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Real Wedding | Camilla + Lucas

Tell us a little about yourselves!

We are both Architects from Tasmania, living and working in Melbourne. We met at university and have been together for nearly 9 years.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

We love to travel and had plans to move overseas, but then the pandemic happened and threw everything up in the air. After we got engaged (during one of Melbournes long lockdowns), and perhaps fuelled by our inability to travel anywhere, we started to explore the idea of a destination wedding. As soon as the borders opened, we booked a trip to Italy for a holiday and to look at several options. The venue we ultimately selected, Quercia al Poggio, was one of those - as soon as we saw the view from the pool over the neighbouring valley, we knew it was the one. The setting is absolutely incredible and had the capacity to host almost all of our guests on site. Our wedding was on the second day of a three day stay which meant we could spend lots of time with our guests and enjoy the venue and surrounds together.

How many guests did you have?


Tell us about your outfits.

Camilla: I had my wedding dress in mind years before we got engaged, let alone married - the Meiere gown. I wanted something that wasn’t too traditional but still had some whimsy and felt like “me”, so I opted for the midi style. It is a US based designer, so it was a bit of a gamble with sizing but the team at Kamperett were very helpful.

I had always known I would splurge a bit on wedding shoes. I wanted to select something that had some interest and wasn’t too traditional. It was also important that they be something I would get good wear out of in the future - a diamanté encrusted pump was not it. I knew I’d found “the one” in Florence the previous year, a particular cream colour-way of the Bottega Veneta Lido mule.

Hair back or loose was something i had debated for a while, but ended up wearing loose curls with asymmetric baroque pearl earrings - pearls were my Grandmothers favourite and I’ve always known I wanted to wear them on the big day. The veil was a bit of a last minute decision, and I actually brought two away with me. I wanted something with some length, given my midi-length dress, so it felt a bit more “bridal”. Makeup-wise, i did my own and kept it natural with some pink tones to my cheeks and lips.

Lucas: I knew I wanted a double breasted suit. I love seersucker as a material and before i had even started speaking to Trunk Tailors, I had the Loro Piana fabric picked out. So it was really a case of working with a tailor to deliver what i was after. I found my shoes several months before organising my suit, they are Bally Pimion derby shoes and have a great sawtooth sole detail.

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

Both working in design, we had a very strong aesthetic and clear vision for the big day. What we wanted wasn’t too traditional (at least compared to what our vendors were used to), so it was really important we had good and clear communication with everyone we were working with so we were able to execute some of these aspects - particularly because we were planning the wedding over emails and video calls.

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

Our love for Italian cuisine and natural Italian wines were big factors in selecting Italy for our destination wedding, so ensuring we were able to have our favourite dishes and wines for the occasion was a really important aspect.

We also love hosting dinners and parties at home, and wanted aspects to feel like this. We wanted as many people to stay on site as possible and for there to be no curfews for any of the celebrations. Given the long distance everyone had travelled, we also wanted to ensure these celebrations were not isolated to one day.

We had a welcome party where everyone could get to know each other and settle in. We served different wines we had collected during our travels out of large ice buckets and encouraged everyone to serve themselves and try something new. These paired perfectly with pizzas made in the centuries old pizza oven at the venue. We then farewelled everyone with a recovery day by the pool, followed by a dinner of fresh pastas to cure any lingering hangovers.

Any tips for couples getting married?

If you’re getting married overseas - do as much as you possibly can before you go. There will always be things that you have to do when you get there, but everything helps.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

All our vendors were great.

Gianluigi and Carlotta from We.Wedding Photography were really lovely to work with. We instantly loved their style when we first saw their work. The fact they use film was an important aspect and went a long way in capturing the magic of the day. They were so easy and accommodating to work with. We love our photos!

Our Florist, Annalisa of Happy Flowers Tuscany also did an incredible job - the flowers were really important to both of us and she really understood what we were after.

Lucas: I also want to acknowledge Rhiannon Smith for the wedding ring she designed and made for me. She is a local jeweller working in Victoria - I reached out to her with a clear idea of what i did and didn’t like/want, but needed some professional guidance and assurances. Working with her was a lot of fun and I highly recommend her for any special pieces.

Photographer : We.Wedding Photography @we.weddingphotography | Ceremony + Reception Location : Quercia al Poggio @quercia_al_poggio | Celebrant : Maggie Saunders - Groom’s sister |

Styling : Bride and Groom | Planner : Michela Rossi from Quercia al Poggio @quercia_al_poggio | Flora : Annalisa Felici of Happy Flowers Tuscany @happyflowers_tuscany | Hair and Makeup : by the Bride | Catering, Beverages + Cake : Class Ricevimenti @class_ricevimenti | Stationery : Designed by Bride and Groom | Wedding Gown : Kamperett @kamperett | Groom's Suit : Custom Trunk Tailors @trunktailors with Loro Piana fabric. | Engagement Ring : Lucy Folk @lucy_folk | Wedding Rings : Maria Black (Bride) @mariablackjewellery + Rhiannon Smith (Groom) @rhiannon__smith | Bride's Shoes : Bottega Veneta @newbottega | Groom's Shoes : Bally @bally | Bride's Earrings : Anita Berisha @anitabjewelry | Sunglasses : Celine @celine | Bag : Lucy Folk @lucy_volk | Veil : Britten Weddings @brittenweddings | Groom's Sunglasses : Thierry Lasry @thierrylasry


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