From the couple:
We have a love of the outdoors, we like to travel, enjoy art & design, going on ski trips, listening to music and enjoy spending time with friends & family. We wanted our wedding day to reflect all the things we love to do. For the wedding day, we want a relaxed, happy day where everyone could really enjoy themselves. We chose to have the wedding in Italy as we have a love for all things Italian; the food/wine, scenery & sunshine...Joe also lived there and speaks the language which helped massively with the planning process, so it made perfect sense!
Our wedding took place in the Italian region of Umbria, in a tiny hilltop village. The wedding had stunning views over the Umbrian hills, with confetti and the first toast held on the panoramic roof terrace. Guests soaked up the view, shading themselves with white vintage umbrellas, Prosecco and homemade popcorn were flowing while the fiddler serenaded. The bouquet was thrown from the historic imperial staircase and the guests gathered around to see us zoom off in our Fiat500 classic getaway ride! The fiddler lead the guests down the cypress tree entrance to the bohemian garden where aperitivo was served!
The garden was a bohemian dream with chandeliers in trees, long banquet tables flowing with greenery & flowers and fairy lights everywhere! A vintage antique mirror provided the table plan, with attention to detail in the ‘family tree’ corner, dedicated to those passed but never forgotten. Tables were decorated with gold candelabras, tree slices for placemats and white & gold hand painted feathers for name places. The sun was setting during the dinner banquet and created a beautiful golden glow through the trees highlighting the idyllic views. We fell in love with the location when we were venue hunting on one of our trips to Italy, it had the wild romantic feel we were looking for & was intimate and unique...the views were an added bonus!
We enjoyed a few wine & food tastings with different caterers in Italy but when we met I Giardini di Ararat
we knew it had to be them! Everything about them was special and unique, they even made two miniature decorated wedding cakes as tasting samples! They pride themselves on homegrown locally sourced produce, the Aperitivo was a large spread of Italian cuisine, with whole salami stations, cheese tables, a table for local homegrown produce such as vegetable homemade quiche, salted cod lentils, risotto with ricotta cheese & zucchini. For the sit-down banquet, the truffle & roman hazelnut pasta was hand made in the garden so guests could watch, the second was wild boar with chicory, raisin and pine nuts, to follow was a dessert buffet and a toast of limoncello!
Gabri designed all the styling for the day and our planner Emmanuela Tardani did an amazing job at sourcing decorations and making it a reality! The flowers were wild and overflowing, greenery and candles draped up the stairs of the ceremony and down the aisle, pops of orange/peach flowers added colour to the banquet tables and a tipi with dream catchers created a chill-out area.