Bridal Shoot Inspired by Italian Architecture

We were so thrilled to share a beautiful Italian boudoir shoot  just a few weeks ago from Laura Murray Photography and Fine & Fleurie, and today we’re even more excited to share this absolutely stunning bridal shoot they created during their stay in Italy.

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This shoot took place in the incredible cliff side city of Polignano a Mare, in the South of Italy. Our gowns were all designed and meticulously crafted by Spanish couturier Santos Costura. In following our theme of art & architecture each gown style played on elements of the local landscape: a two-piece ivory gown with lace top and chiffon skirt that plays on the patterns and florals we found around the city; a highly structured and more conservative long-sleeved beaded gown that pays homage to the deep religious roots of Italy; and lastly a classic ivory tulle gown whose true showpiece is a pearl-collared cape that caught the ocean breeze in the most beautiful way. Our gown choices were a mix of classic and modern, but styled naturally and in a way we hope can inspire real destination brides.

Photography: Laura Murray Photography  | Styling & Accessories: Jessica Gallo of Fine & Fleurie  | Local Coordination & Logistics: Anna Calzolaio | Model: Alessia Vaccaro ( | Film Lab: Mammum | Hair: Marilena Panarelli U | Make-up: Simona D’agrosa ( | Felicia Doyle ( | Wedding Gowns: Santos Costura

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08.21.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

The Art of Freehand Wedding Invitations

Freehand-wedding-invitationsThere are few things more personal than getting a handwritten letter in the mail. Opening an envelope addressed to you, the feeling and smell of the paper, the ink slightly raised from the page–the experience of opening a letter is sensory and personal. When creating an invitation for your event, consider that hand lettering stands out in this digital age. Since the invitation is the first glimpse your guests have of your event, an invitee who receives a hand lettered invitation immediately feels appreciated and knows to anticipate an intimate affair with your personal touches.

thumbnailLettering is a true art form with a rich history, and incorporating lettering into your invitations conveys a sense of timelessness. Modern Calligraphy, for example, is a great way to hint at the past tradition of calligraphy while perhaps incorporating a more fluid style and modern details, the perfect mix of elegant and relaxed. Working with a calligrapher or letterer enables you to create something unique to you and your event.

gold-calligraphy-wedding-invitationsWhen planning your invitation with your designer, you’ll be able to truly customize your invitation suite so that it reflects you and your significant other and your special celebration together. Since a free-hand wedding invitation is entirely custom, you are able to add interesting details such as a unique floral illustration, a drawing of your venue, or a meaningful quote. Wedding invitation designers are artists, so take advantage of their knowledge and particular skillset. Don’t hesitate to ask plenty of questions, and give them examples that are similar to what you are looking for. Remember to listen to their suggestions and trust their artistic instincts.

beach-theme-wedding-invitation-suiteYour wedding invitation becomes a keepsake. More than any favor, a hand lettered invitation is a tangible memento of your celebration. Just as a letter in the mail becomes a special priceless treasure, your invitation becomes a special part of that tradition.

Article: Jessica Sloane | Graphic: Hannah Lee| Credits in order of appearance: | Stationery : La Happy | Styling : Pearl & Godiva  |  Photographer : Brumley and Wells Production, Art Direction & Styling : Pearl & Godiva | Photography: Tec Petaja | Stationery & Calligraphy : Chelsea Petaja from Oh my Deer | Styling and Creative Direction: Pearl & Godiva | Photography : Jen Huang with Nevealbums | Stationery: Maybelle Imasa | Photography: Erich McVey | Design & Styling: Ginny Au | Paper and calligraphy: Meghan Kay Sadler 

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08.21.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Delicate Spring Wedding Ideas

We loved this delicate inspiration shoot from the Belle Lumiere workshop shot by Mint Photography. This is a gorgeous twist on traditional spring wedding ideas. With the incorporation of light and airy flowers and lighter colors, Ginny Au’s styling created a lovely and elegant shoot to serve as inspiration for your spring wedding!

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It was such an honor and great experience to attend the Belle Lumiere workshop in Tennessee at the gorgeous Bloomsbury Farm! Elisa and Edward were wonderful at explaining the ever growing field of film photography. The whole team of vendors pulled together the most beautiful styled shoot set in the nature that surrounded us during the workshop. It was a great platform to learn and have hands on experience with film, as well as learn about the film scanning and developing process from Austin and Ryan. A big thanks to Lexi Vornberg for creating this workshop and allowing us the opportunity to learn together and get to know other great vendors in the industry!

Photography: Mint Photography | Workshop: Belle LumiereCameras: Contax Rental Location: Bloomsbury FarmLab: Film Box LabStyling: Ginny Au | Paper Suite: Abany Bauer (Brown Linen)Rentals: 12th TableHair and Makeup: Amanda GrosTeachers: Elisa and Edward Bricker, Austin Gros and Ryan BernalModel: Caylin Cervetti Dress: Dress TheoryDress Designer: Sarah SevenFlorals: Kelly Lenard

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08.20.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

4 Inspiring Wedding Websites Made By Loving Couples

You’ve just gotten engaged to the love of your life (YAY!), and you’re excited to start planning your dream wedding (not that you haven’t already been planning it for years..we know about your secret Pinterest board)! You know the best place to start is by building your wedding website- so you can announce to the world (and Facebook) that you’ve set the date, and you’re ready to share the news. Over the years you’ve seen dozens of friends get married and you’ve been to their cookie cutter wedding websites, but you’re looking for something different. You want to set up a website that reflects who you are as a couple, and really stands out among all of the others floating around the internet, but where do you start?

Well the good news is you don’t have to hire a professional! There are website builders, like IM Creator, that makes it easy for you and your fiance to work together, either from a predesigned template or from scratch, to design a truly inspired website to tell the world your wonderful news! Upload your own pictures, backgrounds, and lay it out however you want. They make it easy to create a website for your wedding that is a real reflection of you as a couple, and lets your creativity run wild. Look what real couples did with IM Creator, and what we love most about their websites:

taylor and peter

Taylor and Peter did a great job using IM Creator to set up their wedding website, and did a beautiful job including all the information their guests needed while keeping a beautiful, and clean home page. Their website is easy to navigate, and we adore that their engagement pictures get to take center stage on the front page!


Kristen and Alex kept their design simple and monotone, which gives it a really timeless feeling. We also adore that after looking through their website, they provide their guests information, not only about hotels and accommodations, but entertainment while they’re in town fort he wedding. With a list of restaurants, museums, tours, their guests will know exactly how to spend heir down time while in Chicago for Kristen and Alex’s wedding.


Don’t you just love how Eliot and Sheena designed their website? It’s classic, elegant, yet modern and fun! We also love how the couple included a link to their registries on their page so their guests can easily find where to buy gifts!


Kristin and Mark set up the “travel details” portion of their wedding website perfectly! They included photos of each location and a map to direct guests along with a timeline! Take a cue from Kristen and mark and set up a portion of your website like this so none of your guests will be scrambling to find their way between the ceremony and reception.

Do you feel more confident now about creating your custom wedding website? Take some cues from these sweet couples and set up your website with IM Creator today!

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08.20.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog