Another beautiful wedding from photographer Bikini Birdie! And though we always prefer to have the couple share their story in their own words, we just couldn’t pass up Laura and Gonzolo’s incredibly romantic photos – and I think you’ll agree that they tell such a lovely story on their own…

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Photography: Bikini Birdie / Venue: Finca Aldeallana in Segovia, Spain / Event Planning & Design: Isabel Lopez-Quesada / Dress: Basaldua / Hair, Makeup: Art Lab / Floral Design: La Tienda Rustica / Children’s Clothing: Teresa & Leticia / Suit: Brioni / Tie: Hackett / Catering: La Blonda / Music: Mickey Pavon / Rentals: Bosco Atntoñanzaz / Second Shooter: Paula G. Furio
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  • Romantic Spanish Wedding by Bikini Birdie

    29 April 2015
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    The Spanish island of Formentera has been called Ibiza’s more relaxed little sister, and sounds like a perfect place to throw a laid-back beachside celebration. Monica and Valerio asked their 60 guests, mostly Milanese, to join them for a wedding weekend set on the spectacular Mediterranean isle, and it’s a locale we haven’t been able to stop dreaming about since! We also adore the couple’s stylish wedding day duds and the sporty white dune buggy the couple tooled around the island in!

    PS – Be sure to stop by later for a second beautiful wedding from Bikini Birdie!

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    From the photographer, Bikini Birdie, “Monica & Valerio’s wedding, set on the Mediterranean island of Formentera, was a very bohemian and fashionable celebration. The church where they were married is classic Mediterranean, and the rooftop beach reception at 10.7 Formentera was chic and laid back. The couple works in fashion and design, so it was no surprise that their wedding was so stylish, and their guests embodied beachside chic!”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “Chiesa di Sant Francesc is romantic, simple and so white. Built in the 1700’s, we loved its authenticity and austerity.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Non-traditional, addictive, intimate.

     

     

    Who officiated your ceremony?  The priest at Sant Francesc is the only priest on the island, and we were so lucky to have him marry us! He’s a wonderful person.

     

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    What music did you include in your ceremony?  We chose “Ave Maria,” among other songs, to be played during our ceremony.

    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  Our ceremony was in both Italian and in Spanish – and the music was our favorite part.

     

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    Please tell us about any special details from your wedding.  I own an interior design shop in Milan, and most of the details, decor and gifts were created there.

     

     

    The Reception

    10.7 Formentera in Formentera is one of the best locations on the island in every sense. The views are spectacular, the food is fantastic and it was the perfect atmosphere for our reception.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Our reception was very fun, youthful and musically perfect. We spent a lot of time working on the musical backdrop for the reception.

     

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    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Love for Formentera Island!

    What was your wedding menu?  A modern Italian menu prepared by the chef at the Italian-owned 10.7 Formentera Beach Club.

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make it thoughtful, and throw as big a party as you can! We had so much fun on our wedding day.

     

    Photography: Bikini Birdie / Venue, Catering, Cake: 10.7 Formentera in Formentera, Spain / Event Planning & Design: Yolanda of Blue Charm Weddings / Dress, Veil: Le Spose de Gio / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Suit, Shirt: Lorenzo Albrighi / Stationery: Moo’s Print / Decor: Madme Gioia Home Milano / Floral Design: Kentia Formentera / Hair, Makeup: Formentera Nails / Music: Hot Ice from Ibiza
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  • Chic Mediterranean Beachside Wedding by Bikini Birdie

    29 April 2015
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    Melissa and Rob’s Yountville wedding is a total dream. From the bride’s lacy peplum gown to the monogram on the neon cups for the after-party, every detail was carefully planned, and the results are a wine country wedding you simply won’t want to miss. Get ready to start pinning, because Melissa’s beautiful bouquet practically deserves its own board!

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS TIMELESS NAPA WEDDING BY CHRISTINA MCNEILL.

     

    “We heard it from many people but this really rang true – your wedding is probably the only day in your life when everyone that matters to you is gathered in one place. It’s so important to take moments throughout the day to step back and really soak that in. It all goes by so quickly!”

     

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    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Hire great vendors. We prioritized people who were not only talented but also fun and easy to be around. The experience of waking up on my wedding day and not worrying about a single thing – seeing faces we recognized, knowing they were on top of the details and all working to realize our vision – was priceless. There was plenty of stress leading up to the wedding, but we were totally calm on the big day.

     

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    The Ceremony

    “We wanted an outdoor wedding and loved the idea of having our family and friends experience Napa Valley, a place that we love and where we have spent many weekends. Our ceremony and reception were at the same venue, which made for a seamless, easy evening.”

     

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    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  It was important to us to have a Christ-centered ceremony that was focused on the joy, commitment and blessing of marriage. We wrote the ceremony with help from a pastor at our church, who also officiated.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  I walked down the aisle with my father to a string quartet playing “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Rob and I walked back up the aisle together to an instrumental version of Jason Mraz “I’m Yours.”

     

     

    What were your ceremony readings?  Family members read Colossians 3:12-17 and an excerpt from Madeleine L’Engle’s The Irrational Season.

    What were your vows like?  We wrote our vows together and each used the same vows. It was important to us that we each made the same commitment to one another.

     

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    What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony?  At the end of the ceremony, all of our guests joined the pastor in reading the Apache Blessing, which was a really special way to have everyone involved in the ceremony and made us feel tremendously loved.

     

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    Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  It felt like it went by so fast! I cry easily, so I spent the whole time trying to keep it together. A few funny moments kept the mood light, such as when the microphone cut out just as Rob made his vow to be faithful, and when our little flower girl realized she had forgotten to throw her petals because she was so focused on just making it down the aisle.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our vision was for a natural but elegant wedding. We used a lot of white with gold accents, greenery and wood. We had beautiful white flowers everywhere and used magnolia leaves for place cards at the dinner tables. We also had a custom monogram that made an appearance on everything from programs and menus to cocktail napkins and neon cups for the late-night party.”

     

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    How would you describe your reception?  Our reception was a blast! We had cocktails outside with a string quartet playing contemporary music, dinner under string lights as the sun set, and dancing and cake in the venue’s Barrel Room with an amazing band.

     

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    Are there any DIY details you’d like to tell us about?  I have always loved the tradition of displaying family wedding photos at a wedding and wanted to take it one step further. We tracked down wedding photos for all of our married wedding guests, in addition to old family ones, and created a display of over 50 photos with names, dates and wedding locations. It was quite an effort to acquire all the photos and frames, but it was an amazing surprise for our guests and a reflection of how much we take support and inspiration from each of them in our own marriage.

     

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    Did you have a signature cocktail?  We both love spicy food and drinks, so our signature cocktail was a Cucumber Jalapeño Cooler. It was such a hit that by the time we joined our cocktail hour, they were almost out of it! We also served “his” and “hers” choices – Manhattans and French 75s. Of course, being in Napa, there was plentiful wine flowing as well.

     

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    How did you arrange the seating at your reception?  Our guests were seated at large round tables, while Rob and I shared an intimate meal at our sweetheart table. I loved the idea of having a little time alone with my new husband during our reception!

     

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    If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Have a backup plan for inclement weather. Rain in Napa in September is so unlikely that we didn’t even think about this. When a few raindrops started falling just as our guests had been served their dinners, we had a few minutes of panic and envisioned a disaster. Luckily, it was momentary and we all stayed dry!

     

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    What was your first dance song?  Whatever It Is,” by the Zac Brown Band.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  I made Rob take dance lessons with me before the wedding in the hopes we wouldn’t just sway back and forth awkwardly for three minutes. After all that money and effort, I got stage fright right before our first dance and refused to do it! So sway we did! Everyone assumed we were just really happy because we were laughing the whole time, though we were really laughing at how ridiculous the whole thing was.

     

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    Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Stacy McCain Events / Venue, Catering: The Vintage Estate in Yountville, California / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Rings: Allison Greenwell / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Suit: Hugo Boss / Stationery: A&P Design / Monogram: Allison R Banks / Calligraphy: BeeCurious Designs, Jilly Ink / Floral Design: Loop Flowers / Hair, Makeup: Meaganne McCandess / Rentals: Hartmann, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola / Ceremony Music: Synchronicity Strings / Reception Music: The Cheeseballs / Cake: Fleur de Lisa Cakes / Videography: Shakewell Studios

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  • Timeless Wedding at The Vintage Estate by Christina McNeill

    28 April 2015
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    When Nayla and Nadim chose their venue, the rustic barn was only a back-up in case the July weather was uncooperative. Luckily for this couple and for us, this unexpected setting was beautiful for their rainy wedding day! Other details we’re loving include the hydrangea-filled barn where the ceremony was held and the bride’s incredible fashion-forward gown, which you won’t want to miss!

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE IMAGES FROM THIS FRENCH WEDDING BY 20 EVENTOS AND INSTANTANEA Y TOMA PRIMERA.

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    Tell us about your dress.  I chose a tea-length couture gown by Karoline Lang. I loved the low back and the complex lace pattern on the full skirt. The ice blue and pale pink dresses my bridesmaids wore were also by Karoline Lang.

    Did you include any other traditions in your wedding?  I wore something old, new, borrowed and blue. My favorite piece was my grandmother’s vintage brooch, which I tucked into my hair!

     

     

    The Ceremony

    “We had originally planned for an outdoor ceremony and reception, but the weather had other plans for our wedding day. Though we were disappointed that things didn’t go as we’d expected, our amazing vendors expertly moved our celebration inside and it was such a joyful day!”

     

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    “The unexpected storm and all the mess that came with it was actually my favorite thing about our wedding day,” says Nayla. “We arrived really late to the ceremony because of the stormy weather and our guests were moved inside to a small and beautiful barn, but we loved it because it gave the wedding a spontaneous, cozy and memorable twist!”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Emotional, unpredictable, cozy.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We had planned to have an outdoor wedding in a green bucolic environment, but the rain changed our plans and we held the ceremony indoors. In order to bring the outdoors in, there were hay bales and mountains of blue, purple and white hydrangeas.

     

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    What was your ceremony music?  It was an orchestra version of the Star Wars theme song, the groom’s favorite. Then my 9 year old nephew came in with his guitar and played the wedding march.

     

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    Who officiated your wedding ceremony?  We had a civil ceremony a couple of days before, so the ceremony was a blessing officiated by a priest in French.

     

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    The Reception 

    “We surprised Nadim’s mother with Gayta musicians from Asturias in Northern Spain during our reception! The musicians were hidden and once the ceremony ended, they came out and started playing. Nadim’s mother was so thrilled!”

     

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    Please tell us about any special details or moments from your reception.  We had originally planned for our guests to discover various things in the gardens, but when rain moved the celebration indoors, we moved hats for the men, scarves for the women, buckets with Champagne, beer and lemonade, and even a bike for the kids inside!

    How would you describe your reception?  Fun, spontaneous and fresh.

     

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    What was most important to you on your wedding day?  I’ve worked in catering and food setup for seven years, so I had specific idea of what I wanted and Leire from 20 Eventos was the perfect person to make my ideas become reality.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  Our wedding menu included local dishes like cherry gazpacho, foie gras rolls with mango, and locally-caught fish. We also had a server cutting slices of jamón ibérico, which our guests absolutely loved!

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  We had a dessert cart with two naked wedding cakes decorated with apples and flowers, and a lot of candies! We also had a dessert table with small desserts including carrot cake, brownies, and Russian tea cake.

     

     

    What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Greenery, horses and the outdoors.

    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  Machoenïa, apart from being exactly what we needed, had an indoor option in case of rain. We’re so glad we chose this venue!

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  Everyone dancing non-stop!

     

    Photography, Videography:  Instantanea y Toma Primera / Venue: Machoenïa in Urrugne, France / Event Planning & Design: 20eventos / Dress, Shoes, Bridesmaid Dresses: Karoline Lang / Suit: Armani / Floral Design: Villa Maria Luisa / Hair, Makeup: Soler Bmak / Rentals: Crimsons / Music: Bengoa DJ’s / Catering: Bokado / Cake: Sweet Lulu / Dessert Table: The Cake Boom
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  • French Wedding by 20Eventos & Instantanea y Toma Primera

    27 April 2015
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    Calling all brides who love a healthy dose of color – this Southern wedding is for you! Kelli and Stew’s Charleston celebration took its green and yellow palette from their wedding venue, and we think you’ll love the cheerful floral arrangements, stunning reception space and the punchy paper details!

    SEE THE GALLERY FOR MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS COLORFUL SOUTHERN WEDDING BY ASHLEY SEAWELL.

     

    “The William Aiken House itself was our main inspiration when planning our wedding. We choose a fresh color palate to go with the yellow exterior, and kept the décor and floral simple to accent the beautiful backdrop!”

     

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    The Ceremony

    “My Dad’s surprise speech to Stew as he gave me away was my favorite part of the ceremony – I’ll never forget that moment.”

     

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    Your ceremony in three words.  Sweet, simple, surprising.

    Why did you choose this location for your ceremony?  We knew instantly that we wanted to be married beneath the beautiful magnolia tree in the courtyard of the William Aiken House.

    What was your ceremony music? 

    Seating of the Mother – “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire” by J.S. Bach.
    Bridal Entrance – Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.”
    Recessional – “Hornpipe” from G.F. Handel’s Water Music.

     

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    Who officiated your ceremony?  Stew’s uncle Shawn. He is a Presbyterian minister, and was able to make our ceremony feel very personal.

    How did you go about planning your ceremony?  Shawn wrote the script just for us, and we exchanged traditional vows. I wanted my brother to give a reading, my friend Kelly helped me choose a poem.

    What were your ceremony readings?  My brother read the poem ‘i carry your heart with me’ by EE Cummings in memory of our Mom.

     

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    Did you include any traditions in your ceremony?  My Dad was so happy and proud to walk me down the aisle.

    Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding?  It was a magical day! I smiled so much everyone was asking if my face was sore the next day.

     

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    The Reception

    “Our reception was fun, tasty, and filled with Southern charm – just like I’d always imagined!”

     

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    Why did you choose this location for your reception?  The house and grounds are beautiful! It had the casual Southern elegance I wanted, and the location in downtown Charleston made it easy for our guests to enjoy the city that Stew and I love.

     

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    How did you use the space at your venue?  We set up tables in the Wragg ballroom, whose doors open out onto the patio, as well as outside. Later in the evening, we danced beneath a tent in the courtyard.

    Did you have a signature cocktail?  Mint Juleps, a classic Southern cocktail.

     

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    What was your wedding menu?  Oysters, shecrab soup, duck steamed buns, and a display of Southern goodies to start. For dinner, we served shrimp and grits, BBQ pulled pork, and fried chicken.

    What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Rather than serve a cake, we had mini-cupcakes and a few other mini sweet treats.

     

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    What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Every last minute, but if I have to pick just one, it would be our first dance. The song was written by a friend of ours.

    What was your first dance song?  Our first dance was “What You Do to Me,” written by Suzie Brown. My dad and I danced to “Daddy’s Angel” by TC Carter Music, and Stew and his mom cut a rug to “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” by Van Morrison.

     

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    What was the best advice you received as a bride?  Enjoy every single minute.

    What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Always remember that its supposed to be fun! If it stops being fun, fix it.

     

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    Photography: Ashley Seawell / Venue: William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design: A Charleston Bride / Dress: Lazaro Bridal / Shoes: Kate Spade / Suit, Shirt: Trunk Club / Tie: Ben Silver / Shoes: Cole Haan / Stationery: Minted / Hair, Makeup: Stephanie Bannan, Style Lounge / Rentals: Snyder Events / Ceremony Music: Chris Teves / Reception Music: DJ Josh / Catering, Cake: Fish Catering / Printed Materials: Sweet Magnolia Paper

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  • Colorful Wedding at William Aiken House Ashley Seawell

    23 April 2015
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