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An Oceanfront Peruvian-Style Destination Wedding

beautiful wedding on the beach

Credits: Photographer Lara Momentos

A couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to be part of an amazing wedding celebration nearby Lima. The venue of the event is one of the best we have ever seen in Lima area. It is a beautiful Roman Empire style house located on a rock in front of the Pacific Ocean, few kilometer south of Lima city. The ceremony area was basically a cliff on the Pacific Ocean and all you have in front of you was the immensity of the sea. We loved so much the atmosphere of this event we planned, we were totally merged in a special setting rounded by the Ocean breeze! Guests were deeply amazed by the view and the outstanding details of the wedding event. 

wedding with peruvian style

reception wedding front the beach

We know that for many destination weddings guests coming to Peru from abroad have high expectations on the event and the trip abroad. They are excited for the wedding event itself plus they have a big curiosity of learning more about the Peruvian culture and meeting local people. That’s exactly what happened during this event, a lot of good energy and vibes coming from the guests who really wanted to have fun in a traditional Peruvian style setting.

peruvian reception decoration with colourful style

beautiful folklore decoration for wedding

Bride and groom opted for Peruvian decorations, in the traditional vibrant colors: yellow, red, blue, green, pink and purple. We included colorful fabrics for the buffet table, the dessert table and the cheese table, colorful flowers in high vases as centerpieces, Peruvian red, orange and yellow aji peppers and native potatoes bouquets as flower decorations, cascading pompoms inside the reception tent, little llama as table nametags and Peruvian fabric embraided tote bags as wedding favors in perfect Peruvian style. So, every elements of the decoration was perfectly in line with the main theme of the event: a Peruvian style destination wedding!

sweet table peruvian decoration

peruvian food for weddings

The food was also in line with the theme: little “tamales”, baked potatoes with “ocopa” sauce, steamed rice with corn and parsley, “aji de gallina”, “lomo saltado” among other traditional dishes. The perfect celebration of Peruvian traditional “criolla” cuisine!

wedding cake based on turron and elegant world cake

Bride and groom also wanted to include a very special cake, a part from their three-tier classic wedding cake. They decided to have a two-tier “turron de Doña Pepa” cake, which is a sweet traditionally eaten in October, the month of the “Señor de los Milagros”, a holiday month in Peru. This delicious sweet is made of anise cookie bars and a sticky delicious syrup and topped with candy sprinkles. It is an explosion of tastes, highly addictive…I can swear! 😀

picarones services on wedding with colourful wedding style

It was such a privilege for us to be part of such an amazing celebration and we loved all the planning process, since we felt that we put together a perfect Peruvian traditional wedding with a very special modern touch.

In Decorations/ Flowers/ Wedding Trends

The Importance of Flower Decorations for Outdoor Weddings

flowers decorations

Flowers decorations are key for outdoor wedding celebrations, they bring that bucolic touch to the event bride and groom are looking for. If you are planning an outdoor wedding you want to get married in an open space, in the middle of nature, in a beautiful garden with trees all around, in the middle of a valley with the Peruvian Andes as background or on the beach with the Pacific Ocean at the back. But in few words, what is important to you is: to be rounded by nature!
beautiful skyview for weddings

Lately we organized a charming outdoor destination wedding in Lima, in a beautiful villa on the top of a hill where you could appreciate Lima’s skyline! The event was not properly in the middle of nowhere or into the wildest nature ever, but we tried to recreate the bucolic atmosphere with flower decorations. We know that nothing is impossibile when it comes to bride and groom’s wishes! 🙂

flower decotations for outdoor weddings

So we tried to incorporate in the decoration several flowers elements, such as swing decorations, little flore arrangements for the ceremony path, and we also include a tree decoration for the cheese table. The atmosphere was really magic, a real fairy tale.

flowers decorations for ceremony

For the ceremony we used swing decorations, three big flower arrangements and several white babiesbreath arrangements for the path to the ceremony.

cheese table decoration

The imponent tree decoration was set right in the middle of the cheese table, rounded by bread rolls, olives, dry and fresh fruit and obviously many different kind of delicious cheese.

sweet table decorations for wedding

For the dessert table we use a huge flower arrangements on the green tones. We placed right behind the wedding cake. It looked amazing! The cake was a naked ones with red berries and topped with one of the cutest cake topper we have ever seen. The little sweets placed all around were the perfect complements for the beautiful flower arrangements.

bar decorations with wood and flowers

Where we could not use flowers we decided to use wooden elements, such as for the bar and the beers station. Foliage, flowers and wood were the main carachters for this wedding event.

reception table decoration for wedding

The reception table was a long squared table for about 30-35 people, with a long flower arrangement on the white and green tones. Actually the mise en place of the table was really simple but the main character was the flower arrangement for sure. We rounded the reception table with swing flower decorations, to complete the natural feeling of the area.

fun with weddings

The beautiful swimming pool also helped us including another nature element: water. Obviously at the end of the part bride, groom and guests jumped into the pool. It was a lot of fun!

This wedding really helped us understanding that nothing is impossible when it comes to wedding events, and that the importance of flowers decorations is really undisputed. We loved playing with flowers and wooden elements to recreate the atmosphere bride and groom were looking for.

In Decorations/ entertainment/ Wedding Trends

Five Welcome Table Ideas

Welcome Table Ideas

The most challenging issue for modern bride and groom is to have some original and special element in their wedding. Originality and brand new ideas are valuable when it comes to wedding celebrations. Never forget that! Welcome table is a very important decoration element for your event, considering that it is the first decoration your guests will bump in when they enter the reception area after the ceremony and we can say that it’s the first impression they get of your wedding. So be very careful about the items, such as tablecloths, frames, letters, flowers you place on it and the color palette you use, that obviously need to stay in line with your color palette.

Here I will give you few tips and suggestions to have a unique and creative welcome table for your special day:

guest book instrumentsCredits: Photography by Christina Ahlheim

1. If you are deeply attached to some items, a box, a musical instrument if you are both musicians for example, you can definitley make this object your guestbook. Your guests can sign the item, write their best wishes and dedicate you some nice words. This is a customized option and you will definitely have a valuable memories of your special day.

wooden heart-shaped pieces – guest bookCredits: aLovelyDetailCo

2. Another nice idea is to have a frame filled with little wooden heart-shaped pieces. Your guests can sign one of the little heart and perhaps include a little inscription for you and place it inside the frame. This is an original idea, ideal for rustic wedding, where wood is the main decoration element. This is actually a more romantic idea compared with the first one I gave you above, once you have this frame you can hang it up on the wall of your newl-weds home.

Jenga blocks as guest bookCredits: Photography by Christina Ahlheim

3. Another funny idea is to use Jenga blocks, so that your guests can sign a block and place it on top of the structure. Try to choose a jenga with clear blocks, this way would be easier for your guests to write on them. If you use a colourful jenga provide sharpies of different colors (clear and dark colors).

puzzle guest book

4. Another creative idea is to create a puzzle out of a nice photo of you both. Your guests could sign a piece and try to assemble the pieces of the puzzle to reach the goal of having a portrait of you. This way you will have a personalized puzzle for the rest of your life, it will be a very nice memory of your wedding celebration.

guest book polaroid

5. A very creative idea is to place on your welcome table a guestbook that your wedding guests can sign it, but a part of the classic inscription, you can put a polaroid camara and adhesive tape at the side of the book, so that your guests can take an instant picture of them (like a selfie or any other funny pic), stick it on the guestbook and write something for you. This is basically a modern version of the traditional guestbook. Also, another suggestion I have is that you can have one or two strings between two trees or poles where your guests can hang up the funniest pictures of the event. This way you will definitly have funny memories of your wedding!

 

 

 

 

In Decorations/ Save The Date/ Wedding Trends

Tips For an Outdoor Wedding Celebration

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What are the key elements that we cannot miss for an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception? After planning and designing weddings I always take a moment to reflect and think about my job, what I could have done better and what I actually did pretty well. So, after designing several outdoor wedding celebrations I came out with a list of must-have items for a beautiful and memorable outdoor reception!

outdoor reception

Here a list of things that you should not forget to include during your outdoor wedding reception planning process:

  • Lighting: Is there anything must valuable and important than lighting for an outdoor reception? My answer is NOOOO! It is essential to have your lighting well put in place for the dining area, the dancefloor, the cake table and the bar. If you get married at sunset or right before that and the party will last until dawn it will be dark soon and you need to have your lighting well set and also a back-up plan in case something happens. A generator could be a solution to all your problems sometimes. So make sure you have a generator available in the venue.

wedding wirh lightning

  • Tent: this is actually optional in case you are hosting your wedding during summertime and you know it is not going to rain! In other words you really need to be unlucky to get the only rainy day in summer… but you never know, bad things happen…so I always suggest a tent. For other seasons I believe it is mandatory to have it. In summertime, you might consider to have a tent to provide some shade for your guests, in case of high temperature, you do not want to leave your guests under the sun. However you should always try to place your ceremony in a shaded area.

tent for outdoors weddings

  • Refreshment and water: If you are getting married in spring or summer time, it will probably be quite warm, so provide refreshments for your guests, especially men if they are required to wear a suit.
  • Umbrellas: Have a stash of umbrellas ready for your guests, in case of rainy day. You do not want them to get wet, especially if they have a wedding reception and party to attend.

Refreshment and water for weddingsCredits: Photographed by Snapmotive

  • Blankets: Have blankets available for your guests, in case of high humidity and low temperatures. This depends from the seasons. If you get married in spring, temperature would likely drops at night, so blankets are a must-have.
  • Plastic heels protectors: In case you are getting married on grass, just distribute heels protectors for your female guests.
  • Ice: If you are getting married during summertime, do not forget to have plenty of ice available for refreshments, some cold food, fruits and more.
  • Flowers: try to place your flower decorations just one hour before guests’ arrival, they could get ruined under the sun.

flowers decorations for outdoors weddings

  • Insects: call a professional company specialized in keep bugs away, do this 3-4 days before the event.
  • Place a basket with the following items in the bathroom could be useful for your wedding guests: Bug spray, flip flops of different sizes, Suntan lotion, first aid kit.

Wedding Bathroom BasketsCredits: Dulce Garden Party

So here my tips for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions! I hope they are useful for your wedding planning process.

In Decorations/ Save The Date/ Wedding Trends

How to Plan Your Wedding Without Flowers

decorations with out flowers

We all know that flowers are always related to wedding and to ceremonies in general, but I had brides and grooms that really were not into flowers. I am also not a big flowers fun, but I understand that in some occasions it is inevitable to use flower decorations. The majority of us thinks that weddings are one of those occasions, but it is not like this. If you do not want to use flowers, you should be creative and use other items to create visual effects. That is why today I want to give you some no-flower decoration ideas for your upcoming wedding celebration!

1. Candles: use candles as centerpieces, try to create a centerpiece with different sizes of candles, better if are of the same color or different tones of the same colors. For example, use five candles of different shades of green or blue. Always stick with your wedding colors palette. You can also use candelabrum or little clear glass vases, to give to your table an elegant touch.

candle for weddings inspirations

Credits: kylaza Nardi

2. Balloons: use plenty of balloons! I really love the effect of balloons, they create a bohemian and vintage effect if you select the right colors! Try to use pastel colors (light pink, light yellow, light red and blue) if your goal is to have a bohemian wedding celebration. The effect will be awesome! You can even create balloon backdrop or decorate a specific corner of the reception area with them.

effect of balloons for weddings

Credits: Boutique Balloons Melbourne

3. Origami/paper flowers: this is a real trend for 2018 wedding celebration. Use an origami centerpiece or create paper flowers to use as centerpiece! Paper decoration is a great option to use instead of real flowers. Once again, try to stick with your color palette, use different shade of the same color for origami. You can also create lines of origami secured with twine and hang them around the reception area.

origami-flowers decorations with paper for weddings

Credits: The Knot

4. Shells: if you are having a beach wedding, use shells as main decoration elements. For instance, you can create a nice centerpiece with shells of different sizes and colors combined with sand in a glass vase.

shells

Credits:  Wendy Alana Photography

5. Fruit & spices: you can also consider decorating your table with fresh and dry fruits or spices, you can use pine cones, pomegranates, grapefruit, lemon, berries, cinnamon stick, star anise…you really have many options here!

fruit

Credits: Brides

6. Pins: use pins instead of traditional boutonnieres for the groom and bestmen! This is really a trendy alternative to flower boutonnieres.

pins instead of traditional boutonnieres

Credits: Beautiful Blue Brides

7. Vegetable/Foliage bouquets: you can opt for a “veggie bouquet” for your wedding, use cabbage, kale, cauliflowers or use foliage, pine cones and berries. You can have a no flowers bouquet and still be chic, do not worry! 😊

Foliage bouquets

Credits: Deer Pearl Flowers

9. Succulents: other way to avoid flowers decoration is to use succulents, little plants used as centerpiece or accurately placed in specific corners of the wedding reception area. A part from the guests’ tables, use it to decorate the bar, the stage and of course the buffet table.

Succulents decorations

Credits: Deer Pearl Flowers

No flowers decoration elements are very versatile, and the good thing is that you can use elements that have a special meaning for you, they can let you remember specific situations of your love story or your life together as couple, there is more space for imagination and this way you can add a personal touch to your wedding celebration.

In Dance/ Save The Date/ Wedding Trends

The Flash Mob, a New Trend For 2018 Weddings

flash mod

The 2018 wedding season is open and we are starting collecting information on the new wedding trends! I noticed that the flash mob culture has extremely increased last year and bride, groom and their guests are starting to work on wedding flash mob all over the world. Yes, I used the word “work”, considering that this is something you need to prepare and rehearse several time before the wedding day. As wedding planner, I know that usually weddings are all about timing, there is a very specific schedule that must be followed in details. So I understand that introducing a flash mob would be unconventional for most of you. But this is not impossible, of course what you can do is calculating the timing, and preparing it very well before the wedding day.


credits: Primetime

It could be a bride organizing a flash mob to surprise his husband, or the other way around, or the family and friends who want to surprise the newlyweds. Generally there are bride and father of the bride flash mob, bride and bridesmaids or groom and bestmen flashmobs, etc. Sometimes also bride and groom want to do something different for their first dance and ask some enthusiastic guests to join them for a flash mob. What I know is that everything needs to be perfect! Putting together a wedding flash mob requires patience, time spending on preparation, at least a couple of months, and some athletic skills as well. The result would be a spectacular and unforgettable moment for you and your guests!

Here some tips I can give you on planning the perfect wedding flash mob:

– First of all you need to do an inspection to check your wedding reception venue. It is essential that you see the spaces, if the reception area is too small, check if there is a garden area outside. At some point of the celebration you can ask people to go out to see firework for instance, but once outside they will enjoy another kind of show for sure! 😀

flas mod with bride

– You need to choose the song. It is very important to choose a captivating melody! It could be a hit or a song that has a special meaning for you both. But nothing too romantic or too sophisticated, people must recognize immediately the song and most importantly have fun!

– Be committed to practice the choreography for at least a couple of months! You can starting by reviewing video tutorials and learn the steps, this is something all the people involved should do before practising all together. You can also produce your own instructional video, so that people can start the work at home autonomously! A flash mob is all about coordination, musicality, sync and precision, so practising it is often the key to succeed.

– Be sure that all the people involved keep the secret! A flash mob is obviously most spectacular with the surprise factor; that way you can see people chatting at the bar and after 30 seconds running on the dancefloor to join the choreography. Perhaps you can use a secret word that once pronounced loudly can “unleash hell”! 🙂

credits: Michael Justin Studios

– If you have hired a videographer, let him know about the flash mob, the time and ask him to keep the secret! This way he can be in the area and film everything.

– Most importantly, choose the right people for your flash mob and do not force your guests into it if they do not feel comfortable taking part in it. People need to be enthusiastic about the experience and have fun. Remember that if you are enthusiastic and happy while dancing, people around you will be too.

Finally, just try to have fun, learn some new dancing skills and deliver the best performance of your life! Be sure that your guests will be amazed and fully entertained on your special day. They will cherish everlasting memories of your wedding celebration now and forever!

In Destination weddings/ peruvian style/ Wedding Trends

Why Should I Get Married In Cusco?

cusco the best wedding

Couples who decide to get married in Peru always have many questions since it is highly probable that they do not the country at all or at least one of them has never been to Peru. One of the main questions is “what are the real advantages of getting married in Cusco?”… Well the answer is easy: it is one of the best and most charming places in the world!!! Hihihihihi I know this sounds quite reductive and biased, so I will try to elaborate a little bit my idea giving you a list of pros about getting married in Cusco.

venue cusco

1. First of all you have to consider the city itself. Cusco is a charming city in the southern region of Peru, in few words we could say that you can breathe the very essence of Peru there! Getting married in Cusco basically means having the real Peru destination wedding! Walking in the street you can find around the corner a traditional woman with a baby alpaca in her hands, a man in traditional clothes playing the pan flute, or an old lady selling coca leaves right across the street.

tradittional wedding in cusco

2. You will have beautiful wedding photos. I can guarantee that your pre-wedding pics and post-ceremony sessions will be amazing. You can have a beautiful photo right in front of Cusco’s cathedral in the main square, you can also have photos in Sacsayhuaman, I think you should ask for a special permit for that, but still … you can do it! The sky in Cusco is sooo blue, with beautiful clouds and the sunlight is perfect for taking photos. So if the wedding photography item is very important for you, Cusco is definitely the option.

cusco wedding

3. If you are thinking about a destination wedding in Peru I think you are expecting your wedding guests to come over and attend the celebration. I am pretty sure that when you announce your wedding in Peru our guests will be very happy, considering that this will be an opportunity to travel to one of the best travel destination ever. Peru has always been a touristic destination for travel lovers, who have dreamed about hiking Machu Picchu, walking around Cusco’s archeologic sites or sipping a coca tea to prevent altitude sickness. So your wedding will be the perfect occasion for them.

beautiful wedding

4. There is Machu Picchu “around the corner”. Everybody knows that if you go to Peru you cannot miss Machu Picchu, the ancient Inca citadel located in the Urubamba river Valley at about 80 kilometres from Cusco. So, Cusco is the place to be if you want to visit Machu Picchu, you have to take a train which must be booked in advance and do a bit of logistic coordination (That’s another topic that deserves another article for sure), but still is the closest and most convenient place to reach Machu Picchu. If you want to make sure that your guests attend your wedding celebration abroad, then choose Cusco.

sacsaywaman wedding

5. Money money money…that’s always the big issue when it comes to wedding planning. If you opt for getting married in Cusco your budget will significantly decrease, compared on getting married in the United States or in one of the other wedding destinations, such as the Bahamas, the Barbados, Jamaica or the Mexican coast. I noticed myself the difference while I was doing a bit of research on catering and decoration suppliers in the United States and Bahamas for my wedding. I can ensure you can plan the wedding of your dreams with a much lower budget than the one the same wedding could cost in the United States, Italy, France or another famous wedding destination. I think this is an enormous and important pro to consider.

colourfull wedding

6. Cusco is one of the most famous wedding destinations in Peru, also Peruvians love to get married there. Therefore, the great advantage is that local suppliers are extremely experienced when it comes to wedding planning processes and they can give you precious advices, considering that they perfectly know the venues located in the area, the infrastructures, the tools to use, where to find the right materials, they know everything about the weather, etc. All of those details are very important, and the knowledge of the place is essential when it comes to problem solving skills. Local suppliers are always the best, if you like to play on the safe side! And in wedding playing on the safe side is crucial!!!

So what are you waiting for? Come to Peru and get married in Cusco with us!

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In Destination weddings/ peruvian style/ Wedding Trends

The Best Moments of our 2017 Weddings

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Every year is a blessing for me, every year I met amazing couples and I helped them realizing their wedding dreams. That is why I really love my job, since I believe it is extremely meaningful. At the end of every year I try to play rewind and analyze what I’ve achieved so far! I actually found it very useful, and it is a way to start the new year with a new and enriched perspective, thanks to all the lessons learnt in the past months.  We organized several great wedding celebrations this year and I am sooooo thankful for this opportunity. Organizing a wedding is always a chance to learn something new: nobody is perfect and fully experienced guys! Even if I am a “control freak” when it comes to wedding planning, there is always something new and different in each and every wedding planning process.

Here a list of the best moments of our 2017 weddings celebration:

wedding speech

I really enjoyed organizing this wedding in Lima, which was the first wedding of the year! I loved the moment of the speeches, I found it extremely emotional and it was so nice to see how bride and groom were rounded by the love of their families and friends! Sometime giving the floor to an old friends or a parent could be very formal and cold, but this time was totally the opposite! Family members and friends did it brilliantly, they were grateful to be part of that moment, they were sincerely happy for the new marriage and it was fantastic to see how much they loved bride and groom. I admit that there was a moment in which I was almost crying, but then I put myself together and I kept working.

wedding mom

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Another memorable moment of this years’ weddings was a beautiful ceremony in a charming chapel located in the heart of the Sacred Valley. The venue was outstanding and all the guests were amazed by the location. That was a perfect venue choice for the kind of wedding bride and groom were dreaming about. They dreamed about a rustic wedding with a boho/vintage style and the result was THE WEDDING for them and their guests! People party hard even under the rain, the atmosphere was extremely cheerful and you could breathe love all around! I am so grateful that the event turned out great and that all the guests enjoyed themselves.

wedding rustic decoration

rustic wedding

Another beautiful moment from this year weddings was an elopement in the Sacred Valley, in a private villa located in Pisac. The intimate atmosphere and the simplicity of the decoration made the event unforgettable and extremely romantic. I should say that the background and the amazing landscapes really fit the main purpose of the celebration, which was celebrating love in a sophisticated and intimate way. I love elopements since they are the purest celebration of love!

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wedding sacred

So now I am focusing on my 2018 weddings, I know it will be hard as always but my job is extremely rewarding and I love it! I am pretty sure I will experience other special moments this upcoming year.

 

In Decorations/ Wedding Trends

Four Basic Tips For a Rustic Wedding

Rustic Wedding

Rustic wedding are always extremely charming; to achieve the perfect atmosphere you have to take care of every little decoration details. Here some deco elements that you can consider:
An outdoor ceremony is a must if you want a rustic style wedding. Use a white and simple tent with flowers details.

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You can also use centerpieces with a natural style like garden flowers, wrapped with twine, combined with other elements such as lanterns or little candles.

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A nice and simple wedding cake covered in white fondant and red ribbon with flowers details placed on a wooden tray.

wedding elements

You can also add some other elements such as bicycles with flowers decoration, blackboards, carriage and simple glass jar filled with colorful flowers hanged on an iron hooked stick.

In Beauty & Fashion/ Wedding Trends

A Look at Oscar de la Renta’s 2018 Bridal Collection

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2017 is almost over and we need to start at the latest trends for 2018 in terms of bridal dresses and accessories. Next year wedding season is approaching really fast, so all the brides to be need to take a look at the latest fashion trends before making the big choice about their wedding dress. In this article I want to introduce you to the 2018 bridal collection designed by one of the most passionate and celebrated designers in the world: Oscar de la Renta. The creative directors for this collection were Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia. The dresses showcased at the Bridal fashion week last April were beautiful, timeless and heavenly, with delicate flowers and plants elements, such as ferns, petals, foliage and leaves embroideries, reflecting the typical Oscar de la Renta style. Delicate touches, floral patterns and feminine shapes are the unquestionable marks of Oscar de la Renta’s style. To mention one of the designer most famous quotes: “I like light, color, luminosity. I like things full of color and vibrant”.

The white jumpsuit with a big lace at the back definitely caught my eyes; this outfit could be perfect for an intimate and informal wedding.

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Here a charming deep V-neck dress with awesome embroideries of floral details. Deep V-neck is definitely a pattern of this 2018 collection.

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I madly loved this veil with flowers details, it looks so airy.

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All the dresses in this collection are extremely feminine and they perfectly reflect Oscar de la Renta’s style.

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