Venice Elopement Inspiration

couple embracing in St. mark's Square in Venice italy as birds fly around them in the fog

This is an elopement inspired by the romance and mystique of the city of Venice, Italy! Using a gorgeous red gown custom made for the shoot by Joanne Fleming Design, we set the stage for this inspiration in the misty first light of day at St. Mark’s Square off the Grand Canal. I flew with a cake (inspired by Valentino’s fashion forward Winter 2015 collection) from New Orleans across the pond to this extraordinary locale. I wanted to play up the movement of Fleming’s gown and have this really be the statement piece of the shoot, standing out amidst the muted and natural tones of the city’s well-worn architectural and the soft green and blue tones of the canal waters.

I used Silk & Willow’s indigo dyed ribbon on the bouquet to play up the color of the water flowing in the streets, and kept the color tone of the florals light and airy with a heavy focus on the beautiful ranunculus sourced from a local vendor right at the base of the clock tower in St. Mark’s Square. We sourced the table and chairs or the table scape locally from one of the plentiful restaurants hiding around every turn, and brought movement into the tables cape with the blush colored muslin runner by Silk & Willow to mimic the movement of the silk organza bridal gown and cape.”

From Archetype: “There is nothing about life that we enjoy more than traveling together and the adventure of new places; and there is nothing Koby and I would rather do than photograph the beauty of love in new places. Truly afflicted with a lifelong wanderlust, we structure everything in our business towards the goal of continued travel. Koby has wanted to take me to Venice since we started dating back in high school… Italy is one of our favorite countries to visit, but Venice just wasn’t in the cards until we decided to make it happen by extending a trip to France by a few extra days. Not a week had passed after booking our tickets, that we decided to plan an editorial shoot in Venice and invited one of our favorite stylists, Valerie to bring the shoot to life.

While she worked on styling details, we focused on finding the perfect models – a real couple. Jeni & Roberto came to us through one of the casting calls we had posted in various places online. What a beautiful relationship they have, and getting to know them through this shoot was magical. We could not have predicted that out of 137 churches currently standing in Venice, we would scout and pre-pick the very one they were standing in front of when he first told her he loved her! As we approached it about halfway through the shoot, Jeni turned to me and whispered, “How did you know?!” We didn’t until that moment. You will see it in their eyes… this kind of love brings a magic that affects everyone around them.

A celebratory dinner and off to prep for the sunrise shoot. According to Valerie’s step counter, we walked 23,230 steps that day which included 32 flights of stairs – all together equaling 10.53 miles. Whatever it takes. It’s that simple. Not ever willing to give up, but always willing to adapt without sacrificing the vision. 04:30 wake up call to begin makeup and hair. A magical shoot. An afternoon to soak it all in, then up at sunrise again to catch a flight back to Houston. Would we do again? – absolutely – a thousand times over. And in a thousand different cities – we aren’t done yet.”

Bride and groom kiss in the Piazza Sam Marco with birds circling around them

Bride sitting on steps letting her red dress flow down the stairs

Nude table linen with gorgeous florals on top and red and mahogany chairs for a sweetheart table

White wedding invitations with gold writing and blush stamps

3 layer red cake with red roses sitting on top of a nude linen

Bride in a  red hooded dress hooked arms with her groom walking through Piazza San Marco

Beautiful lush white, pink and green floral arrangement sitting on a blush color table linen with a name card

Bride and groom kissing in front of gondolas in Venice, Italy

Up close photo of blush butter cup flowers

Bride and groom kiss sitting on a bride across the channel in Venice

Beautiful arrangement of ranunculus, buttercups and sweetpeas on a nude table linen

View of the Venice water roads with boats and gondolas going through the channels

Close up of the three tiered dark red cake with two red roses delicately placed

Grooms black and white tux with a white and pink buttercup flower boutonniere

Groom standing in the Piazza Sam Marco with fog in the background

Bride laying with her groom in a gondola with black and gold detailing

Bride and groom walking under an archway with tall pillars in Venice, italy

Bride in her red long dress with her hood on with white bouquet and mint sash

Groom holding his bride in her long sheer red caped dress

Bride twirling her in red dress and gold shoes in Piazza San Marco

Bride and groom kiss in Piazza San Marco with beautiful architecture in the back

Groom kissing bride on the cheek while she holds her white floral bouquet

Bride in her long red dress flowing in the wind, sashes hanging from her bouquet and groom standing on the top of steps in Venice, italy

Bride and groom sit on top of a bride in Venice with a boat going under them

Bride twirling her red dress in the Piazza while groom gazes at her

Details of a pillar with gods and leaves carved in to the top

Couple walks hand in hand under a arched walkway with pillars on each side

Groom kisses his bride in front of gondolas

Bride holding her red hood in her red dress gazing gown at her bouquet of flowers

White invitation suite with gold cursive lettering and blush accents

Arial view of bride and groom in a gondola with gold and black detailing

Back view of the bride with her braided hair in a bun

Buttercups, sweetpeas and greenery sitting in a gold detailed vase

Groom wearing a tux holding his brides bouquet with white, blush and greenery

Long archway with tall pillars leading to the Piazza San Marco

Styling: Sapphire Events | Photographer: Archetype Studio | Location: Corcomroe Abbey | Ribbons and Table Runner: Silk and Willow | Stationery: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Bride’s Gown: Joanne Flemming | Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Shoes: Bella Belle | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab


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