01 Oct A Sicilian Love Affair
In her wildest dreams Lady Cressida Ward never thought that love would be on the cards when she and her beautiful daughter Lily Rose left good old Blighty for a new and exciting life in Paris. But in the Paris spring time with such a romantic setting she met her ‘ame soeur’ – soulmate. The wonderful man in this love story is Doctor Ludovic Toro half French and half Sicilian who was very well known for his kindness and compassion in the community. It was a match made in heaven and after a whirlwind romance the two were set to be married. Purely Events organised their first wedding in the UK at the Chelsea and Kensington Registry Office and also assisted the couple with their wedding in Catania in Sicily for over 100 of their close friends and family. The wedding was a 3 day affair with guests arriving from all over the world. The amazing ceremony took place in a stunning church in Trecastagni which was beautifully situated on a hill with spectacular views of Mount Etna.
Cressida wore a stunning Pronovias Famosa dress, a dazzling grecian inspired gown featuring draped sleves and accentuated with a beaded belt and shoulders.
There were 5 page boys a mix of Sicilian and English and of course Cressida’s daughter Lily Rose was a little bridesmaid along with Ellie who was maid of honour, Ellie’s dress was from Coast.
Hair and Make up designer was Louisa Lang one of Cressida’s closest friends who also runs two hair and beauty shops in Somerset www.goldshair.co.uk.
After the ceremony the wedding party moved onto a private villa Casa a Trigona which was only 8 kilometres from Catania and has the most amazing views in the North of Sicily including Mount Etna and the beautiful coasts of Taormina and Calabria
The evening entertainment began with a traditional Sicilian band
The guests sat down to what can only be described as a food extravaganza after an amazing array of canapes on the terrace overlooking the wonderful sights of Sicily the party were then treated to a four course menu which of course included a typical Sicilian Pasta dish which was delicious.
The Table plan was tied to a little tree – each card had the couple’s own logo which was personally designed for them by www.michellefielder.com
Each guest was treated to a little cup and saucer with the logo again inscribed on each cup.
Before the evenings dancing began the couple cut their cake by the beautiful swimming pool and let chinese lanterns off to signify the light of their ever lasting love for each other.