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France + Italy Honeymoon

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France and Italy are one of the most romantic places to go on a honeymoon, and I can now attest to that. Matt and I had an amazing time in both countries back in September, and I have nothing but great things to say. We decided to start the adventure in Rome since we ultimately wanted end in Paris, along the way visiting Cinque Terre, Venice and Nice.

Cinque Terre Honeymoon

We booked our lodging through sites like AirBnB, Go with Oh and Homeaway except for Monterrosso, where we had to book directly with the hotel. We had a harder time finding availability in Cinque Terre, so book early!

Rome Honeymoon
The best way to get to know this amazing city really is by walking and getting lost in between piazzas. We’d then take a break by stopping at a gelateria, which quickly turned into a habit. Gelateria del Teatro was our favorite by far.

We stopped over in Pisa on our train ride between Rome and Cinque Terre. The train station has lockers, so you can leave your suitcases to wander the city. We ordered our lunch to go and had a picnic by the tower before we continued on our adventure to Cinque Terre.

Cinque Terre Honeymoon
France honeymoon

This was one of the breathtaking views from our hike from Monterrosso to Vernazza. And by breathtaking, I also mean literally! It’s a steep hike, but we quickly learned why it’s highly recommended. We hiked from Monterrosso to Vernazza and took trains to the following villages. On our way back we took a boat ride to enjoy the view and the sunset.

Venice honeymoon
Venice really is everything that people tell you and more. It’s beautiful and utterly romantic. It’s also the home of the oldest coffee shop in the world, Caffe Florian, opened since 1720. It was under restoration and had just reopened while we were there. This was definitely one of the highlights for me.
Venice honeymoon

We also spent a day in Murano, the island famous for hand blown glass sculptures, fabulous chandies and Venetian mirrors. It’s a 10 minute trip on a vaporetto. We didn’t know anything about the art beforehand, and we were so happy we went. We came across some factories that allowed people to watch their artisans work, away from the tourist traps.

The weather in Nice wasn’t warm enough to hit the local beaches, so we decided to visit Monaco, Cannes and Marseilles as well. If your guy is into car racing, Monaco is it. Among the hairpin curve and the casinos you might recognize from James Bond movies, you will also find plaques with photos of Grace Kelly and the royal family. The St Nicholas Cathedral in Monaco is where Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier were married and it’s beautiful. It was closed for mass when we were there, but it is open to the public.

France honeymoon

France honeymoon

We also visited Claude Monet’s house in Giverny. It’s a 40 minute train ride from Paris. There are shuttles from the train station that will take you there. We loved seeing the lily pond for ourselves, then going to the D’Orsay Museum the next day to see the painting.

France honeymoon

While in Paris, we also went to the Les Puces St Ouen, the famous flea market where the movie Midnight in Paris was filmed. If you watched the movie, it’s even more amazing in person! In Montmartre, after visiting the Basilica we made our way to the fabric district. I took a quick shot with my camera below, starstruck at the variety of Liberty print fabrics amongst other finds! I got a few yards from Tissus Reine. There so, so many things to see and do in Paris, it’s the perfect honeymoon for a couple who likes to do a bit of everything.

France honeymoon

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Hello beautiful! We’re Brandi + Ryan, the husband-wife photographers behind Alexis June Weddings. So who is Alexis June? They are the two loves of our life, our daughters, Kierstyn {whose middle name is Alexis} and Kaija {who was born in June}. Two years ago we sold everything we own to pursue our dreams and move across the country to NYC. We’ve been married for nine years and still crazy in love. Ryan speaks Norwegian. Brandi loves everything about Norway. Ryan has his MBA from Notre Dame, but loves to cook. Brandi was a journalist in the United States Air Force and eats everything Ryan cooks. Together with our girls we live in Atlanta, Georgia and cherish every day together.

Being wedding photographers is an honor and a privilege, to be a part of one of the most important moments in a someone’s life is deeply personal. Capturing a couple’s love story together makes what we do even more special. We have laughed, we have cried and we have experienced those joyous moments when its more about two individuals joining as one and less about the details. It’s about the marriage. It’s about the future. Love is a gorgeous thing and we are truly passionate about what we do. We believe everyone has a story and it should be told.

This is our story, what is yours?

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Mint and Peach Ontario Wedding

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One of my absolute favorite color combinations will always, always be mint and peach. Something about this duo always screams fresh, fun, and flirty, but in the most sophisticated of ways. Chupp Photography captured a bride and groom who embraced this color palette with a touch of whimsy and handmade flair. We love bride Alexandra’s idea to have a tea bar for guests — what a great way to make your day smell heavenly!

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From the bride, Alexandra: We were going for a DIY, whimsical, laid-back wedding filled with unique touches that showed off our personalities. Some adjectives I would use to describe our wedding are whimsical, vintage, casual, DIY, eclectic and fun. We originally said we weren’t going to do a colour scheme, although, throughout the planning process mint, peach and white ended up being our go-to choices.


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I can’t even begin to list all of the DIY projects! The wedding was pretty much entirely DIY. My favourites consisted of designing and making the loose leaf tea bar (because who doesn’t love being surrounded by all those delicious smells?!), making the pie pops, and thrifting all of the place settings and décor items!


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The biggest DIY project we took on was clearing out a collapsed barn, salvaging the useable barn board and using it to build all the tables, benches and the bar! We spent an entire weekend with SO many friends and family helping to clear the barn, and Jordan and my Dad (along with many who came to help them out) spent countless hours building everything. People kept telling us we were crazy whenever we mentioned it before the wedding, but we are so thrilled with the results that it was worth all our time and effort!


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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Take time to ENJOY the planning process. Although it’s hard not to just constantly count down to the big day, the engagement and planning part of it is just so much fun! Take time to enjoy the little things like working on a project together or choosing what music you will walk down the isle to. Half of the fun is the excitement and anticipation of it all, so make sure you soak it all in!


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Wedding Music:
Processional: “The Predatory Wasp Of The Palisades Is Out To Get Us!,” Sufjan Stevens
Recessional: “5 Years Time,” Noah and The Whale
First Dance: They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald
Father/Daughter Dance: “Stand by Me,” Ben E. King
Mother/Son Dance: “Days Like This,” Van Morrison

Wedding Location: Coldwater, ON, Canada / Wedding Photographer: Chupp Photography / Ceremony Venue: Knox Presbyterian Church / Reception Venue: Private Residence / Day-of Coordination: Jenna Green / Floral Designer: Flowers by June / Dress Store: Hilltop Bridal / Dress Designer: Allure Bridal, style 8856 / Shoes: BHDLN / Jewelry: Made You Look / Veil: Posh Veils / Necklace: Ruche / Groom’s Bow Tie: Bows n’ ties / Caterer: Friends and Family / Wedding Cakes: Mrs. Mamie’s Cupcakes, Cakes and Such / Wedding Invitations: Bride and friends / Wedding Videographer: Alex Nieuwhof

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Macy’s Wedding Registry + Giveaway!

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Perhaps our favorite thing about Macy’s Wedding Registry is that their inventory covers just about everything under the newlywed roof, and that’s where couples with different styles meet. If you’re looking for ideas for your registry, or you’re not quite sure where to start, Macy’s registry quizzes will walk you through the perfect options of dinning, bedding, home decor, cookware, electrics and luggage products, so you can build a registry that perfectly reflects your personality as a couple. Just to make your wedding registry adventure that much sweeter, they’re giving away a Rowenta Pro Iron Steam Station to one lucky reader (a $260 value!).

No matter what your style, Macy’s quizzes and other interactive features in their helpful Registry Guide will help you build the registry of your dreams! Macy’s quizzes are a great resource to help you narrow down the best registry items to fit your personal taste. They suggest products for your tailored registry based on your style personality and even your favorite color palettes!

Macy’s is giving away a Rowenta Pro Iron Steam Station (no need to dry clean ever again!) to one of you lucky Ruffled readers. Head over to Macy’s to choose what would be the first item on your Macy’s Wedding Registry, and come back here to let us know in the comments below. We will announce the winner in the Weekly Wrap Up on Friday! Happy registering, Lovelies!

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Casey Brodley, Photographer

I’m not a traditional wedding photographer. My background and training is steeped in photo journalism, so that’s how I approach a wedding. My goal is to document the day, not stage it. I let moments unfold naturally, with minimal prom posing and minimal “say cheese” interference.

As a photo journalist, I come prepared for anything. Every wedding is different. I have witnessed full-grown men weep more times than I can count. I have seen smiles so wide that I’m concerned someone may burst a blood vessel. I have climbed mountains with all my gear. And this one time a sprinkler system was triggered during a ceremony.

As a wedding photographer, I walk into every job with the guarantee that I will witness pure joy. But more importantly, I walk into every job with the probability that my day will end with cake. I like to keep my cake-to-work ratio balanced. For health reasons.

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