Bethany and James met through mutual school friends. The couple partied together with friends in Newcastle and the rest is history…


James proposed to Bethany at home in a room filled with candles and flowers. James took Bethany out to Durham for the day and booked to have her nails done. She returned home to find James down on one knee. He then cooked Bethany’s favourite meal and popped open a bottle of champagne.


The couple were married in Villa Zambonina, Verona – a 17th century antique manor house in the perfect position for exploring the medieval town. Bethany, James and their guests had full use of the villa for a week and stayed there with the bridesmaids and groomsmen. They had both their ceremony and reception at the villa. James’ dad is a registrar and he actually performed the ceremony. A very special touch.


A beautiful dress by La Novia design complete with jewelled vail, a Swarovski necklace and earrings, and the same shoes her mum wore to her wedding.


As it was very hot, the groom wore Zara Chinos and light jacket, boat shoes from Fenwick and Mulberry cufflinks.


The cake was a Millefeuille cake – a delicious, French layer cake.


The food was the highlight of the day. The couple used a company called Elite Catering, based in Verona. They provided all of the aperitifs, canapés, wine, main menu and the cake. Post-meal, the couple opened the ‘gin bar’ boasting various gins, tonics and garnishes. Each guest had their own balloon glass with their name on as a wedding favour so they could create their own gin creation. Music was provided by one of Bethany’s closest friends, Cathryn Blythe who sang her down the aisle. The flowers were very simple as the venue itself was so beautiful. The couple requested the Italian flowers of the season to compliment the surroundings. The evening party was by the pool, lit fully by fairy lights and candles. A very intimate and enchanting celebration.


After over 10 days in Verona pre and post-wedding, Bethany and James were quite exhausted. The couple celebrated with a further five days by Lake Garda for some rest and relaxation.


The main photographer was Maurice Mccone. The couple also had Italian photographer, Giovanna April, who focused on the ceremony itself.


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