Christina & Mirko – An Italian Wedding

I met Christina and Mirko for the very first time, the day before their wedding when I arrived at the Villa Sesso Schiavo in Italy to see their preparations in full swing.  Such a special couple, they welcomed me into their wedding and family with an evening of pre drinks on the beautiful Ponte Alpine in Bassano del Grappa and around the breakfast table the next morning.

Villa Sesso Schiavo is a beautiful old family home in the Vicenza region of Italy where Mirko grew up. The house dates back to 1570 and is steeped in history with remnants of the war still in situ, as the house was a hospital amongst many other uses over the years. Now it has been lovingly restored and preserved and is once again the family home it was meant to be.

Christina and Mirko’s day was relaxed and informal…. and utterly beautiful in every sense. They were married beneath the shadows of the impressive gated enterance while their guests gazed on under paper umbrellas. The garden ceremony was followed by a relaxed picnic in the meadow behind the house with dancing, food, drinks and gelati served from a gorgeous old gelati cart that was wheeled out over the grassy meadow.  Later that evening a wonderful meal took place on the veranda of the old painted barn. To end the evening, Christina and Mirko walked their guests to the little creek in a trail of colourful paper lanterns, a nod to Christina’s origins and time she has spent in Hong Kong.  There they pulled watermelons from the stream, left there to chill and enjoy in the late evening warmth.

I asked Christina if she could send me a few words about their gorgeous day… planning a wedding from afar can be a challenge and one they did it with such love. Here is what Christina shared with me….

Mirko and I organised our wedding from afar. We were largely turned off by the commercial ‘one size fits all’ wedding planners on offer locally so when we found this small team near Mirko’s home town (chef, florist and lovely villa owners) and fell in love with their property and them, we know this was it.

We are both architects so we identified with their passions for what they do and their personal touch and involvement helped realise our vision for an intimate wedding celebration in an authentic historic, magical family setting. Considering we only visited them for one weekend of planning before we arriving the week of the wedding its amazing how it all came together so well.

Back in London Mirko + I worked on styling our wedding to reflect our cultural heritage largely Italian + English with hints of Oriental (I was born + grew up in HongKong). We did a lot of it DIY too…. stationary, graphic design, favours, interior – exterior accessories and  the girls + I had fun styling the outfits. I really appreciated the personal efforts that people made, Stacy letter pressing the table stationary, Lisette making her dress, my sister organising children’s activities even extending to the villa owners, who really gave us their family home and home accessories to use.

It was an amazing day with amazing people and Mirko and I feel so truly blessed. Infact, we had so much fun styling the whole thing that we rather fancy giving it another go… the girl I threw my bouquet at has already asked if we would help!!! 🙂

Christina and Mirko’s amazing friends and family were all so involved in the helping of pulling together their personal, so special day. A few details are included below but I just wanted to say how much your wedding touches my heart Christina and Mirko.  Every person I met on your weekend was so incredibly kind and caring and Christina and Mirko, you are so well loved. It was such a pleasure to capture your beautiful day and I can’t wait to see you both in London town very soon!

x

Something old: bride shoes (Christian Louboutin), accessories and maid gifts: from a collection from my late grandmothers jewellery and vintage pieces sourced from Marche aux Puce, Paris and the Works Antiques, Llandeilo

Something new: Dress + veil (duchess satin + silk tuille) lovingly made by the team at Vivienne Westwood couture, Davies St, London

Something borrowed: waterproof mascara + a sneaky silver ring tucked into my bouquet from my maid Lisette

Something blue: The detail in the vintage pin given to my flower girl Ffion

Maid’s dresses: Christina’s sister (lilac) from Vivienne Westwood.  Lisette (sage) hand made by Lisette.  Stacy (cream) from Joseph. Flowergirl Ffion (lace) from Yumi

Mirko’s outfit: Suit from Burberry . Tie from Gucci. Shirt from Spencer Hart of Saville Row. Grooms something old: shoes Hugo Boss.

Venue/Wedding styling: Bride, sourcing from  London’s China town, Etsy, Ebay, Paperchase. Villa styling by Sonia.

Stationary: Bride & groom & letterpressgirl (Stacy)

Hair: Brides friend and daughter of Grooms godmother, the very calm and wonderful Priscilla

Florist and venue styling: Sonia at Donaflor Thiene

Chef: Morgan at Cinque Sensi, Vicenza

Music: quartetto quartini (ceremony)  and Sidol Brass Quintet  (reception)