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?

Coming up, Laura and Simone’s “Dinner Under the Stars…” See Part I here and Part III here.

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Photography: Ed Peers / Venue: Giardino Corsini in Florence, Italy (contact Sabina for bookings) / Bride’s dress: designed by the bride / Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s bespoke suit: Dress2Kill / Groom’s knit tie: Hermès / Bridesmaid dresses: (see above) / Flower girl dresses: Monsoon / Pageboy custom romper: Baroni / Flowers: Tommaso Torrini at La Rosa Canina Fioristi / Catering and cake: Galateo Ricevimenti
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  • Garden Luncheon Wedding in Italy

    16 August 2011
  • 16 comments posted +add a comment SEE MORE: Real Weddings, Some Favorites
    1. Candace {Lovestru.ck}

      Wow bridesmaid dresses. Stunning!

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    2. Yen

      The food, the people, surroundings, the effortlessness of it all…aaahhhh. Did I mention the food? Bellissimo!

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    3. Chloe

      Be-au-tiful, Ed! This wedding is super-chic & totally Tuscany. I’m dying to see part III!

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    4. jillian

      wow! i am in LOVE with that dress. xo jillian

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    5. Jen

      Stunning! That first shot of all the ladies looks like it could be straight out of Vogue! The venue, the food, the favors… so rustic. Congrats on a beautiful day!

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    6. lydia {ever ours}

      omg, those dresses! love all of them.

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    7. Shelby

      So amazing and elegant, yet it seemed very laid back at the same time. Love the pictures of the bride and groom together!

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    8. Kirby {Colors of Honey}

      I’m in love. Perfection!

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    9. Jessica

      This wedding is the epitome of laid-back elegance. I don’t what I love more: the wedding gown, the food, or the hints of English garden wedding.

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    10. Designs Good

      wow. it’s gorgeous–the perfect day. i love the bridesmaid dresses!

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    11. David

      So subtly beautiful! Ed’s the man!

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    12. Tara

      Is this held at Villa La Pietra?

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    13. Amy

      Beautiful! I am thinking of doing something similar for my wedding. Do you know if there were actual tables for dinner, or just low cocktail tables, picnic blankets, etc?

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    14. Lily

      Love the venue! Stunning.

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    15. jenn {bow tie & bustle}

      oh my word. what is there NOT to love about this wedding??!??!? gorgeous stuff!

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    16. Bridget from Refined Vintage

      What a elegant yet casual wedding! I love the picnic (Great Gatsby) feel! All the flowers were gorgeous in their simple bottle vases. I love your choice for food too, the antipasto was a perfect choice as well as the simple but delicious libations! The photos captured your wedding completely! Magnifico!

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