Sarah The Bride:
From the moment I got engaged, I knew what style of wedding I wanted us to have. It was deciding where to hold it that took some time. We went through various options from Yorkshire and Nottingham to London and Somerset. We couldn’t find anything that suited what we had in mind, so we started researching European wedding destinations. I came across North Italy’s hidden gem, Locanda Rosa Rosae
just outside of Treviso, and fell in love instantly.
We booked fights to visit the location straight away and as soon as we walked inside the decision was set in stone. Rose Rosae is a magical place that has been expertly styled and decorated by its architect and interior design owners. It almost feels like a treasure trove of charming trinkets and accessories, with an entrance packed full of beautiful blooms and vintage candelabras.
If the setting itself didn’t make up our minds, the food definitely did. The venue’s lovely host, Elisabetta is not only very welcoming and accommodating, but she is also a fantastic cook. We were treated to a delicious 6-course meal accompanied by beautiful red wine from the restaurant’s vineyard.
We wanted our day to be relaxed and informal. Our guest list was small with 45 people in total; a tight group of amazing family and friends who helped make the day so special.
I always dreamt of an outdoor wedding with lots of candles at sunset and Locanda Rosa Rosae absolutely delivered.
took place beneath a wisteria canopy and I walked down the aisle to a string quartet cover of Radiohead’s Motion Picture Soundtrack. I thought I would be in tears the whole way through, but I was the complete opposite, I don’t think I have ever smiled so much in my life. We had a solo guitarist play music during the ceremony. Francesco was amazing and he even learnt to play one our favourite songs for the recessional, Start a War by The National.
The Wedding Party
I had 6 bridesmaids in total and they all looked amazing! Finding their dresses was probably (aside from finding my own!) one of the hardest tasks of the wedding, as I really wanted to make sure they were all happy in what they were wearing. I went for a mismatched look of three different styles, a pair in each dress. The tones were dusky pinks, pewter gold and olive greens, offset with different textures and a beautiful floral print.
My husband, Ric, wore a tan Paul Smith
suit and his 5 ushers wore varying shades of tan and beige, which worked perfectly with the mismatched scheme of the bridesmaids. The tones were complimented with our colour scheme throughout the rest of the wedding, choosing lots of leafy greens - eucalyptus and bay leaves - tan and white anemones, peach and cream roses, black and brown bunny’s tail (which I loved!) and gold detailing.
After much research on local florists in the area, I decided to have my flowers shipped to Italy. I found The Sleeping Flower Company
based in Durham and they did an amazing job at matching the style of flowers that I wanted. I was quite particular about the details, not to mention changed my mind a few times, but Julie was so good at understanding my vision. She makes her bouquets and arrangements with silk and dried flowers and foliage. Admittedly, I was a little apprehensive that they could look ‘fake’, but when I saw them I was absolutely blown away at how beautiful and realistic they looked. And the great thing is that I can now keep my wedding flowers forever!
I run my own candle studio that offers a personalised wedding favour service, so it was only natural for me to include Evermore London’s candle favours
on our big day. The gold tins matched our wedding theme perfectly and they went down really well with all of our guests. My husband also runs his own design agency, Post
, so he took on the task of designing our wedding stationery. We wanted something simple, classic and elegant, opting for blush pink and moss green finished with gold foil printing.