Monthly Archives: July 2012

Today let’s go to Tuscany! Sarah and Chris chose the lovely Il Salviatino in Florence for their destination wedding, and kindly shared the day with us…

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We chose to get married abroad to give us the opportunity to style a wedding which was unique to us and allowed us to create a wedding reception without having the expectations of a traditional wedding. We chose Italy because of the relaxed, friendly and modern Italian culture, and we chose Il Salviatino as our venue because as it truly is one of the best venues in Italy!

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  We hired a classic Italian Cinque Cento, which we drove for the short distance from the Town Hall to the reception. It is Italian custom to beep your horn to celebrate your wedding, so when we arrived at Il Salviatino, all our guests heard us coming and were waiting for us as we drove up the driveway. This memory really has stuck in our minds.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  One of our aims was to make our wedding as non-traditional as possible, so the only tradition we observed was that Chris never saw me in my wedding dress until I arrived at the ceremony.

What advice do you have for other brides?  If getting married abroad, it is really worthwhile investing in a wedding planner/interpreter. Elena worked behind the scenes running up to the wedding, and ensured that all the legalities were finalized, and that everything ran smoothly on the day. Most importantly – soak up the day, enjoy every minute, try not to worry about if your guests are enjoying themselves or not and take 5 minutes with your groom away from all the chaos, to reflect on your day.



Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini / Venue: Il Salviatino in Florence, Italy / Planner: Elena Giorgetti / Bride’s dress: Jenny Packham / Makeup: Amanda Bell / Groom’s suit: Reiss / Stationery: designed by the groom, Chris Bain / Flowers: Tuscany Flowers


This wedding submitted via Two Bright Lights.

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Mood: sweet summer simplicity
Palette: peach, cream,

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Row 1: vintage peach botanical illustration from Christies / groomsmen in front of small white chapel, photo by Avery House, via Elizabeth Anne Designs / modern hand lettering by Alison Iven via Oh So Beautiful Paper  //  Row 2: bouquet with rattlesnake grass from Martha Stewart Weddings /  vintage lace gloves, photo by Anna Kuperberg / peach shirt dress by Elias & Grace //  Row 3: basket centerpieces from from Martha Stewart Weddings / apricot jam favor, photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy / glazed bundt cake with magnolia bloom from Food & Wine / beige gingham linen from La Tavola Linen  // Row 4: apricot place card by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings / blind impression invitation by Ruby the Fox, calligraphy by Angelique Ink, via Oh So Beautiful Paper / gingham shirt and bridal skirt by J.Crew, photo by Bend the Light, via Love & Lavender / bridal hat by Louise Green, photo by Beaux Arts Photographie via Santa Barbara Chic

You may have guessed that I’m seriously missing the South right now, but I’m also having a thing with gingham lately – I love it! This inspiration board started out with the botanical illustration, and was originally going to be a straightforward peach-themed wedding, but then I started pulling in peachy-beige gingham details and the whole thing came to life. Super simple and perfect for summer.


If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #559: Blue Gingham & Honey
Board #533: Strawberries & Gingham
Board #331: Peach Orchard

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Kelly from Kelly Oshiro Design and Santa Barbara Chic shared her sister’s sweet English wedding with me, and we thought it would be fun to cross-post about it, so you can also catch more photos and details on her blog. Such a sweet rainy day wedding!

Bridesmaids wore matching lavender dresses, and carried small bouquets of roses and hydrangea.

Mark wore a traditional morning suit. Tracy wore less traditional galoshes for walking around in the rain.

Tracy customized menus from Wedding Paper Divas with Florentine paper from Paper Source and wax seal monograms. Blue toile runners added extra charm to the tables.

Thank you to Kelly Oshiro for sharing her sister’s darling wedding with us! Read some of Kelly’s posts about the planning here, here, and here. But first, some details from the lovely bride!

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  Richmond is one of our favorite places to go. It is right on the Thames and has beautiful parks. We chose a registration office as we didn’t want a religious ceremony and the garden there was perfect for post wedding pictures.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  We wanted to make sure that the day was a true reflection of Mark and myself. We wanted to make the day as intimate as possible and make sure that our guests would have a great time.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  When we arrived at the venue for the reception and we could see all the flowers and table arrangements come together. It was great to see all the time and effort we had put in to set this up come to life for all our guests.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  We decided not to spent the night together before the wedding and Mark and I did not see each other before the ceremony at all. I also did the something old, something new, and something blue tradition. My something old was a vintage cardigan to wear for the cold English nights, Tracy’s something new was her dress, and the something borrowed was my sister’s purse from her wedding. And the something blue was my garter.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To remember that this is our wedding. I think sometimes you can get caught up in what you should do, or what people expect you to do. Remember to keep focus as to what is important to you.

What advice do you have for other brides?  To remember that everything will work out in the end, and to relax. Also, I wish I would have had some champagne before we took are wedding photos because I think I would have felt more relaxed while taking them!



Photography: Beaux Arts Photographie / Ceremony venue: Richmond Upon Thames Registry Office in London / Reception venue: The Windmill in Clapham, London / Planning, floral design: the bride and Kelly Oshiro Design / Bride’s dress: Marisa Baratelli / Bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN / Stationery: Wedding Paper Divas / Cake: Georgina’s Cakes


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