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Fashionable Elopement in Tuscany

If I had the chance to wedding plan all over again, this Italian elopement is exactly what I’d do. Set in the most charming town hall, with their parents to bear witness, it’s exactly what intimate, wildly romantic nuptials are all about. SposiamoVi planned every moment and Lisa Poggi and Matteo Castelluccia captured to perfection. More photos (and that high-low McQueen gown!) waiting here.

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From The Bride…I don’t always go for the “bigger is better” theory. That’s why, when Simon and I got engaged, we agreed to keep things intimate and romantic. What better way to honor that agreement than to escape to the Tuscan hills of Italy and elope! I did some online research and found SposiamoVi, premier Italian wedding planners, and got in touch with them straight away. They got back to me immediately, and we started planning…

From SposiamoViHailing from Australia, Catherine and Simon wanted to plan their elopement during their trip to Italy in early September, 2013, with their parents as witnesses. A wildly romantic plan, and one that left us all starry-eyed. We got straight to work. Through Skype, email, and Pintrest we were able to share inspirational wedding photos and ideas with Catherine.

After a careful search we were able to secure the age-old town hall in Radda, Chianti and the beautiful fourteenth century Villa Vignamaggio. Radda is a medieval village that is set snugly into the Chianti hills and encircled by forests, olive groves, and vineyards.

Villa Vignamaggio is a venue that sits upon a hill top and overlooks the surrounding vineyards and wineries. SposiamoVi has a long standing relationship with the Villa, and it was the perfect location for the accommodations and reception of this quiet gathering.

At last, the wedding day had come! Catherine – assisted by her mother, hair and makeup artist, and her personal SposiamoVi wedding planner – could finally don her fabulous high-low Alexander McQueen gown and silver Miu Miu t-strap platform open toe sandals, complete with sparkling cut glass heels.

Simon looked very handsome in his stylish light blue suit and polka-dot bowtie. And, as he waited anxiously for his bride, her bouquet of fresh flowers and greenery from La Rosa Canina in hand, his mother attached his boutonniere to the lapel of his suit.

As soon as she was ready, Catherine met Simon, her parents and his parents in the Villa’s elegant main reception room. After a few more pre-wedding photographs from renowned photographer Lisa Poggi and some additional video footage from respected wedding videographer Matteo Castelluccia, Simon’s and Catheirne’s parents got into a luxury taxi and made their way into Radda. Shortly thereafter, Catherine’s father escorted the bride into a vintage Fiat convertible and drove them to the town hall.

Arriving at their destination, Catherine was met by curious and appreciative on-lookers. Simon went on into the town hall’s loggia to meet up with his parents, while Catherine and her parents lingered just a bit before walking into the loggia to a waiting Simon. Their civil ceremony was peppered with much laughter and even a few tears. After they were pronounced “man and wife”, Catherine and Simon’s parents showered them with rose petals upon the town hall’s ancient stone stairs. The six of them then strolled in the warm Tuscan sunshine to a nearby terrace for champagne and hors d’oeuvres, sitting under a sun umbrella and overlooking the sparkling blue-green Mediterranean sea.

Back at Villa Vignamaggio, the SposiamoVi team was hard at work, transforming one of the Villa’s wine cellar into a cozy, culinary haven. Making sure that the dining table was set for dinner with antique lace tablecloth, fine dinnerware, tall candelabra, fresh flowers from La Rosa Canina, and small candles scattered artfully about the table setting. Soft accent lighting from the venerable chandelier above the dining table completed the romantic, intimate ambience.

Before coming to dinner, the bride changed into yet another wonderful Alexander McQueen creation. This one playful with a plunging back, lace accents, and short organza ruffles. Catherine, Simon and their parents enjoyed a delicious Tuscan meal together; each course topped off with a different wine, selected from the Villa’s own vineyard. After dinner the newlyweds cut their cake, and then enjoyed a private dance among the French oak wine casks in the Villa’s aged wine cellar; the photographer and videographer capturing each move, each loving moment.

This was truly an experience that Catherine, Simon, and their parents will look back on for years to come with broad smiles on their faces. A fabulous location, an intimate setting, a charming couple, and loads of love!

Photography: Lisa Poggi Photography | Flowers: La Rosa Canina | Wedding Dress: Alexander McQueen | Hair And Make Up: Lara Navarrini | Bridal Shoes: Miu Miu | Cinematography : Matteo Castelluccia Videomaker | Villa : Vignamaggio | Wedding Planner And Designer: SposiamoVi

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Oscar de la Renta is the mastermind behind some of the most drool-worthy gowns to ever grace the pages of SMP. His designs are pure art and today we remember the man who brought such beauty and style to brides everywhere. We’ve gathered 20 of our favorite Oscar moments, and every single look is what dress dreams are made of.

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Pastel Glamour in Santa Monica

It may be fall, but today we are fully embracing spring thanks to this wedding of lifestyle blogger turned Bride, Whitney of See Shop Eat Do. Her day is a sea of pastel details, a bounty of blooms by Stephanie Grace and all mixed with classic sensibilities. To say this is a stunner is a complete understatement. Catch even more captured by Paige Jones, in the full gallery right here.

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From The Bride…Justin and I are both from Canada originally, but we met and got engaged here in Los Angeles, by the beach. We wanted our wedding to be romantic and traditional yet unstuffy, and to reflect what we both love so much about California. Having our reception at Casa Del Mar, an oceanfront hotel rich in Santa Monica history was the perfect fit. Our color scheme of blush pink, white and gold ran through all aspects of the event from our invitations to the bridesmaid dresses to the florals. Our bouquets and arrangements also had plenty of greenery in them which helped to lend a lush, California-casual vibe to the decor. It was really important to us that our guests, many of whom had flown in from other countries, have an amazing time and our band did a great job of getting everyone up and dancing from the second the reception started to the last song of the night.

Photography: Paige Jones | Videography: WADE Koch | Cake: Sweet Lady Jane | Makeup Artist: Fiore Beauty | Florals And Planning: Stephanie Grace | Party Rentals: Del Rey Party | Venue: Casa Del Mar

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Cocktail Hour with Wedding Paper Divas

Truth be told, we love a good cocktail hour around these parts. Signature drinks, lawn games, mingling with guests… it’s the kick-off of many a wedding bash and a great way to set the tone for your reception. A simple way to do that is with a few fun paper goods! We’re loving Wedding Paper Divas new reception goodies, from personalized coasters and napkins to song request and advice cards.

Classic Elegance
For the more classic couple looking for a hint of elegance, make a big impression with the Lavish Accent coasters and enclosure cards. A perfect match for your signature martini and gold detailing.

Tips for Bar Decor

  • Offer fancy garnishes like fresh florals and golden sugar for rims
  • Let your guests make song recommendations in advance with a pretty tray of song request cards
  • Consider a pretty backdrop! We love this DIY mirrored cocktail menu

Romantic & Playful
Turn up the volume on your romantic, playful affair with a bit of floral fun. We paired the Summer Circlet coasters with advice cards from the Blossoming Union suite for a fresh approach.

Tips for Bar Decor

  • Add a colorful citrus to your bar for a pop that will invite your guests right in
  • Have your bartender prep signature cocktails in advance and have them ready to go on lovely coasters. No one likes to wait in a line!
  • Get creative and rent a vintage bar cart, topped with unique items like the library card holder shown above

With the wide array of designs, it’s easy to choose items that will match your look. Get the party started with Wedding Paper Divas!

Classic Elegance Photography: White Loft Studio | Romantic & Playful Photography: Michelle March | Romantic & Playful Vintage Decor: Unearthed Vintage


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