One of the most important roles of a wedding planner is undoubtedly that of understanding each couple’s dream and making it come true.
For this wedding in Venice, I found myself in front of a super-stylish, up-to-the-minute and oh-so-glam bride with a passion for fuchsia and a fiancé who was her exact opposite – and who stayed as far away from fashion as he could. Useless to say that in the end he had to give up and come closer!
The feeling between Eva and I was immediate: we shared similar tastes for fashion and style and the constant quest for the “non-predictable” element that strikes a balance between tradition and personal touch.
Eva and Pol’s was one of the weddings I enjoyed the most planning right from the very beginning, when the bride asked me: “I don’t want to be the only one dressed in white, I would like all of the guests to wear it”.
It was no sooner said than done! The ‘Smart, casual, total white’ dress code invitations were ready.
And oh, what invitations were they!
One afternoon, I met Eva, Pol and Meg (the couple’s Beagle and page boy) in Park Sempione and, equipped with a corsage, a boutonniere, a peony-woven dog collar and a photographer, we started a shooting which was then used for reception cards.
“Moreover,” continues Eva “fuchsia is my favorite color and must absolutely not be missing”.
But how could fuchsia be introduced in a way both unexpected – therefore not simply through floral décor – yet suiting everyone?
We made chiffon foulards bearing the bride and groom’s logo for everyone, letting the guests give their free interpretation: scarves, belts, handbag charms… at that point, a photo was taken of every single guest and was then sent to everyone as heartfelt thanks.
The favors carried another fuchsia touch: fuchsia nail polish for women and fuchsia knot cufflinks for men.
Then, on a warm September afternoon, there came the guests, all clad in white and headed to the Locanda Cipriani, location of the ceremony and reception.
Torcello has always been a much sought-after wedding location and throughout its 80 years of activity, the Locanda has hosted many celebrities and royal guests, tantalizing their palates with Venice’s typical cuisine.
The Giardino delle Rose (or “Rose Garden”), embellished by white and fuchsia Phalaenopsis orchids, was the setting for an oh-so-touching yet very eager ceremony starring an exceptional ring bearer (the couple’s Beagle).
A violin and harp duet enhanced the most touching moments of the ceremony, while dinner was cheered by a small group of gondoliers chanting Venetian popular songs.
And after the cutting of the cake in the garden, the party continued until late at night on board of the Galleon, away from any volume and time limits!
I will always remember that day, I loved every single minute of it!
Photography: Morlotti Studio Venezia
Venue: Locanda Cipriani
Wedding Dress: Giorgio Armani
Groom’s Apparel: Dolce & Gabbana