January 28, 2013

Lara + Andrea

I’m so proud to show you Lara and Andrea’s wedding!

It wasp published on Style me Pretty. Yaaay!
Lara and Andrea wanted a wedding day that spoke about them, as much as possible. And they are young and fresh, head over heels in love for each other and very serious when it comes to having fun. What they wanted for their special day was a relaxed yet happy and refined atmosphere, where they could feel free to be close to their families and friends in such an emotional moment, and also take the opportunity to throw an unforgettable party! The theme for the wedding was dictated by the couple’s own passions: their love for a well made cup of tea and a shared interest for the asian culture. You can spot it dotted throughout the entire day: in the use of lanterns and parasols, teacups and tea tins, origami, tea leaves and take out boxes. We chose to go for a happy palette of corals, peach, lavender grey, mint green and light yellow, that resulted in a colorful but yet romantic combination. The colors were incorporated artfully in all the paper products, just lovely with their watercolor effect and flowy scripts. Coral peonies, together with lavender, garden roses and a touch of chamomile were the protagonists of the flower arrangements. For the ceremony, held in the town church were the bride grew up, only the most muted colors of the palette were used in the decorations, leaving the only coral touch to be in the stunning bridal bouquet and headpiece. But the color was brought on full force at the reception, held in a charming reclaimed barn in the middle of a golf club, with soft lawns going on forever into the horizon and delicate slopes where kids and kids-at-heart played all day long. The fun was assured by the duo of Dj’s that animated the day and night with a set of oldies rock n’roll, rockabilly, garage beat, surf, mod skin reggae and boogie that got everybody dancing like they were born to do just that. And if they were not dancing or mingling they were surely posing at the photobooth! The bride and her family put so much work in the crafting of the details, from the packaging of the favors, to the folding of origami, to the sourcing of the various cups and tins that were used.
Here is the super sweet stop motion video Giuli&Giordi put together

Qualche parola da Lara:
From the bride:

I’ve always loved weddings and I’ve seen quite a few before it came to ours, so when it finally came our time I was excited and nervous at the same time.
We were quite sure just about two things: we wanted something beautiful with a lot of care on the details and we wanted to have fun, partying with our friends and having a great time together.
I really didn’t know where to start and Laura, our wedding planner, really helped us in focusing on the good ideas, choosing the mood and the colors and giving shape to our theme idea…not so simple at all!
Andrea loves Japan and I love tea and flowers so we decide to mix them up together for a garden-party-tea-ceremony with some Japanese elements like paper parasols and origami…not so easy to make something nice with it!
We spent a few months searching for all the little things that you can see in the details photos, always helped by Laura’s good advices: parasols, cups, tea samples, letters, origami paper, favor boxes, ribbons. My house was packed but I loved it! I really enjoyed searching for the right fabric for my bridesmaid dresses and for my daughter…she had a really clear idea of what she wanted and we “designed” her dress together.
I packed the favors one by one with my mom and my cousin (my bridesmaid) and they were joking at me all the time because of my fussiness, but I couldn’t help it: it was my wedding!
Three are the moments that I will never forget: the early morning of the wedding trying to getting ready but too excited not to waste time in jokes while dressing my daughter and getting dressed by my best friends; the moment when I saw my husband-to-be at the end of the aisle watching me like he never had before: I couldn’t look at him for more than a few seconds or I would have burst into tears and the first dance with my dad, for which I choose a song by Francoise Hardy called “Tous les garcons et les filles”. It’s the first song that my dad taught me to play on the piano when I was a little girl and it reminds me of all of the perfect times spent together.
What I can say is that you can’t really control everything (even if I tried to!) so you have to choose very carefully who’s going to help you (friends, vendors…) make a list of what it really matters for you, and after you’ve done all you can do to make sure that what’s on your list is going to be fine… just relax and hope all the rest will follow!!!
Here’s “our”(my husband to be really cared just about music and food…but he supported me for the things I loved) list of VIT (very important things):
– Music (and fun): that’s why we chose something very romantic and classic for the church (the Canon in D major by Pachelbel above all) and something that can really involve everybody for the party (fifties and sixties songs are just perfect).
– Food: tasty was the key word! Maybe the cake was not like my dream one but it tasted so good…anyone tells us it was the best cake they’ve ever eat and that’s the most important thing!
– Photos: Laura found the perfect wedding photographers, G&G are just amazing and we had so much fun…the photoboot was a blast! You can see the photos…I think it’s perfection.
– Stationery: I love paper, is one of my fixations: when I travel stationery shops are a must! Valentina by CutandPaste is the paper’s elf and she realized the perfect stationery set: fresh and colorful but delicate. Just what I wished for!
– Flowers: I love flowers and I cannot imagine a wedding without them! Sofia by Il profumo dei fiori made a huge work finding the coral charm peonies that I loved so much and making something simple but wonderful at the same time!
– Details: I’ve to thank Laura for the planning and all the good advices when I was lost in shopping trying to decide between umbrellas, fans, cups, lanterns (what size? what color?), ribbons, letters and so on. She and Sofia made an amazing job and everybody fell in love with all the little (and big!) beautiful things that turned the church and the location into a fairy tale!
– Dress: last but not least… the dress! I wanted something romantic but a little flippant and when I saw all those little dots I decided that was the one! This is my advice: it is just for one day, have fun, use it and don’t be worried about ruining it…you will do it anyway but if you have had fun then it was worth it!

 

Credits:
Wedding design and coordination: me!
photography, stop-motion and photobooth: Giuli e Giordi
Graphic design: Cut and Paste lab
Catering: HB catering
Guestbook illustration: Veronica Bilotta
Bride’s dress: Elisabetta Polignano
Bridesmaids dresses:custom made by Sartoria Patelli
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