22nd September 2017
A fun-filled, fantastic floral wedding – Michela & Julian
From a personalised homily to a jam-packed dance floor and an unforgettable send-off, Michela and Julian Fenech share memories from their special day.
Michela and Julian Fenech’s relationship started almost 11 years ago, when the couple attended the same English class at St Aloysius sixth form, instantly hitting it off as friends. “Soon after, our friendship took a different course during the SAC soiree, and we never looked back. It’s been an amazing ride with plenty of memories and learning curves in between.”
Eight years into their relationship and on her 25th birthday, Julian, 27, felt the time was right to pop the question to Michela, also 27, and both teachers in different schools. “I decided to surprise Michela and propose to her in front of our closest friends and family,” says Julian. “It was an intimate and emotional evening which left Michela utterly surprised and speechless as she thought that we were simply going out for her annual traditional birthday dinner. It was a success, and a small celebration party followed.”
And so the couple started making preparations for their wedding day on 21st May 2017, with the ceremony held at St Mary’s Parish Church in Attard followed by a reception at Villa Arrigo for around 300 guests. Both of them were involved in the wedding preparations, but Michela handled most of the details, while Julian was presented with the various options for them to make a final decision together.
“We had no particular theme for our wedding day, we just knew that we wanted it to be an afternoon wedding, and so we incorporated many floral accents,” they say. “What we definitely wanted was for guests to go home and say “Wow, what an amazing wedding!” – and based on the feedback we received, I think we managed to achieve that."
"Everyone seemed relaxed and happy, and the vibe was a super positive one. We also wanted to involve our friends as much as possible – some sang their favourite song, others prepared a slide show which was presented during our second dance together with our parents – it was all very special, and the best man, grooms men and bridal party did an amazing job!”
While their wedding featured a number of traditional elements, Michela and Julian personalised their day in their own special ways. For invitations, they opted for a vintage, Parisian design with ivory as the main colour, and in keeping with their floral theme for a May wedding, they gave small succulent plants to their guests as souvenirs, for them to remember the couple with a living memento long after the wedding is over.
As for the bride’s gown, Michela said she found her dream dress at Ivory & Co. “I always pictured my dress to be an elegant and flowing one, and thanks to the dedication and passion of the team at Ivory & Co., they understood what I was after and met all my expectations. The dress needed some alterations and they went over and above to modify it to perfection. My after-party dress, designed by Ivory & Co. themselves, also exceeded my expectations!”
The couple have a hard time picking their favourite parts of the day, describing the whole day as a dream. “However, if we had to single out some moments, we’d say the homily, the first dance followed by the party, and the going-away were pretty unforgettable.”
“The homily was a special moment for us as Fr Patrick Magro, who officiated our wedding, has known us for several years, and he made it a very personal ceremony for us. As for the first dance, we wanted it to be spontaneous and as natural as possible like the rest of our day. The after-party was a blast, and our guests danced like crazy for a whole hour and a half! Then there was the going-away, which was a very emotional one for us as the people closest to us were all still there to wish us a big good luck for our future,” the say. “Having said that,” Julian concludes, “the boys made it a point to dirty our car as much as possible and till today, nearly 4 months after our wedding, flour is still coming out of the AC vent. Thanks boys!”