Oh my goodness. Caroline’s dress!!! I LOVE it – the pretty shade of buttermilk, the intricate lace overlay, the ostrich feather trim…Charlotte at Wilden Bride has done a superb job and Caroline looks amazing! Her shoes are something special too 😉
It’s the perfect gown for this laid back, party wedding too. Nothing is overdone, and the simple yet stunning touches are just right for an incredible Italian venue, just brimming with rustic beauty.
The photography from Richard Pickavance really captures the essence of the day, no formal shots, no posing – just the day naturally unfolding in front of the camera in all it’s glory.
Caroline The Bride: My dress was a bespoke design by Charlotte Wilden. A dress that was timeless yet had a creative edge, and a daring thigh split. I chose a golden silk that was appliquéd with white lace motifs sculpted around the body and scattered with crystals and stones. The hem was embroidered with hand dyed ostrich feathers.
Ben’s made to measure suit from A Suit That Fits was really well cut and the quality of the cloth and lining was second to none.
Polignano A Mare, in the south of Italy, on holiday. We were immediately drawn to the rustic beauty of the place, in particular Grotta Palazzese. Ben brought me back to this beautiful town to propose in April of 2014, and we were lucky enough to find a free slot in October of the same year at the very unique Grotta Palazzese.
As all the guests where traveling from afar it was natural to make a long weekend of it, giving guests a chance to get to know each other properly. The festivities began with a local meal at the beautiful Antiche Mura for all of the guests.
Although Italy is renowned for its epic churches & cathedrals we were not drawn to a big church ceremony and so by chance we came across the very unique Palazzo Ventura with it’s wonderful 18th Century features which was perfect for a small ceremony like ours. Above lied these fantastic rustic rooms perfect for bubbles and canapés before walking over to our reception at the Grotta Palazzese. Carved out of magnificent limestone rocks, with a view over the blue-green Adriatic.
The day after the wedding happened to be Caroline’s Birthday Day so we hired a lovely place on the beach to help celebrate it.
Whilst I devised the vision of the day, nearer the time we quickly realized through much frantic planning, someone on the ground was needed to bring it to life on the day. That’s where Michela & Michela helped.
We went for a natural feel with the flowers keeping them simple & elegant. The Palazzo Ventura where we had the ceremony was a rustic beauty but needed brightening up a bit so we added some elegant floral touches to help soften the structure. We where also adamant that the table flowers where low in height so everyone could see each other on the table.
The Wedding Party
My maid of honor kept it simple and went for a lovely dress that didn’t over power the simple tones of the wedding.
We didn’t see the point in Ben’s groomsmen hiring suits when they all had well cut grey ones. Ben picked out some classy polka dots ties to pull them together.
The best man recommended our photographer, as he had captured his wedding. Rich was really easy going and didn’t impose on the flow of the day. He captured the day beautifully, the shots showed a true essence of the day rather than lots of formal group shots which we where keen to avoid.