Once upon a time, there was a love – and it turned into a happily ever after on a late summer’s day, in a castle in the heart of the Cotswolds.
Roberto and Samantha booked Kristina Kempton to help plan their luxury Castle Wedding – and what a wedding it was! We are delighted Whimsical Wonderland Weddings has featured this wedding we planned for a super sweet couple.
With a backdrop of changing leaves and walls steeped in history, Roberto and Samantha wanted their celebration to pay homage to tradition, cultural backgrounds, and family roots, while reflecting their identity as a stylish, modern couple – and so it was. The black tie event unfolded with a delicate colour palette of whites, and greens, with heart-warming personal touches inspired by the proposal in Rome, and the groom’s Italian home town. The guests were treated to favours of local wine and homemade honey, traditional toasts, and photographs of family members near and far. The stunning white blooms by Amie Bone told the story with quiet grace, in harmony with the bride’s exquisite outfit, with long-sleeved bridalwear by Suzanne Neville, headpiece by Hermione Harbutt, and shoes by Freya Rose. The tablescapes welcoming the guests to their seats were decorated with elegance and authenticity, in effortless harmony with the venue’s royal past.
Every emotion was captured so artfully by ARJ Photography the producing the most timeless yet emotive photographic memories for the couple.
We were in Rome for a long weekend. After dinner, we walked to the Trevi Fountain. Rob said he’d take a picture of me throwing a coin into the fountain. As I opened my eyes, Rob was down on one knee with a ring. Everyone around us was clapping and cheering as I put the ring on, it was unbelievable!
We wanted a traditional type wedding with a church service, but also wanted to make sure the guests had the best time possible. We wanted lots of personal touches to make it unique.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
We Hired Krissy from Kristina Kempton to help with the planning and she was amazing.
THE DRESS & ACCESSORIES
Suzanne Neville Dress, Hermione Harbutt head piece, Shoes Freya Rose.
FINDING THE DRESS
I tried on so many dresses I just couldn’t find ‘the one’ as soon as I walked into Suzanne Neville in Knightsbridge I instantly felt comfortable and so spoilt it was an amazing experience. Her style suited me so well. I knew when I tried my dress it was the one instantly, I’d always known I wanted sleeves, it tied in to the Italian theme. I had the covered buttons added to the cuffs and the bow added to the back of the waist.
We decided fairly early that we would have a black tie wedding. Rob looked around a lot for the right suit but couldn’t find anything. Eventually he decided on a Hugo Boss suit, which was made a bit more special by the fact it was made in a town close to where his family are from in Italy and we have been on holiday.
THE DETAILS & DÉCOR
We wanted a traditional style with hints of Italian which worked perfectly. We really wanted lots of personal touches included in the wedding. Our favours were mini Honey jars from my Father’s bees, the wine was from the village where Rob’s family are from in Italy, we had a table of our parents and grandparents wedding photos, a vodka toast in between the courses to celebrate my Polish family. I wore my great grandmothers engagement ring from the 1920’s, as the evening got started we had 1 of our favourite cocktails each Mrs Passion fruit martini and Mr Negroni.
Vanilla Pod Bakery. Honestly they were amazing. Rob had a specific cake he wanted, which several companies said was impossible to do. After meeting Pia, she made everything stress free. She even made last minute changes to the cake so that it was exactly how we wanted on the day and it really looked amazing.
- Rob forgot to bring his shirt for the wedding so had to make an emergency trip to the shops the day of the wedding.
- Dad’s face when he saw my dress for the first time in the morning of the wedding.
- Guests clinking their glasses during the wedding breakfast, which is an Italian tradition, meaning that we had to kiss each time they did it!
- Rob dancing with his mum at the end of the night.
Thank you so much for helping us create the wedding of our dreams! We felt in expert hands the whole time, you made the planning process completely stress free and so enjoyable. Not only did we find you a joy to work with it was evident that all suppliers felt the same. Your attention to detail is amazing and you took note of every detail and incorporated it to make something really fantastic. You gave us so many ideas that we never would have thought of that made the wedding absolutely unforgettable for us and the guests! Samantha & Roberto x