Natasha & Mark were married in mid-June in a beautiful and unique inter-faith wedding ceremony, at the historic Villa Pitiana, near Florence.
The very special wedding ceremony, featuring a blend of Hindu and Jewish wedding rites, was personally designed by the couple, to honour Natasha’s Indian heritage and Mark’s Jewish heritage, with the Hindu wedding rites celebrated by Natasha’s mum and the Jewish wedding rites celebrated by Mark’s dad.
The couple were married under a pretty wedding canopy decorated with white drapes and flowers, representing the Hindu Mandap and Jewish Chuppah, in one of the Villa’s elegant halls. The various rites directly involved members of both families in witnessing the couple’s commitment to each other, offering blessings of love and happiness, and welcoming Natasha & Mark into their new families and their life together.
Following a delicious selection of pre-dinner aperitifs served in the in the villa’s magnificent interiors, the wonderful wedding banquet was served in a beautiful white marquee on one of the Villa’s lush green lawns.
As guests entered the marquee they discovered a ‘Memory Tree’ hung with photographs and items of memorabilia intermingled with little white lanterns and a lovely, vintage suitcase with the seating plan inside to help guests find their seats. On the dinner tables themselves, guest found individual, specially created, caricatures of themselves, causing much laughter and excitement as they viewed, and reacted to their own caricatures, and those of their fellow guests.
After dinner, the wonderful wedding cakes – a marvellous, artistic creation of brightly coloured macaroons, accompanied by a macaroon-decorated traditional wedding cake for cutting – were presented in pride of placed in the Villa’s main hall. Then after the cake cutting, Natasha & Mark took to the dance floor for their ‘First Dance’, accompanied by a band formed specially for the occasion, from members of their wedding party.
However, after just a couple of dance moves – to the amazement of their guests – Natasha & Mark joined the band on stage, hijacked the microphones and rather than a ‘First Dance’, they performed a fabulous ‘First Song’, to the B-52′s ‘Love Shack’.The couple chose a ‘First Song’ rather than a more-traditional first dance in homage to Mark’s love of karaoke, and this unusual touch delighted their guests as everyone took to the dance floor, to sing along and dance the night away!