Annie and Elisa, a modern and refined gay wedding

27 october 2017

Just like all wedding planners, I try to keep an “emotional” distance during events: something that is absolutely necessary in order to be clearheaded and rational on a day when it is the couple and their loved ones to rightfully give way to the joy and the emotions of the day, that often include tears. After all, I am there so that they can fully experience their emotions knowing that there is someone who is taking care of all the practical and organizational details.

And then there are some weddings that go straight to the heart, because after long months of planning a special rapport is established with that couple: and this is the case of Annie and Elisa. Two young women who, after a few years of living together, wanted to be surrounded by their family and friends to get married in a civil ceremony, even thanks to the recent Cirinnà law.  No doubt about the location of the reception: it had to be at Elisa’s parents’ house, a villa with a big garden and a beautiful view of Orvieto.

And the ceremony? After a lot of research, Annie and Elisa fell in love with Teatro Mancinelli, a small 18th century jewel in the heart of Orvieto, just a few steps from the famous Cathedral. Here, Francesco, one of Annie and Elisa’s best friends, celebrated the civil ceremony as a delegate of the mayor. Elisa wore a shirt with jabot and a teal suit – Annie’s favourite colour! – while Annie chose a traditional white gown with lace applications on the bodice. Both were designed and made by Elisa’s cousin a young designer who is currently working at one of the most famous Italian fashion houses.

After the ceremony, the brides hopped into a vintage red Fiat and drove to the reception followed by the guests. The reception started with a long aperitif featuring the best in Umbrian and Tuscan specialties around the swimming pool to the refined tunes of Swingin’ Affair.
The decorations were simple and refined: white flowers – roses, lisianthus, hydrangeas, and freesias – together with the green of olive and eucalyptus sprigs, as well as Ginori place settings, and classic Chiavari chairs.

A minimalist and elegant mood which was the leitmotif of the wedding together with a symbol that is very important for the brides, fingerprints. A pendant with their respective fingerprints – which is what differentiates us from others and makes us unique in the world – was actually the first gift they gave each together at the beginning of their relationship, and this theme was chosen for the graphic of the invitations, the menu, and for the original guest book: a tree which the guests could leave their “fingerprint” on.

The most touching moment was during the speeches when their parents and friends wanted Annie and Elisa to feel all the love and support that surround them. After the cutting of the cake by the pool – and a surprise, Elisa sang a song – the reception continued with a flash mob and dance music as well as a cocktail bar and rich dessert buffet.