Morning morning oh lovely ones. How are we all today? If you’ve not already been to enjoy the bright lights and bangs of fireworks night, then I’m hoping you have a plan to wrap up warm and enjoy a show tonight! A world apart from a cold, icy autumn night is this beautiful summer vineyard wedding full of Italian charm and European vibes. Mat and Irene (who is from Italy) were in no doubt about where they would get married after their road trip proposal. They wanted warmth, family spirit, good food and a big, bold party.
Our wedding was like a big summer festival! Mat and I are big music fans, and with so many friends coming from everywhere, we knew we wanted a happy, colourful, musical party. And we always wanted our wedding to be in Italy for the easy going attitude and the warm welcome us Italians are known for.
They found their stunning Italian vineyard villa venue via Airbnb and couldn’t have found a more romantic and appropriate place for their laid back summer countryside wedding. Under the giant oak tree at Nevi Vineyard, the pair were united beneath the warm breeze of colourful branch-hung ribbons with their loved ones watching from blanket covered haybale seating.
Captured by the talented eye of Alline at Beatrici Photography, this wedding features perfect hints of DIY, a stunning crochet boho plunge back gown by French designer Laure de Sagazan and a heady mix of rustic, Italian and 70’s inspiration. Here’s brunette bride Irene to fill you in on all the details….
‘I Do’ on two week European Road Trip
We were on a two weeks road trip across Europe. I’m from Italy, and the plan was to drive through the Eastern countries, surprise my parents with a stopover in Umbria (central Italy) and then drive back through France. We got to my folks’ farm late in the afternoon, and just before dinner I saw Mat coming towards me and then he went down on one knee and asked me if I wanted to marry him. I remember his wide eyes and saying ‘yes’. Then it’s a blur of cheers, mother’s cries, father’s congratulations, laughter and wine.
Vineyard Wedding Under the Giant Oak Tree
We were married in a beautiful house surrounded by a vineyard in the Umbrian countryside. We wanted to have a big country fest at my parents’ house, but the logistics were too complicated and we didn’t want my parents to feel overwhelmed, so we opted for the Nevi Vineyard in Farnetta booked via Airbnb.
We already knew of the venue as sometimes my father buys grapes from the owner when his own crop is low. Also the big old oak tree on the field by the house really caught our imagination, as it was the perfect setting for an outdoor ceremony.
Tractor Arrival, Outdoor Ceremony and Soul Music
We had a beautiful outdoor, non-religious ceremony under the oak tree which felt really felt magical. A registrar married us whilst the guests were sitting on hay bales, and then both of us along with our close family went to the Registry Office to sign the official papers (for legal reasons) and then got back and properly started the party!
The bridesmaids and I arrived to the venue on the trailer of a tractor! My dad then walked me down the aisle through the hay bales as the band played ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie. We had a great band called Throwback that specialises in soul music. When they finished Mat started DJing (we had a dance-y playlist that we prepared ahead of the wedding and that allowed us to keep going to the wee hours).
We had two long wooden tables, festoon lighting and no seating plan for our reception. We had seasonal flowers in beer bottles on the tables (my family had been drinking cheap beer for months as we needed a hundred brown bottles!)
Flowers, Seasonal Food and Sweet Italian Wedding Favours
Verdivoglie did our flowers. Liliana and her team completely understood us and our theme. In collaboration with the catering company, they went above and beyond their duties to put the event together. They helped us in every aspect of the day and really worked hard to completely realise our vision, even if our brief was really complicating their lives at times! (It was a pretty unique brief, as it was different to the usual Italian wedding requests!).
We had a delicious buffet with gorgeous seasonal food – different stations with typical dishes from my region. The cake was an Italian spin on the classic Victoria Sponge – I ate the leftovers for days! Our wedding favours were little bags of ‘confetti’ Italian sugar-coated almond sweets.
70’s Inspired Crochet Boho Wedding Dress
I wore the Laure de Sagazan “palma” dress. I love 70’s fashion and wanted something similar to the crochet wedding dresses that were popular at the time. After a bit of Pinterest research, I found an image of a dress that I really liked. I sent it to my sister Martina who is a stylist, and two hours later, she got back to me with the name of the designer and assured me that it was still available (as the collection was a few years old!). We found it…. I tried it on and loved it immediately. That was my first and only dress trial! I wore Castañer’s wedge espadrilles and the incredibly talented Gorka Arraras (who happens to be a hairstylist AND one of my best friends) did mine and most of my family’s hair, and my sister did my make up.
Free Spirited, Happy and Natural Photographer
Our photographer was Alline Beatrici from Beatrici Photography. We chose her because she has a really happy mood, a gorgeous natural way about her and takes unusual shots. We couldn’t have made a better choice. Alline and her partner Chris made us feel so at ease while they managed to really capture the spirit of the day. The pictures show ALL the aspects of the wedding – the sweat, the tears, the joy, the worry, the relief, the fun, the food and we were so happy to share all of the images with our friends and family.
The ceremony under the oak tree felt really magical.
Our first dance was to Curtis Harding’s ‘I need your love’. We wanted an upbeat song. This tune is a really soulful but happy song and the fact that it’s short helped because we decided to do a little fun dance to it!
Create your wedding your way. If you enjoy it, everybody else will. Ask people to help – check within your circle of friends/family….everybody has skills that can help you DIY and save money.
The Line Up
Photographer: Beatrici Photography
Venue: Nevi Vineyard booked via Airbnb
Bride’s Dress: Laure de Sagazan
Hair: Gorka Arraras
Groom’s Suit: Reiss
Groom’s Shoes: Harrys of London
Cake: Alfonso Muzzi