An American Getting Married in Italy: Historical – and Historic – Wedding in the Center of Milan
I met Julie (the American getting married in Italy) and Alessandro (her Italian spouse) for the first time during the Christmas holidays. When they told me how they envisioned their wedding, they used the words Fun and Involving. “We don’t want to take things too seriously”. It would be held in Milan and its surroundings. It would unite two different families, two different cultures and all the couple’s international friends living in Milan and abroad.
They were looking for an elegant, refined yet enjoyable style: they exceeded their own expectations!
In a pure Milanese atmosphere, the choice of the location fell on Villa Arconati, a foundation and museum under way of renovation – which is exactly what appealed to their eyes. Its non-shiny, slightly fané look recalled before the guests’ eyes bygone times: an immense garden, countless indoor and outdoor areas – to the point they weren’t even sure of which they would use! – and, above all, an entire museum at their disposal, open for guided tours during the aperitif, were the backdrop to this historic and historical day.
An Italian and an American getting married in Italy could only tie the knot with an English and Italian ceremony, which was celebrated by a dear friend of theirs. Knowing both of them deeply, Davide added very personal and enjoyable touches that blended with Cantor Evan Kent’s splendid and moving voice.
The chuppah, which had belonged to Julie’s grandfather, was the element from the bride’s family tradition; Italian tradition was expressed with the cutting the groom’s tie.
Julie’s lace dress by Pronovias featured two long tulle wings which fell from her shoulders forming a soft and romantic train. The shoes? Superb Prada!
Ceremony and reception were held outdoors, thanks to an extremely favorable and pleasant weather, before the party continued till early morning in the spacious former stables.
The menu, expressly designed to delight both Italian and American palates, included saffron risotto, tuna and pistachio paccheri, fish as a main course and a cake with a citrussy lemon twist.
The true Wow effect was the dinner set-up: a long tunnel surrounded by 3-meter high hedges, the Viale di Diana (Diana’s boulevard) was lined with silver-grey round tables shining with bronze lanterns, crowned with modern, soft centerpieces with the vibrant colors of roses, delphiniums, hortensias and lisianthuses.
On the tables, amber lights added a touch of romantic to the entire set-up
After the cutting of the cake, everyone moved to the stables for a rich dessert buffet. Dances were then opened with the auspicious Hora dance, which Italians nicknamed “la danza delle sedie” (the dance of chairs).
After their wedding in Italy, the couple replicated celebrations in New York with friends who weren’t able to come to Italy!
All our best wishes to Julie and Alex! We’ve helped US citizens getting married in Italy countless times before, but their day was definitely a memorable one for W.E. too.
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