November Favourites {Our South Tyrolean Wedding}

November Favourites {Our South Tyrolean Wedding}

I'm switching things up a bit for this month's favourites post and I'm posting a little earlier in the month than usual. I've been wanting to write a special blog post about our wedding in South Tyrol this summer and our 3-month wedding anniversary seemed like the perfect occasion to do so! So this November favourites post will be a bit of a different one, but I hope you enjoy it nonetheless!

After 10 years together, Christian and I tied the knot in South Tyrol, Italy, on August 19, 2017. On the day we had really variable weather, with lots of wind, dramatic clouds and some pretty heavy showers in the evening. August in Italy can be extremely hot, so we were grateful that it cooled down a bit for us (despite not being able to do our dinner outdoors). The weather also made for some pretty darn gorgeous wedding photos (thank you so much, Maria!)

We had a church ceremony at the 'Stiftskirche' in Kloster Neustift - the beautiful basilica where Christian's parents got married over 30 years ago. We had family and friends travel from all over the world join us in what was a truly memorable ceremony. Afterwards we organised an light lunch on the monastery grounds, prepared by one of Christian's dad's former colleagues and his family. The spread was amazing and the presentation was  just stunning - there were all kinds of local cheeses, charcuterie, small vegetarian bites, risotto, and sweets. Not to mention the Aperol Spritzes, the Hugos and South Tyrolean wines made by the monastery

After the ceremony, we all made our way to Seehofkeller, a restaurant set on a vineyard near beautiful lake Kaltern, for our reception. Normally the drive takes just under an hour, but with traffic it took most people about 2 hours to drive down. In the end the longer drive was a blessing in disguise because at least this way people had enough room for more food when they arrived, as the lunch was a bit heavier than we anticipated!

At the restaurant we had a light aperitvo on the terrace with yet another selection of typically Italian bites (think antipasti like mozzarella, artichokes, olives, salads, fresh fruit...) and drinks, followed by some games and speeches. Afterwards, we all sat down for a late dinner, because Italian weddings are all about the food! We had pasta (and risotto for me) as our first course followed by veal (and a Tomino cheese bake for the veggies) as our main course. We ended the night with dancing and a really tasty dessert buffet filled with all kinds of goodies, like pana cotta, tiramisu, little cakes and tarts and fruit. And of course our gorgeous wedding cake topped with Chantilly cream and wild berries, which they made specially gluten free for me! All in all, it was absolute perfection and I wish we could do it all over again (minus maybe some of the planning)!

Now as you can imagine, Christian and I are pretty passionate about good food and so we wanted everything to be perfect for our guests. In Canada and the UK, people generally go to cake and wedding meal tastings when planning their weddings, but we actually didn't do any of that for the food. We found a restaurant that we loved and had a meal there, and decided to leave it up to the experts to do what they do best. We even let them make our wedding cake for us, because we just thought it would be easier that way. Looking back, I was a bit nervous about not having sampled the food or the cake we were serving our guests but I can now say I wouldn't have done it any other way. If you ever happen to visit South Tyrol and you're in the Kaltern area, definitely check out Seehofkeller! I know I'm already looking forward to my next visit...

We had the most amazing time celebrating our wedding in South Tyrol this summer, and our day was even more beautiful than we could have ever imagined. There are no words to describe the feeling we had being surrounded by all the people we love to mark such an important moment in our lives. The fact that we were able to get so many of our family and closest friends under one roof was pretty amazing because a lot of the people we care about are scattered all over the world. We only wish that we had more occasions to get together like this - but I suppose that's what anniversaries are for, right?! We'll always remember our South Tyrolean wedding - thank you to those who made it so amazing! <3

To wrap up this Favourites post, I wanted to share some of our photos from our day with you! Enjoy!

-xo KA

Photos from our South Tyrolean Wedding - 19.08.2017

Photography: Maria Martus Photography | Make-up & hair: Katharina Poeder & Ingrid Blasbichler | Flowers: Florale Werkstatt | Ceremony location: Stiftskirche, Kloster Neustift | Reception: Seehofkeller | DJ: Alex Arnold

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Pear & persimmon cakes

Pear & persimmon cakes

Turmeric tea {with ginger, lemon & honey}

Turmeric tea {with ginger, lemon & honey}