Lana and Ben wanted to create an intimate, relaxing event, but with a magical, truly Italian feel. They opted for Umbria – the green heart of Italy, and held the symbolic blessing under mature olive trees on a warm May day. This was followed by cocktails around the ancient Borgo and a long, relaxing reception under the pine trees, strung with a mix of fairy lights, Edison style bulb lights, and tables decorated with seasonal flowers in a theme of whites, soft purple tones and blush pinks.

Aromatic herbs in aged Terra-cotta vases, a mix of silver and vintage lanterns and stone earthenware were introduced to create a mood that was whimsical and light, while creating an overall feel of the Mediterranean.

The couple stayed several days at the villa with family and friends, allowing them to mingle and meet at the rehearsal meal, relax by the pool, see the sights and museums of central Italy, and have a large recovery brunch following the event.