We don’t tend to cover destination weddings here at Scottish Wedding – we have so many beautiful celebrations in our own country, we never have to look further afield!
But sometimes an abroad wedding comes across our desks that’s so beautiful we have to sit up and take notice.
And Scottish couple Laura and Patrick’s Italian wedding in the Umbria hills near Tuscany is one such wedding. We just had to share it with you.
Read all about the couple’s wedding day, photographed beautifully by Rossini Photography, in bride Laura’s own words below…
We met in a local nightclub in Dunfermline but actually worked in the same building. It was a couple of months after that (after some persuading by Patrick!) that we went on our first date, and the rest was history.
We visited Italy in 2016 and fell in love with it: the food, the prosecco and the people! It is such a beautiful country and after that we always said we wanted to get married there, so as soon as we were engaged we started to look at venues online.
We flew out to Italy in February 2018 to visit Castello di Montignano and fully expected it to be on our list to consider, but that we would want to see more (I am a perfectionist so I thought this part of the process would take forever!). However, as soon as we arrived at the Castello we knew straight away it was the one and booked it there and then.
We booked exclusive use as we wanted to create an amazing experience for our guests.
We honestly cannot speak highly enough of all the staff that work at the Castello – they are the most friendly and helpful people I have ever met. The night before I hosted a pizza and prosecco night with my mum, bridesmaids and close friends in the gardens with lots of fairy lights everywhere – it was so nice to enjoy the castle before the buzz of the wedding day itself.
My heels were Christian Louboutin and these were a gift from my godmother – she loves heels and from day one said that she wanted to give me my shoes for the day. They are the most amazing bridal shoes and I can’t imagine wearing anything other than red soles on my wedding day.
My hair was created by my good friend and amazing hairstylist Lauren at the Loft. Bridal hair is her specialty and I was so lucky to have her in Italy with me. I always wear my hair down and wanted simplicity again so she created soft bridal waves for me on the day.
We were married by the mayor of the area where the Castello is located – Massa Martana – in a civil ceremony.
We had two readings performed by two close friends of ours, one of whom got extremely emotional whilst reading it which was such a nice moment and finished with the words “May your love be modern enough to survive the times but old fashioned enough to last forever”.
A lot of our guests commented on how nice the Italian civil vows are – they focus a lot on family and love and the mayor completed the ceremony by saying, “Now as you look at each other, always remember the love and happiness you feel right now and take that feeling with you for the rest of your lives”. It was such a perfect way to end the ceremony and start the rest of the celebrations.
I knew I wanted a monochrome theme in terms of the bridesmaids/groomsmen but I wanted to keep the décor on the day all white – white flowers, petals and candles everywhere with silver accents, such as the mirror acrylic name places. I wanted to keep things really simple so as not to detract from the amazing views.
Inside the reception area, the florist created beautiful all-white floral candelabras which I think really fit in with the venue being a castle.
The top table featured lots of white hydrangeas (my favourite flower and my bridal bouquet choice), white petals and lots of candles and floating candles. As the sun went down, this area really came to life and created such a nice atmosphere for dinner and speeches.
The food was incredible! We stuck to lots of traditional Italian food like bruschetta and lasagne – simple but so fresh. In Italy, they have a starter, a primo course and then the main course. As a result, we knew most people would want a break before dessert so instead of a sit-down dessert we had a crepe station later on in the evening where chefs made crepes with whatever filling guests wanted.
The speeches were one of the best parts of the day.
Patrick’s best man started by singing a song which was absolutely hilarious and really set the tone for the party afterwards! (My dad is from Liverpool and they had just won the Champions League so he sang a Liverpool song to start!) It was totally unexpected but a moment we will never forget.
My dad’s speech was so special and emotional, he always gives such good speeches and it was perfect. Patrick hates public speaking but did so well considering he only wrote his speech on the wedding morning!
We put so much effort into the evening and the party as we were conscious that we had asked our guests to travel all that way and we wanted to make sure everyone had an amazing time that they wouldn’t forget.
As well as our live crepe station, we had a whisky and cigars bar and a limoncello stand. At midnight we asked everyone to come outside into the gardens as we had organised a surprise fireworks display over the Castle – it was the perfect end to the perfect day.
After the fireworks, the party went on until 2am. My dad was thrown into the pool followed by most of our guests jumping in after!
After the day, we went on a minimoon to the Amalfi Coast which kept us busy! Looking back there isn’t anything I would change, I think the day completely represented us a couple and what we wanted and our guests had an amazing time.
I don’t think anything has really changed now that we are married but having the opportunity to celebrate your relationship and love with everyone who is close to you is so special and genuinely is the best day of your life.
Groom’s tux: Reiss