Sam & Chris' Romantically Epic Tudor-esque Italian Wedding #Real Weddings: Global#black dress#europe#goth#historical#italy#renaissance#tudor#winter Updated Mar 15 2021 (Posted Mar 16 2009) Offbeat Editors Remember that Venician wedding featured last week? Here's the full scoop! The Offbeat Bride: Sam, alternative model My Offbeat Partner: Chris, postdoctoral researcher Location & Date of wedding: Palazzo Zenobio, Venice, Italy — 25th February 2009 What made our wedding offbeat: We wanted something that just felt right to us. Chris and I had visited Venice for the first time in 2008 during Carnivale. We were already secretly engaged, but found a gorgeous ring on the Rialto and announced the engagement when we returned to the UK. When deciding where to get wed, there was no question really. Venice is such a beautiful and magical city, not really in just a romantic way for us, but because it's full of mystery. We didn't want a white wedding that cost thousands — as it is we saved a lot of money doing it this way. We invited only the precious few guests we really wanted there and didn't include family who would ruin the day — I wasn't budging on that one. Sam, Chris & their precious few guests surrounded by the beauty that is the Hall of Mirrors. We chose our own outfits (I was adamant that I wouldn't wear white, it doesn't flatter me at all), a dramatic venue (we were married in the Hall of Mirrors), music that was special to us (a violin and cello due playing excerpts from 'The Fountain' soundtrack), and an understated yet beautiful civil ceremony. Our biggest challenge: Making the wedding not look too Ren faire and predictable. My husband in particular was concerned he might look like an amateur LARPer! We chose everything very carefully to make sure this didn't happen (he was still worried though of course). My favorite moment: I remember arriving outside the Hall of Mirrors and hearing the violinist and cellist tuning up and playing a rehearsal version of our music. It made my heart skip a beat. Violins, cellos, weddings, Venice-freaking-Italy!? Does it get anymore romantic? The only thing that may have made the wedding greater was if my father had been there (he passed away in 2007), but we were all thinking of him. My advice for other offbeat brides: Try not to control everything too much — it only leads to a headache. Just make sure everything feels right to you. I tried not to obsess over the little details which was difficult because I'd never seen our venue before the wedding day, etc! Care to share a few vendor/shopping links? My dress was by Yosa of Silks and Velvets with a few alterations to the original design. My jewelery was by Sapphire and Sage. Chris' outfit was by Pearson's Renaissance Shoppe. My wedding could not have happened without Regency Weddings, my wedding planners in Italy. Special thank yous to: Our wedding organizer, Federica. Our assistant, Domenica. My hair stylist/makeup artist, Blair. Our photographer, Wladimiro. www.weddingsitaly.com Enough with the thank-you's already — Show me more wedding porn!: http://www.flickr.com/photos/glittersavvy/sets/72157615010947581/show PREVIOUS Melissa & Matt's Medieval Fantasy wedding NEXT Insider tips from a florist: 13 ways to avoid getting screwed on your wedding flowers Show/Hide comments [ 16 ] romantic, personal, beautiful, INCREDIBLE! Reply EPIC is right! Reply AMAZING! HOMG TEH AMAZEMENT!!! @~>~~ Reply Absolutely absolutely gorgeous. One of the nicest weddings I've ever seen! Reply Hey! I know Yosa personally – glad to see her pimped on this site – she is such a fantastic seamstress! Reply What a beautiful wedding and stunning couple! I feel like I am breathing in the romance! Plus I love your photographer's name – doesn't get much cooler than that 🙂 Congratulations! Reply Both of you look like something from a Renaissance painiting. Best wishes to you! Reply Beautiful wedding! What a rad couple! One of my favorite weddings in a while 🙂 Reply Love it, what an awesome place to get married! Reply Okay, I love the whole thing, but ESPECIALLY YOUR HUSBAND'S HAIR! Reply You both look fantastic and are definitely the most fun couple I've worked with in a very long time. Thank you so very much for trusting me to help make your day as wonderful as you'd imagined it would be. Big congrats to you both! Reply Just some video form the day… finally. Reply http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=38490&id=504504804&ref=nf#/video/video.php?v=175540190470&ref=nf try that again I will Reply Finally the Wedding video! http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=573912162#/video/video.php?v=186245470470&ref=mf Reply Italy is Nice places for wedding . There is just something so romantic about Italy. It is the wine, the food, the ambience, and above all, the warmth and passion of the Italians. Having a destination wedding in Italy would be truly incredible.Weddings are a very big deal in Italy. \ Reply OMG I've always secretly wanted a Carnivale wedding! This is so beautiful! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. 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