Lindsey and Emanuele travelled to Langhe in Italy last September to celebrate their destination wedding. Located in Italy’s north west, at the foot of the Alps near Italy’s border with France and Switzerland, the region of Piedmont and Langhe in particular are well known for their fabulous wine and food. Lindsey and Emanuele planned their wedding from the US and were so glad they enlisted the help of Extraordinary Weddings. Their celebration was a fusion of American and Italian cultures and wedding traditions, and we have lots more detail on the day below both from both Lindsey the bride and Barbara their planner.

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HOW THEY MET

“We share a love for family, travel, food & wine – especially cooking, skiing and diving. Emanuele is from Cavallermaggiore Piedmont Italy and Lindsey is from Fairfax Station, Virginia in the United States. Today we reside in Arlington, Virginia.

DECIDING ON THE DESTINATION

We got married in the beautiful wine country area of Piedmont where Emanuele is from. For us food and drink took centre stage for our big day, which was easy to accommodate in Piedmont wine country. A destination wedding can be challenging to plan. We were blessed with having Emanuele’s family and friends in Italy so they were able to assist us with finding a venue and chef. We also used Barbara Gourdain from Extraordinary Weddings Italy as our planner as she specialises in the organisation of boutique and destination weddings in Langhe. I read a lot of wedding blogs and came across Barbara’s contact information after seeing some of her beautiful work. Extraordinary Wedding managed logistic aspects, like local vendor selection, including like the videomaker and photographer and coordinated the Big Day.

DETAILS OF THE DAY

We went for a romantic, classic and chic style. With an American bride and an Italian groom we wanted to blend traditions to create an unforgettable weekend for our guests. We wanted an event that centered around sharing delicious food and fabulous wine with our closest friends and family in the breathtaking setting of the Langhe. Our colors were Navy Blue, Mauve and Gold and we used white roses and baby pink spray roses. On the wedding day I wore diamond stud earrings, a gift from the groom on the wedding day and a cathedral length veil trimmed with lace from my mother’s wedding dress– the bouquet was embellished with the lace veil worn by Emanuele’s mother on her wedding day and a laurel wreath gold and diamond pin that was my something borrowed. One of the easiest decisions we made during the planning process was deciding on a traditional French Croquembouche cake and absolutely gorgeous, standing over four feet tall! Cream Puffs are our favorite dessert! Our first dance was to Frank Sinatra’s, “The Way You Look Tonight”, Father-Daughter dance was to Stevie Wonder, “Isn’t She Lovely” and Mother-Son dance was to Doris Day’s, “Que Sera, Sera”. Other music included a string quartet and vocalist at the ceremony, and for the reception we had a live Italian band who were absolutely amazing followed by a DJ.

ADVICE

Weddings are stressful. Try and relax and enjoy your day to the fullest. Don’t stress the small details and be thankful that you are with the love of your life, surrounded by all the people in the world that love you the most.”

FROM THE PLANNER

Barbara from Extraordinary Weddings has a few more words about the day:

“With an American bride and an Italian groom the couple wanted to blend traditions to create an unforgettable weekend for their guests. Food and drink took center stage at this classic Piedmont Wedding. The Langhe vineyards setting was breathtaking and we managed the logistical aspects such as local vendor selection as well as coordinating the Big Day. To showcase the region the couple arranged some typical activities for their guests such as a Langhe wine tour, a truffle hunt and Welcome Reception with a Friday Rehearsal Dinner.

Invitation designer, Tova Glenn of Brighten My Day developed an incredible letterpress invitation suite, which incorporated a beautiful laurel wreath logo their initials. The logo was used in much of their wedding design. The place and menu cards included the laurel logo as did the monogrammed wraps on the cigars that were enjoyed after dinner. The cocktail reception was decorated with pink and blue straws with fun phrases like Salute!, Cheers! and #ForeverFissore (the couple’s last name).  They had a custom photo backdrop with fun props for their guests to take pictures for their guestbook and a cigar corner.

A few unique aspects of the ceremony and reception included a handkerchief holder made of a vintage window frame. As guests entered the church they could take one to ‘dry their tears of joy’. Given that gravel roads can do a number on heels, the bride had heel covers ready for the ladies as they boarded the coaches that took them from the church to the reception.

Guests dined on masterful creations from Michelin-starred chef, Ugo Alciati, who created a menu rooted in Langhe tradition with unique touches. The four-course meal included antipasti of duck and black truffles. The second course offered guests two different risottos and two traditional Piemontese pastas. For the main course guests enjoyed traditional roast and braised veal with fresh vegetables. Dessert included a wedding cake comprised of Emanuele and Lindsey’s favorite dessert, French Croquembouche. The cake was gorgeous and stood over four feet tall. Each course was carefully paired with a local wine, including Barolo from the famed Rocche vineyard.

To continue their theme of mixing the cultures, the American guests received Limoncello and the Italian guests received BBQ Sauce. They also had a traditional bomboniere buffet complete with custom guest bags. In addition, individual welcome bags were given to guests with ‘do not disturb’ signs for the morning after the wedding, biscotti from the local bakery in Emanuele’s hometown, chocolates from their favorite chocolate shop, Barbera D’Alba Red Wine and Torrone. One of the most beautiful elements of the reception was seeing wishing lanterns the party sent off floating into the night sky.”

Photography: Luchino Foto | Wedding Planner: Extraordinary Weddings by Barbara Gourdain | Ceremony: Madonna del Pilone Cavallermaggiore | Videography: Riccardo Lavezzo | Reception: Monforte d’Alba Italy | Flowers: Local Florist in Carmagnola | Catering: Ugo Alciati (Michelin Starred Chef ) | Stationery: Brighten My Day | Bridal Dress & Shoes: Vera Wang | Groom’s Suit: Armani

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