Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

It’s no secret that we adore Grace Loves Lace here at GWS. Their bohemian designs resonate with us big time, and we’re always excited to see what they’re dreaming up next! When they shared photos from a recent shoot, highlighting some of their gorgeous new lace dresses from the Island Luxe collection, along with dreamy headpieces that will soon be available on their website, we were pretty excited to say the least. These ladies know the way to our hearts and we couldn’t wait to share the new collection with you!

From Grace Loves Lace, There’s something about seeing imagery with a group of women rather than just one. We always knew that was the setting and backdrop, but it was all about the girls. When girls are getting ready for their big day, they are never just on their own and we really wanted to communicate that camaraderie, friendship and companionship between best friends on wedding days.

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

Island Luxe from Grace Loves Lace

The loveliest, right?! And, to close, a funny anecdote about the shoot from the Grace Loves Lace team: It was the worst weather imaginable – it was one of the windiest days of the year and started raining. The assistants were chasing the scrims down the beach! So we’re beyond pleased that it’s turned out to be so beautiful!

Thanks so much for sharing, ladies!

photography: Sybil Steele // location: Dreamtime beach in Fingal Head, Australia // dresses: Inca, Avril, Claudia, Gisele, Cleo, Violet, Tara, Jasmine, Lottie // models: Kirsty Thatcher, Grace Quealy, Anna Hudson // hair + makeup: Mel Smith // art direction: Megan Ziems // headpieces: Grace Loves Lace

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Vibrant Lakeside Elopement Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

When we’re all done starring at those gorgeous red locks, we’ll go ahead + share today’s pretty editorial – one that’s sure to inspire couples who are considering an elopement in a far off place. Photog extraordinaire, Coco Tran, teamed up with Shannon of Thistle and Honey to stage a stunning elopement in the mountains. We’re positively smitten with those punchy florals (peonies, clematis, garden roses, sweet pea, spirea, and more in case you were curious!) and the idea of a sweet lakeside picnic with your love, post vow-exchange. Here’s a little bit more about the shoot, straight from Coco:

Being part of the wedding industry, often times vendors get a view into what its really like to plan a wedding – all of the details, all of the people you need to please, and all of the stress that goes along with it. Now don’t get me wrong, I LIVE for beautiful weddings and happy couples, but for some couples an elopement is the right choice. I think often times people automatically associate an elopement with a drive through chapel or a quick jaunt to your local city hall. Elopements can be so much more than that. You do not need to sacrifice style, details, and beauty just because you don’t plan to have 250 people watching you!

watercolor calligraphy invitation

whimsical red bouquet

red haired bride

One of our fave BHLDN dresses was used for this one, the Annabelle, which is completely convertible with a tulle sash than can be styled over 15 different ways.

illusion neckline dress

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

loose bouquet

Lake Inspiration

This shoot took place in the Sierra Nevada mountains, at a remote lake. This elopement setting would be perfect for the couple that loves to travel and loves adventure and nature. Instead of your traditional reception, we set up a beautiful picnic for the couple to enjoy and relax after they exchange their vows. An elopement such as this could easily be followed by a backyard “reception” celebration with family and friends. Alternatively, cues can be taken from this shoot and turned into a beautiful camping wedding!

cake table

cheese board

cake table

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

A messy side knot adorned with pink + white buds is such a great look!

rose hair piece

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

Lake Inspiration

Thanks so much to the talented team below for sharing these lovely, vibrant elopement ideas with us today!

photography: Coco Tran // venue: Silver Lake, California // florals: Shannon of Thistle and Honey // hair: Deeda Salon // make up: Olga Pirmatova // calligraphy: Mon Voir // dress: BHLDN // accessories: Hushed Commotion // rentals: Roots Reclaimed // cake: Paper Heart Patisserie // jewelry: Oore

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Marry or Honeymoon in Sicily at The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

We love that Italy has so much to offer for couples who are considering a destination wedding! There are so many different types of terrain + backdrops to choose from, so when we say there truly is something for everyone, it’s not even the slightest bit of a stretch. Today, we’re taking a virtual voyage to Sicily to see what it would be like to tie the knot by the sparkling waters of Mazzarò Bay, surrounded by sub-tropical gardens at The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea. Already hooked by the sound of that? Read on for lots of great details about the property + this magical city.

The Belmond Hotel group has many amazing hotels, trains and cruises throughout the world. And since they have a a handful of absolutely stunning properties in Italy, we’ve been loving sharing them with you through our fun Belmond Hotel series! We hope this series will help those of you with dreams of marrying or honeymooning in Italy turn your ideas into a reality. Or if you’re already married, consider one of the Belmond properties for an anniversary trip.

Today, we thought it would be fun to chat with Marilisa Bagnato (Banqueting Supervisor) and Mario Zerillo (Guest Relations Manager) at The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea:

GWS: Do you have a favorite wedding that was held at your property? If so, what made the wedding so special and memorable? 

We are lucky to be located in a very special corner of Sicily and we have many creative brides and grooms who want to tie the knot here on the Bay of Mazzarò. The one which particularly sticks out for me is a wedding we held last year in September. The bride and groom were both architects and so were very precise about how they wanted the ceremony so they’re design backgrounds came through on the day. The bride was from Panama and he was from Sicily, so during the ceremony on the beach, we organized a sand ritual: she brought a bottle of sand from Panama and he brought the ashes from Mount Etna and they mixed them during the service in order to represent their union!

Wedding at Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

GWS: Where is your favorite location on property for a wedding ceremony and why? 

My favorite location is the beach, because it is very romantic. Depending on the time of day, you can feel as though you’re in two different places. Twilight is incredible because there is a mixture of pink and turquoise colors on the sky and the sea is so bright it seems as though it’s lit up from underneath the waves!

cocktails here

GWS: What is your must have dish at a restaurant on property? 

As we’re a seaside villa, our seafood and fish dishes made by Chef Salvatore Gambuzza are fresh and make the most of the local ingredients. A must try dish at Oliviero Restaurant is the stewed octopus and cuttlefish with crunchy vegetables and candied cherry tomatoes, it’s so fresh and zesty for a summer night starter.

GWS: What is your favorite drink on property and where is your favorite place to enjoy it? 

One of the most beautiful places to enjoy a cocktail or two is on the terrace as the sunsets over the island. For the gents, we suggest the tangy Belmond 75 cocktail which comprises of gin, lemon juice, sugar and champagne. For the ladies, Passion for Fashion which is made from fresh lime, passion fruit and topped off with white rum.

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Sicily

GWS: What is one local destination, store or restaurant you recommend our readers experience during their stay to give them a true sense of the local culture?

We want honeymooners and all our guests to have authentic experiences during their time in Taormina so we always suggests locally run restaurants owned by local families. One in particular, Malvasia, in Taormina, is a family-run trattoria. Couples can also ask Eleonora, the ‘mamma’, to show them her secrets of making the best maccheroni pasta.

For an excursion, we suggest Castiglione di Sicilia and its imposing Castello di Lauria. The Castello di Lauria is off the beaten track and is perched on one of the highest points in the town – with almost an 380 degree view of the area it’s a very special place to see the island and the town of Castiglione below.

GWS: What activities offered by your property or locally do you recommend to your guests? 

For honeymooners looking for adventure, they should join one of our off road 4×4 tours of the notorious north side of Mount Etna. They can even take a freshly-prepared picnic with them with a bottle of local wine. One way to see the coastline is to take part in a morning fishing boat tour with a fisherman, there are some real characters here and it’s a fun way to experience local culture and to see the famous Isola Bella. Honeymooners can also find their dolce vita behind the wheel of a vintage Ape Calessino and visit Taormina and the hilltop town of Castemola.

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Isola Bella

 

GWS: What’s something unique to your property that you can offer to couples to make their wedding or honeymoon truly special? 

No two weddings are the same. We pride ourselves on helping the couple realize their dream and make their personalities shine through on their big day. For honeymooners, we have many fun or romantic activities for them to take part in – or they can simply spend their time lounging on the private beach under the watchful eye of our lifeguards or having a couples’ moonlight massage.

We love that The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea fuses Sicilian tradition with modern luxuries (and delicious cuisine), ensuring your trip or celebration will be truly unforgettable! And the entire property is also for hire, meaning you + your guests can enjoy complete freedom and exclusive service from the hotel’s dedicated staff. So, whether you are planning your dream destination wedding or researching for your honeymoon or an anniversary trip, be sure to consider The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!

* This post is sponsored by The Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea and is part of our series, Find Your Italian Honeymoon + Wedding Destination with Belmond. Be sure to check out all the other amazing properties. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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