Elegant Wedding Inspiration in Tuscany

With a vision of a “simple, romantic and organic Tuscan wedding,” it seemed unlikely that this styled shoot from Stefanie Kapra Photography, The Tuscan Wedding, and Floreart would be anything less than absolute perfection. The team used a classic color scheme of greens, creams, and white for a fresh look that’s as timeless as it is irresistibly elegant.

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From the photographer, Stefanie Kapra: This inspiration shoot in gorgeous Italy was a cooperation between Daniela of the Tuscan Wedding and myself. Our goal was to create a simple, romantic and organic Tuscan wedding – opposed to the more frequently seen lush Italian weddings – to give some additional inspiration to future brides and offer a wider variety of options. For this reason, we kept the color scheme simple – focusing on green, creams and whites only. In addition, we aimed to include lesser known typical local traditions and foods – as for example ice-cream-filled fruits. Those do not only look very pretty – but also taste amazing.

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elegant wedding inspiration in Tuscany - photo by Stefanie Kapra Photography http://ruffledblog.com/elegant-wedding-inspiration-in-tuscany

This shoot is also a wonderful inspiration for an Italian elopement – and we hope to inspire future brides to consider Italy for their romantic destination wedding/elopement. The many fabulous vendors included in this shoot are mostly locals – or otherwise available for a wedding in Italy.

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Shoot Location: Florence, Italy / Photographer: Stefanie Kapra Photography / Event Design: The Tuscan Wedding / Floral Design: Floreart / Venue: Villa Le Piazzole / Wedding Dress: Fabulous Frocks / Makeup: Andrea Gennaro / Wedding Cake: Tuscan Wedding Cakes / Wedding Invitations: Laura Mazzetti / Calligrapher: Juliet Grace Design / Transportation: 500 Touring Club

Beach Destination Wedding in Tulum

If there’s one thing beach weddings deserve, it’s a heavy dose of bright colors. That’s exactly what Laura and Jason did for their destination wedding in Tulum, Mexico, and they ended up with a vibrant and personalized day – exactly as they had envisioned. Ariel Renae Photography was the perfect choice to take control behind the camera, as these images will attest!

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From the bride, Laura: We wanted a stress-free environment to enjoy the time with each other and all of our loved ones that had traveled so far to be with us. We wanted the wedding to feel personalized and vibrant – a true celebration of where we’ve been as a couple and a reflection on the way in which we chose to live our lives. We wanted everybody to mingle and spend real time getting to know one another, which is why we loved having multiple days with everybody who came down to Tulum.

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The vibrant, bright colors of Mexico and the tropical waters of Tulum were a source of inspiration. We steered clear of stereotypical “tropical beach” colors like beige and pastels and embraced the fully saturated palette of Mexico. Purple, navy, bright pink, turquoise, and orange played a big part. The color palette was really defined first in our website, which we used as a place to establish a look and feel that we carried through the whole wedding. We stayed true to this look and feel this through our DIY projects and kept everything in mind as we made decisions on the necessary rentals, etc.

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beach destination wedding in Tulum - photo by Ariel Renae Photography http://ruffledblog.com/beach-destination-wedding-in-tulum

Doing a destination wedding can be challenging since you can often be so disconnected from the location and many of the people that are involved in making your wedding come together. Since we weren’t able to interact with the location or people involved on a regular basis, we wanted to find a way to control what we could in order to make sure the experience still felt very personalized and hand-touched. The DIY projects became a way that we could put our stamp on a wedding where so many things were just out of our control. It allowed us to focus on the things that we really enjoyed and not stress about the less-controllable elements, while creating an experience for us and our guests that felt very true to who we are and personalized in a really special way. We found, in the end, that no one commented on the chairs, napkins, or plates (rentals that we opted not to go overboard on) but instead we found people drawn to, and remembering, the small touches that we put in made by our hand. That was, and is still, really rewarding.

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As for DIY, we brought rocks from the Brooklyn Bridge Park in our home borough, hand-painted numbers on them and used them as our table numbers, we designed, printed and hand-ripped the menus, we designed notecards on the Mexican loteria bingo cards for people to leave us words of wisdom/advice during the reception. We had Ahau Tulum make cornhole sets for our wedding. Cornhole is a game that we play in Indiana and played a lot at college, so knew that our friends and family would find this the perfect beach game. We had this out at our cocktail hour and into the evening on our wedding and were also able to use the cornhole set throughout our week on the beach with all of our friends and family following the wedding day. We also had a “bell”-shaped piñata made, which referenced our wedding tag “JLWeddingBell” and also my grandmother’s collection of bells given to her by grandchildren and family/friends over the years. They couldn’t make it to the wedding, so this was our nod to them.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s very helpful to work with someone (a wedding planner) that understands your vision and that you trust to accomplish what you want without you having to hand-hold each little thing. This is especially true for a destination wedding where you just can’t be there to meet with people and plan things in a way you might be able to if you were married where you live. Allowing this person to handle the things that you can’t control or don’t enjoy doing as much will allow you to focus on the elements that you can control and enjoy doing and let the rest of it go. For us, this meant thinking a lot about the little hand-touched details and the things that made our guests feel truly welcomed and excited to experience this with us but also with each other. I think it’s also important to have the wedding be a reflection of you as a couple – taking into account the things that make each person tick. I was lucky because I have a creative and artistic husband who enjoys doing projects, so we were able to do a lot of things together. It’s also important to divide and conquer for certain things – for example, I let Jason choose much of the music because he really enjoys that, while I dealt with much of the budget and logistic elements. Weddings can be expensive so think about what really matters to you and make choices that prioritize those things. Don’t get carried away worrying about every little thing because it all adds up quickly.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Going to California,” Led Zeppelin (played on flamenco guitar)
Recessional: “Never Going Back Again,” Fleetwood Mack (played on flamenco guitar)
First Dance: “Green Eyes,” Coldplay
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” Dave Matthews cover of The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “Tequila Sunrise,” The Eagles into “Nothing but a G Thing,” Dr. Dre

Wedding Location: Tulum, Mexico / Photographer: Ariel Renae Photography / Florist: Laura Corrales of Premium Flores (premiumflores @ gmx.es) / Venue and Caterer: Ahau / Wedding Planner: Nisia Wasilewicz (works in-house at hotel) / Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster “Lumiere” via Lovely Bride / Sash: Ivy & Aster “Skinnie Minnie” via Lovely Bride / Earrings: Custom Pearl Earrings (gift from groom) made by our friend and jeweler, Austin Schultz / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew “Arabelle” in Strawberry / Bridesmaids’ Gifts: Mary MacGill Jewelry / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew / Groom’s Tie: John Varvatos / Groomsmen Suits: J.Crew / Wedding Ceremony and Cocktail Hour: Camilo Nu / DJ: Lucas Walters / Wedding Invitations: We designed our own save the date which was distributed via mailchimp (we used this to send out an email blast with the website as well) With Jason as a designer, it was hard to cut corners on printed invitations. It was either all or nothing for him. We ended up deciding to put that piece of the budget towards photography and sent out digital invites via paperless post. A wise decision in the end. We did end up making some hand-printed thank you cards to mail out after the wedding.






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Garden Wedding Inspiration with Antique Details

When you combine the talents of Anna Delores Photography, Glitz Event Design Studio, and Knot Just flowers, the end result is absolutely magic. This styled shoot has the perfect amount of pink, burgundy, gold, and botanical wedding inspiration, and top it all off with an amazing Monique Lhuillier gown and we’ve fallen madly in love!

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From the event designer, Glitz Event Design Studio: A romantic color palette, antique details, and a breathtakingly detailed blush bridal gown – these were just some of the elements behind our Garden Fairytale wedding inspiration. Hartley Botanica provided a beautiful setting that fully encompassed our vision, and was complete with arbor lined pathways, statuettes, and abundant greenery. The seriously pretty invitation set by Umama is the perfect opening to this whimsical soiree.

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For the tablescape we wanted to showcase a dreamy and romantic look. We combined antique details and mixed soft patterns and textures with unique rentals from Pretty Vintage Table to create a fairytale-like scene. The ascot wood table and mix of tapestry and velvet chairs was softened by blush tone La Tavola Linens. For the table settings we paired blush depression glassware, gold flatware, mix-matched china, and crystal salt cellars at each setting. To draw further into the antique inspiration we incorporated vintage oil lanterns, gold taper candlesticks with blush candles and cloches with floral accents along either side of the centerpiece. The gold mirrored table set the stage for the noteworthy “Happily Ever After” cake provided by Frost it Cakery.

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The chemistry between our real couple was undeniable. The bride looked stunning adorned in elegant BHLDN bridal accessories and a detailed blush Monique Lhuillier bridal gown provided by Nearly Newlywed. The enchanting look was completed with a braid inspired ponytail and ethereal makeup done by Crystal Huber Makeup. The groom wore a floral Grunion Run tie that paired handsomely with the boutonnière. The florals by Knot Just Flowers showcased a rich palette of reds, pink, and greens, with a feature of whimsical details.

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Shoot Location: Somis, CA / Photographer: Anna Delores Photography / Event Design and Planning: Glitz Event Design Studio / Floral Design: Knot Just flowers / Venue: Hartley Botanica / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier via Nearly Newlywed / Jewelry: BHLDN / Makeup: Crystal Huber Makeup / Tuxedo and Men’s Attire: The Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop / Wedding Cake: Frost It Cupcakery / Rentals: Pretty Vintage Table / Linens and Coverings: La Tavola Linen / Wedding Invitations: umama

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