Valentina in Katya Katya London for her Italian Wedding Inspired by Pre-Raphaelite Art and The Victorian Era

Large pastel romantic wedding bouquet

Valentina and Giampiero’s exquisite wedding Italian was held on 10th September last year

The couple exchanged vows on a stage at the Municipal Theater of Monforte d’Alba in Italy, in front of guests seated in rows of traditional theatre seats, after which, the wedding party headed to the Real Castello di Verduno hotel and restaurant for dining and partying.

Katya Katya London wedding dress. Vintage inspired bridal gown.

The couple, who took great care to support artisan designers when finding suppliers, were inspired by Pre-Raphaelite art and the Victorian era and so Valentina was naturally drawn to the era inspired designs of Katya Katya London, who we’re delighted she discovered on Love My Dress.

A Katya Katya London Bridal Gown

We both wanted to wear vintage style clothes. I wore a Katya Katya London gown which was the perfect choice: a romantic, vintage style lace dress, which mixed design drama with and soft bohemian aesthetic.

My shoes were by Floredeasoka and I wore a headpiece by Guinevere Vines.

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The Groom

For Giampiero’s suit, we shopped at a small Italian atelier that makes bespoke suits, called Maura Brandino.

Romantic Wedding Stationery

The beautifully hand-crafted wedding stationery was created by Studio Letteraventidue.

Romantic wedding stationery with floral and rose lined envelopes and gold was stamp.

The Ceremony

My father walked me into the ceremony, to the sound of Dog days are over, by Florence and the Machine, played by a string quartet.

We had a Civil Ceremony accompanied by the Celtic ritual of Handfasting and we hired a celebrant to officiate our ceremony, from Unconventional Ceremony.

Bride wears Katya Katya London vintage inspired wedding dress.

For the vows, we read each other Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18. This is our favourite part:

But thy eternal summer shall not fade,Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Our rings were from My Golden Age – we chose them because I wanted our wedding rings to be made by a small artisan goldsmith.

My favourite part of the day was the ceremony, because it was a unique and touching moment.

Bride and groom kissing at Italian wedding.


Our photographer was Tiziana Gallo – I have known Tiziana for many years and work as his second shooter. I love his photographic style, it is spontaneous, romantic and never predictable.

Blue fancy icing wedding cake. Bride and groom embracing nearby .

Reception, Detail & Decor

As favours for our guests, we provided Ladurèe sugared almonds gift box.

Our florists, Mutabilis, provided dreamy, delicate and ethereal floral arrangements, with a mix of roses, delphinums, cosmos and dahlias as the main flowers.

Our cake designer was Sweetlab – I chose a wonderful Victorian style piped cake, to give a sense of playfulness and decadence at the same time.

Stationery was designed and created by Studio Letteraventidue.

How They Met

We met eighteen years ago in high school, which seems like a lifetime now. We got together in our last year of school when we were just nineteen.

We grew up together and lived together for five years before getting married.

Bride wearing vintage inspired lace wedding dress by Katya Katya London. Groom in pale brown suit and brown bow tie. Italian wedding.

Words of Wedded Wisdom

For your day, always choose what you like and don’t be afraid to go against the flow.

We dreamed of a wedding with an English twist and Love My Dress was perfect for inspiration, especially for the choice of the dress. I really love the Designer Collections and Real Wedding sections.

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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.