2016-03-28

We are in awe of this mystical and ethereal wooded bridal session turned hot springs boudoir session by Miesh Photography and Soil & Stem. This gorgeous editorial is an excellent example of an artistic representation and exaggeration of wedding inspiration where talented industry professionals strive to stretch their creative sides. From the dramatic, moody tones to the gigantic and loose organic florals, we find so much inspiration from every photograph.

From Soil & Stem: “By the hollow wooded path that led to a natural hot spring surrounded by towering reeds, the story of this shoot evolves as a regal bridal session transitions into a delicate and intimate boudoir full of rich earthy details in the murky waters. Bringing elements like layers of undress, crystals, and floral into a boudoir shoot can be incredibly impactful. The imagery is especially powerful as twilight sets upon the skyline and the promise of a new day approaches.”

Miesh Photography

Miesh Photography

Miesh Photography

Miesh Photography

Miesh Photography

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Miesh Photography

Miesh Photography

Miesh Photography

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Vendor Details

Photography: Miesh Photography | Film Lab: Alpine Film Lab | Florals & Styling: Soil & Stem | Dress and Styling: Miesh Styling | Hair & Makeup: Katie Livingston | Model: Melanie Stone

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Hot Springs Ethereal Bridal and Boudoir Session

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Outdoor engagement shoot ~ Alexander James

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Forest Falls engagement session ~ Michael Radford Photography

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2016-03-28

Today’s blog post holds a special place in my heart for more reason than one. Regular readers may remember that I travelled to Rome, Italy last month to attend Retreat Gatherings, a fine art photographers retreat with a difference. Founders Buffy Dekmar and Jessica Gallo had envisaged an all-female sanctuary where photographers could shoot, style, talk, bond and share. They curated five stunning shoots over three wonderful days including a huge surprise on the last day. Attendees were unaware until the very last moment that the model couple they had spent all day shooting for a styled engagement shoot in central Rome were in fact there to elope the very next day. I can’t tell you just how hard that kind of secret is to keep!

So this engagement session of Jacqueline and Trebor in Villa Borghese, Rome was a mixture of excitement for those in the know and downright utter beauty as the sun shone down upon the beautiful bride to be. Jacqueline’s teal dress from Liz White Couture was the perfect colour and style for this old world romantic shoot. The smokey eyes and tousled hair were dropping mouths from passers by all day thanks to hair and make up expert Pastel Make Up & Hair! The Roman architecture had nothing on these guys…

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

From Buffy: “From the beginning, our goal for Retreat was to fuse beauty and authenticity in a picturesque setting, while fostering meaningful relationships between human beings. More than a photographers’ ‘workshop’ or ‘gathering’, Retreat Rome 2013 was intended as an experience – one of sharing, growing and encouraging one another, along each of our unique paths. This romantic engagement session at Villa Borghese in the heart of Rome was one of the beautiful events we worked on together during our time together. Jackie and Trebor joined our group as models and left as part of the Retreat family. The real love Jackie and Trebor brought to Retreat was the piece that Jessica and I knew we would need in order to bring our Retreat visions to life. The excitement, anticipation, chemistry and pure joy these two shared with us were pieces that surprised us all and brought tears to every single eye before the week was over. We couldn’t be more smitten with the feel of this set of photos… Real love in romantic Rome!”

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

From Jessica: “Jackie and Trebor traveled from North Carolina to Rome for their surprise destination elopement in the iconic ‘Eternal City’, just the two of them, sans family and friends. We wanted their engagement session to be equally as romantic and memorable as their story while keeping the styling of the shoot relatively simple; a beautiful setting, a gorgeous gown and a head-over-heels in love couple. I gave Liz White the smallest of direction on the aesthetics of the gown, telling her we wanted it to be a rich shade of teal, a hue that would make another appearance in the elopement colour palette, with a little bit of drama. Liz’s creation exceeded our every hope and I couldn’t be more pleased with the loveliness we captured that day.”

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Photography ~ Buffy Dekmar Photography

Retreat Gathering 2013 was a huge success and I couldn’t have met a nicer group of talented and inspirational women all of whom are friends for life. There is so much more inspiration to come from Retreat, this is just the tip of the iceberg!

If there’s one place you need to be this year, it’s Retreat Gatherings 2014…

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Vendor details:

Photography: Buffy Dekmar Photography | Styling: Jessica Gallo of Fine & Fleurie | Dress: Liz White Couture | Hair and make up: Pastel Make Up & Hair | Location: Villa Borghese, Rome | Coordinator: The Wedding Care

The Retreat Gatherings: Retreat Rome 2013 Crew:

Photography: Buffy Dekmar Photography | Floral Styling & Design: Bo Boutique | Artwork, Calligraphy & Paper products: Signora e Mare | Hair & Make-up: Pastel Make-up & Hair | Editorial Sponsor: Wedding Sparrow | Styling: Fine & Fleurie | Event Coordination: The Wedding Care

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Romantic Rome engagement ~ Retreat Gatherings

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2016-03-28

Planning a destination wedding can be daunting for some couples and planning a wedding in a completely different country can be overwhelming. Today we have a real wedding from a couple that planned their wedding in the South of France from their home in Kelowna, Canada. Photographed by Foto Verdi, this DIY real wedding is full of details and advice on how best to plan your destination wedding…

From the bride: “We met when I was working part time in the summer. Andy was in his third year of University studies and I was going to enter my first year University program. We started dating shortly after we met. We went to Bermuda for our one month anniversary. Andy’s father at the time lived and work in Bermuda. It was during that first trip that we just knew. We were so happy and had so much fun together. Afterwards, we maintained a long distance relationship for 4.5 yrs while we were both in University in far apart towns. We took many vacations throughout our relationship.”

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

“Andy proposed to me when we were in Kelowna. We had been dating for 5 yrs before he popped the question. I had a feeling he was going to propose during our trip to Kelowna. We had been talking about it for a while and shopping for a ring together. At first, I thought he would propose in the hotel room on the first day we arrived. He didn’t. Then I thought he was going to propose at the really nice restaurant we ate at for dinner. he didn’t. For sure, I thought he would propose after dinner in the hotel room. He went to sleep. the next day, we went to a garden recommended for tourist to see. We were alone and Andy got one one knee and ask me to marry him. He was super nervous even though he knew I would say yes. As a result, it was the fastest proposal. It felt like he got down on one knee and bounced back up immediately.”

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

“Both Andy and myself are very laid back. My bridesmaid help choose our wedding venue. My father in law went to see our venue as he lives in England and it was a closer commute for him than for us from Canada. I didn’t browse through any wedding magazines for any ideas. The only time we use online resources was for finding images for my wedding hairstyle and for finding activities for our guest during the four days at the chateau. We use Frommers, Fodors, Lonely Planet and other travel guides to help plan places to see.”

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

“I brought my wedding dress from a small independently owned clothing boutique in Queen Street, Toronto. When my sister got married, all her bridesmaids including myself had brought our bridesmaid dress from this shop. The owner designs all the dresses in the store. I purchase my stilettoes from Nine West. It was not my first choice but definitely the most affordable footwear. One of my coworkers had help my find a fur shrug through kijiji for $15. I also had one made for $100 and the general consensus was the cheaper shrug looked better. Andy had brought a new suit when he was the best man for his brother’s wedding, which he wore for our wedding. He brought his dress shirt and shoes from the Hudson’s Bay Company.”

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

“The lead up and the very beginning of the wedding day was very stressful. Many of our wedding guests did not know each other. We wanted to be good hosts and ensure that everyone had people to hang out with and things to do. It wasn’t until our photographers did private photos of us, did we really calm down and start to really enjoy the day. We had a ton of fun that day. It was perfect. We also got very lucky with the weather. It had been raining days leading up the wedding but we caught sunshine.”

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

“Planning a wedding abroad was very difficult. I would of love to seen our wedding venue ahead of time. But we relied on Trip Advisor and it’s high ratings to help us choose this chateau. We were so happy with it. I would also have liked to fly in earlier, not the day before the wedding, to have a hair trial. Again, I got very lucky. My hair dresser did a fantastic job. I was really happy with her. But I have heard horror stories from friends regarding their hair and make up artist the day of their wedding. Overall, both my and Andy are more laid back. We were not as picky about centrepieces, color themes, etc. We tried to make it as simple as possible for us. Our main concern was ensuring that all our wedding guests had activities to do.”

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

Foto Verdi

“A destination wedding is such a wonderful way to bring your friends and family together. It is so difficult to organize a trip that includes such a large group as everyone is so busy. A wedding is a wonderful way. Some of our guests had complaints regarding having to travel but in the end, everyone had so much and was so glad they came. After the wedding, a core group of eight of us went traveling in France together. Others who left early all regretted not coming along.”

Vendor details

Photography: Foto Verdi | Film Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Stationery: DIY | Groom’s suit: Hudson Bay Company | Groom’s wedding ring: Tiffany | Venue: Le Chateau de Reignac, Reignac-sur-Indre, France | Bridesmaid’s dress designer: Mod Cloth | Bride’s dress designer: Custom from Fashion Crimes | Bride’s Shoe Designer: Nine West | Bride’s wedding ring: Tiffany

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2016-03-25

Today’s feature is all about the timelessness that is Tuscany. This place and the culture represent a whole world of romance and for a couple to wed in a traditional Tuscan villa would be nothing short of amazing, which is why we absolutely love Villa Parker, located in Denver! We’re fawning over Winsome and Wright‘s perfect portrayal of understated elegance with this bride in a long sleeve Daalarna gown and the most beautiful calligraphy by our favorite, Plume Calligraphy….

From Faith of Winsome and Wright: “Villas have always drawn me in with their understated elegance + timelessness. We wanted the day at Villa Parker to feel as though you were in a sleepy Tuscany village surrounded by details that will stand the test of time. We choose a soft color palate for the florals to compliment the brass details throughout the shoot and whimsical calligraphy of Plume Calligraphy. For the look of the bride, we wanted her to feel as though she was dripping in romance and the Daalarna gown with a deep neck and long lace sleeves was the perfect canvas to start with. Loose, wispy braids, a soft palate for makeup, and a intricately laced veil with a blusher added another dimension of romance in the bridal portraits. For the couple’s portraits I wanted to capture the warmth of the golden hour so you could almost feel the hot wind go past you. I have always loved a simple white cake with greenery for details and it was perfect for this setting. All of the vendors brought so much talent + passion to the table- it was such a beautiful day and I hope it inspires brides + grooms to find their Tuscan day in whichever state or country they are in!”

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Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

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Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

Winsome and Wright

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Vendor Details

Photography & Styling: Winsome and Wright | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Floral Design: Hana Style Designs | Invitations & Paper: Plume Calligraphy | Hair: Janie Rocek | Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn | Veil: SIBO Designs | Cake Design & Savory Bites: Sweets Cakes & Pastries | Bridal Boutique: Emma & Grace Bridal | Dress Designer: Daalarna | Vintage Rings: Trumpet & Horn | Decor Rentals: Yonder Floral & Decor House | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Linens: Colorado Party Rentals

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Understated Romance in a Tuscan Villa

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burgundy and silver prom dresses

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2016-03-25

Sheath/Column One Shoulder Chiffon Floor-length Wedding Dresses

Silhouette:Sheath/Column

Length:Floor-length

Sleeve Length:Sleeveless

Neckline:One Shoulder

Straps:Spaghetti

Embellishment:Beading , Ruffles , Sashes/Ribbons

Fabric:Chiffon

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simple strapless lace wedding dress
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2016-03-25

Strapless Cheap Lacing Up Customer-Made Design White Wedding Dress

Silhouette: A-line ,Princess
Neckline:Strapless
Waist: Empire
Sleeve Length: Sleeveless
Embellishment: Tiered ,Ruched,Side-Draped,Crystal,Sashes
Back Details: Lace up
Fully Lined: Yes
Built-in Bra: Yes
Fabric: Satin ,Chiffon
Shown Color: White (Color & Style representation may vary by monitor.)
Body Shape: Apple ,Inverted Triangle ,Rectangle ,Petite ,Hourglass ,Pear ,Plus Sizes ,Misses
Style: Chic , Elegant , Luxurious ,Classic,Glamorous
Wedding Venues: Garden / Outdoor ,Church ,Hall
Season: Spring ,Fall ,Winter
Tips: Accessories not included

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three quarter sleeve wedding gowns
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2016-03-23

As we’re watching the leaves turn a golden brown, we’re inspired every day by what nature provides for us. Endless colour palettes and tones we can use for every aspect in our lives. This Autumnal inspiration from Katie Grant Photo shows us just how to make the most of the turning colours…

From Katie Grant: “This romantic session was part of the event “Inspired By” that took place in beautiful Denver, CO with Lemonade and Lenses, the sister site to Belle Lumiere. The beautifully styled tablescape and ceremony space are only made more beautiful with the rich, succulent flowers that were chosen to reflect the season. Both Lexi Vornberg of Belle Lumiere and film photographer Laura Murray spoke at the event and a handful of talented artists came together to create a couple of very beautifully styled shoots!”

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

Katie Grant Photo

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Photography: Katie Grant Photo | Film Lab: Photovision | Event: Lemonade and Lenses | Speaker: Lexi Vornberg | Speaker: Laura Murray | Florals: Cori Cook Floral | Styling: Isabelle Kline Design | Venue: Castle Cliff Estate | Salon: Anna Be | Designer: Augusta Jones Bridal | Paper and Calligraphy: Signore e Mare | Hair: Harmony Kilgore | Make Up: Cassandra Garza | Food Styling: Three Tomatoes Catering

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Rustic Autumn Inspired Wedding Ideas

elegant off the shoulder dresses
keyhole back mermaid wedding dress

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2016-03-23

White Strapless Chapel Train Wedding Dress with Full A-line Skirt

White English Net Strapless wedding dress. Tucked bodice with embellished band, full a-line skirt with lace motifs and lace scallop at hem. Chapel train. Sweetheart neckline.

Silhouette: A-Line

Neckline: Sweetheart

Strap: Strapless

Skirt: Chapel Train

Back: Low Back

Color: White

Season: Fall

Embellishment: Floral Embroidered

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fit and flare wedding dress
wedding dress with straps

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