We’re heading to sunnier climes today on the blog, as bride and groom Paige and Joe, from Sheffield, share their ever so magical Italian wedding with us.
Tying the knot in July, the couple chose Montebenichi in Italy as the backdrop to their special day because of their shared love for the country’s food and culture. The perfect combination, if you ask us! Enlisting the help of dedicated wedding planners, they crafted a truly beautiful wedding exuding plenty of romantic feels and blissful summertime vibes, with guests even making a splash and jumping into a pool at the end of the night!
Food, of course, played a big part (this even impacted on the bride’s choice of wedding dress!) with lots of delicious Italian cuisine – think meats, cheese, pizza, pasta and a gorgonzola tart – and even a traditional Italian style wedding cake *mouth waters*.
If you’ve ever contemplated saying ‘I do’ abroad – or you’re just a foodie at heart – then we think you’re going to be head over heels in love with Paige and Joe’s big day. Let’s pass the blog to the bride to spill all the details…
With images by Ellie Grace Photography.
Paige says: We got engaged in October 2016, in the Lake District near Keswick. It was somewhere special to us, as it’s where we actually met in sixth form on a geography trip and we’ve had numerous trips there since. The spot where we got engaged had a beautiful view overlooking Derwent Water.
We tied the knot on 4th July 2018, marring at Villa La Selva Wine Resort in Montebenichi, Italy and had the reception there too. We live in Yorkshire but chose Italy due to our love of food and their culture. We really wanted our wedding to be about our families coming together as one.
Our wedding planners Wiskow and White listened to what we wanted and took us around various venues. We automatically fell in love with Villa La Selva, the grounds where beautiful – very romantic and Italian – and the Villa was traditional. Cristina, the woman who ran the property was so kind and easy going. The wine they make there is also amazing.
We just wanted a relaxing romantic environment and to be outside. We have two young children and many of our guests had young children themselves, so we wanted to make sure they were entertained, so everyone could relax.
The colour scheme was mainly blush colours and green. I blame Pinterest, as it started me off on these colours and I just kept adding everything to a board!
My dress was detailed at the top but was loose and airy from the waist down. My main priority was to be comfortable, not overheat in it, be able to eat all the food I wanted on the day, and it needed to travel well.
I tried on lots of dresses and had absolutely no idea what I was looking for, all the ones I thought I would love, I didn’t. Then I tried on this dress and immediately fell in love with it! The dress was by a designer called Muse by Berta and I purchased it from the Wedding Club in Birmingham.
Joe wore a champagne coloured suit from Reiss.
Our son Isaacs, who was a page boy, wore an outfit from John Lewis.
The bridesmaids wore dresses bought from Two Birds in London and our daughter Ava, wore two dresses from Etsy, which were so beautiful. I couldn’t decide between the two and she got ice cream down the first one probably two minutes after the ceremony was over!
My cousin Mia did my hair, and I did the majority of my makeup myself with help from my bridesmaids. The bridesmaids had a local hairdresser to style their hair, who was amazing, and did their own makeup.
Our photographer was Ellie Grace, and we would recommend her in a heartbeat. She has such a nice and genuine personality, one that puts you completely at ease. We both hate having our pictures taken and we were worried that we would feel the presence of a photographer throughout the day. However, that wasn’t the case, Ellie just fitted in with all the other guests and we completely forgot she was there until we came to do the pictures alone and she made us feel so comfortable then. All of our guests commented on how friendly she was too. Her work is breath-taking and she captured our day perfectly.
Ellie did us a little surprise video too, which was beautiful, it made Joe cry (in a good way) and that’s hard to do!
We were very lucky to have our wedding planners, Wiskow and White do all the flowers and decorations for us. I don’t think Joe and myself would have got very far planning this in Italy with a language barrier.
We had a traditional Italian cake which was pastry, cream and fruit. It was very light which was much needed after all the food and the warm climate, too.
We had so much food, I don’t know where to begin. We had a gelato cart straight after the ceremony to cool down, as it was still very hot. We had an aperitivo, where drinks where served alongside cured meats, cheese, fruit, pizza slices, pastries, and a gorgonzola tart with pear and honey.
We wanted a very traditional Italian meal and one which was all about sharing and being sociable. Our starters consisted of two pastas served one after the other, the main was beef or pork, then for dessert we served the wedding cake. The wine during the meal was from the wine resort itself.
We had a three-piece band during the aperitivo, as we thought live music would be nice and add to the atmosphere. We then had a disco later at night.
Italy is such a unique place and one we have fallen in love with. You just have to go see it for yourself, it’s one of those places you can’t quite put it into words.
I loved the whole day, but my favourite part was watching people jumping in the pool at the end of the night.
Does a family-moon to Majorca with a kid’s mini disco count as a honeymoon?
My top tip for other Brides Up North would be, enjoy your day, as long as you are both happy, what else matters? Don’t panic if things don’t go to plan, as who really knows apart from you. I know my husband didn’t have a clue about all the small details!