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Romantic Ravello Wedding at Villa Eva

April 26, 2015 | jackie
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After a romantic hike through the Dolomite Mountains in Italy and a sweet proposal, Alessia and Paul decided that a wedding in Italy would be a perfect fit for them. Their Ravello wedding was filled with soft ivory roses and simple, classic elements. The bride’s gorgeous gown was the gown her grandmother wore at her wedding in 1957! The historic architecture at Villa Eva created a romantic and richly textured atmosphere, a perfect stage for awe-inspiring photos. Talented photographer Gianni Di Natale captured breathtaking views of the couple at their Ravello wedding!

The Couple:

Alessia and Paul

The Wedding:

Villa Eva, Ravello, Italy

The Inspiration:

Paul and I knew we wanted to have our wedding in Italy as soon as we got engaged. We are both fascinated by the culture and the natural beauty Italy has to offer. When I was a child I had vacationed in Capri with my family and had always remembered it as being a very romantic and awe-inspiring place, so I decided to take a trip there with Paul to check out potential wedding venues. As soon as we saw Villa Eva, we knew right away that that was the place where we had to have our reception. I wanted the style of my wedding to be very classic, timeless and chic. I decided to wear the wedding dress my grandmother wore for her wedding in 1957. The dress was an ivory, all lace dress with cap sleeves that is just as relevant now as it was then. For the reception I wore a simple grecian inspired dress that fit with the location. The bridesmaids also wore grecian inspired dresses that I had them pick out in a neutral beige/pale blush tone. We chose to have the ceremony in a small 11th century church, which we decorated with all white flower arrangements. At the reception I wanted to keep everything simple because the gardens at the villa were full of beautiful flowers in full bloom and the scenery of the Amalfi coast was so stunning that I did not want anything to detract from that. To keep with our classic and elegant theme we chose to have silver and white table settings and small white flower arrangements on the tables. During the dinner we had live piano music and afterwards we had a dj for dancing until the end of the night.

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The Moments:

My favorite moments from my wedding day were getting ready with my bridesmaids, seeing my husband’s reaction when I walked down the aisle, and watching my family and friends enjoying each other’s company and having a great time together. Even though every detail of the wedding decor and everything that I had planned had gone smoothly, the moments that I cherish the most were just being around the people that I care about and having them celebrate one of the most important days of my life with me. I think my best advice for brides to be is to try to slow down and savor the moment as it’s happening. On the day of your wedding do not stress about the details, just make sure you take a moment to take it all in!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gianni Di Natale
Event Planning – Villa Eva
Ceremony Venue – Santa Maria a Gradillo
Reception Venue – Villa Eva
Floral Design – La Violetta
Makeup Artist – Sandra Lovisco
Hair Styling – Sandra Lovisco

A huge thank you to Gianni Di Natale for giving us a glimpse into Alessia and Paul’s elegant Ravello wedding! Looking for more Italian villa wedding inspiration? Check out this intimate Tuscan wedding at Villa le Mura and this castle wedding in Italy.

xoxoJackie

Colorful Backyard Wedding in Oregon

April 25, 2015 | jackie
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Designing a wedding so perfect for springtime, Mikaela incorporated bright, colorful florals in her bouquet and bridal crown. Kyle kept with the colorful theme by wearing a yellow tie on the big day. After a sweet ceremony at Sisters Episcopal Church, this wedding in Oregon transitioned into a fun backyard reception. Wood tables were dressed in pink cloth runners and covered with more colorful florals. The amazing photographer Joe Tobiason was there to capture their sweet wedding day perfectly!

The Couple:

Mikaela and Kyle

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Sisters, Oregon

The Inspiration:

Our wedding decor and theme was inspired by simplistic natural beauty. Our wedding was held in Sisters, OR, a beautifully rustic town in high desert Central Oregon. Since the landscape played a huge part in our celebration, we didn’t want our decor or fashion to overshadow the Three Sisters – the beautiful and gigantic mountains right outside our door – so we chose cream, soft hues of yellow and coral, and gray. 

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The Moments:

We had several people tell us “You will be so relieved when the wedding is over – you can finally breathe and relax”. While we did our share of post-wedding relaxing, we loved EVERY moment of our wedding and would do it all over in a heart beat. Our favorite moment from the wedding was during our reception: taking a moment to look around at all of our family & friends who were dancing their hearts out while eating ice cream sandwiches, who were all celebrating our love and commitment for each other.

The Couple Recommends:

We recommend makeup artist Tim Peirson! He also happens to be Mikaela‘s best friend Anna’s Dad. We were super honored to have him as a part of the wedding, and he did everything for free!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Joe Tobiason
Ceremony Venue – Sisters Episcopal Church
Reception Venue – Private Residence
Floral Design – Erika Tobiason
Invitations – Joe Starmer
Makeup Artist – Tim Peirson
Wedding Dress – BHLDN

Thank you to Joe Tobiason for sharing Mikaela and Kyle’s sweet wedding in Oregon with us! Looking for more backyard wedding inspiration? Check out this wedding in Nevada and this wedding in Manitoba!

xoxoJackie

New Orleans Inspired Wedding at The Chicory

April 25, 2015 | jackie
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Amanda and Keaton’s love for English literature and history led their decision to hold their unforgettable wedding at The Chicory in New Orleans. The richly historic city marked the way for deep purple and gold decor, an incredible jazz band, and a parade through the city! The amazing planners at Two Be Wed constructed a romantic night dressed in candles and extravagant centerpieces. Two Pair Photography expertly captured the eventful moments the couple spent on their big day!

The Couple:

Amanda and Keaton

The Wedding:

The Chicory, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Inspiration:

I really think a lot of this comes from my background in English literature. The style of decorating that I love and use in my house is ornate, romantic, and includes a rich palette – much like the wedding. Purple and gold are two of my favorite colors – as well as Keaton‘s (huge LSU fan) – although we each think of different shades when we think of that color combo, so choosing colors were very easy. My thought process was that we were going to be in a city that I associate with a rich history that runs deep through the city and so it made sense to us to have it in a place we hold so dearly that happened to capture the essence of everything we wanted in our wedding style. If you’re in Texas, you’re probably having a lighter wedding, filled with wildflowers. If you’re in New Orleans, if felt right to have the wedding we did. Not only did we want to create a wonderful day that we would have with us forever, but we wanted it to be an experience for everyone in attendance. We wanted it to be a night that everyone would always remember.

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The Moments:

Let me first just say that the night flew by. I was very thankful we had a wonderful photographer and videographer to capture the whole evening! With that being said, my favorite moment was our second line parade – and I think most of our guests would agree to that. Usually, a second line parade is held after the ceremony and that is how you get to the location for the reception. Since we were in the same building for both, we decided to do it at the end as our send off. The brass band was absolutely wonderful and had everyone dancing through the streets of New Orleans, waving their personalized handkerchiefs. After we finished walking through the streets, we stopped at a raised gazebo where Keaton and I waved around our parasols and danced and sang with the crowd. That was one of the best feelings in the world – to look out and see all the people you hold dear to you having such a great time and celebrating this day with you. Keaton and I will never forget how special that made us feel.

The Couple Recommends:

Two Pair Photography, Randy Diddly Videography, Luminous Events, and The Chicory all did an OUTSTANDING job with our wedding. We had to plan the entire wedding from a different state and with that, there was a lot of trust that our vendors would all pull through and they did an exceptional job. If I had this day to do all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing. Everyone worked so hard and their hearts were in it every step of the way.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Two Pair Photography
Event Planning – Two Be Wed
Venue – The Chicory
Floral Design – Flower Power Productions
Catering – The Chicory
Cake – The Royal Cakery
Live Music – Royal Dukes Band
Videography – Randy Diddly Photography
Invitations – Paper Source
Makeup Artist – Flawless Bride
Hair Styling – Flawless Bride
Wedding Dress – Vera Wang
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – The Dessy Group
Groom’s Apparel – Vera Wang
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Vera Wang
Flower girl’s Apparel – The Princess and the Bou
Rentals – Luminous Events, Nola B.
Favors – Roxygs (handkerchiefs), Passionate Prose (hand stitching), Modern Kimono Robes, Hoganfe (clutches), CW Designs (canvas totes), Pocketwatch Purveyor

Thank you to Two Be Wed for sharing Amanda and Keaton’s extravagant wedding at The Chicory! Looking for more inspiration for weddings in the city? Check out this Brooklyn inspired wedding and this coral and pink downtown wedding in Toronto.

xoxoJackie

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