an Italian garden wedding – seconda parte

As promised, here is the second part of Emilie-Kate and Stuart’s Italian wedding story. Emilie-Kate goes into detail about the designs and hopes she had for the wedding day and the styling and decorative pieces she chose to bring her designs to life…

I felt that good food, weather and company were the most important things to me on our wedding day, but we also realised that it was important to us to know everyone there loved us and that we loved them, so we actually only invited 50 guests which made it all the more intimate and special.

Festive Heart Stamp by Noolibird

Butterfly Wedding Table Accessories by Beautiful Day

See our version of this Personalised Thumbprint Tree by Brown Betty Stationery


Get the look using these Coloured Glass Lanterns by The Contemporary Home

I made the table plan and stationery with watercolour paper, tiny silver painted clothes pegs and a Noolibird stamp from

The bouquets and buttonholes were created by the local florist and the rest of the flowers I bought at the village market and put them together the day before, and since I’m not a fan of the white tiered wedding cake, we had an enormous Umbrian custard tart instead.

We hired the village band for the reception who turned out to be stupendously good, and the local restaurant as caterers who happened to be Michelin starred! Our guests kindly said that it was the happiest and most relaxed wedding they’d ever been to – with the best food!

(Other than Stuart leaving his suit trousers at the house, after spending the night before in an hotel, and the cross-country dash that ensued to reunite them, the day turned out exactly as planned!)

We really hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about and seeing this beautiful Italian garden wedding. We must send our warmest thanks to Emilie-Kate and Stuart for letting us share, their unique and stylish wedding day with everyone.

As well as Emilie-Kate writing about her day in her own words, we asked her the following questions…

What is your one wedding tip?

It would be to break as many rules as you can – why have a wedding like everyone else’s, when you can have one to remember!

Why did you choose the gift list service? And what was your favourite gift?

We chose the gift list as we each have a lot of things already and we wanted a fun, eclectic and personal range of gifts for our guests to choose from. My favourite gift was the lamp shade which depicts the region of Italy where we got married.


Get the look: Coloured Glass Lanterns, Festive Heart Stamp (used on menu’s, seating plan and favours), Personalised Thumbprint Tree and Butterfly Wedding Table Accessories.

Credits: Town hall in Citta di Castello, Umbria: Citta di Castello Comune, Reception venue: Tegolaio, San Leo Bastia, Photographer: Francesco Survara, Videographer: Alberto Nappi, Dressmaker: Sylvia Young at Beaumonde, Flowergirl Dresses: Just Dresses, Hair accessory: Polly Edwards , Jewellery: Superdrug.


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