You may remember photographer Melissa Schollaert from her  Cinque Terre Honeymoon post. Well she’s back with another trip, this time along the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy.

 

 

Whenever someone says “Italian Beach”, I’m sure that the first image that pops into their head is of the beautiful Amalfi Coast just south of Naples in Italy. Imagine deep blue water, melting gelato, scooters zooming around the hillsides, the freshest seafood anywhere and scents of lemon wafting down from the hills above. This is paradise! This land is what honeymoon dreams are made of, and it couldn’t be a more relaxing and gorgeous place to travel to after your wedding.

 

 

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Amalfi Coast (Costeria Amalfitana) sits along the southern coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula just south of Naples. The name Amalfi comes from the mythological nymph Amalfi whom Hercules was in love with and was buried by the gods in this area. Thirteen small towns stretch across this coastline, where mountainous cliffs plummet into the ocean and houses balance on the edge of the mountains. It is an amazing place, filled with such culture, tradition and magic – a perfect location to spend your honeymoon (or ‘luna di miele’ as the Italians say).

 

 

HOW TO GET THERE: 

Getting to the Amalfi Coast is not for the faint of heart. There is only one main road that winds along the coast, full of hairpin curves on the edge of sheer cliffs. The main arrival points are to fly into Rome or Naples and take the train south to either Sorrento or Salerno. While Sorrento ‘seems’ closer, if you’re going to travel by train I recommend going to Salerno. It’s on the southern end of the coast, but much easier to transfer between the train and bus station where you’ll have to take a bus to one of the main towns along the coast. Believe me, I’ve taken the multiple trains and busses from Naples to Sorrento to Positano and I don’t recommend it. Once in Salerno, at the main station grab a Sita Bus ticket right outside and wait for the blue Sita Bus that says Amalfi. This was about a 45 minute ride and the bus only stopped a few times.

 

(The famous Italian Vespa & The bus station on the harbor in Amalfi)

 

However, the best way to arrive is by hiring a private driver. You can take the train from Rome to Naples and have the driver meet you at Napoli Centrale Station. From there, they will literally deliver you to the doorstep of your hotel, no loading and unloading your luggage from trains and busses and dragging them up hills steeper than the Alps! I recommend Positano Tony for car service.

 

 

WHEN TO GO: 

Summer is prime-time for the Amalfi Coast as tourists and even Italians flock to the beaches for the sunshine, il sole. Towns along the coast are booming during June – August with every restaurant, beach and gelateria packed to the brim. It’s still manageable to travel around the coast during this time, but the busses and transportation can be crowded and traffic can be backed up along the coastline. If you’re traveling in the summer, I’d recommend staying in one location where you don’t have to go anywhere and just lounge on the beach or by the pool. Private resorts like Le Sirenuse in Positano or Belmond Hotel Caruso in Ravello are perfect for escaping the crowds and experiencing a more private, luxury getaway!

 

 

My personal recommendation if you want to travel throughout the entire coast is to go in late April, May or early September. The weather is still pretty warm during those months and you’ll be able to enjoy the beaches with less crowds.

 

(Amalfi during the less-crowded month of April)

 

WHERE TO GO: 

There are so many beautiful little towns to explore along the coast, and I encourage you to travel to the lesser-known towns but in this article, I’m going to share the must-see locations.

 

Positano

 

If you’ve watched ‘Under the Tuscan Sun‘ five million times like I have, you have probably dreamed of coming to Positano! The scene on the beach where Francis and Marcello find the little kitten (piccolino) and kiss under the stars? Che romantico! Positano is more beautiful in person and is so full of hidden gems, tiny piazzas and hidden beaches it’s no wonder that people flock here – especially for their honeymoon.

 

Main Sights:

Duomo – The duomo is an icon in Positano and sits in the center of town, nearly on the beach. You can see it prominently from the beach and sea as well as the towering hills above town. It is a must-see in Positano.

Shopping – Positano is well-known for it’s amazing shopping. Everything from hand-made sandals fit to your own feet to linens and luxury clothing, Positano has it all. I particularly love the small vendor stands along the major streets that feature artwork by local artisans. I’ve purchased several paintings here.

Beaches – The Main beach in Positano is popular, but don’t be afraid to wander to other locations as well. Spiaggia di Fornillo on the western side of town is beautiful and quieter. You can also try Laurito, Arienzo or discover your own hidden beach by boat!

Excursions – There are numerous excursions available from the dock in Positano, just stop by the beach at the bottom of town to see what is available while you’re there. Your hotel can also arrange trips for you as well.

 

(A view of the Duomo in Positano and the harbor beyond)

 

(The beautiful rocky beach in Positano)

 

(The tiled dome of the Duomo in Positano and fresh wisteria)

 

Amalfi

 

Amalfi is the first town I ever visited along the Amalfi Coast, so it has a special place in my heart. I was in love with this town from the first moment I saw it at sunset. What I loved most was that I visited here in April and in the early morning it was a regular, sleepy little town with no tourists. You could really get a sense of real, everyday life here and that’s what I loved the most! Ferry Boats brought tourists from Positano and Capri during the day, when it could get quite crowded but after 4pm it would return to a quiet little town again.

 

Main Sights:

Duomo – The Cattedrale di Sant’Andrea sits on the main piazza in town and is most recognizable by it’s bell tower with a brightly colored cupola. From the piazza, you must ascend a long set of steps up to the front doors to enter the main cathedral and museum beyond. The stone and tile work is just exquisite!

Museo della Carta – The Museum of Paper is a little gem in the town of Amalfi and a must-see. The museum is located at a 14th century Amatruda paper mill along the Canneto River and founded by Nicola Milano, a descendent of one of the key paper making families in Amalfi. The paper mill is still active and you can see the entire production process on restored machinery and buy paper made here. The paper is sumptuous and lovely and I still have a small stash that I write very special notes on.

Ristorante la Caravella – I’ve been told this is the best restaurant in Amalfi, but definitely call ahead for reservations.

Stop by Andrea Pansa for traditional Neapolitan snacks and desserts including the famous Sfogliatelle.

Visit Marina Grande on the beach for an after-dinner aperitivo. It’s a great spot, right on the beach, and has a fantastic bar and restaurant.

 

(The famous Duomo di Amalfi)

 

(Shopping and exploring the tiny streets of Amalfi)

 

(Walking the small streets of Amalfi)

 

(Amalfi Beach at sunset)

 

 

Insider Tip: Take a boat to one of the smaller beaches outside Amalfi like Concha di Marini. You can catch a boat from the harbor in Amalfi to La Tonnarella or Ristorante Trattoria Ippocampo which both provide a free boat ride to their restaurants if you are dining there.

 

Ravello

 

I discovered Ravello after photographing a wedding there and it is by far my favorite town along the Amalfi Coast. It is hidden in the hills way above the town and seems like a world away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy coast. Many celebrities have been known to come here because it is so peaceful and has a more local feel to it, we even spotted a few during our time there. The tiny streets, alleys and paths are perfect for exploring and trekking and you’ll find hidden gems around every corner. Be sure to do a bit of shopping here, the porcelain bowls are famous here and made with such artistry.

 

Main Sights:

Villa Cimbrone – This old villa and gardens is gorgeous and a must if you’re visiting Ravello. It’s located on the very edge of town and is a nice walk from the main piazza. The gardens are meticulous and feature so many beautiful plant species as well as a 360 degree view of town and the sea that is breathtaking!

Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium -Ravello is known as the ‘city of music’ and hosts the annual Ravello Music Festival here.

Strolling & Shopping – Getting lost is a must here, so take some time to just stroll along the tiny streets and discover the hidden corners of town. It is also a great place to shop and purchase locally made limoncello and lemons.

 

(Terraced hillsides and the gardens of Palazzo Avino)

 

(The glowing sun before it sets over the gorgeous hillsides)

 

Capri

 

The famous Isle of Capri is unfortunately one of the places that I haven’t explored yet in my travels. I’d love to go someday and would definitely spend at least a week there relaxing and adventuring. One great thing about Capri compared to the other towns along the Amalfi Coast is that it is an island, and you can travel here by ferry directly from Naples or Sorrento! If you’re traveling to Capri from one of the coastal towns, there is a ferry from both Amalfi and Positano to Capri. While there, hike or take the gondola to the top of Mt. Solaro or tour the Grotta Azzurra (Blue Grotto) by boat. And don’t forget to get a custom pair of sandals made here, they’re famous.

 

WHAT TO EAT: 

So many delicacies in this area – so little time! I am drooling just thinking about all of the amazing food that I ate here. These are the “must-try’s”:

Seafood – The fish and seafood here is so fresh and delicious, I’ve never had seafood that was so good! You must try everything too, from the fritti misti (mixed fried fish) typically served in paper cones, to the calamari, mussels, clams and octopus. Just delightful!
Scamorza affumicata in foglia di limone – A typical antipasti along the Amalfi Coast, a smoky cheese called scamorza is sliced and grilled on top of fresh lemon leaves. The leaves infuse the cheese with a bit of lemon flavor and the taste is wonderful!

Granita – A granita is a frozen treat of crushed ice mixed with fruit flavors – you must try the lemon granita. Stands along the side of the main road along the coast are a great place to stop and take in the view, and a sweet treat!

Lemons – Limoncello is very popular here and typically served as a digestivo. There are many different local producers, in particular a great shop that you’ll find off of the main square in Amalfi.

 

(Fresh mixed seafood in Positano on the beach with mussels, clams, calamari and octopus.)

 

(Limoncello, an amazing liquor that is made from the beautiful Amalfi Coast lemons and is typically served at the end of every meal – it’s a must!)

 

WHERE TO STAY: 

There are some amazing hotels and resorts on the Amalfi Coast, and for your honeymoon only the best will do! Here are a few recommendations of hotels that I’ve been to that I’d recommend:

Positano – Le Sirenuse, Hotel Palazzo Murat, Le Agave

Amalfi – Convento di Amalfi Grand Hotel

Ravello – Hotel Belmond Caruso, Palazzo Avino, Villa Fraulo, Hotel Toro

AirBnb is also a great choice in this area for private apartments or homes. I’ve used them more than once on the Amalfi Coast and have always found great places to stay.

 

(The grounds at Hotel Belmond Caruso are beautifully landscaped and terraced, a great place to enjoy a stroll and the sunrise over the sea.)

 

(Hotel Palazzo Murat)

 

Wherever you go along this beautiful coastline, you will be in awe of the land, the sea, the people and the amazing food and history. You’ll have no choice to come back because you’ll definitely leave your heart here. Buon Viaggio!

 

(Sunset on the Amalfi Coast)

 

All words and images by Melissa Schollaert

 

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Do you remember receiving Valentine’s Day cards from your classmates in school? What about those cute little conversation heart candies? Well, we have the perfect DIY to take you down memory lane.  Recreate these delicious conversation heart cookies, perfect for escort cards, wedding favors, bridal showers or simply a little treat for your Valentine!

 

Photography by Danielle DeFiore. Cookies and recipe by The Bumblebee.

 

 

Tools:

Mixer (stand or hand held)
Pastry Bag
Rolling Pin
#5 round pastry tip
Plastic Wrap
Paper Towels
Spatula
Latex Gloves (because no bride wants pink hands on her wedding day!)
Brand new sponge
Alphabet Stamps
Heart Cookie Cutters
Parchment Paper or Silpat Cookie Sheet Liner

Cookie Ingredients:

– 6 cups sifted all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
– 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
– 1 ½ teaspoon salt
– 12 ounces (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
– 3 cups sugar
– 3 large eggs
– 3 teaspoons amaretto liqueur (can substitute rum, vanilla, or citrus juice)

Tip: This cookie recipe makes about 30 4” heart cookies. If using a standard sized mixer, don’t mix more than 1 batch at a time.

 

Original recipe by The Bumblebee.

 

Cookie Directions:

Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside. // In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar on medium until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. // Add eggs and amaretto and beat 2 more minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula and turn mixer to low. // Slowly mix in flour mixture until just blended. // Turn the dough out and divide in two. Flatten each half into a disk and wrap completely in plastic wrap. // Refrigerate until firm, at least one hour, or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Take one of the dough halves from the fridge and let sit at room temperature to soften slightly before rolling, about 10 minutes. // Lightly flour your work surface, your dough, and rolling pin. // Evenly roll your dough to 1/4” thick. If your dough has softened too much you may need to return it to the fridge before cutting. // Cut cookies with the heart cutters, leaving as little space between each cookie as possible. // Using a spatula, gently transfer to a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. // Combine the dough scraps, flatten, wrap with plastic wrap and rest in the fridge. // Repeat the remaining dough, rolling and cutting dough scraps last. // Bake cookies 12 – 15 minutes until the edges just start to turn golden. // Let cool completely before decorating or your icing will melt.

Tip: The key to these adorable cookies is patience. They need time between each step so give yourself at least 3 days before you expect to wrap and/or transport them. Once made, they’ll be good up to 1 week stored at room temperature wrapped or in an airtight container.

 

 

Royal Icing Ingredients:

– 3 ounces pasteurized egg whites (about 3 eggs)
– 4 cups confectioner’s sugar (+ more as needed)
– 1 tsp amaretto liqueur (can substitute rum, vanilla, or citrus juice)
– Water (as needed)
Gel Food Dye: Red/pink, yellow, green (can use blue and yellow), Purple (can use blue and red), Orange (can use red and yellow)
– Damp Paper Towels
Plastic Wrap

Tip: Your frosting will need to dry 24 hours before you can stamp it. (If you live in a humid place, you may need to allow more time).

 

 

Royal Icing Directions:

Whisk egg whites until frothy. While mixer is running, gradually add small amounts of confectioner’s sugar. Beat until shiny and thick. // Divide icing equally into 6 separate bowls, one for each of your colors (white, yellow, orange, pink, purple and green). // Cover with a damp paper towel (you will want to do this whenever you aren’t using the icing to keep it from drying out.

Put on a pair of latex gloves to protect your hands from the dye.  To mix each color, slowly add the dye a single drop at a time until the desired color is achieved. The icing will dry darker, so make your colors lighter than you want.

Fit your pastry bag with the #5 round tip and fill with icing, working one color at a time. // Outline the cookies, trying to get as close to the outside without the icing dripping over. If your icing is too thick, you can mix in a little water (a drop at a time) until it frosts smoother. You don’t want it too runny, or it will fall over the sides and be difficult to pipe. If you accidentally add too much water, you can thicken the icing up again by adding more confectioner’s sugar.

Once all cookies of that color are outlined, return the remaining icing back to the bowl. // Thin the icing out with water, adding one drop at a time and mixing thoroughly between each addition. The icing should be fairly runny so that it easily spreads on the cookie. //
Spoon the icing onto the outlined cookies, filling them in with the tip of the spoon. // Place the iced cookies on a baking sheet and place on a flat surface in a dry area to dry. //
Repeat with the remaining colors, making sure to use a clean pastry bag and tip for each color. //

Allow the icing to dry completely before stamping, about 24 hours. Be patient!

 

 

Stamping Directions (get your alphabet stamps here)

Line your stamps up alphabetically on a paper towel for easy use and quick clean up. // Stamping one letter at a time is time consuming, so keeping your stamps alphabetical will help speed this process along.

Using latex gloves, squeeze red gel food dye onto the clean sponge, working it in until you have a quarter sized dot. This will be your stamp pad. Lightly ink your letter stamps, and stamp them onto your cookie one at a time. // Lift the cookie up to eye level and press the letters evenly into your cookie while keeping the corners of the stamp off the surface for a clean stamp. // Let the stamped cookies dry completely, about 8 hours, before bagging, or storing.

 

 

 Alphabet Lettering Tip: Stamping a guests’ name is very time consuming, so an alternative would be to have a custom stamp made with you and your partner’s name. Another idea would be to just put a table number on the actual cookie and then place the cookie in a glassine bag, and create a custom sticker with their name on it.

 

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It was love at first sight for Maggie and Luke, when they saw the beautiful land at Yegua Knobbs Ranch. Surrounded by post oak and pine forests, the lush green hills just east of Austin made for a perfect setting for their big celebration.  From the bride’s cowgirl boots, to the unique magnolia garlands, this wedding has laid-back yet elegant perfection covered down to the last detail.

Photography by Tec Petaja.

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Did you include any traditions in your wedding? I pinned a little bag of items in my dress that included a cross my dad had given my mom on their wedding day—a 6 pence my mom had pinned in her dress on her wedding day, and I wore my mom’s veil. We also lit candles for both of our parents who had passed, and we used the same knife to cut our cake that Luke’s family has been using in weddings for years.

 

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? I guess to take it all in—the day goes by fast.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a
wedding? Don’t get caught up in any of the stress or let other people make you feel bad about any of your choices. Your wedding is one of the most special days for both of you as individuals and the both of you as a couple, enjoy it! And hiring a planning team that we connected with was worth every dollar spent. No matter what, the day of your wedding unexpected things happen, both good and bad, but really its all about you and all of the people who are there sharing it with you…enjoy it!

 

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“While Luke’s ring is unique to him, he discussed with our jeweler how to keep it as similar to his dads in terms of appearance. My wedding band has the same design as his mom’s.”

 

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The Ceremony

“We wanted an outdoor wedding with the ability to tent the reception. Texas weather is too unpredictable not to have a rain plan. I was in love with the location because I knew immediately that my dad would have loved it and that was it for me. Luke was attracted to it because he grew up in Virginia and liked the look of the Texas Hill Country. We also wanted a one stop shop and the site delivered. It was a blank canvas we could truly tailor to our personal vision.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Unique, personable, picturesque.

How did you go about planning your ceremony? We chose a traditional ceremony for the most part, but we centered it around our families. We had all of our immediate family members in our wedding party and each of our best friends as matron of honor and best man. We wanted to place emphasis on not only our union but also the union of our two families. We are blessed that our families get along extremely well.

 

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What was your ceremony music? I processed to “Here Comes the Bride”—I liked the old-school tradition of it. The rest of the wedding party processed to “Only Time” by Enya and the recessional was “Book of Days” by Enya. Enya was a favorite of Luke’s mom. All were played by a string quartet.

Ceremony Music by The Vintage 15.

 

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What were your ceremony readings? We asked or readers (Luke’s god parents and a close family friend of mine) to choose their own readings… Psalm 121, Sirach 2,
and Genesis 2

Who officiated your ceremony? Colleen Swingle-Titus, we choose her for three reasons: 1) she is awesome!, 2) she had married Luke’s sister the year before, which is where I met her and knew immediately she had to marry us. We actually asked her to marry us before we were engaged! 3) she was a great friend of Luke’s mom, who is now deceased.

 

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What were your vows like? Our minister sent us a huge amount to choose from, we read through them and agreed on one we liked best and suited our relationship.

What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? I can’t pick one thing, it was everything!

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  I think the best advice I can give is try to decide what you absolutely must have and go from there.

 

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The Reception 

“One thing that we were very conscious of was that we were having a destination wedding and because of that we wanted to make the weekend an experience for everyone. We wanted to make sure everyone felt welcomed and loved and that it was worth the trip! So in our planning we really took our wants in to account but also the wants and needs of our guests.”

 

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How would you describe your reception? To the nines, yet relaxed.

 

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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The Nouveau Romantics showed us a picture of a reception they had created and we fell in love with it. Luke and I had a pretty good idea of the feeling we wanted our wedding and reception to have. We were so lucky to have a great connection with our wedding planners and they really got us and what we wanted.

 

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We love the visual impact the gorgeous bar setup had—all of the gold rimmed glasses, with copper mule mugs, and the lit green background were stunning all paired together!

 

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Did you have a signature cocktail? We had 3—one of me, one of Luke, and one for both of us. Maggie’s Mule (moscow mule), Luke Andrew (Arnold Palmer with Bourbon), and a Firecracker (cranberry and bourbon)

 

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What was your wedding menu? Cocktail Hour passed appetizers: Asparagus Fries / Shiner Bock Battered Lobster Pops / Empanadas / Bacon Wrapped Quail // Dinner: Sea bass with brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes / Steak with Asparagus and Mashed Potatoes / Mushroom Tower with Mixed Vegetables / Biscuits and Rolls

Catering by Kurant Events.

 

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We love the gorgeous garland and blue ribbon on this silver tray—such a unique detail!

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? White cake with vanilla buttercream wrapped in fondant with painted flowers and mini mason jar apple pies with vanilla ice cream. We also had chocolate chip cookies and milk carton as people were leaving the reception.

Cake by Coco Paloma Desserts.

 

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What was your first dance song? “When Somebody Loves You” by Alan Jackson.

Reception Music by The Flashdance.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? Talking to everyone and just feeling and taking in all of the love that was there! It was a feeling I had never experienced to such an extent. At the suggestion of The Nouveau Romantics, we were able to take a moment to ourselves and take everything in while our guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. It was nice to see how our vision for the evening had taken shape!

 

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Photography: Tec Petaja / Venue: Yegua Knobbs Ranch in Lexington, Texas / Event Planning & Design, Floral Design, Stationery: The Nouveau Romantics / Dress: Peter Langner / Boots: Old Gringo / Ceremony Music: The Vintage 15 / DJ: The Flashdance / Lighting: Ilios Lighting / Hair: Shannon Briggs-Hack from Janet St. Paul Salon / Makeup: Katherine Karli / Rentals: La TavolaLoot Vintage Rentals, Marquee, Premiere Events, Small Masterpiece, Suite 206 / Sound: Big House Sound / Tent: Whim / Transportation: Transportation Consultants / Videography: Shark Pig / Cake: Coco Paloma Desserts / Catering: Kurant Events
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Couple, Julia and Marlon, chose the charming town of Vail, Colorado to celebrate their elegant summertime nuptials, where they spent many weekends together making memories. The romantic European style chalets tucked up against the mountainside and breathtaking scenery made for such a romantic location surrounded by nature. We love the sweet details of the day, especially her elegant unique floral lined dress by designer, Tara LaTour.

Photography by Connie Whitlock.

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What was the best advice you received as a bride? To relax and enjoy your wedding day as much as possible. There is no point in sweating the small stuff.

 

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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Make sure your wedding represents you and your soon to be spouse. It’s easy to get carried away with over the top ideas.

 

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The bride’s floral lined wedding dress, designed by Tara LaTour, is such a pretty and unexpected touch. 

Did you include any other traditions in your wedding? A couple of my favorite details were the accessories that we wore. Marlon wore his Grandfather’s Rolex watch, while I wore the set of pearls that my Dad gave my Mom when I was born.

 

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If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Not a thing.

 

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Julia carried a bright and loose bouquet filled with beautiful florals and foliage such as cafe au last dahlias, roses, anemone, and silver dollar eucalyptus.

Floral Design by Encore Style.

 

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The Ceremony

“Vail has always been a special place to us. When we first started dating, Marlon and I would head up to Vail on the weekends to spend time together and ski. If you walk down the streets of the village, it is easy to see what makes this place so romantic and extraordinary. The European chalet style buildings rest against the mountainside, and the river curves its way through town under bridges and walkways . It has been the backdrop to some of our fondest memories together and we knew it would be the perfect place for our wedding.”

 

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Your ceremony in three words. Romantic and elegant.

How did you go about planning your ceremony?  When planning a wedding, there are so many online resources to reference—it can be a little overwhelming. We wanted to make sure our ceremony represented our values, so we referenced a few templates, combined the sections we liked most, and collaborated with our officiant and close family members during the process.

What was your ceremony music?  We wanted the ceremony music to be performed acoustically by our band. Our officiant, parents, wedding party and Marlon walked out to “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King, and I walked down the aisle to “I Will” by the Beatles.

Ceremony Music Performed by the Band Wash Park Band.

 

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Who officiated your ceremony? We chose one of our closest friends to officiate our ceremony. He was present the day we met, and we knew he would be the perfect officiant for our ceremony.

What were your vows like?  It was important for both of us to write our own vows. We felt it made the ceremony more personal and intimate.

 

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? Overall, the ceremony couldn’t have been more perfect. After our big day, we were pleased with how flawlessly everything went—from the weather, to the flowers, to the music, and ceremony. Our favorite part were each others vows. It’s a wonderful feeling to express your love for another person in front of your family and closest friends.

 

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Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Identify what parts of your wedding are most important to you, and allocate your budget accordingly based on that! Also, plan for a few things to go over budget—it happens when you’re planning your big day.

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The Reception

“We wanted to make the reception feel elegant, warm and romantic. We used bright flowers for the centerpieces, blush satin tablecloths, and had budding tree branches with candles throughout the room as well.”

 

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Why did you choose this location for your reception? The reception was located in the ballroom of the Four Seasons hotel, however we chose this location in Vail not only because it was beautiful, but because the ceremony and reception locations were close to one another.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? Our biggest sources of inspiration were flower colors and the venue. We knew we wanted to incorporate a bright floral palette.

Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. Instead of a guest book, we asked our guests to sign a giant bottle of champagne! We plan on drinking this on our anniversary with friends in 5-10 years. Our grand entrance song was “Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News (Marlon’s favorite band). We also had some fire pits outside for guests to enjoy while they took a break from the dancing.

 

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What was your wedding menu? Appetizers: Mini Tuna Tartar Tacos / Summer Rolls / Serrano Ham with Manchego Cheese / Baby Roasted Lamb Chops // Starter: Baby Arugula Salad with Sliced Pear and Figs // Entrees: Beef Tenderloin / Cast Iron Striped Bass // Late night snacks: Elk Corn Dogs, Grilled Cheese Bites

 

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What type of cake or dessert did you serve? Dessert was wedding cake, and we chose strawberry shortcake!

 

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What was your first dance song? Father/daughter or mother/son dance?First Dance song: “Higher Love” by James Vincent McMorrow
Father/daughter dance: “I’ve Got The World On A String” by Frank Sinatra

Reception Music Performed by the Band Wash Park Band.

 

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What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? The dancing! All of it—the first dance, the father/daughter dance, and the packed dance floor! We spent a lot of time finding the perfect band, and they did not disappoint.

Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Just that it was better than we ever could have imagined, and want to thank our parents for everything.

 

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Photography: Connie Whitlock / Venue: Four Seasons in Vail, Colorado / Floral Design: Encore Style / Dress: Tara LaTour via Anna Be / Shoes: Ferragamo / Veil: Donna Beth Creations / Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew / Suit: Saks Fifth Avenue / Shirt: Ted Baker / Shoes: To Boot New York / Tie: Michael Kors / Calligraphy: Val Cole Calligraphy / Stationery: Nico & Lala / Hair: Purelux Salon / Makeup: Kelsey Zabawa / Lighting: LMD Productions / Band: Wash Park Band / Rentals: Alpine Rental Party

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