A special, bespoke wedding ceremony in Venice, Italy

Hi there, all you lovely people. I hope that you are all doing fine – I am as I’m excited about what I am going to tell you today!

This week is going to be different. We are not going to have the usual series on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. No, this week I want to break the rules and show off a little ;-) That is because it has been eons since I last posted a real wedding – or at least it feels like it has been eons. So I really do think that time’s up.

So I dug out the various photos from the weddings that I’ve had lately, and two of them just stood out as something really special. The first one, which I will feature today, is from wonderful Venice (how I love this city – I’ve just booked my hotel for the upcoming wedding in August, so I’m electrified!).

When Helle and Martin wrote to me, they knew exactly how they wanted their wedding in Venice to be: Something special, just for themselves and four guests. This “something special” included their civil wedding in the morning, a gondola ride, champagne, a delicious lunch, a fun activity in the afternoon and a trip to the opera in the evening. Little did we know that destiny was going to mess up all our plans…

In fact, first we got the news that one of the guests had gotten pregnant and was bound to have her baby just a couple of weeks after the wedding was to take place. The bride was very much in distress because that meant that one couple wasn’t able to make it to the wedding, meaning that they would have only two guests. There was a long discussion before things were settled, and even though the couple badly wanted their relatives to be with them on this special occasion, they decided that they would have the wedding anyway, doing everything on their own celebrating with their family and friends when they came back. And the Italian wedding planning went on.

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Then, three months before the wedding, Helle informed me that she was pregnant, too. Wow, I would have a mom-to-be as a bride, that was so awesome. But that meant that we had to rethink our planning, and that the “fun activity” for the afternoon on their wedding day had to be something where Helle could sit down and relax.

I managed to find the right solution: In Venice you have the possibility to make your own mask. It is a workshop that takes about one and a half hour and you create from scratch the mask of your dreams. Adding crystals, feathers, pearls, ribbons, special paper…anything that you could ever think of. You paint it, you dry it, you have fun and you learn about your creative capabilities. In fact, Martin didn’t think about himself as a creative person, but the mask “my groom” made was so fabulous that he instantly became interested in discovering more about this talent that he had never thought he possessed.

The fun thing about this wedding was that bride and groom had a great time on their own, doing things that they would never have dreamed of doing and not longing too much for their families. Just in one particular moment they got caught with a huge lump in their throat: We had settled on transmitting  their wedding in streaming on the internet so that their families back home could follow the ceremony. As the officiant told them that they were now man and wife and that, if they wanted, they could say something to the people watching, they suddenly had no words. All they could do was wave and smile through tears. That was so touching!

Now I’ve been talking enough. Why don’t you enjoy the slideshow that I’ve put together for you? Just a few photos for you to get the atmosphere of what a wedding in Venice can be. I’ll be looking forward to posting more about Venice in a couple of months when back from the next one… This new one is going to be a fabulous wedding, too, can hardly wait!

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All photo credits: Sabrina de Polo

Warmhearted ♥ Elegant ♥ Dedicated ♥ Dreamy ♥ ITALIA!

Annette

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