Lucy and Ben met at 16 but really became best friends in their early 20s. “We both knew it was for keeps after Ben flew out to meet me climbing Machu Picchu. Lucy says. “He took three different flights across three different countries to come and look after me!”
Ben and Lucy were holidaying in Florence when he proposed.“We were sitting in the gardens, enjoying the sunshine,” she recalls. “Ben suddenly presented me with the ring, I was ecstatic and said ‘yes’ on the spot.” The bride found her strapless, lace fishtail dress in an Oxfam bridal shop. “It was a brand new Johanna Hehir dress, kindly donated by the designer,” says Lucy. “It was the first dress I tried on and it felt really special.” She accessorised with some pearl earrings and a pair of gorgeous Jimmy Choo sandals for added sparkle. Ben wore a tailor made suit he had purchased while travelling around Vietnam in 2014 and looked so handsome.
“I had five bridesmaids,” says Lucy. “My best friends Corinne, Coralie and Megan all wore yellow gowns made in Vietnam with nude shoes from Marks & Spencer. My cousin and niece wore dresses and tiaras from Monsoon.” The beautiful Italian civil ceremony was organised through wedding planner Danielle Wiskow from Wiskow And White. The couple got married in a beautiful theatre dating back to the 17th century in Sinalunga, Italy. “When I first walked into the theatre Ben didn’t look at me,” says Lucy. “Apparently he didn’t want to cry straight away! But standing on the stage I felt so emotional – it absolutely was the best moment of my life!”
Lucy’s friend Megan gave a reading and family friend, Bob serenaded the couple with an acoustic guitar version of Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine as Lucy walked down the aisle with her Dad. Lucy made all bouquets, buttonholes and decorations herself using Sun flowers and other seasonal stems from the local market. She also made the sign posts and heart-shaped hanging decorations in the olive trees.
Wiskow and White helped create a chill-out area with low cushions for the end of the evening. Ben, who is a designer, created all of the stationery. A huge Italian feast was provided at Casini dei Pini, a local farmhouse, near Sinalunga. Guests dined on aperitifs, cheese and nuts, pizza, antipasti, ravioli, and finally pastries and traditional wedding cake. The speeches were long but incredibly funny and moving and the party was started with Lucy and Ben’s first dance to The Black Keys.
CEREMONY | 17th Century Theatre, Teatro Ciro Pinsuti, Italy
RECEPTION | Casini dei Pini, Sinalunga, Italy
DRESS | Oxfam Bridal
PLANNER | Danielle Wiskow wiskowandwhite.com
STATIONERY | Ben White, Groom thewhitecreative.com
HONEYMOON | Ben and Lucy stayed on in Italy for another two weeks, before travelling through Switzerland and France.
PHOTOGRAPHY | Ed Peers