Glamorous Italian Wedding: Jemma + Daniel

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In keeping with our Italian theme today, our real wedding comes from Perugia, Italy. And wait until you see the photos David Campbell Imagery captured! Such a magical city… Jemma + Daniel based their wedding inspiration around elegance and old world glamor. The city itself created a match for their vision, like the Baroque style town hall building they were married in. A bit about the day from Jemma:

“We wanted all of our guests to feel as though they has been asked to an intimate dinner party. Our outfits were in keeping with our inspiration, shying away from traditional wedding attire. We felt that this worked well with the mood that the medieval town of Perugia evoked.”

So gorgeous. And I’m in major love with Jemma’s black wedding gown – wait until you see it! :) Congrats to Jemma + Daniel!

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Processional: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Handel

Recessional: Vivaldi's 'Spring' – The Four Seasons

First Dance: Elton John's 'Your Song' – covered Ellie Goulding

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For us both, it was the walk through the main high street, from the Town Hall after we had been married. Walking through the beautiful town, as the friendly locals congratulated us on our marriage, was certainly a highlight. The words "Tanti auguri!" will hold a special place in our hearts.

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bride and groom in italy

bride and groom in italy

bride and groom in italy

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Destination weddings do not need to be daunting or overly expensive. Trust your instincts, negotiate hard, and don't sweat the little things!

photography: David Campbell Imagery // venue: ceremony – Perugia Town Hall, Perugia, Italy; reception – ‘Alla Posta dei Donini’, Perugia, Italy // event planner: Marry Me Abroad // floral design: Chosen by bride, prepared by ‘Milleidee’ (Perugia) // wedding dress: Sass and Bide // hairpieces: Vintage, found by bride’s sister in law // shoes: LK Bennett // hair: ‘I Paralleli’, Perugia // groom suit: Calibre // catering: ‘Alla Posta dei Donini’ // cake: Croquembouche, made by ‘Alla Posta dei Donini’

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Marry or Honeymoon in Italy at the Villa San Michele & Hotel Cipriani

Have you ever dreamed of getting married or honeymooning in Italy? Well, I’m sharing two stunning options for either your destination wedding or an ultra romantic honeymoon. Both of these iconic hotels are members of the Orient-Express Collection.

First, the Villa San Michele in Florence, Italy. We spent a week in Florence last year and just loved the entire Tuscany region. Florence is one of the most beautiful parts of Italy and the Villa San Michele is a stunning venue that takes full advantage of the gorgeous country that surrounds it.

The Villa is an historic property that actually got its start as a 15th century monastery. Today, couples can marry in a nearby church or al fresco in the formal gardens amid lemon and orange trees. Afterward, they can indulge in plenty of prosecco on the colonnaded loggia before retiring to the elegant Michelangelo suite.

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Villa San Michele also makes a perfect honeymoon spot! Once on site, you can spend hours in the panoramic pool that overlooks Florence (personally, I can never get enough of a pool with a view :), take a class at their world famous Cookery School (and eat all of your great class projects!), or stroll through the extraordinary gardens which are steeped in history – dating from the 15th century when they were nurtured by Franciscan monks! The resort also features great restaurants, including the 16th-century Loggia Restaurant which offers exceptional views over Florence.


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It looks pretty amazing right? You can see more from their weddings and suite offerings on their site – Villa San Michele.

Next up is Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy. Another romantic city and perfect for either a destination wedding, honeymoon or even an anniversary trip :)

For your wedding, whether you wish a religious wedding in a church, a civil ceremony in the Town Hall, or simply a blessing in the Casanova or Antique Gardens overlooking the tranquil lagoon, the Hotel Cipriani team of wedding experts will assist you with any requests you may have to tailor the event to your specific needs.  If privacy is important to you, Hotel Cipriani can be hired for exclusive use with their Ultimate Take-Over. Imagine having the entire hotel all to yourself – where you can accommodate your guests and entertain them as if in your own private villa. Pretty amazing, right?!

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Venice is also a pretty popular spot for honeymoons – in fact Jason and I went there for our honeymoon! :) Four minutes by private launch from San Marco, on the tip of Giudecca Island, the Hotel Cipriani commands unrivalled views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace. Steeped in Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated in exquisite local artefacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist and the most fabulous swimming pool in the city.

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Who else has major wanderlust now?!  Learn lots more about these two fabulous hotels on their websites – Villa San Michele and Hotel Cipriani. And they are currently offering special group rates – Hotel Cipriani and Villa San Michele.

Villa San Michele images by Joee Wong

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Winnie the Pooh Wedding Inspiration

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Sometimes wedding inspiration can come from unlikely places – like this shoot inspired by Winne the Pooh! Using a red + yellow color palette as well as honey, the story of the cutest bear around shows how to create a youthful and colorful wedding. And of course, using a big red balloon couldn’t be more perfect!

From Plum Jam Photography“The inspiration for this Winnie the Pooh themed shoot came after my husband and second shooter, Jesse, and I watched the most recent cinematic version of Winnie the Pooh. We saw an untold love story that we thought would be a great basis for wedding decor. Since the storyline is mainly based around Pooh Bear getting his honey, we ran with that and incorporated many honey elements as well as the red and yellow color scheme. It was like an elegant picnic, complete with paper bow tie and stunning Stephanie James Couture dress.”

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I personally love the use of the honey sticks. For our shoot they went from place cards to favors and then again as a drink sweetener and straw. We also incorporated the honey into the appetizers and of course, that beautiful piece of honeycomb on top of the Enjoy Cupcakes delicious cake. The honeycomb shaped mini cakes, as well as the honey cupcakes really made a statement dessert table.

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The bar featuring the Barenjager Honey Liqueur was the perfect signature him and her cocktail mixer, along with the non-alcoholic option of tonic water and honey.

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winnie the pooh wedding ideas

winnie the pooh wedding ideas

winnie the pooh wedding ideas


And the film from the shoot by Him & Her Wedding Films


Such fun ways to bring a playful theme into your day! Thanks so much to all the artists involved.

photography: Plum Jam Photography // videography: Him & Her Wedding Films // venue: Dana Powers Barn Nipomo, California // groom’s stylist: Curtis Campbell // bride’s stylist: Jessi Skipton Campbell,  jessiskiptoncampbell@gmail.com // cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes // florals: Lori Boe Floral Design // dress: Stephanie James Couture // table, lace, tableware: Embellish Vintage Rentals // cloth napkins: Picking Daisies // jewelry: Elladolce // homemade crackers + iced tea: Sally Loo’s // invitations, straw banners, paper bow tie: Paper Sky // photobooth: Moore Photo Booth

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