Elegant Italian Marriage ceremony at Villa Fattoria di Vibio

Mikaela, a superb jewelry designer, married Anthony, a carpenter, on twenty sixth September 2023. With the assist of their marriage ceremony planner, Fatima Palomares of Umbrias Marriage ceremony & Occasions, the couple opted for a conventional Catholic ceremony, adopted by a glamorous reception on the stunning Villa Fattoria di Vibio.

The bride wore two robes, an Alena Leena design with removable sleeves within the daytime, earlier than slipping into determine hugging design by JLM Couture for the night and dancing.

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Bride with long blonde wavy hair stood on the steps outside an Italian church, her husband seated on the steps. She wears an Alena Leena wedding dress with removable sleeves and carries a bright medium sized bouquet. Photography by Stefano Santucci.

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Venue & Location

On the coronary heart of our imaginative and prescient, we needed to honour our Italian households and heritage. We actually needed to indicate our company the fantastic thing about a gradual life within the pure hills of Umbria, together with superb meals and wine. An al fresco culinary expertise was important for us.

This made Fattoria di Vibio’s infinity balcony an absolute dream spot for our cocktail hour, and their gardens the right location for dinner beneath the celebrities. We targeted our catering on native Umbrian delicacies like wild boar and tried to match our decor to the colors of the sundown throughout the hilly horizon—a sea of olive inexperienced and deep oranges.

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Bridal Magnificence & Equipment

I layered two necklaces, in homage to Anna Wintour; one was an vintage silver with paste stones and hand engraving. The opposite was a pure citrine riviere with closed backs to maintain the brilliant and sparkly color.

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I wore a cathedral size veil from Blossom & Bluebird, with customized beaded lace trim that began at fingertip size.

I wore classic silk pointed toe kitten heels by Christian Louboutin that I had revitalised by Cobbler Concierge on 59th avenue in NYC.

My scent was Le Labo, Baie 19. That is my on a regular basis go to and my husband loves it! Its a well-recognized scent, and calming on such a busy day.

Babara Corso , proprietor of The Porfirio Magnificence, is an unbelievable artist and amazingly calming throughout a busy morning.

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59 Italian Villa wedding Alena Leena bridal gown

Roberta Turco is an extremely proficient florist who specialises in bringing pure and natural floralscapes to life. I just about left the artistic path as much as her, although we mentioned making a romantic and candy ambiance that on the identical time paid homage to typical Italian brides’ style. Being positive to utilise greenery impressed by the Umbrian countryside with stunning pops of blooms.

How They Met

We met as kids at 13 years previous, we went to the identical college, had been in the identical fitness center class, and lived in the identical neighbourhood. We shared our first kiss beneath a streetlamp in our childhood neighbourhood, he was strolling me dwelling after darkish.

We ‘dated’ in center college (about 14-15 years previous) however went our separate methods as we obtained older.

After about 10 years of getting principally no contact, we ended up coincidently dwelling in the identical neighbourhood of Chicago, IL.

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We had just a few mutual pals from highschool round to hang around with, and we determined to reconnect on a whim. We nonetheless had such nice compatibility and it felt like we had been made for one another.

From the day we reconnected I don’t assume we’ve gone a single day with out speaking to one another. He proposed over Valentines Day weekend at Nobu lodge, and we had been engaged for about 18 months earlier than our dream vacation spot marriage ceremony.

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The Ceremony

Concattedrale della Santissima Annunziata

Our ceremony passed off in a 13th century Gothic Romanesque cathedral, Concattedrale della Santissima Annunziata. A church centrally situated within the tiny hillside city of Todi, within the Umbria area.

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We fell in love with the massive fresco portray inside & the vintage unique stained glass rose window. This church was truly featured in a big e-book of Italy my dad and mom owned, together with many stunning views of Umbria.

Anthony wore an Indochino olive suite with purple silk lining. I made him a customized gold and bronze lapel pin set with a 4.2 carat mined inexperienced sapphire and diamond baguette halo. The minimize of the inexperienced sapphire known as a ‘defend’ minimize, and I felt it was a becoming image of how I really feel he protects and loves me.

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I used to be blessed to have my father stroll me down the aisle.   We had a pianist play the church’s stunning pipe organ with a violist accompaniment. They performed all the standard Italian marriage ceremony songs like Ave Maria and Canon in D.

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Our officiant was Father Kishor. He was so coronary heart warming and humorous, and a youthful priest as properly. We completely liked his recommendation and steering main as much as our marriage ceremony and his homily in the course of the ceremony about love being the topic of marriage was nice. I might suggest him for anybody needing an english or Italian Catholic ceremony.

In the course of the ‘Nuptial Blessing’ , a proper prayer when the bride and groom kneel earlier than the Priest to be blessed and ask for grace from God for a protracted and loving marriage, Father Kishor had each our moms place an infinity rosary over our heads.

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This was a really candy and particular second to focus on our moms within the ceremony and provides us a second to see them up shut. 

Anthony initially proposed with my marriage ceremony band, the ‘Rose’ band, from Erika Winters. Then I made my engagement ring at The Mae Jewels, utilizing a Canadian Kao mined 1.01 VS1 Octagonal minimize diamond from Misfits Diamonds, which featured a small halo of VVS H&A minimize melee and a stable 20Karat yellow gold trim. The underside can also be all diamond pave.

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I had a buddy and colleague at Ringed, hand fabricate my husband’s two tone ring, from a palladium white gold and yellow gold alloy. It encompasses a small hand sawn bowtie that represents how we’re tied collectively endlessly. In woodworking, a ‘bowtie’ is used to cease wooden from splitting indefinitely. 

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Stefano Santucci’s model is so pure and genuine to intimate moments. I additionally consider he has a really inventive eye that you just can’t train.

His expertise in capturing our most particular moments with out intruding on mentioned second, is an absolute tremendous energy. I might implore anybody with the possibility to work with Stefano to take it. 

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My favorite a part of the day was our drive from the church, up the hill to Fattoria di Vibio the place our reception was being held, within the classic Triumph spitfire. The solar was starting to set as we drove out of the tiny hilltop city and across the winding street up the hill with all of the golden daylight filtering via the bushes. We obtained to simply spend that quiet 20 minutes collectively and relish the actual fact we had simply turn into husband and spouse.

The Reception

Villa Fattoria di Vibio

After we discovered the villa Fattoria di Vibio close by, this sealed the deal that Todi can be the right place for us to say ‘I do’. The relaxed nature of Umbria that’s steeped in wealthy Etruscan historical past performed a big half in us deciding on this city.

We had an iconic Italian millefoglie cake, offered by our caterers, Apollinare.

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240 Italian Villa wedding Alena Leena bridal gown

Night & Dancing

We employed Britpops to entertain. We selected the Beatles music ‘ Do you wanna know a secret ‘ from their ‘Please Please Me’ album for our first dance. We actually love the Beatles and needed to decide on an upbeat enjoyable music to begin the dancing off.

We truly spent in all probability six+ months earlier than the marriage dancing collectively each evening and practising/creating our dance routine. It was so enjoyable to have a purpose to bounce each evening and its positively a enjoyable reminiscence from the marriage planning course of and made us a lot much less careworn on the day as a result of we had already practiced a lot.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

Our greatest recommendation can be to contemplate the visitor expertise and stick collectively! We liked offering our company with a pre-ceremony aperitivo, permitting them to reach early for an hour of appetisers and drinks at a terrace restaurant (La Cantina Del Mercataccio) overlooking the Umbrian rolling hills. It gave them the possibility to expertise Todi in a relaxed, intimate means, and by the point they arrived on the church, they had been well-hydrated and able to sit via our hour-long ceremony.

As soon as Anthony and I had been collectively after the ceremony, we didn’t go away one another’s aspect. The complete evening was magical, and we obtained to share reminiscences of how the night unfolded. Lastly, be extraordinarily selective when selecting distributors! Choose skilled, succesful distributors and belief them to do their jobs. It ensures the whole day is a dream and runs easily. If a vendor isn’t assembly your expectations, belief your instincts and half methods early on!

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Founding father of Love My Costume. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire together with her husband and enterprise accomplice Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves images, meditation, strolling, being outside and star gazing. She is fierce in the case of championing expertise inside the marriage ceremony business and when she’s not engaged on Love My Costume, she helps her husband Philip within the operating of the household’s sustainable flower farm and floral design enterprise, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she grew to become a broadcast creator.

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