We recently caught up with the bride to get all the details of her wedding planning and venue search saga, which you can read about below. The thing we love most? Guests stuck around for a full week of celebrations at Villa Laura. Bellissima!
What was your color palette and your style vision?
Even before we booked our venue Villa Laura I knew I wanted a very romantic and elegant look to our wedding. I didn’t want a one color theme. I wanted it to all fit seamlessly together. The dinner table was going to be the showstopper. I flew 120 yards of one seamless piece of gray soft linen to Italy so it would flow across three seven foot tables with no interruption.
My friends and family were a huge part of my style and vision. I wanted everyone to feel loved. Jon and I had been together for so long and I felt strongly that a wedding while yes, it was centered around our love, our wedding was a party to celebrate the life we all share together. Our stories are interweaved on a daily basis, we all support and celebrate each other. It was an honor to have them by our side and we are forever in debt to their love. We made sure our amazing photographers sat at our wedding table too!! I didn’t want anyone to feel as if they were there to cater to us, I wanted them to sit with us, eat dinner with us, laugh with us and truly feel the love that we were all their to share.
What unique elements or DIY details did you include?
Upon arrival I had a wine crate full of local Italian goodies for our guests to enjoy in their rooms. I included post cards and stamps for them to send off during the week as well as lovely letter pressed welcome note. Each of the women received a market bag to use during their stay included in the room!
What was your favorite moment?
The first moment was when I saw my table for the first time in person. I had worked for a whole year in front of my email and designing everything without touching it. As I approached my table with candles flickering, lights sparkling and everything was perfectly set exactly how I curated, I cried my eyes out!!
The second moment, when we walked up to see our guests for the first time after the ceremony everyone naturally came in and we did a big group hug! It was the sweetest moment! It happened so naturally and without any hesitation.
Third moment: It was around 3am in the morning and all of our guests had found their way back to their rooms. The candles were still burning and my husband and I sat at our spot at our dinner table. He had unplugged the string lights and it was only the candles burning. All of the chairs were sitting to and fro, wine bottles empty and the moon was so full and so bright. We sat there for at least 20 minutes. We sat there and share our grateful feelings and the darkness of the night surrounded us. It was the loveliest way to end our evening.