Here I am again to talk about Villa Rusconi Clerici, this time I will describe the gorgeous symbolic ceremony of Nicky & Chris. As flower designer, I have had the great pleasure and honour of handling the decoration of this special event, which took place in September in Verbania Pallanza on the shores of Lake Maggiore.
I would like to start by thanking the photographer Carlo Conti, who has kindly provided these fabulous images of the day. After many years of experience as a fashion, still life and architecture photographer, Carlo Conti has founded RPS Studio – Reportage Per gli Sposi – choosing to continue his career as a specialist wedding photographer. His style is characterised by a great ability to capture the most natural and spontaneous moments of any event in order to compose a fresh, modern and lively album…the pictures of Nicky and Chris’ big day are a very good example of his creativity.
Nicky & Chris are both born and bread in London. Nicky is pursuing a successful career in human resource, while Chris owns a recruitment agency focusing on the sports sector.
Being two very busy young professionals, they did not have a lot of free time to dedicate to the organisation of their wedding and decided to rely on the expertise and professionalism of Chic Weddings, a leading wedding design agency that works with the team of Italian Lakes Wedding.
Nicky and Chris were dreaming of a wedding by the water, informal and elegant at the same time. An event that matched their personality, not too flashy but very fun. After evaluating various options, they opted for Villa Rusconi Clerici for its wonderful position right on the shores of Lake Maggiore.
The colour theme chosen by Nicky & Chris focused on ivory and lilac, with a hint of purple. This successful combination is very much on trend recently and is often requested by my clients.
The ceremony at Villa Rusconi Clerici started with the arrival of the bride, Nicky, by speedboat. She was accompanied by her father and her lovely bridesmaids. The location benefits from a private jetty which offers the possibility of organising an extremely scenic entry as well as lake tours for the guests during the cocktail reception.
Nicky chose a sleek and modern bouquet, in perfect harmony with her dress: to design it I mixed mini white Calla Lilies, purple Lysianthus and Rose Tibet, enhancing the long shape of the bouquet with a few leaves of Beucarnea.
Purple was the predominant colour of the whole party and was found in the centrepieces, in the bridal bouquet, in dress of the bridesmaids and even in the cufflinks and tie of the groom and his father.
As wished by the bride and the groom, the buttonholes had also a hint of purple, obtained with the use of a beautiful type of Lysianthus called “Cinderella Blue”: it is a strong purple, almost blue variety of the bloom which is rather flexible and can be easily used in any floral composition.
The blessing was celebrated in the garden of Villa Rusconi Clerici, right by the water and with a stunning view of the lake. Diane and Giuseppe, two Anglo-Italian celebrants, hosted the ceremony for Nicky & Chris. I had the pleasure to meet them before at the weddings of Janet & Ian at Villa D’Este on Lake Como and of Bevin & Steve at Villa Gippini on Lake Orta.
For the decoration of the chairs of the bride and the groom, I opted for a small variation on the common theme, using long bloom of white Corylus Contorta together with Calla Lilies, Roses and Lysianthus. This mix provided a very contemporary and glamorous effect.
Following the ceremony, all the guests moved to the main lawn in front of the Villa for the cocktail reception.
At that stage, the light of the evening was changing and the water of the lake was becoming orange and pink, creating a stunning and romantic atmosphere.
As usual, the dinner was served in the garden Pavilion of Villa Rusconi Clerici where the guests were able to enjoy a view of the lake: the tables were decorated with a simple floral composition designed with glass cubical vases full of transparent gems and a mix of cream roses and purple Lysianthus.
The party then continued in the ballroom of the Villa where the bride and the groom entertained their guests with a sensual tango.
In this post, I have shown you only some of the magical images of the wedding of Nicky and Chris at Villa Rusconi Clerici: look at the full album created by their photographer Carlo Conti from RPS Studio in Milan if you wish to see more. You will be impressed!