Ben and Lucie’s wedding in Portofino

wedding in Portofino

The civil ceremony was planned at the Castle in Portofino, an ancient Fortress, completely made of stones, with a surprising large terrace overlooking the enchanting panorama over the sea and the gulf of Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure.

Non only the ceremony was a successful emotional and dramatic moment, but it was also followed by some very special touches of style and uniqueness…

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Indian wedding in Santa Margherita Ligure

Hindu wedding on the Italian Riviera

Bollywood comes to town!

The Indian couple, Nindy and Hetul, chose Santa Margherita Ligure to celebrate their wedding in a more than ever mediterranean style.

The day of their dreams, started with the sunset of their pre-wedding’s eve, when Moroccan music and a belly dancer accompanied the typical customs of the Indian tradition:  the dressing of the bride, the application of special flavoured ointments and saffron powder together with the “bindi” on her forehead as a good omen (the small drop shaped shining stone).

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Love, style and setting on the Italian Riviera

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When a wedding is a perfect alchemy of love, style and setting, it is definitely easy to create a terrific effect!

This was the case for Marcella and Alessandro, who got married last summer in a wonderful venue on the Portofino Coast along the Italian Riviera.

A Castle on the sea was the open air theatre of their event. Facing Portofino and the open sea, it has a natural wild green lawn, a nice terrace and an inside hall full of old touches and furnitures belonging to the owner’s ancestors.

This is exactly what inspired the bride who wanted to create a vintage chic wedding theme! Being almost addicted to vintage and antiques we literally fell in love with the idea and developed the arrangements of their special day… but we added a couple of garden aromatic touches…

White laces and porcelain vases, white decapè Chiavarina chairs and delicate hanging lanterns, pale pink and sage green flowers have been the leitmotiv of the wedding decoration from the ceremony gazebo through the table set-up up to the conclusion with two very nice sweet buffets!

We also wanted to keep an eye on the local greenery, so, being a summer garden wedding, we decided to use different vases of aromatic plants as centerpieces : they were wrapped by natural cotton tied in white lace, and each of them was also the table name: on the table cards we wrote some old popular stories told by grandmothers to their grandaughters.

Aromatic plants are one of the traditional and most used ingredients of the Italian Riviera’s cooking culture; for this reason we often love to give them a privileged place in the set up of a real Italian wedding which aims to be built according to the local and historical environment as much as possible.

A garden style dinner reception on a candle lit soft atmosphere have been the right conclusion of a romantic-vintage-chic-aromatic traditional Italian Wedding, that we loved as much as the bride and groom and their guests did!

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