Destination I Do in Andria, Italy

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Amy and Michele held their destination wedding in Michele’s home country of Italy.  Guests came from all over the world to share in the celebration – 32 countries in total!  Amy is from Canada and while they infused lots of Italian details into the day (like the amazing food), the ceremony itself was part Jewish and Catholic and Protestant.  The wedding was also a big family affair (350 guests) – and their daughter Vittoria Aurora was the flower girl, while the bride has another little one on the way!

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We asked Amy how they came to pick such a special place for their wedding day.  “We chose our wedding venue, Villa Carafa because it literally met every single one of our “must-haves.”  For example, we needed a large venue to accommodate our extensive guest list (we had 350 attendees), it had to be in Puglia and accessible from both my husbands’ small hometown and from an airport (to service many of our out of town guests) and most importantly, wanted a place to “wow” our guests gastronomically.”

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“Discovering Villa Carafa was a dream come true! Their grounds are pristine and their modern and tasteful rooms matched our style and the ambiance we wanted to create on our special day. It was easily apparent that everyone at Villa Carafa pours their heart in each and every wedding that they host. Their food is elegant and sophisticated, their service, organization and attention are unmatched. That’s probably why they are booked solid more than a year in advance.

 When we “discovered” them, it was less than a year to go and they only had a few windows from June to September; a Tuesday, Wednesday and almost every Sunday as the Catholic church won’t marry that day. Fortunately for us, I am Jewish and my now-husband is Protestant, so marrying and celebrating on a Sunday wasn’t an issue and we booked our special day for June 30th. We had the entire grounds to ourselves and our wedding event seamlessly flowed between Villa Carafa’s many rooms and spaces.”

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We often ask couples about the most memorable moments of their day.  Besides our epic cheese buffet which featured more than 20 different cheeses and included two chefs who prepared and served fresh mozzarella di buffalo for our guests?”  That was their first reply!  But on a more serious note…

 Our most memorable moments were the cutting of the cake and the ceremony. The later was special for so many reasons. The ceremony was led by a pastor and a female Rabbi and included elements and traditions from the Jewish and Protestant faith such as the chuppah, the breaking of the glass, typical hymns, etc. All of our grandparents who are no longer with us, were present, in some way or another, into the ceremony. For example, an intricate bed spread created by Michele’s grandmother covered the top of the chuppah under which we were married, while the Kiddush cup used to drink the ceremonial wine was from my maternal grandparents who were married on the same day many years ago. Lastly, we walked down the aisle together with the love of our lives, our daughter Vittoria (16 months at the time of the wedding). She was our flower girl and she stole the show. Our son Luca was also present in one way or another as I was 7 months pregnant with him on our wedding day. But that didn’t stop me from dancing the night away! I guess you can say it was a rather unique ceremony and unconventional wedding…that’s why we liked to call it our big, fat Jewish-Canadian, Prostatant Italian wedding.”

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“Standing there, dancing and celebrating with family and best friends, I was literally overwhelmed with emotion. It is such a wonderful feeling to have all your love ones in one place and even more emotional to know that they are there to celebrate you as you embark on a new chapter in your life. When else can you actually ask all your friends who are scattered around the world to be in one place at one time? To future couple debating about eloping or having a big, fat wedding, my advice is to go for it.”

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“I warn you, there will be late nights addressing envelopes and preparing seating charts, but that feeling of standing in solidarity, hand in hand with your soul mate and surrounded by friends and family will fuel you with unmatched energy and move you to tears.  Enjoy it!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Les Amis Photo

 Wedding Vendors: Reception Venue:  VILLA CARAFA, Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Dress Designer:  Couture Hayez, Groom’s Suit: Zegna, Shoes: Ferragamo, Cufflinks + Tie: Hermes

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A Colorful Destination Wedding on the Italian Riviera

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Cinzia and Danilo were married on 20th April 2013 in Santa Margherita Ligure and Zoagli.  Their colorful fete on the Italian Riviera was shared with close friends, family, and the most darling flower girl (the daughter of the bride and groom)!

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The couple shared with us their story.  Each decision they made was one of personal significance!  “We chose the Church because it was where we met and were he proposed.” 

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“In the Church balustrades and altar were covered by cascades of orange tulips seeming waves.”

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“We want a personal ceremony so we chose to involve the most important people of our lives in ceremony and reception: my brother spoke in the church; our little baby brought our rings; my father had a speech at reception; everybody danced at our entrance to the table…so emotions (laughters and happy tears) where the theme of the day.”

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“On the style side, we wanted colours to be the key of the style: so main colour theme was orange and deep fuchsia; we asked everybody to be dressed very brightly so all the pictures are a burst of colours.”

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“At the reception venue table tops were made of mirrors, fuchsia napkins with orange details on the tables, centerpiece were made by orange and fuchsia flowers.” 

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“150 candles were hanging over the tables’ area creating a very sparkling atmosphere.”

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“Each guest had as gift an ever-lasting-rose (fuchsia or orange) meaning the ever-lasting-memory of the day.” 

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We often ask couples what their most memorable moments from the day were.  For this bride – there were many!  “My father reading the napkin I gave him as a present for his wedding suit; my husband looking at me while entering the church; our baby bringing our rings at the right moment in the church; my brother talking to us in the church; the exit from church my husband holding me, me holding our baby; most amazing moment of the day: entering the dinner area with the rock song “I was made for loving you” everybody dancing on the chairs with us with their table song; fireworks during cake cut.”

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And who could forget the fireworks too!?!?  What a great way to end the evening!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds and family!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sandro Ariu 

Wedding Vendors: Church: San Giacomo di Corte Church, Reception Location: Castello Canevaro, Wedding Dress: Giuliani Couture, Groom’s Attire: Gucci, Invitations + Wedding Planning: SposiamoVi, Flower Designer: Genio e Sregolatezza

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Destination Wedding in Imperia, Italy

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Jessie and Jer are from Dublin but landed on Riviera Ligure in Italy for their destination wedding because it had special meaning to them – it was where they fell in love!  The wedding took place at the beautiful Villa Grock and incorporated a mixture of shabby chic and vintage elements.

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The bride arrived in an appropriately dressed vintage car while the groom donned a dapper blue suit.

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The bridal party also wore blue, to incorporate the hues of peacock feathers (that were used in the reception decor).

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Monica of La Maison de Provence designed and planned the big day, which included a few special Italian and Irish wedding details (including a  Guinness toast).

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After a balloon release at the end of the ceremony, the party began!

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The lavish property offered the perfect backdrop for such a special reception!

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Candles and lanterns lined the stairways and lit up the evening.

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To incorporate the peacock concept, guests used their fingerprints to sign a very unique guest book.

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Even a little rain on the wedding day couldn’t stop this party from going into the late hours of the evening.

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Each table incorporated not only peacock feathers but tables names of Italian locations.

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A special cheese cake was just the right dessert for this happy couple.

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And the night ended with a show of sparklers!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Les Amis Photo

Wedding Vendors:  Wedding Location: Villa Grock, Wedding Planner: La Maison de Provence

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