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I thee Wed – A wedding with a view


I thee Wed – A wedding with a view

Ever fancied jetting off and saying ‘I do’ somewhere totally different and making a real occasion out of it? Well, that is exactly what Sarah Dryden did when she married her sweetheart, Andy, both from Nottingham.

So, if you fancy some Lake Garda pretty and an account from the gorgeous bride herself on why she opted for this stunning setting for her big day (seriously, when you see the pictures, you’ll know why!), sit back and read on ….. over to our Lake Garda bride, Sarah:

We visited Italy, Lake Garda in summer 2008, and passed the village of Malcesine on a hired speed boat! We saw the castle from the lake. After deciding we would tie the knot somewhere sunny, in the summer of 2009, Andy suggested Lake Garda as an option. Almost as soon as we started researching the area, we discovered you could actually get married at the castle (Castello Scaligero) we’d admired from the speed boat the previous year! The village of Malcesine is very quaint, with stunning views of the lake and mountains. The wedding was planned through Lake Garda weddings (, who were fantastic. Although we did try and do as much planning as possible by ourselves.

I didn’t have a vision of my wedding dress, but knew I wanted to design it myself, coming from a textile background. I tried very few dresses on in the shops before I came across a style I liked, and wasn’t the ‘norm’. After doing a few sketches, and choosing colours, my dressmaker (John Butterworth, went to work! The dress was 100% silk, and fitted perfectly…..exactly what I wanted. My dress was an antique cream, and my sisters’, who was my only bridesmaid, was in a dusty rose. I guess you could say the theme revolved around the antique colours I had chosen…..however, we really didn’t need a theme, as the location, and venue were the theme! Although I didn’t make my dress personally, I did try to make as many bit and bobs as I could….I made garters for myself and my sister, in our dress fabrics, and embellished them with bows and trinkets. I also made tissue packets for the ladies (to use during the ceremony!) and a ring cushion, with antique lace trim and ribbons to tie the rings onto. Not forgetting all the invites, which seemed to take forever! But were worth the time and effort.

We didn’t want to be too formal at the wedding, as it was far too hot! We encouraged guests to wear lightweight outfits, and the ladies to wear flip flops to walk up to the castle! I suppose the most quirky part about the wedding was that my Dad and I arrived at the castle in a Tuk Tuk. It was brilliant….the narrow cobbled streets of Malcesine are too narrow for cars, so the Tuk Tuk could take us all the way to the castle gate. As we drove through the village, all the locals clapped! It also took Andy and I back to the Hotel for our reception….the guests had a slow walk along the edge of the lake. We had a champagne reception, with nibbles, on the roof of the hotel, looking out over the lake, with a view of the castle. Followed by an 8 course meal, which was fantastic, and included sliced swordfish, huge prawns, lemon and basil sorbet, beef wellington, which the chef carved by the tables, and a traditional Italian strawberry and cream wedding cake, on the restaurant terrace. After the final course, the prosecco continued to flow, and we had our first dance to Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell, ‘You’re all I need to get by’ you can’t beat a bit of motown to get everyone up dancing!

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