The countryside venue “Agriturismo La Polledrara” is such an interesting place for a wedding designer to work at. Lying on a slightly undulating landscape at the foot of a medieval hill town (Paliano, about 35 miles southwards from Rome), it is a former horse-breeding farm belonging to the noble Colonna family, lately converted into a charming and versatile location, suitable for both nature inspired weddings and lavish ceremonies and receptions.
Before choosing a set-up I usually try to figure out how to exalt and harmonize all the features and the elements I am going to design, within a narrative framework, according to the spirit of the place and time. In this particular case, the event was a photoshoot, taken in June, 2017.
A sweet Italian landscape and a very hot summer day, and I wanted to turn the best out of both. I wanted the reflections of the golden light at sunset, and the shades of the straw coming from the surrounding hay fields on my table. But I wanted freshness, as well, following the idea of an enjoyable outdoor summer wedding reception, mitigated by the wind of the afternoon passing through the leaves and the flowers of the huge Jasmine plant.
In a way, it was Nature itself which led me to the definition of the color palette – gold, white and green -, and then I decided to combine them with slightly retro accents, in order to add a kind of timeless beauty and grace to the whole work.
The key was glamour without excess and luxury without ostentation; symmetries of shapes and harmony among the colors, little to no contrast between the foreground and the background, and a low amount of details.
A naked dark wooden table with a foliage table runner enriched by two vintage silver-plated pots, gold rimmed monogrammed porcelain plates, and gold shimmering crystal glasses. As we took pictures almost at sunset, the decreasing light of the sun got everything brilliant and sparkling; an intense sight of a blushing rose gold surrounded us, and it was exactly what I was looking for: the right kind of elegance in a stylish country environment.
Planning and Coordination: Something Blue Weddings
Wedding Stationery: Mille e un Evento
Floral Design: Valentina Olivieri
Cake Design: Mouse Cake
Photography: Vincenzo Polidori
Location: Agriturismo La Polledrara