August 04 2013
Adam and I married in a huge rambling old house in a place called Macerino, a tiny hamlet in the middle of nowhere in the Italian countryside. We stayed there for the week with our family and hosted the entire wedding ourselves.
We didn’t have a theme for the day but instead tried to create a rustic and informal yet classy feel to everything. We wanted to capture that Italian conviviality – amazing food, great music, lots of quality booze plus a twinkly, magical atmosphere in the evening. I’d like to think we achieved what we set out to do!
We kept our wedding very small, just 35 immediate family and close friends. It was a very hard decision to make but we made up for it after we returned to England with a big party to celebrate with everyone who wasn’t able to attend.
Trying to plan a wedding abroad could be really complicated but thankfully I had an amazing wedding planner who I would wholeheartedly recommend (Italian Wedding Dream) - she made our vision come to life.
Our entire wedding took place outside: from the ceremony on the lawn, to the long table on the patio for dinner, followed by cocktails around the pool and then dancing under a canopy lit with fairy lights and candles.
We kept our table decorations simple, using just a white tablecloth, hessian runner and mixed jars of gysophilia, blue hydrangea and pale pink roses. We also hung white candles in jars from the trees and white paper chains and paper flowers.
Music was always going to be an important part of our day and provided two of my highlights of the whole wedding. Our first dance was ‘Green Eyes’ by Coldplay as the lyrics express perfectly how I feel about Adam. We were so lucky to have a little live set performed by some friends of ours. Amy sang and Andy accompanied her on the guitar, playing a lovely mix of sentimental and pure cheese – ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles; ‘Is This Love?’ by Bob Marley; ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’ by Roberta Flack and ‘Rule the World’ by Take That). Everybody cried and sang along – it was a beautiful moment and I will never forget it.
The bespoke pieces I got from Nicola at Silver Sixpence exceeded all my expectations. Everyone commented on how stunning they were and I felt they complemented my dress perfectly. The fact that the veil detached from the lace headpiece was a genius idea from Nicky, as I have a baby who seemed intent on trying to rip my veil off every time I held her!
Nicola offers a very friendly and personal service. She'll guide your choice and be honest with you if you need her to be, and she's very patient too - I changed my mind twice before settling on the final design! I have told every bride-to-be that I know about Silver Sixpence. If you want something that is beautiful, unique and well crafted but feel you need some guidance, I would definitely recommend speaking to her about a bespoke piece.
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