What a beautiful bride and wonderful story! Thanks for sharing PeDe, talk about a fairy tale.
"Her mother had recently shown her couture collection at the Paris Ritz, and when Lucilla saw the bridal dress, she told her mother that she wanted it for her own when the time came. Luisa dutifully stored it away and forgot all about it—until Lucilla came to her earlier this year to announce her engagement to the engaging Filippo Richeri Vivaldi Pasqua, a cofounder of Fasten Seat Belt, a luxury event-planning agency, and partner at the tastemaking Cabana magazine.
The festivities eventually kicked off with a welcome party in a tonnara—a seventeenth-century tuna fisherman’s warehouse in the pretty seaside village of Marzamemi, where guests were serenaded by musicians playing ancient Sicilian instruments. The ceremony itself the following day was “in the arcadian tradition of Magna Graecia,” as Luisa noted, with an old-fashioned marching band and local farm girls bearing sheaves of good-luck wheat.
That stowed-away lace dress had to be laundered four times, but when Lucilla tried it on, it fit like a glove. Lucilla and her mother sourced the dress’s original lacemakers to create the veil, which was anchored with nineteenth-century diamond flower brooches to complement the bride’s features, which are as lovely as a belle in a Victorian valentine
Luisa was inspired by the Infiorata festival in the glorious Baroque city of nearby Noto, where the streets are paved in flowers laid to create elaborate pictures, and she brought the city’s specialized florists in to carpet the church’s floor with the petals from carnations and scabious, painstakingly strewn in a swirling abstract pastel design.
Lucilla, who works alongside her mother, designed her dress for the fairy-tale ball the following day—all blossoming white embroidery with drifting ties at the shoulders—
Back at the house, florists wove crowns of fresh blooms into the guests’ hair, so that the gardens were soon filled with an army of Titanias. During the candlelit dinner, ballet dancers from Catania’s Teatro Massimo Bellini appeared like dryads pirouetting through the olive grove to the waltz and gavottes from the sound track of Luchino Visconti’s legendary adaptation of The Leopard"