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Kit & Richard

The idea of running away to a stunning Italian villa to tie the knot is the stuff wedding dreams are made of, so when Kit and Richard chose to hold their  Indian Destination Wedding In An Italian Villa, you can bet it was a story I couldn’t wait to share with you.

Captured beautifully by Andrea & Federica, the day kicked off with a traditional Hindu ceremony, before a civil ceremony. Guests dined with the couple, (who met while working together at a hospital), under sparkling light with grand candelabras. The wedding was the most beautiful way to spend a holiday.

The bride dressed in a rose gold sari made in Kancheepuram, she tells  “My sari is from Kancheepuram a town in South India, which my family is originally from. It is traditional to buy your wedding sari, for yourself and your entire family from Kancheepuram. I chose a rose gold pure silk sari after looking at about 50 rose gold saris! They had so much choice! My mum also found a similar one which was special.”

The Hindu ceremony was held at Posta All Donini, Kit explaining “We had the ceremonies at Posta All Donini in Perugia. All of our guests stayed at the hotel the night before and the night after the wedding. We had a little holiday with all our guests, in such a beautiful place.”

Kit tells “I wanted the Hindu ceremony to be traditional. It meant a lot to me to try and incorporate some of my heritage into the wedding.”

For the civil ceremony, the bride chose a long lace gown, with a train by  Pronovias from Eternity Bridal Wear. She tells “My dress was simple and fitted. I am quite petite so didn’t want something that would be too big for me. I tried on only a few dresses before I found the perfect one – I just knew when I put it on!”

Kit remembers “I walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’ Canon in D. We had guitarist and violins to play me down the aisle – which added a folksy twist to the traditional music. It was perfect for the setting. My dad, of course, walked me down the aisle – he was great at it even though he was so nervous.”

Kit remarks “For the civil ceremony we were both super excited. I think we have both been to so many weddings of our friends and family and sat watching the bride walk down the aisle to her future husband that we couldn’t believe it was our turn. Richard shed a few tears which set off all the guests crying too! We had three readings read by our oldest friends, Louise and Tom, and Richard’s dad Steve. We chose a quote from Bob Marley from Tom to Richard which was practical and funny. Louise read ‘I carry your heart’ by EE Cummings which is a poem we both love. And Steve read a verse from a children’s book ‘I like you’ from Sandol Stoddard because it captured all the simple things in life we really like about each other!”

Un Fiore in Tasca styled the floral decor for the day, Kit explaining “We wanted really simple flower arrangements as the wedding was already in Italian gardens. We continued the theme with green and white flowers, with shades of dusky pink.”

Of their photographers, Kit tells “We had the lovely Andrea & Federica as our official photographers – we love our photos. The colours are exactly how we saw the day, rustic and simple.”

Umbria Wedding and Events planned and styled the celebration, Kit explaining “We planned the look of the wedding and we knew how we wanted it to feel for us and our guests. The rest of the minutiae we left to our wonderful wedding planner Fatima!”

A magical first dance topped off the night, the bride telling “The first dance was one of the best moments of our lives. We chose ‘High’ by the Lighthouse family. It’s a song from our childhood, that has great lyrics. After dancing to a couple of verses together we looked up to see all of our best friends and family singing the song at the top of their lungs at us! And then everyone joined in and got the party started.”

Congratulations on your marriage Kit and Richard! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Andrea & Federica for sharing today’s stunning wedding with us!

Photographer: Andrea & Federica / Cinematographer: Wedding Motion / Wedding Planner: Umbria Wedding and Events / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Eternity Bridal Wear / Bride's Sari: Kancheepuram / Groom's Attire: French Connection / Flowers: Un Fiore in Tasca / Ceremony Venue: Posta All Donini / Reception Venue: Villa Appiani / Ceremony Musicians: Ensemble Hubay / Wedding Cake: Cuore e Mani nello Zucchero / DJ: Guty & Simone / MC: Umbria Weddings & Events
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Image by Andrea Sproxton via Shireen and Mitch’s Beach Engagement Shoot

1) This is a once in a lifetime trip – Enjoy every minute and take it all in. Whether you are going on your honeymoon the morning after your celebrations, or waiting five years, it is a unique opportunity to focus on you and your loved one with no other distractions. Be present and live in the moment.

Image by Christine Lim via Ally & Andrew’s Vintage Fremantle Engagement Photos

2) No stress – Little things are bound to happen, maybe your flight is delayed or your reservation wasn’t right in the system, don’t let the little things take away from the beauty of this trip. Improvise, jump into the unknown, share your dreams/aspirations and most importantly enjoy the ride. This is too wonderful a moment to let anything get in the way.

Image by Israel Baldago via Jenna & Haydn’s Luxe Twilight Engagement Shoot

3) Immerse yourself – Wherever you go on your honeymoon, there is plenty of opportunity to immerse yourself into a new culture. Make sure to see something new, eat something you haven’t tried before and meet those in the local community. Perhaps they can even teach you a bit of the local language (bonus points if you can use it to sweep your partner off their feet!). Always be adventurous and keep an open mind. 

Image by Adriana Watson Photography via Sarah & Richard’s Beautiful Oahu Destination Wedding

4) This is the beginning of the rest of your life – Use your honeymoon to set the stage for positivity and happiness for years to come. Whether you had a 500 person wedding or a casual intimate ceremony, channel all the positive energy and love that you felt around you. Hold onto all of the wonderful emotions from the day and take that with you on your trip. Ride the wedding high to create an unforgettable experience.

Image by Justina Ding via Justina and Wesley’s Caribbean Honeymoon

5) Just the two of us – In a world filled with technology and social media, make sure to take the time to disconnect and focus on each other. It’s so easy to get carried away with sharing pictures and stories with others that you don’t spend that precious time creating memories with each other. Make each other your number one priority.

Image via Miro and Sons

Move over Paris, New York and Venice, Montenegro has stolen our hearts! Montenegro has approximately 290km of unspoilt beaches and around 250 days of sunshine a year. The Adriatic Sea and the historic architecture against the rugged mountains are enough to make us never want to come home. Explore this hidden gem on your honeymoon before the secret gets out!

What to see:
Fortifictions of Kotor 
Visit the ancient city of Kotor, the oldest town in Montenegro. Within a natural fiord of the Adriatic Sea you’ll find the Fortifications of Kotor. The fortifications reflect military architecture from Venice, Austria, Illyria and Byzantium, and were used to protect the town. The hike is not easy but the views are worth it! Even if you can’t make it to the top you’ll still have some great opportunities for photos.
Image via Wall Up
Tara Canyon 
Nature lovers wont want to miss Montenegro’s Tara Canyon. Tara Canyon is the second deepest canyon in the world, with the USA’s Grand Canyon at number one. Whether you’re both into rafting, hiking or zip lining, there is plenty for you and your partner to do and see at this natural beauty!
Image via Jack Brauer
Porto Montenegro
Porto Montenegro is like something you might see in Monaco or along the French Riviera. If you have a taste for all things fine and classy, spend the day in Porto Montenegro. Taste some of the amazing food on offer in restaurants, slip into a new outfit you might buy at one of the local stores and watch the sunset over the beautiful landscape.
Where to eat
Stari Mlini Restaurant 
Stari Mlini Restaurant prides itself on having all local produce and 300 year old culinary methods. You’ll find this gem in the picturesque town of Kotor, capitalising on the rugged mountains and the beautiful seaside. For four decades the restaurant has offered a fine dining experience and has built a reputation for a delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant operated as a family owned flour mill in the 1700s and still has some of this charm today and not to mention some additional finer perks… like the option to arrive by sea and use the yacht docking facilities!
Conte Restaurant
For an outdoor or indoor dining experience visit Conte Restaurant, located within the Conte Hotel. Serving a range of dishes including pastas, risottos, meat and fish, you’ll be falling in love all over again but this time with food!
 Images via Conte Hotel
Where to stay
Aman Sveti Stefan
Be impressed by pink-sand beaches and complete luxury. Aman Sveti Stefan is the place to go for rejuvenation and a private getaway. The charming stone pathways and 15th century village make for a perfect contrast against the modern amenities. Each room has its own perks some with private swimming pools, king sized beds, terraces overlooking the glistening sea and a fireplace. You won’t want to go back to reality after staying here!
Image via Aman 
Hotel Regent 
Hotel Regent is perfect for a seaside escape. Its right by the water and all your needs will be catered to with a spa, fitness centre, swimming pools, cafes, restaurants and a range of entertaining options. There’s 86 rooms to choose from with the more spacious rooms offering stand-alone bathtubs, rain-showers and under floor heating.
Image via Hotel Regent 
With so many things to see and such a beautiful landscape, Montenegro is a destination you can’t miss for your honeymoon.
Ms Zigzag says: Montenegro sounds and looks like a honeymooner’s dream come true. I know of a few people who have holidayed there once, and now make the voyage once a year, so it must be magical!