Today I am excited to share this breathtaking rustic themed Destination Wedding in Italy with a Justin Alexander Gown.
I have known the Bride, Lucy for several years and watched her Business, LucyLou Photography blossom.
Its so lovely to share her and Jaks love story and their amazing wedding day.
Images were captured by Ed Peers Photography.
Ed Peers is a wedding photographer available for weddings, elopements, portrait and engagement sessions in London, UK, Europe and Worldwide.
I hand over to Lucy to share her story…
How did you meet?
We met back in February 2007 when I was a barmaid at a pub in Ringwood.
Jak had just moved to the area from Wolverhampton and didn’t know anyone so asked Fiona, who I worked with behind the bar if she could pass my number onto him.
Fiona happened to be the common connection between us as she was dating the guy who Jak was renting his room from when he moved down to the area in January.
I had just split with my ex a few weeks before so I was like “yeah give him my number, that’s fine”, not knowing who he was or what he looked like.
Then out of the blue I received a text from him saying “Hi, I’m Jak how are you?”, which made me laugh, but thought it was sweet so messaged him back.
We were texting for an hour or so before deciding it would be easier to talk on MSN Messenger as this was back in the day when texts cost 10p per text.
We were chatting on MSN for another couple of hours and then decided to send each other a photo so we knew what each other looked like, before arranging to meet on a night out clubbing with our friends in Bournemouth.
We both hit it off straight away and arranged to go on a couple of dates after the night out before we made it official.
Tell us about the Engagement
We got engaged on 26th June 2014 at the top of Nevada Falls in Yosemite, California.
We were on holiday, travelling around California with family and Yosemite was our 2nd destination.
We hired a Mustang to drive in (as you do in America) and we took it in turns to drive to each destination, although Jak drove more than I did!
On the 2nd day, we decided to hike up to Nevada falls, which took hours and I was worn out and achey plus I had forgotten to bring my tripod to get some awesome photos of the waterfalls in the mountains, so did a fair bit of complaining.
After almost not making it to the top as I was exhausted and nearly gave up, we sat down and had a drink and some snacks, then to my surprise Jak got down on one knee and proposed!
I was in total shock and didn’t believe him so asked if he was joking (even though he had the ring in his hand), then I burst into tears of joy from being overwhelmed by the proposal, the amazing views and being knackered.
I’m not sure how he managed to get the ring through security but I’m so glad he did, him proposing with a beautiful diamond ring and that particular location literally took my breath away!
Tell us about your wedding planning journey
We didn’t really start planning until a year before the wedding as Italian Venues don’t tend to take bookings that far in advance.
We flew over to Italy in June 2016, with a schedule of viewing venues and meeting with suppliers, created by a wedding planner that was recommended to us by Creatiques, where I purchased my dress from.
We stayed in the rustic Vineyard B&B that ended up being our reception venue, although I thought before seeing it that it would end up being there as from the photos and facilities it ticked all the boxes.
Although we could have had the whole day there, I wanted the wedding to be official and not just a blessing, so we had to get married at the local town hall as Tenuta La Presa does not have a wedding licence, much like most of the other venues across Verona & Lake Garda.
I also wanted to go down to the lake after the ceremony for a drink and an ice cream as well as it being a beautiful backdrop for photos.
The day that we had a meeting with the caterers we were greeted there by a lady called Sonia, who happened to host the food that the chef brought out as well as show us lots of ideas and options for the table settings and recommend other local suppliers, like florists etc.
Sonia happened to be a wedding planner and we found her so helpful that we actually ended up booking her as our wedding planner because of her connections to local suppliers.
She lives in the area and speaks great English.
After leaving Italy we told Sonia that we’d like her to be our wedding planner and began communicating via email and Skype, sending over all the necessary documents that were required to legally get married in Italy and being updated with what was happening and when payments were due.
Sonia communicated with all the suppliers for us so we didn’t have to, she did a great job and I was really happy with how she made my vision for the venue decor come to life on the day!
When did you get married?
We got married on the 8th of June 2017.
What was the theme /colour palette of your Big Day?
We had a rustic theme with accents of pink and blue through navy blue suits and blush pink bridesmaid dresses.
What was the best bit of your day?
It’s so hard to choose a best bit as it was all amazing!
I just loved being surrounded by my closest friends and family all together in Italy and didn’t want it to end!
I can’t just pick just one thing…The food was incredible, the magician we hired from England, Andrew Kelly was amazing and was the talking point of all the guests (I knew him from weddings I had photographed with him performing at previously) and the dancing in the evening was really fun.
I think the two stand out moments for me though were the moment we walked back down the aisle together as husband and wife and Jak’s speech as I was really proud of him, because he was so nervous about doing it and it was really good and made me cry at the end.
What advice would you give to other couples getting married?
Don’t stress on the day, just enjoy it as it goes so quickly and make sure you make time to spend with just each other.
Hire a videographer to capture a beautiful wedding film of your day and don’t scrimp on your photographer as these are the only physical memories that will be left after the day!
Hiring a professional that knows what they’re doing and how to interact with people to make them feel comfortable in front of the camera and not just Uncle Bob who has a nice camera will make such a difference.
Every wedding I have the privilege to share is special.
However this gorgeous rustic themed destination wedding has been a little extra special to share as I have followed Lucy through her business journey and the excitement of her wedding planning.
Thank you to the couple for sharing their love story and also to Ed Peers for his incredible imagery.
I share the couples Wedding Film by Verona Sposi…
Photographer – Ed Peers
Venue – Ceremony – Caprino Veronese Town Hall
Venue – Reception – Tenuta La Presa
Dress – Sweetheart 6169 by Justin Alexander from Creatiques – Southsea
Bridesmaid Gowns – Asos
Suit – Next
Cake Maker & Caterers – Food & Sweet
Florist – Alessandro from Fiore All’occhiello
Videographer – Verona Sposi
Rings – The Ring Studio
Stylist/Wedding Planner – Sonia at Foorevent
Magician – Andrew Kelly
Stationery – Myself (The Bride) – designed all the invites, table plan, menus, favours/name tags – Designed for You by Lucylou
Make up/Hair stylist – My sister, Aisha Coleman – Classic Beauty Therapy
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