Margherita Missoni’s Bohemian Dream Wedding
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To live life as a Bohemian goes beyond wearing scarves and berets. Living life to the fullest while remaining carefree, loving, peaceful and adventurous is at the core of being a true Bohemian. The culture started way back in 1840s Europe, and its artistic and liberating ideals made their way into pockets of the U.S. as far back as the early 1900s.
Bohemian culture is seeing a revival in the mainstream world of today, especially in the world of weddings. Bohemian ceremonies embrace nature, individuality and the idea that people should dress to please themselves rather than to impress others. Many brides opt for flowered headdresses instead of tiaras. At the reception, many go with sleek tables and counter height stools as an alternative to modern furnishings.
Missoni heiress Margherita Missoni recently married Italian race car driver Eugenio Amos, and she opted for her dream Bohemian wedding instead of a traditional black-and-white affair. Here’s a look at how she did it:
Though the wedding took place at the same time as the Milan Menswear shows, Missoni was still able to entice some of the biggest names in fashion to be present for her big day. Some of her VIP guests included Stefano Tonchi from W magazine, Suzy Menkes from The International Herald Tribune and Franca Sozzani of Vogue Italia. Bringing in these top names is quite a feat.
Childhood friend Giambattista Valli designed the bride’s elegant, gypsy-inspired dress using Missoni silk and organza. Embroidery and flower appliques embellished the creation, and the voluminous sleeves and flat sandals lent a true boho feel.
The Ceremony and Reception
Missoni’s ceremony was held in the small town of Brunello, Italy, at the Church of Santa Maria Annunciata. Missoni chose three bridesmaids to precede her down the aisle: Teresa Missoni, Eugenie Niarchos and Tatiana Santo Domingo. After the ceremony ended, Missoni’s guests traveled to Angela Missoni’s estate for a tasteful reception. Guests attending the reception included Derek Blasberg, Suzy Menkes, Mario Testino, Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Franca Sozzani and Carine Roitfeld.
Prior to the reception, Missoni changed into a pale pink dress designed to match the garment she wore during the ceremony. During the celebration, guests sat on Missoni-patterned cushions and dined al fresco. Near the end of the evening, the wedded couple cut into a striking heart-shaped cake.
Sticking true to the Bohemian style, the wedding’s theme emphasized the bride’s individuality, carefree spirit and love of all things natural. Instead of taking posed photographs in front of ornate backdrops, the couple was photographed in the outdoors with untouched surroundings. Though it’s likely that the nature of Missoni’s ceremony shocked many guests who expected her to flaunt her wealth, there’s no doubt that these same guests will remember the simple beauty of this event for years to come.