Posted by Matthew Robbins, contributor
I hope everyone is enjoying my new column in the Summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. As you will see, I focused on a recent wedding we designed and planned in Orvieto, Italy (click on the link for more pictures from the MSW online gallery). Last week, I shared photos from the rehearsal dinner, and today I'm focusing on a few more images from the beautiful reception. The centerpieces were filled with very strong blooms such as orchids, hydrangea, and thistle. We used local herbs and foliage, such as rosemary and olive branches, for beautiful green accents, and I even found amazingly fresh citrus from a local source to add volume and color to the tables.
We made custom table runners, which were inspired by the rustic earth tones in the local architecture and landscape, along with the rich pops of color we found in the local flags. The flags are displayed to define each quarter of Orvieto. We even used the motif from each flag to create table numbers and seating cards. We created 4 very long tables, each marked with one of the local flags.
The escort card table featured a lush, natural arrangement of local rosemary, eucalyptus, and bold orange blooms, all contained in a simple terracotta "basket" I found at a nearby workshop. As you can see, each seating card listed the guest's name along with the flag corresponding to one of the four tables.
We grouped together large containers wrapped in burlap and filled with textural elements such as the thistle, rosemary, olive, and eucalyptus. The large lanterns were the perfect accent for these rustic elements, and they provided a warm glow in the entrance area of the restaurant.
Dancing was outdoors on the lovely terrace overlooking the Italian countryside. We placed bags of local treats and fresh citrus around the dance floor for guests to enjoy after dinner.
It was such a wonderful event, and we are very grateful to everyone in Orvieto who helped make it all work! They were very patient with our many "New York" requests. The food was beyond delicious, and the party continued late into the night. I'm looking forward to sharing more Summer wedding details with you all in the coming weeks!