This was a civil wedding that took place in one of Italy’s oldest and smallest theaters. The reception followed in a monastery from the Middle Ages that is just spectacular. All of the guests stayed on site at the monastery, as well, for both nights of the wedding celebration.
Civil ceremonies must take place in either the town hall or in specially designated areas in the city. In this case the civil ceremony was held in one of Italy’s oldest and most ornate theaters. Since this theater is renowned for bringing good luck to theatrical productions, many plays in Italy choose to begin their theatrical run here so that the good karma will rub off on them. Then they proceed on to other cities to continue their performances.
Hand cut prosciutto is an Italian delicacy and an important element in any traditional reception in Italy. A former wine barrique cut in half serves as an ice bucket to chill the beer, white wine and prosecco at the aperitivo hour.
The favors given to the guests consisted of a dish towel printed with a vintage pasta advertisement and a small bottle of white truffle scented extra virgin olive oil.
The villa had these hand made tables and chairs that I just loved. We moved them out into the cocktail hour area to be used as guest seating and added floral arrangements and candles. So simple yet so charming.
This area of the monastery with the ruins of what was once a majestic indoor hall is just spectacular beyond words and makes for the perfect dinner area. When the sun went down and the candles became important it was such a breathtaking sight to behold.
just love these table numbers that were hand made by the father of the bride from old wood on their property. So creative and artful and perfect for the dinner tables. The dinner area space was full of little niches cut into the walls that we filled with candles of all sorts.
As dusk descended over the surrounding countryside shortly after the guests were seated at dinner. Since the wedding took place at the end of April we did not expect to be able to hold the dinner outside as it would normally be too cold and we had planned to hold it inside. They day before the wedding warmed up and the forecast was for an even warmer wedding day. At the last minute we were able to move the dinner celebration outside and it was just such a spectacular evening with perfect weather.
Embedded in the green countryside in Umbria stands a spectacular former monastery whose origins dates back to the 1100’s. It has been renovated and transformed into a villa where guests can stay as well as celebrate weddings on the border of Umbria and Tuscany. The tower is one of the very few ever built with twelve sides which makes it very unique in Italy and throughout the Medieval world.
A light, robin’s egg blue with some vintage blue/greens and white were the colors of the wedding, along with naturals and the brown of exposed wood. The flowers were to be all in white and ivory with the occasional greens. The Save the Dates had a vintage feeling to them and were a vintage inspired postcard mailed in a vellum transparent envelope tied with string. The invitations were more formal in mainly white with natural colored printing and a speckled blue envelope liner.
The bride’s bouquet had peonies, roses, lisianthus and wax succulents among others. Very lush, soft and elegant.
The main cathedral of Orvieto stands on top of the hill town and stuns with its famous, ornate facade all in marble and mosaics. It is truly astounding to behold. When the guests arrived they were greeted in their rooms with a welcome bag. The welcome bag itself was made of stitched heavy natural paper and inside it was filled with goodies such as bottles of water, chocolate, freshly baked local cookies, Italian chocolate and a first aid kit.
From start to finish it was such a fun and beautiful two days of celebrations. Everything was just perfect and the weather obliged as well.