Today we our off to Italy thanks to this lovely styled put together by wedding photographer Cinzia Bruschini, graphic designer Arabella Marsili (caratterino), flower designer Robero Monaldi and wedding planner Barbara Pederzini (fatamadrina). The theme (conceived by Barbara) is a celebration of Italy and the shoot was set on the eastern coast of Italy, in Grottammare (which is 140 miles from Rome). Side note, Rome was one of our favorite cities from our Italian Honeymoon! Grottammare is a small seaside town in the Marche region, right in the centre of Italy and perched on the Adriatic Sea. They chose this location since it is located in a lesser known part of Italy, far from the destination wedding crowds, and yet it offers everything couples could dream of. A lovely cluster of ancient buildings surrouding a small square in the Grottammare Alta (the high part of the town, atop a small hill encircled by walls), breathtaking views of the sea, the amazing hospitality of the locals as well as delicious food. It felt like the perfect place to celebrate the Italian way of weddings.
Everything for the shoot was sourced locally, promoting small businesses and crafters, as well as professionals from the nearby regions. They placed their main set in Piazza Peretti, outside the Osteria dell’Arancio, whose chef Lorenzo del Moro cooked the food featured in the shoot. I love the bright pops of colors (inspired by the Italian flag) + decor among the old city location.
The stationery kit was inspired by the vintage packaging of tomato sauce (reissued by Cirio in 2012, celebrating 150 years of united Italy) and by the loud atmosphere of the 1963 movie ‘Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow’. Guests would receive an invite packaged in a reclaimed tin and would be welcomed at the wedding by small Campari bottles used as escort cards. The tins would later be fastened to the getaway motorcicle (a vintage Guzzi,painted bright red) in order to make celebratory noise.
The bride was carrying a bouquet of peonies, roses, dianthus, Eucalyptus cinerea as well as rosmary and geranium leaves, all loosely tied up with a white satin ribbon. Bridesmaid had smaller bouquets, also of peonies, viburnum, rosmary and geranium leaves. The groom’s boutonniere was made of ornithogalum, hypericum and lemon leaf, tied up with green, white and red ribbons, whereas the best man’s boutonniere was made of a carnation and lemon leaf.
One of my favorite details! The table decoration was made of raw pasta (locally produced ‘paccheri’, a sort of large maccheroni). Every small piece of pasta acted as a vase for tiny flower arrangements made of ornithogalum, chrysanthemum, hypericum, viburnum and sage leaves.
The same theme was brought onto the simple dessert table, where a starkwhite cake stood. Roberto fashioned a table runner out of ziti (a sort of long spaghetti) twined together by beargrass leaves and decorated with ornithogalum, hypericum, viburnum, sweet william (dianthus barbatus). The cake was baked for the occasion by Antonietta Cuccia (Sweet Cuc’s Cake), it featured two layers and a heart-shaped red buttercream filler.
Such a fun celebration to Italy! And leaves me totally dreaming of another trip back… Hope this inspires some of our lovely Italian couples and/or couples planning a destination wedding in Italy!
photography: Cinzia Bruschini // venue(s): Piazza Peretti, Casa Pazzi // paper goods: caratterino // styling: fatamadrina // flower design: Robero Monaldi // catering: Osteria dell’arancio, Grottammare // cake: Sweet Cuc’s Cake // bridal gown: Atelier Couture Hayez // bow tie: Annalisa Titolo // dresses: Rosé à Pois