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Elaine and Todd
La Badia, an ancient castle in Orvieto, Italy, provides the perfect backdrop for Elaine and Todd Masoni's outdoor wedding.
The couple opted to do a photo shoot outside Duomo di Orvieto, a 14th-century cathedral in the town of Orvieto in Umbria, central Italy. Photos, Lilian Haidar. Floral and Event Design, Matthew Robbins of Matthew Robbins Design, New York.
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To help guests stay cool, paper fans with the programs printed on them and hydrating mineral water spray were available at each chair.
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Bunches of rosemary -- a fragrant plant indigenous to Orvieto -- were tied to the chairs at the ends of the aisles.
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The entrance of the open-air courtyard was flanked with olive trees, and the La Badia castle ruins provided a natural stage for the ceremony.
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The bouquet, in shades of ivory, yellow, and verdant green, complemented the faded terra-cotta stone of the old castle.
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The centerpieces were simple arrangements of vanda orchids, phalaenopsis orchids, hydrangeas, rosemary, hypericum berries, and eucalyptus leaves.
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Less-traditional greenery such as rosemary, olive branches, and eucalyptus leaves can add a surprising touch and have the added bonus of smelling terrific, Robbins advises.
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Candles at the same height as the centerpieces provide a romantic glow and light the long tables.
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Miniature crostini hors d'oeuvres were perfect for this outdoor wedding in a warm climate.
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The beauty of the Bellini is its versatility and simplicity. Fill a glass halfway with fruit puree (any seasonal fruit will work). Finish by adding Champagne or sparkling white wine. For a nonalcoholic variation, top with club soda instead of wine.