Who says you need a classical Italian theme when getting married in Apulia, Italy? The colorful celebration of Anabel and Frederick, who met in Honduras during a New Year’s beach holiday, show how a little imagination and lots of personality can turn a wedding into a unique event. Planner Anna from In The Mood For Love submitted this wedding that, in Anna’s words, will hopefully will inspire future brides to “follow their heart and not magazine stereotypes” when planning their big day.
I’ll keep this introduction short, as the bride explains everything about their quirky “Día De Los Muertos” inspired soirée in detail below!
“We had not purchased ‘real’ gold wedding bands since we both preferred to wait and purchase a very nice piece of jewelry later on that we really want. Instead, one of our friends’ daughters made us our wedding rings. They were made with colorful plastic rhinestones and were quite fun.”
Most of our ceremony details were a bit unorthodox. We had plastic rings with rhinestones, our celebrant (a childhood friend of the groom) wore Converse that were customized and read “Preacher”, and we had a song played during the ceremony by Bob Marley, Three Little Birds. Frederick and I wrote our own vows and recited them to one another. I can share one from each of us:
Bride: “I promise to always travel with you to warm places, including Las Vegas”.
Groom: “I promise to always keep the refrigerator stocked with wine and cheese”.
Apulia is stunning and our venue didn’t need much decor, however we did have a theme for the reception – Mexico, specifically Day of the Dead. We had skulls at our dinner tables, and our cake toppers were a skeleton couple dressed in wedding clothes. The table seating plan was a little fruit market as you will find many in Mexico (and in Puglia,too) and Anna decided to name all the table with different cards from a typical Mexican game called Loteria. It was different, but really beautiful.
Each guest received a Mexican tin ornament (either in the shape of a dove, star or heart), which was placed on their place setting with their name tag.
Wedding Designer and Coordinator, also invitations & stationery: Anna Calzolaio for In the Mood for Love // Wedding Stylist: Fernanda Di Bari // Venue: Torre Ruggeri, Puglia // Catering: Sorriso Catering //
Photographer: Francesco Gravina // Second shooter: Cinzia Micconi, Yulia Longo // Lighting and Sound: Sergio Cacciatori //
Bride’s dress: Silk dress by Rose & Delilah, Skirt by Theia // Groom’s attire: Jacket and pants Gucci // Groom’s shoes: Converse, customized and designed by the groom // Bridesmaids’ dresses: Maid of Honor wore a magenta dress by Theia, one bridesmaid wore a royal blue Ralph Lauren dress, and other bridesmaid wore red Zac Posen dress