October wedding dream

Autumn weddings in Puglia are so amazing. The summer season has not yet completely let go and the days have a light and a magical atmosphere.

Giada and Antonio joined in marriage on October 3rd and for them we created a design with colors definitely in line with the season: burgundy, eucalyptus green, peach pink, pink powder and a touch of gold characterized all the details of the setting.

For these two spouses we had a mission: to be able to set up a really great Church without distorting it and without the project appeared “too much”.

Behind the altar stood a huge painting with wonderful colors that in the end we were able to integrate well into the context.

For lunch Giada and Antonio have chosen a typically Apulian location: a farm surrounded by greenery that has created the perfect setting for this wedding.

The weather, except for a small bracket at the exit of the bride and groom in which it rained a bit, was on our side allowing us to set up the time of cutting cake outdoors.

The bride and groom in the presence of all the guests had their magic moment in the presence of a wedding cake placed on a swing suspended between the olive trees.

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Location @masseriabonelli

PH @fabiomastrovito

Flowers @thetwinflorist

Music @darkangel

Planning & Design @michelatombolini

Bridal Dress @mariannacerimonia.fragagnano

Alessio & Claudia – a dream by the sea

Claudia and Alessio were for me “bride and groom you do not expect”, a nice-looking couple with very clear ideas.

My first meeting with her  was in 2018 during a trunk show in her atelier, Claudia is the owner and she is in the wedding dress business.

She already had her own wedding in mind and had actually already started planning.

When they called me was a month away from the wedding, Claudia was convinced could take care of everything  but she did not realize that her marriage was in conjunction with the great days of her clients. He didn’t really have time to deal with the last things.

Coordinating the day of the marriage of Alessio and Claudia immediately appeared to us not simple: they had set in motion a high-level organizational machine, involved a group of suppliers very strong.

The dream of my August spouses was double: the religious ceremony in a small church perched on a hill in Monopoli and to follow the candles ceremony with exchange of promises on the beach in a location and then the dinner.

I don’t think there are words to describe the atmosphere of that day, what was impressed in the wonderful shots of Vincenzo and his team represents the synthesis of a perfect day.

I don’t want to go any further but I would like the images to speak, you can view the most beautiful shots in the gallery

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Venue @coccarobeach

PH @visstudiofoto&video

Flowers @ilgiardinodelre

Musica @nicorinaldi

Coordination day @michelatombolini

A dream in two acts

I met Ilaria during an event one year ago, she was sitting in the front row and together with her sister they followed me, both kidnapped, in my story of a dream.

I tell you the truth: I did not expect at the beginning it would become a bride of mine and I never imagined in which magical and special adventure would have involved me.

It was March of this year and one sunny morning I received a beautiful message that more or less sounded like this: would you like to help us realize our dream?

Umberto (this is how the groom is called) exactly on 15 July 2018 had asked Ilaria’s hand in a magical place. They were traveling in the USA and thanks to a breathtaking frame, the Niagara Falls, knelt down to ask her if she wanted to become his wife. Why tell you about the marriage proposal?

Because exactly one year later, July 15, 2019 Ilaria and Umberto became husband and wife. They wanted a simple but refined, refined and elegant civil ceremony with attention to detail.

The council chamber of the Municipality of Monteparano that hosted us was the perfect setting for the union of these two boys.

The delicate design in shades of pink blush has triumphed in the details: from the bride’s dress, to the flowers of the flower arrangements to the bow that closed the cadeau for guests.

For Umberto and Ilaria we studied a particular wedding cake table, in one of the inspections at the home of the mother of the bride I fell madly in love with a small antique console. And that’s where we created a magic: the wedding cake decomposed into three parts surrounded by flowers and design elements.

The dream of these two boys, however, did not end on the evening of 15 July 2019, Ilaria and Umberto on 15 July 2020 will crown their dream of love with the great event in the church.

Just in these days Ilaria has chosen her wedding dress and we are in full preparation. They chose the location, the photographer and the musicians. From January we will start working on design and I’m really too happy to say that our adventure together is not over yet.

I will never cease to thank these guys for the infinite trust they have in my work, choosing to entrust me with not one but two events is a crazy honor for me.

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Nancy & Alberto

Alberto and Nancy are a young couple, but after 12 years of a well-established relationship they decided to get married. Right from the start Nancy showed her clear ideas and it was easy to build the design of her dream. Alberto was not far behind, he also knew exactly what he wanted and he was very involved throughout the organization.

 

We have created for them a delicate design, a garland in various shades of pink that has become the “brand” of their event. A touch of gold has made everything very elegant, but never too much. Small details, such as the beautiful candelabra, have been used on location as the base on which the excellent florist built the centerpiece.

 

The location, a stunning masseria in Ostuni (BR), turned out to be the ideal place at first site: elegant, refined and by no means trivial.

The couple expressed the desire to have an outdoor reception, under an early summer night sky, pampering us with a delightful wind slightly dampening the heat.

 

A wedding in the Puglian style, but with elegant notes, allowed us to get some wonderful shots of the very talented @raffaelevestito.

The bride wanted to personally take care of some details, assembled the holdings and made the white flower to close them. She has also created some lovely pink paper flowers, accompanied by a gold ribbon, which have adorned the napkins giving life to a simple set up, caring for everything down to the smallest detail.

A young and beautiful couple determined to crown their dream of love by following a common thread has proved successful.

 

The pre-dinner appetizer was held in an adjacent area, away from the section where the dinner itself would take place. This was done so the guests could admire the wonderful decorations when they entered. We could read in their eyes, at the moment when everything was in front of them, the wonder and the surprise.

 

The cutting of the cake was a real show: 10 luminous fountains framed the wonderful exhibition of duo luminous butterflies “Las Brillantes”, two very skilled girls from Lecce who performed on stilts wrapped in wings with a thousand lights.

 

Our first wedding of the 2019 season turned out to be a crazy party, the guests of the bride and groom did not spare themselves: they created a magical atmosphere worthy of an event that celebrated love.

 

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PH @raffaelevestito

Flower in location @luigidagosto

Location @masseriatraettaexclusive

Bride dress @carmelacomes

Groom suite @comesuomo1974

The choice

Accompanying the bride on the occasion of the choice of dress does not fall within the tasks of the event organizer but when my brides ask me I never say no, I always perceive it as an honor to be a spectator of this magic.

The Choice, not by chance I write it with a capital S, is an intimate, magical moment that often triggers alchemy and particular emotions.

Yesterday was my bride on June 23rd the protagonist of this indescribable afternoon, incredible for a whole series of reasons that I will tell you shortly.

Paola’s entourage was not very numerous: mother, mother-in-law, sister and nephew.

All women ready at 6pm to cross the threshold of a famous atelier in the Brindisi area.

We were welcomed and followed by an amazing assistant, a very sweet girl with a very evident passion for her work. She immediately put everyone at ease, a bride in her head who started wearing the clothes she had previously selected.

The fashion show that followed was a sight for the eyes, I don’t think I’m partisan but 100% objective without a denial, my bride is tremendously beautiful and anything she wears is a success.

The first, the second dress, the third and so on up to the fifth. The second seems to convince her but she would like to change something. I think inside me that the right dress has yet to come. I see her reflected in the mirror as she evaluates the pros and cons, she scrutinizes carefully no detail escapes her and at that moment I take the photo of this post.

It is beautiful in its indecision, the wrinkled forehead that reveals all the questions that follow one another in his head.

There is still a dress to try the sixth: up to that moment, mother and mother-in-law occasionally throw a little comment but the mother seems to wait for something.

Caterina brings the last dress into the dressing room, they take a while to get ready and here is that Paola puts a foot out of the tent on the catwalk. He does not have time to appear completely and my gaze rests on his mother, he lights up, a huge smile appears on her face: “I shiver exclaims!” And shows us the hairs of his forearm in celebration.

Mom is always right, Paola will choose dress number 6 on day 3.

For lovers of numerology who knows what it will mean to me that I am, for obvious reasons, a lover of the number 3 yesterday was simply a perfect day.

But I will have to give a chance also to the number 4 because this morning a message from the mother of the bride has filled my heart and convinced more and more that I have the honor of doing the most beautiful job in the world.

Elena, Cesare and the flood

To tell the story of Elena and Cesare’s wedding, I chose this wonderful photo of the wedding cake and of its preparation, arriving at the end of the post you will understand why. Elena and Cesare are both Lombard and have chosen to marry in a beautiful church in Ripalta Cremasca, the Church of San Michele Arcangelo. For the reception they opted for a delightful location 200 meters from the Church, Villa San Michele (the name Michele / a was the fil rouge of this marriage ed). Also in this case the weather forecast gave us the chance to pass off: a violent storm was forecast and no sun was visible all day long. We arrived the day before the event bringing a wonderful sun from the south and I imagined it would not have completely abandoned me the following day. Elena’s preparation was exciting, her witness Gessica and her mother followed with trepidation all the phases. When the florists’ staff started to bring the creations of Nadia (Poletti, the flower designer – editor’s note) to the bride’s house, it was all a succession of “wow”.

The wonderful bouquet, exactly the same as the bride’s design, the delicious centerpieces enclosed in wooden boxes created by the father of the bride, the wonderful buttons and the fresh flowers, foreseen for the hairstyle, which stood out in the vase gleaming with the intense colors of the burgundy, salmon pink and white. In this marriage there was a curious reversal of roles, the bride gave off tranquility from all the pores but the groom seemed to be sitting on a cushion of pins: he was so agitated that he arrived with a little delay. I leave the bride to run to my Claudia (Girola, from Colorato di Pink, my most precious right arm) in the church and we begin to look at the sky and, as early as the morning, the sun shone high in the sky but some clouds threatened from afar. We would have kept an eye on them later. The church left me speechless, Nadia was intent on arranging the last compositions, the glance was beyond all expectations, the project on paper was not only respected but was more beautiful a thousand times. The reality that goes beyond the imagination! A phone call from the photographer warns us of the bride coming, I take a look at Claudia and we understand each other on the fly: bride on the way but late husband. I immediately call the witness of the bride, who was in the car with her and I invite all of them to take a nice long ride. 10 minutes pass and the groom’s car appears on the horizon, we breathe a sigh of relief. With a little effort we invite all the guests to take a seat inside and as if by magic, thanks to the strategic delay of the groom, I manage to realize a dream of mine: the entry of the groom into the church on his mother’s arm with most of the invited guests! Satisfied, I am going to welcome Elena to the churchyard, which finally arrives and makes its triumphal entry (as it should be for every bride!) Welcomed by the applause and affection of friends and relatives. As I always say, the team makes the difference in an event, for logistical reasons this year it was not possible to bring my crew with me but I strongly wanted a colleague who is also a great friend of mine: Claudia , without her I could not have accomplished what was.

The church ceremony is coming to an end without a hitch, Claudia already on location to set up the room and the last details. I go out to the churchyard just before the couple and a few drops start to come down despite the presence of the sun, I decide to give an acceleration to the operations inside the church. We succeed in getting the spouses out of harm’s way, the flight of the two doves is successful and, while the new husband and wife gather their best wishes, I run away to the location, the photographer would have warned me of their arrival. On location Claudia and I are constantly upturned, scrutinize, observe, transform ourselves into pupils of Bernacca (is she still alive?). Let’s try to understand if and when the mega storm will break down on the villa and go over plan B. The spouses are arriving from there in 10 minutes when a bit of wind suddenly rises, another glance between Claudia and me and way to race the tensile structure set up for lunch ready to set up the table with the escort cards originally set up outside. The bride and groom arrive at the Villa and, as planned, (the Villa had amazing landscapes) they begin their shooting while the guests are entertained by the welcome cocktail. They do not have time to finish the last shot when a drizzle starts to come down, first slowly but then more and more insistent. Luckily the guests are all already at their tables and the bride and groom are just in time to make their entrance, finally lunch and the party can begin. The sun peeks out at times but the rain has wet everything outside and the area that was supposed to host the cutting of the cake is not accessible.

Together with Claudia we decide to set up the cake table inside, unfortunately the spouses should have given up plan A. What can sometimes come out of a plan B is really amazing, I personally took care of setting up the cake table and it was child’s play because the compositions were wonderful, and the result is what you see in the picture. Did I mention you at the beginning of the post why I chose the wedding cake setup photo? Here you have no idea how many compliments I “got” from the bride, she was enthusiastic and you still ask yourself: “how and especially when you managed to create this?” The when it is quickly said: 10 minutes of fire, to answer to the “how” I must once again bother two key words: training and experience in the field! Problem solving is not something innate, it is a gift that develops over time and through continuous study. And have you already understood if you want to use an event organizer for your big day? Elena and Cesare did it and not even the flood managed to ruin their big day. “Falling in love is easy, but being in love is something really special.” (Anonymous)

Paola’s (and Alfonso) dream

From the very first time Paola set foot in the location court, which she would later choose together with Alfonso for their best day, she immediately expressed a wish: she absolutely wanted guests to be accommodated in imperial and not round tables. At that moment, looking at the light that filled his eyes, I promised her and myself that I would do everything in my power to realize and protect her dream. But there was an objective limitation given by the fact that the guests of Alfonso and Paola would have touched the 200 units and that’s how I proposed a fusion between imperial tables and round table. On June 23, 2018 in Brindisi the sun shone high in the sky, the forecasts for the 15 days before the wedding had given us a nice thunderstorm but I was confident: my reputation for bringing good weather with me would not have abandoned me. It was around 3.30 pm and with my trusted collaborators we were going to enter the church to fix the last details, we were distracted by the ringing of my phone was Ilaria (the owner from the location ed!) Who informed me of the presence of an annoying wind and he asked me where they should set up: inside or in the court. I replied that we would not have given up the court for anything in the world! The entrance to Paola’s church was beautiful and exciting with a nice note, the page that should have brought the wedding rings came in opening the procession brandishing the mini bouquet stolen from the damsel.

A total white floral arrangement consisting of hydrangeas and myrtle branches that gave off a sweet and very good smell, welcomed Paola on the arm of her father Eugenio. The path of the nave enriched with glass boules with very bright white candles. The religious rite was fulfilled and the newlyweds relaxed ready to celebrate with all the friends and relatives on location. As I wrote in a post on my Facebook page for Paola and Alfonso I challenged the mistral and won, we won. During the journey between the church and the location a phone call informs us that vases were flying in the court. Arriving there with my right arm we tried to understand how to solve the problem: on a single imperial table (we had 4 plus 8 round ed) small vortices of wind were formed that prevented the taller vessels from standing up. We waited a few minutes and broke 3 vases and in the end we decided: we tweak the program and modify the table set up “in the field”. The spouses had arrived on location and the guests had almost finished the welcome cocktail. It was the most intense 15 minutes of my life but in the end we solved the problem! I ran to welcome my spouses at the entrance and when I informed them that we had to slightly change the programs, the bride with an infinite disappointment in my eyes asked me: “Do I have my imperial tables?” At that moment I realized that I had made the right decision, that I had protected and realized the great desire of my bride. I told her that “her imperial tables” were there, that we had set up in the court and that her dream was safe. Remember my incipit? Well, I promised it to myself and myself: “I would have done everything in my power to realize and protect his dream!” And that’s exactly what I did! The adrenaline and the emotions that I gathered that day will remain with me forever, imprinted in my mind and in my heart. Paola and Alfonso had their happy ending, and you? What are you waiting for to ask me what I can help you with during your wedding preparations? “Whatever our souls are made of, mine and yours are made of the same thing” (Emily Brontë)

The Galateo

There are many spouses who ask themselves the question when they start the preparations for their best day: are we forced to observe the rules of etiquette or can we safely ignore them? When this question is posed to me, my thoughts immediately turn to the image of white and black: no one forces the spouses to adhere to etiquette, but once it is decided to respect written rules (not by me ed!) It must be done until the end. On the other hand, as already mentioned above, there is no obligation and therefore full freedom to do as our heart inspires us. Wearing a tuxedo in the middle of the day (the etiquette does not provide for the groom to wear it NEVER! Ed) or choosing to wear a tight or half tight during the afternoon / evening ceremony, honestly makes it a bit of a pantomime. It can be worn during ceremonies by 6 pm in Italy and by 4:30 pm in the United Kingdom and in fact is called a “morning dress”. If it is chosen by the groom it becomes an obligation also for the witnesses and the fathers of the spouses. The Frac instead should be used only for evening ceremonies. Often and gladly I notice that when the bride arrives at the altar, the groom reveals her and smacks a light kiss on her forehead, this gesture so cute and sweet, without a doubt, makes it clear that the spouses do not know the real meaning of the gesture. According to etiquette, it is the father of the bride who reveals her, kisses her and puts her in the hands of her future husband. The “delivery” to his new life. Another topic that triggers absurd diatribes: the guests’ outfit, including mothers of the spouses. Now starting from the absolute assumption that no one should ever even think about dressing up too conspicuously at risk of overshadowing the bride, here are the rules set by the etiquette of marriage. It seems obvious to say that white should be avoided, alas, on some occasions I have seen guests who had worn it. If the bride has not chosen white for her dress, this should also be avoided. The absolute prohibition of dressing in black, a color reserved for funerals and elegant events, has recently come to a halt: someone (I don’t know who!) Has established that worn together with white or colored accessories is possible. I remain faithful to tradition: you have many opportunities to use black, you should not use it at weddings.

My dear readers, red is also banned because it is considered too daring, the same goes for the viola, which in addition to being quite striking is linked to Christian Lent. The galaeto includes the use of pastel shades. Obviously all these rules if they are valid for the guests also apply to the mothers of the spouses. Yes to dresses in sober colors: cobalt blue, navy blue, sugar paper, light blue and light blue. Absolutely avoid clothes that are too short, too flashy, full of sequins and in general too elaborate: you are not the protagonists of the event! Yes in small floral patterns but only during daytime events. Speech bags, ca va sans dire, yes a clutch and small bags, no for shoppers or bags with a handle. The hat is only used by the mother of the bride who authorizes everyone to wear it. I recommend the beautiful books on etiquette, many often say “I do not care, I dress as I like at weddings!” Very well, free to do so but always remember that the etiquette is nothing but: The set of rules for behave conveniently and DIGNITALLY in social relations! Because often only a pinch of the dear, old and now outdated fashion would be enough GOODWAY!