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Wedding Details for a Garden Wedding [Florence, Italy Wedding Photographer]

A Garden wedding is one of those things that could be the extra touch to your special day..

Garden Wedding Details

They are filled with greenery, and beautiful landscape. The perfect compliment to a beautiful white dress.  Their are special details that make a garden wedding perfect. Such as spending time really reflecting on the mood you want to set. Do you want an edgy garden affair, or do you want something romantic? I got to shoot a very romantic wedding ceremony.

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Rose bushes aligned the ceremony site. The Four Seasons Firenze in Florence, Italy did nothing but impress their guest and clients with this beautiful floral arrangement they were able to produce for a beautiful garden wedding. The venue is so antique and refined that the architecture structure is just an added bonus to this garden they have been able to maintain and preserve. Outside the ceremony area that they use, their are beautiful sculptures that are reminiscent of the renaissance period.

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They also have a beautiful area that has beautiful wild flowers that are just perfectly placed and align one of the many guest areas.

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So what makes a garden wedding, a garden wedding?

Well, I think it has to do with being one with nature. So a beautiful marriage if you will, between nature and elegance. There just something more intimate about having a ceremony outside than in doors. You truly are able to have a weightless but close feeling between your guest and the bride and groom.

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Most affairs that are outdoors are usually with smaller parties. And sometimes it just adds to the notion of solidifying a union between two people.

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Special touches are everything..

Adding special touches like rose petals on the floors and having a vase for guest to throw at the end of the ceremony can add that special touch as well. Fireworks, bird seeds, and bubbles are usually used for an exit, but nothing says delicate and romantic like throwing gorgeous petals in the air to a congratulate the bride and groom.


The wedding ceremony site at the Four Seasons is filled with gorgeous trees…

The tree’s; Giardino della Gherardesca are  nestled just in the right spots. They shade the sun from creating those awful highlight or hot spots on your guest or bride and groom.  This was a photographer’s dream!

Another awesome touch to the most beautifully romantic garden wedding, why not have lights in the trees? Or better yet why not have beautiful crystal in the trees. They had beautiful chandeliers hanging from the branches of the trees. They were beautifully laced with crystals that just glistened.
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Music Choices?

They definitely kept it classic. Creating an elegant  and sophisticated environment by having a violinist or harp player was just the most perfect piece to the garden wedding puzzle. Definitely kept the romantic feel by choosing a lighter sound to walk to.

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And what happens after the ceremony? 

For the guest after the wedding, the cocktail hour was outside as well.. Patio seats and tables were arranged outside the garden while the bride and groom took images with me nearby. It was a nice touch to keep the guest feeling like they were a part of every minute of the wedding.


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Bellini’s were served for the toasting of the bride and groom’s new life..
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The garden wedding’s theme of being romantic didn’t end outside, although this event was brought indoors for the reception the bride and groom’s special touches definitely added to having the perfect day.. Here’s a few of my favorites..

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A gorgeous Lazaro Wedding Dress with Blue Valentino Wedding Shoes
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Ceremony Venue: The Four Seasons Firenze, Italy Garden Wedding

Photographer: Paula Stauffer; Paula Andrea Photography

Dress: Lazaro

Shoes: Gucci and Valentino

Bouquet: Pink Rose Bouquet

Theme: Garden Wedding

Location: Florence, Italy

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    Leslie and Jeremy Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head Wedding- Hilton Head Wedding Photographer

    The beginning of my year started off with traveling to the beautiful Hilton Head, South Carolina. Destination Wedding, you say? Uh yeah!! =)

    I had never been able to go to this area before, so nonetheless I was excited to see what the fuss was. Well, Hilton Head is a beautiful town. I loved the oak tree’s that lined the streets. It reminded me of my old home in Ormond Beach, Florida. It’s really clean, and new, and just very well maintained. Not sure if anyone really lives here because it’s almost untouched. But I was told that during the summer, this is the spot! This will definitely be a spot, we come back to..maybe next time to vacation, not work.

    The story of Hilton Head with the bride and groom, is pretty special. This is kinda their starting place of their love, and the place were they decided to seal that love.. Their wedding was made up of all close family and friends. All which, made the special trip to see them get hitched!

    Before we photographed the bride getting ready, we headed towards the Palmetto Dunes Beach House. The reception tables were decorated with places from the Magic Kingdom. It was really cute to see how they incorporated their love for Disney at the wedding!





    After photographing the details at the reception site, we headed back towards the brides room at the Disney Vacation Club resort. She gathered her makeup and hair accessories and got ready for the big day. Her details were gorgeous..



    How cute are her brother and his son getting ready.. It was really cute to see the whole family get ready in one place, and especially to see this candid moment! 2016-02-14_0039

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    And this ring.. .Wow!! Jeremy did a super fantastical job at choosing something that was definitely going to be remembered, and timeless…

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    And how cute are Leslie’s shoes! I love how delicate and comfortable they looked.. (definitely a girl after my own heart).

    2016-02-14_0048As the bride got ready, the Beach House was transforming into the most beautiful ceremony site. The ocean played a wonderful backdrop! They had butterfly pots with pom poms. Palmetto Dunes Beach House is really quaint and actually pretty perfect for a beach wedding. I really enjoyed how intimate it felt.

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    The wedding theme was Disney, but focusing on Mary Poppins. The groom and his groomsmen wore white tuxedo’s that mimicked the penguins from the film.


    Leslie’s dad wore a celtic inspired wedding tuxedo. He was really spiffy in his kilt. She opted to get ready at the ceremony site, so her dad was awesome enough to bring her dress in. Leslie’s dress was a beautiful white gown from David’s bridal that was nothing but fairytale-ish.2016-02-14_0003

    2016-02-14_00062016-02-14_0007She was a gorgeous bride.. Beautiful as could be!


    Leslie and Jeremy are the sweetest couple. They walked to Disney themed music, and looked into one another’s eyes as they read their written vows to one another. Jeremy was really eager to see his bride walk down the aisle.




    The emotions were definitely pouring as she walked down the aisle…
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    After their I do’s, we snuck back to the Hilton Head Disney resort were we snapped some photo’s off the harbor, and definitely made it a point to take a photo with the wooden bench, that had Walt Disney’s initials; as a keepsake! 🙂


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    Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head Wedding, Hilton Head Wedding Photographer
    2016-02-14_0032Palmetto Dunes Hilton Head Wedding, Hilton Head Wedding Photographer2016-02-14_00342016-02-14_0035Leslie and Jeremy’s families were amazing and such a fun group! Boy did they have lots of fun! Dj Crush definitely killed it, he kept them dancing all night!

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    They were kind, and generous and just overall special people…. We can’t express how thankful we were for your company, and your willingness to roll with all the events of the day!
    2016-02-14_0055And lastly.. they exited with bird seed! What a fun idea! This was our first, and it was really fun and cute to see the bride and groom’s reactions 🙂



    Leslie and Jeremy, your love is innocent, pure, and beautiful. I hope it stays and grows into something that is everlasting and endless!

    And lastly, to share some vendor love. The vendors in this wedding were the Best, please visit their pages and share the love if you need them for a future event!!


    Palmetto Dunes; Hilton Head, South Carolina

    The Disney Vacation Club-Hilton Head, South Carolina

    Rings- Kay Jewlers

    Dress-David’s Bridal

    Photographer: Paula Andrea Photography

    DJ-Joshua from Crush Entertainment 

    Videographe; Ryan Greico- MoonLight Productions

    Heres a  little highlight reel from Ryan, that he shared with me of the special day!

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      Featured Wedding on + Four Seasons Firenze [Florence, Italy Wedding Photographer]

      I’m not quite sure how to feel about this other than, jumping up and down in excitement! This couldn’t have came at a better time and point with my photography business.

      I had submitted this wedding about six months ago, and when doing so.. You are just playing the waiting game. The Knot, replied immediately after reviewing my wedding and their interest in it. I was extremely excited and stoked as you can imagine!!

      I am in the process of re-branding and because of this my website is a bit jankie, at the moment and I was debating on writing about this, but hey why not! How could I not write about this exciting news, and well just get in and accept, and just submerged myself into the happiness of being published! My website is still being finished, and I’m hoping by tonight all will be great in the website world..but until than, let’s ravish in this wonderful news!

      This wedding I got featured was from my trip to Italy. I got to photograph my friend, Amanda Perna and Solomon Srul’s wedding! It was a Florence, Italy Wedding. A Four Seasons Firenze Wedding! It was my first Destination Wedding! They are a beautiful couple and our experience of their day has been brought to life through this publication. I am so excited to share this day with everyone! It was an extraordinary out of this world detailed filled, Italy Wedding.

      Please take a minute to read about their day on the Knot’s review of their beautiful Italian Garden Wedding.

      The link to the knot

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      Cheers! to our wonderful Vendors Vendors for the day:

      Ceremony: Four Seasons Firenze Garden

      Reception: Four Seasons Firenze Ballroom

      Bride Dress: Lazaro

      Grooms attire: Duchamp London

      Floral: Vincenzo Dascanio

      Venue: Four Seasons Firenze Florence, Italy

      Cake: All White fondant with intricate cascading cake flowers provided by the Four Seasons Firenze on site Bakery

      Floral: Pink Rose and Olive Leaf Bouquet

      Bride Shoes: Blue Valentino Heels

      Photographer: Paula Stauffer [Paula Andrea Photography] ;

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        Paula Andrea

        Wilmington, North Carolina Portrait Photographer

        Specializing in Editorial/Commercial and Portrait work

        (Personal Branding Photographer)

        -Available for domestic & international travel-