In my Bachelorette Party in Tuscany blog post, I recounted our trip to Italy to attend a wedding in the Italian countryside. Our good friends from London, Ellie and Charles, were married at a fresco adorned town hall in Castiglione del Lago and hosted their reception at Castello Borgio – a castle perched on a hill top overlooking Lake Trasimeno. I still remember it fondly and loved the ambience of celebrating their nuptials in a medieval castle surrounded by rolling hills and olive groves.
I remember thinking that the details were perfect and not overdone. The food was fantastic – featuring seasonal regional specialties – and the simplicity of the table settings and decor let the spirit of the day and castle surroundings shine.
Pre-reception canapes were served poolside (yes, the castle had a pool!) and passed canapés included mini bruschetta, mozzarella and cherry tomatoes with basil leaf on cocktail skewers, parma ham and melon strips and breadsticks wrapped in prosciutto. The fried station offered tempura battered asparagus and zucchini.
In contrast to the traditional multi-tiered cake typically served at weddings in North America and parts of Europe, Ellie and Charles chose a Millefoglie cake for their wedding cake. The Millefoglie is a traditional Italian wedding cake made up of many layers of filo-like pastry, interspersed with light cream, and topped with strawberries and a dusting of powdered sugar. The fresh cream, strawberries and flaky pastry tasted delish!
Simple low arrangements of periwinkle blue hydrangeas and white peonies, white lisianthus and jasmine sprays stood out against the backdrop of white linen, clear glassware and silver cutlery. The reception tables were arranged alongside the castle in the front courtyard.
As the night went on, the flickers of tea lights scattered along the table glowed like fireflies while the stars above shone brightly in the dark of the night. I still remember looking down the table at one point during the evening and seeing the guests and the elated bride and groom all smiling or laughing. What a memorable moment.
Photos by Amy Turner of Imag1ne Photography