Olivia and JacobÂ are one seriously hot coupleÂ —Â I mean justÂ look atÂ David Bastianoni‘s gorgeousÂ images of them both… And it gets even better. They chose a wedding theme ofÂ 50’s / Old Hollywood glamour meets The Godfather. Off the scale, right?!
BothÂ Londoners,Â (they met 7 years ago at Nottingham University) the bride and groom optedÂ to marry in Florence, as that’s where Jacob proposed to Olivia. They chose theÂ breathtakingÂ Great Synagogue of Florence followed by a magnificent party atÂ Villa Di Maiano,Â and their big day is every bit as glamorous and romantic as you’d expect. There’s anÂ immenseÂ chuppah made from gypsophila, pretty blushÂ pink rosesÂ and candles, beautifully ornate calligraphic decor, a classic convertibleÂ wedding car, a mille-feuille wedding cake constructed in front of the guests, a phenomenal firework display… I could go on and onÂ and on!
As you’d expect, our bride and groom look impeccable stylish too — OliviaÂ in a beautifully cut bespokeÂ Suzanne Neville gown (based on a design that her and herÂ mother created), and JacobÂ in a bespoke suit byÂ Cad and the Dandy. It’s a super chicÂ wedding, full ofÂ panache, and lots and lots of heart.
Olivia and Jacob had been together for 7 years when heÂ proposed to herÂ after a very special dinner in the gardens on the edge of Villa San Michele in Fiesole, overlooking Florence.
Old Hollywood glamour meets The Godfather
Olivia and Jacob’sÂ theme wasÂ Â 50’s /old Hollywood glamour with a splash of the Godfather – genius! In terms of colours and styles they worked with vintage shades, beautiful rose gold calligraphy, pale grey candle sticks, delicate cracked antique vases and fragrant garden roses.
For their wedding dÃ©cor theyÂ used a wonderful Florentine based calligrapher called Betty Soldi.
Olivia is a self-declaredÂ calligraphy and stationary obsessive so this was an extremely important component of the wedding. TheyÂ used one of my favourite stationers, the fabulous Ruth Kaye Design, for theirÂ invitations, and selected a textured white linen envelope with a white wax seal, and created a bespoke stamp using a vintage photograph of the synagogue. Inside the envelope was a delicate white muslin pouch which held a collection of white invitations with pale rose gold calligraphy.
A bespoke Suzanne NevilleÂ gown
Olivia’s pale ivory wedding dress was byÂ Suzanne Neville. It was a bespoke gown based on a design that Olivia and her mother conceived. The inspiration was 50’s fashion, in keeping with the theme of the wedding.
Suzanne also made a delicate French lace bolero for the ceremony to cover Olivia’s shoulders and a dramatic train which she removed later on in the evening.
Olivia’sÂ veil was cathedral length and trimmed in French lace, and also designed byÂ Suzanne Neville.
A classic wedding car
TheyÂ chose an absolutelyÂ classic wedding carÂ —Â a silver 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 Adenauer Cabriolet with a tan interior. It was actuallyÂ the same car that was used in the new Audrey Hepburn Galaxy chocolate commercial!
A bespoke suit for theÂ groom
The Great Synagogue of Florence
Being so historical, and beautifully ornate, theÂ GreatÂ Synagogue ofÂ Florence was the perfect place to host theirÂ wedding ceremony. Olivia and JacobÂ brought along Rabbi Shlomo Levin and Chazzan Avromi Freilich from London, both of whom made the ceremony extremely special and personal to them.
TheirÂ magnificent chuppah was made entirely of gypsophila which I can imagine emanatedÂ the most wonderful aroma!Â The chuppah and all theÂ wedding flowers were created byÂ Tuscany Flowers.
Fantastic photography and videography…
David BastianoniÂ captured each natural moment impeccably andÂ Marriage Ã la ModeÂ (aÂ husband and wife duo from London that use 8mm film)Â made a wonderful film of theirÂ special day (See the wedding film at the end of the post).
A mille-feuille wedding cake that was constructed in front of the guests!
TheirÂ wedding cake was mille-feuille and was made in front of the guests on the terrace of Villa Di Maiano overlooking Florence. Whilst the cake was being constructed, a tenor sing Funiculi Funicular and O Sole Mio amongst other wonderful songs!
Olivia and Jacob had shared a a mille-feuille Â at dinner the night he proposed to herÂ so it was a lovely detailÂ to tie itÂ into theirÂ wedding.
After the cake was constructed there was a magnificentÂ SoldiÂ fireworks show which everyoneÂ watched from the terrace of the villa.
FollowingÂ the fireworks, Olivia and Jacob had theirÂ first dance. Spotlights were positioned from the villa’s balcony, onto the terrace, whilst the band sung theirÂ first dance tune of Marvin Gaye’s classicÂ You’re All I Need to Get By.
Olivia & Jacob’SÂ LITTLE WHITE BOOK
Photography —Â David Bastianoni
8mm Film —Â Marriage Ã la Mode
Wedding Planners —Â By CassiniÂ andÂ SposiamoVi
Reception Venue — Villa di Maiano
Ceremony venue —Â GreatÂ Synagogue ofÂ Florence
Bride’sÂ Dress — Suzanne Neville bespoke
Stationery —Â Ruth Kaye Design
Flowers — Tuscany Flowers
Decor —Â Betty Soldi