Fashion Designer Lucilla Bonaccorsi’s Fairy-Tale Italian Wedding

This beautiful celebration gives "dream day" a whole new meaning

Updated 09/08/17

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Thanks to our friends at Vogue, we finally have the images of Lucilla Bonaccorsi’s breathtaking wedding in Sicily! On June 16, 2017, Lucilla, the creative director and co-designer of her mother’s label Luisa Beccaria, wed fiancé Filippo Richeri Vivaldi Pasqua, an entrepreneur and co-founder of a luxury event-planning agency. The wedding took place at Castelluccio (the Bonaccorsi’s restored family home) and was unsurprisingly as beautiful and romantic as the dresses Lucilla and her mother create at Luisa Beccaria. In fact, Lucilla’s gown was of her mother’s design, as she’s known it would be since she was eight years old. In 1993, at the label’s haute couture show in Paris, Lucilla first laid eyes on the embroidered lace gown and immediately told her mother that she wanted it for her own wedding.

And just as she knew what gown she’d wear; Lucilla also knew where the wedding would be and what it would look like. For the “natural, bucolic wedding” at Castelluiccio, the designer found inspiration in the Infiorata festival in the nearby city of Noto, where the streets are paved to look like elaborate pictures. She hired the city’s specialized florists to recreate the look on the floor of the ceremony chapel with pastel-colored carnations and scabious. And the daytime reception and dinner the following day were flower-filled as well, with guests floating around in flower crowns and candle-lit tables lined with floral linens and wildflowers in unique, clear vessels. It’s safe to say that this wedding—which was filled with local recipes and traditions—is straight out of a fairytale. Keep reading to see how the setting, dress, and décor lived up to Lucilla’s childhood dreams—and see even more in our upcoming December/January issue, which hits newsstands on October 31, 2017.

Luisa Beccaria Bridesmaids Dresses

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The designer bride created a special print (in a rainbow of pastel hues) for her bridesmaids to wear down the aisle. Each woman also wore delicate flower crown that matched the color of her gown.

Luisa Beccaria Wedding Dress

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Lace Wedding Veil

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As mentioned, Lucilla wore a special lace dress from her mother’s collection that had been stowed-away since 1993. Luckily, after four washes, it was back in ready-to-wear condition and fit like a glove. Lucilla accessorized the statement gown with a coordinating lace veil, which was anchored with nineteenth-century diamond flower brooches.

Ceremony Chapel

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The couple married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at a private chapel on the family’s property, which was filled with thousands of pastel-colored petals. After exchanging vows, the newlyweds exited to a shower of more petals and doves flying away.

Luncheon

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Following the morning ceremony, guests ate lunch at long tables, which were set up between olive trees and beneath hanging white drapes. They were topped with coordinating white linens that were made of handmade crochet.

Bride and Groom Cake Cutting

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The couple cut into a three-tiered cake, which was decorated with olive leaves as a nod to the setting. The cake table was, of course, accented with more pastel-colored petals.

Reception Tablescapes

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The celebration continued the next evening, when guests returned for dinner with a theme of “like a flower.” Long tables were again set—this time, with floral tablecloths (designed to look like the wedding’s logo, which was done by Cathy Graham) and candles, flowers, and crystals.

Reception at Night

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In addition to the crystal candelabras and votive candles on the tabletops, hanging tea lights were hung from tree branches for additional lighting. (Talk about a romantic setting!)

Bride and Groom Dancing

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The happy couple ended the wedding reception—or what Lucilla calls the "wedding ball"—on the dance floor, which was set up under disco ball-turned-colorful chandelier. For this second day of celebrating, the bride created yet another gorgeous gown that was embroidered with jasmine blossoms and featured a detachable cape.

After a weekend full of this much love and beauty, we’re going to guess that Lucilla’s dreams did in fact come true. (We sure hope they did!)

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