Katie and Lev dreamed of a fairy tale wedding with pure, honest celebration and intention at every turn, so a magical day at Hotel delle Cave was the perfect choice! We’re smitten with the whimsical design the couple created alongside their planning team Style A Wedding. If you swoon over all things floral, just wait until you get a glimpse of the blooming masterpieces by Hanami Atelier, which were inspired by the couple’s love of colors, natural surroundings, and earthy tones. Get ready for stunning bridal style, all the Sicily vibes, and even more captured beautifully by Yeray Cruz!
Katie & Lev
Hotel delle Cave, Favignana Island, Sicily, Italy
For a fantasy gown celebrating all the blossoms, there would only be one choice for the bridal gown designer—and Rara Avis did not disappoint. Inspired by the femininity and the uniqueness, the gown blossomed into a celebration of my romantic dreams adorned in tiny handmade Japanese clay flowers and beads. My hair was styled into one side waves to have a clear profile and back. The simple style was complete with a gold hairpiece. The fairytale accessories moved beautifully amongst the fallen blossoms of the surrounding displays, crowned by a headpiece of Hermione Harbutt – Sakura Garland. A dreamy cherry blossom garland with blush mother of pearl flowers, golden blooms, and leaf tendrils.
We had been to Italy twice together and loved the country’s culture, food, wine, scenery and romance. It was a pretty quick decision as it was a good midway point for our family and friends who came from all over Europe, Georgia and Russia, and one we thought people would be happy to travel to. We came across Hotel delle Cave online during our hours of searching and after using Instagram to see more pictures we booked it quite quickly. Our ceremony and reception location were held in a former quarry turned into a beautiful garden. We chose it because it was a unique embodiment of a childhood dream: a wedding under an evergreen tree.
Having an autumnal wedding is all about bringing a sense of coziness and richness to the big day. Fall wedding colors posed a particular challenge. Orange was an obvious choice. We went for a jewel tone wedding decor softened by pastel colors that play up the mysterious and sultry vibe of the season. From elegant mauve and dusty pink to bold fuchsia and burgundy, we thought that it was the perfect time to add a splash of color into the wedding style. Jewel tones automatically brought a sense of opulence to the decor, but also the look was elevated even more by including metallic golden details such as golden chairs and tableware for added luxury.
I was absolutely flattered by the way Marco and his team worked on the preparation and decoration of our sweet table and the cake. They worked on designing the Wedding Cake and the setting of the sweet table including other desserts for the purpose of creating something different from the typical wedding cakes. They created a “tailor-made experience”, from the creation and design of the cake silhouette to the choice of every single flavor with very personal and organic essences and extracts to create unique flavors and scents, creams and filling. The presentation and taste of the creations exceeded all our expectations. Our guests have continuously commented on how delicious it was. We are looking forward to working with Marco again!
Congratulations, Katie and Lev, and many thanks to Junebug member Style A Wedding for sharing their Hotel delle Cave wedding with us! For more of Style A Wedding’s work, be sure to visit their page in our directory of the world’s best wedding planners.
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Italian culture is known for its chic style, delicious food, and stunning scenery. It’s no surprise that Ama and Pete’s Sicilian-inspired wedding at La Tenuta Del Baloo was the embodiment of all three. With the help of Junebug member and expert planner Blooming Eventi, the couple’s special day was untraditional, colorful, and edgy.
The venue–perched at the bottom of the Etna volcano–was covered in lush greenery and citrus fruits put together by Panta Rhei and white statue busts that helped maintain the historic elements of the villa. We love that Ama had not one, but two stylish wedding gowns–the second being red!
Photographers and Junebug member Andrea and Federica perfectly captured every small detail, and we’re so excited to share each carefully planned detail. Keep scrolling to see the wedding that belongs in a fashion magazine!
Ama and Pete
Tenuta del Baloo, Viagrande, Sicily, Italy
The Edgy Yet Stylish Wedding Day Vibes
Pete and I were never a traditional couple. With this in mind, we wanted a celebration of our love in a very culturally, edgy, and stylish way in a place that really represents who we are–mystic, bold, unique, and quirky. So without a doubt, we decided on a proper Sicilian celebration with colorful, cultured, and intense moments by the Etna volcano.
Researching the Wedding Theme
We really spent two years researching, learning, and traveling to Sicily–particularly to the area of the wedding—to understand the intrinsic cultural elements and how to add them to our wedding weekend to provide an experience to everyone who joined us.
The Most Memorable Part Featuring a Sicilian Tradition
Everything was memorable–full of character and intensity! We will never forget when we saw all our guests from all over the world dressed in black–a Sicilian tradition to protect the couple from bad vibes–dancing the tarantella for 45 minutes.
Sicilian Legend Inspired Favors
Our wedding favors were unique and, again, all linked to the history of Sicily. All our guests received a Testa di Moro–a ceramic vase from Sicily. They were created many centuries ago to represent the legend that during the Moor’s domination in Sicily’s 11th century, a lovely young girl lived in the Kalsa neighborhood in Palermo. Every day, she spent time on the balcony of her house taking care of her plants and flowers. One day a young Moor passing by saw her and was captured by her beauty and declared his love to her, which was immediately returned.
Congratulations again to Ama and Pete on their fashion-forward wedding at La Tenuta Del Baloo! Thank you to Andrea and Federica for sharing their special day with Junebug. And thank you to Junebug member Blooming Eventi for helping put together such a stunning event! If you want to see more of Andrea and Federica’s work, check out their profile in our directory of best wedding photographers in the world!
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We’ve only got two words for Ashley and Leo’s Italian garden wedding at Villa Mon Repos Taormina: mama mia! When finding a wedding venue, Ashley and Leo combined their love for the mountain and ocean to find the perfect location. They ended up with stunning views of both. With the help of planner Elegante by Michelle J, the couple’s nuptials were vibrant, full of personality, and timeless. The magical day was captured by Anna and Alex—thank goodness it was because we can’t stop staring at their images. This might be the most Pinterest-worthy wedding ever!
Ashley and Leo
Villa Mon Repos Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Since watching the Sex and the City movie in 2008 I have been in love with blue Manolos. My entire ensemble was designed around the cobalt blue Hangisi pumps.
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Color palette comprised of blush pink, blue, green, soft blue, cranberry, and coral. My favorite seasons are spring and fall because of the beauty in nature that time of year. Because of the time of year and the location, going with a deeper (fall) color palette would not have complimented the venue. So we decided to soften that palette with cooler (spring) shades.
There were so many memorable parts. Our favorites were the wine ceremony where Leo‘s sister shook and sabred our sparkling rose, everyone joining in a traditional Armenian Wedding dance called the Shalakho, jumping the broom, our first dance, and the best man’s speech which made us both laugh and cry.
Congratulations to Ashley and Leo on their elegant Italian garden wedding at Villa Mon Repos Taormina! Thank you to Junebug member Elegante by Michelle J for sharing the special day with us and thanks to Anna and Alex for capturing their love. To see more of Michelle’s work, visit her profile in our directory of best wedding planners in the world!
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