Victoria Wagner and her beloved Pasquale Diglio met 15 years ago through mutual friends, hitting it off right away. “He was charming, handsome, and was the guy everyone wanted to be around,” shares Victoria; however, she always joked with him that she would never be his girlfriend. “I still remember the butterflies in my stomach every time he would text me or message me on AIM. We were good friends in the beginning, but it was obvious we were madly in love… The rest is history!” 

In February 2019, Victoria surprised Pasquale with a ski trip to Switzerland for Christmas. While situated in front of the famous Matterhorn mountain, Pasquale proposed to his longtime love. Though Victoria intended to surprise Pasquale, “I ended up getting the surprise of a lifetime!” confirms the bride. 

When planning their nuptials, the pair desired “a bespoke wedding with European flair without traveling abroad,” confirms Victoria. When they visited the venue, it checked all of their boxes: stunning grounds, Old World architecture, and carte-blanche service. With the setting secured, the bride – who specializes in planning weddings – organized her dream wedding vision, which she describes as “modern and whimsical elegance with a European savoir faire.” She adds, “The romantic color story and overall ambience of the wedding design was exactly how we envisioned our special day.” 

While their wedding ceremony was traditional and took place at a cathedral, Victoria and Pasquale did neglect some traditions by having a silent cake cutting as well as no bridal party. “We wanted our friends and family to have an amazing time celebrating with us, so we opted out of the formalities,” she shares of their decision, which worked perfectly. 

“The romantic color story and overall ambience of the wedding design was exactly how we envisioned our special day.”

The alfresco tented reception featured tables strewn with white linens and surrounded by cane-back chairs. Taper candles atop golden candleholders were arranged next to soft-toned floral centerpieces created by one of the bride’s favorite floral designers. “We did a stunning bouquet with pops of French blue, floral centerpieces, a grand staircase installation, and a fireplace arrangement,” explains the bride of the pieces she loved. 

In addition to the gorgeous décor provided by her event team, Victoria also curated and created a number of elegant details, including custom linen bar signs, a white-and-gold gift box, table signage, Champagne escort markers, and more. Each thoughtful detail beautifully complemented the exquisite, Old World backdrop of the wedding venue, bringing the bride’s fairy-tale vision to life. 

Victoria’s advice for future couples getting married is simple – and also important for life in general: “Appreciate wedding planning and enjoy the little moments. It’s important to see this time as an adventure, rather than a stressful experience! Things won’t always go as planned, and that’s okay. Don’t get worked up over what’s out of your control and instead roll with the punches. Sometimes plan B is better than plan A in the end.”