A very (shabby)chic wedding

I’m not married, for various reasons: I’m a rebellious soul, my boyfriend and me have been living together for many years and last but not least, planning a wedding never seemed easy. I have to admit (am I really saying that?) that in the last 4-5 years I’ve been toying with the idea of getting married. Not enough to buy a copy of Vogue wedding, but enough to gaze at wedding portraits longer than usual. So today I’d like to tell you about the D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) wedding of Valeria and Lorenzo which I found absolutely amazing and so, so much like me!


Hi Valeria, why don’t you tell us something about you and your wedding?

Hi girls! I’m Valeria, I’m 34 and I’m a furniture restorer. I got married in September and I’m still buzzing!!! I’ve been with Lorenzo for 7 years. We decided to live together one and half years ago and soon after we decided to get married. I love autumn while he prefers the summer so we settled on the 29 September, when it is still warm, the sea is at its best but autumn is already in the air. We wanted a traditional, romantic wedding where every detail had been taken care of; a party on the sea, an informal and relaxed atmosphere… so we got down to work to organize everything.

Very romantic… the atmosphere at your wedding was truly unique, it was perfect down to the tiniest detail and very crafty. When and why did you choose such an adventurous path?

Well, we didn’t really decide… I took for granted we would have done most of it ourselves. We pictured the final result very clearly in our minds so it was easy to decide on the colours and the style of the ceremony and our adventure started!


In the end we really did most of it and I’m proud to say Lorenzo always contributed, so we share the merit 50-50. We made our wedding favors, we designed the invitations and everything else accordingly, we put together the tableau de mariage, looked for the right frames for the numbers on the tables, the decorations, the dessert and the sugared almonds table, we even prepared the rice bags (it is tradition in Italy that the guests throw rice to the newly married couple as a sign of abundance and luck) and a little surprise for our guests.



I’m very impressed. Where do you draw inspiration for your creations?

We knew what we wanted so we drew from many sources: web, TV, magazines (not necessarily wedding magazines, I love Casa Chic and Vivere Country).


Give us some advice…

The websites I mostly visited are Alice’s adventures in wonderland, Sweet as a candy, Trendinozze, Style me pretty, Green wedding shoes, Ruffled, Wedding Chicks, Weddinggawker, but the list could be a lot longer!

Do you think your wedding preparations would have been different if you had been an accountant or a surgeon instead of being a restorer?

It’s true I’m a restorer, I’m used to working with my hands so this being handy has made things easier… But I’d say that anyone with a bit of manual skill could tackle a project like this. I always loved doing things myself and my wedding has been a great chance to express my creativity and make things I never attempted before. But still, I’m convinced anyone can give it a try!

A message for all the brides to be?

My advice is: go girls, go for it and enjoy! It is always worth it. To see the result of months of work will make you happy, proud and fulfilled. I can’t wait to get down to work again and create some new DIY projects for my friends’ wedding! Moreover, doing all this with my boyfriend had given us some amazing and important time together that we will always remember, as much as the ceremony itself!

I got an idea: how about a simple but effective tutorial for brides to be?

Of course, with pleasure!

Well then the appointment is here …


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