Joe & Sophie fell in love with this dream location in Orvieto ever before setting foot on the grounds of the extraordinary 6thcentury former Abbey…you can just imagine their awe when they finally made a visit in person! It was everything they had dreamt of and even more.
This iconic complex in Orvieto was built around the end of the 6thcentury and parts of the complex can be traced back to different construction phases that take us up to the 14thcentury. The mystical atmosphere, still present at this location, together with the succession of arches, mullioned windows, cornices and bare stone walls, all created an interesting play of volumes and we couldn’t wait to begin the design project.
On creating the concept design, we were immediately faced with two fundamental elements: the desire of the couple for a minimal and natural atmosphere but with a modern and sophisticated look for their dream wedding; on the other hand, the need to integrate and dialogue in a highly characteristic historical context.
The Religious ceremony was held in the Romanesque Church. Given the completely bare walls, the symmetrical, rigorous and monochromatic layout, the cleanliness of the forms, let alone the extraordinary cosmatesque pavement in multicoloured marble which is a true work of art, we proposed a natural decoration, based entirely on shades of green (almost in the absence of flowers) that offered a natural and somewhat wild effect.
The Italian Aperitivo was held on the lawn beneath the imposing 12-faceted tower (1103 A.D) and from here, the guests relaxed and enjoyed the privileged view of the surrounding Umbrian countryside.
The Premonstratensian ruin, which was probably a Chapter House, was chosen for the dining event: this was the couple’s dream and we were happy to assist them in making this dream come true.
The suggestive ogival arch frames the city of Orvieto and the famous Duomo in the background. This evocative area allowed the guests to feel fully immersed in the history of the complex. Fortunately, the weather allowed us to proceed with the setting up for al fresco dining, albeit, we had an excellent and evocative plan B in the unique interiors of the location.
The table setting was clean and elegant. The bare table and the country chairs were the basic furnishings of our scenography. The centrepieces consisted in what appeared to be a continuous line of floral compositions but was in fact a playful rotation of accessories and floral compositions in various tones of white, cream and green: antique bronze and brass candlesticks, various small glass tea-light containers interrupted the ‘continuous line effect’ and added a refined a polished look to the entire tablescape. The result was very fresh, natural, casual and a little asymmetrical. Hundreds of candles, of all shapes and sizes, illuminated the table and indeed the entire evening.
The wedding cake and dessert buffet were set up in the cloister adjacent to the Church, in our opinion the most beautiful and interesting area of the entire location: the space and volume, the succession of arches, niches and crannies really stimulate a creative mind. We installed uplighting that highlighted the arches and sculpted volumes of the wonderful facade.
A word of advice from a professional scenographer and experienced wedding planner: this location oozes in history and architecture and every single corner is a unique backdrop; it requires an abstract effort to imagine something new being installed here and we invite you to allow us to guide you through an unexplored design concept for you dream wedding at La Badia in Orvieto