Real Wedding: Helen & Ross

Before everyone takes off for the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to leave you with this stunning destination wedding sent to me by one of my favorite photographers, Leo Patrone. An utterly romantic and beautiful wedding…

From the bride: My sister created the floral displays with seasonal flowers from the local flower market. My beautiful bouquet and the wedding party buttonholes were made by the local florist – who spoke as much English as we spoke Italian (not much!), so they were created through sign language, pointing and a bit of guess work! Luckily for us they turned out to be so beautiful – we even had thistles to add a little “Scottish-ness” to the day! (Ross is from Bridge of Allan in Scotland.)

There was not a strict theme as such. We used materials sourced from the beautiful gardens of Moravola, using twine, lavender, rosemary and olive branches  to decorate. We hung chandeliers in the trees and lined the stone walls with hurricane lanterns lined with rosemary and lit church candles in them.

We wanted a natural, relaxed feel to the day and we both wanted to get married under the shrub oak tree on the orchard terrace. The ceremony was our favourite part of the day, both emotional and romantic. We wrote our own vows and kept them secret from each other until that moment – not a dry eye anywhere!

After the ceremony we walked up to the pool area to have Prosecco, gin and tonics (made with Hendricks Gin from Scotland), canapes and the speeches. The local band from Montone led us up to the pool, and handed us a basket to carry made up of local fruits and crops from the fields of Umbria – to symbolise health and fertility for our marriage.

We chose Torre di Moravola for so many reasons: the amazing views across the Umbrian hills, the dramatic architecture, and the history of the tower (built in the 12th century), its location in the middle of nowhere (so we had the place to ourselves), the weather, and the food. It might have rained and rained until 30 minutes before the ceremony, but the food and wine did not disappoint.

The day was truly amazing, surrounded by our closest family and friends with the stunning backdrop of Torre di Moravola and Umbria.

Photography: Leo Patrone

Venue: Torre di Moravola in Umbria, Italy

Bride’s dress: Suzanne Neville

Bride’s and groom’s shoes both: Christian Louboutin

See lots more of Leo’s gorgeous photos from this wedding over on his blog.


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