Written by Paula Jones Last updated: August 10, 2006
We met in London at the city firm where we both worked.
Daniele is Italian and proposed to me in Rome at the Fontana di Trevi. Following Italian tradition he waited until after midnight as it brings bad luck to do it before! He had the ring all ready when he posed the question (in Italian).
I combined my ‘hen’ with my first dress fitting in Milan and invited a friend and my sister. We spent the Saturday shopping and lunching and on the Sunday spent the day at Lake Como, having a long lunch on a terrace overlooking the lake.
Daniele is very hands on as Italian weddings have an enormous amount of etiquette to follow! We made all decisions together although I dealt with admin such as hotel bookings and created the table plan.
I used the confetti web page to display all our wedding information and the general features for helpful tips.
I visited the store in Tottenham Court Road for sparkly bows to decorate the table plan and bought a bride & groom table card holder for our table.
I bought a made to measure gown from Milan. It was an ivory silk taffeta ‘princess’ style strapless dress with layered overskirt, strapless beaded bodice cut assymetrically with a rose corsage on the waist. I had a full chapel length veil with wrist attachments.
I had two bridesmaids. The adult was Daniele’s sister. She wore a nude pink silk corset overlaid with black lace and a full length black crepe skirt with fishtail. Our little three year old wore an ivory dress from Harrods.
Daniele had two best men – his older brother and his best friend, both Italian. We had four ushers – two Italians (a friend and the groom’s younger brother) and two englishmen (my brother and my sister’s fiance).
We had a religious Church of England ceremony with a Catholic blessing and the prayers conducted in Italian.
St. Bride’s on Fleet Street in London.
Skinners’ Hall, City of London
We had a seven-seater white 1960′s Daimler.
75 guests who attended the whole event. We didn’t have any separate evening guests.
No theme or style other than the obvious Italian wedding traditions.
We gave bomboniere. Following a tradition of giving silver, we gave each couple/family a piece of modern De Vecchi silver.
The bouquets were simple and with pink ‘Illusion’ roses. The table flowers were a mix of hydrangeas and Calla lilies in tall flutes and smaller square vases to add height and interest.
Our menu consisted of monkfish with rocket and other salad leaves, seafood risotto with salmon and scallops, duck breast with fig tart tartin and a buffet of three different puddings (white/dark chocolate mousse, lemon/almond tart, fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries). We had cheese and biscuits to follow, and the Italian gateaux-style wedding cake was served later.
We had a five-tiered gateaux made by a patisserie in Soho. Vanilla sponge was laced with Strega with forest fruits. It was iced in white chocolate decorated with white and dark chocolate roses.
A jazz band performed during the evening. We hired a Blue Badge guide to escort our Italian guests from St. Paul’s Cathedral to our reception venue, conducting a 45-minute tour of the most interesting sights in the City.
We had gift lists set up with two different shops in Italy. In London we had a list set up with the Portland Gallery (which funded our purchase of limited edition artwork) and Langfords in the London Silver Vaults (which funded our purchase of a limited edition piece of De Vecchi silverware).
We spent out first night at the Malmaison in Charterhouse Square. Our honeymoon was spent in Dubai and the Maldives.
Our wedding ceremony.
Use a different photographer! Ours was Italian and a friend of the grooms so I had no choice.