12

Mar

2015

Heloise and Lewis Super Chic Italian Wedding. By Gianni Di Natale

I have the most gorgeous wedding for you today, a super chic, elegant wedding from Italy. The photography from Gianni Di Natale is absolutely beautiful, and really tells the story of the wedding perfectly. The location of this Italian wedding is just stunning, from the breathtaking ceremony through to the amazing outdoor reception set around the super stylish swimming pool. The balloon release at the end of the evening really ends the night in style. And what can I say about Heloise and Lewis, what a  fine couple they are! Absolutely beautiful.

‘The best weekend we have ever had to date from start to finish. We had all our closest friends and family all in one place for a whole weekend, with such amazing party spirit, to celebrate our marriage was unbelievably magical.’

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Heloise and Lewis were married on 21st June 2014 at Masseria Torre Maizza, Savelletri de Fasano, Puglia. ‘I loved the intimacy and the various different locations within the Masseria that could give each guest a new experience throughout the day. The manager there was also very accommodating from the start with all my ideas. We had 100 guests in total and it took 15 months to plan.’

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How they met
We met as young 12 year olds, were friends for many years. We have been together now 7 and half years.

The Proposal
Christmas Day, at home. My husband hid clues throughout the house in ring boxes with ticker tape clues. All the clues related to diamonds. The final clue with the big question was underneath the tree. As I opened the box, read the clue and looked up, he was on one knee with the ring on his little finger.

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How did you allocate your budget
I made our wedding day about the guest experience. I wanted them, as well as my husband and I, to walk away having had the best day of their lives. Budget was spent on entertainment, food, alcohol!!

How did you choose your photographer
I chose Gianni because of his style to capture ‘moments’ rather than posed pictures.

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The Dress
My dress was Elie Saab, shoes Jimmy Choo and veil Pronovias.

The Suit and Bridesmaids
The Groom and ushers wore Ermenegildo Zegna, with Berluti shoes the bridesmaids Miu Miu dresses with Jimmy Choo.

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Theme or Colour Scheme
The Masseria was in full bloom of fuchsia bougainvillea so the pop of colour was already decided. therefore I stuck to white flowers.

Flowers
Hydrangeas, peonies babys breath

Decoration
Simple and elegant for myself. Wrist Corsages for the bridesmaids and button holes for the men. We have two archways of flowers, one for the ceremony and another for walking out as husband and wife. On the tables, we had square cubes of white flowers tied with ribbon to look like present boxes.

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Food
Straight after the ceremony we had an amazing buffet with large selection of hot and cold antipasti, mozzarella freshly made, Apulian traditional corner, fried vegetables corners, sushi etc.
For the reception dinner To Start: Cavatelli Pasta with Adriatic, Lobster and ginger flavoured potatoes
Followed By: Charcoal grilled veal fillet with thyme and primitivo red wine sauce and a rustic potato puree
To Finish: A selection of italian desserts

Wedding Cake
Strawberry and cream sponge!

Entertainment
We had a string quartet for the ceremony, a saxophonist during the aperitif. A live band for the start of the evening and DJ with Bongos for the end of the night

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Buy or DIY your Stationery
I designed the stationary myself online with an American company had the invites shipped to the UK.

Personal or Handmade Touches
I tried to incorporate many personal touches. As our wedding was outside in the June italian heat, although everyone was under shade it was still very warm. I had wooden fans personalised with our names and wedding date and placed on every other chair for guests to cool themselves. There is a poem that I loved, so I had this printed and also laid out on every other chair. Our table plan was hung from the vines on a walkway which my mum and I created each hanging ourselves. For the men and womens toilet we placed baby photos of myself and my husband. On the swimming pool we had giant letters spelt out in flowers of E & L for my husband and I. Our wedding was a weekend event, so when guests checked into their hotels they were given a hand made welcome pack that my mum and I had designed, inside of which was a personalised ‘do not disturb” sign that we had made.

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Special Moments
The whole weekend was amazingly special. It was the best weekend of my life. One highlight was when we gave everyone of our guests a helium balloon containing a LED light. After the dinner, on the dance floor every guest released their balloons (plus a few extras we had released from the roof terrace) and the whole sky was full of beautiful twinkling lights from the balloons. It was as if we had thrown stars in the sky.

Advice to other couples
Search the internet for different ideas and see how you can make them unique to you. I would spend hours looking at pictures on the internet and googling weddings. Give yourself enough time to plan in a relaxed way, to have options if one idea doesn’t work. Be open to alternative suggestions if something isn’t going to work. It may work out better.

Biggest surprise
I didn’t really have any surprises as I planned the day within an inch of its life. I guess the biggest surprise was that everything went to plan, on time and everything flowed as it should have from start to finish.

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Supplier Shout Outs

  • A huge shout out to Elio Zazzera at the Torre Maizza, who accommodated all my wild and extravagant ideas and pretty much made them all possible. He also helped with the florist and introduced us to the “music man” who supplied all of our entertainers.
    Wedding planner – www.exclusiveitalyweddings.com

 

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www.giannidinatale.com
www.giannidinatale.com/en/blog
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