Stunning Inspiration in the Moroccan desert

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I’m thrilled to feature these beautiful images by TAMARA GIGOLA from her adventures in the Moroccan desert at THE STYLING PILGRAMAGE workshop run and styled by PEARL & GODIVA. A beyond stunning lace gown created especially for the workshop by EMILY ROSE RIGGS was the perfect way to show beautiful movement set against the stunning desert backdrop. LORA KELLEY worked her magic with hair & make-up which provided some drama, and the beautiful veil and turban were from ENCHANTED ATELIER BY LIV HART. With such attention to detail in everything she styles Pearl ensures nothing is overseen.

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Photography TAMARA GIGOLA / Styling & Creative Direction PEARL & GODIVA / Hair & make-up LORA KELLEY / Bespoke lace embroidered tulle gown created for PEARL & GODIVA  by EMILY ROSE RIGGS, beaded gown Jenny Packham from THE MEWS, CLIFTON / Necklace KRISTIN HAYES / Veils and turban ENCHANTED ATELIER BY LIV HART / Ring DELPHI ANTIQUES / Pearl earrings sourced by PEARL & GODIVA / location at THE STYLING PILGRAMAGE WORKSHOP IN MOROCCO / Model MAJA 
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Inspired by an “abandoned” theme, SEVENTH HEAVEN VINTAGE RENTALS created this oceanside shoot for a romantic bridal inspired workshop, for which BROOKE BEASLEY PHOTOGRAPHY captured these pretty images. The sea foam green settee and lush pink bouquet supplied by SEVENTH HEAVEN VINTAGE fit the lounge display perfectly, allowing for a soft and subtle colour palette. The tablescape faced the mesmerizing ocean views and topped with gorgeously hand-created menus by PIGMENT & PARCHMENTKAY CAKES BAKERY whipped up a cake featuring gold coral foiling which was the finishing touch to the abandoned inspired vision. The bride modeled a Liancarlo gown from KINSLEY JAMES COUTURE BRIDAL; a fetching braid styled by SALON 1322 and beautiful makeup by EMMA PETERSON.

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Photography BROOKE BEASLEY PHOTOGRAPHY / Furniture & Prop Decor SEVENTH HEAVEN VINTAGE RENTALSGown KINSLEY JAMES COUTURE BRIDAL / Model JACQUELINE BARNES / Hair Stylist SALON 1322 / Make-up EMMA PETERSON / Cake KAY CAKES BAKERY / Stationery PIGMENT & PARCHMENT / Florals & calligraphy SEVENTH HEAVEN FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO
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Charming Italian Village Wedding

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South Africans Marisa & Dino, both have Italian parents and have spent many a holiday visiting family and exploring Italy, so choosing to get married there was an easy decision. They wanted to have a wedding that was relaxing, free-flowing and not structured, so they didn’t send out any invitations and encouraged their friends and family to join them on the day if they were able to, realising that travelling to Italy was an expensive option for most. “Ultimately we wanted to have an intimate wedding with special people we wanted to share in our celebrations.

“After taking Dino to the town where my grandmother is from, Bassano del Grappa, we both immediately fell in love with it and decided it would be a beautiful, quaint destination for our wedding. The old town makes you feel as if you have stepped back in time, there aren’t many tourists and one can’t help but feel Italian just being there. When we discovered the Villa Ca’ Rezzonico (built in the 17th century) in Bassano, it was everything we had pictured in our dreams and we immediately knew that we had to make this Italian destination wedding a reality. We knew that it would be a wedding unlike any other and it was impossible to settle for anything else.

We had originally planned to have the whole wedding and reception in Bassano but unfortunately the Catholic Churches in Bassano will only marry locals, therefore we decided to have our ceremony in the Chiesa di Santo Stefano in Vicenza which is the nearest city to Bassano and also where my cousins are from. This actually worked in our favour as we managed to take advantage of the beautiful Basilica backdrop for some great bridal party snaps while the rest of the group relaxed sipping their drinks downstairs in the Piazza dei Signori (with musicians serenading the locals).”

Photography JENNI ELIZABETH travelled from South Africa to join them for this amazing celebration. If you were on the fence about having an Italian destination wedding, I’m pretty sure this will convince you!!

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL: The proposal was incredible and Dino did a good job in not letting any hints slide. It was his turn to treat me on our 7 year “anniversary” and he usually goes over the top with surprises. He picked me up for what I thought was a casual hike up Lions Head mountain (Cape Town), which is something we both really enjoy doing every Friday morning during the summer. When we arrived at the top of Lions Head, he had managed to have a romantic lunch display all set up on the summit – white tablecloth, rose petals, Moet champagne, champagne glasses and our favourite Willoughby’s sushi.

I was so overwhelmed with how beautiful the setting was with the picturesque Table Mountain backdrop that I didn’t even realise Dino was preparing to propose. After he poured us some champagne, he got down on one knee and asked me if I will spend the rest of my life with him. Without hesitation I said yes and shed a whole bunch of tears. We sat at the top of the mountain for up to two hours and were so fortunate in our timings as remarkably there was no one but us at the top of the mountain. After the proposal Dino arranged for us to dine at the Roundhouse, situated at the base of the mountain, at one of Cape Town’s oldest restaurants where we ended the day with a five course dinner and wine pairing.

TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: I always wanted to get married in lace and although I love the vintage look I wanted to incorporate the style with a dress that I had once seen in a magazine. I didn’t go to a lot of dress fittings as I knew what I wanted from the start and selecting my dressmaker was easy as I knew the best local designer for exquisite lace is Elbeth Gillis.

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MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? There were so many moments that I absolutely loved, but my favourites would be when Dino and I met for the first time in the piazza before the ceremony. This was one of the best and most emotional experiences for the both of us. Meeting each other before the massive fan-fare (just the bridesmaids and groomsmen present) meant we got to really experience a moment just between us and nothing else mattered. It helped us both relax a lot more and made us aware of what is important about today… us and the commitment we were about to make to each other.

The other really special moment was when Dino and I arrived back at our B&B Palazzo Remondini in Bassano which was situated right on the Piazza Liberta and decided to dance in the rain in the square for a little while. Also walking through the beautiful town of Bassano on the morning of my wedding day with my bridesmaids and stopping at the Italian patisserie to sample some of the freshly baked macaroons and treats was another highlight. Another detail that I will never forget were the impromptu moments like when the venue told us to turn off the music and our friends started playing the piano and everyone joined in to sing along to some of the Beatles best hits.

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ANY OTHER DETAILS THAT HELP TELL THE STORY OF YOUR DAY? Dino and I decided to meet before the church ceremony so that we could have an intimate moment for the two of us to see each other before we got married and to utilise the time to take couple photographs in the town of Bassano before heading to Vicenza for the ceremony. Dino arrived earlier with his groomsmen in the square (Piazza Liberta) in front of the Palazzo Remondini B&B where I was staying and getting dressed with my bridesmaids and mother. Our room had big windows which looked down on the square and the bridesmaids could chat to the boys and give some updates while at the same time the locals were gathering as clearly something was happening in their usually peaceful town. That’s what really made it so fun for us, the locals get involved. They are super inquisitive and all want to be in on the action. The Café owner made the boys espressos and took it out to them the square while they waited – no charge, just too happy to be a part of the big day.

When it was time for us to meet, Dino stood in front of the church in the Piazza Liberta and I walked across the square and tapped him on the shoulder. Although our bridal party was standing in the square watching our encounter, it felt like it was just the two of us and I couldn’t hold back the tears. Apparently there was clapping and cheers of “Auguri” but it literally just felt like the two of us. Shortly thereafter the owner of Remondini poured us a glass of Prosecco to enjoy on our own in the square before we headed off to do a few couple photographs. On our way down to the “Ponte Vecchio” (old wooden bridge), locals would clap and shout “Viva i sposi!” (long live the married couple), kissing us on the cheeks as if we had made their day that much better. It is something that we weren’t expecting and it felt amazing how everyone just made us feel like we belonged.

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Photographer JENNI ELIZABETH / Videographer DESERTROSE PRODUCTIONS / Florist KARA FURTER, KING JULIET / Name tags NIFTY250 / Ceremony Venue CHIESA DI SANTO STEFANO, VICENZA / Reception Venue VILLA CA’REZZONICO BORELLA, BASSANO DEL GRAPPA / Dress Designer ELBETH GILLIS / Shoes WILD ALICE / Hair & make-up BRIDE’S SISTER, DANIELA LOGAN STEENKAMP / Bridesmaids Dresses ZARA, ISABEL DE VILLIERS CLOTHING and ELZBIETA ROSENWORTH COUTURE / Grooms Attire RIVER ISLAND, TM LEWIN / Planner CAMILLA CATTANEO / Caterer FRANCESCA
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