Smaller, more intimate weddings can be unbelievably lovely! For a lot of couples, there isnt always a need to have a ton of people around, just a few select guest is all you need and that is exactly what Jennifer Maddock & Carl Copley did for their Italian wedding! Taking a cue from the 60's, bridesmaids were styled in modern beehives, dressed in lovely pale blues. Our bride has such a grand infectious smile and a laugh you can almost hear through the photos. Perhaps my personal favorite part of this wedding is choice of transportation!
“Carl is half Italian and we both love Italy; the scenery, food and culture. Carl took me to Camogli and the Cinque Terre for my birthday and we had said that if we ever got married we would love for it to be there. One of our favourite memories was the romantic walk from Santa Margherita to Portofino; we dreamed of having photos taken against the backdrop of the vivid aqua blue sea. We loved the pastel coloured houses, the fairytale like buildings set into the coast and the magical romantic setting.”
“We chose pale blue and gold as our palette (inspired by the blue and gold chairs on the terrace at Ristorante Rosa). The groom wore a bespoke suit and the bride wore an embellished dress with veil. The bride and bridesmaids wore their hair in styles inspired by the beehive. The bridesmaids wore pale blue silk dresses with white enamel flowers around the neck and back – completed with their own sixties style sunglasses for the sunny terrace!”
“We fell in love with the Ape Calessino (Carl loves vespas and the Ape is made by Piaggio – the company who make vespa scooters) and the florist decorated this with fresh flowers.”
“Every single person who came to our wedding contributed and helped us in some way – and made it the dream day it was. We could not have had the wedding without the help and support Carl's parents and my parents and their partners. They were incredible.”
*Note from SBW: Now you might be thinking to yourself, why did I include the photo of the guys jumping, its just ok, but nothing to special. Well my friends, because girls rule! Take a look at the ladies taking their turn below! I LOVE it!!! They completely went for it! This my friends, is how you do a jump shot! Look at the height the bridesmaid on the left got! So cute ladies!
“Carl proposed to me in Thailand as the sun set in an open air bar at the top of the Banyan Tree Hotel, Bangkok on 21 December 2009. We had been together for 6 years at this point and the proposal was a beautiful surprise. Carl had picked the perfect ring and kept the perfect secret. We then holidayed in Thailand to celebrate; calling our parents to announce the news on Christmas Day. We have now been together for almost 9 years and we are currently enjoying our first year of married life in Singapore.”
The Couple's Favorite Parts of the Day:
“All of it! We loved getting ready, Carl's song, the walk down the aisle, the service, tying the knot!, the trip to Portofino in the little Ape Calessino – being given a flower by a couple on a scooter driving along side us, photos in Camogli, the meal, the speeches, the first dance, the dancing…..we loved it!”
“We did not want a heavy theme but we both love the 60s (think Fellini's La Dolce Vita period) so we wanted to create a flavour of the 1960s Italian Riviera. Santa Margherita very much has the feel of this age. We wanted to create an intimate celebration with our parents, siblings, bridesmaids and best men (we had 18 guests) overlooking the sea.”
“I made blue and gold place names that were presented in gold scallop shells in the restaurant. For our favours we gave guests tea towels that included the date and place of our wedding and ‘Insieme per Sempre . Vero Amore,' Charbonnel & Walker pink truffles and traditional Italian favours – small bags of sugared almonds.”
“My husband put together a playlist. I walked up the aisle to one of our favourite pieces of music called ‘La Ritournelle' by Sébastien Tellier. At the end of the ceremony we walked down the aisle to ‘Third Finger Left Hand' by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. At the reception we had Manomanouche – a gypsy jazz trio from Milan. My wedding present from Carl was a piece of music he composed for me which was played to me, my family and bridesmaids on the morning of the wedding by the best man before I got ready. There wasn't a dry eye in the house!”
Ceremony Venue: Villa Durazzo, Santa Margherita Ligure | Reception Venue: Ristorante Rosa | Caterer: Ristorante Rosa | Baker: Ristorante Rosa | Florist: Luca Rossetti Galleria d'arte e fiori | Wedding Dress: Nicole Jackson for Berketex | Bridesmaid Dress Designer: Fenn Wright Manson (Sea beaded silk dress) | Shoe Designer: Harriet Wilde | Hair Stylist: Antonella at Vanni | Makeup Artist: Antonella at Vanni | Groom's Suit Designer: Threadneedleman Tailors | Photographer: Julian Kanz Photography