Stella & Efrain’s Beautiful & Intimate Wedding Shoot in Venice, Italy
My love story began in early 2016 when I met Efrain, and just 17 months later we were engaged. After the pandemic and some traveling, we decided that Venice, Italy, the most romantic city in the world, was the perfect destination for us to jet off to and elope. In the fall of 2022, we remotely planned our dream wedding in less than 4 weeks while being over 5000 miles away.
Making the Vision Come True
We emailed St. Regis our inspiration and aesthetic for our wedding, including photos for my hair, makeup, flowers and boutonnière, and they helped make our vision come to life while meeting every detail with meticulous attention and seamless ease in record time. St. Regis also helped us find our photographers who then connected us to our marriage celebrant.
The beautiful ceremony took place in the elegant interiors of the presidential suite of the St. Regis Venice. Lit by soft candlelight, we exchanged our hand-written vows in front of the large window overlooking the breathtaking views of the entrance to Venice’s Grand Canal, from the Bacino San Marco to San Giorgio Maggiore Island, and of the architectural charm across the waterway.
Dinner on the Outdoor Terrace of St. Regis
After our ceremony, we enjoyed a champagne toast in the Arts Bar at St. Regis followed by dinner in the outdoor terrace restaurant. Efrain surprised me with a private violinist playing the most romantic music while we enjoyed delicious Venetian dishes and sipped on local wines and cocktails.
My Bridal Corset
My bridal corset was a labor of love. I started designing and making it in the summer of 2019 and finished in early 2020. I spent about 7 months in total due to all of the hand beading. I began with an elegant color palette of white and rose gold because I wanted a romantic accent color, that effortlessly would go hand in hand with both bridal gowns and groom attire, and that would work well in all seasons, as we didn’t have a wedding date in mind when I started the design process. My inspiration was to design a statement piece that was a reflection of my style and personality while making it timeless, unique, and classy with feminine elegance. My corset accentuated the hourglass figure and made me feel my most confident. I truly felt like the most beautiful bride in my corset.
Efrain knew the color palette but didn’t see any details of my corset, skirt, or accessories ahead of time. He chose a white suit with a rose gold button-down. His linen suit and my bridal ensemble matched effortlessly, which made the “first look” even more special between the two of us.
Our enchanting and unforgettable wedding celebration came together so beautifully and represented us as a couple. We did everything just the way we wanted and on our own timeline. It was relaxed, intimate, and truly special.
Photography: @luciatentor @luca_cadamuro @thewhiteday
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