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Aisha Hughton & Akim Fasola

September 2, 2016 in Rome, Italy

A September destination wedding in Italy was the perfect way for Aisha Hughton and Akim Fasola to end the summer on a romantic high. Situated at the beautiful Villa Miani in Rome, Raffaella Alflatt and her team at Wedinitaly pieced together a wedding within ten months – one that would exude timeless elegance, style, and a touch of sparkle.

To create an event with a true “wow factor,” Raffaella knew Aisha, Akim and their 150 guests would be impressed by Villa Miani, which overlooks St. Peter’s Basilica and its pristinely manicured gardens. With ample space for everyone to feel relaxed, a terrace overlooking the city – which was ideal during the cocktail hour – and the courtyard within the gardens to dine al fresco, the villa couldn’t have been a better fit for such a special occasion.

On the day of their wedding, the bride and groom prepared themselves in separate suites at the Waldorf Astoria, Rome Cavalieri, a five-star hotel in the heart of Rome. The six bridesmaids wore elegant white gowns with silver shoulder necklaces, while the bride was dressed in a stunning Galia Lahav creation. Akim’s groomsmen were dressed to the nines in black suits and oversized bowties, while he wore a stylish white tuxedo. The boys also kicked off the celebration with a round of shots at the Waldorf Astoria bar.

Rome has an abundance of historic churches and monasteries, which gave Aisha and Akim a vast selection when choosing their ceremony location. The two decided to hold their ceremony in the grand Chiesa di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere – a 5th Century Roman church just 30 minutes away from their wedding venue. As the bride made her way down the aisle, a live string quartet accompanied her and continued to perform throughout the ceremony.

The following reception featured a delectable menu, which was chosen after the bride and her mother travelled to Rome with Raffaella to do an in-person tasting. Guests tucked into a meal consisting of risotto with shrimp and asparagus; Trofiette pasta with porcini mushroom butter, sage and truffle chips; beef tournedos with tomatoes concasse, coriander, and raspberry vinegar; a traditional wedding cake, and a decadent table of desserts.

“It wouldn’t have been Aisha and Akim’s wedding if there wasn’t a clubby vibe,” says Raffaella. “The couple first met on the dance floor, so it would only make sense to bring them back to the moment they first clapped eyes on each other just a few years before.”

With that club aspect in mind, a DJ played mixes of their favorite songs, a friend sang a handful of tributes to the newlyweds, and everyone danced the night away.

>Written by: Lauren Malamala

Ceremony Location: Santa Cecilia in Trastevere Rome, Italy; Reception Location: Villa Miani Rome, Italy; Event Design and Planner: Wedinitaly London, UK; Floral Design: Addobbi Daniele Gori Rome, Italy; Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav; Rentals: Mercury Events Rome, Italy;