Cruise to the future
Valentina and Carlo had been together for about 10 years and they were both planning to get married. Then Carlo proposed, on their first cruise together. “We love to eat and relax, so this was the perfect setting for us,” Valentina said.
They didn’t really have a wedding theme, wanting their wedding to reflect them as they are, with their love of trying new things and eating weird foods. “So we had cupcakes with bugs on them. Basically it was filled with things we love,” they confirmed.
They knew how they wanted their wedding invitations, so they just went for the design and had them printed. As keepsakes, their guests received small bottles of champagne so they could remember the night with a festive touch in a bottle.
A timeless port setting
After visiting a few places, Valentina and Carlo immediately fell in love with Villa Bighi for its views and versatility. They held their wedding ceremony and reception there.
They were both looking forward to the wedding because they had it totally personalized. Decorations for the wedding ceremony, including a red carpet by A&S, were kept simple. “We wanted the focus to be on exchanging our vows,” they explained.
“We chose personal songs performed by Kevin & amp, and Brook, we also opted for personal readings from loved ones, and we both wrote our own wedding vows,” they added.
For her dress, Valentina went to Charles and Ron for a simple, classic and timeless look with pearls that also complimented her bespoke headpiece. Carlo never really liked the idea of wearing a tie or a bow tie, so they chose a more casual open shirt look, from Bortex, keeping the color of the classic navy blue suit.
Valentina left her bouquet in the hands of the florist in Malta. “They knew our color palette and they knew I didn’t like anything overdone and they delivered exactly what I had in mind,” she confirmed.
The couple exchanged rings which were both very different. Carlo was a simple ring in matte white gold, and Valentina opted for a versatile sparkly ring, both chosen from Clement Jewelers. »
A different welcome
For the reception decor, A&S helped the couple plan and realize some of the crazy ideas they had in mind, with help from Confetti Crew as well. Once again, the Malta florist took care of all the floral decorations for the day.
The catering, in the hands of Mannarinu, had guests mentioning how awesome it was, even well after the wedding. Valentina and Carlo had a few pre-wedding meetings to finalize the menu and appreciated Mannarinu’s creativity and flexibility, especially when it came to their wedding cake. Because they both love cheese, their cake was made from different types of cheese wheels and presented on a cheese table. They also had a burger bar and a bug station.
Reception highlights and special mentions
“Our first dance was really fun because we didn’t make it complicated and we wanted to enjoy it and thanks to our dance teacher, Jes, we really enjoyed every second,” the couple said. Extra fun was added by Rona Briffa creating a live painting on location.
Other entertainment included special performances by Fabrizio Faniello, Aidan and Kurt Calleja. Instead of fireworks they went for the next best thing, il-Kapxi and everyone enjoyed the special moment.
Valentina had several, some people she really wanted to be part of on her special day. Natasha Polidano, who has been part of her modeling career, and Gabrielle Zammit Grungo, with whom she has worked for almost 10 years. For her hair, she chose her current hairstylist Karl Brincau, who also took care of her bridal team. The photos were taken care of by Kris Micallef & Carlton Agius while the video was shot by Ders Wedding Films.
This feature was published in the latest issue of I DO magazine