Real Wedding – Picture Perfect Piacenza

23/10/2013 | 3

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Chiara & Ivan   ♥   Piacenza, Italy

Photographer:   Bohemian Weddings

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Today’s real wedding took place in picturesque Piacenza, just 60 kilometres outside the metropolitan city of Milano, Italy. Chiara and Ivan said ‘I do’ in the most quaint and romantic little church we’ve seen, set within the Torreforenllo estate. 

 

Their guests were treated to a typically Italian soiree. A long welcoming table – overlooking lush vineyards and the rolling hills and valleys beyond – took centre stage for the reception, until night fall when the wedding party kicked off their shoes and danced under the stars.

 

This chic countryside wedding oozes with personality and was the casual, intimate affair that Chiara and Ivan hoped for…and more.

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Chiara says:

“Two years ago, during a wine tasting in the Piacenza hillside area, we visited a friend’s vineyard, Torrefornello, and we fell in love with the amazing landscape and the whole location. We wanted to share our wedding with our closest relatives and dearest friends. We very quickly reached 64 people, but this is still very few people for an Italian ceremony!”

 

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“We planned the wedding six months in advance, at Christmas time we announced to families and contacted Enrico at Torrefornello, but the touch of retro and the black and white theme were inspired by the dress I found in Paris, and most of ideas came naturally along the way. We can describe our wedding as a ‘special moment’ for us but also a greater vibe for everyone who participated – emozionante.”

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“We met fourteen years ago in Otranto, south of Italy during a bonfire on the beach; a never-ending summertime love! The proposal was very romantic! It was our anniversary, the 10th of August, the day of San Lorenzo in Italian calendar, which is said in Italian to be the night of the falling stars. Ivan asked me after a romantic dinner on a beautiful white beach of Koh Phangan, Thailand.”

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“We didn’t want static and too traditional photos. We wanted something informal but still stylish, that represented our approach to the wedding. I made some research on the internet, and on a blog I saw some amazing pics from two English photographers that were available to travel and see different wedding traditions throughout Europe….This is how I got in touch with Bohemian Weddings, a bighearted, young couple, who really shared this amazing day with us emotionally. You can perceive this feeling through the images which tell you a story, in this case, our Lovestory.”

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“The dress is from a fantastic designer from Paris, Suzanne Ermann. I wanted a short dress with a twist of retro as I could not imagine myself wearing a long siren lace dress. I was in Paris for my job and I met my friend Marco for a quick dress hunting weekend; as soon as I saw it I knew it was perfect, in fact, this is the only dress I tried on! The black and white was the plus I was looking for!”

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“The shawl is also from Suzanne Ermann, the tulle curls are her typical sign. My flower shaped hair clip is an original piece in bachelite I found in an antique shop. Last touch were the shoes: I saw them by chance in a magazine, they are from Elisabetta Franchi. I visited the boutique and it was the only size left, the very last pair, and it was my size!”

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“We put together our personal taste with the idea of wedding we wanted to have: something that was like we are, not too sophisticated to seem fake, but a bit stylish though… An atmosphere as easy as a Sunday lunch with the family, a glimpse of retro…and the black and white colours were suggested by the decoration of my wedding dress. We set up a very simple country style decoration leaving the greatest part to the beautiful landscape! Hay bales were placed as seats around trees with candle lights.”

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“From the beginning Ivan and I agreed for a single big table facing the hillside, very simple and neat, but difficult to set up. The main issue was to put together people who maybe didn’t know each other without separating too much friends/ families! At the end our efforts were paid back by a relaxed and pleasant familiar atmosphere!”

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“Another point was that we wanted to reflect in the decorations the reasons why we decided to get married after 14 years, our song is the famous Bob Marley’s ‘Is This Love’. We printed a 28 meters long runner for the table with the song’s words and the Italian translation. The dance floor was decorated by our friends with coloured lamps, vintage posters of famous couples, and heart shaped confetti.”

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Do you have any advice for brides-to-be?

  •  “Stick to your plan and do not be discouraged, ever! Keep an eye on time and budget! This last one is the most precious: once you put your first step in the church, forget all plans and schedule, and enjoy your day, it’s your moment!”

 

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Do you have any advice for couples who are looking to get married in Italy?

  • “I chose not to hire a wedding planner, this means a lot to do yourself, a lot of calls, a long long list of to-dos. But on the other hand, the result matches exactly your expectation and your efforts. In some cases it goes far better than expected, and this is my case. I met great people, I had a memorable big day and each single person had fun!”

 

Venue and suppliers:

 

Simple, yet oh-so-stylish monochrome tones produced just the right level of retro for this relaxed celebration.

 

We love the casual atmosphere of this darling day, from the long dining table to the hay bale seating areas and the wild flower arrangements, Chiara and Ivan had their informal day their way and it was picture perfect.  

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Comments (3)

  1. How completely amazing are those shoes?!

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