Ali Matteini

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Tuscan Wedding

Well, lookee…

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photo by Carlo Albertini

Yep, that’s me. On June 14 I got hitched, for the second time in my life (and the last).

It was a simple event, launched last minute mainly because my parents decided to come over from Tasmanialand  sooner that we originally thought. It was so great to have them and my sister and her partner all in the one place at the one time. Great conjunctions like that are blue moons.

After a very concise and delightfully unlongwinded service by our friend Eleanora (who got to don the ‘fascia’ – the green, white and red sash – for the first time, we stepped outside and met a rain of rice. I’m still finding basmati in odd places.

We enjoyed a great long lunch at Hotel Le Macinaie on the mountain with just the family. When you say, “just the family” in Italy, it means things can multiply rather quickly: Marco’s mamma is one of 10…

I don’t usually post much fashion-oriented, but here goes:

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photo by Emma Kirsopp

Let’s start with what’s important, huh? CAKE! Which I couldn’t eat because it contains eggs and I’ve recently become one of those people who make dinners out a game of Guess Who Can’t Eat What. Paired with my mother who can’t eat gluten, we were a superheroic force. Anyway. Cake and flower decorations by Alessia and Georgio at Le Macinaie. They tell me it was divine. Mum and I had a special one to ourselves.

Black and white dress by Gaudi, snaffled in 5 minutes of shopping while swanning by a window in Firenze.

Handmade bolero little jacketty number in crude silk, red toile and detailed in vintage brooches by Delgiudice Studio on Etsy (no longer on Etsy? WHY?), bought way back in July 2010 and never before worn.

Italian heels, of course, from a store in Siena, lost the box. Can’t remember the name. Never been a Jimmy Choo kinda girl. Well, my wallet never has been.

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Bouquet and floral bits by Mimma and Stefano…I can’t find a website for them!

Hair by Drita at Woman Parrucchiere (no website to plug, either. We are quite the 80s time capsule here on Mont Amiata).

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And, of course, the wedding rings, the ‘fedi’, made by me in my jewellery studio, and in that of Art Studio Fuji under the tuition of Naomi Muirhead. Mine is a reticulated, tapered band of silver with a gold bezel and green tourmaline. Marco’s is a reticulated silver band that I fused with gold geometric forms. Both have been patinated with liver of sulphur (sounds delicious, right?) The Etruscan rarely wears it. Such a cad 😉

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photo by Emma Kirsopp

Here’s to us. Already feels like a dream.

And honeymoon? In true stereotypically generalised Italian style, we took my parents and sister and her partner Mark along with us to Alberese and stayed at the gorgeous agriturismo Il Duchesco. National park beach, sun, food, wine, my lovely and my family. Warm fuzzies.

And then everyone went home and we went back to work and life continues in glorious normality here in Southern Tuscany.

In a future blog I’ll post a few professional photos of our whirlwhind day shot by Melinda Borbely.

14 comments on “Tuscan Wedding

    June 24, 2015

    My best to you…congratulations! I’m so happy you were able to make beautiful rings to symbolize your union.

    • Kittykatmandoo
      June 24, 2015

      Naomi! Thank you so much per gli auguri, and mostly thank you for your patience and calm expertise while teaching me xx

  2. Pecora Nera
    June 24, 2015

    congrats to both of you. I love the rings, I wish you both a long and happy life together

    • Kittykatmandoo
      June 24, 2015

      Hey there, Pecora 🙂 Thank you so much for your well wishes and the compliment xx

  3. Dash
    June 25, 2015

    Thanks for sharing Ali! Love all the little details 😀

  4. Angela Highstead
    June 25, 2015

    “Awghh”. It all looks gorgeous. Best part to be able to have your family there. May ‘La dolce vita continue. Love to you both. Angela x

    Sent from my iPad


  5. melinda
    June 25, 2015

    Congrats to you both love from John and Melinda. It all looks delightful, you – of course- look beautiful. much love (I got goosebumps) xx

  6. Gaylene Parker
    June 25, 2015

    I wish you the happiness that Rob & I have enjoyed for 48yrs. you look so beautiful together. much love for a wonderful life together.

    • Kittykatmandoo
      June 25, 2015

      Thanks so much, Gaylene, I reckon we could squeeze in 48 years and a bit…just! That’d make Marco 95!! xxx

  7. Sharyn Bennett
    June 28, 2015

    Congratulations Ali and Marco! WIshing you both a wonderful life together filled with love, laughter and happiness : )) !!! xxx

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