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Iwona & Angelo: A Peony- and Citrus-Filled Summer Wedding in Austria
Photos By Tony Gigov
By Lauren Kathryn on Jun 22, 2016 at 3:00 am in Glamorous , Colorful and Pastel
Austrian couple Angelo and Iwona Laub, both techies, first crossed paths at a twittagessen, a Twitter meetup, or “tweetup” as it’s commonly called, in their home city of Vienna. At first blush, Iwona found Angelo’s jokiness to be “slightly annoying,” and she left with a less than favorable impression of him. Many months later, after she had all but forgotten their encounter, Iwona received a one-line text from Angelo asking her out to breakfast. Since she hadn’t taken his number, she had no idea who was behind the invitation, and being of the mischievous sort, he wasn’t about to tell her, so the message took on a kind of mystery. “My curiosity was piqued, and something—call it destiny or divine intervention—told me to go to the selected dining spot to investigate,” Iwona recalls. “And there was Angelo. From that time on, I saw him through different eyes.”
Though the pair got engaged casually (there was no pre-selected ring and no rehearsed speech, just a refreshingly fuss-free decision, arrived at together), they pulled out all the bells and whistles for their June wedding, which took place on the fanciful palace grounds of the Schloss Laxenburg, once the summer seat of the Habsburg dynasty and just a stone’s throw south of Vienna. Vows were exchanged in the English-style garden, and the reception was held in the imperial theater’s lofty Oval Room, which features a frescoed ceiling strung with the delicatest of crystal chandeliers.
Ruffly peonies, bright citrus fruits, and a profusion of greenery imbued the grand setting with a cheerful, sunny vibe. “We hoped it would appear as though the blooms and branches had been freshly picked from the gardens and groves,” Iwona says.
An effervescent palette of peach, rose, green, brassy gold, and lemony yellow also lightened the opulence of the Rococo interior. “We wanted the wedding to have a festive, but not flashy, feel,” Iwona says, “and the chosen colors not only suited our personalities but also helped us to achieve the mood we were after.”
Floral designer Evelyn Kühr filled an ornately carved gold compote to overflowing with a brightly lush mix of garden roses, parrot tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, astilbes, unripe blackberries, lemon branches, olive branches, and scabiosa pods.
The bride wore one of Vera Wang’s signature gowns, a ruffled number named “Gillian.”
“My dress was an absolute dream,” Iwona says. “I saw it a few years ago, around the time I met Angelo. I swore to myself that if I ever got married, I’d wear that dress. Although I combed through different bridal salons looking for other gowns, I couldn’t get the first dress out of my mind, and I knew it was the one.”
Festooned with beribboned flowers and foliage, a calligraphed wooden arrow pointed the way.
The couple worked with A Very Beloved Wedding to plan their day, and they enlisted event designer Viktoria Antal to bring their nuptial vision to life.
“When I stepped out of the car and took in the whole ceremonial scene, with the fabric-draped tree and the beautiful lake in the background, it took my breath away,” Iwona says. “Soul singer Ola Egbowon began to sing the Jackson 5’s ‘I’ll be there,’ and I got tears in my eyes, because everything was so perfect.”
“There are three things you should never, ever try to save money on: the photography, the catering, and the music,” Iwona advises. “Even if you have to scrimp elsewhere, you should focus on these things, because in the end, they create the memories.”
To capture their day, the couple chose fine art photographer Tony Gigov, whose images are ethereal, emotive, and timeless.
Festively framed by lemon and olive branches studded with giant pink peonies, a calligraphed chalkboard sign welcomed guests, who had come from Sweden, Poland, and different parts of Austria. They were also greeted with glasses of Uhudler sparkling wine, an Austrian speciality, which the couple had enjoyed on their first date.
Featuring a cordate flag, this antiqued metal mailbox was the perfect receptacle for heartfelt messages of congratulations.
Filled with seating charts, mismatched frames were hung on an old detached door draped in flowers and foliage.
The Oval Room of the Conference Center Laxenburg is a vision of Rococo elegance. Painted in the 18th century by Bavarian artist Vinzenz Fischer, the rose-tinted ceiling fresco depicts cherubic putti engaged in the sport of heron-hawking.
Sweet tooths were treated to a tasty array of pastel-colored confections.
Made by Zola Auböck, the couple’s four-tiered chocolate cake was flecked with gold leaf and brightened by a cascade of peonies, lemon branches, and unripe blackberries.
Sharing is Happiness
Photography > tony gigov
Ceremony Venue > schlosspark laxenburg
Reception Venue > conference center laxenburg
Event Planning > A Very Beloved Wedding
Event Design > Lovely Weddings
Flowers > Evelyn Kühr
Catering > motto catering
Cake > Zola Auböck
Desserts > Suesse Werkstatt
Macarons > KURKONDITOREI OBERLAA
DJ > face II face
Bride’s Dress > vera wang
Bride’s Shoes > jimmy choo
Hair > jasmina ghera
Makeup > jasmina ghera
Paper Goods > invisibly
“Love Letters” Mailbox > BHLDN
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NST Pictures, Jun 23, 2016 at 6:28 pm
Swoon indeed! Love the vintage touch to the wedding aesthetics. Beautiful setting, stunning photography to capture it all! Thanks so much for sharing!
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