Emmalee and Nicolaus were married at a beautiful little church in the small town of Eggi, Italy. After a wedding in the California Wine Country wasn’t quite coming together, Nicolaus suggested a destination wedding and the quaint Villa Campo Verde was a perfect choice for their intimate guest list and traditional style. The couple selected a color palette of white, ivory, and green to complement the natural surroundings, and chose to focus on giving themselves and their guests the full Italian experience, from the curated gift basket from Marigold & Grey to the favors of local olive oil. The walk from the ceremony at Chiesa Di Michele Arcangelo to the villa took the wedding party through town, and the townspeople provided their well wishes along the way, a moment that Emmalee and Nicolaus are sure to treasure forever. We are totally transported to Umbria in the stunning images from Lisa Blume Photography!
What is your proposal story?
We purchase a condo, and Nic hid the ring in a kitchen drawer. When we were doing the final walkthrough, he pretended the drawer was broken. I walked over and said they were supposed to be fixing things, not breaking them! I don’t have any idea what he said, but it was truly a surprise. He had worked with the building developer and our real estate agent, and even the workmen to set the whole thing up! At the closing, they had all met and hung out earlier in the day, but they pretended to be meeting for the first time; they all could have second careers as actors!
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
We chose to focus on the key points of the experience: food, drinks, venue, music. For me the splurge was the dress, as I found many dresses that were beautiful but not very many that met my requirement of being made of a natural fiber; I knew if I were wearing polyester or a poly blend, I would just be miserable! The mikado silk was very comfortable, especially when my husband left me waiting out in front of the church, while he and the priest were hanging out cracking jokes!
What were your favorite parts of the day?
I loved walking back to the villa after the ceremony. All the townspeople came out, and while we don’t speak Italian and they didn’t speak English, I loved the moment; their well wishes transcended language. I just remember them saying “bene, bene.” At about 1 a.m., my husband, my cousin- and cousin-in-law, my father- and mother-in-law, and myself went for a dip in the pool. It was just a great end to the day — and quite unexpected!