It’s been so long since I shared a personal post here and this day is probably the perfect for doing so.
In fact, exactly six month ago we got married, in a super hot last day of July. We got our wedding photos last week so I thought about sharing something about our special day with you. I am tired of posting the less professional and more private stuff only in my IG Stories 🙂
First, let me tell you that I feel so lucky of being able to marry in such a period. Luckily, last summer the pandemic here was in a very low curve and we were able to celebrate with everybody – we did a big party, probably it was so fun and special also because everybody really needed some fun time, after the months we passed through. I feel so lucky also because there were storms coming here and there just a few minutes from our venue all day long – but the sun above us kept shining all day, except from very few rain only in the evening – “sposa bagnata sposa fortunata” ( “wet bride, lucky bride”) we say here. And I feel so lucky because my husband and I met exactly at the beginning of this pandemic, in one of the worst period ever – when the last thing I was thinking about was to date someone – and in less than one year we decided to marry, we organized everything in less than 6 months – and everything was simply as we really desired.
My friends know this, I never dreamed about myself in a white dress – I was pretty sure that I would have never had one, never with lace, and absolutely never a veil – nor never dreamed about a traditional wedding in a church.
And here I was, in a long white dress entirely decorated in lace and a long veil, getting married in a small church of a beautiful place just at the foot of the mountains. Never say never, that is for sure what these two crazy years thought me 😉
Our DIY Wedding decorations
So since this is a blog about interiors and design, I am telling you also more about the decorating part of our wedding.
As mentioned, we organized everything in six months – without a wedding planner and by doing most of the things by ourselves. The idea was to have a simple wedding, where people could just have fun – and eat&drink well ( top priority ).
All we knew was that we wanted a rustic location, a decor to be simple and not too romantic nor shabby, with a touch of vintage and some local elements – and something about travels. A lot to be put together I know, but I never liked those things that are totally coordinated, I think they are a bit boring. I think that what came out was a mix of the wedding styles my friend Valentina listed in this post, about wedding trends – with a touch of boho, of japan, of green and farmhouse.
Anyways, once we found the location ( that was the only one we visited, can you believe this? ) and the catering, everything then came out naturally. Before that, we started as always by choosing the color palette, we were sure about not having bright colors since for sure in summer everybody will have been colorful dressed – so we set a neutral palette of warm whites, beiges, with some sage and olive green.
But actually the very first thing I choose was my bouquet. Since we didn’t want colors, it was a mix of white flowers, some eucalyptus and some dry flowers. I wanted it to be quite big, so I could have the feeling to somehow “hide” behind it – since I am very shy!
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After the bouquet, all the other elements came out naturally – as my florist said to me, when talking about wedding decorations, the bouquet plus the bridal dress are those elements which “rules” then all the other elements of a wedding. If you keep this tip in mind, everything then will be much easier!
In fact, it was pretty easy then to chose everything: my dress style ( that was in ivory white, very light and airy), the wedding invitations ( that were a flight ticket!), all the graphics that were printed on craft paper, the wedding favors ( local olive oil ), the car ( that was a surprise from my husband – a beautiful vintage van ) – and then all the interior + outdoor decorations.
The church+location decor was with green plants and lots of pampas plus other dry flowers. We also used lots of wreathes to decorate the corners – for example the menu, the buffet tables, and so on. Then, we added some fun elements – such as 100 white paper lanterns to decorate the hall for the main lunch, which otherwise looked very empty; the table names, that were the translations of ‘ I love You‘ in many different languages; and the wedding bags, where we put also mask + sanitizing.
We designed and packed everything by ourselves ( just with the help of my parents, definitely more patient and precise than us ), we even gathered the wheats by ourselves from the fields ^_^ We purchased online the white Chinese lanterns to hang – and hanged them two days before the wedding, together with our florist – same day when we hanged the light displays outside, under the big portico. We cut a pallet to make the signs, and did the graphics for the invitations and the church books.
Our Wedding day
For sure, everything was not perfect, but for us it was so special – from the first day we started organizing everything, to the last minute when the lights were turned off.
The wedding day was really fun ( we even had a flash mob from our friends in front of the church! ahhhh ), but also all the months before the wedding day were so nice and not stressful at all. I mean, how can you be stressed in preparing such a beautiful and happy event as a wedding is?
I am sharing below some of the official photos we just received. I hope that if you are in the process of organizing your wedding, you can maybe find some ideas and inspirations in ours.
And, anyways, don’t forget to smile and have fun ♥
- Photos: Jessica Speziale
- Catering: Gruppo Marchioro
- Dress: Pronovias @ Fausto Sari
- Make Up: Arianna Chiereghin
- Florist: Fioreria Alex
- Deejay: Party DJ Italy