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More From Orvieto, Italy

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Posted by Matthew Robbins, Contributor

It's so exciting to see the new summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings on stands now! I'm honored to have my new column featuring "real life" tips, ideas, and scenarios from our recent weddings. 

I thought it would be fun to share more images from the wedding in Italy featured in my column. Here are some wonderful images (all provided by the fabulous Lilian Haidar) of the rehearsal dinner, which we created in a wonderful cave in Orvieto. The great thing about a cave is that is stays incredibly cool in the August heat, so we didn't need to worry about air conditioning! 

Here is Teresa from our floral design team working on the vibrant centerpieces on the morning of the rehearsal dinner. We rented a beautiful flower shop with lots of history in the heart of Orvieto. It was perfect!

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Centerpieces waiting to be packed and delivered to the cave.


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As guests arrived at the park where the caves are hidden away, they could stop first at these covered picnic areas with amazing views of the countryside. We used several of these as welcome areas for guests to enjoy refreshing beverages and treats. The summer breeze made the draped fabric and lanterns even more dramatic and dreamy!

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A view from the rehearsal dinner location. You can see the ceremony site down below!

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As guests entered the cave, they were greeted with a piano serenade—you should have seen us when it came to getting the piano into the cave that afternoon! The tables were all nestled in the largest open area in the rear of the cave. There was a small side cave connected to this larger space where we housed the buffet featuring amazing food provided by the talented Chef Lorenzo of Zeppelin Restaurant in Orvieto. 

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Chef Lorenzo preparing the beautiful local food.

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As guests left the cave, they stopped by the rustic candy and treat cart we created with local candy, nuts, and fruits. This was the perfect party favor for the late night stroll through the winding streets of Orvieto!

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We covered an old cart in burlap and made burlap bags to hold all of the candy instead of the usual glass candy jars. It really worked with the rustic countryside and the cave.

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Next week I'll post more photos from the wedding day and the beautiful reception!

Also, a quick side note regarding the shift from Artfool to Matthew
Robbins Design. We are currently working on revising all of our online
details to reflect the new business name, but for a few more weeks our
site is still operating as Artfool. This is all very exciting but
tedious work! I will keep you posted.

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