The ceremony was intimate, with just the couple’s closest family and friends. “It was the most beautiful aisle with the perfect backdrop of the lake,” Nina says. “It was super special as my father walked me down the aisle. He has always been my role model.”
After the fireworks show, the dancing began. For the after-party, Nina changed into an Ines Di Santo dress. “We walked down the candlelit staircase of the villa and did our first dance to ‘Until I Found You,’” Nina says. “Then we danced the night away to the DJ and live saxophonist. At one point, when Deborah from Elan Artists sang ‘Valerie’ by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse, everyone was on their feet in a train from one room to the other, while flinging with dinner napkins around instilling a rush of energy that led to the after-party. There were tray-passed burgers, pizzas, and pasta as late-night snacks. It was truly a dream—one of the most magical nights to remember.”
When dinner ended, guests were escorted to the patio to partake in the Champagne tower and wave sparklers. The wedding cake—a traditional raspberry Italian millefoglie wedding cake—was cut and served, and there was a surprise fireworks show synchronized to “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + The Machine. “This really opened the floodgates of tears and emotion from most of our friends and family,” Nina remembers.
For dinner, Nina switched into a Georges Hobeika fall 2023 nude strapless beaded tulle dress. “I wanted to wear something elegant and more sparkly for when we moved inside the villa,” she notes. “Since the villa’s walls and ceilings were adorned with beautiful frescos I chose a nude color dress that wouldn’t clash with the interior.”
Nina and her father’s entrance was accompanied by a string quartet playing “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” The service was officiated by Father Marcin Schmidt. “It was very special,” Nina says. “We were both very emotional and touched by the vows we had written for each other. We kept them secret until the ceremony. After many months of planning and almost two years of being engaged, we both felt so happy that everything had finally come together, especially with such a romantic and beautiful backdrop.”
The couple wanted the flowers, which were by Rattiflora, to compliment the decor and frescos inside the villa, which had tones of dark red, green, and gold. They chose a mirrored table to reflect the beautiful ceilings and Ginori plates for the table. Flowers included tones of pinks, oranges, reds, and yellows and included some of the bride’s favorites—like roses, dahlias, fire lilies, and Dianthus Hollandia. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour, with his and hers signature drinks and a live jazz band playing as the sun set, followed by dinner and speeches inside the villa.