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maggie + ben | cinque terre italy wedding | how to make a destination wedding enjoyable for guests

Maggie + Ben live in California; a beautiful place for a backyard wedding! Well, but so is Italy…

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I still remember the phone call from when Maggie told me that she and Ben realized their dream wedding site was in Cinque Terre! She is one of my best friends and the 2 of them might as well be professional world travelers. 🙂

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We immediately started looking into flights and just as quickly got super discouraged by the cost of it all. By being creative and strategic with credit card points (heyyyyyy Chase Sapphire!), we were able to make it happen. But, I know that might not be the case for all of you and your guests!

So today I’m sharing the top 3 ways for your guests to enjoy themselves at ANY wedding, destination or otherwise!

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  1. celebrate the view / unique aspects!

    let’s be real for a minute: your guests are probably going (or have been to) a lot of weddings this year. so if you’re going to invite them to your wedding and it’s going to cost them $$$ to get there, having your ceremony or cocktail hour inside a nondescript location is not the best way to go about making friends and influencing people, lol. even if you need to go to ceremony plan B due to weather, consider the plan in advance and understand how to maximize that ceremony setup for views as well!

    just like Maggie + Ben did; their original plan was to have the ceremony overlooking the water and vineyard (middle photo):

    instead, with rain in the forecast and a stunning floral arch that couldn’t be moved at the last minute, they decided to move the ceremony under the pavilion… just as gorgeous (if not more), still with views of the vines!

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  2. serve local cuisine… “when in rome…” 😉

    I’m not a huge anchovy fan, but I have to say… there’s nowhere I’d rather try them fresh, than in Italy. Also, make the spread plentiful! After traveling hours to reach you, the least you can do is make sure their bellies are full.

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  3. make it easy for your guests to take in as many sights as possible… without a car!

    if you’re familiar with cinque terre, you know it means 5 lands; it is essentially 5 coastal villages that are linked together by a cliffside hiking trail. when Maggie and I first travelled there while studying abroad in Florence, we were smitten. I suppose it’s easy to fall in love with most anywhere in Italy, but the charm of these seaside villages was made that much more apparent while discovering them as you walked between them yourself.

    bonus: not having to give any thought to where you parked, how much you drank, etc.! Italian tradition has the couple lead everyone on a parade through the streets and into town… if you’re lucky maybe you’ll find a little limoncello mascot, like we did!

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  4. bonus tip: allow plenty of room for guests to dance and mingle… with views as far as the eye can see, why not extend this to the design of your decor (low centerpieces allow for ease of conversation)!

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    We were so honored to have been there for your amazing wedding day/week, M+B! We’ve never experienced a wedding like yours… and hope more people can say that about each wedding they attend! Remember, it’s all about the little things – like fresh lemons lining the stairs and handmade origami paper crane escort cards. 😉

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    Ciao, lovebirds!



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best of 2017: urban row by the numbers!

As we quickly approach the official start of 2018, I couldn’t help but TRY to get one last blog post up… eeeeeek! If I’m making any resolutions whatsoever, it’s to check more blog posts off my list. Annie’s face says it all:



Considering I’m WAY behind in sharing all the beautiful love that made up Urban Row’s 2017 weddings and engagements, I’m going to spread the love out over a few summary posts in the coming days/weeks before I get to the full posts! …you’re welcome. 😉

devan bryce wedding


urban-row-photo-baltimore-wedding-photographer_0012But before doing our annual ‘best of’ series (as in… 3 new posts, coming at ya in the form of 2017’s best of love stories, best of details and best of small businesses), I thought it’d be fun to share some of the numbers behind the pretty pictures!

abigail mike wedding



devan bryce wedding
We had a lot of milestone firsts this year, including traveling to Italy to document Maggie + Ben’s Cinque Terre wedding in May – an amazing trip in SO. MANY. WAYS!

urban-row-photo-cinque-terre-wedding-photographer_0015We welcomed 3 times as many URP couples to the family as we did in 2016… and 2018 is right on track with record numbers, a booth at 2 bridal shows/venue open houses in January, a super exciting new brand aesthetic to be revealed, an updated and revamped bridal guide hitting mailboxes soon for our 2018 couples and lots of behind-the-scenes business education efforts being invested in…!urban-row-photo-cinque-terre-wedding-photographer_0014I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes us! I’m so crazy excited to make creative magic behind the camera at new venues and returning to established ones, with new lovebirds and recent newlyweds heading towards the first anniversary and with the help of experienced vendors and new movers and shakers in the always evolving wedding industry… CHEERS to making memories together!!!



valerie + greg wedding

  • photos delivered: 8,293
  • business miles driven: 3,672
  • blog/media features: 8
  • vendors collaborated with: 168 (!)
  • rain during a session/wedding: 3
  • awesome photos during/after rain at a session/wedding: 3
  • international weddings captured: 1
  • behind the scenes shoot at Fox 45: 1
  • cakes smashed on #urpbrides faces: 1
  • grooms that got iced during introductions: 1
  • live bands we jammed to at #urpcouples receptions: 3
  • advils consumed at the end of wedding nights to ease sore muscles: 42

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  • all the joyful, emotional moments we were a part of: too many to count!

caren + jan wedding

caren + jan weddingI wish you all a fun, festive and fabulous start to 2018; here’s hoping our paths may cross more than once…


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