Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (14)
FEATURED

It breaks my heart to be selling my little Vespa this spring… but at the same time it makes me smile to see this gorgeous shoot on the blog today with a vintage Vespa looking so beautiful and ready for adventures! If you’ve already flicked through the pages of our FREE digital magazine the English Wedding Bible you’ll recognise this…

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (4)

The beautiful styling is by lovely Lauradana at Wedding Creations. With her instinct for delicate, relaxed styling she transports us to Italy effortlessly – we’re treated to glorious courtyard dining with perfectly on trend, elegant touches. Every careful detail is captured beautifully by Bowtie & Belle Photography. The flowers by Bride and Bloom are wonderful; fabrics by Kate Cullen soften the tablescape so prettily and give the styling an artisan edge. And the cakes by Vanilla Pod Bakery and the Cheltenham Cakery… I don’t think I’ve seen a dreamier illustrated cake than this in a decade of wedding blogging!

Italian springtime wedding ideas with Bowtie and Belle Photography (10)

FEATURED

Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (29)

I’d LOVE to run away to Italy and elope, strolling hand in hand with my guy through characterful streets in the Mediterranean sunshine. Wouldn’t it just be a dream come true? Today’s wedding inspiration comes from the fabulous team at Aspire Photography Training, with styling by Catherine Connor and photography by Jenny Heyworth. They lived my dream this summer, taking a trip across to Venice to create this sublime elopement shoot.ClaireVenice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (38)
Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (2)

I love working with the Aspire team. They’re creative, fun and just have an instinct for styling the loveliest wedding inspiration. The little details matter too, and I was thrilled to be asked to send some of my calligraphy over to Venice with them!

Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (24)

(more from me at Calligraphy-for-Weddings.com)

Venice wedding inspo Aspire Photography Training Jenny Heyworth (27)

Everything about Venice is romantic. The tiny streets, the crumbling bridges, the lace and glass working… I really do adore it there (when I lived in Trieste I used to hop on a train every weekend just to wander the streets and soak in the atmosphere!) – and Jenny’s images capture the essence of this most romantic of cities.

FEATURED

Italian wedding styled shoot Aspire Photography Training (2)

Mary-Kate had no idea she’d return from Venice with a ring on her finger… she was modelling along with her boyfriend Lee for a styled wedding shoot in Italy, having the experience of a lifetime which she probably didn’t think could get any better.

She was in for the most amazing surprise…

Italian wedding styled shoot Aspire Photography Training (3)Italian wedding styled shoot Aspire Photography Training (1)

Today I bring you the most delicious shoot I could ever dream of showing you! I’ve been working alongside the lovely team at Aspire Photography Training recently, writing little bits of calligraphy and helping super stylist Yasmin with wedding shoot plans. It’s really exciting.

Italian wedding styled shoot Aspire Photography Training (4)

I was thrilled when Yasmin from Aspire asked me to provide calligraphy for a shoot at Castello Ceconi in Italy. I adore the images and how they tell a story, especially with the incredible twist right at the end!

Italian wedding styled shoot Aspire Photography Training (8)

Images are by Lisa Aldersley, Ayshea Goldberg, Teresa Cunningham and Marta May. I’ve included a little about each of the photographers who shared their images for the shoot at the end of today’s post. Please visit their websites and discover more – they’re all brilliant and I love their photographs to bits!
claire gould calligrapher signature
Italian wedding styled shoot Aspire Photography Training (5)

FEATURED

From the romance of Yorkshire to the magic of Florence… I couldn’t resist sharing this enchanting engagement shoot by lovely destination wedding photographer Rik Pennington.

Rik Pennington Photography (1) I’ll never forget the times I spent living in Italy as a student. I visited Florence from my home in Trieste, and loved the hustle and bustle – but photographer Rik, along with gorgeous couple (ridiculously so… aren’t they?) Giorgia and Filippo explored the quieter streets, full of real untouched Italian charm and atmosphere.

www.rikpenningtonphotography.com

Rik Pennington Photography (2) From the quiet romance of Florence’s back streets to the sights and memories of the Ponte Vecchio, this engagement shoot is so perfect, don’t you think? Are there favourite secret places you’d love to explore in your home town or on a destination shoot? I have a few ideas of my own…

rik pennington photographySee more…