Hello you lovely people and welcome to another wonderful wedding here on the Blog. Yesterday...
Hello everyone and thank goodness it’s the weekend! How are you all? I hope you have all had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend ahead of us? I am super excited as I have a super fun weekend planned. Tomorrow Nik, Dexter and I are off to the theatre and then Dexter is taking part in a circus workshop. Then he is off to his Nana’s house while Nik and I go out for some food and then we are off to a comedy night! I’m really looking forward to a night out! Sunday I am taking Dexter to the cinema to watch Doolittle. What about you? Today I am taking you off to Italy for another stunning Italian wedding. Italy is such a popular place for a wedding. I have shared some gorgeous Italian weddings on the blog over the past few years, and this one is equally as gorgeous. Bhavini and Nick chose minimal decor as their venue was so stunning, they hardly needed anything else, just good friends and their love. Andrea Antohi was there to capture the day for them.
Bhavini and Nick were married on 29th June 2019 at Masseria Spina Monopoli, Puglia in Italy. ‘We fell in love in Italy and always joked that we would get married someday there. Also who doesn’t love Italian food! We had 92 guests, We booked the venue 1 year in advance but only spent a month or 2 planning at the start. Closer to the time a few weeks before the wedding we sorted out smaller details.’
How they met
We met at work as junior doctors. It was my first job as a doctor and I had no idea what I was doing – Nick looked after me and showed me the ropes. We have been together nearly 8 years.
Nick organised a trip on a private junk boat in Ha Long Bay. We went kayaking in the morning and then had a lunch on a private island where he proposed. He was behaving strangely all day I knew something was up! He was so nervous he buried the ring in the sand – it was adorable.
How did you allocate your budget?
The main cost was the venue however this came with a large food menu and drinks as well as the cake. We cut down a lot of costs by doing our own decorations. The venue owners were incredibly helpful with lots of other details to help us keep things reasonably priced. Many things would have been extremely hard without their help.
Where did you splurge and where did you save?
Food and drink, outfits and photographer – we felt these were all worth splurging on. Luckily a close family friend is a make up artist and did all of my make up for free. As above, we made and arranged a lot of our own decorations and favours etc.
How did you choose your photographer?
We found Andrea Antohi online and checked out his portfolio. It was exactly what we wanted in that he is excellent at capturing a lot of natural moments.
I designed my dress and bought the lace myself and then had it tailored in Australia by “Sassi by Andronis”. My shoes were from Academia (an Italian designer). My accessories were my mums from Swarovski.
The suit and bridesmaids
Nick had his suit made by a tailor in Australia called Carl Nave, whose family is actually from Puglia! I asked the bridesmaids to wear a light blue.
Theme or colour scheme
Dusky blues and yellows
Hydrangeas and wild seasonal Italian flowers
We had fresh flowers and foliage. The venue was beautiful enough that it didn’t need a huge amount added.
We had a starter buffet of fried breads, variety of cheeses and vegetables and parmigianas. Followed by 2 pastas – an orecchiette with cherry tomato, stracciatella and argula pesto and then a ricotta cheese and lemon ravioli with pistachios and parmigiano cream. For dessert there was a selection of 8 traditional Italian desserts and a gelato cart.
The venue included the cake which was a lemon Chantilly naked cake decorated with flowers.
We had a DJ and set off paper lanterns at midnight.
Who supplied the stationery?
We made a website and sent out invites via this and supplied a GoPro for guests to record video messages on the day.
I made individual name tags on pieces of wood. I painted the wood and then used white paint to write everyone’s names. This took ages! I also painted the seating plan and order of events and some entrance and direction signs. My mum and myself made all of the bouquets and boutonnieres. We also made all of our favours – these were some glass bottles which we filled with local limoncello or olive oil as well as packed fresh Puglian almond biscuits. Other touches were some personalised rubber wristbands which were blue and yellow as guests entered the wedding
The ceremony in the olive grove in the summer evening was one of the most special moments of our lives. We had one of Nick’s friends acting as the celebrant – she made our ceremony unique and personal to us and our vows mirrored that also. Our first dance also felt natural and magical. Overall there was so much love and warmth in the air the whole night.
Advice for other couples
Enjoy the day and don’t stress about the little things. This was advice given to us by other married couples but it is definitely true. Nick also got very drunk at a welcome party the night before so had a big hangover for the first half of the actual wedding day (thankfully the wedding started in the evening)
The speeches were one of the few things out of our control and they were all incredible. None of them felt too long, they were a great source of entertainment – the guests were in hysterics.
Boho wedding photographer based in Apulia (south of Italy) where a lot of romantic couples come from alla round the world to get married
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