Allie & Matteo’s Pretty Pink & Black DIY Wedding
Today’s wedding showcases a marriage of two cultures reflected in happy, loving smiles and bright pops of color (pink to be exact)! We have Mark Dickinson Photography to thank for this delightful feature and here he is to tell us more about it:
Allie and Matteo’s wedding was so much fun! Family and friends who traveled from Italy to celebrate with this amazing couple. You could feel the love between these two. The night was relaxed but full of dancing and celebrating till the very end. Their day was full of their personal style’s from the table name’s (places in Italy that they actually took the photos of) to the colors (bride’s favorites) and centerpieces made by the bride’s mom. It was amazing seeing two families from different countries come together and make a night so special. We will be joining Allie and Matteo for their bridal portraits in Italy, August 2012. We are excited to be working with them again! The couple is known to us and them as the umbrella couple. During their Engagement and Wedding a sprinkle of rain did come down and conveniently she had umbrella (parasol) décor so we decided to use that. It was a pleasure to see them not afraid to step out in the rain to get a few photos. Their entire family was very welcoming to me while doing the photography, and were very attentive to my details when I was photographing rings, and other details during the day. I had such an amazing day with them, that I truly wish we could do this once a year getting together and just having a fun party!
This beautiful couple was definitely fated to meet! Let’s hear their epic love story from the Allie herself:
Matteo and I met while he was in the States training to be a pilot, we began dating and it was an adventure from the start! We traveled to the Bahamas after just a month knowing each other. After the trip to the Bahamas we became inseparable and knew that him going back to Italy in just a few months would be impossible but him staying in the States was not his plan. Matteo went back to Italy after completing his pilot license in August 2010, which was the hardest thing on both of us and definitely a test on the strength of our relationship.
After me making the journey twice to Italy– in August and again in October and Matteo returning to the States for a month in November — we knew we that we could not be apart any longer and that we couldn’t afford to make trips back and forth forever. Matteo made the decision to move to the States and made his final plane trip back “home” to New Smyrna Beach in January. On February 24th, 2011 Matteo proposed and made me the happiest girl in the world… though we plan on traveling back and forth to visit Italy over and over in our future, it was great knowing that we would now be making these trips together.
In a nutshell, Allie describes their wedding as “black and white with pops of pink”…
The theme was sort of modern elegance with bits of Italian inspiration. We loved the modern feel of the location so went for a clean look with splashes of my favorite color (pink!).
I thought they pulled off the theme and color motif quite nicely, don’t you think?
Allie’s back to tell us about how they made their wedding reflect who they are:
My mother created all the centerpieces for us using crepe paper and a hot glue gun. Instead of the traditional guest book, since we were getting married at an art gallery we had a blank canvas and paint with brushes and our wedding guests painted a picture that we now have hanging in our home. Also, we own a restaurant that catered our wedding.
Because my husband is Italian and decided to get married in the US, we brought some “Italian things” into our wedding, for instance: the table names were all Italian cities with a picture of the city, we had Italian phrases throughout including on the candy bags for our candy buffet, our first dance song was in half Italian half English, and we had some traditional Italian food served.
A few parting insights from the bride:
After the whole wedding experience, I think what I most remember was that those little things that took so much time like the centerpieces and naming the tables were the small details that everyone noticed and appreciated. It was nice doing something different when it seems everyone’s wedding was looking the same — we loved that our wedding was so personal because of the touches we put in. The up lighting was one of the things I am so glad we splurged on but most importantly the photographer is so important because those photos are how you will remember your day.
Our wedding was certainly a dream come true. Our families came together and his family made the long journey from Italy to be with us on our special day which meant the world to us. The day could not have been more perfect and we can now say fairy tales do come true, dreams change and things don’t always go the way you thought they would but reality is even better!… One of the quotes we lived by through all the ups and downs was “Dreams become reality one choice at a time”.
Thank you Mark for sending this wonderful wedding my way and congratulations, Allie & Matteo! Thanks for sharing your day with us. Here’s wishing you a lovely marriage!
Photographer: Mark Dickinson Photography
Caterer: Upper Deck Bar & Grill
Event Planner: Lindsay Rachael Events
Floral Designer: Pink Flamingo at Petals
Reception Venue: Atlantic Center for the Arts
Cake Designer: The Pastry Studio
DJ: Celebrations DJ
Dress: Alfred Angelo
Centerpieces: CC Hunt (the bride’s mom)
Image submission via Two Bright Lights