ITALY STOLE MY HEART

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I am so thrilled to finally be blogging about this amazing experience!

Some of you may remember at the latter part of last year a team of us traveled to Italy to take part in a styled shoot organised by Italian Wedding Planner Jo of Accent Events. It’s taken several months for us to be allowed to share the images with you due to exclusivity, however TODAY the shoot is featured in Wedding Ideas Magazine and can be purchased all around the country!!

So, without further delay let’s go behind the scenes and show you just how special Italy and its people are and give you a small glimpse of what we all got up to in 48 super filled hours!

Art Hotel Villa Fiorella - WOW, where to start? The hospitality provided to us from every member of staff at this beautiful boutique hotel was utterly outstanding! We were looked after so well, nothing was too much trouble. The hotel was still open to the public whilst we were there shooting, so not only did we get to witness how well they treated their guests, we were given the same exceptional service. I do truly believe if you chose to elope and tie the knot at this venue, you wouldn’t be disappointed. The service, location and oh my days the food are out of this world! Set in the hills about Sorrento with the most amazing views you can’t help but feel utterly relaxed. Getting married aside, if you ever get the chance to visit I highly recommend you get yourself booked in to this place and enjoy a little slice of heaven!

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Team Work….

When working with new people it’s important to get it right, to feel at ease and relaxed in each others company. Styled shoots are no exception to the rule, you really have to communicate well and understand what vision the shoot creator wants to achieve. Thankfully, Jo of Accent Events had a clear idea of style and concept for the images she required. Jo wants to focus on providing a memorable experience for couples wanting to get married in Italy who have a deep love for travel, adventure, culture and all that this majestic country has to offer. It was wonderful to watch and listen to her excitement and passion in her explanation and enthusiasm for why she’d chosen the venue, location and suppliers involved in this project.

The experience was intense! It was very fast moving and not without obstacles, but I do believe we all managed to create something really wonderful and I think the images speak for themselves!

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MUA to the stars Joanna Falanga created a soft, beautiful and timeless look with her makeup and hair styling skills on Victoria.

Wonderful Carmela of Carmela Ceremonies, who speaks both English and Italian, is your go to lady for all civil and symbolic celebrant services!

Beautiful venue decor can be hired from Wedding Chairs &/ Co. They have some wonderful props and furniture which would totally enhance the look and feel of your wedding day as it did on our photoshoot!

Talented local florist Giuseppe & Luisa Terrecuso provided all the floral arrangements. It was so lovely to see them pulling up in the cutest little truck laden with a boot full of flowers, dreamy rich lush autumn colours!

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Our two gorgeous models travelled from Tuscany to be with us for the shoot. It was a delight to hear all about their own italian love story. Victoria (who is actually a super talented artist) had packed only a backpack of belongings several years ago heading for adventure with a one way ticket, quickly meeting and falling head over heels for this cheeky chap and Italy! They were total naturals and provided us with some great entertainment along the way... Adriano couldn’t wait to whip his shirt off at the end of the day for a giggle!

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Victoria wore “Wendy” by Saja from Rock The Frock Bridal and a stunning hair vine made by Claire Austin. Adriano looked rather dapper in the Southwold Suit from The Vintage Suit Hire Co.

Photographer and travelling side kick Mrs Jutson Photography

Stationery & Styling was provided by moi….Faithful Designs.

Thank you to Jo & her awesome husband Martin for being wonderful hosts, travel guides and overall lovely people! I hope you have great success with the rebrand and continued success in the wedding industry!

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I hope to one day return to Italy and explore more of its beauty… until then I’ll continue to reminisce over these images!

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EARLY MORNING WEDDING DAY SURF

When I met C & J way back at the beginning of the year I knew they were going to be fun!

From designing the invitations, recommending the right suppliers, arranging a seamstress to alter two beautiful (but way too big) wedding dresses and providing on the day styling I really enjoyed the whole experience.

Both C & J are very active people so it was no surprise to me that they’d want to incorporate their love of surfing and Acroyoga in to their wedding day schedule somewhere!

The day began with an 8am surf on a very very rainy morning…. poor Louise got drenched taking that first lot of images and had to dry herself off whilst bridal prep was underway!

Ready to hit the waves

Ready to hit the waves

Friends who surf together….

Friends who surf together….

Getting in the dress

Getting in the dress

Mrs Jutson Got a little wet on the early moring beach walk!

Mrs Jutson Got a little wet on the early moring beach walk!

Amazingly after watching the weather forecast every hour for the last 24 we were delighted when the sun came out just in time for everyone to hit the beach for the ceremony….admittedly Kirsty and I were very dubious of the almighty winds still swooshing around, so roped a couple of willing guests in to holding down the floral arch whilst we headed back to finish up at Retorrick.

i do … i do too!

i do … i do too!

Time to reflect

Time to reflect

sandy toes

sandy toes

beach acroyoga

beach acroyoga

They managed to throw in a little Acroyoga and a woodland walk before heading to the venue for their wedding breakfast and an evening full to the brim of entertainment… karaoke, tattoo stations, team Acroyoga and of course dancing in to the early hours!

Congratulations to C & J on their wedding x

wedding flowers

wedding flowers

Fantastic entertainment idea for your guests - Temporary tattoo station from Doris Loves

Fantastic entertainment idea for your guests - Temporary tattoo station from Doris Loves

cake and cake pops from edible essence

cake and cake pops from edible essence

it’s fun to use areas of your venue to display your wedding decor.

it’s fun to use areas of your venue to display your wedding decor.

wedding cake goals! edible essence

wedding cake goals! edible essence

acroyoga with your wedding guests

acroyoga with your wedding guests

post box available to hire from  the wedding hub . floral arrangement from escential blooms

post box available to hire from the wedding hub. floral arrangement from escential blooms

wedding cake information sign - cake from edible essence

wedding cake information sign - cake from edible essence

order of the day signage from  faithful designs

order of the day signage from faithful designs

Wedding Welcome Sign from  Faithful designs

Wedding Welcome Sign from Faithful designs

bride and a rodeo….why not?

bride and a rodeo….why not?

C & J decided against a first dance in favour of a first song!

C & J decided against a first dance in favour of a first song!

Supplier Love to all these wonderful people….

Stationery/Signage/Styling - Me!

Venue - Retorrick Mill

Photographer - Mrs Jutson Photography & Margo R Photography

Florist - Escential Blooms

Cake - Edible Essence

Grooms Suit - The Vintage Suit Hire Company

Heart Guest Book - Made for You Gifts

Temporary Tattoo Station - Doris Loves









MIDNIGHT MADNESS AND CRAZY CONCEPTS!

Sometimes I shrug them off because they’re just too way out there and other times I run with them…The Get Your Freak On Wedding Showcase concept was one I am so glad I decided to embrace!

After hearing lots about all the work that Toby & Jo from Street Factory have done and continue to do for our children, young people and their families in and around the city I was totally inspired by them and knew that I wanted to help in some way. 

I made contact and then arranged to visit Toby at the Street Factory. I instantly fell in love with the space! No the makeover hasn’t begun yet, yes it is totally industrial and in a raw state but that’s what I loved! My head was buzzing listening to the plans for the Hip Hop Kingdom project and everywhere I looked I could imagine something cool. Head filled with ideas and a plan I headed home to start the preparation for the event. The following week I was back there accompanied with my small but wonderful team creating the styled shoot to start promoting the event. 

I was thrilled when both Toby and Jo said yes to me using their venue for the showcase and even more pleased when I had wonderful exhibitors embrace the concept and agree to come on board with it even though it was the first one. That’s dedication to the cause, that’s a real show of trust to say yes to someones “idea” without any promise that it’ll actually work….

I believe with all my heart that everyone deserves to be loved, to get married if it’s their choice to do so and have the wedding that they truly want! 

"Get Your Freak On” in my head was a bit of a two fingers up to the “norm” that can be the wedding industry. A sod you to those who think you have to do things a certain way. Who says that models have to be professional and look like they just stepped out the pages of a bridal magazine? Who declared that all wedding fairs should be in a posh hotel? Who ruled that there had to be rules? 

There are no rules!! Not one wedding should be the same because not one person is (not even your doppelgänger would want the same things as you). 

So in the words of Missy Elliot “Gimme some new shit”. I’ve decided to begin a revolution joined by some rebels with a cause! We aim to shake things up and show the sleepy, safe and samey Southwest that we really can provide whatever is needed to make your day perfect for you! Now this isn't a new concept, I've always liked to do things differently... ask my mum! I also do not proclaim to be the first to try giving things a little wobble. There's some awesome examples amongst the industry of creative geniuses, blogging, providing products and putting on events up the line and beyond (Way Out Wedding, Rock The Frock, Most Curious, EWE, Rock n Roll Bride to name a few). But, they're not here, we are! Therefore it's our job to move things forward here! 

Our first event may not have been huge but we needed to start somewhere! I can honestly say I am so super proud of everyone who exhibited, helped, supported and attended…. you are all wonderful! Thank you for joining me on a whim, I promise it was the right decision! 

If you didn’t manage to come along to our first event, don’t worry because I’m already planning the next one and it will be bigger and better! 

With Special Thanks to...

Venue - Street Factory  Prop Hire - The Prop Factory & Rustic Love  Exhibitors -  Verity Westcott Photography - MargoR Photography - Urban Disco - Pole Fitness Plymouth - Ashleigh Jay Embroidery - Mimosa Mobile Bar - The Beautiful South Photobooth Company - Made For You Gifts - Magenta Rose Designs - No 4 Hair Boutique - Chloe Jane Makeup Artist - Ezzicakes - Inky & Grace - ID Fashion On The Day Event Photography Miss Imagination Photography & Martha Fitzpatrick Photography MUA's for the Catwalk Models Katy Short Makeup Magic Gemma Ryder MUA & Chloe Jane Makeup Artist and Hair Stylists for Catwalk No 4 Hair Boutique Last but not least, thank you to all the wonderful ladies who modelled on the day for me...you are amazing! 

 

IMAGES IN THIS BLOG POST BY MARTHA FITZPATRICK PHOTOGRAPHY