Capri, Italy Wedding Welcome Dinner

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Lama and Suhail hosted a three day destination wedding in Capri, Italy.  They met while he was living in New York and she in London.  Today they reside together in Dubai but traveled with 200 of their closest friends and family to Capri for their big day.

We’ll be sharing the wedding later this week, but to kick it off today it’s all about Lama and Suhail’s welcome dinner held for guests the night everyone arrived.  Hosted at the famed Da Paolino restaurant, the setting was the inspiration for the décor.  Diana Sorensen of Sugokuii Events shared with us a bit behind the scenes.  “It’s set amongst a field of lemon trees – in one of the most characteristic settings in Capri.  The restaurants’ location – is already adorable in itself as it is – sitting beneath hundreds of lemons – but we wanted to take the design a step further – wanting to make a great first impression for the guests first night in Capri.”

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“In order to achieve a natural design – we decided to hang hundreds of tiny candles in the lemon trees – and almost “hide” them, so it gave this amazing sparkly effect. In addition to this, we brought in very narrow & tiny tree trunks – which we attached to the corners of the tables – and hung hundreds of individual yellow wisteria from the branches – to give the illusion of beautiful trees overflowing with yellow floral hanging casually over the tables to look as if it had been growing there for years – which it really looked like it did.”

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“In lieu of traditional escort cards, we had special special “ceramic tiles” made – with the name of each guest written on each tile which had a typical Caprese design on them. These were hugely popular with the guests – as they could also take them home afterwards. It was a great detail which is so Italian and very Caprese.” 

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“We kept to the colors of the location in greens, yellows & rustic browns – which together looked beautiful.”

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“The dinner also had many special details designed for the couple. As a tiny antipasto – we asked the restaurant to make one large heart shaped raviolo to start with. Other dishes included fresh mozzarella served by the kilo (Da Paolino serves one of the best mozzarella’s in Capri),  a tiny sampling of 4 characteristic pastas of the restaurant – and to end it, a sorbetto al limone (naturally!) with Lama & Suhail written in chocolate around the ceramic plates.” 

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“Throughout the evening and after dinner – one of the highlights of the evening were the two talented musicians brought in from Sorrento; a very talented young duo playing the mandolin & guitar – which had everyone out of their chairs dancing and singing until early morning – they were definitely a highlight of the evening.”

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Clearly a good time was had by all!  What a way to kick off a wedding weekend!

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Stay tuned for day two of this fairy tale destination wedding weekend tomorrow!

Wedding Vendors: Restaurant venue: Da Paolino, Wedding Planner + Designer + Ceramic Tiles: Sugokuii Events, Brides outfit: Stella McCartney, Grooms outfit: Givenchy, Floral: Capri Fiori e Piante, Photographers: Anne Ciotola & Capri Flash 


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