Carola and David were seeking a quiet and special place in Umbria to celebrate their marriage with an intimate group of family and friends: they sought luxury with an air of informality; old world charm yet all the mod cons; some dreamy location in a timeless place; somewhere to spend a three-day event with full run of the location…we proposed this quiet and exclusive Country House in Umbria, Abbazia San Faustino Resort as the answer to their quest.

Set in the hills of the Central Apennines with truly breathtaking views of the densely wooded hills above the Carpina Valley, this Country House, like most of its kind in Umbria, oozes in history and rural medieval architecture.

This former Benedictine Abbey was founded on the ruins of a Roman settlement and a later Lombard tower and the monastic complex was completed in 1289.

Carefully conceived renovation in recent years has fortunately kept the charm and atmosphere of a medieval hamlet while the interiors are tastefully decorated in the rural Umbria style and boast handcrafted ceramics, wrought iron lamps and railings and fine fabrics.

Our concept design focused on the priorities of the couple: a relaxed, friendly and comfortable atmosphere, nevertheless with the decorum and elegance that an important and unique event deserves. We aimed at creating an atmosphere of sober elegance and relaxed charm, in keeping with the architectural characteristics of the Country House and bearing in mind the natural surroundings.

The colour palette was dictated by the need to have chromatic elements emerge from the surrounding context: the grounds and landscape surrounding the Country House have a great predominance of intense green tones.

The Civil Ceremony was held by the local Lord Mayor in the charming former Benedictine Church, embellished by perfectly restored 16th-century frescoes. Considering the natural beauty of the structure, we opted for a sober decoration of the entrance door, creating a festoon of olive and eucalyptus, small bouquets of flowers to decorate the chairs of the nave.

The relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so much desired by the couple, was immediately palpable as they were greeted on the expertly groomed lawn outside the Church with a very welcomed, welcome drink! Happiness exuded from this intimate group as they celebrated with the radiant bride and handsome groom to the notes of a solo classical guitar. This mid-summer wedding was off to a great start!

Every moment of a wedding event is important but the Italian Aperitivo Buffet is indeed a very special and unique aspect of weddings in this country. This is the time to loosen the tie, remove the high-heels and enjoy the best of Italian food and beverage. We dedicate a lot of attention to this area so that guests are comfortable and have the space and facilities to move around gracefully, to socialise and either relax on a comfortable sofa or remain standing by a customised cocktail table to savour their favourite drink…ready to move quickly back to the bar!

For Carola and David, the buffet was set up by the swimming pool: we created a relaxed and informal atmosphere by creating lounge areas with white seating modules and soft ivory cushions, battery-powered lamps with large lampshades. A trio played some Italian classics to add the extra touch of ‘Italiano’ to the already buzzing atmosphere.

The very large pool area was illuminated with strings of light bulbs that created a sort of marine atmosphere as the evening grew dark.

As the mid-summer sunset began its slow decline behind the endless series of rolling hills, we invited guests to make their way to yet another gorgeously decorated area for dinner.

We specifically chose this area so as to make the most of the romantic skyline while guests were dining. The tablescape reflected a refined event in a historic Country House: soft grey-blue table linen, gold-plated cutlery and white porcelain plates; warm tones of beige and ochre for the floral compositions and antique candlesticks and many other tiny candle holders; string lights above the tables adding the final festive touch to the very elegant setting.

All is ready for the dance party! Yes indeed, another very special area of this Country House was dedicated to the dance party. What would have once been the ‘piazza’ of this tiny hamlet, was eloquently illuminated by string lights and Chinese lanterns; roman torches distributed everywhere and a very cool ‘sweet and salty’ bar adorned a hidden niche.

At this stage, the lights above the pool appeared like those of a cruise ship and the guests group enjoyed every possible area of this romantic Country House. The refreshing mid-summer breeze coming from the central Apennines was a joyful welcome as this merry group danced and celebrated into the night.

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Design & Planning:


Cristina Faluomi