Wedding ceremony at Abbazia San Pietro in Valle

Rebekah and Sean tied the knot Italian fashion on twenty sixth August 2023 on the spectacularly stunning Abbazia San Pietro in Valle, nestled within the lush inexperienced hills of Ferentillo in Umbria.

I’m past delighted that this stunning bride found Morgan Davies Brid by Love My Costume – an excellent bridal boutique with areas in London and Hitchin In Hertfordshire. Via a go to to the London boutique – an expertise she extremely recommends to different brides, she found her beautiful Alon Livne robe.

These exceptionally stunning images are by Lewis Membery, whose elegant trendy marriage ceremony images we like publishing on Love My Costume. Take pleasure in!

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The Venue

Our first vacation as a pair was to Italy in July 2019. It was Sean’s first time in Italy and I used to be in a position to see the nation by his contemporary eyes. We spent beautiful lengthy days within the solar wandering the cobbled streets of Rome, with all of the superb pit stops for pasta and gelato, taking within the music, the artwork, the wine, the tradition, and the sheer romance that’s so distinctive to Italy.  One night over a bottle of wine on the roof of our lodge, we each fantasised in regards to the concept of getting married in Italy sometime.

Each of us love structure and the outside, and for that purpose it was an apparent alternative to decide on Abbazia San Pietro in Valle which is a ninth century monastery within the mountains of Umbria. We knew we wished to get married within the chapel as quickly as we noticed it, so regardless that we wished many of the day to be exterior within the stunning surroundings, it was essential to us to have the ceremony in a spot with gravitas.

We had the assistance of the superb Lisa and Gaetano at Rossini Weddings. They’re specialists in Italian weddings. 

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The Costume

My marriage ceremony costume was an Alon Livne costume  with a Stephanie Allin overskirt. My marriage ceremony costume, overskirt and veil have been all bought from Morgan Davies Bridal in Islington, who I found by Love My Costume – I can not advocate them sufficient.

Rianne was my bridal marketing consultant and he or she was actually distinctive at understanding precisely what I wished to attain – we went on a inventive journey collectively to pair the Alon Livne costume with an overskirt which might give me a extra whimsical really feel for the ceremony however with out an excessive amount of added quantity given the 35 diploma plus temperatures Umbria has in August!

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I wore the Monica Vinader pearl earrings that I used to be carrying after we bought engaged to remind me of the thrill of that second. Apart from this I simply wore my engagement ring – I wished to maintain it very clear. 

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I wore a pair of Mandarina Footwear. Hair and make-up was by  Tania Nitsak. I wore a rose oud fragrance we purchased collectively in Morocco.  My bridesmaids wore attire by Ghost. My flowergirl wore a costume from Angel & Rockett.

Flower girl in Angel & Rocket dress
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Pictures by Lewis Membery

Hiring Lewis Membery as our marriage ceremony photographer was among the finest choices of our lives. We’ve got essentially the most gorgeous photographs of our marriage ceremony day which so completely seize the total vary of feelings of that day but in addition so many tiny moments so expensive to our hearts and so many huge moments we might by no means describe to anybody who wasn’t there. 

We selected Lewis as a result of we had a Zoom name with him and knew he was not solely extraordinarily gifted, however had the kindest soul and we trusted him instantly. He took the time to get to know us as a pair and assembly him at our marriage ceremony was like assembly an previous buddy regardless that it was the primary time we met. 

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On the day he was a lot greater than our photographer. He was a buddy. He was there in some actually onerous moments (like our greatest man, Sean’s brother, who was combating most cancers, being rushed to hospital – taken there by my Mum). Lewis stayed with me within the bridal suite while I had my hair and make up finished and stored my calm while everybody else was speeding round.

After they returned from hospital in time for the ceremony and my Mum walked into the bridal suite and hugged me, we each cried. Lewis captured that hug and all of the feelings in it and that’s an ideal instance of how his pure coronary heart makes him an unbelievable photographer.

We might by no means advocate him extra extremely. Lewis is a genius at what he does and our marriage ceremony photographs introduced us to tears (and proceed to).

Paul Van was completely unbelievable to work with. As with Lewis, we couldn’t advocate him extra extremely. We’ve got watched our marriage ceremony video extra occasions than we might depend now. It exceeded our wildest goals and he was such a sort and heat soul to have with us for the weekend. He went above and past.

How They Met

We met the quaint method (swiping proper). Our first date was on a sizzling summer time’s day in 2018 after we met exterior London Bridge station after work. After a couple of cocktails on Bermondsey Avenue we knew we had discovered one thing superb. Simply 24 hours later and we have been already on our second date.

When covid hit we purchased a automotive and our golden retriever pup (Cooper) and left London for a distant working highway journey across the UK and Eire staying in a brand new Airbnb every week simply the three of us. A 12 months later we purchased our first home in Tunbridge Wells, our second golden retriever (Maple) and bought engaged. 

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Sean popped the query on our three 12 months anniversary in Santorini. We arrived at our anniversary dinner which was at a restaurant constructed into the facet of a cliff over the Aegean sea. It was excellent as a result of it was proper at sundown.

We have been at our personal desk when Sean bought down on one knee and requested. After a number of ugly crying by me we Facetimed our family members and had chamapagne and seafood risotto.

Just below two years later we bought married, in August 2023.

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A Word From The Wedding ceremony Planner

Lisa Wheeldon, Rossini Weddings

For Rebekah and Sean’s marriage ceremony at Abbazia San Pietro in Valle our temporary was to create an environment of relaxed class and romance. Aligned with their imaginative and prescient of crafting a day paying homage to a cherished love story, the venue itself offered a panoramic backdrop that completely complemented their aspirations.

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Exterior the church, we labored with Sartoria Floreale to create two asymmetrical floral preparations with blush and white roses and greenery.

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Inside, a flowered floor arch adorned with clusters of white and blush flowers intertwined with greenery, embraced the bride and groom’s from the steps to the altar.

Mushy candlelight positioned among the many florals which solid a delicate, flickering glow that illuminated the frescoed partitions, enveloping the house in a way of heat and intimacy.

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For the dinner reception, crystal bottles adorned the tables, stuffed with white and blush roses, with crystal candelabras and votives with blush pink and white tapered candles, lending an air of delicate sophistication. Personalised menus, every bearing company names, and flatware delicately wrapped in blush pink ribbon, added one other considerate contact. 

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Rebekah’s bouquet refined simplicity that outlined your complete affair, crafted with a choice of pristine white and blush roses, accented by a blush silk ribbon.

From the fabric-hung welcome signal to the signature cocktail drinks and, notably, to the bride’s beautiful bouquet, each element of Rebekah and Sean’s marriage ceremony at Abbazia San Pietro in Valle harmoniously captured the essence of relaxed class.

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Paired with quite a few cherished moments shared with their nearest and dearest, these reminiscences will undoubtedly function enduring testaments to their love, cherished for years to come back.

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Our caters have been Lincei Catering – we had a standard Italian Millefoglie marriage ceremony cake – a standard Italian marriage ceremony cake product of layers of superbly crisp pastry topped with whipped cream and berries.

Italian Millefoglie wedding cake. Black and white wedding photography by Lewis Membery.

Night & Dancing

We’re each previous souls and love 60s music so had our first dance to Aretha Franklin’s ‘You Ship Me’. It’s a track we might typically dance to within the kitchen on a Sunday morning and it simply felt so relaxed and joyful, and that’s precisely what we wished to seize.

We employed Tenor Singer, Maurizio Marchini.

We employed DJ Laura Harvey of Spin Sisters, an all feminine DJ firm for the get together within the night.

Phrases of Wedded Knowledge

I’d decide to suppliers earlier on. We instantly selected Lewis Membery and Paul Van (fortunately) however on another suppliers we have been much less decisive and delaying resolution making may give you house to assume but in addition could imply you aren’t progressing the planning as a lot.

 It’s essential to keep in mind that that is your day and also you solely get one. Should you’ve each at all times dreamt of a vacation spot marriage ceremony, don’t let go of that dream, even when it means making onerous decisions about visitor numbers and having to simply accept that some folks gained’t wish to make the journey. Those who do are individuals who actually love you and wish to be there, and that solely enhances the ambiance.

Having household and associates collectively for a protracted marriage ceremony weekend overseas can actually really feel like an extension of celebrations which meant we weren’t restricted to at some point solely and it creates an actual vacation vibe. 

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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 companion Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves images, meditation, strolling, being outdoor and star gazing. She is fierce on the subject of championing expertise inside the marriage ceremony trade 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 turned a broadcast creator.

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