Elise & Anders
Imagine a series of charming villages, all set amongst vineyard-clad hills as far as the eye can see… a true paradise for any wine lover! It is here that you will find the picturesque medieval commune of La Morra, a little off the beaten tourist track and perfect for a unique vineyard wedding in Piedmont. A dreamy location featuring world-famous red wines such as Barolo – Barbaresco – Barbera – Nebbiolo, exceptional food, stunning landscapes and breath-taking scenery.
It is here that gorgeous Norwegian couple Elise & Anders, chose to have their destination wedding. Their choice of venue – Palas Cerequio Barolo Cru Resort, is stunning and we love how Barbara Gourdain their wedding planner from Extraordinary Weddings, has styled their reception – the vibe is stylish but relaxed and not overdone. It’s such a lovely wedding day with beautiful photography captured by Marta Guenzi – Enjoy!
I really wanted a romantic and chic countryside wedding in the hills of Piedmont. This might sound cheesy but the wedding became even better than I could have ever imagined. My vision was for it to be romantic, beautiful flowers, live music, lots of food, dancing, some tears and a lot of laughter. Thanks to my wonderful wedding planner all my dreams came true. She had control over every single little bit of the program. It would not have run so smoothly without her, she made our wedding stress-free, organised and just perfect! We could not have asked for a better planner than Barbara.
Nearest Airport: Turin – Milan
Number of Guests: 33
Why a Vineyard Wedding in Piedmont…
My husband and I have travelled to Italy every summer during the past five years that we have been together. And Piedmont was and is our favourite destination. The cool laidback vibe, the best wine (in my opinion), the beautiful surroundings and the wonderful food. I attended a wedding in La Morra many years ago and I remembered saying to myself that one day I will get married here. And my dreams came true.
Planning our Vineyard Wedding in Piedmont…
The key to success is to have a realistic timeline, because you never know when a relative may surprise you with a song or an extra speech, which pushes the timeline a bit.
I used Pinterest a lot. Created different boards filled with ideas. I also watched YouTube and read wedding blogs. I also got great inspiration from my wedding planer Barbara Gourdain. She has her own website and instagram with lots of inspiration! Her expertise and knowledge in the business made me feel very safe.
Our Wedding Attire…
- Wedding lunch outfit: White dress from “By Malina”, Shoes: Chanel, Bag: Chanel.
- My wedding shoes where from Valentino.
- Two wedding dresses from Pronovias.
- Jewellery: Engagement ring from “Tesori diamonds”, wedding bands from “Tesori diamonds”. My something blue, a beautiful sapphire ring from “Tesori diamonds”. My something borrowed, was a diamond bracelet borrowed from my mum. My something old was my mums tiara, which she wore on her wedding day.
- My husbands suits was from “Mens Wear”. His weddings band was from “Tesori diamonds”.
Our Wedding Ceremony & Reception
We chose the Palas Cerequio Barolo Cru Resort for our wedding celebration. Located just outside the town of La Morra, it’s a beautiful property, tucked away in the hillside of some of the most famous Nebbiolo vines!
We had our ceremony at 4pm under a big beautiful tree in the garden with a view over the vineyards. The view was breath-taking, and the decorations on the tree and on the chairs made it all perfect.
We had live guitarists playing music to our entrance and for the aperitivo afterwards. My wedding dress for this part of the day (I had two!), was custom made by Pronovias. Custom made in that sense that the skirt was originally from one dress and the top from another dress, and then they wear sown together.
On the Day…
During the aperitivo I changed dresses to a formfitted Pronovias dress with an open back and beading along the side. It was a total hit with all of the guests and of course for my husband who didn’t know I had two dresses.
The dinner tables where perfectly done and the florist was so talented, and understood exactly what we wanted. Thanks to the great communication our wedding planner had with her.
After dinner we did the cutting of the cake and the dancing under the big tree.
We had a gelato wagon with different flavours of Italian gelato for our guests, that was a hit.
The DJ played great music, and the last guests went to bed at 04.30am, that included my husband and I, who were the last ones to leave the party. We had such a great time, we didn’t want it to end!
It is so hard to choose just one moment. But I must say when the guitarists played the acoustic version of “Isn’t she lovely” by Stevie Wonder, and my mother walked me down the aisle and handed me over to my fiancé, there wasn’t a dry eye in sight. The beautiful surroundings with the big tree with all the flowers made the moment just perfect.
Details and Unique Ideas…
The colour palette was light green, pink/blush and ivory. Lots of flowers, lights, a little bohemian touch, rustic, olive leaves.
I loved all the décor. But if I must say one favourite, it was the beautiful big tree where we had our ceremony. It was beautifully decorated with white ribbons and flowers. In the evening lights were lit on the tree. It was just amazing.
We had a weekend wedding. On Friday we had a pizza night with wine tasting for our guests which was highly appreciated. Roberto, one of the people who runs Palas Cerequio, held a wine tour and told us a lot about Piedmont and the wine. For some of our guests it was the first time travelling to Italy, so for them this was really fun and informative. After the tasting we had a big apertivo with lots of Italian goodies. Then the pizza chef fired up his oven and made delicious Italian pizzas. We ate and drank wine through the Italian night.
On the wedding day we decided to have the ceremony in the afternoon, so we (our wedding planner and us) arranged a wedding lunch for our guests at a different venue with a different view. Lots of good wine and food. I was then wearing a short white dress from “By Malina”, a Swedish brand, a beige Chanel purse and classic Chanel shoes. It was important to me too look bridal.
Advice for Planning a Wedding Abroad…
Be in the moment, and try to take it all in. Because the day goes by so fast. I remember one of my colleagues at work advising me to during the dinner, just take a minute to sit there and absorb for a moment and watch the guests talk and eat, and take in the atmosphere.
The Perfect Partners
Wedding Planner: Extraordinary Weddings // Wedding Photographer: Marta Guenzi // Ceremony & Reception Venue: Palas Cerequio // Wedding Band – DJ: Gabriele Giudici // Wedding Flowers: Maria Fiori // Bridal Dress: Pronovias // Bridal Shoes: Valentino