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FLOWER DREAMS
 
 
Dear friends and readers, thanks to all of you who have inspired my imagination and natural curiosity with all your questions and  gave me food for my thoughts, thanks to all of you finally a new journey begins. The wedding blog, started almost for fun, has turned into a wonderful reality. I had to thanks to all the amazing people who have actively participated and shared their precious work, bridal designer, photographer, jewelry designer, cake designer, vintage experts. I had the wonderful opportunity to make “new friends” always kind, open-minded and always willing to support me, even when I drive them crazy, it happened. I hope they will continue keep supporting me. I am so lucky to do what I love for living. Today the wedding blog has earned its own website and it will grow day after day, step after step up to turn it into a wedding magazine. We will do it always with glamor, style, fantasy and a hint of irony. Luxury wedding inspirations and new ideas. We roll-out with the heady scent of flowers.
 
Stay tuned and keep following us on:
 
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We'll meet you there. 
 
Thanks to all of you.
Marcella Lavarini
 
 
 
 







Photo courtesy of Yervant Photography


 
Another year is coming to its end, we are ready to celebrate the new year to come.
 
“Love gives up hope, hope for the New Year. That’s New Year’s Eve to me. Hope, and a great party. New Year’s Eve (2011).
 
This blog is my way to celebrate Love, to wish to all the couple that are going to marry in 2017 a new year full of love, possibilities, great hopes, new paths to explore. It will not always be easy, but it’s always worth it. Are you wondering why I choose black and white? I think it is more like me, always trying to capture the real emotion, or a feeling that is hard to put into words. It is all about contrasts just like life, just like me, I love black and white and bright colors, I’m always smiling, friendly and outgoing and the most timid person on earth at the same time.
 
Let’s begin our journey …
Photo courtesy of Julian Kanz Photography
 
 
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible ...”
Quote from the movie - When Harry Met Sally (1989)
 
Photo from Jessica and Matts wedding
 
 
“I vow to fiercely love you in all your forms, now and forever. I promise to never forget that this is a once in a lifetime love ...”
Quote from the movie - The Vow (2012)
Photo courtesy of Chrisman Studios
 
 
“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home ...”
Quote from the movie - Anna and the French Kiss (2010)
Photo courtesy of Green Tea Photography
 
 
“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return ...”
Quote from the movie - Moulin Rouge (2001)
Photo courtesy of Yervant Photography
 
 
“Love requires sacrifice, but it’s worth it. Always...”
Quote from the movie - The Longest Ride (2015)
Photo Courtesy Raffaele Montepaone
 
 
“It’s like in that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.”
Quote from the movie - Serendipity (2001)
Photo courtesy of Sabina Mladin
 
 
“Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away..."
Quote from the movie - Hitch (2005)
Photo courtesy of iMagemaker
 
 
“When the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars, then peace will guide the planet and love will steer the stars...”
Quote from the movie - Hair (1979) in song.
 
Photo courtesy of Randy Jackson Photography
 
 
“If you’re a bird, I’m a bird...”
Quote from the movie - The Notebook  (2004)
Photo courtesy of Chrisman Studios
 
 
“I have crossed oceans of time to find you”
Quote from the movie - Dracula  (1992)
Photo courtesy of Green Tea Photography
 
 
“I love you. You…you complete me...”  
Quote from the movie - Jerry Maguire (1996)
Photo Courtesy of Raffaele Montepaone
 
 
“But the heart’s not like a box that gets filled up. It expands in size the more you love...”
Quote from the movie - Her (2013)
Photo courtesy of Chrisman Studios
 
 
“You should be kissed, every day, every hour, every minute...”
Quote from the movie - The Lucky One (2012)
Photo courtesy of Kinga Leftska
 
 
“In love you loosened yourself like sea water...”
Quote from the movie - Neruda (2016)
Photo courtesy of Randy Jackson Photography
 
 
“Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy...”
Quote from the movie - My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
 
Photo courtesy of Yervant Photography
 
 
“They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that’s true...”
Quote from the movie - Big Fish (2003)
Photo courtesy of Julian Kanz Photography
 
 
“I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her...”
Quote from the movie - Notting Hill (1999)
Photo courtesy of Yervant Photography
 
 
“The only one that makes me feel like I can fly is you...”
Quote from the movie - Hitch (2005)
Photo courtesy of iMagemaker
 
 
“I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you...”
Quote from the movie - Her (2013)
Photo courtesy of Sabina Mladin
 
 
“Like a river flows surely to the sea, Darling so it goes. Some things are meant to be. Take my hand, take my whole life too..”
Quote from the movie - Blu Hawaii  (1961) in song  by Elvis Presley
Photo courtesy Aozma Qureshi
 
 
I would like to thank all the photographers, who with their shots have made this journey through the emotions possible. 
I would like to thank them all for their kindness and openness, always willing to cooperate and share their amazing shots.
 
Thanks to all of you visitors, that you've joined me in this photographic journey.
Marcella Lavarini
 
 
 







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It was Queen Victoria with her wedding in 1840, who clears the way for the modern white wedding dress. Prior to 1840, white had been reserved for those of the wealthier class. Fabric was expensive and white stained easily so it was not reusable. Queen Victoria strengthen the notion that a wedding dress should be worn once and she has been credited with starting the tradition of white weddings gowns, in fact for her wedding with Prince Albert she wore a white heavy silk satin dress.
 
Clip from the movie - The Young Victoria
 
 
Before the late nineteenth century, bridal dresses came in a profusion of colors and patterns.  
 
C. 1838 Silk and Wool blend jacquard wedding gown as a gift of Gift of Steven Porterfield. Object id. 2010.897.5
 
Photos courtesy of FIDM MUSEUM and GALLERY
 
 
On the left: 1836 Moritz Daniel Oppenheim - Marriage Portrait of Charlotte von Rothschild.
On the right: 1859 Henrik Olrik - The Bride is Embellished by her girl friend.
 
 
 
To recreate the atmosphere of the late nineteenth century in a modern key, wedding dresses straight out of a painting of the time. From Cailand’s London Collection.
On the left: Look. n. 1
On the right: Look n. 16
 
Photos courtesy of Cailand’s
 
 
Clip from the movie - Wuthering Heights
 
Obviously, poor, peasants and working-class people in Europe and America often found it difficult, if not impossible, to buy special clothes for their wedding, so they simply wear their best dress.
 
 
Edwardian Era 
 
Wedding dress of the period Edwardian era, which is in the United Kingdom the period of British history that covers the brief reign of King Edward VII, from 1901 to 1910. In the early 1900s white was still the color of choice for monied brides, other brides opted for pastel colours. Frills on the bodice, puffy sleeves, high waists, high collars, long trains were in fashion for the period.  The 1910s introduced a more flowing silhouette for wedding gowns.
 
On the left: Pristine Edwardian Hand Made Lace & Silk Wedding Dress. On the right: Edwardian Battenburg Lace Dress.
 
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
Edwardian Romantic Vintage Ispiration.
 
Wedding gown Bon Bon of Marina Mansanta Haute Couture– photos by Joee Wong
 
 
C. 1910 Micro sequin and beaded fringe trimmed chiffon wedding gown.
 
Photos courtesy of TheFrock.com
 
 
Post- Edwardian wedding gowns inspirations? Be inspired by Downton Abbey the British-American drama television series. Downton Abbey's 1920s style has definitely become a trend in the wedding world.
 
Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley wedding.
Lady Mary wedding gown: a long sleeved cream dress covered with pearls and crystals, to hold the veil a floral diamond tiara.
Clip from the TV Show - Downton Abbey
 
 
On the left: Lady Rose wedding gown, a beaded silk tulle gown. Photo from Tv show Downtown Abbey.
On the right: A creation of Callot Soeurs, shown at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo from the book Total Design.
 
 
 
The 1920s
 
Were the golden age in the American history and “The great Gatsby” style as we call it today were in fashion, silky sheaths, sparkling embellishments, and pearls, string of pearls everywhere used also as décor, final touch headbands and a glimpse of gold. Jazz music to dance the night away.  
 
1920s original satin wedding dress.
 
Wedding gown of Vintachic – photos by Marzia Troiani
 
 
On the left: A creation of Louise Boulanger 1928 shown at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo from the book Total Design.
On the right: 1920s inspired Marina Mansanta Haute Couture wedding dress Lola, as seen on Woman&Bride Magazine. Photo by Armando Cattarinich.
 
 
 
For a Golden Age inspired wedding …
 
From  Galia Lahav Tales of the Jazz Age:
Tiffany is in Point d’esprit tulle layered over silk tulle and ornated with an antique embroidered mesh. The dress is entirely hand embroidered with sequins, tiny pearls and antique studded crystal chains.
Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav
 
 
Lana is a blush colored and half sheer dress. The top of the gown is entirely embroidered in ivory crochet with sandstone pearls and sequins. The back of the gown has a very deep low cut and has a nude illusion with an embroidered drape sash. The skirt is a melange of ivory and dusted rose tulle trimmed with a wide cirn dentelle.
Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav
 
 
From Alon Livné White, Bridal collection 2017:
Pearl is an exquisite dress with a raised collar and soft-shaped bottom, giving the style a regal and classic appearance, with pearls draping the feminine silhouette for that extra touch of elegance. A “Watteau” train with pearl details is a majestic option to add to the already royal-esque Pearl.
  
Photos courtesy of Alon Livné White
 
 
From Watters 2017 Collection:
Isa Ornate beading with a 1920s flair, this fit-and-flare gown is dripping with crystals on Illusion Tulle and Soft Spanish Net. Chapel train.
 
Photo courtesy of Watters
 
 
1930s
 
Spreading from the U.S. the thirties was considered the Depression-era, for this reason many brides choose a dress that could be tinged after the wedding and worn again. Hats were the headpiece for many brides, rather than traditional veils. One of the most iconic wedding dress of all the time is the one worn by Wallis Simpson in the occasion of her wedding to Edward, Duke of Windsor on 1937. For her wedding dress a signature color were made the "Wallis blue" to match her eyes.
 
Photo from the book of Total Design
 
 
Original 1930s Cream satin wedding dress, Cathedral train.
 
Wedding gown of Vintachic – photos by Marzia Troiani
 
 
C. 1930 Sleeveless drop-waisted sequin bodice with sequin shoulder strap. Satin skirt with a generous train.
 
Photos courtesy of TheFrock.com
 
 
The well-off brides could be inspired by the iconic fashion of the Hollywoodian divas of the period, Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Mae West just to name a few.
 
Stretch silk satin mermaid line wedding gown.
  
Photos courtesy of Delsa
 
 
Clip from the movie - Dinner at Eight
 
 
On the left: Jean Harlow in the movie Dinner at eight. Photo from the movie.
On the right: From Romantic Collection of Marina Mansanta Haute Couture, Struzzo with long gloves. Model Vittoria Puccini and photo by Studio Righi.
 
 
 
1930s Hollywoodian divas style … “Vionnet bias-cut”, mermaid line, low back, silk satin, evening wedding gown style. Madeleine Vionnet became popular as “the queen of the bias cut” one of her quotes says, “when a woman smiles, then her dress should smile too”. The bias cut is a design technique where cloth is cut diagonal, enabling the dress to adhere to the body during movement. The bias cut seemed to be created for the ‘30s Hollywood fashion icon Jean Harlow.
 
On the left: Jean Harlow in  the movie Saratoga (1937).
On the right: Chicca silk satin mermaid wedding gown. Shawl bodice, detachable sleeves. Photo courtesy of Collezione Carlo Pignatelli Couture.
 
 
 
On the left: Jean Harlow portrait.
On the right: Leona V-Neck, Silk Georgette gown, lined with Stretch Satin, creating a light and flattering feel. Photo courtesy of Watters.
 
 
 
On the left: Jean Harlow Portrait.
On the right: From Le Spose di Giò Classic Collection, look CL 40: Fit and flare evening style silk chiffon wedding gown. Photo courtesy of Le Spose di Giò.
  
 
 
On the left: Jean Harlow portrait in the movie Dinner at Eight.
On the right: From Le Spose di Giò Classic Collection, look CL 41: Silk satin empire line style bias-cut wedding gown. Photos courtesy of Le Spose di Giò.
 
 
 
Are you in the mood for a more dramatic effect?
 
Clip from the movie The Bride of Frankenstein
 
 
From Jordi Dalmau Novias Elumm Collection: Lourdes.
 
Photo courtesy of Jordi Dalmau Novias
 
 
1940s
 
It was the war time, due to limited funds common brides used fabrics to make their own wedding dresses. Wedding gowns make a virtue of simplicity, stark and elegance, focusing on shoulders, corseted waist and lay emphasis on the hips.
 
On the left: Charles James 1948 wedding gown shown at Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo from the book Total Design.
On the right: From Cailan'd Vienna Collection the look n. 8. Photo courtesy of Cailan'd.
 
 
 
Original 1940s wedding gowns.
On the left: Long sleeve chiffon and lace wedding dress, long train.
On the right: Ecru satin wedding dress, Cathedral Train.
 
Wedding gown of Vintachic – Photos by Marzia Troiani (left) and Gianluca Serrago (right)
 
 
Maggy Rouff, haute couture wedding  gown, c. 1949.
  
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
Clip from the movie - Cover Girl
 
 
Let be inspired by the style of the Hollywoodian fashion icon Rita Hayworh, from Giuseppe Papini 2017 Collection.
On the left: Silk crepe satin mermaid wedding gown. Chantilly lace and organdy dress cover.
On the right: Silk crepe satin mermaid wedding gown, slight sweetheart neckline, rebrode lace dress cover.
 
Photos courtesy of Giuseppe Papini
 
 
From Katya Katya Shehurina Bridal Collection 2017.
Liliac: A wedding gown that gives the illusion of a two piece gown joint together perfectly. The high boat neckline is embellished by using the Swarovski elements. A high neckline flows from the high neck to an open v-neckline at the back joint with the style of an opened illusion back to produce movement to the top of the gown. Joint with the beauty of the French lace top the skirt flows gracefully with soft and light in weight tulle.
   
Photos courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
 
 
Clip from the movie Woman of The Year
 
 
1950s
 
Movies and movies star started setting trends also in Bridal fashion, there was a real mutual exchange between fashion and cinema, more than ever before.  First it was Elizabeth Taylor in the movie “Father of the bride” of Vincente Minelli (1950), bridal style sweetheart neckline, corseted waist.
 
Clip from the movie - Father of the Bride 
 
 
Few years later in 1957, Hubert de Givenchy did the costumes for “Funny face”,  he brought up such an innovation in Bridal style, setting  the trend for tea length wedding dresses, for the movie he designed a ballerina-inspired wedding gown, up today one of my favorite.  Along with the new trend, short gloves and shorter veils.
 
Clip from the movie Funny Face
 
 
In the mood for a contemporary rock 1950s Ballerina inspired wedding gown? Jupe Mojito from the collection Bohème Rock by David Purves, is definetly what you’re looking for. Short tulle full skirt with a cotton shirt.
 
Wedding gown Bohème Rock by David Purves – photos by David Bacher
 
 
Are you more into a 1950s inspired tea length wedding dress? From Katya Katya Shehurina Bridal Collection 2017. 
  
Photos courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
 
 
In the 1950s we found some of the most iconic Wedding dress of all the time.
 
The one Jacqueline Bouvier worn in 1953 when she got married to John F. Kennedy. A bouffant wedding gown designed by Anne Lowe. It was made of ivory silk.
 
 
  
The one Grace Kelly’s worn for her marriage with Prince Rainier in 1956. It was designed by Helen Rose of MGM. It was a high-necked, long-sleeved gown with a Juliet cap. Medium Silk needle lace (rose point), silk faille, silk tulle, and seed pearls.
 
On the left: Sketch of Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress As a gift of the artist Helen Rose – Accession Number 1963-221-1
On the right: Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress and Accessories as a gift of Her Serene Highness, the Princesse Grace de Monaco, 1956 - Accession Number  1956-51-1a--d--4b
 
Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
  
 
To feel like a Queen from Galia Lahav Le Secret Royal Collection:
Corina is a princess ball gown with a tiny sweetheart corset and a full skirt. It is made of silk satin tulle, french chantilly lace and delicate appliques that adorn the train of the full voluminous skirt. The gown is entirely decorated with clear crystals and has long sleeves.
 
Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav
  
 
Original 1950s wedding gowns.
On the left: Tulle and lace pink wedding dress.
On the right: White and Pink tulle midi wedding dress.
  
Wedding gown Vintachic – Photos by Marzia Troiani
 
 
Clip from the movie - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  
 
In the mood for a fifities themed wedding, inspired by the Hollywoodian divas of the period.
 
From Peter Langner Bridal collection 2017: Belle ball gown in embroidered tulle with long sleeves.
Belle Wedding gown by Peter Langner – Photos by Marco Guastalla
 
 
Original 1950s wedding gowns.
On the left: 1950s wedding dress Champagne Satin Winged Bust Wedding Peg Powers Original.
On the right: Sandra Sage Vintage 1950s Cream Nude Illusion Lace and Silk Chiffon wedding Dress.
 
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
  
 
1960s
 
In the aftermath of the conservative 1950s came the '60s: The civil right in the U.S. where rights of black citizens had been violated, but also Europe face the civil rights movement in different ways: Northern Ireland with its Roman Catholic minority's, many communist countries had their uprisings. The sexual revolution spread throughout the Western world starting from the 1960s, along with the women's liberation movement. While marriage held the greatest importance in the '50s, the role of women and wives began to change in the following decade and so do the brides, they wore everything from Gowns with high-waisted empire lines, to mini wedding dress, also short veil became very popular. It was the space age and wedding dresses incorporated metallic embellishments. Daisies were everywhere, on bridal bouquets, as embellishments on wedding dresses and wedding decorations. Brides often wore brides wore pillbox hats with bouffant veils flowing from the hat. By the end of the sixties did their appearance sheath wedding dresses.
 
Clip from the movie - Come September
 
  
Original 1960s wedding gowns.
On the Left: Long sleeve, high-waisted empire line wedding dress.
On the right: Chantilly lace, long sleeve, high-waisted empire line, with pearl’s diamond shapes embellishments.
  
Wedding gown of Vintachic – Left photo by Marzia Troiani
 
 
Clip from the movie - The Graduate
 
 
In the mood for the sixties? From Katya Katya Shehurina Bridal collection 2017.
Sonnet: Bordered round the neck French Lace join with soft in colour silk taffeta flowers. Hugging the silhouette, this gown hugs the sensual figure of the bride, skimming off the body with complete ease with the lower skirt flaring from the skirt away from the hips. Fitted along the bodice, sleeves are long in length resting on top of the hand for a romantic look.
 
Photos courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
 
  
On the left: 1960s Jacques Heim wedding dress creamy metallic diamond pattern, so it sparkles beautifully.
On the right: 1960s Maggy Rouff Crisp-White Cotton Lace Tea-Length wedding gown.
 
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
 
  
For a contemporary sixties mood, from Cailand’s Bridals.
On the left: From  Firenze Collection look n. 2
On the right from Vienna Collection look n. 20
 
Photos courtesy of Cailan'd
  
 
1960s cream mini dress with beaded top panel, Classic and iconic, a true testament to the era.
 
Photos courtesy of Vintage Couture
 
  
For a wonderful mini, sixties inspired, wedding, from the collection Bohème Rock by David Purves Odyssée: Silk Taffeta mini wedding gown, worn with a veil or a cape to change the your style.
 
Wedding gown Bohème Rock by David Purves – Photos by David Bacher
 
 
Are you in the mood to dressed-up in a classic wedding dress from the sixties, like Frances in the movie Legend? From Max Mara Bridal collection:
Stelo: Silk satin long sheat wedding gown, Kimono style.
Photo courtesy of Max Mara
 
 
Clip from the movie - Legend
 
 
1970s 
 
It was a period of transition, mixing up fashion, ranging from hippies to the fairytale ball gown, from  a revival of the glamorous ‘20s to the bohemian vibe. We can say that most popular trends were square necklines, batwing sleeves , empire waists, double knit wedding gowns. The pantsuit were also in fashion for the period.
 
C. 1970 Crystal Goddess. Bergdorf Goodman strapless Grecian silk chiffon wedding dress with a variety of crystals Throughout.
 
Photos courtesy of TheFrock.com
  
Clip from the movie - Forrest Gump
  
 
On the left: C. 1973  Zandra Rhodes Palest Ivory Grey "Seashell" Silk Dress.
On the right: Rare 1974 Zandra Rhodes "Field of Lilies" Silk chiffon hand-painted.
 
Photos courtesy of Shrimpton Couture
 
 
In 1975 Elizabeth Taylor re-married Richard Burton in Botswana, one year later from their divorce in 1974.  Her wedding dress was striking and it was a perfect reflection of the 1970s spirit of freedom and peace. Gina Fratini designed the dress with a colorful patchwork silk bodice and floating pastel chiffon ombré sleeves and skirts. Long, beaded, feather trimmed silk streamers hanging from the shoulders and under the bust.
 
Original 1975 Gina Fratini wedding Dress, same design as Elizabeth Taylor Documented.
 
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
On the left: 1970s Ivory Crochet Maxi wedding dress.
On the right: 1970s  Ossie Clark Radley cream crepe and chiffon trouser wedding suit.
 
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
To recall the seventies mood.
 
On the left: Demetra Silk cady palazzo trousers. Asymmetrical neckline shirt, long transparent sleeves, jais and swarovsky embellish wrists and waist.
On the right Calipso: Chantilly lace minidress, batwing sleeves.
  
Photos courtesy of Collezione Fiorinda le Spose di Carlo Pignatelli
 
 
From Jordi dalmau Novias Couture Collection: on the left Greco, on the right Mirò wedding gowns.
 
Photos courtesy of Jordi Dalmau Novias
 
 
Clip from the movie - What's Love Got to Do with It is
 
 
Rare 1974 "The Lily" Collection Zandra Rhodes Wedding Set.
 
Photos courtesy of Shrimpton Couture
  
 
1980s
 
The Bigger the better, extravaganza was the key word of the period, with Cathedral trains, oversized shoulders and full-length veils and frills.
 
Clip from the movie - Coming to America
 
 
From Delsa – Maria Cristina Collection: Lace and tulle wedding ball gown. Color Champagne and light blue.
Photo courtesy of Delsa
  
 
Easy to say that the most iconic wedding dress of the 1980s was worn by Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1981. The wedding gown worn by Princess Diana set style for the years to come: Ivory silk taffeta and antique lace, large puffed sleeves, a full skirt and a dramatic train.
 
 
1980s Cream and metallic Oscar De La Renta wedding ensamble.
 
Photos courtesy of Vintage Couture
 
 
Clip from the movie - Betsy's Wedding
 
 
1980s Odicini Couture Silk Satin Lesage Beaded Trained wedding Gown. For a bride who wanted to be formal and daring at the same time.
 
Photos courtesy of Shrimpton Couture
 
 
From Delsa Couture Collection 2017: Embroidered lace and colored applications wedding gown.
 
Photo courtesy of Delsa
 
 
1980s Bob Mackie One of a Kind Ballerina Wedding Dress. The corset top is embellished with crystals overlaid on the silk.
 
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
Clip from the movie - Steel Magnolias
 
 
1990s
 
During the 1990s movies and tv-shows set the trend and it was minimalistic respect the previous decade. How can forget “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, a beautiful Julia Roberts running away from Richard Gere in the “Runaway Bride”  , the tv-shows “Friends”, “Sex & The City” who hasn’t dreamed about the stunning wedding dresses seen both on movies and tv-shows.
In 1990s destination wedding on beach paradise (mostly) started becoming trendy, which means that brides wanted wedding gowns easy to package without damages and lighter fabrics suitable for warmer climate, perfect to wear on a barefoot paradise.
 
Clip from the movie - Four Weddings and a Funeral
 
 
On the left: Important Pino Lancetti Hand Embroidered Duchess Satin Wedding Gown. On the right: Valentino 1996 Haute Couture Wedding Gown worn by Angie Everhart who had been a Valentino model in 1990s.
 
Photos courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
Clip from the movie - Runaway Bride
  
 
I would like to thank everyone, who have made this Bride’s journey through “The way we were” possible.
I would like to thank you all for your kindness and willingness to cooperate and share their work.
 
Thanks to all of you visitors, that you've joined me in this Bride’s style journey, I hope you had fun like I did it.
 
See you in the next century …
Marcella Lavarini
 
 
 







Photo from the movie Sweeney Todd


 
Halloween the scariest night of the year is coming,  it has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought to avoid being recognized by these ghosts they could wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. Today Halloween evolved into community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating, and cool night parties in costumes.
 
Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became faint. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth…
 
First it is just a shadow in the night, than it looked like a ghost looking out the window, of an old Chocolate factory … brides from the past.
 
Photo courtesy of Shannon Hunt Photography
 
 
To commemorate the event, Druids built sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, in attempt to blending with the spirits coming from the dead-world.
Over the years up today, Halloween celebration, spread in the world, first with Holy Roman Empire that conquered many of the Celtic territory, and combined Roman and Celtic customs and traditions, then with American colonies…
 
It is a night, in which everything could scare you up, your girlfriend getting ready for you under the shower …
 
Phantasmagorie.
Photo courtesy of Sebastian-Alexander Stamatis
 
 
I started from history, to imaging something different than a cool night party. I prefer to imagine a loving couple, spending Halloween night together, a spooky romantic night, sharing intimacy, maybe cuddling on the couch, watching horror movies with a wedding theme naturally … few suggestions …
 
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
 Clip from the movie Sweeney Todd of Tim Burton
 
 
Corpse Bride.
 Clip from the movie “ Corpse Bride” of Tim burton and Mike Johnson
 
 
Bride of Chucky.
 Clip from the movie  Bride of Chucky of Ronny Yu
 
 
Are you scared? No? Than try to look at your beloved cat and doll … Do they look any different on this night? It is only your imagination …
 
The creepy doll ...
Photo courtesy of Shannon Hunt Photography
 
 
Your cute, sweet, dearest cat ...
Photo courtesy of Raffaele Montepaone
 
 
A classic … Hellbride.
 
Photos form the movie Hellbride of Pat Higgins
 
 
And my favorite.. ( maybe I shouldn’t say because I’m a wedding planner? ) It is  not a movie but a tv show, Dexter Morgan, a forensics expert, a loyal husband, brother, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a sociopath Serial Killer with a code … he kills only the the bad guys.
  
Clip form the tv show Dexter
 
 
The evening is not coming to end, and Halloween it is all about spirits and ghosts, and you can tell each other stories of ghosts, brides ghosts back from the past, maybe they have something left unsaid or undone.
 
Halloween is near ... and maybe there'll be a lot of ghosts wating for you …
Photo courtesy of Cristo Bolaños
 
 
Looking out for you, while you are working …
Photo courtesy of Cristo Bolaños
 
 
Our Inner E-Motions … Sometimes we are angry but we put on a smiling face. We are sad but the anger shows in our eyes, this night we are coming back to show the mix of emotions in our inner life, that we didn’t have time to explain …
Photo and caption courtesy of Marilyn MacCrakin
 
 
The Ghostly bride apparition keep flowing …
Photo courtesy of Shannon Hunt Photography
 
 
Haven’t you pop the big question yet?  Maybe this is the right time … the heart beating faster, the chills run down your spine, yes the time is right to fall down on your knees and say the magic words … Will you marry me?
 
And for a such special scary night, you should need a terrific engagement ring … with a soul.  Few ideas that I love?
 
The black rock … 5.33 Carat Radiant Cut Fancy Black Diamond Engagment Ring.
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
The CARRE’ RING, The ring has a great visual impact, and is meant to surprise. Handmade in rose gold 18 K, with 1 amethyst and diamonds. 
 Photo courtesy of Ansuini High Jewellery since 1860
 
 
Are you in the mood for a dramatic orange Wow effect?
 
On the left, Aral The most classic diamond band shines with a mandarin garnet in it’s centre,  handmade in white gold 18 K. On the right Ormond, A ring with a great visual impact and a modern design. The central stone is expertly cut and it is accompanied by a double row of diamonds.
 
Photo courtesy of Ansuini High jewellery since 1860
 
 
Are you in the mood, for a great statement of strong personality?  A ring about which people will talk for generations to come?
 
On the right Michael Kanners Fantastic Tourmaline Diamond Gold Mask Ring, on the left an Impressive Black and Brown Diamond Gold Palladium Skull Ring.
  
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
I would like to thank all the photographers and jewellers, who have made this wedding journey in the dark side possible. 
I would like to thank them all for their kindness and willingness to cooperate and share their work.
 
Thanks to all of you visitors, that you've joined me in this Brides ghost stories journey, I hope you had fun like I did it.
Marcella Lavarini
 
 







Photo courtesy of Day La Paz Photography


 
In the beginning there was Phoebe, I’m talking about Friends. How can forget her winter wedding, a blizzard hit New York city, instead of postponing it, following Rachel suggestions, they decided to do service in the street right outside Central Perk… “you couldn’t ask for a more romantic setting” … I love Phoebe, she was so kind, smart, funny, adorably weird and her wedding couldn’t be any different. Phoebe refused to wear a coat even though it was freezing and snowing outside … “I’ll be my something blue” … That was Phoebe.
 
 
Clip from the tv show Friends 
 
 
Winter wedding & the city, a snow mantle is covering the streets, don’t miss out the opportunity for amazing outdoor wedding shots, they really worth a little discomforts, but I’m pretty sure you will only feel love all around you, not the cold or anything else. If you’re worried about the weather on your wedding day, just remember that snow weather produce amazing photos, always look at the bright side.
 
And you may kiss the bride …
Photo courtesy of Day La Paz Photography
 
 
How can forget Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson in the movie “Marley& me”, who were involved in the worst spring blizzard of the Southern Michigan, the car broken down and Jennifer finally toasting to a good luck sign in a hot tub … a “Blizzard on your wedding day”
 
 Clip from the movie Marley & Me
 
 
 Let your love shines and glows, a couple's embrace in the snow at their winter wedding.
Photo courtesy of Clane Gessel
 
 
A winter wedding in the city … Dream dresses inspirations. Bridal Haute Couture Made in Italy.
  
Fiorinda bridal collection photo courtesy of Carlo Pignatelli
 
 
For the outdoor winter wedding shooting a 1800's c.1825 Swansdown Swan Feather Palatine Stole Museum Piece Rare Antique on the left, on the right Incredible 1930s Aquamarine Silk and Ombre Ostrich Feather Cape Shawl.
 
 
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
You are not planning a snowy wedding but it just happened to be it, then keep calm, have fun and make the most out of it, everything will be fine.
 
clip from the movie Father of the Bride 
 
 
Now inspire your dream: how about exchanging your promises of eternal love enveloped in the magical atmosphere of a snowy winter wedding, maybe in a log cabin in the mountains?
  
Photo courtesy of Julian Kanz
 
 
A cozy bridal knit sweater for the bride to be wrapped up in …could be the perfect fitting and adds a perfect sophisticated bohemian glamour to each bridal gown.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Kaviar Gauche
 
 
If you think there's no setting more romantic than a blanket of snow, then consider planning a winter wedding, using snow and ice to create romantic background for your wedding shooting …
 
The full festive winter crew.
Photo courtesy of Julian Kanz
 
 
The smiling pretties in pink braidsmaids.
Photo courtesy of Day La Paz Photography
 
 
The enchanted forest.
Photo courtesy of Julian Kanz
 
 
Snow and fog on your wedding day? How beautiful is this bride? She looks like a princess from a fairytale, bad weather turns out to be just perfect to have the most dramatic shots.
 
Photo courtesy of Day La Paz Photography
 
 
For an enchanted forest a fairytale dream dress from the haute couture collection, Gilded Wings of Paolo Sebastian is what you need, don’t you think?
 
 
Wedding gowns courtesy of Paolo Sebastian and photos by Simon Cecere
 
 
Maybe you are so lucky, that not only snow is the perfect winter setting for your wedding day, but you are going to getting married under the magic light of the aurora, go beyond the boundaries of your imagination and start dreaming about this stunning natural setting.
 
A romantic walk in the snow holding hands.
Photo courtesy of Daniel Haußmann
 
 
A northern lights love story begins …
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Lumen Art Studio
 
 
And they will live happily ever after …
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Lumen Art Studio
 
 
A change of shoes, to enjoy everything the outdoor has to offer you, with “all terrain” rubber boots, hidden under your dream dress it will be the bride’s little secret, classic white or your “something blu” if you like.
 
Women's Original Tall Wellington Boots.
 
Photo courtesy of Hunter
 
 
I fall in love with this couple, who choose to have their wedding ceremony outside in the snow, a sunny day on the lake shore, the natural setting takes your breath away, look at light, the sky, the panoramic views danced before their eyes, and it was like looking out onto a picture postcard, everything was just perfect.
 
I now pronounce you husband and wife …
Photo courtesy of Chrisman Studios photo by Aaron Morris
 
 
Make some time to enjoy the breath-taking view and take few impressive wedding shots.
Photo courtesy of Chrisman Studios photo by Aaron Morris
 
 
Dream dress inspirations and ideas.
 
From bridal collection 2017 of Katya Katya Shehurina, on the left Magnolia, French floral lace and silk taffeta skirt, on the right Bay, Ladder French lace runs down, elongating the length of the bride’s body teamed with the floral circle lace bordering the sides of the figure.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
 
 
For the outdoor snow wedding shooting, keep yourselves warm with a 1950s Winter White Silk Faille Asymmetrical Wrap and Jewel Trim on the left or a Tom Ford for Gucci White Marabou Bolero on the right.
 
 
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
What do you think about this beaming bride, on her doorway to a new beginning?
 
Photo and caption courtesy of Sabrina Dowdy
 
 
A beautiful snow day made for some very special bridal shots. This gorgeous bride braved the -19 degree weather to get some unique images. 
 
Photo and caption courtesy of Sabrina Dowdy
 
 
Wedding gown inspirations and ideas to impress your guests.
 
Fully sequined long sleeve open back sheath with floral appliqués. 
 
Photo courtesy of Mira Zwillinger
 
 
You’re a brave and confident bride so these amazing wrap ups are made for you to warm up your big day and make a great entrance. On the left a VALENTINO Circa 1980's Dramatic Red Mohair Coat with Draped Collar, on the right Rare Vintage 1986 Zandra Rhodes Limited Reversible Hand Painted Fur Cape.
 
 
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
Maybe you planned for snow on your wedding day, mountains and snow are even better than sun and sand on the beach for you, so make some time to play in the snow.
 
Photo courtesy of Paolo Berzacola
 
 
Enjoy the magic atmospheres of the sky turn ing pink at sunset.
Photo courtesy of Paolo Berzacola
 
 
And you should definitely sneak out during the reception to grab a few romantic shots in the night.
Photo courtesy of Paolo Berzacola
 
 
Snow wedding gown inspiration, as the last rays of sun is melting away setting fire the endless horizon.
 
French Chantily lace Camisole with hand cut appliqué detailing, Alencon French lace short and Silk organza and Italian tulle skirt.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Samuelle Couture
 
 
Brighten up your outdoor snow wedding shooting, in contrast to the whiteness all around you with stunning wraps. Givenchy Pink Marabou Bolero with Rhinestone Jewel Applique on the left, not enough bold for you than try something hot … Gucci by Tom Ford hot pink marabou bolero.
 
 
Photo courtesy of 1stdibs
 
 
You are in the mood for a rock winter wedding in the snow? Let yourselves be inspired by this couple who held their weddding in the Alps.
 
Photo courtesy of Vali Rosca
 
 
Photo courtesy of Vali Rosca
 
 
Unforgettable, unconventional, bespoke wedding gown inspirations.
 
Wedding dress with French Chantilly lace embellished with laser cut flowers and colored patterns along with sequins, pearls and beads.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Rami Kadi
 
 
For such an unconventional stunning dress, you should need a warm and lightweight jacket, the ultimate cold-weather essential to enjoy your time playing in the snow.
 
 
Photo courtesy of ESCADA
 
 
Maybe you didn’t planned it, you just live in the cold mountain valleys of Kyrgyzstan, where the temperatures usually fall to −22° degree , if it happens just roll with it and celebrate your big day in happiness.
 
Photo courtesy of Corneliu Cazacu
 
 
Photo courtesy of Corneliu Cazacu
 
 
Photo courtesy of Corneliu Cazacu
 
 
White Wedding dress inspirations … Vintage and cool.
 
Satin wedding gowns with marabou pompoms original 1960s on the left and Bouclé Czarina hooded wedding gown original 1960s on the right.
 
 
Wedding gowns courtesy of Vintachic and photos by Marzia Troiani
 
 
 
I would like to thank all Bridal designers and the photographers, who have made this wedding journey in the snow possible. 
I would like to thank them all for their kindness and willingness to cooperate and share their work.
 
Thanks to all of you visitors, that you've joined me in this white wedding journey.
Marcella Lavarini
 
 
 







Photo courtesy of Yervant photography


 
For me, travel, culture and contemplation of the wonders that our planet holds are fundamental components of what I am. I’ve always thought to be a very lucky person, I had the chance to get together with different cultures, totally different worlds and all the people I’ve met enriched me, nourish and reawaken my soul, open up my mind, I feel like being at home a in melting-pot of cultures and I love weddings and everything about it. I love my beautiful brides, I've always wondered if besides different cultures, different wedding traditions and customs, also the feelings and emotions of the brides are so different?  I’ve started doing researches, asking for brides portrait from all over the world. I asked to the most influential wedding photographer of our time, the Grand Master wedding photographer Yervant, with my surprise and pleasure I discover so much beauty, and I’m talking about the beauty that come from the kindness and openness, of all his team, his shots speak for themselves and tell us the story behind any emotions he framed.
 
The same kindness and open-heartedness I’ve found in all the people I’ve met for this wedding blog, world-known photographers, famous photo reporters, common people, it is a photographic journey through the feelings and emotions of brides, spread in every corner of our planet. If I ask to any one of these brides, I’m pretty sure they’ll agree on the fact they’ve experienced a really huge range of emotions, laugh and cry, up and downs, stress and anxiety and everything else in between. I think it is totally normal and make them look even more beautiful.  
 
 
Photo courtesy of Yervant photography
 
 
 
Photo courtesy of Aozma Qureshi
 
 
 
Photo courtesy of Peejay Terrado
 
 
Shots that tell us about of joy and happiness for a new life is about to begins full of dreams, hopes and possibilities.
 
 
Photo courtesy of Yervant photography
 
 
 
Photo courtesy of Phillip French
 
 
Shots that tell us about of mixed emotions: getting married means entering into a new life, from now on you are not alone but you have a partner with whom you will be spending the rest of your life, it is something it will change your lives, and a big change can be a bit scary, even if you’ve dreamt about since you’re a kid, take your time, take a moment just for you to enjoy what are you feeling.
 
 
A radiant Indian bride wearing a Pink Lehenga is waiting for her true love …  ( India )
Photo and caption courtesy of Gulzar Sethi
 
 
 
The journey to reach her groom-to-be at the place of the ceremony moves this bride-to-be.  ( Italy)
Photo courtesy of Raffaele Montepaone
 
 
 
A serene bride-to-be prepares herself before a traditional Japanese wedding. She radiates a beautiful combination of calm and vulnerability.  ( Japan )
Photo and caption courtesy of Dan Montalbano
 
 
 
A touching moment for an Indian bride who “can conquer the world with one hand as long as you are holding the other".  ( India )
Photo and caption courtesy of Sabbyy Sg
 
 
 
A beautiful and graceful bride is waiting for her groom. ( Vietnam )
Photo and caption courtesy of Ron Conigliaro
 
 
 
She is Luminita crowned and blessed by the priest, in a solemn moment of the ceremony in the Eastern Orthodox wedding.  ( Romania )
Photo courtesy of Vali Rosca
 
 
 
A moment to myself, getting lost in my thoughts – Bride in Verona.  ( Italy )
Photo courtesy of Paolo Berzacola
 
 
Brides with different cultures and the only thing I can think of is … they’re so beautiful, no matter who you are, where you are, I see pretty much the same feelings in your eyes and I can say beautiful eyes.
 
 
Palke ( Eyelashes ) -  Shot of a bride who was wearing beautiful eyelashes.
Photo and caption courtesy of Sabbyy Sg
 
 
Writing this wedding blog I made new friends, I learned a lot about different wedding traditions, and I found goodness,  patience, candidness in all of them.  It was fun and kind of difficult to explain what shot I’ve seen it and need it to a photo reporter who was travelling I don’t know where right in the middle of nowhere, or speak English to someone who speaks Spanish that I don’t understand it … but we made it.
 
 
What do you see looking at this bride posing in front of Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet in her traditional wedding dress?
Photo and caption courtesy of Corneliu Cazacu
 
 
Brides, from all over world, all of them smiling, their eyes are sparkling  and full of love. I see the happiness, their joy is contagious, I don’t see any other differences, do you?
 
 
She is “Ciku” a  beautiful princess from Nairobi.  ( Kenya )
Photo and caption courtesy of Sifa Dena
 
 
 
A happy Bengali bride.  ( India )
Photo and caption courtesy of Soumen Mandal
 
 
 
A winter bride from Verona, has fun in the snow playing with her veil.  ( Italy )
Photo courtesy of Paolo Berzacola
 
 
 
A happy Malaysian bride is wearing a yellow songket the traditional Malay attire and she proudly shows her hands after the solemn henna ceremonies. The Yellow also have a meaning: is the official colors of Royal Malaysia.  ( Malaysia )
Photo and caption courtesy of Tengku Ammar
 
 
 
This cheerful bride is Tiffany from Portsmouth.  ( England )
Photo courtesy of Robbie Khan
 
 
 
A bride by the roadside is smiling having her portrait taken in the Yunnan region.  ( China )
Photo and caption courtesy of Corneliu Cazacu
 
 
 
A  charming bride is having fun playing with a fan.  ( Italy )
Photo courtesy of Raffaele Montepaone
 
 
 
A glowing bride smiles in her pink traditional wedding dress, beautifully embroidered with flowers and the dragonfly.  ( Vietnam )
Photo and caption courtesy of Ron Conigliaro
 
 
A young Gorani bride, in her traditional wedding attire, near Vranishta village, in the South Kosovo.
Photo and caption courtesy of Admir Idrizi
 
 
 
For this bride-to-be the the journey to reach her groom-to-be at the place of the ceremony is so thrilling that she smiles all the way over there.  ( Romania )
Photo courtesy of Vali Rosca
 
 
 
A fun and genuine moment behind the scene for this bride to-be getting ready and making funny faces in the mirror, a final make-up check.  ( Germany )
Photo and caption courtesy of Catherine Oostdyk
 
 
 
An aura of mystery enveloped this bride hidden by her veil.  ( Mexico )
 
Photo courtesy of Sofia Magdalena Hernández
 
 
 
An aura of mistery enveloped also this enchanting bride.  (Vietnam)
Photo courtesy of Ron Conigliaro
 
 
 
From England a hymn to beauty with the B&W portrait of Marlene Marie. ( England )
Photo courtesy of Robbie Khan
 
 
 
Nostalgia. An enchanting Spanish bride in her tradional wedding dress.  ( Spain )
Photo and caption courtesy of Sofia Magdalena Hernández
 
 
 
Chinese  glamour, a fairytale photo shoot for this bride in black with a baby grand piano hauled out to a beach front, that evokes old-fashioned European sophistication.  ( China )
Photo and caption courtesy of Corneliu Cazacu
 
 
 
Chinese glamour in red for this bride who takes inspiration from fashion magazines and she is having good time acting like a cover model.  ( China )
Photo and caption courtesy of Corneliu Cazacu
 
 
 
This bride looks tired after a long day, nevertheless alluring and wearing blue shoes.  ( Romania )
Photo courtesy of Vali Rosca
 
 
 
The wild bride. A magical wedding in Cordoba.  ( Spain )
Photo and caption courtesy of Cristina del Campo Martín
 
 
 
Ending with beauty and joy of this bride full of confidence, she says look at the me I’m going to live happily ever after, I’m about to begin a new life.
Photo courtesy of Yervant photography
 
 
 
I would like to thank all the photographers, who with their shots have made this journey through the emotions possible. 
I would like to thank them all for their kindness and openness, always willing to cooperate and help me understand different wedding etiquettes.
 
Thanks to all of you visitors, that you've joined me in this photographic journey.
Marcella Lavarini
 
 
 
 







photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier


 
Few days ago I was laughing with my “husband” recalling one of our first and worst week-end spent together, heading to a big Impressionist art exhibition in Treviso fifteen years ago. What could possibly go wrong …went wrong, wrong turns, car broken, but finally we made it. It was there that I fell in love with Degas’s ballet dancers, Degas’s paintings of ballet dancers capture the essence of what makes a dancer special, the elegance and beauty, the balance and the grace, poise and precision of movement, vulnerability and self-confidence, always on center of the stage. It just hits me, they were like beautiful brides and I would love to make a wedding blog out of it. What  makes the Impressionist painting so special for me it’s their vivid colours and the light.
 
 
Edgar Degas - Dancer slipping on her shoe (1874)
  
Ballerina inspired wedding ball gown and photo courtesy of Galia Lahav
 
 
I’m not an art expert, just a person who likes art and beauty, so for this blog I got involved a dear friend of mine, a painter and art teacher, Laura Rossi. We both started searching for impressionist dancer or ballet paintings besides Degas to match stunning wedding gowns  “masterpieces of art and beauty” them too . The idea was simple, find in the matching wedding gowns, the same beauty, colors,light and bring back to mind the same atmosphere, invoke the same emotions watching both the painting  and  the wonderful dream dress toning it. It was so fun, something like between us: “ Look at this Renoir or this Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, or this … you have to find the matching dresses, just find them”.
 
 
Pierre Auguste Renoir - Dancing girl with castanets (1909)
 
Wedding gown and photo courtesy of Elisabetta Delogu
 
 
It was a challenge, we go beyond France and even beyond the “pure impressionist movement”  like we did with the artist Julius Leblanc Stewart who created a style of his own in the same period (1860 – early 1900s), but I loved his “The ball” painting and I added it. We did an incursion into Romanticism with Mihály Zichy for his “Ball in the Concert Hall of the Winter Palace during the Official Visit of Nasir al-Din Shah in May 1873”.
 
 
Mihaly Zichy
Ball in the Concert Hall of the Winter Palace during the Official Visit of Nasir al-Din Shah in May 
Corinne ball gown and photo courtesy of Galia Lahav 
 
 
I couldn’t help but to count up also William T. Warrener, with its bright colors and can-can dancers…
 
 
William Tom Warrener - Quadrille II (circa 1890)
 
Tania and Roko wedding gowns Elumm collection and photo courtesy of Jordi Dalmau
 
 
What about the “Masqurade ball”, “Court balls” and  “Elegant soirees” of the late 1800s, could I leave them out of my blog? Of course not … so Laura made me deviate also from impressionism to Realism … always having our noses in art books and my eyes only for stunning bridal collections …
 
 
Ward Vernon - Masquerade Ball
 
Helena wedding ball gown by Laine Berry and photo courtesy of Mon Cheri Bridals
 
 
I just hope you will enjoy and you will have fun with this gallery as I did.
 
 
Edgar Degas - Ballet rehearsal on stage (1874)
 
Wedding gowns and photos courtesy of Giuseppe Papini
 
 
Edgar Degas - Standing Dancer Holding Tutu
 
Aviva ball gown and photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
 
 
Edgar Degas - Blue Dancers (circa 1899)
 
Wedding gown Arlo by Hayley Paige - photo courtesy of JLM Couture
 
 
Edgar Degas - Finishing the arabesque (1877)
 
Julia ball gown and photo courtesy of Ines Di Santo
 
 
Edgard Degas – Ballet scene (1879)
 
Wedding gown Lorei by Hayley Paige - photo courtesy of JLM Couture
 
 
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Ballet Dancers (1885)
 
Corrinne Ball gown by Kelly Faetanini - photo credit Dan and Corrine Lecca
 
 
Edgar Degas - Two Dancers at Rest (circa 1898)
 
Ocean tulle ball gown and photo courtesy of Carol Hannah
 
 
Edgar Degas - Bowing Dancer (circa 1880)
 
Severine wedding gown and photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier
 
 
Edgar Degas - Three Dancers in Yellow Skirts (circa 1904)
 
Spring summer collection 2016, gown and photo courtesy of Dany Atrache Couture
 
 
Edgar Degas – Ballet dancers (1900)
 
Wedding gown by Alvina Valenta - photo courtesy of JLM Couture
 
 
Edgar Degas - Dancers at the Barre (1873)
 
Bellevue short duchess satin wedding gown and photo courtesy of Carol Hannah
 
 
Edgar Degas – Dancer (1877)
 
Wedding ball gown Aubriella by Tara LaTour - photo credit Ryan Stadler
 
 
Edgar Degas - Dancer with Raised Arms (1891)
 
Adore tulle ball gown and photo courtesy of Modern Trousseau
 
 
Pierre Auguste Renoir – Dance in the Country Study (circa 1893)
 
Wedding gown and photo courtesy of Dany Atrache
 
 
Edgar Degas - The Ballet Rehearsal (circa 1876)
 
Mariam and Forsythia ball gowns and photo courtesy of Maggie Sottero Italia
 
 
Edgar Degas - Three Dancers
 
Shar - metallic beaded and embroidered gown by Kelly Faetanini - photo credit Dan and Corrine Lecca
 
 
Pierre Auguste Renoir - Dance in the City (1883)
 
Wedding gown and photo courtesy of Giuseppe Papini
 
 
Edgar Degas - Three Dancers in an Exercise Hall (1880)
 
Nymphs collection Fibriglio Wedding gown by Marina Mansanta – photo credit Giovanni Gastel
 
 
Julius LeBlanc Stewart – The Ball (1885)
 
Wedding ball gown and photo courtesy of Delsa
 
 
Edgar Degas – Pink Dancer (1900)
 
Opera Collection – Bicolor wedding gown and photo courtesy of Marina Mansanta
 
 
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec - The Spanish Dancer (1888)
 
Wedding dress Reflection collection gown and photo courtesy of Elisabetta Delogu
 
 
Edgar Degas – Three Ballet Dancers, One With Dark Crimson Waist (1899)
 
Wedding gown Angel Sanchez – photo credit Conrado Veliz
 
 
Edgar Degas – Seated Dancer in Profile (1871)
 
Le Monde tulle cage ball gown and photo courtesy of Carol Hannah
 
 
Edgar Degas – Pink dancers (circa 1895)
 
Maisie wedding gown and photo courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
 
 
Edgar Degas – Dancer (1896)
 
Kaliah ballerina inspired wedding gown and photo courtesy of Watters
 
 
Edgard Degas - Dancer Bending Forward (1881)
 
Bucol top and Peonia skirt and photo courtesy of Cortana
 
 
Pierre Auguste Renoir – Dance at Bougival (1883)
 
Muse Collection Callas wedding gown and photo courtesy of Marina Mansanta
 
 
Pierre Carrier-Belleuse - La danseuse (1892)
 
Lyric wedding gown and photo courtesy of Katya Katya Shehurina
 
 
Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel – Court ball in the castle Reinsberg (1862)
Muse collection Pompadour wedding gown and photo courtesy of Marina Mansanta
 
 
Jean Berod – Elegant Soiree (1878)
 
Wedding gowns Obsession collection and photo courtesy of Elisabetta Delogu
 
 
Edgar Degas - Three dancers (circa 1904)
 
Hortensia Wedding gown and photo courtesy of Jordi Dalmau
 
 
Thanks to all of you.
Marcella Lavarini







Photo from the movie Legend (2015)


 
I love everything about weddings, it is like living in a world of magic and nothing is more rewarding for me than the awareness that I have been given a dream – your dream – to fulfill. But there is more than that, every wedding story begins with a surprise marriage proposal, which is one my favorite kind of event planning, both in Verona the city “The city of Love” were I was born and live and Africa, where I feel at home a in melting-pot of cultures and surrounded by the breathtaking beauty and purity of nature.
 
Creativity and location are the keys when planning a surprise proposal and both in Verona and Africa  I know everything about “my” places and I’ll find a perfectly quiet and romantic location with a stunning view or setting for you two. Like in a spy movie I’ll be your accessory in planning a moment to be shared for many generations to come.
With one of you I’ll share a secret plan, of which I will take care of every details and I will make sure that everything run smoothly ( timing, light … location) there will be a professional photographer hiding and waiting for you, ready to capture the ‘yes’ and the following moments of happiness and blur of emotions when the world around you just disappear. Planning a destination wedding proposal is fun and exciting but it always gives me the chills … it is the waiting …
Feel free to contact me and ask me everything about a destination wedding surprise proposal, it will be my pleasure to help you …
 
Now have fun , enjoy an why not let yourselves be inspired by these movie wedding proposal as they’ve came up to my mind, some of them so romantic, other a little bit lighter and fun, intimate or in front of an audience …
 
Legend (2015)
 
 
The true story of one of the most notorious London’s gangsters , the Kray brothers, identical twins who terrorised London during the 1950s and 1960s. It’s the mid sixties when Reggie proposes to Frances climbing all the way up through a drainpipe to her window with a bouquet in one hand to deliver the engagement ring and the marriage proposal …
 
 
Dexter – Tv series
 
 
I must admit it, I’m a wedding planner and a Dexter fan. Yes he is a serial killer, but when he proposed to Rita and her kids Cody and Astor it was so romantic.. making small things like pizza’s night something worthy to share for the rest of his life.
 
 
Sex & the City (2008)
 
 
Finally Mr. Big made it and he proposed to Carrie in a closet, a precious blue Manolo Blahnik shoe instead of the engagement ring, it sounds just perfect to me.
 
 
Sex & the City – Tv series
 
 
Miranda come out of the blue and she proposed to Steve in bar, while talking about good intentions for the future. It was totally unexpected and it could sound weird but that’s Miranda way of dealing with feelings.
 
 
The theory of everything (2014)
 
 
The movie is based on the true story of the Theoretical physics Stephen Hawking and the drama of his motor neurone diseas. Early sixties at Cambridge University Stephen Hawking begins a relationship Jane Wilde, a literature student, when he learns that he has motor neurone disease and only two years to live. No matter what Jane proposes to him, to share what is left of his life. This is a propose that really melt my heart.
 
 
Walk the line (2005)
 
 
The movie is based on the life and career of Johnny Cash, a country music artist, and his romance with the American singer, songwriter and actress June Carter. Due to the fact that June would only speak to him on stage ( sick and tired of his addiction for drugs ) Johnny invites June to a duet and he stops in the middle of it, for a “public” proposal, with a bit of embarrassment finally June accepts.
 
 
The Wolf of wall street (2013)
 
 
The story is based on the successful and decadent lifestyle of Jordan Belfort, and his career as a stockbroker in New York City up to his downfall for corruption and fraud on Wall Street. For his second time around the marriage proposal to Naomi was quite simple … just a big canary diamond.
 
 
Monster in law (2005)
 
 
What could possibly go wrong when you propose in front of your mother who hates your fiancée? Find it out as Kevin proposes to Charlie in a nice afternoon in front of her mother causing her a shock.
 
 
Far from the madding crowd (2015)
 
Struggling with feelings? What to do If the man you love and once you’ve refused is emigrating to America? You chase after him on horseback and beg him to come back, telling him that you need him. That is what Bathsheba did to spend the rest of her life with Gabriel.
 
 
Braveheart (1995)
 
 
The movie is based on the life of the Scottish warrior William Wallace, who led the first war for Scottish independence against king Edward of England in the 13th century. William secretly proposes and marry his friend Murron to avoid the right of the lord to have sex with brides on their wedding nights.
 
 
Cold Mountain (2003)
 
 
The movie is the story of Inman a deserter from the Confederate army close to the end of the American Civil War, who is on his way to return to the love of his life, Ada. Inman  finally reaches Ada at Cold Mountain and before they spend the night together, Inman asks Ada to let him marry her. There is no much time left and they exchange their wedding vows by repeating three times “I marry you”.  
 
 
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
 
 
Being the film the adaptation of one of the most famous musical of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the wedding proposal is the beautiful song “All I ask of you”.  Christine reveals to Raoul that she has seen the Phantom’s face and she fears him, Raoul tells Christine she has nothing to worry about because he loves her and he will protect her forevermore.
 
 
Natural born Killers (1994)
 
 
This is the first movie wedding proposal and wedding scene that hits me, because it was one of the most controversial films I’ve ever seen, provocative, violent but also brilliant I was not sure if I had to include this clip. Mickey and Mallory are cold-blooded killers that media made look like superstars.  They were also so deeply in love with one other and their wedding vows were something to remember so I decided to share this clip
 
 
I hope you enjoyed and had fun with my personal compilation of movie and tv shows marriage proposals, and why not you could be inspired by some of them for your surprise fairy tale wedding proposal.
 
Marcella Lavarini
 
 
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Photo from Audrey Hepburn by Salvatore Ferragamo


 
Like many other things, the idea of this “Wonderful Mini Wedding” blog come out naturally after writing the “Iconic and Ironic Tiara” piece, just talking with Ginevra Ansuini, a gemologist and jewelry designer, as well as a gracious and friendly person.  We both hold Audrey Hepburn in high esteem for her sense of elegance, the one made of simplicity and harmony, she always looked glamorous and perfect in every occasion, even during her missions in Africa as Unicef Ambassador, when her outfits were practical and comfortable. In the late sixties she lived in Rome with Andrea Dotti, and while living in Rome she became customer of the Ansuini Maison, the most ancient jewellery house in the city. On the occasion of her marriage to the Count Andrea Dotti, Audrey Hebpurn  got the jewellery to  realize, as a gift for her future mother-in-law (Paola Dotti), a tailored-made keychain, and a handbag made of gold, which is now untraceable.
This anecdote and the bridal fashion of the period were the inspiration for a “Wonderful Mini Wedding” blog.
 
 
 
photo from  Audrey Hepburn by Salvatore Ferragamo
 
 
We are in the late sixties, Audrey Hepburn got married with the Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti on 18th January 1969, this is the era of mini dress and bright colors, from everyday fashion to bridal style, clothes industry fell in love with the legs. Short skirts worn higher above the knee gave legs exposure they hadn’t before. Audrey Hepburn, worn a simple yet stunning, wedding ensemble created for her by Givenchy, a light pink mohair and cashmere jersey mini dress, high collar, tight long sleeves with ruffle cuffs. A coat of pale pink wool twill, double breasted, above-knee length and a matching kerchief in the same color and material.  
She managed to look perfect for the period, a mini dress for a civil ceremony and pink instead of white as it was a second marriage.
 
Today a short wedding dress is as relevant as ever, and it can be reinterpreted adapting it to your own style and your own personality.
 
For this reason I was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and her late sixties style for my “Wonderful Mini Wedding” blog, with original vintage dresses and jewelry.  Now if you really want to get in the mood of the sixties, put on our sixties playlist, and let yourself be inspired by these beautiful mini wedding dress.
 
 
1960's Bridal total white two piece, short sleeve empire line mini dress, the bodice is adorned with lace little flowers. It can be worn with or without its long sleeve coat, both lined in silk satin.
 
 
 
photo by Gianluca Serrago and wedding dress 
  
 
1960’s Lace Vintage Wedding Dress. The mini wedding dress is done in a sheer floral lace. Long sleeve and lined in tulle, hemmed in lace hand-made. 
 
 
 
photo by Alessandro Manca and wedding dress   
 
 
A circa 1970’s Long and transparent sleeve cream toned lace empire line mini wedding dress.
 
 
 
photo by Eleonora Sebastiani and wedding dress
 
   
A circa 1970 mini wedding dress. Bodice in lace daisies macrame, adorned with iridescent teardrop crystals. Long chiffon open sleeve hemmed with lace daisies macrame.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of     
 
 
1960's Bridal  ivory two piece. The classic cut of the dress combined with the raw silk creates a subtle contrast for a refined look. The dress features long lace sleeves and can either be worn with or without the coat.
 
 
 
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1960’s Wedding Dress. The dress is done in a gorgeous semi-attached butter cream toned silk ribbon soutache, adorned with clear sequins, on netting over a butter cream toned silk sheath and is lined in silk crepe with an additional cotton lining.
 
 
 
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1960’s Bell Lace Vintage Wedding Dress. A boho vintage wedding dress is done in a sheer floral lace. This dress is not lined. The bodice offers a high jeweled lace appliqued neckline, v-cut back and open bell sleeves finished with attached satin ribbon bows at the midpoint of the sleeve.
 
 
 
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1960’s Jeweled Damask Vintage Wedding Dress. The dress is done in a cream toned heavy cotton diamond pattern damask over a peach toned satin acetate lining. The sleeveless bodice features a high, banded jeweled collar, which is encrusted in opalescent and silver beads, clear sequins and white pearls.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
1960’s Metallic Crepe Vintage Wedding Dress. trapeze style vintage wedding dress is done in a metallic white sheer embroidered net over a silk crepe slip dress. The sleeveless bodice features a semi bateau neckline, done in a white silk crepe with 3 pearl buttons and a self flat bow in the front.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
These are the years in which fashion and cinema started celebrating each other, cinema and fashion live through each other through their stars who promoted the most important fashion designer by wearing their creations on and off screen. For the reception mood of my “Wonderful Mini Wedding” I was inspired by the movie Two for the Road ( 1967), and its beautiful Mini Evening dresses, just perfect for a change of dress after the cake cutting and the toast, when the time is right to dance the night away, to the hits of the time.
 
Unforgettable Audrey Hepburn dancing wildly wearing a futuristic creation by Paco Rabanne, a mini evening dress with metal disks, or wearing a multi-coloured psychedelic print mini-dress by Emilio Pucci, in some of the most famous scenes of the movie.
 
 
The Paco Rabanne evening minidress with metal disks
 
 
 
The Emilio Pucci's print mini dress
 
 
To recall the atmosphere of the movie, original haute couture vintage dresses and high  jewelry:
 
A circa 1966 Pierre Cardin haute couture cocktail dress in purple, silver and pink ombre lame with beading at the collar and the classic Cardin keyhole opening at the back below the neck.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
 
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Late 1960's Valentino yellow silk chiffon baby doll dress with pale yellow satin trim.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
 
   High Jewelry - dress matching - photos 
 
 
1968 Pierre Cardin Haute Couture trapeze evening dress embroidered black and gold sequins different size, some of them in rhodium.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
 
    High Jewelry - dress matching - photos
 
 
A circa 1967 Pierre Cardin haute couture green sequined silk crêpe cocktail dress that features a keyhole opening at the back. The main draw of this slinky silk cocktail dress are the shades of yellow, green and light violet appliquéd and embroidered opalescent sequins and beads in spiky, curved shapes by Jean-Guy Vermont. 
 
  
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
 
   High Jewelry - dress matching - photos
 
 
Mid 1960's Pierre Cardin Haute Couture Chiffon Cocktail Dress Ostrich Feather Trim. Constructed from chocolate brown bias-cut silk chiffon, this simple but supremely elegant cocktail dress features a wrap-around bow at the neck, a body-hugging silhouette and used to spectacular effect - Ostrich feathers at the hem.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
 
    High Jewelry - dress matching - photos
 
 
Mid 1960's silver lamé Cocktail dress, embroidered hexagons and silk organza lining.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of  
 
 
 
    High Jewelry-dress matching - photos
 
 
Evening mini dress in silk organza printed orange on a blue background.
 
 
 
Dress – photo and caption courtesy of    
 
 
 
    HighJewelry - dress matching - photos
 
 
For the reception set-up and decorations, why not select a few pieces of the period that have made the history of design? We can have fun playing with colors to create a personal style, combining  skillfully flowers, decor and contemporary furnishings.
 
Panton chairs created by the Danish designer Verner Panton in the 1960s, in total white for a refined elegant style of your wedding, in black and white if you’re more into an optical trendy style for your fairytale wedding or colorful as in a painting inspired by the pop art of Andy Wharol.
 
 
 
 
 
Photo from Total Design and Andy Wharol by Skira
 
 
To create a relaxing cocktail lounge where guests can rest sipping a good drink between one dance and the other, the pop and innovative plastic and fibreglass chairs of Eero Aarnio, immediately recreate the atmosphere of the parties of the 60s, as an alternative, the made in Italy and colorful Sacco armchair by Zanotta, as before just using colors to create environments and styles completely different.
 
  
 
 
 
Photo from Total Design
 
 
If you want to dance the night away, for a late sixties themed wedding party the perfect choice is a playlist with the best hits of the period. These are the years of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, but not only, R&B and Beach music. As first dance as husband and wife, one of my favorite song Can’t Help Falling of Love of Elvis Presley, and my favorite version of it the one sung by Bono unplugged at the end of U2 concerts in 1993 …
 
 
Discover our playlist for a late sixties themed wedding and follow us on spotify:
 
 
 
 










 

Dress of Dreams ... Where nature meets luxury

Since I began my profession as a destination wedding specialist, I have set as its goal to arrange weddings or exchange of vows under the African sky, immersed in some of the most iconic, pristine, beautiful scenery in the world. Today in partnership with andBeyond family, I achieve my dream.
 
Now dear brides-to-be, close your eyes with me, and go beyond the limit of your imagination, Inspire your dream of a fairytale wedding  where nature meets luxury, wearing an unconventional haute couture wedding dress, one of the magnificent creation of the Italian fashion designer Marina Mansanta. Her Maison offer to the customers unique creations, the processing is entirely manual, the definition of every little detail, the preciousness of the materials are and remain the intrinsic characteristics of each Mansanta’s Haute Couture bridal collection.
 
Let’s start with a classic, a beach-chic wedding, but in a real award-winning barefoot beach paradise, a romantic, private hideaway, where beachside bandas overlook the Mnemba atoll. Have fun imagine yourselves try-on these outstanding wedding gown, and be unable to choose between them. The smooth flowing lines of mermaid dresses along the lines large and bulky. Wedding dresses that “come to life” following the movements of your body and the light breeze of the ocean.
 
Alimede wedding dress - Nymphs Collection
 
 
Talia and Etra wedding dresses - Nymphs Collection
 
 
Nesea wedding dress - Nymphs Collection
 
 
Credits    
 
Wedding dresses:     Maison Marina Mansanta Haute Couture - photos and captions
 
Venue:                         &Beyond Mnemba Island
 
Scenery photos:          &Beyond
 
 
A pink lake-chic wedding
 
My very first glimpse of Africa, It was many years ago, I’ve never been to Africa before, and Lake Manyara was the first stop-over of our trip to Tanzania. Our passion for wildlife photography brought us ( me and my husband) there, together with the famous Lake Manyara climbing lions. After more than 10 hours flight, and 1 hour of game drive ahead of us before reaching the lodge I felt so tired, a feeling that lasted only few seconds, the time to realize there was a pic-nic table all set-up for us few steps away, what I didn’t get it immediately, we were on the edge of a hill overlooking the lake. A breathtaking panorama, which takes on the many shades of pink of a flamingo’s wings, large herds of buffalo, giraffe, zebra and impala roaming free the lake shore right below us. Remote and romantic the Lake Manyara Tree Lodge, treehouse suites blend intimacy and romance in leafy surrounds of an ancient mahogany forest.
 
Now dear friends and readers, let your imagination soar, start dreaming of a ceremony on the banks of a lake wearing one of the magnificent creation of the haute couture fashion designer Marina Mansanta. Shades of pink for a wedding dress that call to mind the pink wings of flamingos, a white alluring mermaid wedding dress, that fits close to the body and charms you, shades of gold like the last rays of sun, for a princess wedding dress with a skirt that has numerous layers giving it grandness but still making it seem airy and fluid for movement.
 
Harlow wedding dress - Muse Collection
 
Klio wedding dress - Nymphs Collection
 
Fibriglio wedding dress - Nymphs Collection
 
 
Credits        
     
Wedding dresses:           Maison Marina Mansanta Haute Couture - photos and captions
 
Venue:                              &Beyond Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
 
Scenery photos:               yourshot.gallery
 
Venue photos:                  &Beyond
 
 
The sound of silence a desert-chic wedding
 
Now dear friends and readers, let your imagination space over endless horizons, dramatic desertscapes in one of the oldest and most pristine areas on earth, the Namib desert. Inspire your dream of  breathtaking beauty with a ceremony in the absolute silence of the desert, where a light breeze constantly shifts the shapes of the dunes. A sea of dunes arrayed in striking hues of red, orange, sienna, gold and buttermilk. The same hues of the wonderful haute couture wedding dresses of the Italian fashion designer Marina Mansanta.  Got you, you’re already trying them on, ready to choose the “One” that it feels is you.
 
Flottanti Oro wedding dress – Etnica collection
 
 
Agave and Melite wedding dresses- Nymphs Collection
 
Pantar wedding dress– Revival collection
 
Flora wedding dress – Romantic collection
 
Zefiria wedding dress – Fate collection
 
Perla wedding dress – Colonial collection
 
 
Credits            
 
Wedding dresses:           Maison Marina Mansanta Haute Couture - photos and captions.
 
Venue:                              &Beyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge
 
Scenery photos:              yourshot.gallery
 
Venue photos:                 &Beyond
 
 
A ankle-deeep in rose petals a crater-chic wedding

Now dear friends and readers, close again your eyes and find yourselves ankle-deep in rose petals, exchangin your vows on the Ngorongoro Crater rim, or on Ngorongoro Ground floor, the largest caldera in the world, heaven and shelters for one of the most impressive permanent population of animals of all Africa. Staying in place where Maasai meets Versailles, at the end of the world, you’ll find easy to believe that you’ve entered in a realm just out of your fantasy, lapped in luxury and romance. For such greatness, precious wedding dress of italian haute couture, that combine innovation of style with the tradition of the techniques used. Precious fabrics, lace that are totally reworked, style strongly "unconventional" and careful handwork of every detail of the wedding dress, that is Marina Mansanta.

Poenia wedding dress – Fate collection
 
Canestro wedding dress – Etnica collection
 
Clizia Wedding Dress - Nymphs Collection
 
 
  
Shah wedding dress - Precious Collection
 
Credits
              
Wedding dresses:           Maison Marina Mansanta Haute Couture – photos and captions.
 
Venue:                               &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
 
Scenery photos:               yourshot.gallery
 
Venue photos:                  &Beyond
 
 
Out of Africa ... a Bush-chic wedding
 
Now dear friends and readers, go beyond the limit of your imagination, with a “Out of Africa” wedding in the open bushveld, there are no words to describe the beauty of a ceremony at sunset, when the setting rays of the sun turn the endless savannah a deep red. Life is unplugged and reawaken everyone’s soul. Let me take you in a place that is called “Seven worlds of Wonder” because it comprises seven distinct habitat and each one of them home of an impressive number of animals in the wild. Let a cheetah to welcome you at the airstrip, no kidding, I couldn’t believe it the first time a saw it. Now the time is right to start trying the wedding dresses, could you imagine haute couture wedding dresses other than Marina Mansanta’s for your luxury wedding into the wild? I don’t.
 
 
 
Sancy wedding dress – Precious collection
 
Indira wedding dress - Colonial Collection
 
 
Regent wedding dress - Precious collection
 
 
KohI-Noor wedding dress - Precious collection
 
Credits            
 
Wedding dresses:           Maison Marina Mansanta Haute Couture – photos and captions.
 
Venue:                              &Beyond Phinda Homestead
 
Scenery photos:             yourshot.gallery
 
Venue photos:                  &Beyond
 
 
A river-chic and falls-chic wedding
 
For the last time, dear friends and readers, I ask you to close your eyes and go beyond the limit of your imagination, follow me, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, lulled by the sound of the slow but endlessly moving river waters, up to where the Zambesi creates one of the world’s greatest wonders, the spectacular Victoria falls, “The Smoke that thunders” and know I ask you, where do you prefer to exchange your vows of Eternal love? On the banks of the river or cruising it, at sunset? Or maybe you prefer to find yourselves right on the edge of the falls for your ceremony? For the last time you have the chance to try on the beautiful wedding dresses of Marina Mansanta haute couture, that seem designed to be in perfect harmony with a ceremony under the African sky and its infinite nuances.
 
 
Petalissa wedding dress – Fate collection
 
 
Actea wedding dress - Nymphs Collection
 
Star wedding dress – Revival collection
 
Credits             
 
Wedding dresses:            Maison Marina Mansanta Haute Couture – photos and captions.
 
Venue:                               &Beyond Matetsi  Matetsi Private Game Reserve – new opening next july.
 
Scenery photos:               &Beyond  - yourshot.gallery
 
 
All these ceremonies are fairytales, but we will turn them into reality without you even noticing the difference. Dear friends, all you need to do is rub Aladdin’s lamp and whisper us what is your dream … letting your imagination soar … because everything is possible and lies within your reach. Be our precious guests.
 
Thanks to all of you.
 
 







Photo andBeyond


 
Which one of you have ever harbored the secret wish of finding yourself the sole inhabitant of a beautiful tropical island? enveloped by the beauty and purity of nature, lulled only by the gentle sound of ocean waves breaking on the beach. What about imagine yourself in a secret romantic, private hideaway, a real barefoot paradise spoiled and pampered, just relaxing  in the exclusivity of your own stretch of beachfront. If you wish to make your dream come true, Fairytale Weddings and Matrimoni da Favola and &Beyond, will write a fairytale for each one of you, and then, as if by magic, making it become wonderful reality. For your fairytale beach-chic island wedding, we’ll focus on the infinite shades of the ocean and sunset, every detail will have to merge with it and be in perfect harmony.
 
Now … Inspire your dream and fall in love with this romantic swoonworthy beach-chic wedding of Jennifer, 29 working in sales and her Husband Ben, Manager of a real estate group, who decided to treat themselves with once in a lifetime dream, a fairytale wedding just for two. Their dream has started from the first moment they set foot on this award-winning barefoot beach paradise, allowing themselves a few days of Relax and unwind before coming at the so thrilling moment , the fateful " “yes".
 
 
 
 
Surprise in Surprise, our young bride-to-be and groom-to-be, arrived on the island in the period in which you can see the turtle eggs hatching ( a secret that will share with everyone wish to celebrate a very special occasion in this paradise ) the new-born turtles like by magic head instinctively towards the ocean, to start their new life, just like a life together is about to begin for Jennifer and Ben.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
The long awaited moment finally arrived, the bride excited on the beach, spend some time to relax, having fun, downloading tension, before reaching her future husband, ready to welcome her at the ceremony location, so thoughtful, caring not to make her dress wet. Soon they will be Mr. and Mrs. Jacobs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
Meanwhile in different corners of the island, little surprises have being prepared for the newlyweds, table setup for dinner, the wedding cake and bubbles for the toast...
 
 
 
 
 
 
And the next day, the magic continues ...
 
A bed made up on the beach to see the sun rise for the first time as husband and wife...
 
Strawberry and bubbles breakfast, as good wish of eternal love.
 
 
 
a romantic tour to explore the island and its inhabitants …
 
 
 
A dip in the crystal clear waters hand in hand …
 
 
The meetings with the Islanders continue …
 
 
As well as small surprises for our newlyweds, a romantic dinner specially made and set up for them
 
 
Credits:
 
Venue: &Beyond Menmba Island lodge
 
Photo:  &Beyond
 
 
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We start from the fact that for us all our brides-to-be are princesses, no matter what your style is, for each one of you we’ll write a fairytale, and then, as if by magic, making it become wonderful reality. So if you feeling like a Princess, the one you’ve dreamed about watching the Royal wedding, or why not a Disney Princess, and you wish to wear a Tiara, just go for it, wear it with elegance, class and aloofness and be proud of it.  You may use it as stand-alone hairdressing accessories, or as useful and valuable complements to hold the wedding veil in place. Either way, you will experience the thrill of being the most beautiful creature to cross the threshold of a stately manor or an ancient abbey.
 
 
 
 
The original antique tiaras of Pennisi jewellery
 
You can lose track of time shopping in an antique jewellery, I must admit it … I’m addicted to antique jewelry, looking for an original vintage tiara, close your eyes and inspire your dream of being a Fairytale princess in a stunning ball gown wedding dress, wearing a real crown, and now open your eyes and find yourself inside Pennisi jewellery, trying one of the following showpieces:
 
 
A silver topped yellow gold and diamond tiara convertible into a necklace. England, late 19th century.
 
 
 
 
A georgian yellow gold tiara with old-cut diamonds. 1820 c.a.
 
 
 
 
A yellow gold and silver tiara with old-cut diamonds and natural pearls. In original fitted box with a baronal crown. France, XIX century.
 
 
 
 
A yellow gold and amethyst parure composed of one necklace, two bracelets, one brooch, a tiara and a pair of earrings. France, around 1820. In original leather box bearing the word “Amethyst”.
 
 
Photos and captions courtesy of Pennisi Gioielli - www.gioielleriapennisi.it
 
 
 
 
Tailor-made tiaras of Ansuini jewellery
 
You can also create your own tiara, authentic masterpieces of fine jewelry, like the one designed, by Ansuini High Jewelry, for the marriage of an Italian princess with an English nobleman, celebrated last year, it’s Handmade in white gold 18 K and sterling silver, with old fashioned cut diamonds, baroque australian pearls and citrines, the tiara can be divided into three parts: in the center there is the ornament that can be detached and worn as a necklace or as a simple pendant, on both sides there are two pins.
 
 
 
Photo and caption courtesy of  Ansuini High Jewelry - www.ansuini.it
 
 
 
 
Movie wedding inspirations
 
Or you can simply find one in a bridal boutique, a modern tiara adorned with crystals, pearls, with a traditional or contemporary design.
 
Now have fun and Inspire your Dream, with movie wedding ideas on how to wear a tiara.
 
Let’s start with a timeless icon of pure natural elegance, Audrey Hepburn, and her most famous movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s, in this movie she wears a rhinestone ‘diamond’ tiara in the  opening scene of the movie, 6 A.M. coming back from a party, she has “breakfast at tiffany’s” with a travelling cappuccino and croissant. Later on in the movie she wears another rhinestone pink  “diamond” tiara with natural elegance.
 
 
 Breakfast at Tiffany’s - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
 Photo from the movie - The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
 
 
 
War and Peace - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
War and Peace - Photo from the book Audrey Hepburn "Museo Salvatore Ferragamo"
 
 
 
Mirror Mirror (2012) - The evil and powerful sorceress (Julia Roberts) and Snow White (Lily Collins) - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
 
 
The Glamorous Embassy Ball scene of My Fair Lady is an authentic catwalk of tiaras masterpieces - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
Enchanted - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
In Funny face Audrey Hepburn wears a Cartier Necklace as a Tiara - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
Disney Princess Tiana - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
Her Highness and the Bellboy - Photo form the movie
 
 
 
Princess Aurora Disney - Photo from the movie
 
 
 
 Roman Holiday - Photo from the movie
 










 
My first love since I was a little girl it was dancing, ballet, jazz, modern and Contemporary dance, as a natural result every moment of my life has been influenced by music. I listen to any kind of music from classical to jazz, from pop to rock, via tango, rumba and salsa. In spite of my job as Destination Wedding Specialist that requires keeping an elegant and law profile, unseen behind the scenes, but always in control of what is happening, when I hear a song that I like, I struggle to keep myself  from go wild in the dances.
 
I love the moment when the newlyweds, hesitant, excited, hand in hand, officially open the dance with their first dance as husband and wife. I started to think and create my own “Unconventional” love songs playlist, as they came to my mind, fitting for a wedding dance opening.
The lights are dimmed and create a romantic, magical atmosphere; anticipation grows, the excitement of everyone in the room is almost palpable, the eyes of every guest are turned toward the newlyweds as they wait their song to be played, they have eyes only for each other, in front of them a new life together begins, full of possibilities and surprises.
 
The first song ever that came to my mind, is an unplugged version of Can't Help Falling In Love of Elvis Elvis Presley and sung by Bono, at the end of live concert, It was 1993 and for the first time U2 were playing in Italy, the very first date in Italy. In that magical night, when I heard that song, my first thought was to dance in close embrace with the man with whom I would share the rest of my life… and I had not yet met.
 
Inspiring Lyrics: “Like a river flows, Surely to the sea, Darling so it goes, Some things are meant to be, Take my hand, Take my whole life too, For I can't help falling in love with you…”
 
 Youtube video uploaded by jeffe36
 
 
The second song, another of U2’s, is a rock ballad, One, while I am writing it, I begin to smile thinking at the Edge and Bono in many interviews saying “People play this song at their weddings, but are they listening to words?  But if I had to choose only one song as the best song and share it with the man I love, that song would be One.
 
Inspiring Lyrics “Love is a temple, Love a higher law”  “One love, One blood, One life”
 
Music video by U2 performing One (C) 2006 Universal-Island Records Limited
 
 
 
The next three songs are a tribute in honor to three great voices that have left us:
 
Be My wife, a rock song, a prayer addressed to the woman he loved, sung by David Bowie.
 
Inspiring Lyrics “Please be mine, Share my life, Stay with me, Be my wife” .
Which woman, which bride-to-be wouldn’t want to hear those sweet words. 
 
 
Youtube video uploaded by theMusicofmyLife1
 
Our Day Will Come, from the unique and unmistakable voice of Amy Winehouse, a moving song as a reminder of her incredible talent.
 
Inspiring Lyrics ““Our day will come, And we'll have everything, We'll share the joy, Falling in love can bring”
 
Music video by Amy Winehouse performing Our Day Will Come: Amy Winehouse Tribute. (C) 2011 Lioness Records Ltd, under exclusive licence to Universal-Island Records Ltd.
 
 
And finally, how can we forget the powerful voice of Whitney Houston, and the romantic, legendary I Will Always Love You, from the movie The Bodyguard, reinterpretation of an original song by Dolly Parton.
 
Inspiring lyrics “I'll think of you every step of the way, And I... will always love you”.
 
Whitney Houston's official music video on youtube
 
 
 
For newlyweds who prefer to open the dances with rhythms and more sensual movements, Tango, Rumba, Salsa, slow Latin rhythms:
 
Easy Virtue Tango by Sophie Solomon, wonderfully danced by Colin Firth and Jessica Biel, enveloped in the evocative rarefied atmospheres of parties that were held by the high society in the fabulous' 20s, perfect as inspiration for a wedding theme.
 
Youtube video uploaded by aSortOfHumanKind
 
 
A slow, sensuous, romantic rumba, in its original version, sung by Gloria Estefan, I’m not giving you up.
 
Inspiring lyrics “We'll find a way to be together However long it takes, wherever”.
 
Youtube video uploaded by SunshineCreations69
 
 
 
And finally a passionate love song, authentic fusion of sensuality and sweetness, the story of the unconditional love that a woman has for her boyfriend, Underneath Your Clothes by the talented Colombian songwriter Shakira.
 
Inspiring lyrics “Underneath Your Clothes, There's an endless story, There's the man I chose”
 
Shakira's official music video for 'Underneath Your Clothes on youtube
 
 
The next song is one of my favorite, Hard to Concentrate by Red Hot Chili Peppers, a real wedding song about finding that only person with whom sharing the rest of your life. I hope to remember well from some interview to the band, this song was written by Anthony Kiedis for his friend Flea as a sort of wedding proposal or wedding gift. 
 
Inspiring lyrics “All I want is for you to be happy and, Take this woman and make you my family and, Finally you have found someone perfect and, Finally you have found... yourself”.
 
Youtube video uploaded by lasterixI
 
 
 
The names that have made the history of rock and pop:
 
Crazy Little Thing Called Love, by Queen and written by Freddie Mercury, how we can forget his peculiar four-octave vocal range and his striking presence on stage?   
 
Inspiring lyrics “I kinda like it, Crazy little thing called love, She drives me crazy, She gives me hot and cold fever, Then she leaves me in a cool cool sweat, this thing called love I must get round to it”.
 
 Youtube video uploaded by Queen Forever
 

The English rock band Oasis, with one of their most famous epitome song, Wonderwall, written by Noel Gallagher. 

Inspiring lyrics “I don't believe that anybody, Feels the way I do About you now, I said maybe You're gonna be the one that saves me, And after all, You're my wonderwall”.

Music video by Oasis performing Wonderwall. (C) 1995 Big Brother Recordings Limited
 
 
The English musician Elton John, with one first big hits, maybe his most famous song, is a wonderful ballad, naturally I’m talking about  Your song, a very romantic love song able to envelop the newlyweds ( and all the couples of course)  in a wonderful loving torpor dancing as the first time as husband and wife.
Inspiring lyrics: “And you can tell everybody this is your song, It may be quite simple but now that it's done, I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind that I put down in words, How wonderful life is while you're in the world”.
 
Music video by Elton John performing Your Song. (C) 2007 Mercury Records Limited
 
 
 
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As a great movies fan, I enjoyed preparing a gallery of weddings and brides that most impressed me on the big screen, what more than a film can give you unique and moving experience, make you smile, and cry, just like in one of the most important days in the life of each of us.  Some dresses are truly wonderful, timeless icons. My favorite, definitely, the one designed by Givenchy and worn by Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face. A super-modern tea length wedding dress, it’s one of the earliest short wedding dresses, a real innovation for the ’50s, it reminds the Tutu of a ballet dancer. Today, as then simply, minimal, elegant and glamorous. Others unlikely, excessive make me smile or remind me as we were. 
 
Audrey Hepburn in Givenchy – Funny Face (1957)- photo from the movie
 


 
 
 
For all the brides-to-be who want to feel like a Disney princess, they can dream the one worn by Lily James for her fairytale wedding to the Prince, in the movie Cinderella (2015), beige colored, long-sleeve, silk organza gown with a floral print, long train. A stunning dress  that well represents the candor of the bride-to-be.
 
Lily James – Cinderella (2015) – costume designer Sandy Powell – photo from the movie 
 
 
 
 
For all the brides-to-be who wish a Green trending wedding, with the awareness that, our behavior, even the small details of your Fairytale wedding can make the difference, on limiting the environmental degradation, let be inspired by the movie Ricky and the Flash (2015).  Plantable wedding invitations and so nice the bride’s bouquet with Lavender Grevillea and natural ears of wheat.
 
photo from the movie Ricki and the Flash (2015)
 
 
 
Now tell me, Who has not dreamed, looking at the breathtaking wedding dress, of the most famous fashion designers, worn by Carrie ( Sarah Jessica Parker) in the Vogue shooting.  Sex & the City (2008).
 
Sarah Jessica Parker in Vivienne Westwood – photo from the movie
Sarah Jessica Parker in Vera Wang – photo from the movie
Sarah Jessica Parker in Lanvin – photo from the movie
Sarah Jessica Parker in Dior – photo from the movie
Sarah Jessica Parker in Oscar De and  in a vintage dress – photo from the movie
 
 
For all the brides-to-be who dream of getting married bare feet on a secluded beach, or an island like in the movie Mamma Mia (2008), let be inspired by the silk-chiffon, multi-tiered gown worn by Amanda Seyfried in the movie, perfect for a boho-chic bride.
 
Mamma Mia (2008) – Costume designer Ann Roth – photo from the movie
 
 
 
An inspiration, for a vintage wedding style, or an evening glamour reception, which brings us back to the atmosphere of the fabulous ' 20s, let be inspired by the scandalous tango scene, for its time, of the movie Easy Virtue (2008). Colin Firth is just perfect in his black evening tuxedo. Jessica Biel is alluring in a silk sheath dress, which fits close to her body, and enhance her movements during the tango dance.
 
Colin Firth and Jessica Biel – costume designe Charlotte Walter – photo from the movie
 
 
 
 
For all the brides-to-be, who dream of wearing one of the amazing creations of Vera Wang, let be inspired by the movie Bride Wars (2009). A Romantic taffeta off-shoulder wedding gown for Anne Anne Hathaway. A classic tulle strapless ball gown with minimal embroidery and a sweetheart neckline for Kate Hudson.
 
Anne Hathaway in Vera Wang – Bride wars (2009) – photo form the movie
 
Kate Hudson in Vera Wang - Bride wars (2009) – photo from the movie.
 
 
Who has not smiled seeing Nia Vardalos, in her wedding gown, as she sees herself for the first time in the mirror she exclaims, “I’m a snow beast!”  Only after the ceremony, she starts ripping bows off her gown, which makes her look a lot better.
 
Nia Vardalos – My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) – photo from the movie
 
 
 
For all the brides-to-be, who dream of wearing, an unconventional wedding gown, let be inspired by the short vintage, pink wedding dress, worn by Rachel McAdams in the movie The Vow (2012). It’s so rock and charming.
 
Rachel McAdams - The Vow (2012) – Costume designer Alex Kavanagh – photo from the movie.
 
 
For our bride-to-be Star Wars lovers, o for a vintage style idea, let be inspired by Natalie Portman wedding gown in Star Wars, it reminds to the atmosphere of the fabulous ' 20s, it’s off-white color, see-through and beading elegant dress, the headdress and the veil, stunning decorated.
 
Natalie Portman - Star Wars Episode II – costume designer Trisha Biggar - photo from the movie
 
 
What to say of the striking wedding gown worn by Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the bodice, a Swarovski-crystal organza corset under a metal cage. The metal pieces rising up as fire and flames. The skirt layers of organza and chiffon ruffles giving it grandness but still making it seem airy and fluid for movement when Katniss does the twirling, wrapping herself up in flames.
 
Jennifer Lawrence in Tex Saverio – Hunger games Catching fire (2013) – photo from the movie.
 
 
 
For our brides-to-be who followed enthusiastically the love story between Bella and the vampire Edward Cullen, let be inspired by the stunning timeless creation of Carolina Herrera, in crepe satin and French Chantilly lace, which fit close to the body. With an open lace back, that features a sheer panel with scrolled embroidery.
 
Kristen Stewart  in Carolina Herrera - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - photo form the movie 
 
 
For our brides-to-be who prefer a wedding gown simply-chic, clean cut in satin, let be inspired by the one worn by Elodie Fontan, in the French movie Serial (Bad) Weddings.
 
Elodie Fontan  – costume designer Eve-Marie Arnault photo from the movie Serial (Bad) Wedding 
 

 

One of my favorite actresses is Julia Roberts, how can we forget her Southern classic wedding, at the end of the 80s’ in the movie Steel Magnolias, wearing an off-the-shoulder satin ball gown.

Julia Roberts – costume design Julie Weiss – Steel Magnolias (1989)

Few years later, we found her as an insecure bride-to-be in the movie the Runaway Bride. Let be inspired by the wonderful off-the-shoulder lace-embroidered gown, created by Amsale Aberra.
 
Julia Roberts in Amsale Aberra – Runaway Bride (1999) – photo from the movie
 
 
How can we forget the ’80s early ’90s and their excessive and unlikely outfits? Well represented here by Molly Ringwald in her wedding day, romantic, fun and full of unexpected.
 
Molly Ringwald – Costume design Mary Malin - Betsy's Wedding (1990s) – photo prom the movie
 
 
Returning to the present day, simple and elegant, the wedding gown worn by Katherine Heigl, in the movie Jenny's Wedding.
 
Katherine Heigl – costume designer Karen Young - Jenny's Wedding - photo from the movie
 
 
Inspire your dream for a winter wedding immersed in an atmosphere muffled by the whiteness of the snow with the movie Marley & Me (2008). It’s so romantic, the newlyweds frolicking in the snow. Jennifer Aniston wearing a floating satin and lace gown, and a silky cream shawl.
 
Jennifer Aniston – Marley and me (2008) – costume designer Cindy Evans – photo from the movie
 






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