Destination I Do
Friday, June 27, 2014

Amore In Italy

Words by Taylor Wilson
Photos courtesy of Jessica Hendrix Photography

The essence of a wedding is being able to celebrate your marriage with the ones you love – especially family. While Lindsey is from the states, Federico is from Italy, making it difficult to find a way to host a wedding where all could attend. The thought of hosting a wedding where either the bride or groom’s loved ones would all be absent was something Lindsey and Federico did not even want to entertain. The couple decided the perfect solution would be to host two weddings – one in Lindsey’s hometown and one in Federico’s hometown of Modena.

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Even though Lindsey and Federico decided to host two weddings so no one would have to travel, everyone was invited to both and they ended up having 10 Italians at their American wedding and 22 Americans at their Italian wedding.

The most difficult aspect of planning the destination wedding in Italy was that in August, nearly the whole city shuts down to celebrate “Ferragosto”, a time where most Italians take an extended holiday. This made making vendor arrangements from afar a challenge, but with the help of Federico’s parents and their ability to step in as wedding planners, everything turned out perfectly.

As for décor, “The design was simple, clean and elegant, not only to respect the venue’s natural beauty, but to highlight it,” says the bride, “our approach was ‘less is more’.” With white tablecloths, white china, and a single flower in a vase as the centerpiece, the couple achieved this. Lindsey and Federico used vintage postcards of New York City landmarks as the table numbers to highlight the joining cultures and the guestbook was a black and white coffee table book with photos of 1950’s Italian movie stars, which guests signed with metallic sharpie.

In addition to the simplistic setting, the couple provided guests with light-up ice cubes for their procession to the top of the castle where the cake was cut. With the ice cubes in their drink, it created an illusion of fireflies floating around the castle, enhancing the couple’s ethereal vision.

Lauren and Federico certainly were able to start their life together right by having the best of both worlds and hosting not one, but two weddings with their loved ones. Although this meant twice the planning, they certainly wouldn't have done it any differently. Lauren reminds other couples hosting a destination wedding, “You can’t prepare for everything and it will not be perfect. There will be last minute chaos – heck, your grandma might even break her wrist on your big day (this happened), but your wedding day is going to be beautiful. Get some sleep because jetlag is real. But most importantly, take a moment to notice how much fun everyone else is having. Soak up every second.”

Vendors: Photographer: Jessica Hendrix Photography, Ceremony/Reception Site: Castello di Levizzano, Florist: Floricoltura Drei, Stationery: Tipografia Grafiche Boni, Cake: Pasticceria Floriana, Hair & Makeup: Cipria Fashion By Katia Di Milione Caterina, Gown Designer: Stella York, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Versace

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