There are so many wonderful adjectives that can be used to describes this luxuriously minimal collection: contemporary, chic, artful, fun, fashionable, personable, non traditional, free spirited, and individual. If you are a woman who feels your femininity goes without saying, loves stylish creations that speak to your heart, and takes the path less traveled, then you will find the dress of your dreams in this collection!
Designer Anya Ostapenko was born in wintry Russia, but moved down under to sunny Australia at a very young age to enjoy warm summers and surf. The vast cultural differences started a passion for travel, always for pleasure first and then for business. Her curious eye propelled her into photography too, allowing her to express herself through the lens and capture beautiful moments whilst adventuring. During her travels she met strong females from all walks of life, inspiring her to create for these women. After concentrating on bridal accessories for the past four years, she couldn’t help but give in to the desire to expand into the gown sector and channel her creativity in that way.
As you can see from the images above, L’eto Bridal chose to photograph this collection in a nostalgic golden glow of a luxurios seaside retreat. The rural landscape and geometric structures of the house made a stark background that allowed the delicate textures, soft wispy fabrics, and light embellishment of the dresses to shine. Add in the silhouettes reminiscent of past decades, plunging necklines, and decorations of metallic thread and crystal fronds and you see the stunning result!
As you slip on each dress, you will find that each lends a distinct attitude to the bride; assuring her that yes, you look beautiful, and you know it. We have to warn you that with these wonderful choices, it may be hard picking just one from this fabulous collection!
Photography Stellar Hours Photography | Hair and Makeup Emilia Petronelli | Venue Annandale Coastal Retreats | Models Polly Batchelor from Unique Model Management | Assistants Samantha Gerard , Sophie Isabella Milne , Balencia Lane
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From Viviana and Laura, the stylists:
This wedding is not what you would expect for a destination wedding in Italy. The bride and groom are Canadian and Australian born, living in LA. They chose Florence, Italy as the backdrop of their fabulous wedding back in June.
Jacinte and Hal didn’t go for the very popular rustic countryside Italian bash, but opted for a much more unique setting in one of the most elegant and luxurious villas in Florence – Villa Cora. The hotel is exquisite and refined, with some quirky touches here and there to surprise its guests. Styling the wedding was an exercise in balancing the richness of the venue and grandeur of the Florentine’s surroundings, with romantic yet stylish touches while avoiding an overdone look.
A touching and lighthearted ceremony was held in the villa’s gardens and a reception set up in the grand mirror room. For the reception we went with a refreshing palette. Using blues, gold and yellows in varying shades, and pairing those hues with some classic styling choices mixed with more eclectic details. This pairing of antique/ornate and modern/cool continued in the stationery design, where a contemporary design for the invitation program and menu was juxtaposed with timeless handmade calligraphy elements for the escort cards, favor tags and table numbers. Every choice was a reflection of the bride and groom: stylish and classic, but in a unique way. The effect was romantic and cool – just like Jacinte in her Valentino!.
Photography Sebastien Boudot | Stylist/Planner BiancoAntico & Laura Bravi Events | Floral Designer Nina e i Fiori | Dress Valentino | Shoes Jimmy Choo | Hair & Makeup Giulia Cresci | Venue Villa Cora | Calligraphy Wild Flowers Calligraphy | Graphic Paperless Post | Candles Creative Candles | Entertainment Alma Project | Music Giampiero Mazzocchi Accordionist | Hand sewn petal bags Letrecivettefattoamano
Sometimes there is no need for words. So today we will let the beautiful work of our Vendors speak for themselves – like the gorgeous image (above) by Common Dove Photography , or (below) by Karina Papadopoulos. The slideshow has even more loveliness!