At first glance you might be mistaken for thinking today’s feature is a stunning styled shoot, but look again and you’ll realise that this totally stunning Italian wedding inspiration is actually a real wedding captured by the ever-talented Erich McVey!
Bride Anastasia wore a glamorous, shimmering Marchesa gown with braids to keep her look elegant yet relaxed while Christopher looked dapper in black tie. The totally swoon-worthy interiors and scenery surrounding Villa Grazioli transform this elegant Italian wedding day into a celebration worthy of the most precious Renaissance paintings, but the florals are where we totally lose our hearts!
Back in 2008, we met on the Couchsurfing forum! Denver used to have a very vibrant and friendly community of Couchsurfers. I logged onto the forum to ask questions about the city and its neighbourhoods while I was looking for a place to rent, and Christopher reached out to me with a welcome message.
At the time, my cousin and I were coming to the USA for the first time to spend a few summer months. Christopher was kind enough to pick us up from the airport on a hot summer day, and this is where our story started.
Rainy days are made for lovers and sweet gestures: in the day Christopher proposed, a train was taking us away from Oslo through the moss covered tunnels of Norwegian mountains, down to the boat across the fjords waters and into the valley of Voss. We finished our trip with a fabulous dinner in the heart of Bergen, and walked the empty cobblestone streets back to our hotel, hiding under a single umbrella while it was pouring cats and dogs. Back in our room, we played the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, talked about life and listened to the sound of rain and waves. It was a moment of life where everything just seemed perfectly peaceful and happy. Christopher took my face in his hands, looked into my eyes and then went down on his knee and proposed!
- Photography: Erich McVey
- Venue & Catering: Park Hotel Villa Grazioli
- Floral Design: Noosheen
- Stationery: Antiquaria Design Studio
- Wedding Dress: Marchesa Resort 2013
- Shoes: Valentino
- Hair & Makeup: Janita Helova
- Groom's Attire: BOSS Hugo Boss
- Groom's Accessories: Brioni Accessories
- Musicians: Sombras Live Music