Intimate Destination Wedding in Venice, Italy

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How romantic would it be to fly off and get married in Venice, Italy? We’re thinking … pretty romantic! Peggy and Hielke are originally from the Netherlands but flew to Venice to say “I Do.” Together with their two sweet daughters and overlooking the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, Peggy and Hielke were married in an intimate civil ceremony at Cavalli Palace. What an exciting day–from getting ready at Residence la Fenice hotel to getting married, to getting a ride in a gondola, to going to San Giorgio Maggiore {a Venetian island} and finally getting dinner at one of the Venice’s best restaurants: Al Giubagiò {per their photographer, Luca}. What a magical day–and a beautiful glimpse of Venice! Enjoy!

Destination wedding in Venice, Italy

Getting ready in Venice

Hotel rooftop terrace

Flower girls atop a rooftop terrace in Venice, Italy

Bride and Groom walking through Venice, Italy

Wedding couple in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy

Flower girls chasing birds in St. Mark's Square

Wedding couple in Venice over Grand Canal

Bride and Groom in Venice

Civil wedding ceremony in Venice

Civil wedding in Venice, Italy

Civil ceremony in Venice

Blowing wedding bubbles to Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom in Venice

Bride and Groom walking near the Grand Canal in Venice

Bride and Groom on gondola ride in Venice

Bride and Groom sitting near Grand Canal in Venice, Italy

Bride and Groom in boat on Grand Canal

Wedding lantern in Venice, Italy

Bride and Groom at a Venice Restaurant

Bride and Groom drinking champagne in Venice, Italy



Photographer:  Luca, Wedding Photographer in Venice | Other Location:Residence la Fenice | Culinary:Restaurant Al Giubagiò |Makeup Artist: Stefy MakeUp | via Two Bright Lights

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Elegant Waterfront Wedding in Navy and Orange

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We’re so proud to present Erin and Pieter’s elegant waterfront wedding with a nautical theme today. Married at the Regatta Place–located on historic Goat Island, in the center of Goat Island Marina in Newport, RI, this wedding is a lovely reflection of their personalities. Casual, comfortable and intimate, we love every detail about this East Coast event–from the navy and orange color scheme and clog ceremony {Pieter is Dutch}, to the love and devotion from guests that traveled from near and far to celebrate with them! Photographer Clare Norton did an impeccable job of capturing the spirit and passion–of this couple and setting. Enjoy!

Wedding Style: Casual-Nautical.
Wedding Colors: Orange | Navy Blue

Ceremony & Reception: Regatta Place
Photographer: Snapshots by Clare
Thank You Cards, Labels & Seals: MagnetStreet Weddings

Orange and Navy nautical wedding

Newport, RI oceanfront

Getting ready: Regatta Place, Newport, RI

Bride and Groom wedding shoes

Best part of the whole wedding day …
The ceremony by far. It was such a special moment to share with our closest family and friends.

Wedding sign in nautical Rhode Island wedding

About the ceremony…
Erin said, “Our wedding ceremony was absolutely amazing in every way. We had married friends perform our ceremony–from start to finish. Whether from Boston to RI or across the country or ocean–all of our guests traveled to be there. They began the ceremony having everyone stand. Those who had traveled at least 100 miles were asked to continue standing. Then 500 miles, then 1000 miles, then 5000 miles, and 10,000 miles. At that point, everyone was sitting, and they said, 140,000 miles. All looking confused, they then said, that is how far Pieter and Erin have traveled to this day, they are the last two standing. I even cry writing this!”

Father and Bride entering ceremony

Father-daughter walking down the aisle into wedding ceremony tent

Flower girl basket with blue and white stripe ribbon

Seashell ring box

Modern handfasting wedding ceremony ritual

The Clog Ceremony…
We also had a “clog ceremony” where Pieter changed my shoes from heels to clogs to symbolize me joining his culture. Oh, and we wrote our own vows, had a friend flip a coin for who goes first, and Pieter read his from a napkin that he had written them on.

Newport, Rhode Island wedding ceremony at the Regatta Place

Groom putting on Dutch wedding shoes in clog ceremony

Wedding ceremony toasting

Advice well taken…
To enjoy every minute and not let it go too fast. I also loved having the first look before the wedding so that we could go take pictures around Newport. It is such a beautiful place, we have great pictures, and we didn’t miss a minute of the cocktail hour or reception.

First look wedding photo

Advice should have taken…
No regrets but I probably should have gotten more groups of friends together to take pictures.

Blue Dutch wedding shoes

Advice to share…
Some people say “don’t sweat the small stuff” but in the end, it is the small details that make it yours. I would also say 100%, do not go over your budget. It is one night and you can make it work for any budget. We knew we loved this location, so we got married on a Sunday in the off season, which worked out beautiful.

The Regatta Place wedding venue in Rhode Island

Bride and Groom wedding reception chairs & wedding ampersand

Orange, white and navy floral centerpiece

Blue and white reception table at the Regatta Place

Nautical wedding cake topper of adirondack chairs

3 tier nautical wedding cake

About Erin’s dress, shoes, flowers…
My Dress: I wore a Casablanca dress called Enzoani. It is a mermaid style dress with ruching and lace. It fit like a glove and I was totally comfortable all night. I bought it at Alexandra’s in Fall River, MA

My Shoes: I had 3 pairs. First, the heels that are in a lot of pictures. I got those for $18 in the clearance section at DSW. Loved them. Second, the clogs, which we bought in Amsterdam the last time I was there. Third, 4 inch platform flip flops to keep me comfortable on the dance floor.

My Flowers: Jean Baker, she did a lovely job. She doesn’t have a website. I found her on Craigslist. I wasn’t willing to spend too much money on flowers and am totally happy with the result.

Bride and Groom on dock

Nautical themed wedding and Thank You Card

Wedding Thank You Card, Address Labels & Seals…
Erin and Pieter personalized Hidden Stripe, a multi-photo Thank You Card–personalized in their navy and orange–perfect for a nautical-inspired wedding.

Bride and Groom dancing at the Regatta Place

The Regatta Place elegant wedding reception

Bride and Groom sunset wedding photo

Congratulations Pieter and Erin! Thanks for sharing your day with all of us!


Wedding Pro Shout Out

Snapshots by Clare
Clare Norton–I cannot say enough about this woman. She is amazing. She is so friendly, approachable, and easy to work with. Her work is great!!

Regatta Place
The staff was spectacular. They tended to my every need, and never made me feel like I was a burden. They were responsible, responsive, and friendly. Rebecca Scott, the head coordinator, handled everything beautifully. Not a single complaint for this venue or its staff. Oh, and the food was delicious.

Cake by Fatulli’s
The cake was a hit–not only beautiful but delicious.

MagnetStreet Weddings
The design was great … it was fun, elegant, but casual.

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Engagement Photos in Historic Frederick, MD

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Looking for engagement photo ideas? We have John and Kim-Ngan’s super-sweet city engagement session in the historic town of Frederick, MD for you today. If you’re looking for engagement photo ideas, why not show off the city you live in! Give guests the vibe of where you hang out, work and play. What a fun Save the Date that would make!

Now, just to put a little icing on the cake of this sweet session, here’s a beautiful quote from our groom to his bride … “Every new memory we shared with each other has been special, from our first time having sushi together to eventually planning our wedding. Our paths were set so that we would one day meet each other and no matter how we got to this point, we ended up in each other’s lives as husband and wife.” {Awww! Congrats John and Kim-Ngan!}

City engagement photo by Daysy Photography

City engagement photo by Daysy Photography

City engagement photo outside Starbucks

Frederick MD engagement photo on the Monocacy River

Frederick, MD engagement picture

MD city engagement photo by Daysy Photog

Cute engagement session by Daysy Photography

Frederick, MD engagement photo

Frederick, MD nighttime city engagement session by Daysy Photography



Photographer:  Daysy Photography {via via Two Bright Lights} | Makeup Artist: Dana Ratliff Howson | Other Location: Frederick Historic Downtown


Colorful, Creative, Fall Engagement Sesh!

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Creative types Joshua (a musician) and Lindsay (a graphic designer), chose the gorgeous and great outdoors of a Nashville, TN park to underscore and give expression to their love and fun personalities. Their creative flair and natural ease is so evident in this rugged and colorful fall engagement session from Adonye Jaja Photography. Totally adorable. Enjoy!

Gorgeous Nashville, TN park fall engagement photo

Adors Tennessee engaged couple

Fun rustic fall engagement session in Nashville, TN

Creative Tennessee fall engagement photo

Colorful Nashville, ,TN fall engagement photo


Photographer:  Adonye Jaja Photography | via Two Bright Lights

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