Any time we get to show you a wedding from a destination spot, our day just gets a little bit better. Today we’re bringing you to Italy, where Cinzia Bruschini, My Italian Wedding, and Il Profumo dei Fiori worked wedding magic with the help of the bride’s wonderful eye for design. A Prosecco tasting in the Prosecco hills, PLUS marrying the love of your life? It doesn’t get much better than this.
From the bride, Laura: We had a very intimate wedding, just 20 of our closest friends and family. We wanted it to be relaxed, very personal, eclectic and full of love – a big family celebration of marriage and happiness in a magical atmosphere all lit by candles. We always envisioned a laid-back evening of laughter and happy tears over an abundance of amazing food and wine served at one long table – no gimmicks, strict timelines or wedding traditions that didn’t feel like us. But lots of pretty! I love the little details and wanted it to be an unforgettable, one of a kind experience for everyone. Since the wedding was in Italy, it was also important to us to give our guests an authentic taste of Italy – we enjoyed 7 extravagant courses of handmade Italian cuisine for our wedding dinner, drank wine from the Locanda’s own vineyard, gave the guests favors of local organic honey and treated them to a prosecco tasting in the prosecco hills of Valdobbiadene.
I spent literally months searching for the right unique venue and we really hit the jackpot with ours for what we had envisioned stylewise. It’s eclectic, intimate, utterly romantic and timelessly bohemian which is exactly what we wanted our wedding to feel and look like. We hardly had to do anything in terms of decor! When you step inside the Locanda Rosa Rosae it’s like walking into another place and time altogether. It’s magic. For the long dinner table, which was the highlight of our reception, I wanted lots of texture, lushness and a kind of boho decadence that matches the venue’s signature style. The Locanda Rosa Rosae is such a treasure chest and all the vintage candelabras, mismatched tables and chairs, rugs and candlesticks that we used in the wedding were theirs. I loved planning the styling and having the right venue filled to the brim with beautiful objects and carefully thought out details made it easy. ShabbyScrap made little custom envelopes with name tags for each guest’s place setting. Inside those we hand-wrote a personal note for each one thanking them for making the effort to be there and letting them know they meant a lot to us. Our fantastic planner Stefania put together the local honey jar favors for our guests using rustic paper and custom favor tags that I ordered from ShabbyScrap and sent to her in advance.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s all about your love, but it isn’t just all about you. Especially when planning a destination wedding, be considerate and accommodating to your guests. Treat them. Acknowledge how much effort it takes them to be there and make sure they know you appreciate it – but own your decisions and remember you can’t always please everyone. If you’re able to, do whatever it takes to keep the planning fun and the focus on where it should be – love (!!!) and the incredible luck that you madly love someone who madly loves you back. Remember you don’t need all the stuff. You know what I mean! Hire a wedding planner or day-of coordinator to make sure things run smoothly and spend your wedding day on the important things, like being giddy and sipping prosecco. And kissing and saying “I love you”! Let the little things go, at the end of the day it’s been perfect if you’re married.
We had a solo guitarist for before and during the ceremony, but decided against having live music at the reception to keep the feel of the evening casual and more true to ourselves. I wanted the music to be another personal touch and spent time compiling a hand-picked playlist of meaningful songs (mostly indie, folk and pop soul) that is so much fun to listen to and reminisce with now. Lots of upbeat, loved-up and just plain happy songs!
Processional: “Bella,” Angus & Julia Stone
Recessional: “Naked As We Came,” Iron & Wine
First Dance: “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” Ingrid Michaelson
Wedding Location: Breda di Piave, Italy / Photographer: Cinzia Bruschini / Wedding Planner: My Italian Wedding and Bride / Florist: Il Profumo dei Fiori / Venue: Locanda Rosa Rosae / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Wedding Shoes: Zara / Bracelet: Andres Gallardo for BHLDN / Bridesmaids’ Outfits: United Colors of Benetton / Getting Ready Robes: Love Ophelia / Groom’s Suit and Shoes: Zara / Bow Ties: Mrs. Bow Tie / Groomsmen Suits: Zara / Wedding Rings: custom by Olli Lindroos in Helsinki, Finland / Caterer: Locanda Rosa Rosae / Wedding Cake: Sara Scian, other desserts and cakes by Locanda Rosa Rosae / Cake Topper and Paper Fans: BHLDN / Ceremony Music: Solo guitarist Francesco Tizianel / Wedding Invitations: ShabbyScrap