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The first time I heard from Signe and Kasper I thought that it was going to be a very short acquaintance. The bride wrote a short wmail telling me that she needed advice on who to contact in the town hall of Alassio in Liguria in order to be able to get married. This was two months before the ceremony had to take place. I was intrigued – it isn’t often that a bride take that much initiative, so I wrote back to her asking for further details and wondering if she spoke any Italian. She didn’t. Actually she was in trouble as no one seemed anxious to answer her emails and phone calls… That is normal. To put it very simply, Italians are used to people speaking Italian, not to foreigners wanting to communicate in other languages And this was a problem. And a huge clash of cultures. (credits) So Signe soon realized that she couldn’t make it on her own, she was getting stressed about the wedding and she was relieved that I would take over and continue the planning for them. Because this wasn’t just any kind of wedding. It was a surprise wedding where no one, except the two witnesses, should know what was going on. Especially not the father of the groom, who is a police officer and therefore used to discovering facts far ahead of others. It had to be a huge secret, and the wedding would take place while the whole family was in Alassio for their usual September holidays. What a fun thing! Signe wasn’t the usual bride. She bought her gown on the internet without even trying it on, she didn’t want a bouquet and she surely wasn’t fond of any lush flower arrangements or decors. She wanted to focus on the ceremony, on getting married to Kasper that is, and on having a venue on the beach where they could sit out having their hors d’oeuvres and dinner afterwards. A business woman to her bones… (credits) So the fun started. I found the most beautiful venue situated right on the beach, with a wonderful outdoor lounge area featuring white sofas and candles, and where we were able to create a private area for bride, groom and their guests. The food and wines were excellent – another focal point for the bride, and the atmosphere so beach chic that everyone was wow’ed by the set-up. The tablescape was simple: A splash of turquoise tea light holders, some square vases with sand and sea shells, a little bling to the napkin rings and a small welcome gift, made with Italian sugar almonds. Guest favors were small turquoise candles formed as ships, just a little reminder of this special day that I’m sure that no one will ever forget. Because to the guests it was a huge surprise as Kasper got onto his feet during lunch and told them that three hours later we would all be attended by the mayor at the town […]
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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. (credits) 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 […]
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(credits: Sabrina de Polo)
For a very long time I’ve wanted to post this for you. But until now it simply hasn’t been feasible.
You know, sometimes you cannot find the time – you’re simply too busy. You search and you try to ma… Continue reading
I think that I must have said it at least ten or fifteen times before: I get to know the most AWESOME brides.
Now, let’s take one of the last ones as an example: She writes me an email to get to know each other. Well, as a matter of fact she writ… Continue reading