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This Wedding Was Inspired by Villa Carlotta and Planned by the Groom's Sister

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The Couple: Alessandra & Stephen

Alessandra Ciraco first caught the eye of Stephen DiGirolamo in their ninth-grade geography class back in 2009. The pair became fast friends and began dating the next year. When it came time to propose, Stephen set the stage at the couple’s new house. While out to brunch with Alessandra, he had the entryway decorated with a path of white roses and candles leading to a room where photos of their 10 years together were suspended midair. When the pair returned home, Stephen got down on one knee and proposed amongst the photographs. “I was incredibly emotional from the second I walked in the front door and of course I said yes!” shares Alessandra.




Michelle Cundari from Sincerely Yours Events — sister to the groom! — lovingly provided event planning and design services for the wedding. The couple had traveled to Lake Como, Italy during the planning process for their wedding, and fell in love with the architecture at Villa Carlotta. This became the design inspiration for the cocktail hour and reception, both held at Copper Creek Golf Club.

Alessandra wore the Seraphine wedding dress by ÉLYSÉE and enhanced the drama of the elegant silhouette with puffed sleeves by Badgley Mischka. Stephen worked with King & Bay to design his custom wedding look— a midnight blue suit with Swarovski crystal shirt buttons and initials on one sleeve. 


Alessandra and Stephen’s wedding party was made up of family and close friends — the maid of honor is a childhood friend of the bride’s (they met in the first grade!) and the best man has known the couple for over ten years.


With the groom’s sister Michelle Cundari of Sincerely Yours Events as the event planner and designer of the wedding, the phrase “love is in the details,” perfectly sums up the numerous design elements showcased throughout the reception starting with the cocktail hour.

Lake Como’s Villa Carlotta was the main inspiration for the reception design. “It is a place filled with layers, textures, and hues of blue and sage,” describes Michelle Cundari.


A 16-foot feature seating wall created in collaboration between Sincerely Yours Events, Rachel A. Clingen Wedding & Event Design, Decor and Fiesta, and So Pretty in Print created a beautiful first impression as guests arrived. The fun kicked-off with live entertainment, a fresh oyster bar, a sushi station, and unique custom cocktails. 

So Pretty in Print created all of the wedding stationery including custom bar signage and menus.



The custom-built 20-foot bar was designed by Sincerely Yours Events and accented by two oversized floral arrangements by Rachel A Clingen Wedding & Event Design. As a special touch, the groom’s father — a painter — painted the wooden surfaces of the custom-builds in a slate blue.

Guests were seated at gallery tables decorated with a variety of garden-style floral arrangements. The tables were set with brass and pale blue place settings accented with delicate floral motifs. Guests took a piece of the wedding home in the form of linen tea towel sets to match the print of the napkins used at the event.

Lake Como’s Villa Carlotta’s ceilings inspired the Earl Grey-flavored peach and honey cream wedding cake, topped with two Rembrandt tulips — the bride’s favorite tulip! Catering for the reception was provided by Copper Creek Golf Club with late-night stations including goodies from Craig’s Cookies, McDonald’s, and Tiny Tom Donuts.

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Bride @ale.cira Groom @steveyd77
Beauty (Bride) @fancyfaceinc (Bridal Party) @makeupbystephaniez
Bridal Gown Designer @elyseebridaldesign Bridal Gown Retailer @avenue22bridal
Bridal Gown Sleeves @badgleymischka Bridesmaids Dresses @parkandfifthco
Church Immaculate Conception Cocktail Hour Candles @bareandcobytee
DJ @michaelcoombsdj Donuts @tinytomdonuts Draping @eventuredesign
Engagement Ring, Earrings and Bracelet @twaindesigns
Entertainment  @saturdaynightjive Event Planning and Design,
Seating Chart Design, Wall Sconces, and Custom Bars @sincerelyyoursevents
Floral and Event Design, Seating Chart Production, Custom Bar @rachelaclingen
Flooring @reznickeventcarpets Furniture Rentals @detailzfurniturerentals
@parasevents Formalwear (Groom) @mykingandbay (Groomsmen) @4menunited
Late Night FOOD Stations @craigscookies @mcdonaldscanada @rollthiswaysushi
Lighting and AV @platinumentertainmentsolution Linens @simplybeautifuldecor
Maid of Honor’s Dress @shonajoy Mixologist @mixology_matt
Oyster Bar @rodneysoysterhouse Photo Booth @mirmirphoto
Photography @mangostudios Reception Dress @sachinandbabi
Reception Venue @coppercreekgolf Seating Chart Production @decorandfiesta
Stationery and Seating Chart Production @soprettyinprint
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Vinyl Dance Floor Printing @eventgraffiti
Wedding Cake @nadiaandco Video Booth @snapnsweet
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