Laura and Simone’s garden luncheon looks like it’s straight out of a painting, which makes sense given that a painting was the main source of inspiration for them…
You’d never guess from this photo that the bride is a fashion editor, right? Bridesmaids each wore a different floor length dress: Coral pink from New Look, brown and pale pink both from H&M, lilac from Coast, mint green from Raoul, floral from Max Mara, pine green from Zara, vintage yellow dress. Laura designed her own dress. Don’t they look like goddesses?!
From the bride: We wanted our wedding to have a relaxed, bohemian yet elegant feel to it, like something out of a Monet painting, a true feast for the eyes. We love food, the outdoors, summer picnics and a glass of wine enjoyed with friends so we decided to get married in June when the weather would allow for a “dejeuner sur l’herbe” in my hometown, Florence. We decided on this rather than a formal sit down reception, because we wanted our friends’ children to be able to run around barefoot on the grass and everyone could enjoy a day of great food and chat in the beautiful open air. I guess we wanted to mix our Italian background with our English sensibilities so that both our sets of friends would be amused – hence the typically Italian choice of location, imagined as an English garden party.
Invest in an element of surprise for your guests, they will love it! We set up an “Artists’ Corner” and had a friend do illustrations of friends and family. For fun, we bought straw hats from second hand and charity shops throughout the year which we then scattered in the garden for guests to wear and take home.
Sugared almonds are a traditional favor that guests could take home in little brown paper bags stamped with the couple’s names and wedding date.
Everyone enjoyed a lunch of salumi, cheeses, and other antipasti. Signature drinks included whiskey sours and Aperol spritzes (an Italian cocktail made with Aperol, sparkling wine or champagne, and an orange peel).
What’s more lovely than lunch al fresco?
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Garden Luncheon Wedding in Italy16 August 2011
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