This was a charming small wedding where our main job was to style the wedding. We don’t usually do that but the bride and I hit it off in email conversations and the trattoria where they planned to celebrate is one of our shared favorites in Rome.
Trattoria Polese is a typical Roman restaurant that has been around for over a half a century. Nothing fancy, just good Roman cuisine day and night in a charming outdoor square in the center of Rome. All we changed were the tables and table settings to make it a rustic yet glamorous wedding luncheon. As we were planning and setting up the owners weren’t quite sure why we were doing all this but when they saw the results they were tickled and very proud. It was fun transforming a classic Roman joint into a fancy dining experience if only for a few hours. The neighbors all stopped by to see what was going on.
We followed a strict Italian blue and gold color story that the bride had seen and liked. Vintage postcards for good wishes and a blue and gold globe as the guest book. The globe was particularly important because this was just the beginning. The months ahead included parties in New York, Atlanta and Minneapolis since the couple wanted only the most intimate of their families and friends to begin their journey with their wedding ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica of the Vatican.
It isn’t a wedding in Italy without candied almonds. The Italians say that they bring good luck. I can’t vouch for the luck but they are delicious here and come in an assortment of flavors. The fun is biting into each to see if you can identify the flavor. Pistachio, Tiramisu, Coconut, Zabaglione…the list is endless. Each guest took the flavors they wanted and packed them into the glass boxes supplied for that purpose.
At the end of a charming, heartfelt wedding day the couple stroll through the Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Garden) overlooking the city of Rome below them.