In the exclusive setting of the Orsini-Odescalchi Castle in Bracciano, Gina and Joe tied the knot in front of their beloved ones coming from all around the world. I had the honour to officiate their romantic civil ceremony supported by their bridal party who did a really great job in helping me coordinating that very special moment!
Gina got ready in the beautiful suite of the castle, surrounded by her lovely bridesmaids, all dressed in gorgeous marsala gowns.
The color palette the couple picked up was inspired to Gina’s Indian origins: the result was a glorious combination of tones from ivory to blush pink to marsala, violet and traditional red (which in India represents prosperity) with sophisticated pops of gold.
The girls’ bouquets were designed to be a little smaller than the bridal one, but the same identical flowers: peonies, roses, dalias lisianthus, enriched by eucaliptus and ruscus to give them a more natural and fancy touch.
The ceremony took place on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Bracciano lake. The floral arrangements were stunning! Two massive vases at the beginning of the aisle welcomed guests. The aisle was decorated with vases of different heights, filled with marsala peonies and white & violet hydrangeas. A totally customised footplate designed with the bride and groom’s logo completed the enchanting scenery leading to the most beautiful arch I have ever seen at a wedding.
Hundreds of orchids were the protagonists of this floral arrangement which was a real pleasure to the eyes.
Everybody got so moved when the couple’s little nephew walked down the aisle carrying a cute sign to announce the arrival of the Bride! His outfit was, of course, the same as the Groom’s!
Gina wore a veil on her face as a symbol of purity and innocence, and she decided to walk down the aisle with both her parents to thank them for being such a perfect guide for her. Her mom was gorgeous in her traditional Indian sari!
Before the end of the ceremony, everybody – including the newlyweds – was given a balloon which showed the phrase: “Gina and Joe say Sì” to celebrate the union just made.
After the ceremony, the married couple had their photo session at the castle. They rented a wonderful Rolls Royce, the Princess model. Isn’t it VERY romantic?
The cocktail hour took place in the Secret Garden, a magic terrace with a breathtaking view on the Bracciano lake. Floral arrangements, of course, matched the ones used for the ceremony. The seating chart was wisely designed to show the logo of G&J, and decorated with a garland of greenery and flowers.
On the way to the Caesars’ Hall where dinner would be served, guests found the most charming chandelier ever seen, set up on the ancient well of the castle and enriched with precious candle jars and a sophisticated garland of flowers.
The Caesars Hall was set up for dinner with traditional round tables covered with ivory tablecloths and golden Parigina chairs. The centerpieces were golden chandeliers with a big round floral arrangement on top.
At midnight, the Ancient Kitchen of the castle hosted a pizza party for all guests, and the typical Italian beer complement the snack.
For the party, the castle walls were enlighted in total pink and Gina left everybody speechless, showing up in her magnificent traditional Indian dress.
During the whole day, guests enjoyed the Moet Chandon Rosé, one of Gina’s favorite Champagnes.
And so do I and the talented florist who made Gina’s dream come true, Giovanni Raspante, owner of the famous Stylosophie brand.
At the end of the night, a seven-tier wedding cake was served to all guests.
Officiant: me for My Wedding in Italy
Caterer: I Lincei
Lighting: Roma Party Service