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I was lucky to be in Todi, Italy this week. If you haven't visited Umbria, the green heart of Italy then I thoroughly recommend it.  
 
It's chock full of medieval hill towns, flanked by poppy filled valleys. The Italians do churches really, really well and each town has it's own gem, usually standing proudly at the end of a charming square  
 
Say 'Ciao' to our chic Italian bride  
 
Her beautiful, silk and lace wedding dress flows behind her. She is standing at the top of the steps leading to the grand front door and might be straight out of Vogue. Following behind her, like a gaggle of geese are a plethora of charming little girls in silk flower girl dresses, and a line of tiny pageboys in silk shorts and shirts 
 
Truly the belle of the ball she proceeds up the mosaiced aisle. As she reaches the top, she turns to her precious love in her exquisite bridal gown, ready to to plight her troth...... 'Best beloved' she whispers 'I am here...........'  

Wander in your wedding dress 

The streets of Umbrian hill towns are a rabbit warren of adorable narrow streets, adorned with flowers in pots and window boxes, as far as the eye can see.  
 
Hidden in the walls are doorways that open into artisan shops, filled with ceramics, paintings, and fabrics. Solid wooden doors give way to shady courtyards and secret homes. I can imagine the Italian bride, her exquisite lace train flowing behind her, holding hands with her beloved after the ceremony, wandering through the streets towards her reception 
 
See how the silk billows in the breeze.... 
 
Her flower girls and pageboys, now released from the bounds of their ceremonal duties dart in and out of the myriad alleyways. The girl's silk bridesmaids dresses and boy's silk shorts and shirts reveal their lustre as they catch the last rays of the evening sun that sinks lazily in the sky  
 
The wedding party are hungry now, and looking forward to an evening of fine wine, classic Italian dishes, good company and mischevious festivity....... 

Kick up your heels with your bridesmaids  

I travelled to Umbria with Ipswich Choral Society. We sang at Calvi dell Umbria, a small hill town with the best view in Italy.  
 
After the performance, and a thrilling exhibition of traditional flag throwing (check it out on youtube) we were honoured guests at a feast in the grounds of a convent. Traditional Italian mamas in black dresses prepared succulent dishes for us, pasta, pizza ...... I could go on. My waste-line suffered  
 
A stylish departure 
 
There's our traditional Italian bride, kicking her wedding dress up with her bare feet. Too excited to eat, she sits on her beloved's lap, as her guests wine and dine. The guests dance in the warm evening breeze  
 
Finally it's time for our Italian bride to leave. She and her beloved climb into an ancient powder blue Fiat 500 of course, ready to power down to the coast. Wave goodbye, as she disappears in her Lychgate bespoke silk bridal gown.....  

Our recipe for your perfect Italian wedding pie 

So, the six key ingredients for a quintessential Italian wedding are (make notes): 
 
One gorgeous church in a classic Italian square 
A generous handful of flowergirls and pageboys in cool silk flowergirl dresses, and pageboy shorts and shirts, all by Lychgate 
One 'Best Beloved'  
A great big Italian feast 
One fiat 500 (ancient) 
And last, but definitely not least, a Lychgate bespoke silk wedding dress 
 
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Images: @kamileleo; @laurag82; @jfeiber.car; @photos_by_lanty, all courtesy of Unsplash 
 
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