Orange Memories

Vancouver, Canada.

orangememories.net

Raquel Benito

Madrid, Spain.

raquelbenito.net

Cherry Moments

Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

cherrymoments.ro

23
Mar 2015

Sevannah + Ian

Beautiful Canadian Wedding with Awesome Groom and Groomsmen Attire!

Hi everybody! Have a look at this fantastic wedding that took place in Canada. I literally fell in love with the groom and his groomsmen’s attire and I am a great fan of those deep purple touches—well, I’m not really the pastel kind of girl. The pictures were taken by Lin and Leon of Orange Memories!
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The wedding took place on October, 3, 2014, in Hycroft Vancouver. Here’s the story of the couple:
We met in culinary school 3 years ago. Ian as a chef, and savannah as a pastry chef. Our first project together was about Bacon, which really launched our love for food and each other. We got engaged one year ago in Disney, florida, he proposed in front of the magic castle as the last firework went off at the end of the evening. We live in Vancouver together and own a cat, Donatello. We plan to open a bakery/café one day.

 
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Name one thing you regret…

I wouldn’t have made my own invitations. I sent months getting everything together and making every part from scratch, including the save the dates, which were magnets. It was so time consuming, they were beautiful but I would have preferred a little more free time.

 

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… And one thing you’re really happy you did.

Getting a wedding coordinator. No matter the size of your wedding or the style, having someone to take care of all the little details so you can enjoy the big day is so important. It takes all the weight off of your shoulders, just make sure its someone you trust and who shares your style.

 

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23
Feb 2015

Carla + Carles

Wedding in the Woods near Barcelona

Yeah, I’m back!! Sorry, I know it’s been a long time, but it looked like I really needed that time. I really do want to go on with the blog, despite the day job, the baby, and you know, trying to keep up friendships… But I must admit I can’t promise I’ll be as regular as before. So now more than ever, the best thing for you to do if you want to be kept informed about the latest updates here, is to enter you email somewhere on this website to be notified. But you know, it’s up to you.

Today’s wedding took place near Barcelona. I really really loved the spot, this little church in what looks like the deepest depths of the (Catalonia) forest. Let’s take a quick history break, apparently the church is an ancient construction from the XVII-th century called Pou de Glaç, where people used to store the ice. It was an intimate party with only 30 guests and the reception was celebrated in the woods near the construction. I hope that you’ll enjoy it and that it’ll inspire you (mojito soaps as a wedding favour? yes please!) Photography: Raquel Benito.

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Here’s from Carla and Carles about the kind of wedding they wanted.

Well, that was crystal clear since day 1. A special location and a few number of guests (family and close friends, basically). No obligations and things like that. Birthday party-like, but celebrating love instead of years. We were very lucky to be able to celebrate our engagement in a pretty magical place in the middle of the forest in Catalonia.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

We know it sounds cliché, but nothing. Second thought: Ok, maybe if we had eaten something during all the afternoon we would sure have appreciated the quality and diversity of our catering. According to everyone else in there, it was yummy. Not kidding, though.

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.

Getting married in front of our little baby girl (we have a daughter), making our family and close friends feel happy and comfy on our day, hiring Bodas de Cuento to organize everything before and during the wedding, being able to call Marina & Ricky (from Bodas de Cuento) our friends right now, having wonderful memories about that day that will last forever thanks to Raquel Benito and her gorgeous photo essay… and yeah, why not? Having pretty less memories on the “after-party” thanks to tequila”.

 

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12
Jan 2015

Being Charlie

Thoughts Following the Attacks of January 7th

I dont believe in God. I’m not sure wether the exact word to describe my non-belief is atheism or agnosticism – all this religion stuff is something I’m still processing and may process for a very long time. But the thing is, I don’t believe in God.

I don’t believe in God and I think nobody in his right mind would believe in God if it wasn’t for the religious education we’re given when we still haven’t developed any sense of criticism.
Have you ever asked yourself whether you would believe that a mysterious invisible but omnipotent and omniscient wizard created the earth and everything on it if you weren’t taught so when you were a kid? Would you believe it if you only learned in your 20s that God’s son came out of a virgin and then resuscitated after his death?
Do you really think God would be good enough to help you pass that difficult exam or take that wonderful picture that got you an award, but would let millions of innocent children die of starvation or get sacrificed at war? And no, the answer “God works in mysterious ways” isn’t enough for me and just seems like a good excuse to make us close our eyes a little bit longer.
I know I may not be speaking about the God you believe in, and the above may not describe very well your faith, but then again, you won’t find two persons on this planet believing in the exact same God. And let’s have a quick look at all the religions in the world; any particular reason yours is the right one? Will all those good people go to hell except for you and the few others that share your beliefs AND interpreted the bible or whatever your sacred book is called in your religion in the exact same way you did?
It may be hard to accept that you were wrong this whole time and I am not saying you’ll agree with me or suddenly wake up and claim you don’t believe anymore, but it’s worth stopping and thinking about it. Because the thing is, when you allow yourself to start questioning your faith, the number of interrogations that arise is almost infinite.

My goal here isn’t to convince you in two or three easy sentences to not believe in your God anymore though. The reason I’m coming up with this subject is simply because I want to be able to say it.

I’ve been tempted to mention my lack of faith here many times. Why? Well, historically speaking, marriage is a religious act and today many wedding ceremonies still take place at church. So the subject isn’t exactly off topic. But I thought to myself “This is a wedding blog you’re running, how would people feel if they knew you don’t believe in God?”. I won’t hide I feared I’d loose a few followers too.
But then last Wednesday the massacre at the French Charlie Hebdo happened. 12 persons were murdered because the journal decided to publish drawings that represented Muhammad. The main target was the cartoonist and director of the journal Charb, but the attack was conducted so that as many other cartoonists and people related to the journal as possible would die along, not to count anybody standing between the murderers and the premises of the journal. The targets of the attack were defenders of the human rights and liberty of expression, they were against racism, good persons. They died because they thought we could talk about religion as we can of any other subject.
When I heard about the murders I was in shock. I didn’t think such a horrible thing could happen in my country. I felt indignant but at the same time powerless. I thought that changing my profile picture for a white “Je Suis Charlie” on a black background wasn’t enough. And then I stopped to think about all this. Did I think they had the right to draw the things the drew? Of course I did! To mention one of the victims “Religion is just another ideology hence there’s no reason we can’t criticise religion.”. Then why wouldn’t I, little wedding blogger, have the courage to admit here that I don’t believe in God?

The most revolting aspect of the attacks of the past days is the attack against the freedom of expression. So I’m not Charb, but this made me think I shouldn’t be afraid to tell you that I think religion is bullshit. These last days I’ve read a lot of “Religion isn’t the problem, extremism is.”. Well, I don’t agree. Where there’s religion there’s usually extremism, whether it’s Christianity, Islam, Judaism or else. I know believers get offended when non-believers bring up the topic of religion, but this is really something I should be able to say without making any of you feel disrespected. I think that being offended by someone simply disagreeing with your belief is somehow proving those extremists right. I don’t get offended because some people believe in God, I actually do respect people’s beliefs, but I expect them to not be offended by my misbelief in return and to be able to speak freely about the subject.

These guys paid with their lives for making use of a basic right. And I couldn’t feel #jesuischarlie while thinking at the same time that it would be best to keep this opinion to myself. I hope their death will inspire you to fight for your own right to express your ideas. Changing people’s mind and making the humanity evolve isn’t just the mission of a handful of journalists. It starts with all of us. If you can only make one person stop and think, then you’ve already done a lot.

#letsallbecharlie

Being Charlie
22
Dec 2014

Sweet 2014

One Year in Instagram

I once saw the awesome video of this girl named Madeline called “This Is What Madeline Did in 2011”. The girl took a short video each day of her life, everyday during one year. She gathered all those videos to create a 365 seconds clip, that sums up in a very unique way this one year of her life. I thought this was genius and I swore to myself I’d do the exact same thing during my pregnancy, from the day I discover about it to the day the baby actually arrives.

Well I did start the project… But I eventually had to admit I’m not the I-take-all-sorts-of-videos-all-the-time kind of person; I may have 3 or 4 weeks of videos and then nothing. Yop, I gave up!

2014 was a very particular year for me though. And this is not my “This is What Joana Did in 2014”, it’s just my year in Instagram, but it still feels kind of special.

What about your year?

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15
Dec 2014

Eliza + Lucian

One Year Wedding Anniversary Commemoration at an Amusement Park

Today I’d like to share the beautiful wedding anniversary commemoration this couple had captured at an amusement park. I think it’s great for two persons to continue celebrate their love for each other after the wedding; it’s even better to have someone photograph these moments!
It’s interesting how (almost) everybody finds it normal to have a photographer at their wedding, now hire someone to take photos of you doing your (almost) regular stuff is a bit less common. I understand the wedding is a very particular day, but I personally have to admit I like a bit more seeing our couple photos again compared to our wedding pictures as they reflect better our life together – because you know, I may be a wedding blogger, but that doesn’t mean I hang out at home wearing a wedding dress all day long! The photos were taken by Cherry Moments, out of Romania.

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The word of the photographers.

Eliza and Lucian wanted to celebrate their first year together after their beautiful wedding. They are very energetic  and funny people, so, the best location for their “paper wedding” photoshoot was an amusement park :)  It was one of the funniest session of this year!

 

10
Dec 2014

Manpreet + Daljit

Beautiful Artistic Traditional Sikh Wedding

It’s not every day that you’ll see me post a more traditional wedding, but this one is something else. I’ve only discovered about Sikhism about a few months ago, while in India. I’ve always thought that if I had to choose one religion, that would be Buddhism, but I have to say Sikhism is maybe the most respectful, generous and open-minded religion I’ve heard about (but I leave it to Wikipedia to talk to you about it). So today’s wedding is a traditional Sikh wedding, but any religious consideration put appart, it is above all a beautiful and emotional wedding, just as I like them! Let me know your thoughts! The wonderful reportage was done by UK wedding photographer Matthew Jones aka Lucius Fox.
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The wedding took place on August 8th, 9th &10th in Birmingham, UK. From Manpreet.
We are quite a thrifty pair, always looking for great deals and bargains whenever we are out shopping. We love everything vintage and shopping in charity shops so I guess thats where our inspiration for our wedding reception came from. We are both technology teachers and love making things ourselves so we made most of the details ourselves. We spent evenings after work, school holidays and weekends making our own newspaper prints for canapés, table decorations, signposts and all the other details for the reception. We even spent some of my Hen party sewing the bunting! Our apartment was taken over by all the things we had made!

 

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Name one thing you regret…

The only thing we’d change about or wedding would be to make it last longer! it really was the best time of our lives and we’re so happy that we can relive it through our wonderful photographs.

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.

We are most happy that we managed to pull of an alternative Sikh wedding reception. The two ceremonies on the Friday and Saturday were both traditional, and it was important for us to put our own stamp on the reception which we had on the Sunday. We wanted all the details to be about us and our personalities, Daljit chose a pink Ted Baker suit, and my Mehndi (Henna) had swallows in it, which is a lot more ‘me” than the traditional patterns.

Our photographer Matt (Lucius Fox Photography) is awesome, we found him through my Brother, also a photographer. Our photography was really important to us and we wanted someone who’s style would reflect ours. As soon as we saw Matt’s work we fell in love, it is so unique and artistic. Matt was brilliant to work with, so relaxed yet always focused on what he wanted to achieve. We met with him a few times before the wedding and we got on so well with him that we were so comfortable on the wedding day(s).

 

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05
Dec 2014

Anamaria + Cristian

Dreamy After Wedding Photoshoot in a Boat by a Lake in Romania

One last post for this week: the dreamy after wedding photoshoot of Anamaria & Cristian! Water always adds something to couple pictures and this little boat is just too cute!! Photos by Laura and Lia, the two sisters behind Wedding Faeries Photography, out of Romania!

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The word of the photographers.

This took place few kilometers away from Deva at Cincis lake. The couple wanted a boat to be involved in this because the groom likes fishing a lot :P. We thought we’ll catch the golden hour but instead it was really windy and about to rain. But we weren’t scared of the weather! they really had fun and us along with them :)
02
Dec 2014

Jaye + Thomas

Bikes, Bookstore and Paris – Two Australians Eloping in France

I don’t know if you remember the wonderful pictures of Marcio and I on our bikes that Dragos and Laura (aka Be Light Photography) took last year? Well, this post inspired Jaye and Thomas to come straight from Australia to have their elopement in Paris, by bike, and have the whole thing covered by the Be Light Photography team. How adorable? I also love that they dropped their initial idea to have a big castle wedding to organize something more intimate and casual that would correspond better to their personalities.

Their day included riding bikes (obviously), stopping by a well-known jewellery to buy Jaye’s wedding ring, and finally eloping at the door of a retro bookstore… and the latter choice was no coincidence: since Jaye and Thomas first met, each month they buy a book for one another. This July they decided to buy it from Paris’ famous Shakespeare and Co bookshop and while there, get married right out the front! Photos by Dragos for Be Light Photography.

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The wedding took place on July, 11, 2014 in Paris, France.
What Jaye and I always wanted for our wedding was a mixture of intimacy, uniqueness and plenty of fun – something that reflected our personalities, our relationship and our life more generally.
We started with a grand plan in mind – renting an old Chateaux in the Bordeaux area and throwing a small intimate party long into the night. Imagine if you can: sitting under a big oak tree nestled around some trestle tables, good home made food and plenty of french wine. However, as we started to delve a little further, we discovered that if we were to remain true to ourselves, what we really wanted was something less formal, and more authentic and active. Neither of us are known for being able to sit still or stay in one spot for too long.
Over a weekend, we hatched the plan to celebrate our wedding in Paris. Everything was organised over the net, including our photographer Dragos Ludusan. The day would be typically Parisian from dawn to dusk.
The day played out something like this: Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Pain Raisin and coffee for breakfast (of course plenty of red wine the night before) followed by a walk to pick up our bikes, where we would ride across Paris for the day, take lunch in a typically french bistro (what else but steak and frites), before getting married in front of Shakespeare and Co bookshop and spending the night opposite the Eiffel Tower. Low key, packed full of highlights and on the go.
Our ride took us to Boucheron Jewellers to pick up Jaye’s wedding ring – a gorgeous experience, in a perfect setting just down rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. Different, unique and typically French. We rode past too many Paris sights to name them all, but if you can think of one, I bet we rode past it.
A couple of close friends flew from around the globe to join us on our special day. Scott and Kirty are very special to us and we feel blessed that they travelled to Europe from Australia with 9 month old Patrick. Likewise, Tomoko, Simon and Isaac joined us from London for the day.
Everyone got into the spirit of the day, riding through Paris with limited direction, no helmets and sprinkles of rain here and there.
The night ended with a beautifully designed room at the Hotel Sezz, located on the River Seine’s right bank, 900 metres from the Eiffel Tower. It had an amazing bathroom and wonderfully soft and luscious bed.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

A cliche but true: we honestly don’t regret anything….the day was simple, fun and relaxed. It was better than we had imagined.

 
 
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… And one thing that makes you proud.

How everything just came together on the day without being over planned, over thought and without too much fuss! It really was a jam-packed, fun filled day. Even the early morning rain couldn’t hold us back from exploring Paris by bike. Having friends share the day with us also made us very happy.
Last but not least, it was an absolute pleasure to meet and get to know our photographer, Dragos Ludusan. We actually found Dragos through the French Kiss the Bride website and knew straight away that he was the one that we wanted to capture the day, telling the natural story through his lens.  What a great guy – professional, adaptable and all round bloody good photographer! Dragos went with the flow, working with us to beautifully capture the true essence of our special day.

 

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The word of the photographer.

Meeting Jaye & Thomas in Paris was an incredible cultural and photographic experience. I love photographing people to whom I can connect and relate to and who relate really good with each other. I always thought that chemistry is photogenic and I think that this is what makes Thomas & Jaye’s pictures so special. Their elopement in Paris sure was an adventure and I’m always in for adventures!
27
Nov 2014

Kathi + Bernhard

Summer Wedding at a Ski Resort

Sometimes running a blog is ungrateful. Sometimes I have to say I’d rather watch another episode of True Blood, Homeland or whatever we’re currently addicted to, than take an hour or two to prepare a new post… But then I come across the work of photographers I don’t know about already, and it’s like a slap in the face – or in the eyes, for that matter. Roland is one of those photographers. I mean, the guy is a magician! Have a look at that post, have a good look at it and then go spend some time on his own blog too… I’m sure this won’t be some time wasted! Now about the wedding? What would you call a sunny Summer wedding at a ski resort with snow-capped peaks as a backdrop? Perfect may be quite close to the word I’m looking for. Photos by Roland Faistenberger Photography.
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The wedding happened on July 19th, 2014 in Schladming, Austria.

 

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The word of the photographer.

The wedding of Kathi and Bernhard was an intimate one: just their best friends and family got together in Schladmin, Austria, which is an important place for the two of them. I’m very happy about the trust this couple gave me. It was a perfect match, I enjoyed the entire day! The ceremony took place on top of a mountain, and after that we took some photos in the almost surreal surroundings. Just a perfect day!

 

24
Nov 2014

Mariella + Jakub

Laid-Back Wedding in Czech Republic

Mariella & Jakub got married after 19 years of relationship! It was actually a tough 2013 that made them want to have a fresh start… So they called their friend Isabelle of Plumière to capture the day for them and off they went to Czech Republic, where the groom’s originally from. I love the vibe of this very laid-back wedding!

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The wedding happened on the 20th of September 2014, in ‘Doubice‘, part of the Czech Republic called ‘Bohemian Switzerland‘, next to a huge national park.

After 19 years of relationship and a really messy year 2013 we decided to bond together forever. So we kinda left the evil years behind a ended with a new beginning. The fun fact about the wedding was that my father officiated the ceremony. He’s the mayor of the village so he has the official perdition to do so.

We had a small and private celebration, a grand firework provided by the brides father, who used to be a fire fighter. That was really amazing and everybody had 3-D glasses on that projected little visual hearts into the fireworks, so we’ve been all shouting and yelling from the deepest if our happy bodies and minds :)

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Never allow your friends to take pictures especially during the ceremony. In fact if you book a professional photographer like Isabella no one else should take any shots. And tell anybody to NOT put the pics on Facebook or other social networks, if you don’t want any bad surprises…

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.

Stay cool. It’s your celebration, the grand day, everything is about you and nobody else. Anyone got a problem, it shouldn’t be yours. Enjoy, don’t stress, take fresh air on a regular basis and be happy. Smile, because it’s so easy.

 

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Nov 2014

Béatrice + Jérémie

Wonderful Photoshoot in the Streets of Paris

Robert is a talented photographer based out of Portland in the US, who wandered around Europe this Summer and got to shoot this couple in Paris. Béatrice and Jérémie are the wonderful duo behind The Quirky, specialised respectively in photography and videography. I love how these photos reflect the “actual” Paris and that they’re not just Eiffel Tower shots! Don’t they look fabulous? Many thanks to Robert J Hill for sending those pictures over!

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Nov 2014

Camilla + Pierre-Antoine

A Pink Pastel Dress for a Retro Wedding in Milano with the Best Wedding Hairstyle Ever

Camilla and Pierre-Antoine are such a cool couple! Not only do they both look stunning (ok, especially Camilla – I don’t know what the girl’s been doing with her hair but I want it for myself!!) but I also loved what they shared about the organisation of their wedding. I really encourage you to read their story, which I have to admit, reminded me a bit of our own wedding – especially for the drunk-too-soon part (except that I don’t regret it, HA!). Photos were taken by Bianco Photography, based in London UK.

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The wedding took place on May 10, 2014 in Milan Italy. From the bride.

I’m Italian and he is French so the main issues were wine, food and the big dilemma: champagne or prosecco? In the end I won and it was all pure Italian :).
We did not want to have a traditional wedding, we strongly believe that the real commitment is the one you take in front of your family and friends.. not by signing some stupid paper. Our best friend Michele performed the ceremony, we had three best men each and I also had 2 additional bridesmaid. During the ceremony they all said something personal about us and then we exchanged our wedding bands.
Our cake was a dark chocolate one with raspberries everywhere.
We have a very peculiar music taste. We hired a rockabilly band. All the music from the “apero” until 2AM was pure American rock and roll from the 50s.

 

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Name on thing you regret…

The only thing I regret is that I was not able to fully enjoy this moment. I was too stressed checking if people were having fun. I was also a bit drunk too soon. :)

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.

1) As per the food, we decided to keep it simple and this choice paid out.
All tables (just 3 long tables) were set but there was no service at the table.
2) Every time I went to wedding I ran out of cigarettes. For this reason, we bought a big box of Marlboro Lights and put cigarettes everywhere. People loved it.

 

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The word of the photographer.

I first met Camilla and Pierre-Antoine in a little lovely pub here in London: they both live and work here, and I immediately felt they could have been rather friends than clients to me. Their wedding was exactely like them: classy and wonderful. Villa Necchi was a stunning location in the heart of Milan, and I was totally raptured by the Villa’s indoor. The whole party was perfectly set up by MADA, AFM banqueting and Faglioni Wedding, and liven up by the amazing band The Shakers – best 50s and 60s band ever! I feel so incredibly honoured to had the chance being at their side in such a wonderful day indeed.

05
Nov 2014

Jil + Jul (Bonus)

After Wedding Photo Session in Brittany

Did you like Jil and Jul’s wedding yesterday morning? Good news, I have a little bonus for you: their really cool after wedding photo session, still in Brittany, still by Benjamin Le Du.

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Nov 2014

Jil + Jul

Super Fun French Wedding in Brittany

I’m so happy to share with you the wonderful and fun wedding of Jil and Jul. This wedding has it all: some really fun newly weds and guests, a beautiful decoration (I LOVE the contrast of the multicolor flowers with those white tables), entertainment, and the key ingredient – some really stunning pictures! Photography by Benjamin Le Du out of France.

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The wedding took place on August 22, 2014 in Brittany, France (Querrien and Pont Aven to be precise).

We’ve been together for 11 years and Julien proposed to me during a trip to the Rodrigues Island we made last year to celebrate our 10 years together. We started the day with some snorkeling in a turquoise water; the skipper stopped us on a little desert island called the cat Island. We were walking around when Julien made his proposal: He took a photo of us two, but had previously placed the engagement ring beside my neck; then when I looked at what the picture had given I saw it! I say Yes, of course. We were both shaking like a leaf… It was perfect!

 

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Name one thing you regret…

The bride: That I didn’t serve the oignon soup!… long story. Do not hesitate to delegate, but take some time before the wedding to organize everything and be able to give every piece of information needed. This helps a lot on the D day (and the D-1 day).

The groom: That I didn’t dance a lot. I spent a lot of time outside with the non-dancers. We had a very intimate wedding, we could afford to spend some time with each and everyone of our guests, but still, we can’t be everywhere at the same time, and it’s normal.

 

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And one thing that makes you happy or proud.

We aren’t very organised people, and planning this wedding was a challenge. We are very proud we did all the decoration ourselves, the aperitive, the bouqet, the favours, the invitations and save the date. We also worked the whole year on the playlists – no DJ but a computer and 2 good speakers!
Second, our surprise dance at the city hall!!
But one thing’s for sure, if we were to do it again, we wouldn’t change a thing!

 

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Oct 2014

Alex + Cameron

Surprise Proposal at Lily Lake, Colorado

Cameron and Alex were first contacted by Perry & Kathryn  to model for a styled shoot in the mountains. And here’s the beautiful story, related by the two photographers of Our Love Is Loud, of what happened instead.

We actually got connected with Cameron and Alex through friends and had asked them if they would model for us for a styled shoot in the mountains. Well, Cameron (the groom) called us immediately with an idea of his own, that made it even better. “How about we actually turn this shoot into a surprise proposal shoot for Alex”, he said. He wanted to propose soon. He knew he wanted to do it in a gorgeous mountain location, with Alex all dolled up feeling pretty, and he knew he would love killer photos of the whole thing. We loved the idea!

Cameron and Alex look like an amazing couple, and those pictures of this surprise proposal almost brought tears to my eyes. Kathryn and Perry are from Colorado, but you won’t find this information on their website because they just love to travel!

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From the photographers.

Cameron planned every detail to perfection. Found the perfect spot, coordinated with us through a secret strain of emails, even hand carved the beautiful wooden arrowhead box that would hold the ring, his grandmother’s ring. Alex didn’t see it coming. Not at all. She was completely taken aback! We simply snapped away, capturing all the emotion, holding back our own tears. It was one of the most emotional, truly touching engagement sessions we have ever done.
28
Oct 2014

Rachel + Rafael

Indoor Wedding at reBar in Brooklyn, NYC

When I was planning our wedding in 2011, I remember I eventually noticed something that I think not all future brides and groom always have in mind: the beauty of a wedding isn’t directly linked to the amount of details and DIYs you put. A beautiful outdoor venue with lots of natural flowers, or with a view over the see don’t necessarily need additional decoration. Worse, sometimes adding personal touches to something that’s already beautiful alone (namely, by adding some details that don’t match with the decor already in place) may even ruin everything. What’s true for outdoor weddings is also true for indoor weddings and I think you can find quite a a few perfect examples on this blog (for instance here or here). Rachel and Rafael had their wedding at reBar (a restaurant in Brooklyn, NY), and it was the bride’s will to find a place that would allow her to only have to care about putting on her dress and finding a photographer… I think more brides should be like Rachel! Photography by Monika Photo Art.

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The wedding took place in New-York City last year. From the bride:

Throughout the year planning our wedding, I often thought about how I would feel at my wedding. I didn’t care much about the stuff. We specifically chose a restaurant that was beautiful on its own and wouldn’t need much decorating, and they had their own in-house DJ, florist, and baker, so we wouldn’t have to deal with a ton of outside vendors and decisions. After the most important things to us were purchased or booked, I was left with a lot of time to think and dream about how our wedding day would feel. To me, the most important parts of the wedding day couldn’t possibly be planned or even anticipated.
I woke up feeling super calm, happy, and excited. I spent the day in a hotel room with my bridesmaids getting ready, eating and chatting. I got dressed in the hotel room closet, with no light, and was barged in on by my adorably excited four-year-old ring-bearer. I took a taxi to the venue with my friends, and the first time my mother saw me as a bride she was sitting double-parked in my dad’s truck while the venue staff unloaded the arbor for our ceremony. We waved at each other. We navigated around the set of the new Spiderman movie that was being shot all around the vicinity of our venue for my bridal party street photos.
I slowed my dad down as he walked me down the long aisle, taking it all in. I saw my soon-to-be husband standing there, waiting patiently. We listened to our lovely readings in a mixture of English and Spanish, we said our vows, exchanged rings, and had a few laughs throughout. I did not cry. In our brief moment alone before joining the party, I stuffed the appetizers that were thoughtfully left for us into my face like I had never seen food before. I told my Maid of Honor to tell the DJ that I didn’t want to waste any more time, so forget the grand entrance announcement, just play our first dance—our guests will catch on that we have entered. I was too excited to eat. I danced, I danced all night. We missed dessert completely because we never left the dance floor. I don’t remember how we got back to the hotel, but I remember walking into the beautiful suite my Maid of Honor got us as a gift and the view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge took my breath away. We were hungry and tired, so very tired. We were happy. And married.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

I crafted some decor to add our own personal touches and planned to take care of mostly everything myself. I didn’t want to bother or burden anyone, even though I had a bridal party and family perfectly willing to help me out.  This is what I would have done differently.  I don’t know how I ever thought I would have time on my wedding day in the two hour window I had access to my venue (one hour of which would be used taking photos) to place my personal touches around the room, write the wedding program on the large chalkboard provided by the venue, and help put together some bouquets for the bridal party.  By the time I got back from our photo shoot, the staff and my loved ones had taken care of everything for me. The chalkboard program never did get done, but that hardly mattered. I was getting married in twenty minutes and I probably shouldn’t have been handling chalk in my wedding attire anyway! I clearly should have come to that conclusion beforehand, and if I had just given my draft to the staff, they would have taken care of it for me.  What I learned was that asking for help and doling out responsibility ahead of time wouldn’t have been a burden to any of them. They were all happy to help and pitch in any way they could to make my day better, and take some stress off of me. It was a feeling of gratitude, love and support I will never forget.

 

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… And one thing you’re happy you did.

While planning for our wedding, I knew I wanted to have to worry about as little as possible. I wanted everything to be rather simple for ourselves as well as our guests. When I found a venue that was beautiful and interesting on its own and totally our style I was very excited. When I found out that the restaurant handled everything in-house, including the DJ, flowers for the decor, and all food and alcohol, I was sold. Their line was, “just get a dress and photographer and show up!” Of course it’s not that simple, but I really worried about as little as possible.

 

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26
Oct 2014

Giveaway: Sneakers

Win Your Shuz. Wedding Sneakers!

How’s your Sunday, lovelies? Let me cheer it up a bit for you! Today I’d like to offer the opportunity for one of you to win one pair of super cool sneakers. It can be for a bride-to-be or a bridesmaid, but nobody says you can’t wear them with your everyday clothes too!

At the head of Shuz. are two young entrepreneurs from Croatia, Ljudmila Mihajlovic and Maja Zirovcic. After being “just” very good friends for years, Ljudmila and Maja decided to combine their fields of expertise (textile technology for Ljudmila; entrepreneurship economics and graphic design for Maja) and with their shared mind set and mutual creativity, they created the Shuz. brand.

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Shuz. first started as a hobby. From Maja:

At first we started to hand paint our boring white sneakers, we wanted to transform them into an original piece of accessory, something that said a lot about our personality, a true reflection of our style and more importantly we wanted to wear something that we knew was unique and one of a kind and not a piece of wardrobe that thousands of other people already wear. You know that awkward moment when you walk down the street and spot your shoes on at least 3 other girls?! Well yeah we wanted to avoid those kind of situations :) Very soon we started to get a lot of compliments for our creations and the trigger for the decision to make a business out of it was when we made Shuz. as a birthday present for one of our friends and realized there was much demand for a personalized handmade product like ours.

Wedding Shuz. collection was created shortly after. The girls designed a model for a friend’s wedding that was not much of a high heel lover – white lace, satin bows, the bride & groom’s names on one shoe and the sign “Just Married” on the other; it perfectly fitted the occasion. The word quickly spread about new sneakers for all those unconventional brides. And not just them, but also for the ones that wanted to look stylish in high heels for the first part of the day and then slip into something more comfortable afterwards, for the real party!

 

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Good Girl, Swan Lake, Happy Life, Bride to Be, Lavish Lace, Romans Noir,… These are only a few of many other models from the creative Shuz. workshop. These colorful, playful, imaginative “shuz” are hand painted canvas sneakers that are realized according to your wishes and ideas. From Ljudmila:

Handmade and hand painted, Shuz. can match the color of your wedding dress and also the style of your wedding. You can give them a personal touch by selecting one of our options like: writing names, date of the wedding or a special message directly on your wedding shoes. ( most common scripting are: and they lived happily ever after, bride to be, just married, I do… etc.)

Did we mention that wedding sneakers come pretty handy if you change your mind in front of the altar and suddenly choose to become a runaway bride? :)

Ljudmila and Maja thought that the readers of You May French Kiss the Bride would love their creations, and generously offered for one you the chance to win one of the 3 models below!

Giveaway #1:

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Giveaway #2:

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Giveaway #3:

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So… Which one will be yours? To try to win one of the 3 models above, just leave a comment with the model number (#1, #2 or #3) that you’d like for you.

Good luck!! And to see more of their numerous models, head up to their website or Facebook page!

Giveaway: Sneakers
24
Oct 2014

Dasha + Lesha

“Shades of Summer” – Russian Fairytale Wedding

The wedding of Dasha and Lesha is a true fairytale. From the design of their wedding to the pictures, when I first took a look at this reportage I felt like I was 10 again immersed in the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Except this is no Alice in Wonderful wedding theme; it’s the own couple’s universe, created for the very purpose of their day. I have no doubt it’ll have the same effect on you, and though I would like to comment on every moment of their day that was captured, I’m not gonna spoil this one, and all I’m gonna say is: Enjoy! Photography by Olga Plakitina, out of Russia.

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The word of the organising team.

Some brides want for their wedding bright, juicy shades; many dream of romantic pastel pink, some need a muted pale blue, while others cannot live without the pristine white. But Dasha wanted a completely different palette for their day, filled with only expressive, deep shades of summer. As for our team, we think it worked! Color determines the individuality of a person, fills their aura, gives the necessary feeling pleasing the eye. Dasha and Alex will remain sunny – yellow, smiling and family. We have tried to make as much expressive living elements for the design of their celebration: ripe pears and apples on the tables, iridescent vases for flowers, candles and colored motley sweets. The impression that everything is happening at the front porch of a small garden, home and family, summer and languishing in the heat of the natural area.

20
Oct 2014

Alix + François

An Alternative to the Bouquet Toss

As many of you come here to see alternative weddings, I thought you might be interested in seeing this alternative to the bouquet toss. I don’t know if someone knows this practice, but I had personally never seed this before—and I have seen a bunch of weddings in these past years—so I thought I’d share!

Not only does it prolong the friendly moment when someone inherits the bride’s bouquet, but it looks a lot funnier – and as a bonus you may make a photographer happy! Photos by the French photographer Sylvain Le Lepvrier. (You may also recognize the woman in the yellow dress as being the bride of one of my favorite weddings ever!)

Happy Monday!!

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How it works.

First, multicolor ribbons are attached to the bouquet. Every non-married female guest gets to hold the end of one ribbon. Then, the brides closes her eyes and cuts a ribbon, resulting in the person at the other end of it to be out of the game. It is recommanded that the challengers turn around the bride while her eyes are closed so that she has absolutely no idea whose ribbon she’s cutting. This scenario goes on and on until only one ribbon is left; the person holding it wins the bouquet!

15
Oct 2014

(French) Kiss

You May Now French Kiss the Bride – Pictures of Wedding Kisses

Hey folks, happy Wednesday! First I’d like to apologize once more for not being as regular as before. I went back to work this week, and I have to say it’s quite relaxing compared to taking care of our little bloy all day, so I guess it’ll all soon get back to normal.

I wanted to create this post on pictures of wedding kisses a long time ago (I mean, didn’t I HAVE to?), so I’m happy that I finally gathered a few pics to make it happen; hope you’ll like it as much as the previous post on unusual and unexpected situation!

So, themed post again, YAY! And the good news is, I already have all the pictures I need for the next theme, which means you won’t have to wait too long for the next one!

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#1 by Attila Csomor

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#2 by Cécile Creiche

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#3 by Danilo Siqueira

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#4 by Fer Juaristi

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#5 by Jessica Vogelsang

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#6 by Marcel Schwarz

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#7 by Davina Plus Daniel

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#8 by Hiram Trillo

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#9 by Julien Pontarolo

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#10 by Photography by Winter (who’s that? ^^)

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#11 by Duo Borgatto

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#12 by Alma Photography

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#13 by Photography by Winter

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#14 by Duo Borgatto

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#15 by Taras Perevarukha

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07
Oct 2014

Patricia + Michael

NYC Bookstore Wedding

There are so many things to say about this wedding, the first one being: this couple GOT MARRIED IN A BOOKSTORE! And usually, I wouldn’t add anything else because this personally already would make me wanna check the whole thing out. But the thing is, there is more. First, the bookstore they got married at isn’t just any bookstore, it’s a “non-profit bookstore that donates all their proceeds to fighting AIDS and homelessness” (New-Yorkers, you know where you’ll go next weekend). Second, this couple is so cool that getting married in a bookstore wasn’t enough; they had pizza for lunch after their first look, in other words, all “brided up” and “groomed up”! And finally—on a more personal achievement point of view—they found their photographers via this blog which means I have both the best readers ever and the best photographers, YAY!! Photography & Videography by Amanda & Nate aka the Howards, the couple behind The Shalom Imaginative, that just moved to Los Angeles, California.

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The wedding took place on May 23rd at 7:00 p.m at the Housing Works Bookstore in NYC. From the couple:
The locations that were captured in the photos all have a special meaning to us. Washington Square Park is a place we often visit in the summer to relax, people watch and read. East Village was the first neighborhood we lived in when we moved to New York. The stoop were we sat and had coffee is at our first apartment. Pho/Bun is a favorite dish of ours. Once when we were celebrating my (Patricia’s) birthday at bar in Greenwich with friends, Mike was so kind to leave the party and grab Joe’s Pizza for everyone. It hit the spot, the party continued to the late night and Joe’s has been one of our favorites every since. And of course the Brooklyn Bridge, not only is it iconic but it also symbolizes a transformation – to leave behind the familiar and start a new journey together.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Why didn’t we get married sooner! :D

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.
The days leading up to the wedding and right after were such a whirlwind. We are so happy Nate and Amanda (The Shalom Imaginative) were with us to capture all the moments of the weekend. From events like casually roaming the city and enjoying tea with the family to the first look and wedding ceremony, they were there documenting our story. Now that some time has passed, we often look back at the photos and film and we feel the love, energy and excitement of our wedding day all over again.
Not only were we able to spend time with our family and close friends during this special day but we were also able to support Housing Works Bookstore’s mission. They are a non-profit bookstore that donates all their proceeds to fighting AIDS and homelessness.

 

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And to prolong the dream, you can have a look at the video of the day below, or at the photographers’ blog post here.

02
Oct 2014

Oana + Ciprian

Casual DIY Romanian Wedding in Black and White with a Gipsy Band

I guess not many future brides and groom think about black as a nice color to use at a wedding. It is a beautiful colour though, that gives a classy touch, and combines really well with all things wood-based or DIY. I bet you’re now curious to see how it can look like? Good news, you just need to scroll down a bit to enjoy the amazing work this couple did for their wedding! The photographs were taken by the talented Rares of Rares Ion Photography, using only available light.

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The wedding took place on August 23, 2014, in a village called Poiana lui Stanga, around 44 km away from Bucharest, Romania.
One of the most important ingredients of an open-air wedding is certainly the weather. But the weather forecast 24 hours before the event was gloomy: 60% chances of raining, thunderstorm and the whole deal, while for the morning of the wedding these chances rose to 85%.
And it did rain at 5 am in the morning. But the music was so good and the atmosphere so electrifying that nobody even noticed the rain. So the dance continued, disregarding the wet clothes.

 

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Name one thing you regret…

Well, the only regret is not getting married earlier. Less hesitations, less questions, less cold feet, more action.

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.

Paper saved the party and it allowed us to make the space look spectacular at a very low cost. Origami black and white birds hanged over the table on invisible strings, the menus written by hand with a real rosemary leaf on the cover, the paper feathers that decorated the napkins, everything was simple and cool to look at.

 

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30
Sep 2014

Magali + Florent

Sweet French Wedding in Provence

Magali and Florent had a sweet wedding in Provence, a typical region of the South of France. I love the groom’s outfit and their beautiful tables (and I am definitely in love with those placemats!). Photography by Modern Hearts.

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The wedding took place on the 7th of June 2014, in a typical Provençal “Mas”, in Arles in the South of France.
We wanted an authentic place in the middle of sunflower fields, olive trees and lavenders… Real surrounding for real story. We are 32 and 34 years old. We live in Antibes in the French Riviera in France, but we wanted to follow the french tradition, which is to get married into the bride’s family town. We met 5 years ago, and we have decided to have a baby first 2 years ago… So it was a wedding with our little daughter. It’s not very convenient but the symbolic was important for us. Our wedding was mostly composed of friends because we have a small family but we have many friends who came from all parts of France and they are so close for us that we consider them as family.

 

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Regarding the wedding, name one thing you regret…
We regret that the time ran so fast. We had not enough time to spend with each guest who most of them came from far we live.

 

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… And one thing that makes you proud.
Without any doubt, the non-religious celebration in open air !
We have totally delegated this part of our wedding to the bridesmaids and the best man.
They organised each moment, speeches, guests, the rings… We felt very touched by all the affection and love.

 

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You can see more pictures on the photographers’ blog here.

22
Sep 2014

Joana + Marcio + Paco

The Marim Family v2.1

You may have noticed I have been taking things a bit slower here these last months. And for someone who used to post something twice a week that’s saying something! First, if you’re wondering: no, I am not getting tired of the blog, I’m not tired of showing beautiful pictures of happy couple and wonderful weddings. The reason of this lower frequency of posts is beyond my will: there’s 24 hours per day and I have about 5 hours in total of “free” time. Now in those 5 hours, put breakfast, lunch & dinner breaks, showers, laundry + all basic activities. Done? Well, you get more or less how much time I have left for myself, and I am not ashamed to say I often use it to rest. What happened to me is simply what happens to many of us someday: a baby!

 

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This post is to share a bit of our new life with you. I don’t mean to be complaining… But I have to say I am. I am complaining all the time. Because the baby’s moaning for no apparent reason, because he won’t play on his own (is it really expecting too much from a 4 months old?); it’s a long list. But when he finally goes to sleep and the house is quiet, I start missing him so much I feel like crying. I don’t know if that’s normal, it sure sounds weird to me, but I guess that’s what being a mum is.

I remember I was kind of scared when I was pregnant. I’ve always wanted kids, that’s for sure, but I had never been really good at connecting with other people’s babies either and I honestly didn’t feel very attached to the baby that was growing inside my belly – at least not as much as I thought I should. I remember confessing to Marcio how scared I was that I wouldn’t love him as much as I love the cat!

But then he showed his little face, looked at us and my heart instantaneously broke into pieces. Billions of years of evolution to get to living beings as evolved as we are and we’re still designed for the survival of our species to be what matters the most to us.

Let’s stop two seconds to think about it. Having a baby means changing your life for a new life you know nothing about, sharing your day-to-day with a person you don’t know and don’t choose – you don’t even get to decide if it’s boy or girl! And yet, we do it and are usually happy with the change. Amazing.

 

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I was once offered the series Ordinary Victories by Manu Larcenet, where the main character says, looking at his daughter: “We created the person we love the most in this world.” I guess that sums it all up.

I think I’ve never been happier. I didn’t know one outline of a smile could have such an effect on me, that his little fingers gently caressing my skin would be the sweetest sensation, that his eyes seeking mine would be so incredibly rewarding… I’m in love, again.

 

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(And thank you Stina for the photos!)

18
Sep 2014

Renata + Heron

A Wedding on a Preserved Island in Brazil

Fernando de Noronha is an Island in the North-East of Brazil, a place with an impressive wildlife that’s trying to be kept unspoilt: only local cars, no sunscreen allowed on the beach… I personally never went there but Marcio did, and he told me he even swam with Sea Turtles!
Ok, enough with the touristic digression; let’s talk weddings. Renata and Heron both love beaches and got married on this Island in May this year. I have to say that this little church with this wonderful natural backdrop is one of the most cute I’ve ever seen, and what a view from the diner terrasse! I hope this will give you a little reminder of your own holidays, that I guess for most of you are now over… Photography by Fábio Moro.

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