I think this is it. I think this is my ‘if I ever renew my vows I am totally wearing this dress’ dress. Laura looks incredible. A dress with a silk vest overlay?! It is the stuff my dreams are made of. Her choice of dress for her maids was spot on too, just enough lace to bring out the underneath of her gown.
Laura and Will married in Lucca, Tuscany with 65 of their closest friends and family. Their ceremony was at 5pm. Perfect timing for a mellow afternoon in the Italian sunshine.
I think what Laura and Will teach us is that even if you get married abroad, it can still be a really personal affair with everyone getting involved. They got their flowers from a local market and the ladies in the family got together to create what I’m sure you will agree, is some stunning floral arrangements. I love the place names too. This is destination wedding inspiration 101. Oh, and see if you can spot the baby sailors. Seriously. Too much cute. Enjoy.
Laura The Bride: I have to admit finding ‘the dress’ didn’t come easy to me and the one I wore on the day was the second dress I’d purchased. After trawling through blogs, websites and magazines, I just couldn’t seem to find something that felt like my style. Having purchased something that wasn’t right, I knew the most important thing was to feel like me. It was actually a recommendation from a colleague that led me to Mews Bridal in Notting Hill and subsequently to the incredible Rime Arodaky. My dress had a lace underneath with a loose silk top. I spotted my headband on my final fitting and chose my veil from them as well.
Like the dress, I was determined to have something a little different from the norm with my shoes. I have always loved Charlotte Olympia and I fell in love with her Sandrine heels. They have beaded starfish on the toes! I work for Boodles so I borrowed the most amazing diamond earrings which match my engagement ring and wedding band. Their designs are always so elegant and I didn’t want to give them back!
Maids & Make-up
I loved the unusual lace design on the bridesmaid dresses as it picked up the underneath of my dress. They were also great as my three best friends are very different in their shape and I wanted to make sure they all felt comfortable. As with the flowers, I knew I didn’t want a colour on the dress, so they were just off white with contrasting pink flower print heels.
As a recommendation from Alessia, our wedding planner, I used giuliamakeup@gmail” target=”_blank”>Giula for our make up and hair. She was utterly amazing and like with our photographer Sara, It felt like we had another friend with us. I don’t usually wear very much makeup and she really did make me feel like the best version of myself. I would 100% use her again.
My husband used the fantastic tailor John Llewelyn and rather than suits, he decided to get matching shoes for his Best Man. They bought brogues from the very cool George Cleverly in the Royal arcade off Bond street and couldn’t believe their eyes when Sylvester Stalone walked in… I’m pretty sure it was their highlight of the entire wedding!
I think the venue was fate. I randomly stumbled across Villa Boccella before we were engaged and when he proposed, we just knew it was perfect. We flew out there to see it and as we approached the gates we fell in love. It is utterly incredible. It allowed us to accommodate 65 people in the same place for a week, creating such a special atmosphere. Valerie the owner was a joy to work with and has the most fantastic style.
The Colour Scheme
The colour scheme was very simple; grey tablecloths, white napkins and olive and white for the flowers. My husband got the bar built and shipped over and our friends decorated the ‘secret club’ with glow sticks and neon lights. Our fantastic wedding planner Alessia helped us purchase the flowers from a local market which were delivered the day before and the wonderful women in our families did all the arrangements and bouquets. We wanted to keep the feeling really natural with the only colours being white and olive. We used roses, Hydrangeas, gypsophila, eucalyptus and olive leaves and made wreaths for the tables with tall hurricane lamps to add height. We also had 100’s of tiny candles in amongst the wreaths and festoon lighting hanging from the balcony for when it got dark. As we were keeping things really classic, I wanted to have a couple of unusual additions. We got fun, lip shaped, confetti in bright pink from Tochess on Etsy and everyone had their name place tied to a different gold animal. We ordered these from Catharineklepac on Etsy and the names came pre-tagged. It was hilarious to see which animals people had been given on the day.
Readings & Entertainment
My mum read Love by Roy Croft (which gets me every time) and my highlight was one of my best friends (and incredible singer) Holly Holden singing her version of our song ‘I found you’ by Alabama shakes. Her voice is incredibly beautiful and I was so captivated I forgot to sign the register! After the ceremony we had a local pianist and after dinner Tom Fitzpatrick and his band sang Rat Pack tunes and got everyone on the dance floor. The Secret club was a mixture of 80’s, disco and much latterly garage music Dj’d by a host of our friends.
The food was all down to the amazing Enea at Vizi e Delize in Empoli. He was not only friendly and accommodating but the food was delicious. He did a selection of traditional Italian canapés along with oysters and prosecco followed by a pasta course and barbecue. We finished with tiramisu and a merengue style Italian wedding cake decorated with olive leaves.
Our photographer was the absolutely outstanding Sara Lincoln. She is the most gorgeous person and put me completely at ease. Sara fitted in like another guest and the shots completely capture the mood of the day. I honestly cannot recommend her enough. You MUST check out her website.
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.