Perfect venues for an Italian destination wedding

Dominique and I are just back from our incredible Italian Study Tour, during which we visited three amazing venues, each one different from the other and all gorgeous for a destination wedding. We will be doing a more detailed blog on each of the venues we visited, but we wanted to give you a quick look at the splendour of what we saw, tasted and experienced.

We had the pleasure of sharing this unforgettable adventure with two other members of the UK Alliance of Wedding Planners, Steven Pellier of Steven Pellier Weddings and Louise Perry of Louise Perry Weddings; a wedding blogger, Jessica Barrie from Deluxe Wedding Blog; and a great wedding and fine art photographer, Kate Nielen, who took all the venue photos you see below.

Here are a couple of selfies of the team:

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We spent the first two days at Villa Balke and Hotel Marad, on the Gulf of Naples overlooking the Isle of Capri, with Mount Vesuvius in the background. Villa Balke is bright and modern with a seaside feel. It has so many possibilities for an amazing wedding, including a fantastic pool party area.  It’s also very close to a variety of tourist destinations, so perfect for a three or four day visit to this region of Italy.

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Our next destination was the Tuscan countryside just outside Florence. We visited the stunning Villa Mangiacane, enjoyed the locally produced wine and the inventive cuisine of the resident chef. This romantic, elegant venue left us all speechless on more than one occasion!

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Last but certainly not least, we visited Il Borro. Situated a little further into the Tuscan countryside around the town of Arezzo but just one hour from Florence, this magnificent estate is owned by the Ferragamo family. It has so many different options for your ceremony and reception, each more stunning then the next – and even its own church. Amazing!

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All photographs from Kate Nielen Photography

The hospitality we received at each venue was outstanding and we wish to thank our host venues for their warmth and friendship. We can’t wait to return very soon.

More to come on each of the venues and our experience in Italy!

Love,

Anna and Dominique

A Week in the Life of an Intern at Stylish Events

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an Intern at one of the top wedding planning companies in the country? Read no further! A brief introduction, I’m Rebecca Robertson and in May 2014 I booked my place on Dominique’s ever popular ‘Life of a Wedding Planner’ course. I fell in love with the industry and company and I was lucky to have been chosen as her January 2015 intern. I have been with Stylish Events a little over two months now and thought I would give you an exclusive sneak peak into my world for a week in the life of an intern!

Tuesday
We start our day in the office, which may I add is the lovely setting of Canary Wharf, and as usual I’m greeted at the door by Dominique’s gorgeous golden retriever, Barkley. A busy day ahead is planned so we catch up on emails and discuss the week’s diary.

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Barkley – always there to greet me in the morning!

Our first appointment of the day is at Hotel Café Royal in Piccadilly Circus; Flavia, who also attended Dominique’s course in 2014, has recently been appointed as Sales and Events Coordinator and invited us along to have a look at the newly renovated venue and meet her Meetings and Events Manager, Aysa.

We were shown around this beautiful venue, which is rich in history and a pleasant sanctuary away from busy Regent Street. My personal favourite room is the Oscar Wilde Bar, which has sumptuous, gold décor and a wonderful ambience; the pianist playing really set the tone. The Hotel Cafe Royal is an elegant wedding venue, set in the heart of London. Thank you Flavia and Aysa for showing us around. We are very much looking forward to going back soon for one of your limited edition Givenchy cocktails!

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The Oscar Wilde Bar at the Hotel Cafe Royal

If there was ever a hidden gem it would be at our next appointment, set in one of London’s most exclusive areas. This is an exciting time for the venue as they are allowing weddings to take place there for the first time. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to disclose the details just yet. Please stay posted…I couldn’t reveal everything now could I!

Our next stop was at Blo Blow Dry Bar, right in the centre of Covent Garden and the first one of its kind in the country; an exclusive brand and company from America. They very kindly invited us to have our hair done, complimentary, so that we could experience their fantastic service. The lovely Irina, Franchise Partner, and the friendly ladies who were going to work their magic on our rather windswept hair greeted us. A hair menu was provided for us detailing 8 classic styles to choose from, which are guaranteed to get you fab in a flash included styles such as; Red Carpet and Hunt Club. After a gorgeous wash and treatment, I enjoyed a nice drink whilst choosing my design from the hair menu. I opted for a ‘Holly Would’, which I was told, is full of bounce and curls, London’s answer to Hollywood hair! Rosie did an amazing job and also advised me on a great product for my hair from their range. We all felt like a million dollars leaving the salon and there was a serious amount of hair flicking on the journey home! I cannot thank Irina and the team enough for a wonderful experience. So, ladies, if you want the ultimate girly experience ending in great hair visit Blo Blow Dry Bar!

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Blo Blow Dry Bar in Covent Garden

Thursday
To begin our day we headed off to a charming church in Chelsea, which will host the wedding of one of our clients this summer. Such a delightful location. Dominique explained to me how the wedding will work logistically at the church on the day.

A short walk away we had an appointment booked just off the Kings Road at San Domenico House with lovely Rachel Louis. This hotel will play host to our client’s guests for one of our summer weddings and they are most certainly in for a treat. When I say hotel what I mean is home away from home, a discreet, exquisite and secret home you can call your own. With only 17 guest rooms, San Domenico House offers a relaxed, private environment with a superior level of service. San Domenico’s Italian heritage plays a strong part in the decor, mixed with English traditions. Every single piece in the hotel is unique and tastefully hand picked to perfection, there is nothing else like it in London.

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One of the stunning suites at San Domenico House

As if I hadn’t seen enough beauty in one day, our final appointment was at The Orangery at Kensington Palace. This venue is so exclusive it only plays hosts to a select few events each year. We are fortunate to be planning a wedding here this summer, aren’t we lucky! This truly is a magical place full of history, with the Royal couple Kate and William residing in Kensington Palace opposite to The Orangery. We are super excited for the wedding and what a pleasure it is to be planning it at a venue like this.

The Orangery at Kensington Palace. Images courtesy of Lavender Green

The Orangery at Kensington Palace. Image courtesy of our florist for the wedding Lavender Green

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Image courtesy of Lavender Green

Friday
To round off my week, Marina and I were invited to a bridal fashion show at the glamorous Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge. This was an exclusive event for Haute Couture Fashion week (bridal) and a chance for us to enjoy the exclusive show of bridal work of Daalarna and Erin Grey Couture. This was a great opportunity to mix and mingle with the top wedding professionals in the industry and network in a gorgeous social environment. I have to say that our glasses were never left empty and we were treated like royalty.

Images courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental London

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Images courtesy of Erin Grey Couture

I wonder what is install for me next week…!

Best wishes, Rebecca

A Glorious Summer Wedding in Cambridge – Leila and Johnnie’s Wedding

January can be such a gloomy month. Christmas is over, the weather is colder and the nights are longer. So we thought this was the perfect time to reminisce about one of the favourite weddings of 2014.

What we loved most about this wedding, other than the fact that Leila and Johnnie were such a charming couple, is the fact that the two days were truly unique and personal to them. Personal touches are so important in making your wedding fun, different and special – and this wedding certainly had that and much, much more.

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All pictures courtesy of our wonderful photographer Kate Nielen

Our lovely clients, Leila and Johnnie, had a romantic, fun and very sunny wedding in Cambridge in June 2014. The wedding festivities actually took place over two days and involved six different venues.

Johnnie and Leila had always planned to do things a bit differently and were determined not to have a “cookie cutter” wedding. Early on in their plans they knew they wanted to hire a wedding planner and we were so thrilled to get the call from them. We assisted them to their perfect venues, book all their wedding suppliers and manage the two wedding days.

Their legal marriage ceremony took place on the Friday, at the Cambridge Registry Office, but not before a small group of 20 close friends and family joined them for an intimate meditation ceremony at the Hotel du Vin in Cambridge. Dinner that night was at The Back Street Bistro.

The second day of their wedding took place on the following day and involved four lovely venues in the historic City of Cambridge. It all started at the Cambridge Union Society.  The lovely Rebecca Waldron of White Rose Ceremonies presided over a bespoke and very personal Humanist blessing. During the blessing, Leila and Johnnie exchanged their own handwritten vows and guests got involved with a sing-a-long to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Andy Williams.

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Leila looked beautiful in her gorgeous dress which she got at David’s Bridal at Westfields in Stratford. The Bridal Bouquet was made from sunflowers, which was an ongoing theme for the day, having been featured on their Wedding Invitations, Order of Service, Naked Wedding Cake and Table Centrepieces. Leila and her bridal party had their hair done at Hairy Canary in Cambridge.

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After the blessing, guests joined Leila and Johnnie for ice cream and drinks in the sunny courtyard of the Cambridge Union Society.

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The sun shone whilst 120 wedding guests enjoyed fresh strawberries and a glass of champagne whilst sitting back and relaxing on a traditional chauffeured punt up the river Cam. The British weather really could not have been better. Leila and Johnnie had their own punt, as they should, and were able to enjoy some time together before rejoining the rest of their guests.

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Johnnie studied at Trinity College, and as a past student he qualified to have his wedding reception there. When they were searching for their perfect wedding venue location, they looked at many beautiful and traditional venues. But the moment they walked into the grounds of Trinity and saw magnificent Hall, they knew that no where else would do. They fell in love with it immediately.

As guests were assisted off their punts they were welcomed by the staff at Trinity and escorted to the Cloisters for a drinks reception, with delicious canapés and yes, more champagne!

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There are so many stunning backdrops and settings at Trinity College, that their photographer, Kate Neilen, was spoilt for choice.  The official photographs of this lovely couple, their family and guests, took place by the lush lawns, which are very sacred at Trinity. Kate had special permission to walk on the grass – a very rare privilege. Guests were asked to remain on the paths.

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The sumptuous wedding breakfast was served in Hall at Trinity and dinner was prepared by their amazing in-house chefs. The flowers for the banqueting tables were provided by Donna at Country Garden Florists consisting of sunflowers, gerberas and mini daisies. Each arrangement was designed by Leila and put together by the Stylish Events team on the day.

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Leila and Johnnie arranged for their “naked” wedding cake, complete with sunflowers and Batman and Catwoman caricatures, to be set up on the dance floor.  They cut the cake with real swords which were a gift to Leila. Everyone then danced the night away until the wee small hours.

The perfect ending to a perfect day.

 Our Wonderful Suppliers

Wedding Planners: Stylish Events – Dominique, Becca, Marina, Agathe, Sonam and Julie
Photographer:  Kate Nielen
Flowers: Donna, Country Garden Florists 
Cake: Emma Bavin, Cambridge Cake Boutique 
Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal Westfield Stratford
Ice Cream Tricycle: Andy’s Ice Cream
Punting: Cambridge Chauffeur Punts 
Celebrant: Rebecca Waldron 
Blessing venue: Cambridge Union Society 
Drinks Reception and Wedding Breakfast Venue: Trinity College Cambridge 
Evening Party venue: The Hidden Rooms

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The Italian Destination Wedding Show presents: Stowers Bespoke, Men Attire

Hi Everyone

We are so excited that The Italian Destination Wedding Show will open its doors tomorrow at 11:00 am at the Sofitel St. James!!!!

There are only a handful of tickets left, so if you haven’t registered yet, click here! There might also be the chance for some more tickets sold at the door tomorrow.

This is the last of our series of blog posts about the amazing suppliers exhibiting at our show!

We are deligthed to have Stowers Bespoke joining us. They are genuine bespoke tailors and based in the world renowned Savile Row, London.

Stowers Bespoke service and the range of hand made products they offer is unique. Their expertise allows them manage, style, design and produce by hand, everything required for a client’s personal wardrobe, lifestyle and work. This includes, leather, fashion or classically styled product. Every piece of Stowers Bespoke clothing is truly unique and tailored with passion, commitment and conscience, much more than just a transaction.

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Stowers Bespoke firmly believe in building a personal and long lasting relationship with their customers and in maintaining an enviable reputation for producing the highest quality bespoke clothing and accessories. Stowers Bespoke have an exceptional, friendly, flexible and first class service.

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Their clientele includes World Leaders, VIP’s, Celebrities and Royalty from across the world. Stowers Bespoke VIP service is unlimited, traveling to meet clients on request.

So, guys, come and suit up!

See you tomorrow at The Italian Destination Wedding Show, we cannot wait!

Love

The Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events team.

The Italian Destination Wedding Show presents: HILTON GIARDINI NAXOS, Wedding Venue

Hello everyone

There is little time left before our amazing show on Sunday. The teams of Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events cannot wait to meet you and discuss all the details of your dream destination wedding in Italy!! if you haven’t already got your ticket, now is the time!

Click here to register!

This blog post is dedicated to another of our amazing venues, from the beautiful island of Sicily, the Hilton Giardini Naxos.

Located on the coast of the Ionian Sea on a white sandy beach and overlooking the blue crystalline water, the Hilton Giardini Naxos offers amazing views thanks to its unique location near the town of Taormina and Mount Etna.

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Experience Sicilian elegance, warm hospitality, stunning views and modern amenities at Hilton Giardini Naxos. The extended event space of Hilton Giardini Naxos does not only include a variety of indoor rooms. In fact, you could also use the Mediterranean garden and private beach, with the Mount Etna as your backdrop!

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For your wedding reception, you can choose between the Panarea Restaurant or the elegant surroundings of La Sciara Gourmet Restaurant and Wine Bar, where you can find dishes of the traditional Sicilian cuisine. You could also have a drink reception on the romantic terrace lounge, while admiring the beautiful views of the sunset.

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Whether you want to relax with your bridesmaids the day before the wedding or enjoy a quiet day with your husband to be, why not head to the Hilton Spa and Wellness center, which combines the scents of the Sicilian Sea with the delicate mood of a tropical garden, for a soothing treatment? Or, you could simply sunbathe on the beach or on the side of the outdoor and indoor swimming pools.

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 All pictures courtesy of Hilton Giardini Naxos.

There is plenty to do during the stay at the Hilton Giardini Naxos. The hotel’s internal event Team Members and experienced partners will assist in organising tailor-made events. You could entertain your guests with a Quad and biking excursions to Mount Etna, a treasure hunts in Taormina, river canoeing, and event helicopter scenic flights!

We cannot wait to introduce you to the team at Hilton Giardini Naxos and all other amazing venues and exhibitors this Sunday at The Italian Destination Wedding Show!

Love,

The Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events team.

Don’t forget to register here to get your tickets!

The Italian Destination Wedding Show presents the amazing Tenuta Monacelle and Masseria San Nicola, Wedding Venues

Hello everyone!

The Italian Destination Wedding Show is just around the corner and we cannot wait for you to meet us and all our wonderful exhibitors!

We continue our series of blogs today by presenting to you Tenuta Monacelle and Masseria San Nicola, two ancient mansions amongst the most beautiful in Puglia. Tenuta Monacelle is located in a peaceful, rural area on the outskirts of Selva di Fasano. A set of cone-roofed “Trullo” houses and tufa-stone “Masseria” villas, surrounded by pines, gardens and orchards, situated on a hilly ridge 400 metres above sea level.

Originally a convent dated 1790, the old burg consists of a cluster of 28 trulli, where the Benedictine nuns used to perform their daily rural routine. The old kitchen of the monastery and the stable have been converted in one of the most characteristic restaurants in the area.

 

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Not far from the trulli village, six white buildings called Masseria (Italian for “country house”) were built on the ruins of old houses. Each masseria has a number of modern bedrooms equipped with air conditioning and central heating, mini-bar, LCD TV set, direct telephone, hair – drier, safe and satellite channels.

In this fairy-tale location, Tenuta Monacelle holds “Il Ciliegeto”, the restaurant where refined and typical Apulian dishes are prepared by a professional and friendly staff. In the summertime, our guests can have dinner on the breath-taking terrace overlooking the cherry garden or lunch by the swimming pool.

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Tenuta Monacelle could be the ideal place for a rural retreat, surrounded by some of the most interesting places in central Apulia, such as the world’s trulli capital of Alberobello, the “wine” area of Locorotondo, Monopoli with its wonderful baroque architecture, Ostuni, also called “the white city”, the coastal strip by the Adriatic Sea and the caves of Castellana Grotte.

The oldest area of Tenuta Monacelle consists of 28 “Trullo” buildings built in 1790 as a monastery for the Benedictine nuns coming from the Convent of Saint Joseph, sited in Monopoli.

While the word “Tenuta” simply means “Mansion”, the term “Monacelle” is more difficult to define as there are two different interpretations. The trulli village is situated on a hilltop, over 400 metres above sea level, a land inhabited by snails, which in local dialect are called “Monacelle”. However, there is another more significant explanation: “Monache” is the Italian for “Nuns” and “Monacelle” was the way the residing nuns where called by local people to diminish them.

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Everything in the old burg reminds us of its long past. We can still see the places where the nuns used to carry out their daily rural activities, including the fireplace where bread and other local products were made to cater local farmers. We can also recognise the building that used to be a church; it is a “Cummersa”, a building with a sloping roof instead of the cone-shaped roof typical of a trullo.

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While we visit the restaurant, Il Ciliegeto, we can admire the real kitchen of the old monastery, with a chimney, located next to the cow and sheep stable where the manger is still kept. The chicken coop was located on the top floor, safe from predators; the staircase that linked the chicken coop to the ground floor is still here today.

Time has passed and a number of changes have been made in the old burg. Nevertheless, we can still feel the charm of that remote 1790.

The Masseria San Nicola was originally built by the Prince of Carbonelli in the 17th century.  In the 19th century the Masseria was bought by Camicia family as a summer retreat. The Masseria was originally known as Masseria delle Seti, and was named Masseria San Nicola at a later stage, in honor of the patron saint of Bari.

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The Masseria San Nicola boasts a wonderful garden, in line with the style of the typical 19th century gardens of Puglia villas and palaces. The garden is enclosed by walls and has several walking paths, which wind between bougainvillea plants, orange and lemon trees, roses and aromatic plants, surrounded by Mediterranean scents and colors.

Masseria San Nicola is located in Savelletri, a small seaside town located between Bari and Brindisi.

Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and crystalline sea, the Masseria is formed by an ancient main building with its own wonderful garden and luxurious private pool, and by four small Masseria, all overlooking a second swimming pool.

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All photos courtesy of Tenuta Monacelle and Masseria San Nicola.

Being a small charming village of its own, the Masseria offers you a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. The union of those buildings, gardens and swimming pools gives the guest the sensation of being in a charming small village The main banquet hall is located in a cave which was originally used as a shelter for dairy cows. Masseria San Nicola is the perfect location for events and ceremonies, which will be unique thanks to the stunning beauty of this magical place.

We are sure you will love this venue just as much as we do!

We are looking forward to meeting you at The Italian Destination Wedding Show this Sunday, 26th October, to help you plan the most amazing wedding you have always dreamt of.

To register and book your ticker, please click here.

Love,

The Stylish events and Will Be Wedding and Event team.

 

What’s happening at The Italian Destination Wedding Show?

With less than a week to go till our amazing show, we thought it was time to give you a full run down about what’s going on at The Italian Destination Wedding Show this Sunday, 26th October 2014.

Our event is being held at the 5 star Sofitel in St James.  Doors open at 11.00 am and close at 4.00 pm. You are welcome to arrive anytime after 11.00 am and stay for as long as you wish.

It has been a joy to jointly organise this event with the lovely Italian wedding planner Francesca Negro of Will Be Wedding & Events.

This is London‘s only wedding show dedicated to Italy as a wedding destination.

We hope you will join us to celebrate this wonderful country and all that is has to offer UK couples on their wedding day.

In addition to meeting our wonderful exhibitors, the £5.00 entry fee includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival, canapés and a luxury goody bag – we have some fantastic gifts and discounts available for you.

We only have a small number of tickets remaining, so if you’re thinking about Italy for your dream wedding, or just love all things Italian, please visit The Italian Destination Wedding Show to regisiter and get your ticket.

We are thrilled to let you know that everyone who attends on the day will be entered into a draw to win some amazing prizes. The draw will take place at 3.00 pm, so please ensure you arrive before then to be eligible.

Our amazing prizes are:

*See below for terms and conditions

So, what’s going on at the show? Take a look.

Our Exhibitors

We are so delighted with the quality of the exhibitors who are joining us for this event. There will still be one or two more announcements this week, but we’re so pleased to let you see the list of our amazing exhibitors.

First up, it’s the stunning venues. We have worked very hard to ensure we have venues from all over Italy, from the North, South, East, West, and even in the middle; there is a venue here to suit all tastes and wedding budgets.

  • Villa Balke in Torre del Greco near Naples with outstanding views
  • Il Borro, an exquisite estate in the heart of Tuscany, owned by the Ferragamo family
  • Tenuta Monacellenestled amongst the olive trees in the Itria Valley, Selva di Fasano, Puglia
  • Masseria San Nicola, located in Savelletri, a small seaside surrounded by centuries-old olive trees and crystalline sea
  • San Domenico Hotels will be presenting five stunning wedding and event venues in Puglia. including; Masseria San Domenico, Masseria Cimino and the world famous Borgo Egnazia.
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But it’s not just the venues you will meet;

  • There will be something for the guys too as we will be joined by Stowers Bespoke, with their impeccably tailored suits and accessories.
  • Italian shoe designer Loriblu will be showcasing their stunning wedding shoes, ahead of the London opening of their New Bond Street store next week.

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  • The amazing team from Marryoke will be on hand to chat to you  about capturing your wedding in either (or both) a cinematic film or a marryoke (wedding music video) – they are a must for any destination wedding! Marryokes has traveled extensively filming weddings and getting to know couples from New York, Ibiza, France, Las Vegas, Sri Lanka, and, of course, Italy – they love to travel.
  • Every wedding needs a cake and we have invited one of the very best and most sought after cakes designers in the UK. The wonderful Elizabeth Solaru of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium will be bringing her stunning cake designs to our event.

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    Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

  • It wouldn’t be an Italian event without wine, and we were so pleased when Cantina Coppola 1489 agreed to join us and bring along some stunning wines for you to taste. There will be a Sommelier on hand to talk you through all you need to know about Italian wine.
  • We were delighted when Fattoria Conca d’oro offered to be our sponsor for the glass of Prosecco you will be welcomed with as you arrive at show. You will be tasting the excellent Prosecco Valdobbiadene.
  • No wedding is complete without music and we have some lovely live music for you from our band, Just for You.
  • A wedding show would not be a wedding show without wedding planners, and the wedding planners at this event are actually your hosts, Francesca Negro of Will Be Wedding & Events and Dominique and the team from Stylish Events. We are looking forward to welcoming you on the day and chatting to you about your dreams for your amazing wedding in Italy.
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  • We hope you will visit our Inspiration Room to be inspired to add that extra bit of creativity to your wedding day:12.20 pm – Join Gemma Milly for her Calligraphy Workshop
    1.20 pm – Join Marina from Stylish Events for her Confetti by Design Workshop
    2.20 pm – Sharleen from First Fruit for her fruit decoration Workshop

Remember, our prize draw will take place at 3.00 pm, so please ensure you arrive before then to be eligible to win one of our amazing prizes.

This is a ticketed event, so you must get your ticket before the show.

Oh, and please don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook so that you can see the latest news on the event.

Love,

The team at Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events

To book and register your ticket for The Italian Destination Wedding Show please click here.

 

* Flights not included. Other terms and conditions apply and will be available to view on the day of the event.

 

The Italian Wedding Destination Show presents the stunning IL BORRO, Relais & Chateaux

Hello everyone,

Our wonderful event, The Italian Destination Wedding Show is this Sunday, 26th October at The Sofitel, St James from 11am to 4pm! We are so excited and can’t wait to share this special day with you!!!

Today’s blog post is about another great venue joining us, a magic place in the heart of Tuscany, Il Borro. This is simply a unique wedding location, a superb 700 hectare Tuscan estate enclosing a village of medieval origins with its 19th century villa, farm and farm buildings, which appear to have stood still in time. Every alley, every stone speaks of a time that once was, every flavour and scent recall the memory of a rare and more authentic Tuscany.

The medici dynasty, the Savoia family and now the Ferragamo family have safeguarded and preserved this precious oasis making this place a sanctuary dedicated to wellbeing and the art of hospitality.

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Il Borro offers a series of exclusive locations, outdoors and indoors, for your wedding. Each of them has different characteristics and is designed to suit every taste. You can choose between the nineteenth-century manor house for a refined and romantic ceremony, the private garden in the Renaissance style for an outdoor function or the stunning old Orangerie for your reception. If you wish to add authenticity and charm to your ceremony, why not choose the medieval village with its narrow streets and centuries-old church?

And, let’s not forget, you could have all your guests staying at Il Borro, which can sleep up to 160 people.

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You have plenty of choice at Il Borro for you wedding reception: why not head to the Osteria del Borro, where chef Andrea Campani uses only local ingredients to create a contemporary interpretation of culinary traditions; or to Il Borro Tuscan Bistro’, a restaurant, wine bar and shop, maybe for a day after the wedding lunch?

For something more casual, the Vin Café’, nestled in the historic structure of Il Borro and overlooking the landscape of the medieval village, is just perfect.

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It’s not just the food that will be absolutely perfect on you wedding day, Il Borro is in fact surrounded by vineyards and wines, from autochthon grape varieties as Sangiovese and Tuscan traditional varieties as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, is produced here by traditional methods – vineyards are an integral part of the characteristic landscape of the area and create a peaceful and harmonious environment. Your wedding menu will definitely have the best wines to accompany any of your choices!

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The Il Borro experience does not stop here. Before or after your wedding day you will be able to relax around two stunning swimming pools. Oh, we forgot to mention, they both are infinity pools, with views to die for! Or, why not head off with your girlfriends, just before the wedding, to La Corte Spa? Its modern facilities are housed in a classical Tuscan building and its vast range of treatments and beauty, training and nutrition plans are individually tailored to meet your needs. The perfect setting for your hen-do!

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Il Borro offers also a variety of different activities, amongst which nature walks, horse riding or a round of golf, mountain biking, trekking…something for every taste to keep yourself and your guests entertained.

Situated close to Florence, Arezzo and Siena, cities of rare beauty and rich in art and hyistory, Il Borro is a perfect place to stay while exploring Tuscany, so why not prolonging you stay for the honeymoon too? There are plenty of different rooms and suites in the medieval village, including the royal suite, which comes with its own private pool. Or, if you prefer, you could be staying at any of the amazing farmhouses!

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 The Royal Suite

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Suite Scrittore

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Cochierre Livingroom

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Casa al piano

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All photos courtesy of Il Borro

We are so pleased you will be able to meet the team from Il Borro at the Italian Destination Wedding Show next Sunday, 26th October.

Love,

The team at Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events

To book and register your ticket for The Italian Destination Wedding Show please click here.

The Italian Destination Wedding Show presents Paula Wratten of Amara Ceremonies, Wedding Celebrant

We are so delighted that Paula Wratten will be joining us for The Italian Destination Wedding Show. Paula is a specialist celebrant who delivers custom made, unique ceremonies designed the way you wish your ceremony to be.

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Picture courtesy of Paula Wratten

Paula will be able to talk you through all the options for your ceremony in Italy, but we thought that we would give you some ideas and details prior to our event so that you can start thinking about what your dream ceremony in Italy will be.

So you’ve set a date for your Italian destination wedding.

Of course, finding the perfect venue is one of the first things you need to do, but in conjunction with this you should also consider what sort ceremony you want to have.

Below are a few options for your ceremony in Italy. Now, we don’t want you to be bamboozled by all this information, but it is important to know what your options are so you can make the right decision for you and your partner.

There are legal requirements to consider for any destination wedding and a good wedding planner, such as our lovely Francesca from Will Be Wedding & Events, can assist you with submitting the documentation to the Italian authorities. Depending on your nationality you may also need to visit an Embassy Office in Italy.

Once the legalities are taken care of, then there are a number of options open to you for where your ceremony can take place.

  • Church ceremony
  • Civil ceremony
  • A symbolic ceremony with a Celebrant

Church Ceremony

Italy is a Catholic country and there are some amazing churches in just about every Region, City and Town in Italy. You will need to contact your priest at home first as you will require their assistance to put together the documentation. Not all churches will marry non residents, so we suggest you make some inquiries at your dream venue (before booking) as they will know which local churches will be delighted to have you.

Italy also has a number of English churches and it may be you can have a blessing ceremony, however, you will need to have a civil ceremony before the church service. You can do this in the UK or in Italy. Your wedding planner or venue should be able to assist you with this process.

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Picture courtesy of Sergio De Riccardis

Civil Ceremonies

This is very popular option for UK couples getting married in Italy. The ceremony will take place in a Town Hall or public space owned by the Town Hall. There are some procedures to follow, of course, and the procedures and costs can vary from region to region. Again, your venue or wedding planner will be able to assist you through this process.

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A symbolic ceremony with a Celebrant

A celebrant is simply someone who can perform ceremonies for you the way you want it to be. They are becoming increasing popular in the UK and internationally for destination weddings.

Using a wedding celebrant allows you complete flexibility – you can have your wedding wherever you choose, at any time you want. You can choose your own vows, readings, poems, music, absolutely everything. It can have elements of a religious ceremony or nothing religious at all. It really is up to you.

You will still need to have a civil ceremony, in either the UK or Italy, but this could be quite a small event with just close friends and family. Then, on your wedding day, pull out all the stops and have your ceremony at your dream venue or location.

You can of course, hire an Italian celebrant, but we believe you need to choose a celebrant who you connect with – you should like them immediately and as it’s such an important part of your wedding, it is a huge advantage to have someone who speaks your language and you can have several face to face meetings with in the UK.

And we believe we have the perfect person to introduce you to at the Italian Destination Wedding Show – Paula Wratten of Amara Ceremonies. She will be able to help you create your bespoke ceremony and more importantly in the style of your choice.

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Imagine getting married under a starry night, near a mountain, or on a beach. Done, done and done. The ceremony is tailored to your needs. So if you are looking for a religious or non religious ceremony Paula can do either. Paula has great experience and she would be an essential asset to your destination wedding in Italy. She has celebrated ceremonies on beach locations, helicopter rides, outdoor settings and far away villas.

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Picture courtesy of Paula Wratten

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Picture courtesy of Villa Luppis

Paula is really looking forward to chatting with our guests at The Italian Destination Wedding Show and we are so delighted she will be there.

So what are you waiting for? Make sure to book your ticket today!

Special thanks to Alex Kais for contributing to this blog

Love, the Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events team.

The Italian Destination Wedding Show presents Villa Balke

Hello everyone!

Today we present to you another of the venues that you will meet at The Italian Destination Wedding Show. We really have venues from every part of Italy; our virtual trip today brings us to Naples and the beautiful Amalfi coast.

We are delighted to introduce you to Villa Balke and its charming owner, Adelaide Palomba, who makes it a personal task to take care of her guests, with her warm approach and deep love for her Villa.

Here is a video tour of this stunning venue!

Villa Balke is just 20 minutes from the more touristy areas of this busy part of Italy, in a quiet and beautiful location, which offers stunning views of Mount Vesuvius, Capri and the Italian coastline.

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Villa Balke opened in 1985 and, from the very beginning, focused on banqueting and high quality service. In 2003 the Villa underwent restoration, and is now a modern but welcoming, comfortable mansion, with antique furniture, warm colouring and refined details.

The Villa, surrounded by a 15,000 square metre elegant park, has two swimming pools and even a private beach for you to enjoy. Just imagine being able to have a swim in the transparent sea with your loved ones on the morning after the wedding, in total privacy!

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You will have the choice of three different halls for your wedding reception or any other event you plan to have before or after your wedding day. Villa Balke’s halls are licensed for civil and religious ceremonies, or you could instead choose to have a symbolic ceremony on the terrace, with stunning views of the sea. Or, why not choose to have a symbolic celebration on the beach, once the legal requirements are taken care of?

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One of the strengths and pride of Vila Balke is its cuisine and patisserie. The chefs only use local and seasonal ingredients to create delicate dishes, spanning from more traditional to modern and creative recipes. The team of Villa Balke will be very pleased to help you put together a bespoke menu that perfectly reflects your taste and style. They can also prepare your wedding cake.

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All photos courtesy of Villa Balke

For the team of Villa Balke, nothing is more important than making sure your wedding day is simply perfect and that your dreams come true. She will make sure everything is taken care of with the greatest attention to detail, style and originality.

We are so pleased that the lovely team from Villa Balke are joining us at The Italian Destination Wedding Show!

Love,

The Stylish Events and Will Be Wedding & Events team.

To book and register click here