My Wedding Day

As you might know I am now a married woman. I got married last summer in a small family wedding but very significant as we had been together for 12 years and have two children so getting married made perfect sense.

We started off at home with a homemade buffet. My sister and her boyfriend helped a great deal with it. Laura made an easy frittata with spinach and Parmesan which she cut into cubes making it an ideal finger food and some puff pastry appetizers.

There were also mini pizzas, focaccia, stuffed mini panini, prosciutto and grissini and melon balls, filo pastry parcels, salami canapes and Prosecco to accompany the food.


Then we headed to the register office, I collected my bouquet so did my daughter whose bouquet was a mini version of mine.

my wedding bouquet

My dad walked me to the registrar with my children. My heart was pounding. So exciting! I could not believe I was actually getting married.

with dad

Our children carried the rings. They were all smiles, a little nervous but very excited.

wedding rings

Yes! Mummy and daddy are getting married!

happy children

And here we were in front of the registrar. It all felt surreal.

holding hands

getting married

getting married

And finally we were married! All smiles!

a married couple

And in typically Italian fashion a rain of arborio rice! I had so much inside my dress then when I got home and as I took the dress off… whoosh what a lot of rice was dropped on the floor!

arborio rice_

The reception was in a local hotel at a walking distance. We started off with nibbles and a glass of Prosecco and followed by a meal.


And this is the wedding cake which I made! I must say I was more worried about creating a nice cake rather than my dress and make up! I was very pleased at how it turned out: a light sponge with fresh fruit, creme patissiere, and lots of fresh cream. Simple and refreshing.

cutting the cake

wedding cake_

The cake was decorated with fresh flowers in tune with my dress and my bouquet.

wedding cake1

Both my sisters were of course at the wedding. On the left Ivana and Laura on the right.

My sisters and I

With my mum whom I have mentioned many times on this blog.

Mum and I

It was a truly amazing and emotional day, I was skeptical about marriage and never quite believed in it before but your wedding day is indeed a magical day and one you will never ever forget!

Wedding day_

I am thanking my sister in law Rosie for the photos. Rosie has a professional photo studio “Photos For You” in New Zealand and she came over to the UK to attend our wedding. You can find her Facebook page here.

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39 Responses to My Wedding Day

    • Alida


  1. Elisa

    Viot ce biele frute!!! Tanti tantissimi auguri!!!!

    • Alida


  2. mimi

    What a beautiful bride you are! Such a beautiful day! Congratulations!!!

    • Alida

      Thanks Mimi 🙂

  3. Diana

    OH.MY. GOSH!!!!!! YOU ARE STUNNING!!! So is hubby! I don’t even know where to start! That dress is fab and something I would wear for sure! Love the neckline! Hubby is too cute! And your babies?!?!? So happy to see the pics! And of course all the food is wonderful. Tanti auguri a voi!!!!!

    • Alida

      Hey grazie 1000 cara!

  4. Linda

    Congraluations Alida. You look beautiful. Lovely children as well. The dress is gorgeous! Such a wonderful buffet of food and the cake is so pretty.

    • Alida

      Thanks Linda!

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    I have been so waiting for your wedding post! Everything is beautiful! Beautiful bride, beautiful dress, gorgeous pictures, lovely food, stunning cake, perfect flowers, amazing children, lovely husband……. happy happy happy! Congratulations x

    • Alida

      Thanks Kate. It has been such a special day for me. x

  6. jennie

    Congratulations to you and your family, you look lovely and what a wonderful setting as well

    • Alida

      Many thanks Jennie.

  7. gloria

    what lovely pictures Alida!!
    I remember when you said you married but dont see the pictures.
    Are amazing and lovely
    And you look absolutely beautiful!!
    Tantissimi Auguri cara!!!
    Yours kids are sooo cute!!!

  8. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    OMG! I have been waiting to see these pictures for a while and here they are! Outstanding is the word that comes to mind. Just a fabulous day! You looked breathtaking! Your gown is simple but gorgeous! (and I loved the cream color) Your children are so cute and your husband is very handsome. I loved your flower piece as well..such beautiful flowers….Your mum and dad make a lovely couple and I can see where you get your beauty from..I also like the colors of the dresses your sisters are wearing..nice photo of you all. But what really blew me away was that very impressive Wedding Cake! You did the most beautiful looks awesome and must have tasted delizioso! I have never seen a wedding cake in the way yours was presented with the tiers separate! I love the flowers and the fruit on top of that cake looks splendid! I am so happy for you dear friend… Wish you the best always…happiness, love, family, and of course food in your life together…. Complimenti caro amico Bella..Ciao
    hugs xx Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Hi Dottie! Most Italian wedding cakes are done like that, with separate tiers. Usually is 4 or 5 tiers depending on the number of guests. The florist helped choosing the flowers and I was pleased with how the cake turned out. Thanks for your good wishes. Ciao!

  9. Maria Alfonzetti

    Congratulations, wish you all the best xx

    • Alida

      Thank you Maria.

  10. Elisabetta

    Alida, I’m lost for words. What a beautiful family you have. Now we’ve met your lovely mum, dad, sisters and dashing hubbie! The pictures portray so much happiness and your children were definitely enjoying it all – they are so sweet! That reminds me, your cake is unbelievable, even more so for a bride to make it apart from all the other wedding preparations. Your dress is breath-taking and I must confess that I would have chosen exactly that one too!! Fabulous photos especially the one that shows off your dress full-length and the one where you are standing amongst the heather. Che romantico!! I wish you all a very beautiful life xxxx

    • Alida

      Thanks for your good wishes Elisabetta. Your wedding day is a day you will never forget!

  11. Alba

    Wow !! How beautiful Alida, you look stunning. Your husband and children are gorgeous as well. Tantissimi Auguri !! Looks like the day was filled with love and good food. The wedding cake was so pretty. Complimenti.

    • Alida

      Grazie Alba!

  12. Janice

    Thank you for sharing your special day!
    Bella, Bella, Bella!!!
    Much Happiness!

    • Alida

      Grazie Janice!

  13. Marjana

    Beautiful pictures especially the last one and you are much more beautiful here than on your photos I have seen. You have beautiful children and they look also clever, well mannered and obidient. I am sure your husband is very good, too. Many people in Europe ( most of my close relatives, too) don’t marry but live together with their children, with two last names. I don’t like that. You did right way and now you might be much happier. Home made buffet looks very delicious.
    May your happiness last forever.

    • Alida

      You are very kind Marjana. It was indeed the right decision and it felt good getting married. Thanks for your kind words.

  14. la cucina di Molly

    Che belle foto, stai benissimo e che bella famiglia! Ti auguro tanta felicità! Complimenti per la torta è fantastica! Un abbraccio e felice weekend!

    • Alida

      Grazie cara. E’ stata una giornata bellissima. Ciao!

  15. Choclette

    Oh you do look beautiful Alida. Fab photos all round in fact. It sounds like a lovely wedding and I’m sorry I’m rather late in my congratulations.

    • Alida

      Thanks Choclette 🙂

  16. Giulio

    Bella la mia amica Alida. Congratulazioni!

    • Alida

      Grazie Giulio.

    • Alida

      Thanks Angie!

  17. speedy70

    Tesoro, quante emozioni in queste foto… congratulazioni, siete bellissimi, tanta felicità!!!!

    • Alida

      Ma cara grazie 1000!

  18. 2pots2cook

    You and your family are beautiful ! I know it has been 3 or 4 years maybe , but I send you all the best wishes to enjoy and be healthy and happy forever !

    • Alida

      Thanks lovely 🙂

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