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An Evening in Florence

When Angelica first watched the wedding scene from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, she immediately knew that she had found her wedding day inspiration. From the garden paths, to the hanging Wisteria and lush greenery, Angelica and Norman’s nuptials had all the romance and magic of the famous Twilight wedding, sans the vampires and werewolves!

Angelica was adorned in our CATALINA cathedral veil, featuring fabric flowers, intricate lace and beaded details, which was right on theme for her special garden wedding.

Handcrafted details

With careful planning, time and a big dose of creativity, Angelica and Norman achieved their wedding day vision. Nature was an important factor when it came to the décor and events during the day.

“I wanted the wedding to feel whimsical and like we’re immersed in nature but elegant at the same time,” says Angelica. “I loved the look of green moss on wooden tables and knew that had to be a key element in bringing that earthy feel. I wanted to see the space fill with greenery but pop with white flowers just like you see in the movie! Of course it’s quite expensive to do all that so I simplified it a bit and searched all over Central Florida for a venue where I could add these details, where it wouldn’t get too expensive, and it would all complement the space.”

During the ceremony they had a Tree Unity ceremony where Angelica and Norman’s mothers added the soil (representing their foundation) in the couple’s new pot (home) and then the couple planted their tree (their new family) and then they watered it, which represents new beginnings.

Other special elements were the wisteria decorations that were hung in the dining pavilion to add to the Twilight wedding vibe and the backdrop at the sweetheart table which Angelica’s Maid of Honour/sister DIY-ed.

The “wow, I feel like a bride” dress

Angelica had a specific off-the-shoulder, A-line lace dress in mind, however it was in a travelling trunk show and she was unable to try it on. So she began trying on similar styles in bridal shops.

“I had tried about 20 dresses already and I remember not thinking much about my dress when I first picked it up to try on. But once I had it on and saw myself in the mirror, my first thought was ‘wow, I feel like a bride’. I walked out to show my mum and sister. They thought I wasn’t going to like it but once I told them I felt like a bride they started crying, and so did I! It was off-the-shoulder like I wanted, it wasn’t A-line, which I actually loved, and the lace cut-outs were the perfect touch of unique and sexy that I was hoping for! It was a simpler dress so I knew my veil had to stand out somehow.”

A garden–themed veil

With beaded lace and handcrafted flowers, the CATALINA veil caught Angelica’s attention and admiration.

“I loved the CATALINA veil because it has these beautiful fabric flowers that pop out and cascade down the top portion of the veil,” says Angelica. “It was the perfect amount of detail for my dress and my hair since I wanted to style it up. In every picture with the veil you can see the flowers stand out perfectly.”

Best advice

“Talk specifics about the visions you have for your special day and give yourself enough time to make it happen,” suggests Angelica. “Don’t rush your timeline for anyone else and keep what you two want at the forefront. It’s good to keep others in mind but this is your day so do what feels right to you. A wedding is no small task and sometimes it’s nice when people want to help but it gets overwhelming real fast so try to keep things between the two of you and your vendors, that way you prevent unwanted input and headaches. Don’t lose focus on the fact that this is about you and your significant other. And remember to enjoy the process. It can be hard sometimes but take a step back, breathe and enjoy the fact that you are planning your wedding!

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Long and elegant wedding veils will always take centre stage on a wedding day. If you’re a bit like us, you might be drawn to something just a little different – a modern interpretation of the classics. We share our favourite romantic veils we know you’ll fall in love with.

Sparkly crystals

A sparkly veil doesn’t need to make you feel like you’re disco ball. If you’re partial to just a hint of shimmer or a slight glint, a sparkly veil with lightly scattered delicate crystals will add that little extra detail that’s perfectly balanced without taking away from your face or the beauty of your wedding dress.

Etoile | Crystal wedding veil
Masterfully applied to frame this modern and sleek veil along the hemline.

Margaux | Crystal chapel wedding veil
A classic silhouette, dramatised by shimmering crystals from head to toe.

Subtle pearls

If you’re after a veil that’s alluring, yet dramatic, subtle pearl details can add the perfect detail. Decadent, yet dainty in nature, pearls add that touch of drama and sophistication.

If you’re wearing a blusher, look for a veil where the pearls don’t cover your face, but add suggestive notes to your temples and cheekbones. Or opt for a veil that creates a gorgeous focus around the hair line or train.

Theodore | Pearl chapel wedding veil
The placement of the pearls across the top section of the veil only, allows the dress to take centre stage.

Loren | Chapel wedding veil with pearls
Featuring linear hand-beaded pearls and beads from head to toe for a soft feminine and romantic touch.

Lumiere | Fingertip veil with pearls
The scattering of soft ivory pearls across the piece is both mesmerising and modern in appeal.

Lace

Lovely lace will always be in fashion, but there are so many variations out there! A truly modern take on the traditional lace veil, is an elegant thin lace detail set back an inch or two from the veil hemline, creating the most soft and alluring cascading waves.

Lisette | Fingertip wedding veil with lace
Lisette is framed with a delicate floral lace that’s unashamedly feminine and minimally chic.

Odette | Chapel wedding veil with lace
The Odette chapel wedding veil features a delicate lace vine trim that flutters along the edge of the veil in the most effortless way.

Applique

Applique is a technique that transfers gorgeous lace cut-outs onto another fabric – in the case of veils – tulle. For a truly modern yet romantic take on this classic technique, look for veils that sparingly apply the lace, and where the lace frames the face but never covers it.

Emmie | Chapel length wedding veil with lace
Handcrafted from lightweight bridal tulle with exquisite French lace details, this modern yet classically styled veil will become a beloved heirloom.

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