Italian Wedding – Natasha & Tony

Tania Marston

Natasha and Tony’s fifties style wedding couldn’t have been more gorgeous. They got married in a town called Ferrara,  known as the city of bicycles, in Northern Italy. Natasha wears her gorgeous Fuchsia Doris Petticoat under her awesome fifties vintage style wedding dress with a twist – skulls weaved into the lace how super gorgeous!  We asked the awesome couple some questions about their gorgeously unique, fun-filled Italian wedding…

Was your fifties style wedding a big affair?
Right from the beginning we knew we wanted a small, casual wedding. Tony is a chef and food was one of the most important parts of our day. For us we couldn’t think of anything more special and intimate than sharing a big meal with the most important people in our lives. We didn’t want a big formal affair, with timetables, dress codes, formalities and stress. We wanted everyone to feel like they were involved in the day and could be themselves, relax and have fun, in a beautiful setting.

Petticoat - Fifties Wedding

Tell us about the ceremony? 

The ceremony was held in Ferrara Town Hall (Palazzo del Municipio). At a Town Hall wedding in Northern Italy the guests enter the room first and then the bride and groom meet outside, before coming in together. This was really lovely, as gave us to chance to see each other and take everything in, before all eyes were on us! It was also the moment that Tony gave me my gorgeous bouquet. As part of local tradition Tony chose my bouquet and it was kept a secret from me. He had no idea what colour my dress would be, or even the style and I think it goes perfectly!

And what about your transport?
Ferrara is known as the city of bicycles so we hired bikes for our guests and a rickshaw bicycle for the two of us. We managed to persuade our brother in law Matt to act as chauffer for us, once all the photos were taken and we headed to the reception venue, Agriturismo Principessa Pio (on Via Delle Vigne, Ferrara).

And your reception?

We had a seven course meal, with drinks and first course served in the gardens of the venue and then the remaining 6 courses served under a canopy of trees in the Orchard It rained all day, so we moved everything indoors. We had checked the weather the day before and luckily knew about the rain so we had time to put up all the decorations and sort out the table décor.

Did you add any special detail to your day?

My friends and I made all the decorations for our fifties style wedding and table coverings; which included 100 paper cranes, pinwheels made from maps, paper baubles and multicoloured runners. We had plants instead of flowers on the tables, which we sourced from a local nursery and my sister and my brother in law kindly made Limoncello as wedding favours ).


Instead of place names on the tables we bought old/vintage postcards of the place that each guest was from and for the guest book we bought postcards for each place that tony and I had visited together. Keeping with the travel theme Tony had cufflinks made from maps (one of Liverpool, where we live and one of Ferrara).

Tell us about your evening?

After a massive amount of food and drinks at Principessa Pio we spent the evening at a local rock bar, called Due Gobbi, who put on gluten free beer for me (I am coeliac) and played heavy metal and rock for us until the early hours.

Suppliers for Natasha & Tony’s fifties style wedding

  • Dress: Honeypie Boutique
  • Shoes: Modcloth.
  • Petticoat: Doris Designs
  • Groom’s suit: Ted Baker
  • Bouquet & button holes: Officina Del Fiore Di Christian Bigoni, in Centa (just outside of Ferrara)
  • Photographer: Foto Grechi, in Bondeno, Ferrara

Note from Owner of Doris Designs…

Thank you for sharing your story with us, Natasha and Tony. We love your photos, and I absolutely adore your skull detail on your dress! Absolutely uniquely GORGEOUS!

Natasha’s Fuchsia Petticoat can be purchased from the Doris website.

Love Doris x

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