OK, are you sitting comfortably? Close your eyes (give me your hand, darling…), and imagine the coolest wedding that the vistas of your mind can come up with. We’re talking insanely cool, pin-every-photo, I-want-to-be-that-bride kind of cool. Got it? OK, open your eyes, because we’ve blown the brief into another dimension with this real wedding, captured by Giulia Masci.
Inspired by the Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra cowboy psychedelia with a touch of Priscilla Presley’s 1967 wedding gown, you know this wedding is going to be incredible, and totally out of this world.
Their venue was the Cà Bevilacqua, a beautifully restored warehouse already full of plants, tapestry and old paraphernalia. The photos of the warehouse still and empty look absolutely dreamy, full of magic and discovery. There was a cake corner, a DJ corner, and a photo taking booth with an invisible jacket that blended into the wonderfully retro backdrop. (Looking at their photos from Giulia is like looking at a portal into time, with vintage fading and indulgent creamy editing, but then looking at photos of the Polaroids all strung up on the day is like looking into that portal, squared.) Nobody could possibly be bored in there! Especially considering it boasts a veritable cornucopia of exotic animals, including flamingoes, owls, cranes, antelopes and parrots, as well as the zebras (of course, those stylish monochromatic beasts.) They only ended up able to see the zebras on their wedding day because of bad weather, but the other ones were there too!
Giulia and Fabio had a €8000 budget (that’s about £7000 for all you maths fans out there), and thrifted loads of elements to the day:
We collected and bought all the decorations, the jars for sugared almonds and candies, plastic toys and a vintage radio for the Disappear Project, the golden curtains for the DJ corner, and the wildflowers. Even the cakes were homemade by Giulia’s aunts and they were imperfectly perfect! We wanted to have a folksy situation and we made it!
The couple’s vintage and thrifted sourcing extended to their outfits – don’t they look picture perfect? Giulia’s dress was from Simone Rocha, and her shoes were from Casadei. Accessorised with vintage 1950s earrings and a vintage 1970s veil, she’s giving Priscilla a run for her money in the beautiful doll-like bride stakes. Fabio’s jacket was from H&M, his trousers from Topman, worn with a cowboy shirt from the inimitable Rokit Vintage on Brick Lane, a handmade gold bow tie, and Prada Chelsea boots.
They both spent the party portion draped in hand-painted denim jackets from Sissetta Sinclair with matching husband and wife motifs on the back. With spiky lettering and block illustrations of hands tied together with thread, they’re the PERFECT statement.
Although hard to pick, their favourite moment was the cake-cutting:
The cake moment with Blur’s The Universal as soundtrack and Fabio trying to stab me with the knife while I was crying a river was my favourite part. And the dancefloor madness! All our friends have grown up listening to the same music we love and the DJ set was a compilation of old indie rock, rock’n’roll and disco hits. When Jack Disorder was spinning Pulp’s Common People the dancefloor was on fire with dozens of people singing and dancing!
I’m a woman of many words (we all know that, for better or for worse) but this wedding has left me completely speechless. The ingenuity, inspiration and vision behind it is truly phenomenal, whilst still remaining so true to the couple and what they really wanted for their big day. It only seems fair that I leave the last words to Giulia and Fabio, the stars of this sensational show:
We suggest to future couples to save their money and avoid spending a fortune on useless stuff. If you have a strong imagination, and you know what you like, you can do it on your own! The morning after you’ll wake up full of pride and rewarded.
Photographer | Giulia Masci
Venue | Cà Bevilacqua
Dress | Simone Rocha
Bride’s shoes | Casadei
Groom’s shoes | Prada
Handpainted denim jackets | Sissetta Sinclair