by: Sammantha

Happy Friday! I hope you all are having as fabulous a day so far as I am mostly because I have so been looking forward to sharing some absolutely amazing photos with you from the always wonderful Gian Carlo Photography!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Fortunately, I am a very organized person, so planning our wedding was actually lots of fun. I do recommend keeping all your vendors info and contracts in files and take them everywhere you go!!  My husband and father were also really helpful during the entire process and day of coordinator made it easy to relax on the big day.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

Obviously price is always a factor, but to me a lot was to do with how comfortable you feel with people that are complete strangers being part of the most important day of your life. Our venue was a no brainer. Bella Collina is like being back in Italy. Just perfect.  I liked Vangie (day of co-ordinater) immediately as she reminded me of myself!  I had immediate chemistry with our photographer Gian Carlo too. He just “got” us.  I also liked the fact he didn’t seem like lots of other photographers…he was different (like us).  His photos were amazing and we found a friend too.  Rick Huff did and amazing job with video and Gary White was a cool DJ. Again, just people we liked and felt comfortable with.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

We wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities. We love to laugh and have fun, so a magician during cocktail hour was a must. We also had a photo booth and caricature artist for our guests during dinner/dancing time. Our theme was simple, elegant but with our funny twists, so our favorite film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang  was featured in some aspects of the day.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

My husband and I are British, so most of our family and friends are overseas. It was lovely that so many of them made the trip over and had a great time, but ultimately the best part was marrying my best friend and becoming Mrs. Stray!

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Be organized, think ahead, but as many other brides told me (and they are sooooo right) don’t worry about small things and enjoy your day as it will go by so quickly.

I absolutely love her advice! And she is so right- at the end of the day, you will have married the most amazing person in your life and no matter how many of the little things go array, you will be the new Mrs! So be excited, not nervous! And my little two cents: hire a wedding coordinator! It is one thing I definitely did right :)

How many of you ladies out there have a planner or coordinator? Why (or why not) did you decide to hire one?

Cheers!
Samm

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Gian Carlo Photography / Flowers & Decor: Blossoms- Arrangements of Distinction / Reception Venue: Bella Collina
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Sammantha

Owner + Cinematographer at Imprint Cinema
Samm is the co-owner of Imprint Cinema with her husband Alex, who she married a little over a year ago. She loves everything about weddings- from what she does (filmmaking), to the details... and especially the little sparkles :)
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  1. Nicole Morse

    I love the sparkler kiss! Giancarlo is simply amazing.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Nicole

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  3. Liane

    Gian Carlo Photography does an outstanding job in capturing the day in a very personal and artistic manner.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Liane

  4. Bellenza Wedding Bistro

    Such fun ways to incorporate personal details (like the couple’s British heritage). And the lily bouquets are so regal and elegant!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Bellenza

  5. Mariana Eastham

    Simply wonderful. Gian Carlo Photography is a collection of snapshots that moves you. <3

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Mariana

  6. Rebekah Miller

    Beautiful pictures captured by Gian Carlo Photograhy. I love the detail and thought put into each shot.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Rebekah

  7. Michelle Jones

    Strings Etc. provided the live music for the ceremony and cocktail hour. We were so happy that Gian Carlo captured the look and feel of the entire day from start to finish!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Michelle, your beautiful music was very inspirational that day

  8. Minelly & Michelle Villarreal

    Amazing… Great Story Teller… Unforgettable… Joy… Tears… Memories… Work…
    His work gives a completely new meaning to, “A picture says 1000 words”
    Gian Carlo is an incredible and talented photographer. For our wedding he was able to capture every moment, every detail of it… Through his work we not only do we relive the joy but see every person’s emotion of our union. A thousand words can’t describe how that feels….
    Thank you Gian Carlo for making our day the most amazing story ever told!!!!
    We love you and God Bless!!!!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Michelle

  9. Jaya

    I see your pics all the time and everytime, it’s like I am seeing it for the first time. They are soooo good. I keep looking at them.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you my super beautiful wife, without you non of these would be possible

  10. Yvette LeBron

    Gian Carlo Photography always does an amazing job capturing those special moments as creative as possible. These photos are beautiful.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Yvette

  11. Mary

    Seriously amazing work GC!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Mary, I am excited to be working with you

  12. Holly Kahn

    Gian Carlo is a gifted photographer who covers a variety of weddings. There is always something new and
    different to be seen in each of his images. He is able to capture the smallest moment so
    entirely that you can completely feel the emotion between the couple. Gian Carlo has true talent! I love looking through his different photos and look forward to each new one he shares with the world!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Holly

  13. Patrick Kahn

    Gian Carlo is truly a superb photographer. I have worked with him on numerous occasions as I am founder of Snap! Orlando Photography Festival and work closely with talent from around the world. Gian Carlo has fresh energy, an excellent eye and is able to capture the true essence/inner-self of each person through his lense. Not only is he gifted, but he is very professional, works in a timely manner and is a pure joy to be in presence of. I highly recommend him for any projects, as he not only shoots beautiful weddings, but also social gatherings. Gian Carlo has the amazing talent of catching light and love…

    • Gian Carlo

      Thanks Patrick looking forward to Snap Orlando this year.

  14. Jenny Satin

    Gian’s work continues to amaze me. He has such an attention to detail that is unparalleled. Not only is it a pleasure to work with him, but it is a pleasure to know him as well.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Jenny

  15. ofelia

    Me encantan estas fotos Son muy especiales y significativas, se siente el estado de animo, el entusiasmo y el amor. Hay una que parece decir “espero que este amor dure para siempre” Una gran memoria de cada pequeno detalle de la boda, que con el tiempo se pueden olvidar y una buena foto nos ayuda conservar esa memoria por siempre.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Ofelia

  16. Kristina Juarbe

    Love these images!! GC is amazing!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Kristina

  17. Jackelyn StylistMua

    WOW!!!!! Words cannot Describe how elegant, and beautiful these images are. The details you captured — every special moment in this wedding. AMAZING GIAN!!!!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Jackelyn

  18. Mike Wacht Photo

    I almost feel like I was there. The photography is absolutely amazing, and did a fantastic job at capturing all the other magical details of what appears to be a most spectacular wedding. In the spirit of full disclosure, Gian Carlo photographed both my weddings (elopement and ceremony) to the most amazing woman in the world. I agree that he “gets” is clients, mostly because he spends time asking and REALLY listening to them. He also sees like a photographer and rarely misses a detail or a moment.

    Great blog article full of good advice, too. Wish I’d read it a year and a half ago. :-)

    • Gian Carlo

      Thanks Mike

  19. Kara Robinson Photography

    Gian’s perspective is killer!! Loved seeing these photos. Congratulations on your special day. What an awesome moment in time, captured beautifully!

    • Gian Carlo

      thanks Kara

  20. Priya Patel

    Beautiful couple and wedding, amazing photography!!! Spectacular work Gian!

    • Gian Carlo

      super cool Priya, thank you so much dear

  21. Val Melo

    I love it! The pictures definitely set the mood. I love all the contrasts with textures, the pearls with the white concrete background, the white shoes and dark wood, the delicate white feathers with the cold jewelry set up on top. Great work Gian Carlo!!!! The picture of them kissing in the tall grass is my fav! So sweet. Beautiful wedding, congratulations!

  22. Val Melo

    I love it! The pictures definitely set the mood. I love all the contrasts with textures, the pearls with the white concrete background, the white shoes and dark wood, the delicate white feathers with the cold jewelry set up on top. Great work Gian Carlo!!!! The picture of them kissing in the tall grass is my fav! So sweet. Beautiful wedding, congratulations!

    • Gian Carlo

      thank you so much Val, that was beautifully put.

  23. sindy

    Gian its the best! I LOVE LOVE working with him (as a client) he makes so feel so pretty and directs you so well. He also is super patience and extremelly talented :)

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Sindy! that means sooo much to me.

  24. thuyvi

    I loved seeing all the ways the details are composed and captured by Gian. So beautiful.

  25. thuyvi

    I loved seeing all the ways the details are composed and captured by Gian. So beautiful.

  26. thuyvi

    I loved seeing all the ways the details are composed and captured by Gian. So beautiful.

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Thuyvi

  27. Chalette Michelle

    Gian Carlo brings unparalleled beauty and emotion to every shot. I’ve worked with him for over five years and he has never let me down. He will take something as ordinary as a cup and saucer and make it come to life through his photography. His body of work speaks volumes to his level of skill and expertise. He is is truly a master of his craft and I look forward to working with him for many years to come!

  28. Chalette Michelle

    Gian Carlo brings unparalleled beauty and emotion to every shot. I’ve worked with him for over five years and he has never let me down. He will take something as ordinary as a cup and saucer and make it come to life through his photography. His body of work speaks volumes to his level of skill and expertise. He is is truly a master of his craft and I look forward to working with him for many years to come!

    • Gian Carlo

      Thank you Chalette, you are kind and I too look forward to the future working with great people like yourself

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  30. Lollylane

    I love the chairs were they hired or purchased? I would love to have them at my wedding!

  31. louise stray (a Bride)

    Gian Carlo was amazing! I just stumbled upon this now, after almost 3 years. Every time I look at these photos, I re-live those moments. Such a perfect day (and husband) and thanks to GC’s eye, I will have those moments forever. xx

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