Inspired by Our Brides |Italy Destination Wedding Invitations

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Yes, we are officially in the middle of winter, but instead of dwelling on the cold weather, thick sweaters, muddy boots, and itchy scarves, I like to think of January and February as Wedding Inspiration Season. Right now, couples are in the thick of gathering unique, stylish ideas from all across the world of weddings to incorporate into their own lovely affairs, so I’ve been saving up a whole box full of wedding tidbits that I’ve gathered from our trend-setting 2010 couples to share with all of you gorgeous and creative brides in 2011.

Our first feature comes once again from the lovely Miss Katie and the fair Mr. Alistair who put together one of our favorite destination weddings to date – an intimate destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy. The stationary they created was nothing short of drool-worthy – do you remember the cloth Save the Dates they sent? Well, these two had a lot to live up to after that and they definitely succeeded! I always like to ask our couples to send us an invitation so that we can feel uber special and so that we can photograph it, and Alistair and Katie’s invitation was something out of a dream.

The invite came in a box with our own personalized card…

Wrapped in string…

And put together with the utmost of care. So amazing!

Katie is so good at tying these four part bows. I still can’t figure them out!

The design and watermarking thingys (this is why I’m not a stationary designer) went perfectly with their vineyard wedding underneath a grouping of trees and surrounded by olive groves.

Alistair and Katie held the wedding just outside of Lucca, their favorite town in Italy and where they lived for a year and fell in love.

These two did such a great job of introducing the wedding location to their guests. When it comes to throwing a destination wedding, it’s all about intimate celebration and making your guests feel right at home in a new and possibly strange place. Katie showered everyone with gifts, maps, local guides, snacks, and parties. She was the ultimate hostess!

Katie and Alistair grew up in Scotland and now live in London, so we love receiving packages from them. I get such a kick out of it!

I’ll be back with more tidbits from my box of inspiration goodies, so keep your eyes peeled for more over the next few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve got an engagement session on rowboats and a New Year’s Eve wedding to feature. Can’t wait!

Be Inspired,



Hi there! We’re Jeff and Erin Youngren, a hubby and wifey wedding photography team in San Diego. We shoot together. We travel together. We dream together. And we believe the best thing to hold onto in life is each other (+ a great glass of wine…)


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