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An Intimate, Serene Destination Wedding at the Hotel Excelsior in Venice, Italy

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Jan 032014

Constanza and her family have been visiting Venice's breathtaking Hotel Excelsior for twenty years, spending time each summer surrounded by the island city's history, culture, and magic. Says Constanza, "Nicolai was the first boyfriend of mine to ever accompany us on our family trip. And he loves the time we've spent there as much as my family and I do." It was only fitting, then, that the Miami native and her Colombian now-husband return to the place that has been so dear to her for so long to celebrate their wedding.

Just after arriving for a long weekend trip to Paris (Constanza's second favorite city after Venice), she and Nicolai took a stroll through the Tuileries. As they wandered the garden in the springtime sun, Nicolai got down on one knee and asked Constanza to be his wife. After spending a few months enjoying their engagement, the bride used her creative expertise as an interior designer to plan their timeless Venetian wedding, on June 16th, 2012, in a mere six months. "We felt it was very important to let both the city and the hotel set the pace, so we worked on enhancing it without overpowering the inherent beauty," Constanza says.

Constanza whore a gorgeous Jenny Packham gown for the outdoor wedding. The simple silhouette, overlaid with beaded lotus flowers and a flattering natural waist, "felt right for the setting," she says. "I loved the craftsmanship, how it caught the light, and how comfortable it felt. I'm not one for a lot of fabric."

She paired her gown with sparkling peep-toe Jimmy Choo pumps. Her gorgeous chandelier earrings were a gift from her husband, who'd purchased them for her as a surprise during a trip to Jaipur, India, the winter before the wedding.

Constanza's tulle veil was hand-made by the bride and her stepmother. "We cut the fabric together, and she hand-sewed individual beads along the edge," Constanza says.

The bride's younger sister, Serena, served as the flower girl. She wore a simple empire-waist dress and a crown of pink and yellow roses.

Constanza's bouquet was inspired by nosegays carried by brides at the turn of the century. Pink and peach garden roses were cuffed with white bouvardia and lisianthus.

Nicolai and Constanza exchanged vows beneath an altar of peach and cream roses, eucalyptus, and silk ribbons. The ceremony was officiated by a close friend of the couple.

The hotel's soft pink interior courtyard, featuring architecture inspired by Cordova and Granada, provided a quiet place for the bride and groom to bask in the joy of their wedding day.

Peach, coral and white paper lanterns hung from the poolside gazebo, adding a pop of color to the ornate white structure.

During cocktails, Constanza and Nicolai surprised their guests with an unexpected performance: synchronized swimmers! "I'd seen a similar performance at an event a few years earlier, and was so excited to have them at our wedding," she says.

The reception décor highlighted the hotel's peach, white, and soft green color palette. "The room was already so stunning, so we kept the decorations simple," says the bride. "We dimmed the chandeliers and lit tons of candles."

The flower arrangements were soft, simple and elegant. Peach, pink, and white roses overflowed from urns and low vases.

Nicolai and Constanza kept their destination more intimate, with only 120 guests joining them in Venice. To give their reception an incredibly personal touch, guests were assigned to tables, where they each found place cards featuring photos of themselves with the bride and groom.

Constanza used ornate Florentine stationery for the escort cards and table numbers. At each guest's place was a printed menu, as well as a card upon which they could write wishes for the bride and groom. The wishes were later tied to wish lanterns and released into the sky.

"Crazy hour is so popular across Latin America—the time during a wedding when you pump up the volume and everyone dresses up in hats and costumes," says Constanza. "We put a Venetian spin on ours by providing gorgeous masks for our guests to wear."

The couple's wedding cake was served on the hotel's antique silver cake stand.

The bride, groom and their friends danced all night. "We started the party off with salsa, then changed to pop and Motown," Constanza says. "Once the grown-ups had gone to bed, we had a karaoke after-party that raged until 7 a.m.!"

After a day to rest up in Venice, Constanza and Nicolai were off on an Asian adventure for their honeymoon, traveling to Bangkok, an elephant camp in Chiang Rai, and a luxurious beach in the Maldives.

Constanza's advice for couples is to be true to who they are. "The best weddings aren't just beautiful. They're the ones where the real essence of the couple shines through."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hotel Excelsior || Bride's Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Hair: Rossano Ferretti || Bridesmaid's Dress: Luca Luca || Groom's Suit: Ermenegildo Zegna || Wedding Bands: Chisholm Collection || Florist: Munaretto || Catering & Cake: Hotel Excelsior || Photography: Shannen Natasha Weddings

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Romantic June Wedding at Martinelli Event Center in California

 California, Glamorous, Jimmy Choo, Monique Lhuillier, Real Weddings, Romantic  Comments Off on A Romantic June Wedding at Martinelli Event Center in California
Dec 272013

For Angela, 28, an elementary school teacher, and Jacob, 30, an energy trader, a California wedding was a no-brainer. The two were both from SoCal's Central Valley—just 45 minutes apart—and attended UC-Santa Barbara, where they met nine years ago. But even though they'd lived so close (if unwittingly) for their whole lives, they didn't start dating until Jacob had already graduated and moved away, and they didn't live in the same city throughout their six-year courtship.

Finally, after a holiday proposal in San Francisco's Union Square, they were ready to come together for good. The couple worked for months with Angela's mom and aunt to create a classic, romantic, and vintage-inspired reception filled with DIY details at Martinelli Event Center in Livermore, a Mediterranean-style event space and winery in California's Garré wine region.

Angela had two goals: to stick with decor so timeless, she wouldn't cringe when she flipped through her wedding album decades later, and to incorporate elements both of her Chinese-American heritage and Jacob's Dutch roots. Throw in some genius desserts and a string trio, and you've got one of the sweetest weddings we've seen all year.

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Photo: Annie Tao Photography

Jacob had planned to propose on ice skates, at San Francisco's Union Square ice rink a week before Christmas in 2011. Angela arrived ready to go, bedecked in spandex in sequins, but the two realized they wouldn't have enough time for a twirl on the ice before dinner. Angela was starving, but Jacob convinced her to take a walk around Union Square before they arrived at the restaurant. When he got down on one knee, she was so surprised and overjoyed, she couldn't eat all night!

"I've always envisioned an elegant outdoor wedding that incorporates my Asian-American heritage and the Dutch-American heritage of my fianc," Angela says. Chinese accents and parasols to keep guests out of the sun lent the affair a unique, global feel.

Angela and Jacob stuck with a color scheme of blush and ivory, incorporating gold and silver accents, which came through on their elegant lace-trimmed invitations. Angela, her mother, and her aunts created the details themselves, inspired by the lace and rhinestone accents on her gown.

Angela knew her ivory lace Monique Lhuillier gown was "the one" the moment she saw it. "I love the details that went into the dress—Alencon lace, Chantilly lace, sheer tulle, satin-covered round buttons, and a little bit of sparkle from the shiny rhinestone sash," she says.

She went ultra-glam with glittery gold Jimmy Choo sandals for the ceremony, a surprise gift from her maid of honor, and paired her feminine trumpet gown with dangling drop earrings and a fingertip veil. A classic nosegay of white, ivory and blush peonies and roses rounded out her timeless look.

Jacob wore a classic black Hugo Boss tux that reminded Angela more than a little of James Bond. His fitted white shirt was fastened with silver cuff links Angela gave him on their first dating university, one of only a few belongings to survive a house fire in 2010.

Before the ceremony, she says, Angela was so nervous about everything going smoothly, she twitched for two hours! Jacob is still giggling about it—in all their eight years together, he said, he's never seen it happen before or since.

Angela's bridesmaids looked ethereal in blush silk chiffon dresses by Amsale. Groomsmen were decked out in Vera Wang tuxedos, chosen by the best man. They chose to forgo vest, cummerbund, and suspenders for a cleaner, more streamlined look.

Angela and Jacob were married on a hill overlooking the vineyard. "The ceremony site was decorated with a light layer of white rose petals running down the aisle. The site was so amazing on its own with the rolling hills and grape vines that I didn't want to take away from the natural beauty of the landscape with too much decoration," Angela says.

Handmade lace doily cones, filled with flower petals for guests to toss during the processional, hung on the backs of aisle-lining chairs during the ceremony.

Angela and Jacob's two flowers were both just 3 years old, and when it came time to walk the aisle they got lost and wandered over to a few guests standing away from the ceremony, to hilarious results. The girls were eventually redirected to the right path, but not before everyone had a good laugh!

The traditional ceremony was officiated by Jacob's great-uncle, a retired court-appointed judge in Sacramento. "It was special," Angela says, "because he'd officiated many weddings in Jacob's family."

As Angela walked down the aisle, a string trio played Edelweiss from The Sound of Music, one of her (and her family's) all-time faves. In fact, Angela was named after Angela Cartwright, who played one of the Von Trapp children in the movie! After saying "I do", Angela and Jacob led the recessional to "All You Need is Love" by the Beatles.

After a short and sweet ceremony—no longer than 10 minutes, but still too long for their ring bearer to stand still—the couple led guests through the vineyard to an indoor cocktail hour in Martinelli's Italian-style villa, before an outdoor seated reception in the courtyard.

"Anyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with oysters and a good steak," Angela says. The couple served oysters on the half shell, filet mignon, scallops, and Cornish hen. Guests quenched their thirst with colorful lemonade in between rounds on the dance floor.

Angela and her family DIY'ed the menus to reflect the lace accents on their invitations and their blush, ivory, and metallic color palette. The menu cards were made up of three layers of ivory, pink, and taupe shimmer paper with raised gold lettering, accented by ivory lace and a rhinestone. The couple used low centerpieces of blush and ivory roses, hydrangea, dusty miller, stock and dahlias with ivory votive candles and linens. The result? A soft, ethereal, classic look in fitting with the romantic surroundings.

To incorporate her heritage into the reception, Angela entertained guests with traditional Chinese lion dancers. They were a smash hit: most of the attendees had never seen anything like it before, and some raved that it was the best part of the party.

Angela has a major sweet tooth. Fittingly, guests received pink candy in lace-trimmed apothecary jars as favors (and sampled it on the dessert table) for a delectable end to the evening.

Angela, Jacob, and Angela's mom traveled far and wide, from San Francisco to Paris, to test the very best French macarons around for their wedding. They settled on a pink (apricot-peach flavored) tower sourced from Sugarie, a local bakery, to coordinate with their warm color palette.

The pice de resistance of the dessert table was a three-tier ivory cake, embellished with floral appliques and topped with pink roses edged with rhinestones. "The design of the cake was based on my wedding dress," Angela says.

For a keepsake they can return to throughout their lives, the couple decorated six jars in which guests could place written well-wishes and advice for their first, fifth, tenth, twentieth, twenty-fifth, and fiftieth anniversaries.

Angela's advice to future brides? "Find a photographer you absolutely adore and trust. We gushed over the photos of Annie Tao, our photographer, for five years before I even got engaged!"

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Martinelli Event Center || Bride's Wedding Dress: Chinese Cheongsam: Ling Ling Chinese Dresses, Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier, Reception Dress: Sue Wong || Shoes: Ceremony: Jimmy Choo, Reception: Miu Miu || Jewelry: Nina and Nadri, from Nordstrom || Hair and makeup: Skyla Arts || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale || Groom's Tuxedo: Hugo Boss || Groommen's Tuxedos: Vera Wang at Bridal Galleria || Bride's Wedding Rings: Steve Padis || Florist & Rentals: Delford West Flowers and Gifts || Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY, sourced from Papyrus, Cards and Pockets, and Lace Place|| Music: Ceremony: An Elegant Touch of Strings, Reception: Amos Productions || Catering: Garré Winery || Cake: Cake Delight || Favors: Sugarie || Videography: De Novo Studio || Photography: Annie Tao Photography

—Amanda First

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A Modern New York City Wedding with Urban Charm at The Foundry

 Elegant, Formal, Glamorous, Jimmy Choo, New York, Pink, Real Weddings, Romantic  Comments Off on A Modern New York City Wedding with Urban Charm at The Foundry
Nov 012013

Sometimes, a little Facebook stalking can be a good thing. Take Marsha, 34, and Kevin, 32, for example. The couple met working a summer job in college. They dated briefly, but lost contact when Marsha moved to London for a few years. Upon her return, the pair reconnected via social media, and they picked up their romance where it had left off.

With a love that started–and restarted–in New York, there was no question that Marsha and Kevin would take the plunge in the city that brought them together. They married beneath the stained glass windows of Riverside Church, then headed to Long Island City to celebrate surrounded by the exposed brick of The Foundry. Marsha used glowing candles and hundreds of flowers to create a theme that combined New York City's urban charm with delicate intimacy and romance.

Kevin and Marsha's wedding was an elegant combination of traditional and modern, with a ceremony at an historic New York City cathedral followed by a Long Island City reception in a raw, urban space.

The couple dated for four years before Kevin proposed. After a meal in downtown Brooklyn, Kevin suggested a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Halfway between Manhattan and Brooklyn, Kevin pointed out the dorm where Marsha had lived when they first met. He got down on one knee, saying that "not a lot of people get a second chance at love, and this time I want our love to last forever."

5" Jimmy Choo peep toe pumps sparkled beneath Marsha's lace wedding gown.

A crystal and pearl sash accentuated the bride's waist and gave her dress an elegant, edgy feel.

Marsha chose a wedding gown that was a combination of modern and traditional. The fit-and-flair shape showed off her curves, while the asymmetric lace overlay showed off an organza skirt.

The bride carried a blush and peach bouquet of Calla lilies, Juliet garden roses and spray roses. The bouquet carried extra sentimental meaning for Marsha: Kevin buys her different colors and types of roses every week.

Kevin and his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of Osiana roses, ivy leaves and lily grass.

The groom sported a sleek gray tuxedo with a silver tie, tying in to the traditional-meets-urban theme.

Kevin's custom cuff links resemble a car's gear stick.

Riverside Church's ornate doors provide a stunning backdrop for portraits. Says Marsha, "We knew right away that this was where we would be exchanging vows."

Marsha's three bridesmaids, carrying bouquets of Osiana roses, wore strapless chiffon dresses from J. Crew. They accessorized the coral-hued dresses with rhinestone belts.

She's incredibly close with her 91-year-old grandmother, so Marsha had her grandmother walk her halfway down the aisle. There, she met her father, who escorted her to her waiting groom.

They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and Marsha and Kevin didn't let it stop them from sneaking a kiss as they made their way to the reception.

Two long main tables were topped with light gray linens, allowing the colored centerpieces to pop and perfectly accenting The Foundry's exposed brick walls. Tall candelabras added a touch of glam.

The lush fuchsia centerpieces featured garden roses, hydrangeas, nerines, Calla lilies and ivy greens.

Chandeliers hung above the tables, catching the light that filtered through the venue's skylight.

The guest book was a graphic print of a tree with blush and lavender leaves.

Marsha wanted the wedding cake to be simple, yet elegant. They chose a red velvet cake topped with white fondant. White and blush petals and an embossed lace trim tied the design into the wedding's theme.

Marsha and Kevin's first dance was to "By Your Side" by Sade, a favorite of theirs from when they dated in college. Music was a priority for the couple, who had two DJs at their reception playing reggae and soca music.

The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana and, says Marsha, "married life is amazing!" Her advice for couples is to keep the day about them. "Many people may offer an opinion," says Marsha, "but it is important to stay true to your overall vision and not to be too influenced by those around you."

Ceremony Venue: The Riverside Church || Reception Venue: The Foundry || Bride's Wedding Dress: Marisa || Hair: Kisa Alexander of Neal Farinah Salon || Makeup: Face The Day NY || Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Jewelry: Nadri || Wedding Bands: Blue Nile || Groom and Groomsmen's Tuxedos: Black by Vera Wang || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew || Invitations: Bella Figura || Paper Products: Village Invites || Florist: Verde Flowers || Catering: Real Food Catering || Cake: Made in Heaven Cakes || Music: Violinist from The Juilliard School, DJs from Music Mixed Intelligently || Rentals: Broadway Party Rental || Lighting: Universal Lighting & Sound || Photographer: Carmen Santorelli Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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May 062013

Stony Brook University sweethearts Tara and Frank settled into an 11th floor apartment with views of the ocean after graduation. Tara doesn't offer this tidbit to induce jealousy—it's important to the couple's engagement story.

"It was an early, cold Saturday morning in February," she recalls, and Frank beckoned the soon-to-be bride to come outside "because he had something to show me. When I stepped out, written in huge letters in the sand below us was, 'Will you marry me?' I turned around and there was Frank, on one knee."

"We wanted to get married with our feet in the sand," Tara explains, "because that is how Frank proposed." Fourteen months after Frank popped the question, Jamaican resort Half Moon accommodated the couple's 80 guests and offered a sandy respite with "panoramic views of the ocean," Tara says.

Sea shells played a large part in the couple's wedding decor and complemented their chosen color palette of soft hues and bright whites. "We brought our own vases and candles from New York," Tara says.

Tara's nails were painted a pale pink for the big day. Her square-cut engagement ring was set in white gold.

Bride Getting Ready

Photos: M&A Photography

The bride bought her Badgley Mischka bridal gown at Kleinfeld, home of the popular reality TV series Say Yes To The Dress. The strapless dress featured a sweetheart neckline and ruffled bodice.

Tara chose gold open-toed Jimmy Choo strappy sandals to go with her gown.

Yellow and aqua accents throughout the couple's wedding—even in the bride's garter—brought out "the color of the beautiful water," Tara says.

Eight bridesmaids wore pale yellow dresses by Jim Hjelm that featured neckline ruffles and empire waists

Groomsmen wore yellow pocket squares tucked into their soft gray vests, and sported casual aqua-hued boating shoes.

The couple's nieces and nephew served as their flower girls and ring bearer. The girls' white dresses, from David's Bridal, mimicked the bride's own ruffled assemble.

White Calla Lily Bouquet All White Calla Lily Bouquet

Photos: M&A Photography

Tara carried an all-white, long-stemmed Calla lily bouquet.

The traditional bouquet came with a twist: It was tied with raffia and pinned with pearls.

Frank's white Calla lily boutonniere was also tied with raffia.

Tara and Frank exchanged vows beneath a bamboo arbor dripping with white flowers and nestled into the soft sand.

Palm leaves and ferns added a pop of color to the otherwise all-white arbor, which was draped in shear fabric.

The ring bearer descended the aisle just before the bride, carrying a soft burlap pillow and a heart-shaped wood sign that read Here Comes The Bride.

As Frank spotted his bride walk down the sand, a boyish grin stretched across his face.

With 60 years of marriage under their belts, the bride's grandparents offered wisdom for the newlyweds during the ceremony.

A steel drum band welcomed guests as they left the beach and headed to the resort's terrace for the couple's cocktail hour.

The couple "wanted a weathered, beachy, nautical feel" to their reception, Tara says. Escort cards were nestled in sand between tiny sea shells.

Atop each white and blue menu card sat a starfish, a perfect complement to the couple's surf-and-turf dinner.

"The entire week was so special, with many memories," the bride recalls. "That was one of the reasons we wanted a destination wedding. Close family and friends together for a week—what more could you ask for?"

—Jillian Kramer

Ceremony Venue: Half Moon || Reception Venue: Half Moon || Bride's Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo || Groom's Tux: J. Crew || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jim Hjelm || Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Nordstrom || Flower Girl Dress: David's Bridal || Caterer: Half Moon || Stationery: Purple Ink Press || Photography: M&A Photography

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