A Romantic Outdoor Destination Wedding in Rome, Italy
Maria and Jordan
Jordan Jacobs, in a Prada suit, plants a smooch on Maria Duenas, in a Reem Acra gown. "I felt like a goddess in that dress," she says.
A unity candle—beneath a huppa hung with ruscus leaves, ivy, hydrangeas, peonies, and roses—joins two religions (his Jewish, hers Catholic).
Aisle chairs are adorned with hydrangeas and ruscus branches.
The Bride's Bouquet
Maria holds a bouquet of white peonies and lily of the valley.
Jordan's boutonniere of roses and baby's breath, wrapped in satin ribbon, pops against his crisp navy suit.
A white ring pillow holds the couple's wedding bands.
Flower Girl Baskets
Two flower girl baskets decorated with white trim and filled with white rose petals to match the color palette of the wedding.
After choosing Rome as the wedding's location, and where Maria has family and the couple spends holidays, they scouted five different locations. Finally, they discovered "the perfect little Romeo and Juliet castle": Villa dei Lecci, a 1917 turreted home with frescoed ceilings, set on three emerald-colored acres in the Monteverde district. The neo-Gothic-style family-owned villa was once a private home.
Paper cones with yellow bows hold rose petals for guests to toss.
Bridal Party and Family
The bride and groom with their families; forgoing a traditional bridal party, the couple had only a maid of honor and a best man; Maria's sister, Bianca (in pale pink, fourth from right), and Jordan's friend James (wearing a yellow tie, second from left) were the lucky two.
The Reception Location
Moments after tying the knot, the couple poses outside the entrance of Villa dei Lecci, where dinner and dancing took place. "We wanted it to feel romantic, so we lit the stairs with candles. It was beautiful," says Maria.
A silver urn on the escort-card table holds an arrangement of white peonies, roses, and hydrangeas.
The couple, in a rented Fiat, brakes for photos in front of a fountain on Rome's Gianicolo hill.
A pair of fashionable friends.
Here, the guests enjoy an al fresco cocktail hour.
Hors d'oeuvres were served al fresco. "The Italian way is to always have too much food. There was a little of everything -- cheese, meat, pasta, fish -- and it was all so delicious," says Maria.
A waiter carries a tray of Champagne cocktails.
Satin ribbons on menu cards tie in the color palette.
Glittering Venetian masks turn the party into a masquerade.
Mounds of white peonies, lisianthus, and feverfew dot the dining room tables.
Guests went home with Italian sweets from a candy bar.
Bottles of limoncello, personalized with the wedding date, were also given as favors.
The Wedding Cake
The four-tier vanilla cake.
Guests send the happy couple off with festive sparklers.
Location: Villa dei Lecci
Event Planning: Manuela Tranquilli of Clueventi
Catering and Cake: Natalizi
Flowers: Stefano Latini of I Tulipani
Stationery: Regas New York
Music: Siddharta of 7 Oz. Records
Rentals: Natalizi; I Tulipani
Wedding Photography: Francesco Lagnese and Domenico Costantini
Gown: Reem Acra
Accessories: Reem Acra (veil); Fred Leighton (earrings); Christian Louboutin (shoes)
Menswear: Prada (groom's suit); Hugo Boss (tie)
Hair and Makeup: The Sisters Salone
Fiat: HR Incentives