With heart-stopping romance around every canal corner, Real Bride Natalia tells us about her sumptuous Italian wedding…
How did Tom propose?
“Tom proposed in November 2015, on Bonfire night. We were on a romantic walk overlooking Lichfield Cathedral, with a fireworks display as the backdrop. I had no idea he’d bought the ring six months prior!”
What dress did you wear?
“I only had to go into one dress shop before saying ‘yes’ – it was the fifth dress that I tried on. I wore an Enzoani gown, which was ideal for a European destination wedding. It had an illusion V-back and long, delicate, A-line tulle layers, which allowed me to get in and out of gondolas with more ease (and grace!). I bought my dress from Wedding Belles, who not only steamed my dress and veil, but also packed everything into a purpose-built wedding dress airline travel box (which meant I could take my dress onto the plane as hand luggage rather than in the hold). For my second dress, I wore a crystal embellished gown by Madeline Gardner New York.”
And the accessories?
“I wore an Alan Hannah headpiece and matching pearl bracelet. I fell in love with a cathedral-length tiered lace veil by Richard Designs, while my earrings were from Liberty in Love.”
What did the groom wear?
“Tom wore a royal blue three-piece Lydbury morning suit from Peter Posh, with Barker Grant cedar shoes.”
Who were your bridesmaids and what dresses did they wear?
“I had five bridesmaids – my cousin, my sister-in-law and some of my closest friends from school and university. They all wore dresses from ASOS Wedding.”
How did you feel when you saw Tom up the aisle?
”I felt a mix of simultaneous emotions: pure happiness, pride and relief. I had pre-wedding jitters beforehand, but the moment I saw Tom I couldn’t take my eyes off my husband-to-be. His gaze warmed my soul – and then
I felt invincible!”
What was the highlight of your day?
“I thought it would be our breathtaking, romantic gondola ride through the hidden, narrow waterways of Venice. However, when we walked through Piazza San Marco, the locals shouted “Auguri!” (best wishes) and swarms of tourists started vying for a photo opportunity with us! It made us feel like celebrities for the day.”
Date: 27th July 2017
Venue: Ceremony held at Palazzo Cavalli, Venice
Reception: Boscolo Venezia, Fondamenta Madonna dell’Orto venezia.boscolohotels.com
Photographer: Belle Momenti Photography bellemomenti.com
Tom’s attire: Peter Posh peterposh.co.uk
Bridesmaids’ dresses: ASOS
Wedding planner: Martina from yourweddingplannerinitaly.com