We wanted to celebrate a new era in Italy, inspired by Italian traditions mixed with love, a same sex Italian love. It was a big year of change in 2016 for Italy, same sex couples are finally able to legally marry. And these two women wanted to celebrate that in the best way they could, with an elopement on the shores of Lake Como.
Como has a long, rich history of fine silks and fabrics. In the olden days, there were many mills, Filanda as they are called in Italian, where the fine fabrics were spun. Few remain nowadays but their legacy and presence still exists. Our session incorporated the history of fabrics of the region and we used that to play into our theme of ethereal winter elopment, surrounded by cotton, wools, and silks.
The ceremenoy was located in Onno, a small lakeside town where the mountains in the background create the perfect frame. This setting on the beach, where two woman could venture to celebrate their true selves. Our backdrop for ceremony was on old, vintage, door with the intricate colored glass, long since removed from an Italian cathedral.
The stationery is hand painted in magenta colors and is actually fabric. The liners of the envelopes are also hand painted and our map of the lake como is painted with watercolors on fabric.
The rings and all the jewelry feature black and white diamonds, each personalized and handmade in Genova.
The vases on the table are made of brass. The cutlery is colored bordeaux to match the handmade wool runner. The menu is printed directly on the each side of the wooden table. The dishes are porcelain, handmade in Trentino and characterized by the irregular edges that makes each piece one of a kind.
The bouquets are composed of typical greens seen in the mountains surrounding Como Lake, coupled with olive branches that bring back memories of the rolling Tuscan hills.
The spools of thread are from one of the oldest Italian fabric makers, each carefully selected to match theme palette colors of magenta, green, mustard, and gray. The round garland is made with interlocking magenta “quills”.
The dessert table was located on a large, industrial sewing machine typical of an old Filanda. The wedding cake is a pavlova style which gave a lovely, flowing, winter touch to the composition.
A mix of tradition and equality, love is love!
Florals: Chip Garden
White wedding gown: Yolia Spose
Black wedding gown: Ela Siromascenko
Jewelry: My Golden Age Lab
Hair Stylist: Cludio Erre
Sweet Table: Dolci Incantati
Wool Runner: Etsy, Atelier de Jolie
MUA: Chiara Allievi
Photography: Lilly Red Creative