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Intimate Tuscan Wedding at Villa Le Piazzole

January 25, 2015 | nicole
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Tuscany is the ideal spot for an intimate wedding with its charming villas and natural essence. Leila and Sten’s 30 guest wedding at Villa Le Piazzole was understated and romantic in its simplicity. Photographer Stefano Santucci had the great fortune of capturing the quiet moments shared between Leila and Sten on their wedding day. We especially love the images of the couple walking and talking outside of the villa before heading into their reception.

The Couple:

Leila and Sten

The Wedding:

Villa Le Piazzole, Tuscany, Italy

The Inspiration:

We wanted something that was in line with us, so we choose for some natural materials and nothing over-the-top. As it was a Tuscan wedding we asked our guest to dress up the Italian way. The villa, the Tuscan landscape, the fun we had in and around the swimming pool, the lovely people from catering and our 30 guests did the rest of the work to make this wedding the best day of our life.

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The Moments:

All moments were really special for me, but if I have to choose only one as my favorite I will say that it was when I entered the terrace of our ceremony and saw Sten‘s face and the emotion in his eyes. At that moment I could only think of I how lucky I am to marry this man. And, to make it even more special, at that moment the sun came through the clouds. The few opportunities we had to just take a moment the two of us were so special. Also the moment where Sten got to drive back from the city hall in our Bentley Continental cabriolet was quite a cool moment!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Stefano Santucci
Event Planning – The Tuscan Wedding
Ceremony Venue – Antico Spedale del Bigallo
Reception Venue – Villa Le Piazzole
Floral Design – Floreart
Catering – Roland
Wedding Dress – Laurie Alberton via Kalaury

A warm thank you to Stefano Santucci for sending Leila and Sten’s natural wedding at Villa Le Piazzole. For more inspiration from Tuscany, check out Laura and Fran’s disco glamour wedding in Tuscany.

xoxoNicole

Glamorous Orange County Wedding

January 24, 2015 | nicole
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The only love that comes close to Juliana and Jordan’s love for each other is their love for their dachshund, Bosley. Bosley serves as the couple’s inspiration for their Orange County wedding at home, and with the help of A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production, the whole affair came together beautifully. Everywhere you look is a well-planned detail that perfectly reflects the couple’s love for each other and, of course, dachshunds!

The Couple:

Juliana and Jordan

The Wedding:

Private Residence, Orange County, California

The Inspiration:

Once we decided to have the wedding at the house, that kind of set the mood for us. We went for an overall romantic, vintage glam vibe. Warm candlelight, chandeliers hanging from the trees, exposed vintage wood tables with antique gold sequence runners, lush flowers and gold accents. Juliana looooves gold! As for colors, we kept the pallet light and neutral as to not fight with all the gorgeous color already surrounding the house, like the patina green accents on our home and the beautiful bougainvillea and green vegetation. Creams, ivories, champagnes and golds served as our color inspirations. 

One small but very important inspiration for our wedding was our dachshund, Bosley. When we started planning with Natalie, we had an ongoing joke that Bosley was going to be the theme of the wedding. Natalie has two dachshunds herself, so she could easily relate. As time went on, we started incorporating the dachshund silhouette in little places like the invitations, menus, and escort cards. Soon enough Bosley was indeed one of the themes of the wedding! What started off originally as a joke ended up being one of the most personal and special decor aspects of our wedding. Of course, Bosley himself made an appearance during the wedding as well!

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The Moments:

Our favorite moment came during the reception. We were sitting at our own little table, with our dog Bosley, looking out at all the tables filled with our friends and family, people that we love immensely who had come from near and far to celebrate our marriage. It was like we were spying in on someone else’s life, thinking, “These people must be really special to have gathered all these people to celebrate such an occasion.” To realize that all these people were here to celebrate us, that this was real life, was an incredibly humbling, special and intimate moment for us to share together. We were really feeling the love! Being able to sit back, take a breath and witness such a scene of love in our own beautifully decorated backyard was definitely our favorite moment from our wedding!

The Couple Recommends:

Natalie Good and the whole team at A Good Affair were absolutely outstanding. They really pulled everything together and made this wedding the wedding of our dreams. Every time we think back on that fabulous day, all we can do is smile and reminisce about how perfectly special the day was for us. Natalie encouraged us to get married at our home, the home Juliana grew up in, because of all the sentimental value surrounding it. It was Juliana‘s parents dream home that they imagined and built together. Unfortunately, both her parents are no longer with us, so to be able to have the wedding at the home that means so much to Juliana made everything feel absolutely perfect and meant to be. Without Natalie, this special and sentimental wedding would not have been possible. She really made our home the most intimate and romantic wedding venue we could ever imagine, and we will forever be thankful to her for that gift she gave us.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Katelin Wallace Photography
Event Planning & Floral Design – A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production
Venue – Private Residence
Catering – 24 Carrots Catering & Events
Cake – Sweet Art by Susanne Michel
DJ – Elevated Pulse Productions
Live Music – The Derek Bordeaux Band
Videography – Good Time Productions
Hair & Makeup Artist – Design Visage
Wedding Dress – Romona Keveza
Bridal Accessories – Rene Caovilla, Two’s Company, The White Dress
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss, J.Crew, Diesel Lace Design
Rings – James Allen
Rentals – Found Vintage Rentals, Classic Party Rentals
Transportation – American GTS
Favors – Maya Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets

Thank you to Natalie Good of A Good Affair for sharing this impeccably styled and totally romantic Orange County wedding! For more romantic wedding styling, be sure to check out Vanessa and Steffen’s ethereal DIY wedding in Dorset, England.

xoxoNicole

Classic Illinois Wedding at Allerton Park Retreat

January 23, 2015 | nicole
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A classic wedding doesn’t have to feel stuffy or stiff, and Kate and Brodie’s Illinois wedding perfectly blends soft elements in with a classic feel for a beautiful celebration of their love. The gold and deep navy color palette is so beautiful against all the greenery at Allerton Park Retreat, and we love that the blue calls back to Kate’s extremely gorgeous sapphire ring. Rachael Schirano Photography captured the effortless joy and stunning styling throughout their wedding day.

The Couple:

Kate and Brodie

The Wedding:

Allerton Park Retreat and Conference Center, Monticello, Illinois

The Inspiration:

I wanted a mix between a classic, clean cut wedding mixed with the ethereal, soft elements of a garden. This fit our venue perfectly with the historic mansion and beautiful formal gardens. I wanted the groomsmen and bridesmaids to be simple and streamlined to allow them to stand out in the beautiful setting.

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The Moments:

Our favorite moment was the first dance. We had taken all of two dance classes to try and learn swing for the swing band we used for the wedding. Brodie had been so focused during the classes, and on the big day he relaxed and was making me laugh during the whole thing.

The Couple Recommends:

Rachael Schirano was the best. So easy, professional, and artistic to work with. The Rhythm Rockets also put on such a great time. Everyone was on the dance floor even though it was “old school” music!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Rachael Schirano
Venue – Allerton Park Retreat and Conference Center
Floral Design – Boka Shoppe
Cake – Cakes by Lori
Live Music – Rhythm Rockets
Hair & Makeup Artist – BJ Grand Salon & Spa
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss

A special thanks to the lovely Rachael Schirano for sharing Kate and Brodie’s Illinois wedding with Junebug. Love their classic wedding style? Check out Kelly and Topher’s elegant DIY Kentucky wedding for more inspiration!

xoxoNicole