When Amanda and Sean broke the news to family and friends that they were planning on flying 6000 miles from their homes in the US to get married in Malta where they actually met, they were mostly met with, “Where is that?!” Determined not to let the downsides of a 15 hour trip for their family and friends dissuade them, they went about planning their wedding with planner Jayne Polidano from their absolutely jaw dropping venue, Palazzo Pariso and my word, what a wedding it was. Guests came from Texas, Florida, Virginia, New York, Canada and even as far as China to share in their wedding day celebrations. Flown in from London to capture it all was the lovely Marianne Taylor and we are so thrilled today as this beauty is our first real wedding in Malta ever featured on FAB!

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Andrea and Sean are both from different parts of the States but in the summer of 2006, they found themselves studying the same program for law students half way around the world in Malta. Andrea says “We had both travelled a bit, however nothing compared to the memories Malta gave us. This was where we found friends for life and fell in love. The kindness of the people and incredible scenery is something we have never experienced in any other country.”

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“It wasn’t until 2008 though that I moved to Florida to finish up law school with Sean and we decided to see if Malta was a thing of the past. Later that year, Sean proposed in a hidden art gallery of one of my favorite artists, Mark Rothko, during a visit to my family in Houston, Texas”

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“Planning a wedding abroad left so many questions and details to fate. Our only modes of communication were emails sent to all the vendors who were 6 hours ahead in time. Everything was planned with emails, images, descriptions and various blog postings. We never saw anything with our own eyes until we arrived, including the actual venue. We hopped on our 15 hour flight with a huge wedding dress sitting next to us and hoped for the best.”

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“Upon arrival, we immediately went to the our venue, Palazzo Parisio, to check everything out. We were speechless. Our wedding planner, Jayne Polidano, was spectacular and created a wedding that was more than we could have every imagined. Every detail was five star and she was by far the most sophisticated host we have ever met. She took special care of our guests and bent over backwards to add additional details. The food was phenomenal and was easily deserving of a Michelin Star. Our florist, Alistair Fenech, created arrangements that were identical to the images I had in my mind, despite the fact that we had never spoken. We flew the photographer, Marianne Taylor, in from London after seeing her work online. She was able to capture the intimacy of the wedding without losing the elegance of the venue. She was such a delight to work with.

Everything was truly perfect, minus the priest that the groom forgot to call. No worries though, he eventually made it.”

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Have you ever seen such a spectacular ballroom?!

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A very special congratulations to Andrea and Sean on their beautiful wedding day and of course, a big thank you to Marianne Taylor Photography. So many beautiful destination weddings on her blog so be sure to check it out if you can!

Wedding Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography / Stationery: Lucky Luxe / Venue: Palazzo Parisio/ Hair: Cara Lesky / Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew / Floral Design: Alistair Fenech / Wedding Cake: Palazzo Parisio

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