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Monet Water Lilies Themed Alex and Diletta's wedding in the romantic frame of Elba Island

When I meet a couple for the first time, after the first approach that helps us to get to know one another, I explain the dynamics of organizing a wedding and the precious role of the wedding planner. As soon as we are "fine tuned", I invite the couple to reflect on their idea for their wedding by asking: is there a common theme? Why don't you think about what you have in common and transform it into a leit motif as in a symphony for piano and orchestra? Their response is not always immediate. Sometimes, the future bride and groom already have an idea that they have worked out together.

For Diletta and Alex's wedding, the bride had already made up her mind. The story of their relationship had been pleasant and serene, and the participation in the organization of the wedding experienced by both of them was infinitely sweet and authentic. Lorenzo, their beautiful baby boy who sealed their love, was the perfect master of ceremonies for the wedding as well as an elegant pageboy together with his little cousin Ginevra. Diletta is from Como and has a grand passion for shoes, one that turned into a profession six years ago after a trip to Paris. She creates original footwear designs for her family's business where she works together with her two sisters, Maddalena and Sabrina, and her father. She is a dreamer! Alex, from Verona, is a building contractor for the construction and restructuring of buildings and villas. He loves art, and his big passion is for creating objects in wrought iron. Diletta decided that Monet Water Lilies, the famous painting exhibited at the London National Gallery, would inspire their wedding. So the dream began to take shape...and Elba could not have been a better place to make it come true.

Monet paints nature as the mirror of the passions of the human spirit, the quick whisk of brushstrokes conveying emotions and the yellowy-violet pigments mixed with the predominant greens generating a dreamy atmosphere. The same way Elba, an island of ever changing colors, paints itself every day: a natural, living painting dipping into the many colors of its palette. Portoferraio and the Salita Napoleone (Napoleon Staircase) with its pink-colored stones was the first scenic backdrop of their fairytale: the imperial stairway occupied not only by elegant and impeccably dressed guests, but also by a few curious tourists. Diletta arrived at the foot of the stairs in a vintage convertible Fiat Siata accompanied by her father, and then she floated angelically upward the historic "road" in her splendid wedding gown made of French lace, finally arriving to the Chiesa della Misericordia.

Two large pure white floral arrangements, rich with lilies, white gerberas, and lisianthus wisteria, framed the entrance of the church. Floral balls softly tied together with shoots of ivy were gently placed on long clouds of organza along the external stairs. The religious ceremony, solemnized with Ambrosian Rite, was emotional and suggestive from the arrival of the bride to the rhythmic notes of La Califfa by Ennio Morricone. The dreamy, regal atmosphere magically conquered all with a jubilee of flowers and precious fabrics resting on the balustrade, warmed by the flames that illuminated the already blissfully radiant glances of the couple and their family. Diletta and Alex's exit was a well devised surprise by Maddalena and Sabrina: a giant papier-mâché heart added a moving coup de théâtre to the arrival of the bride and groom outside the church. Awaiting them were vivacious guests and the romantic release of two white doves, a bit dazed by the joyous noise of all present who let their delight reach into the sky with white balloons, petals and colorful confetti. The celebration continued in Piazzale De Laugier at the Caffé degli Artisti for a light aperitif with skewers of fruit and cherries accompanied by sparkling wine and fruit cocktail.

The reception took place in the beautiful park of Villa Ottone, historic 19th century dwelling, where guests enjoyed a romantic sunset over Portoferraio and a rich buffet with local and other specialties from both land and sea served by an excellent staff. The legendary barman Paolino offered Monet inspired Frosen drink to the bride and groom. The stairway of the Villa became an enchanting set warmed along the sides by the yellow-orange flames contained in antique Moroccan lanterns, by floral balls, cushions and white fabric draped like the waters of a river. The park's pond reproduced the leit motif of the wedding with water lilies and floating candles that lit up the night of recollections.

No detail was left to chance: from the artistic menu to the ornate tablecloth, from the mise en place to the candelabra reflected on the silver mirror, from the cadeau for the guests to the setup of traditional Jordan almonds, from the cake to the silent light that gleamed from an ancient and mighty tree. A dream destined to remain impressed in their memory, forever! But, like the Water-Lily Pond by Monet, it lasted just for a short time. This is what happens at each wedding! It leaves you with the desire to continue the experience, hoping that it never ends. Never fear! You will continue to savor that sweet feeling and that lifeblood of love for a long time, loving each other and reliving the dream each time with the same intensity and emotion just the way it happens in a painting by Monet.

Diletta and her sisters
Diletta and Alex's exit with the release of two white doves Diletta and Alex, Chiesa della Misericordia, Portoferraio
Diletta and Alex, Forte Stella, Portoferraio
Diletta and Alex, Villa Ottone wedding reception
Monet Water Lilies Themed Villa Ottone pond

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