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.

See the full gallery here.

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
  • Garden Luncheon Wedding in Italy

    16 August 2011
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    A dreamy Florentine wedding for your Tuesday! Laura, the lovely bride, happens to be a fashion editor, and she looked at her wedding as “the ultimate styling job.” The result was nothing less than lovely. Plus, Ed Peers‘s photos will absolutely make you wish you were there.

    Guests received simple invitations, one for the garden luncheon, and another for the dinner party that evening.

    The groom had both something borrowed and something blue! He wore the bride’s father’s oxfords, and lapis blue cufflinks.

    Laura had such a beautiful plan for the wedding. “However,” she says, “I couldn’t have done it without the help and vision of my husband, my gorgeous friend Polly who decorated the garden for the day part, my lovely aunt Silva who recreated a little piece of woodland in the church and my Mum who tied up all the loose ends.”

    Laura’s favorite part of the day? “I loved being showered with rice outside the church! There’s so much love in the air and the anticipation was huge.”

    So much more coming up! Part II here and Part III here.


    See the full gallery here.

    Photography: Ed Peers / Bride’s dress: designed by the bride / Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin / Groom’s bespoke suit: Dress2Kill / Groom’s knit tie: Hermès / Stationery: Tipografia Grazia, Florence / Flower girl dresses: Monsoon / Flowers: Tommaso Torrini at La Rosa Canina Fioristi
  • Classic Catholic Wedding in Florence

    16 August 2011
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    One of my very best friends is getting married tomorrow! She is one of the sweetest, smartest, most down-to-earth people I know, and she’s found the most wonderful guy to share her life with. (That’s the two of them below.) I love you Susie!

    by Lyndsey Undseth

    And of course, a few links for your weekend…

    Finding inspiration in Spencer Studio‘s designs.

    Remember plastic barrettes?!

    Kate Moss’s wedding is utterly dreamy (via everyone).

    Love these newlywed photos, via A Cup of Jo.

    Sticky popcorn cake? Yes, please. 

    Darling striped favor bags, via Ez’s Pinterest.

    A sweet Tennessee wedding on the new A Bryan Photo blog. 

    Loving One Canoe Two’s state prints, via Oh So Beautiful Paper.

    Check out my fall wedding round-up on Etsy, and my interview on Two Bright Lights.

    Have a happy weekend, lovelies!

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    I had a chance to meet the very sweet Olivia Leigh at the Visual Supply Co. workshop this week, which was appropriate since I had planned to share Lindsey and Mike’s wedding with you today. They got married in a beautiful old church, then celebrated with friends and family at an antique store. All I know is, any wedding where you can frost your own cupcakes is right up my alley…

    Lindsey borrowed handkerchiefs from both her grandmother and Mike’s.

    Says Lindsey, “Mike said something at the reception which I liked: your wedding day is probably the only day in your life when you will be with everyone—everyone!—you love and who loves you. I think that’s what makes weddings seem so surreal: that your boss is next to your grandma who’s next to a fellow ensemble member from your theatre who’s next to your uncle who’s not really your uncle, and there’re all there smiling, together, for you. It’s a beautiful, once in a lifetime event. Savor it.”

    The dessert table had a variety of mini cupcakes, some frosted and some not so that guests could choose any combination they wanted: carrot, orange chiffon, red velvet, or chocolate fudge cupcakes, and vanilla buttercream, mocha buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or orange curd.

    From Lindsey:

    Why did you choose this for your wedding? We wanted it to be personal, we wanted traditional and non-traditional, to feel like both a party and a ceremony. The mash-up of one of Chicago’s oldest buildings (Old. St. Pat’s Church) and the more hipster venue of Salvage One was the perfect blend.

    What was your favorite moment or part of the day? We thought it would be the reception, but honestly, it was the church. We’re parishioners at Old St. Pat’s and it is simply stunning. We gave a good amount of thought to our readings, our priest made everyone feel so welcome, and the church could not have been more accommodating with our request to have our musician friends play us out with Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing.” Love abounded, the room exploded with joy.

    Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Something Mike really wanted was the Irish tradition of “The After”, so the day after the wedding, everyone was invited to meet up at Galvin’s Pub in Jefferson Park. Of course, not everyone makes it, so you get a much smaller, zero pressure, and quality time filled kind of party with your friends and family—it’s also a great incentive to not over-celebrate the night of your wedding.

    What is your advice for other brides? You always hear that the day goes by in a blur, but much of that is up to you. During the vows, make sure to take a breath, slow down, and look at the man standing there who loves you, and tell him how you feel. Also, Michael and I agreed to protect about 20 minutes to be together, alone, to let the ceremony sink in and to savor the day. We did this during the cocktail hour, and it worked out perfectly. (It also gave us a chance to eat!)

    See lots more photos from Lindsey and Mike’s charming wedding over on Olivia Leigh’s blog. And weekend links will be up in a bit!

    Photography: Olivia Leigh Photographie / Planner: Lauren LePine for Ryan Alexander Events / Ceremony venue: Old Saint Patrick’s Church in Chicago / Reception venue: Salvage One / Bride’s dress: Bridal and Formal in Cincinnati, Ohio / Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers / Cake: Harper Cakes and Confections / Ice Cream: Graeter’s
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