17 September 2016
Lieke and Daniel chose Italy to celebrate their wedding, surrounded only by close friends and family. Living in the Netherlands, they moved immediately after the wedding to the States for business reasons and decided to exchange their vowels in Rome, where Lieke lived for a few years and Daniel often visited for work.
Organising the wedding with the newlyweds was really lovely…I still remember that during their first site visit they had not found something which really sparked their enthusiasm! So, when I proposed the Institute of Roman Studies as a venue, Lieke took the first flight to Rome, viewed the venue, lunched together to define the logistics to then take the flight back to Holland in the late afternoon. She has always been a very organised and operational woman.
Planning every detail was really very simple, also because I had Nicolò of California Catering next to me; the venue in fact works exclusively with this high-level caterer that moves throughout the district. There is no match for Nicolò, I felt at home and he satisfied in full the needs of the couple and their guests. Even for this coupe as well it was essential to hire a wedding planner who would help them in the complete organisation of every aspect, who would suggest to them who to trust and how to plan the day.
Lieke and Daniel switched things up and decided to do the photo shoot around the enchanting city of Rome, before the ceremony and reception! Max D’Alessandro’s wonderful shots are incredible and made Daniel win the prize as the most beautiful Groom 2016!!!
The Institute of Roman Studies, hired exclusively for them was ready to welcome the bride accompanied by her father. The symbolic ceremony was staged in the cloister of the ancient convent, while the door leading to the garden with a breath-taking view of St Peters was strictly closed until the end. And so, after the throwing of rice and confetti, the guests were sent to view the simple beauty that the city of Rome offers to anyone who decides to admire it.
This according to the newlyweds was the highlight of the whole evening. Buffet welcome drinks and an imperial table made guests taste the delicious and tasty Italian dishes, while the open bar dissolved every reservation on the dance floor with a DJ who never stopped making them dance!!
A detail captured everyone’s attention: the relatives of the couple had hung up on thread all the photos of Lieke and Daniel, leaving everyone with their mouths open looking at all the photos. One of the funniest moments was the corner photoboot organised in such a way to give two strips of photos, one for the newlyweds to be arranged in their guest book with a message, and the other as a souvenir for the guests!