Ethereal Beauty from Elizabeth Messina & MunaLuchi Magazine

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Boy do we have a treat for you lovelies today! The prettiest sneak peek into MunaLuchi Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2014 cover editorial, “Ethereal Beauty”, captured by none other than the amazing Elizabeth Messina! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the publication, MunaLuchi Magazine is a stunning print editorial whose goal is to showcase the beauty that is diversity. The name MunaLuchi is the combination of two African names which, when fused together, mean “Beautiful Work of God”. And the company’s mission is to promote positive images of women of color, believing that positive imagery is the threshold for confidence, and confidence inspires self love.

We’re positively swooning over this stunning session, featuring devastatingly beautiful gowns by Oscar de la RentaSamuelle CoutureJean Ralph-ThurinClaire Pettibone Chaviano Couture paired with delicate headpieces + veils by Olivia HeadpiecesTwigs and Honey + Delphine Manivet. The images are at once ethereal + powerful, and we’re sure after seeing this glimpse into the pages of MunaLuchi, you’ll want to run out and scoop up a copy of your own to see even more..

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Nikia Phoenix, you’re beautiful!

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From the editors of MunaLuchi, The MunaLuchi bride is bold, beautiful, worldly. She is witty, vibrant and free. She loves the finer things in life, and is not afraid to go after what she wants. She exudes style and grace and is determined to look her very best not just on her wedding day, but every day. She yearns to embrace her culture and seeks inspiration that speaks to her. She comes in all sizes and shades. Simply put, she is beautiful no matter what skin she’s in.

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The Spring/Summer 2014 issue is such a special one. Each one is special actually, but this one’s extra special because it’s our first time doing multiple covers. We showcased images from our cover editorial, “Ethereal Beauty” on all covers instead of just the front.

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We’re really not sure what to say about these uber-romantic blooms + halos, arranged by Nancy of Oak and the Owl, except WOW! Just the prettiest.


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The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of  MunaLuchi Magazine is on newsstands throughout the country now! To pick up a copy, visit your local Target or Barnes and Noble or find the nearest retailer here.

Big thanks to MunaLuchi Magazine, Elizabeth Messina, and the talented designers + creatives below for allowing us a peek into this beautiful editorial!

photography: Elizabeth Messina // florals + styling: Nancy Teasley of Oak and the Owl // model: Nikia Phoenix // hair: Mann Nance // makeup: Erin Skipley // fashion styling: Jolleson // assistant styling: Naomi Goodman of At First Blush & Co. Events // dresses: Oscar de la RentaSamuelle CoutureJean Ralph-ThurinClaire PettiboneChaviano Couture // headpieces + veils: Olivia HeadpiecesTwigs and HoneyDelphine Manivet // jewelry: (earrings) Ben Amun courtesy of Thomas Laine // shoes: Oscar de la Renta // calligraphy: Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryTwigs & Honey is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Marry or Honeymoon Along the Amalfi Coast at The Belmond Hotel Caruso


Italy’s Amalfi Coast is the pinnacle of all Italian dreams, right? It’s kind of the mecca for an unforgettably romantic holiday, and the only thing we can imagine that would be better would be to exchange your vows there! Your destination wedding dreams can easily become an exciting reality with The Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello. This 11th-century palace in the heart of the Amalfi Coast is the perfect setting for a wedding day to remember.

The Belmond hotel group has many amazing properties, trains and cruises throughout the world, including several breathtaking properties in Italy. We’re excited to give you lovelies an exclusive look into each of these gorgeous + unique properties by introducing you to one of their amazing hotels each month for the next several months. 

The helpful staff at The Belmond Hotel Caruso answered a couple of our questions about what it would really be like to marry at this sunning, historical resort:

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

Belmond Hotel Caruso spells romance everywhere you turn. Throughout the grounds, there’s nowhere better than its lush gardens to hold the ceremony, under cloudless skies, with the sea as a backdrop. Ideally, the perfect event starts with a symbolic ceremony in the hotel’s ‘Olive Gardens': a symphony of olive trees and white roses that seem just to be there waiting for the next couple to whisper loudly: “yes, I do”.


GWS: Is there one area of the hotel, a feature or a service that guests cannot stop raving about when they visit and experience it for the first time?

Few views are as stage-set for romance as the view on the bay that you can get from the hotel’s infinity pool: ” a true gift that keeps on giving.” One afternoon, while I was chatting with a couple I received a really challenging request. The man wanted to surprise his girlfriend, he was looking for something extraordinary. Something to remember! The hotel infinity pool with its breathtaking view of the sea, the mountains and the sky was ticking all the boxes for the creation of the memorable event, but something else, something never seen before was needed. The idea came all of a sudden: “What if we create a platform floating on the water of the infinity pool?” It sounded perfect. After 10 hours the platform was ready, thanks to our team of true professionals who rose to the challenge, the couple were delighted and they had a private romantic dinner as the stars came out.


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

Belmond Hotel Caruso’s Executive Chef Mimmo is a true artist. His dishes are pieces of art and they are always “food for eyes”. Starting from his interpretations of traditional recipes like the “Linguine alla Colatura di Alice” to the fabulously cooked fresh seafood and catch of the day: it’s really hard to choose a preferred one. Our couples usually pick inspired by my mood of the day and of the people they’re inviting to their special day.

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

The Caruso Spritz! A fruity mix of local Limocello liqueur, Campari and Aperol to sip at our Loggiato Bar. The best time to go there is when the sun is about to disappear and the landscape becomes light pink. In the background, the warm voice of the Hotel resident pianist will do the rest!



photo above of bride + groom courtesy of Julian Bower Photography

GWS: How do you make a visit special for a couple on their honeymoon?

To us the more romantic and secluded the better. A single table in a secret garden corner, a just-for-two sunrise boat ride with Champagne toast, a culinary experience with a private cooking lesson, open-air couple massages, a serenade under the Amalfi moonlight: these are our secret ingredients to rev up our guest’s love factor. Are there any local festivals or events that you recommend guests attend when they visit?

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​ l​ocal culture?

Usually we suggest to ‘go local’. In Ravello, there are a lot of great restaurants, usually family-run which offer an international excellent service with a really friendly and authentic allure.



We’re sure it’s easy to see that The Belmond Hotel Caruso, on Italy’s Amalfi Coast, is the perfect choice for a dreamy destination wedding or a honeymoon filled with both exciting + relaxing activities!

Ciao bella + happy wedding planning! :)

This post is part of our series, Find Your Italian Honeymoon + Wedding Destination with Belmond. Be sure to check out all the other amazing properties!


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Pink Ombre Bridal Shower Inspiration

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We love it when brides-to-be plan a little somethin’ extra special to ask her besties to be by her side when the big day comes! Today’s styled shoot, from J Wiley PhotographyIntertwined Events+ Be Inspired PR, is all about celebrating the bride’s turn to pop the question with a fun ombré-hued bridal brunch filled with lots of pretty ideas. Let’s take a peek!

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The girls got to play dress up in fun, springtime dresses from Donna Morgan + loving those oversized balloons, too!

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A mimosa bar is pretty much a must at a bridal shower, right?! This sweet set-up, by ONEHOPE Weddings, looks just as pretty as it does delish!

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And how great is this gorge gradient tablescape by The Velvet Garden? Loving all the blooms they incorporated – like peonies, ranunculus, garden roses + sweet pea – ranging all the way from blush to fuchsia!

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Cutest little cupcake toppers!

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How many of you brides-to-be are planning a special way to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids? We’d love to hear your plans in the comments section! And we can’t forget to thank all of the creative folks below for sharing their talents with us today!

See more from this shoot on Inspired by This today also! :)

photography: J Wiley Photography // produced by: Be Inspired PR // designer: Intertwined Events // dresses: Donna Morgan // florals: The Velvet Garden // rentals: Archive Rentals // hair + makeup: Kacee Geoffroy // accessories: Two’s Company // mimosa bar: ONEHOPE Weddings // stationery: Nic.Roc. Designs // venue: The Washbow // dessert: Sprinkles Cupcakes

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