Renewal of Vows French Country Style by Belle Momenti Photography

After three days of extensive Asian/Western wedding celebrations, Aaron and Sheena, who were unable to fulfill their ambition of marrying abroad, decided that they would one day renew their vows in a more intimate setting. Through their mutual love of travel, culture and all-things European, they decided that the location should be in an authentic, real-life fairytale castle – Château des Buis, situated in the Rhones/Alps region of France. At nearly 850 years old, the Château is steeped in history and filled with French ambience and tradition, giving Aaron and Sheena the intimacy they were seeking, with breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside.

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From the photographers: In the morning, the venue’s hair and makeup artists arrived at the Château to help Sheena create her bridal look whilst Aaron relaxed with his best man. After some individual stylized photographs the couple renewed their vows in the beautifully renovated stone Orangerie, which had been decorated for an intimate ceremony.

The couple lit a Unity Candle to mark the occasion, witnessed by their two best friends, before making their way to the beautiful fresco adorned coach entrance for confetti throwing. Afterwards, Aaron and Sheena were photographed in all of the key locations in and around the Château – from the wonderful gated courtyard to the classically beautiful staircase, opulent bridal suite and ‘Salle de Freques.’ Sheena was even captured throwing her bouquet of red roses from the tower to her Prince below in a gesture of pure romance! 

Aaron and Sheena then moved into the Écurie, for a lavish yet intimate reception meal with their friends and an appropriate toast of the Château’s own Grand Cru Rose wine. After cutting their cake – a chocolate gateau covered in a Chantilly cream icing – the couple fed each other ‘Tart au praline’ – a delicious specialty of the region. Unbeknownst to the happy couple, their family and closest friends had contacted the Château beforehand, to offer their congratulations and loving wishes. Lucy, the Château’s dedicated wedding planner, transferred these messages to handmade labels and tied these with coloured ribbons onto a wishing tree…adding a further surprise to their day!

To end the celebrations, Sheena changed into her Asian wedding dress, which she wore on her wedding day, before joining Aaron to dance under the candle lit lanterns that Lucy had arranged for them. Finally, after a night’s stay in the Château’s bridal suite, they were awakened with yet another personal touch – a champagne breakfast complete with croissants from the local artisan bakery.


Photography: Belle Momenti Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Chateaus des Buis, France

Lake Garda Wedding at Malcesine Castle by Belle Momenti Photography

There are a few things I love to dream about, and one right up there is a romantic trip to the northern Italy. So when I saw this Lake Garda beauty captured by Belle Momenti Photography, I just had to have it. It has everything I love about Italy and more…the mediterranean blue waters, the quaint sweeping countryside and winding cobblestone streets in the prettiest ancient towns. A sojourn in beautiful Italy, honestly what could be more romantic? Well, how about a destination wedding in Italy in a medieval castle overlooking stunning Lake Garda – now THAT’S what I call romantic! 

From the photographer: Weddings don’t really get much more romantic than this… Situated at the edge of the stunningly-beautiful Lake Garda, in a pretty medieval town called Malcesine, the setting for this gorgeous wedding ceremony was on top of a fairytale castle (built around 568 AD) that overlooked both the town and lake. On the castle terrace, in the glorious afternoon sunshine, Lisa and Mike exchanged their wedding vows, with the turquoise-coloured lake as the perfect backdrop. After having their photographs taken in and around the castle grounds, Lisa and Mike made their way through the cooling maze of narrow, winding streets down to a small piazza where their family and friends were waiting to greet them! Their reception was held in an exclusive restaurant, nestled in between olive trees and with a dining room with a view…overlooking the beautiful lake.

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Photography: Belle Momenti Photography /Event Planner: EuropeWedding, LM Weddings / Event Venue: Malcesine Castle Italy / Restaurant: Vecchia Malcesine Ristorante / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

English Summer Wedding by Belle Momenti Photography

Let’s take a little trip to the UK to enjoy this lovely English Summer wedding by Belle Momenti Photography. Set in a beautiful old mansion in Luton, Bedforshire it features all the traditional details and vintage charms you would expect from an English country affair. With mauve and white flowers, elegant dining tables, twinkling chandeliers, and lush green gardens it’s no wonder we fell in love with this classic beauty.

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Photography: Belle Momenti Photography / Reception Venue:  Luton Hoo Hotel Golf & Spa / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Lake Como Italy Destination Wedding by Belle Momenti Photography

Ciao Bella’s!  Be prepared to be swept up in an Italian romance with this stunning destination wedding overlooking Lake Como in Italy from Belle Momenti Photography. The entire wedding day embodies a relaxed, romantic Italian day with stunning lake views, a simple yet elegant colour scheme of classic ivory and coral, and an Italian feast fit for a King! So many couples dream of a romantic destination wedding in Italy for their special day, and this lovely pair were lucky enough to fulfill that dream and create an amazing atmosphere their guests they’ll cherish forever.

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We asked lovely bride Julie to share with us:

Did your wedding include any personalised details? 

We had our invitations designed as a passport which enabled us to include a lot of great details including a ‘Learn Italian’ section and RSVP’s in a luggage tag design!  On the day, the groomsmen all wore handmade suits which were personalised with their name and Lake Como 2011. We also made sure to include the guests in our day by asking each of them to request a song as part of their RSVP. All the songs were played at some point throughout the day and it worked really well. 

What challenges did you experience planning a wedding in Italy?

There were small problems mostly due to the language barrier but calling on the phone rather than emailing, usually resolved that! We also decided to use a wedding planner – originally to help with the paper work requirements to wed abroad – but they were extremely helpful in all aspects of planning the day from the location and venues, photographer and flowers, and all the ceremony and reception details.

What were your favorite moments?

During the wedding breakfast and the boat trip we were able to really sit back and take it all in as well as watch everyone else enjoy the day. Everyone always says your wedding day will fly by. It really does! So I’m really glad we were able to absorb it all and remember such great memories from those moments.

How would you sum up your wedding day?

We had the most amazing wedding day. We were very lucky to have so many of our friends and family with us to share our special day and becuase of this we wanted to make it a unique experience for everyone who attended. From the traditional Italian food (which blew us away), to the beautiful scenery and amazing boat trip, I hope we achieved our goal!

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Thank you Julie and congratulations on an amazing wedding day! Thanks also to Belle Momenti for beautifully capturing the essence of the day!

Photographers: Belle Momenti Photography / Reception Venue:  Villa Cipressi / Submitted via Two Bright Lights