Emily The Bride:
I wore a Yolan Cris’
boho bridal collection dress, a great designer for weddings in hotter climates as her styles are very floaty and light with still lots of detailing that makes them very individual. I got my dress in a sample sale at London Bridal Boutique which is a great way to get designer dresses at a discount and still in season as every boutique will clear out that season stock around April/May time when normal lead times to the dresses for that summer are about 6 to 7 month minimum, so great for a last minute bride! Later, I changed into an Alexander Wang
off the rack dress so I could enjoy dancing train free!
was the first villa we saw and instantly fell in love. It was also the only villa we visited that could have everyone staying on site so it was a no-brainer really. There were also so many different options on site for the ceremony and dinner. 3 courtyards, a superb Italian garden complete with life-size statues & maze, two hallways for dancing, and stunning views from all of them.
The villa already did a wonderful job of combining rustic charm and vintage glamour with the crumbling stone farmhouses mixed in with the grand terracotta villa. It set the perfect tone for the entire wedding – romantic, rustic and casual. Despite the wedding being abroad we were still quite DIY with decorations as it didn’t make sense to pay loads of money as the location was already so stunning. We set the tables with vintage blue glass plates and bottles I found on eBay, and I went to a local florist to pick cut flowers for the table and the bouquets that the bridesmaids made themselves. I had the help of a wonderful wedding planner in Sophie at PM Events
– she really listened to the brief and captured the Italian vintage theme with her table plan and amazing information leaflets she designed for the welcome baskets we put in all the guests rooms.
The Wedding Party
The bridesmaid dresses were a labour of love as I knew I wanted each one in different patterned dresses but also to work collectively. Using Alice Temperley & Valentino embroidered styles as my inspiration I found most of my dresses from Hope & Ivy on ASOS
, they offered the right look at affordable prices (with a few arm length alterations to cater for the Italian sun) The maid of honour wore a Needle & Thread
dress I found at a sample sale. For the Groomsmen burnt orange bow ties worked nicely with the flashes of colour in the bouquets, button holes and on the bridesmaid dresses tying everyone together in a way that wasn’t too matchy matchy – something we had both wanted to avoid from the start.
We had already legally married in Islington Town Hall
prior to Italy meaning we could make the ceremony really personal which was important to us. Our close mutual friend, Andy, choreographed and led the whole thing and we wrote our own vows which was very emotional. It helped immensely having such talented friends and family - my school friend Alice sang with the band and my illustrator cousin, Felicity O’Dwyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) designed the order of service, both adding the extra special touches.