Happy St. Patty’s Day!!! (Wedding Theme)

For all you 1) March brides, 2) Celts, and especially, 3) Irish, here’s an elegant St. Patrick’s Day wedding theme just for you!

Wildcard Wednesday: The Surprise Wedding

Ladies and gentlemen, the fella pictured above, Ryan Leak is positively AMAZING!!! Why is that you may ask?? Because he not only proposed to his girlfriend, but married her–all on the same day!!! It was always Amanda Leak’s dream to … Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Seafood Bar

Menu: a splurge item, but easy to serve. Make a small scale version of this Seafood Boat Buffet. You can find La Mer tiered trays at restaurant supply stores, DIY ice bowls (find instructions on martha stewart) or an old galvanized tub or buckets.

To conclude our Seaside theme this week, I had to give you this delectable, edible idea: a seafood bar! Buffet, bar, table, whatever you call it, if you love seafood as much as I do (which is A LOT), then you will understand why this idea is so fab!

TIP: Have non-seafood options for your guest because for some wholly unfortunate reason, an unfair amount of people seem to have seafood allergies. We don’t need any ill-happenings on your special day. *wink, wink*

A Seafood Bar is a great way to stay consistent with your wedding’s theme without forcing those who are either allergic to or merely don’t like seafood to eat it.

TIP: If you insist on having seafood as a part of your main dish, make sure to include the menu in your formal invitation and provide at least one non-food option for those not inclined to this fishy food.

Shrimp and lobster, pastas and rolls, fillets and more will provide your guests a wonderful spread to choose from!

TIP: Make sure to choose to seafood selections that can be placed on ice like those pictured. If you want fillets and other main dishes, stick to keeping those as part of the formal sit-down dinner.

When serving seafood, one must be careful, but when done right, it’s a wonderful choice!

Pin this Seafood Bar!

Source: The Ballroom at Cortlandt Colonial

Mood Board Monday: A Seaside Theme

Who doesn’t love a good seaside wedding theme? Especially when it’s one as grand and lovely as this one rendering by mini Moko! They are actually a designer stationery brand, but how do you not love this fabulous theme board they’ve created for our Mood Board Monday? Whether in San Diego or the Hamptons, near the coast of the Carolinas or bordering one of the Great lakes, in Cancun or the Riviera, a seaside wedding is ALWAYS a good idea.

Unless there’s a hurricane or tsunami, then it’s a really bad idea.

But we’re praying your wedding will go perfectly without any of that fickle weather nonsense. *wink*

See the original post along with sources on the mini Moko!

Wildcard Wednesday: Love in the South of France

Check out this guest post by destination photographer, Neli Prahova of Neli Prahova Photography! Learn about this fabulous wedding venue in the South of France! Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in St. Jean Cap Ferrat between Nice and Monaco is one of the ultimate luxury wedding venues … Continue reading

The Wedding of Your Dreams

It’s Day 9 of DA Weddings’ March Guest Blog Campaign and we’re introducing you to Raffaella Alflatt of Wed in Italy Limited! Tweet about this using this hashtage: #daweddingsmgbc  What is the wedding of YOUR dreams? Maybe it’s a blow-out … Continue reading

Falling in Love with the Amalfi Coast

It’s Day 4 and the second week of DA Weddings’ March Guest Blog Campaign! Enjoy as Neli Prahova of Neli Prahova Photography takes us to Italy’s Amalfi Coast! And don’t forget your Twitter hashtag: #daweddingsmgbc.

Amazing seafood, incredible pizzas, limoncello liquor and buffalo mozzarella—these are often among the charms of Italy. But when you add romantic little streets, Italy becomes the appealing place not only for tourists, but for couples choosing to get married abroad in a destination wedding in Italy.


Sunshine, stunning ocean view vistas, and the eternal blue sky are among the right ingredients for a perfect wedding day. And nowhere are the oceans views more stunning than in Amalfi Coast.


Amalfi Coast is something you have to see and experience yourself. The breath-taking main square of the town of Amalfi is an idyllic setting for creative wedding photography. The amazing cathedral dominates the entire town with its imposing stairs and panoramic views. Everywhere you turn there is an impossibly blue sea.


The nearby enchanting Isle of Capri is only a boat ride away and is also famous for a destination wedding in Italy. However, Positano is the heart of the Amalfi Coast. The town is surrounded by magnificent coastline, white Moorish-style houses cling to the flowering cliffs. Everywhere you look there are bright bursts of purple and red bougainvillea flowers.


And Positano is where this beautiful young Japanese couple decided to celebrate their wedding among close family. The couple contacted me via Rieko who is the Director and Wedding Planner in Italy of the Le Maestro wedding planning agency. Based in Tuscany, Rieko is a master in organizing destination weddings all over Italy, France and UK. I have already worked with Rieko as a wedding photographer in Cotswold for one of her clients who got married in the U.K. and I was thrilled to be commissioned the wedding photograph in Italy for another client.


Most Japanese couples getting married in Italy have only civil ceremonies; however, this couple was Catholic so there was a civil ceremony as well as a church ceremony. The civil service ceremony took place in Positano City Hall which is perched high above the town and provides a stunning view of the Italian coastline. The ceremony was conducted on a small balcony with an aromatic sea view which was the perfect location for some wedding photography with Positano’s colourful houses in the background.


The church ceremony took place thereafter at The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta which is one of the finest churches on the Amalfi Coast.


Following the beautiful intimate Catholic ceremony the couple and the family got some exquisite canapés and champagne at Hotel MURAT. In the centre of Positano, tucked away in a botanical garden, hidden among tiny, sunny roads full of flowers this hotel used to be an eighteenth century palace. And what a location the wedding planner has chosen–the beautiful botanic garden was directly facing the doom of the Cathedral which was a perfect backdrop for some beautiful wedding photography in Positano. 


Following the cutting of the cake, the newlywed couple, myself and the Japanese stylist embarked on an hour-long adventure of wedding photography on the cute little cobbled streets of Positano.


For couples getting married in Italy, this is a very romantic place. For wedding photographers Italy is the Mecca for a destination wedding photography. However, when the wedding takes place in the middle of the day in a busy touristic town like Positano, it’s not always so easy to get those romantic photos that one captures when photographing a wedding at a venue exclusively rented by the couple. So often it makes sense to just incorporate the hustle and bustle of the streets as part of the photos.


The fact that the wedding was right in the middle of the day meant harsh direct sun, but the positive side was that the square in front of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta in the centre of Positano was pretty empty and allowed for the lovely wide angle photo of the couple and the church. However my favourite photos are the ones on the bright red wall. I believe it turns the photos into this creative wedding photography with a touch of glamour. I was certainly flattered when the wedding planner told me that the couple was so pleased with the photos that they asked their Japanese wedding photographer who photographed their wedding back in Japan to recreate some of the photos from my wedding photography in Amalfi coast. 


It is always a privilege to be chosen as a wedding photographer for the couple’s wedding, but I really feel honoured when a couple requests my services as a destination wedding photographer. And you can’t ask for more when you do a destination wedding photography in Amalfi Coast Italy–one of the most romantic places to marry abroad.


About the Author

Neli is a destination wedding photographer based in London. Having trained in New York as a wedding photographer, she has a contemporary wedding photography style that combines unobtrusive photojournalistic approach and modern portraiture with a touch of fashion glamour. She aims to portray the wedding day as it is unfolds—romantic and fun in every way. Neli has photographed destination weddings in the U.S. and Europe including Italy, South of France, Monaco, Portugal, Greece, and Cyprus, bringing her professional approach to venues both grand and intimate. Besides English, she is fluent in Russian and Spanish. You can view her portfolio at www.NeliPrahova.com

WANTED: Annual March Guest Blog Campaign Participants

March Guest Blog Campaign Collage_2013

That’s right, it’s that time again! I’m looking for wedding industry professionals to participate in DA Weddings second Annual March Guest Blog Campaign! Last year we had various pros from across the US, the UK, Canada, and France and this year we want YOU!

Who Can Participate??

  • Wedding Planners & Coordinators
  • Wedding & Food Stylists
  • Wedding Photographers & Videographers
  • Caterers & Bakers
  • Florists & Floral Designers
  • Gown & Accessory Designers, Ateliers, Boutiques, etc.
  • Calligraphers & Stationers
  • Luxury Transportation Reps
  • Wedding Bloggers
  • Ceremony, Reception, and Honeymoon Destinations & Venues
  • Wedding Registries
  • Hair & Make-Up Stylists
  • Wedding Budget & Finance Gurus
  • DJs, Musicians & Bands

Anyone in the industry is welcome as long as they can provide the details that will be mentioned below.

What Are You Looking For??

I’m looking for a short and sweet post that will be beneficial to brides and their grooms-to-be planning their weddings and even for those who take part in the wedding industry. (Note: DA Weddings only focuses on traditional weddings a.k.a weddings that involve one bride and one groom.) This is a great way to show readers what your particular company, entity, etc. does, but PLEASE don’t make it an ad or press release.

All posts that read like a mere advertisement will be refused.

Peruse through my blog to get a feel for the type of content. I also recommend doing a “March Guest Blog Campaign” word search (search option available at the bottom of my blog homepage) to glance at last year’s campaign posts.

I reserve to right to refuse any and all submissions that are not a good fit for DA Weddings without explanation.

Post Details

  • 300-500 Words
  • At least relevant HIGH QUALITY pictures to accompany your post
  • A short bio about you and or your company hyperlinked with your contact information
  • A portrait of yourself to run alongside the bio
  • The following details to be included in DA WeddingsWedding Vendor Index:
    • Your Name
    • Your Title
    • Company Name (hyperlinked with your company website or blog)
    • Street Address if Relevant
    • City, State, and Zip (zip or related only if relevant)
    • Contact Email
    • Facebook Page link (hyperlinked)
    • Contact Phone Number
    • Twitter Handle (hyperlinked)


Make all submissions to desiree@desireemmondesir.com.

Submission Deadline

The deadline for all submissions is February 15th, 11:59 pm EST. NO EXCEPTIONS unless prior communication is made and an agreeable other deadline is agreed upon.

How It Will Work

Monday-Friday of every week in March will be filled with your posts. The posts will be mixed up so that there will be a good variety for the readers. I will edit if necessary and upload all of the items to my blog. Your company information will remain in the Wedding Vendor Index until further notice.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to email me at desiree@desireemmondesir.com anytime!

Benefits of Participation

This was not only a wonderful, FREE marketing opportunity for all parties involved, but it is also a wonderful networking opportunity as well as a great way to learn about the specifics of each others’ particular wedding-related crafts.

I encourage you to “like” and comment on each other’s posts as well as to share them all on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, Tumblr, and whatever other social media platforms you utilize.

Space allowing, industry professionals are welcome to submit more than one guest post.

If you’re not a writer, do the best you can and the rest I’ll take care of. I also run my own virtual writing and editing company so you need not worry.

I look forward to hearing from you all soon!


Desiree, xx

Weddings & Honeymoons in the South of France

After another successful holiday season in 2011 hosting many holiday guests and our very first Wedding at Mas de Puech, we have now launched our new Weddings and Honeymoons service here in the South of France for 2012. We would … Continue reading

DA Weddings’ Picks: Pinterest

I saw this poster today and I knew immediately that I had blog about Pinterst today!  Pinterest is an electronic pin board and, I must admit, I am totally, wholeheartedly, 100% addicted to it!  But why would I choose this … Continue reading