This Gorgeous Italy Wedding at Borgo Stomennano Takes Luxury to the Next Level

November 23, 2020 | olivia

Bringing magic to life is no easy task, but wedding planner House of Luce did just that for Samara and Stephen. This Borgo Stomennano, Italy wedding was every bit of luxury with baroque touches, a dark red color scheme, a flowing champagne tower, and sparkling chandeliers. There was even a bit of Dolce and Gabbana—always a fabulous addition to any wedding.

While keeping the theme Italian-chic, this wedding is a Pinterest board in itself. Thankfully, David Bastianoni captured every inch of it. Don’t let us spoil all the fun—  keep scrolling to be whisked away into by this gorgeous wedding at Borgo Stomennano.

The Couple:
Samara and Stephen

The Wedding:
Monteriggioni, Tuscany, Italy

Why The Couple Chose Borgo Stomennano

We wanted our wedding venue to be at a real Tuscan-style venue where guests could experience history. We didn’t want it to be modern, but rather monumental and majestic. Being surrounded by vineyards, beautiful nature, and a feeling of peace and calm was important to us. Having a beautiful and impressive entrance, specifically, a long driveway surrounded by typical cypress trees was a must have, too. We found all of our requirements in one place and were instantly sold. We really wanted the day to be a magical and beautiful experience for us and for our guests. Approaching venues with the idea that it would feel like a little holiday weekend all together—surrounded by our loved ones—where time stood still for a little while really helped in choosing.

An Ode to Italian Fashion 

For the styling of the groom, bride, and wedding party, we liked to keep it Italian chic, elegant, and light. We wanted everyone to be in the same colors. My husband wore a handmade suit from Loro Piana made by Oger Amsterdam and shoes from Carmina. I had my bridal crown custom made and designed by Mignonne in France and my earrings were from Christie Nicolaides in Australia. I love the baroque style and wanted it to match my wedding dress from Covers Bridal Boutique with wild pearls. My wedding dress was comfortable and light—which I loved—and was covered with appliqués of beautiful 3D flowers, paillette, and beads. It had three layers of lace, tulle, and sparkle. I hand-stitched real sweet water pearls and crystals onto the dress, as an extra special touch. I absolutely loved my matching cathedral length veil, which I wish I could have worn forever. 

Welcome Wedding Gifts And Goodbye Recovery Kits

We had a welcome bag for each guest filled with lavender soap, mints, water, a welcome note, mini tic tac toe in a bag, jelly beans, and mosquito repellent spray. For the ceremony, we gave out fans for the guests to keep cool. As a goodbye gift, we handed out little “recovery kits” that were filled with cool bandaids, Advil, Alka Seltzer, a footbath tablet, candies, and a Vitamin C shot. For our parents, we gave them slippers, kimonos, and Cartier perfume. The bridesmaids got slippers and matching kimonos and the groomsmen got flasks, ties, and tie clips.

Wedding Advice for Brides-To-Be 

Start planning earlier than you think you should and don’t use a wedding planner you don’t absolutely love. A good wedding planner is everything! We switched twice before we found our dream wedding planner. I recommend investing a lot of time into searching and contacting many vendors to compare and have options to choose from. Don’t wait too long—popular vendors get booked very quickly.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – David Bastianoni
Event Planning – House of Luce
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Borgo Stomennano
Catering – Rolands
Cake – Sugarcups
Officiant – Celebrants Italy
DJ – Kaleydo
Live Music – Italian Market Trio
Videography – 2become1
Invitation Design – La Lettre Kalligrafie
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Samara Beesemer
Wedding Dress – Crystal Design
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Woná & Jarlo London & Lack of Color
Groom’s Apparel – Oger & Carmina
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Loro Piana
Rings – Cartier
Rentals – Tuscany flowers
Presents – Eat My Art


Congratulations to Samara and Stephen on their gorgeous wedding day! Big thank you to Lucette Sforza from House of Luce for sharing this incredible ceremony with us. If you’re looking to throw an opulent destination wedding, get inspired by this wedding in Puerto Rico, or consider a cool city in the US

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Lush Riviera Maya Beach Wedding at Blue Venado

November 22, 2020 | riley

Summer may be over, but that’s not going to stop us from drooling over tropical destination weddings. Fatima and Gabriel’s Riviera Maya beach wedding at Blue Venado has everything we love in a Tulum wedding. From a ceremony right on the ocean to an abundance of greenery and pampas grass arranged by Cherry Blossom to one of the cutest wedding bars we have ever seen, the couple thought of every last detail. 

Of course, tequila shots were involved–talk about getting the party started! It’s hard not to dream of warm afternoons on the sand when looking at these photos captured by Cristina Civallero. So, what are you waiting for? Get those Pinterest boards pulled up because this one is worth saving.

The Couple:

Fatima and Gabriel

The Wedding:

Blue Venado, Tulum, Mexico

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Recommended Reads: 6 Island-Inspired Tropical Wedding Color Palettes

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Cristina Civallero
Event Planning – Blue Venado Weddings
Venue – Blue Venado
Floral Design – Cherry Blossom
Rentals – Style Me Weddings


Congratulations again to Fatima and Gabriel on their beach wedding at Blue Venado. We’re so glad that the venue’s masterminds are Junebug members and shared these photos with us. Want to see more beautiful photos of this stunning venue? Check out their profile in our directory of wedding venues from around the world! 

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Playful Bohemian Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch

November 21, 2020 | riley

Dana and Kyle’s playful boho wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch was the epitome of rustic meets whimsy, and we can’t get enough. The couple wanted nothing more than a day full of natural yet elegant decor with as many personal touches as possible–and they got just that. With the help of planner Banks & Leaf, their “I do’s” highlighted the sweeping mountain views and surrounding forest, as well as the venue’s cozy cabin vibe.

With vintage rugs, cowhide, and large floral arrangements put together by The Stalk Market, the newlyweds did an amazing job of bringing the great outdoors inside. And, of course, we can’t forget to mention the stunning forest photos that Brooke Taelor captured where Dana rocked a custom suede hat, gifted to her by one of her bridesmaids. It fit their ranch theme flawlessly.

Ready to see an emotional first look, a furry guest that stole the show, and a modern spin on a hand-tying ceremony? Keep scrolling, and be prepared to swoon.

The Couple:

Dana and Kyle

The Wedding:

Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Tabernash, Colorado


Sentimental Wedding Fashion

The Ranch was a big inspiration for my beauty look. I wanted a “glamorous, laid back” feel. Then I found the Berta dress at a bridal shop in Denver, Anna Be Bridal, and the look flowed from there. I went with two bridesmaids to pick out their dresses. We picked the Jenny Yoo dresses because the material felt casual and flattering. My favorite accessory was a gift from one of my bridesmaids, a custom suede tan hat that she had made that perfectly fit the ranch theme. The groomsmen all wore bolo ties that had been my grandfather’s.

Why A Wedding At Devil’s Thumb Ranch

We wanted to find a venue in Colorado because it is where we met, and it was a central place to bring as much family together as possible–he is from Alaska, and I’m from Arizona. The minute we pulled up to The Ranch and saw the views behind a group of horses, we both knew it was the perfect location. The altitude was a concern, so we rented an oxygen bar and encouraged everyone to stay hydrated.

Making Time For Friends and Family

We wanted to spend time with each guest that made the trek up to the mountains. It was hard to know what that right target guest count would be. We ended up with around 130 guests and wished there had been twice as much time to make our rounds. Fortunately, we had an informal welcome reception the night before, which was an awesome way to spread the time we had with everyone over two nights instead of one.

Advice From The Bride

Get a videographer, get a videographer, get a videographer! The day goes by so fast–watching the video a few months later brings back so many memories that would have been a blur otherwise. I cry every time I watch our wedding videos.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Brooke Taelor
Event Planning – Banks & Leaf
Venue & Catering – Devil’s Thumb Ranch
Floral Design – The Stalk Market
Cake – Devil’s Thumb Ranch
DJ – Tropical Waffle
Live Music – Great Family Reunion
Videography – Squinted Cinema
Invitation Design – Zola
Makeup Artist & Hair Styling – Beauty on Location
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Jenny Yoo
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Bonobos
Rings – John Atencio
Rentals – Colorado Party Rentals
Transportation – First Transit Inc
Favors – Enstrom Candies


Congratulations again to Dana and Kyle on their bohemian wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch! We can’t stop watching the wedding video that Junebug member Squinted Cinema captured. To see more of his work, check out his profile in our directory of wedding videographers from all over the world!

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