White Monochromatic Cavalli Estate Wedding

October 31, 2022 | justine

Heneline and Eric chose ten of their nearest and dearest to share their incredible day with, soaking in the magic of the vineyards, the beautifully landscaped gardens, and the jaw-dropping mountain views. With an all-white color palette, a spectacular display of florals, and an old Hollywood vibe to complement all of the natural beauty surrounding them, their Cavalli Estate wedding was nothing short of amazing.

The couple initially planned their ceremony at the sunken garden but moved it to the main hall because of the weather. Between billowing drapery and the knockout backdrop of florals on pillars, the last-minute change worked out perfectly! Meanwhile, an impressive installation with lush blooms, crystal chandeliers, and a neon sign hung above an elegant all-white reception tablescape. 

On top of the stunning aesthetic, the couple kept it elegant and sophisticated with their wedding attire. The dashing groom rocked a classic suit, while the bride looked chic in an off-the-shoulder dress. If you and your partner are looking for a timeless aesthetic, draw inspiration from this monochromatic white wedding. So keep on scrolling, because Lora Photography did a beautiful job capturing every detail, guaranteed to leave you breathless. 

The Couple:

Heneline and Eric

The Wedding:

Cavalli Estate, Cape Town, South Africa

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How Their Cavalli Estate Wedding Came To Be

We had a very intimate wedding of only ten of our closest loved ones. Choosing to host our wedding at the Cavalli Estate was the best decision we made because the food, wine, and view were out of this world! Our inspiration was old Hollywood and it worked perfectly with our venue. The talented Heike from Fleur Le Cordeur did our flowers, and wow, she did an incredible job. Our ceremony was supposed to be outdoors, but our trusted team of vendors moved everything inside without any scene. They were all amazing.

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Lora Photography
Venue + Catering – Cavalli Wine Estate
Floral Design – Fleur Le Cordeur
Cake – Sheena Henry
Videography – Suzanne Swart Films
Makeup Artist –
Wedding Dress – Vonvé Bridal Couture
Groom’s Apparel – Black Tie
Thank You Presents – Hey Tarien Line Art
Welcome Board and Menus – Signs Syndicate
Rentals – In and Out Party Rentals


Congratulations to Heneline and Eric on their white monochromatic Cavalli Estate wedding. And a big thank you to Lora Photography for capturing all the magical moments and beautiful details that soon-to-be-married couples can use as inspiration for their own special celebration.

White weddings full of texture and detail like this are far from boring. If you’re looking to put your own twist on this classic aesthetic, start by checking our guide to planning a day that’s a perfect fit for you and your partner.

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Consider These 7 Diamond Alternatives For Your Engagement Ring

October 29, 2022 | kailey

Every love story is unique, and every engagement ring should reflect that. While diamonds have continuously been one of the most popular choices, we recognize that they aren’t for everyone. And we’re here to help unique couples break free of those traditional expectations, from fashion down to your engagement ring. 

With engagement rings being a representation of your love, you want to make sure it’s something you actually want. Rather than sticking with the expected diamond ring, here are alternatives to consider for an unlike-any-other engagement ring. 

Why You Should Consider Diamond Alternative Engagement Rings

There’s no one size fits all ring, and diamonds aren’t for everyone’s taste and budget. The biggest advantage to choosing one of these diamond alternative engagement rings is the price. Generally, alternatives are more affordable. But the benefits stretch far beyond the price tag. With diamonds being one of the most popular engagement ring options, selecting other gemstones will leave you with a unique symbol of your love story. 

Which Diamond Alternative Should You Choose?

As we’ve said before, there is no one size fits all ring. This is true when it comes to style, fit, and even stone choice. And each alternative comes with a different price tag, appearance, and longevity. That’s why we’re breaking down each diamond alternative—in order of durability—so you can make an educated choice that’s fit for you.

Diamond Alternatives You Should Consider

1. Moissanite

Mohs Hardness Scale: 9.25

The highest score a gem can receive on the Mohs Hardness Scale is a 10. And with Moissanite being a 9.25, that means it’s incredibly suitable for everyday wear. Moissanite is calling your name if you want the look of a diamond without the hefty price tag. It ​​gives the illusion of a diamond with the same sparkling stone and durability and is actually known to sparkle more.

2. Sapphire 

Mohs Hardness Scale: 9

Sapphire is another durable gem suitable for engagement rings. But that’s not even the best part. This precious gemstone comes in a variety of different colors. Though blue is the most popular, you can find yellow, white, pink, and so much more. If you’re wanting a natural diamond alternative, stick with the white. But the colorful sapphire options are a perfect fit for unique couples wanting something that goes against the grain.  

3. White Topaz 

Mohs Hardness Scale: 8

The beauty of the white topaz comes with much-needed care. Scoring an eight on the Mohs Hardness Scale, this ring isn’t the most durable diamond alternative, but it’s an incredibly stunning addition to any jewelry piece. It has a natural, elegant look and comes with an attractive price tag. If you choose to go with white topaz, you’ll need to schedule professional cleanings often. Keep this in mind before making your engagement ring gem choice. 

4. Emerald

Mohs Hardness Scale: 7.5 to 8

The stunning green hues make the emerald a classic gem choice. Though it doesn’t rank highest on the Mohs Hardness Scale, it’s still a great alternative for engagement rings—it just requires a little more care than a traditional diamond ring. But with proper care, it’ll remain in perfect condition and last long beyond your “I do” day. 

5. Morganite

Mohs Hardness Scale: 7.5 to 8

A light peach color and good durability–we’re sold. Being the sister gem on Emerald, Morganite is a stunning diamond alternative for couples looking for a gem with a vintage feel and a subtle pop of color. Ranking 7.5 to 8 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, it’s fit for everyday wear but—like an Emerald—will need a little more care than a diamond ring. As long as you clean the ring frequently and wear it with care, you’ll be able to enjoy the pretty pink hues and small price tag. 

6. Opal

Mohs Hardness Scale: 5 to 6.5

Opals are elegant, vintage-looking stones that are also extremely delicate. Their hardness varies but is constantly a low ranking. This means the stone is quite fragile, so you’ll need to exercise extra caution while wearing it. Though this stone can be easily scratched or broken, the cloudy gem iridescence makes for one of the most unique diamond alternative engagement rings. Plus, they come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, making for a fully customizable engagement ring. 

7. Pearl

Mohs Hardness Scale: 2.5

With their off-white tint, pearls are an elegant and sophisticated choice for an engagement ring. Though they are much more affordable than diamonds, they are also a lot less durable. This means you should think twice before purchasing a pearl engagement ring. Ranking a 2.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale, they’re most likely to scratch and break. So as much as we love the look of a pearl ring, the upkeep needed might not be what you’re looking for in an everlasting reflection of your love. 

As a ring you’ll wear every day, it’s crucial that it speaks to your personal style. And now that you’re sold on one of these stunning diamond alternatives, it’s time to finalize the style. Before running to your local jeweler, check out this beginner’s guide to engagement ring types and styles. It’s the perfect place to start for anyone who needs help identifying what ring is right for them.

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Italian Market Inspired Wedding At Fonderia Napoleonica

October 29, 2022 | justine

The markets in Italy are bursting with life with its captivating food scene, the colorful patchwork of food stalls, and the noisy chatter that fills the air. In a country where you can savor the culture through food, it was fitting that Consuelo and Rocco wanted to recreate the same charming and festive atmosphere at their Italian Market inspired wedding, with their own personal twist, of course. 

Set at a beautiful 19th-century bronze factory—with exposed beams, distressed brick walls, and original steel structures—the Fonderia Napoleonica provided a unique backdrop for their celebration. Surrounded by scattered petals and glowing candles, the couple’s ceremony in the cellar was absolutely magical. Complete with food trucks, delectable spreads of dessert and bread, and a tablescape filled with gorgeous garden blooms, every detail was thoughtfully chosen to give their guests an immersive experience.

And on top of the delicious food and stunning vintage decor, the pair kept their guests of all ages entertained with games and a water gunfight! If you and your partner are foodies and are searching for ideas to add a little bit of market vibe to your big day, you’re not going to want to miss these beautiful photos captured by Junebug member Marry Mi

The Couple:

Consuelo and Rocco

The Wedding:

Fonderia Napoleonica, Milan, Italy

Danila Stella Events’ Thoughts On This Italian Market Inspired Wedding

The planning and design of this wedding have been incredible. Consuelo and Rocco’s celebration was more than a wedding. It was an Italian street food market and festival, with food carts for buffet and wood games in the street. We chose Fonderia Napoleonica, a factory which was also a museum that produced bells and statues. To separate the different areas of the factory, we created a vintage camera photo booth. And in the old furnace, we created a bakery area. 

How Their Italian Market Inspired Wedding Came To Be

Our idea was to create the atmosphere of an Italian market and festival with street food trucks. Danila Stella Events, our planner, suggested the Fonderia Napoleonica, an old factory in the center of the city of Milan, to create a vintage atmosphere. It was the perfect venue in case of rain, and as a designer for exhibitions, we wanted something stylish and 100% personalized. We scouted more than 50 venues, but Fonderia Napoleonica stole our hearts. When we saw the venue, everything was so magical, and the vibes of being in a historical place were unreal.

A Personalized Ceremony And Writing Their Own Vows

We had our ceremony in the fusion pit. This area was used to melt the iron, leaving the stamp for days. We decided to have the ceremony in the fusion pit as that felt very symbolic that two people could be melted into one new life together. Danila wrote a personalized ceremony based on our story, then the celebrant and witnesses had their speech, and we wrote our own vows.

Advice For Couples Planning An Italian Market Inspired Wedding

It is essential to consider the logistics. Food trucks for a wedding can be challenging to organize as you don’t have just one caterer for everything but multiple vendors. For example, you must consider different electrical points where trucks can be connected and sufficient voltage for all. It would be best if you also hired additional staff to clear the tables, plates, and glasses.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Marrymi
Event Planning – Danila Stella
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Fonderia Napoleonica
Floral Design – Il profumo dei Fiori
Catering – Ta Milano
Videography – Alex Bonaldo
Invitation Design – Letterink
Makeup Artist + Hair Stylist – Lina Pagano
Wedding Dress – Lunatica
Groom’s Apparel – Hugo Boss
Rings – Nove25
Rentals – Privitera
Favors – Ichendorf


Congratulations to Consuelo and Rocco on their Italian market inspired wedding. And big thanks to Junebug member Marry Mi for capturing all the beautiful details unconventional couples can draw inspiration from–proving that you can totally showcase your love of good food by being creative with your food display. To see more of the incredible work from Marry Mi, check out their profile in our directory of wedding photographers from around the globe!

Not sure where to start when it comes to creating your wedding day menu? Check out our guide to all of your wedding catering options.  

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