Florence, Italy wedding: Sarah + Ben

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Firenze [fee-ren-dze]. We love the way that rolls off the tongue – so, how about we go there for the day, via Sarah + Ben’s wedding? If you’ve been following our tweets, then you already know our little Miss Amanda is traveling through Italy. Just when you thought she couldn’t tease you enough, with the idea of an Italian honeymoon, we go and drop this wedding in front of you! Oh, but it’s so worth it. When it comes to planning, designing and executing a wedding, Sarah (Paper + Cup’s Art Director in Europe) and sweetheart, Ben (Producer for French news network BFM TV), know how to do it just right. The photos by W. Scott Chester say it all!

florence italy wedding

florence italy wedding

The first of many lovely things to see, are the invitations + favors! We are absolutely smitten with Sarah’s invitation design, and even more excited to share that you too can have this invitation suite! Yep, Paper + Cup Design just so happens to be in our Pop-Up Shop right now (until Monday October 10th), and Sarah’s design, plus lots of other pretty ones, are on sale at a huge discounted price. Wink, wink!

florence italy wedding

The image of Sarah’s Vera Wang strapless tulle ballgown paired with her mother’s vintage Miu Miu‘s is going to haunt us for days.

florence italy wedding

florence italy wedding

When it came to the look and feel of the wedding, I had to mix & match. Since I love vintage / retro / rock n’ roll styles, and our families are more classical and elegant, we went with black & white stripes + pinks. During the ceremony we had white chairs for the women with black fans ($1 each), and black chairs for the men, with white hats (we bought them directly at Florence’s market so we could bargain for 70 pieces). 

florence italy wedding

The sweet sound of Somewhere Over the Rainbow played as Sarah and her father walked down the aisle. Listen to it here:

florence italy wedding

florence italy wedding

florence italy wedding

Custom pinwheels were ordered through Etsy ($112 for 150) and used as playful escort cards.

florence italy wedding

florence italy wedding

florence italy wedding

To keep from obstructing from the already perfect view from the terrace, Sarah kept the centerpieces low and simple. Titles from some of their favorite black & white movies were written on small school chalkboards and surrounded by mason jars with candles inside.

florence italy wedding

Yes, we know. This is perfection in the form of a photo, right? It’s killing us too!

florence italy wedding

Sarah + Ben, thank you for sharing your more than gorgeous wedding with us! You’ll have us dreaming of Firenze for weeks to come!

Photography: Scott & Andy from W. Scott Chester / Wedding planner: Rossana Sapori from Weddings in Italy / Venue: Villa la Vedetta / Flowers: Gianni Berni from Tuscany Flowers / Caterer & dinner mise en place: Jean Michel Carasso & Mariangela Grassi from La Buona Tavola Firenze / Music (jazz band + DJ): Alberto from Alma Project / Invitations + design: Paper+Cup Design / Hair & make up for bride & family: Guillaume Cusin & Sylvain Moity (friends from Paris!) / Hair & make up for groom & family: Gabrio staff, Florence / Pinwheels: Aubrey from Etsy / Bride’s dress: Vera Wang / Bride’s shoes: Vintage Miu Miu / Headpiece: Sogoli / Groom’s suit: Corneliani, shirt: Armani

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victoria on Oct 6, 2011

So perfect in every way! The view and the building remind me of a place I stayed at in Fiesole. Just stunning. Best wishes to the happy couple!

chandra ~ oh lovely day on Oct 6, 2011

Um, I'm in love! While I was in Florence on my honeymoon I totally imagined a re-do there! And in my dreams, this wedding was it. So gorg!!

Autumn Van Weir on Oct 6, 2011

breathtaking!! This wedding is amazing! I love everythiggn about it!

Lindsey on Oct 6, 2011

Such a stunning wedding, Sarah made a spectacular bride! I'm smitted with her invitations!!

Rebecca Dreiling on Oct 6, 2011

Oh my wow. My heart skipped a few beats.

Connie @ Daydream In Color on Oct 6, 2011

So beautiful! I love the black fans for the ladies and the black and white hats for the men!

Elizabeth | Bridal Musings on Oct 6, 2011

So very chic and absolutely beautiful.

Abby Grace on Oct 6, 2011

This solidifies my dream of wanting to shoot a destination wedding on Italy. I die! SO gorgeous! These images are beautiful!

Sharon Taylor on Oct 6, 2011

The incorporation of the black and white make for an elegant/chic wedding.

amypunky photography on Oct 6, 2011

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! "Splendide", as French people say it!!

lee ashley on Oct 6, 2011

this is divine... where did you get the "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" instrumental? I've been looking for something just like it!

100layercake on Oct 6, 2011

@Lee Ashley - You can find the instrumental version on Amazon, here: http://www.amazon.com/Over-Rainbow-Wizard-Oz-Instrumental/dp/B001BEC7DW/ref=sr_1_24?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1317933154&sr=1-24

Mary Herrington - Forever & Ever Events on Oct 8, 2011

Wow, Sarah, your wedding was so gorgeous, cool and understated! I wish I had been a part of it!!! ;-) You look so effortlessly beautiful in your Vera Wang gown, and those Miu Miu shoes are just perfection. The fans and fedoras on the chairs were genius too. SO happy for you!! xoxo MLH xxxx

Emily on Oct 8, 2011

This wedding is amazing. I am in love. The white hats and black fans are so creative and so perfect. I spent a semester in Florence and will never forget the way that city made me feel. Long afternoons drinking cappuccinos on piazzas, life could hardly get any better... Congrats to the lovely couple!

j4858c on Oct 8, 2011

Best wishes! Florence, Italy wedding, so cool, and really, the white hats and black fans are so creative and so perfect.

Ashley, Indie Atlantic Films on Oct 11, 2011

I LOVE Florence!! It's such a breathtaking city!! What a gorgeous, fun, creative wedding! I'm loving the fans for the women and the hats for the men! So classy yet fun!

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Wedding Invitations Brisbane on Feb 13, 2014

Can this be any prettier???? Wish I was invited to this wedding. So jelly right now. Would love to go to Florence!

Frozen Costume Australia on May 24, 2014

WOW! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

GiantInvitations on Jul 8, 2014

Did you guys do the logo or had it done by a graphic designer? I think it is a wonderful idea!

GiantInvitations on Jul 24, 2014

We're having a blavk and pink wedding next spring and this is like the perfect inspiration

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