She has put together some of the most breathtaking nuptials we have featured over the years, including Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s celebration in Lake Como, Italy. So when we heard Lisa Vorce was offering the team at Zola wedding registry her secrets for getting a newlyweds’ home ready to host the in-laws, we knew we had a treat in store. Here, her recommendations for pampering guests, down to all the special details.
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Photographer Caroline Tran captured Lisa’s setup that is as understated, warm, and unique as the weddings she creates. “Amenities are a must!” she explains of pulling it all together. “Keep fresh towels in a beautiful basket, a robe and comfy slippers, an eye mask, earplugs, and water with lemon at the bedside.” And what not to forget? “I’ve also recently added iPhone chargers to my list of must-have bedside accessories. I keep all ‘technology’ as hidden as possible—but it seems to be the number-one thing I’m asked for from our guests before they go to bed!”
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Make your guests feel right at home by placing a few of their favorite toiletries at the foot of the bed. Lisa suggests including a beautiful candle, a petite floral arrangement, and a hand soap to make them feel taken care of. Also be sure to keep your guest bathroom cabinet under the sink organized and stocked so visitors can find anything and everything they might need, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, and deodorant.
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“I’m all about quiches since you can prepare them ahead of time,” Lisa says. “Typically I prepare a couple of quiches prior to my guests’ arrival and then just heat and serve for their breakfast.”
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The industrial metal table that spans Lisa’s kitchen feels homey and lived-in with place settings fit for a charming bed and breakfast. Get Lisa’s look by mixing artisanal or handmade pieces with more contemporary ones.
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Lisa leaves no stone unturned when it comes to hospitality, which is why she keeps a checklist of what to have on hand:
1. Beautiful linens
2. Incredible towels
3. Everyday china (“We all know that for me it would be Vietri from soup to dessert!” she says.)
4. Statement serving pieces
5. Proper red and white wine glassware and Champagne flutes
The Details: Artisan Crafted French Paddle by Vermont Farm Table
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Ultimately, the best ingredient for successfully hosting guests during the holidays is welcoming everyone with warmth and affection, just like Lisa and her husband of 16 years do. Her parting words for all newlywed couples:
“A healthy marriage takes a great amount of work but it’s a beautiful journey. There can be good days and bad days—but at the end of the day, good or bad, the amazing thing is that you have a partner to navigate it through with you. Traveling together, exploring together, communication, and a whole lot of laughter are key.”