an Italian garden wedding – prima parte

Today, I have the absolute pleasure of sharing the first part of a truly beautiful Italian wedding story. A beautiful bride, a lovely couple, a stunning setting and wonderful styling ideas, essentially allows me to bring you a sprinkle of wedding heaven this sunny afternoon. Sit back, relax and I dare you not to feel like being in Italy after reading this…

Part one

We got engaged on the Royal Wedding day. Stuart asked my father that morning if he could marry me and an hour or so later my rather excited Dad raised a toast to “Kate and Wills and … Emilie-Kate and Stuart, who are also getting married!” Stuart hadn’t actually asked me yet!

Still, we carried on including the family throughout the whole wedding as they added two impromptu speeches on the day and even joined us on our honeymoon.

My matron of honour lent me the gorgeous Gucci shoes she’d worn at her own wedding for my ‘something borrowed’ and my oldest friend did my hair for me.

It was important to me that the styling for the day was either homemade or locally sourced so I designed my dress myself and had it made by the wonderful dressmaker Sylvia Young at Beaumonde. Just a few weeks before the wedding I was diagnosed with skin cancer on my arm, so she cleverly added detachable sleeves to prevent the big red scar stealing my thunder on the day.

Since watching ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ on a loop as a teenager, I’d always dreamed of getting married in Italy. I felt the warm evenings, holiday feeling and great food was the only way to go.

When friends offered us their home in Umbria in which to hold the reception, a white Italian garden themed wedding it was. My best friends are opera singers so they sang Italian opera in the town hall as we got married.

If you think this wedding is stunning, wait until you see their reception! I’ll be uploading the second part of Emilie-Kate and Stuart’s wedding story tomorrow, so don’t miss it!


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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