendors as much as possible – it will make your life significantly easier. Do what feels right for you and your future partner, and try not to put too much weight on other people’s opinions of how your wedding should be.”

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Tuscan villa

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Wedding photography: Pia Clodi of peaches & mint // Wedding Planning and Coordination: Daniela di Cesare of The Lazy Olive and the Bride and Groom // Venue and Caterer: Podere Finerri, The Lazy Olive // Wedding Dress: Bespoke // Reception Dress: Carol Hannah // Veil: Sibo Designs // Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Engagement Ring: De Beers // Emerald Ring: Vintage // Wedding Bands: Cox & PowerHirsh London // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG “Edita” // Groom’s Suit: Ralph Lauren // Wedding Invitations: Designed by the Bride and Groom, printed at Ink Paper Art // Calligraphy Place Cards: By the bride

Casual Almería Elopement Ideas

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Stunning, century-old cathedrals, palm trees, fishing villages with their typical white houses, and of course the Mediterranean Sea… that’s Almería, a province of Spain’s southernmost region Andalusia.

Today’s shoot, beautifully put together by Almería-based wedding planner Anna of Ambrosia Wedding, and photographed by Violeta Pelivan, showcases all of the region’s rustic and natural appeal. Shot at La Isleta Del Moro, we see a couple elope and enjoy an intimate dinner… maybe an idea for your own Spanish elopement?

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Concept and Coordination: Ambrosia Wedding // Photography: Violeta Pelivan // Dress: Perera/Rüsche // Hair accessory: La Chia // Flowers: Floristeria Toñi // Paper goods: Andrea Staehr // Rings: Tragkultur // Styling: Tanja Kosub // Make-up: Natalia Cabrera // Location: Cafe La Loma


Love4Wed and George Pahountis Workshop

Photographers, you need to see this. My friend Eleni of Greek wedding blog Love4Wed has organized something very special:

THE WORKSHOP, a photography & styling workshop at the Athens Riviera, Greece

I really wanted to you know about this, so over to Eleni….

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“We are beyond excited to announce THE WORKSHOP, our collaboration with uber talented  photographer George Pahountis for the first Love4Wed workshop on the breathtaking Athenian Riviera. An amazing opportunity for learning, hands-on shooting, networking & marketing tips to enhance your business… all during an incredible two-day workshop at the Island Art & Taste, a landmark venue in Greece and the most popular destination of the Athens Riviera.

Attending photographers will have the opportunity on this picturesque location to photograph amazing styled shoots with stunningly beautiful tablescapes and florals, incredibly  beautiful wedding dresses,  invitations & other gorgeous details …. Capture all of this heartbreakingly beautiful images, side by side with George Pahountis.

Aside from learning from amazing photographer in beautiful Greece…our special guest, Abby Capalbo, Editor Style Me Pretty +Interior & Event Stylist at Abby Capalbo Styling will share marketing & branding tips and review with each photographer one of their own potential submissions!

You don’t want to miss this life changing opportunity to learn from the best, network and enhance your portfolio with gorgeous images!

Join us in Athens Greece on October 6th & 7th! We can’t wait to meet you!

THE WORKSHOP will have a limited number of seats  so head on over to Love4Wed for more details and register today!”