Considering getting married in Italy? Then I’ve found your perfect wedding planner…

I’ve made no secret of the fact that if I were to marry Mr STG again, it would be in the gorgeous ‘boot’ of Southern Europe. There is simply something magical about Italy. It feeds the soul. It conjures up a world in our imagination and touches so many thanks to it’s art, fashion, culture, food, climate and collection of insanely contrasting but always stunning vistas.

A destination wedding in Italy is one thing but trying to choose where to have it is another. How to pick from the sun-drenched Tuscan olive groves, Venice and all its romantic splendour, Florence and its history and elegance, Rome and its Dolce Vita cityscape, the sophisticated glamour of the Amalfi coast or snowy, classy Cortina D’Ampezzo?

But, like reading a book, everyone comes away with their own interpretation of Italy’s best bits.

And that’s why if you’re thinking of having your Jewish wedding there, I think it’s a pretty good idea to turn to a group of experts who can take on the challenge of understanding your vision, building on it and ultimately realising your dream wedding.

Well today’s your lucky day because I’ve found exactly who you’re looking for: SposiamoVi are superior Italian wedding planners who I first discovered through Olivia and Jacob’s breathtaking Jewish wedding that took place in Florence. I blogged it last year but this is a wedding that will stay with me for a very long time and you must check it out if you haven’t already. The, style,  planning and delivery of it are simply astonishing. Once I had seen what SposiamoVi were capable of with this wedding, I snapped up them right away as Smashing Suppliers.

SposiamoVi was set up ten years ago by Alice, an interior designer and Cinzia, an event organiser and they currently boast offices in Florence, Portofino and Amalfi.

They’re an awesome team of high-achieving and inspired wedding planners. Armed with a golden rolodex of trusted suppliers right across Italy, they provide local knowledge and know-how and with a team of creative directors, stylists and designers to hand, they can turn your wedding into an art form.

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Yael & Micha | Destination Jewish wedding (planned in just 2 weeks!) at the Spanish synagogue and Ca’ Nigra, Venice, Italy

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin did it. And so did today’s super cool couple, Yael & Micha! Yes, Venice was the chosen setting for today’s  Tel Aviv-based bride and groom, and in true Venetian style all the wedding guests together with the bride and groom, rode the gondolas of Venice for an incredible and intimate Jewish wedding (only 15 people). The whole affair was planned in just TWO WEEKS (surely that’s some kind of destination wedding record?!) thanks to the the wonderful Amber from Angel Lion Wedding & Events.

Smashing The Glass is all about making your day, your way so I love the essence of this wedding. EVERYTHING reflects the bride and groom, and if you take a moment to read through Yael’s report, you’ll see why. Oh.. and for some fun, look out for the stories about Micha’s suit, and the ‘sporty’ finish to their wedding!

Yael also hands out some really useful tips and a generous helping of advice at the end.

Swoon over the perfectly captured images by Mauro Pozzer and dream of being in the Venetian sunshine. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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how we met

Yael, the Bride: We met the old fashioned way… at a sleazy bar in Tel Aviv! Just kidding, it was a regular bar 🙂 I went there with a new friend of mine, and as we entered she noticed Micha, who was, in hindsight, a friend of hers, so she introduced him to me. I had just come out of a long relationship whilst he had been single for many years. We chatted for a while that evening and I gave him my number after he asked for it (in a very noble way, of course). Two days later we went out to a nice Tapas Bar and the beach, and the rest is history…

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‘Old Hollywood’ destination Jewish wedding at The Great Synagogue of Florence and Villa Di Maiano, Florence, Italy

Olivia and Jacob are one seriously hot couple – I mean just look at David Bastianoni‘s gorgeous images of them both… And it gets even better. They chose a wedding theme of 50’s / Old Hollywood glamour meets The Godfather. Off the scale, right?!

Both Londoners, (they met 7 years ago at Nottingham University) the bride and groom opted to marry in Florence, as that’s where Jacob proposed to Olivia. They chose the breathtaking Great Synagogue of Florence followed by a magnificent party at Villa Di Maiano, and their big day is every bit as glamorous and romantic as you’d expect. There’s an immense chuppah made from gypsophila, pretty blush pink roses and candles, beautifully ornate calligraphic decor, a classic convertible wedding car, a mille-feuille wedding cake constructed in front of the guests, a phenomenal firework display… I could go on and on and on!

As you’d expect, our bride and groom look impeccable stylish too – Olivia in a beautifully cut bespoke Suzanne Neville gown (based on a design that her and her mother created), and Jacob in a bespoke suit by Cad and the Dandy. It’s a super chic wedding, full of panache, and lots and lots of heart.

Not only do we have the insane images by STG fave, David Bastianoni, but we also have the 8mm film by Marriage à la Mode. Jewish wedding Florence
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Liora & David | Italian Jewish wedding at the Great Synagogue of Rome and Villa Miani, Rome, Italy

Liora and David met through their parents, when David’s family invited Liora and her family over for Friday night dinner. That sabbath meal led to romance and an even more romantic wedding in Italy.

The magical city of Rome provided the inspiration for Liora and David’s chic destination wedding and there are some really wonderful touches. Take the Italian vespa for their wedding transport, a smorgasbord of Italian desserts instead of wedding cake (hello, lashings of tiramisu), and the choir of the Great Synagogue of Rome providing the music for their ceremony. Oh my!

Mr STG and I traveled to Italy for our honeymoon and it really is one of the most gorgeous places on earth. The landscape, the buildings – what an amazing place to be married. Liora and David held their ceremony at the breathtaking Great Synagogue of Rome followed by a BIG party at Villa Miani with breathtaking 360° views over the Rome skyline(and can we all just take a moment to appreciate their entrance song – the super fun A Far l’Amore featured in Paolo Sorrentino’s movie, The Great Beauty, set in Rome).

The whole affair was beautifully planned by our much loved Smashing Supplier, Stefania Zen from the Italian Wedding Company. Liora says that Stefania was literally her right arm throughout the planning process, and knowing how wonderful the Italian Wedding Company are, I can very much vouch for that. Big thanks also to Vinicio Ferri and Alessandro Zingone for the wonderful photos.

Come on, let’s take a look…

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An Ines Di Santo bride for a destination Jewish wedding in the Italian countryside at Relais Sant’Uffizio, Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy

Today we are heading to the region of Piedmont in Italy for a sunshine-soaked destination Jewish wedding. Piedmont is not only breathtakingly beautiful, it’s also a gastronomic gem and famous for its wine production. It was therefore the perfect location for the wedding of self-proclaimed foodie couple, Jacqueline and Florian, who live in New York City.

Theirs is a wedding of pure elegance, creativity and authentic Italian touches. Those touches range from a team of local Piedmont Flag Throwers greeting them at their recessional, to having an actual Nutella bar at the party! Yes, Piedmont is the birthplace of Nutella – the region is full of hazelnut fields and as a tribute to this, there was an actual Nutella bar (I die), and additionally a local bakery made the region’s famous Torta alle nocciole e brindisi con – essentially a hazelnut-filled wedding cake.

I adore the “Recipe for Love” screen printed tea towel save-the-date too – such a great idea for a foodie couple. And I haven’t even begun to tell you about the florals (you need to see the bouquets!), or the fact that these two were actually married by Italy’s first female rabbi, Barbara Aiello.

I think what Jacqueline and Florian teach us is that even if you get married abroad, it can still be a really personal affair, filled with the most important things  to you – in their case, that’s family, friends, fantastic food and wine, great music, and an appreciation and respect for a variety of bridged cultures and traditions.

The whole affair was planned lovingly and meticulously by our much loved Smashing Suppliers, Valentina and Ernesto Troncarelli from the Italian Wedding Company. Jacqueline has so much love for them, and rightly so.

Without further ado, I’ll let the beautiful bride transport you to Italy with her detailed report, alongside Gianluca and Mary Adovasio‘s beautiful photography and  Riccardo Lavezzo‘s film.

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