This wedding took place in an ancient monastery. It is from 2012 and I am proud to say that it is as beautiful and current today as it was seven years ago. Our weddings stand the test of time.


Hand cut prosciutto is an Italian delicacy and an important element in any traditional reception in Italy. A former wine barrique cut in half serves as an ice bucket to chill the beer, white wine and prosecco at the aperitivo hour.
The favors given to the guests consisted of a dish towel printed with a vintage pasta advertisement and a small bottle of white truffle scented extra virgin olive oil.

The villa had these hand made tables and chairs that I just loved. We moved them out into the cocktail hour area to be used as guest seating and added floral arrangements and candles. So simple yet so charming.

I just love these table numbers that were hand made by the father of the bride from old wood on their property. So creative and artful and perfect for the dinner tables. The dinner area space was full of little niches cut into the walls that we filled with candles of all sorts.

This area of the monastery with the ruins of what was once a majestic indoor hall is just spectacular beyond words and makes for the perfect dinner area. When the sun went down and the candles became important it was such a breathtaking sight to behold.


Embedded in the green countryside in Umbria stands a spectacular former monastery whose origins dates back to the 1100’s. It has been renovated and transformed into a villa where guests can stay as well as celebrate weddings. The tower is one of the very few ever built with twelve sides which makes it very unique in Italy and throughout the Medieval world.


Dusk descended over the surrounding countryside shortly after the guests were seated at dinner. Since the wedding took place at the end of April we did not expect to be able to hold the dinner outside. It would normally be too cold and so we had planned to hold it inside. They day before the wedding warmed up and the forecast was for an even warmer wedding day. At the last minute we were able to move the dinner celebration outside. It was such a spectacular evening with perfect weather.

Robin’s egg blue, vintage hues and white were the colors of the wedding. These worked beautifully with the brown wood of exposed dinner tables. The flowers were all in white with the occasional greens.

The bride’s bouquet had peonies, roses, lisianthus and wax succulents among others. Very lush, soft and elegant.
When the guests arrived they were greeted in their rooms with a welcome bag. The welcome bag itself was made of stitched heavy natural paper. It was filled with goodies such as bottles of water, chocolate, freshly baked local cookies, and a first aid kit.

From start to finish it was such a fun and beautiful two days of celebrations. Everything was just perfect and the weather obliged as well.


  1. Hi Brenda,

    What a lovely weekend you planned and executed for us. These pictures bring back many warm memories. Thanks again for all you did.

    Tom Castellini

  2. Thanks Tom, it was an honor to have been a part of your daughter’s wedding in Umbria. I wish the couple and your family many happy years to come.

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