Elegant Italian Garden Wedding at Villa Mon Repos Taormina *

Elegant Italian Garden Wedding at Villa Mon Repos Taormina *

We’ve only got two words for Ashley and Leo’s Italian garden wedding at Villa Mon Repos Taormina: mama mia! When finding a wedding venue, Ashley and Leo combined their love for the mountain and ocean to find the perfect location. They ended up with stunning views of both. With the help of planner Elegante by Michelle J, the couple’s nuptials were vibrant, full of personality, and timeless. The magical day was captured by Anna and Alex—thank goodness it was because we can’t stop staring at their images. This might be the most Pinterest-worthy wedding ever!

The Couple:

Ashley and Leo

The Wedding:

Villa Mon Repos Taormina, Sicily, Italy


Since watching the Sex and the City movie in 2008 I have been in love with blue Manolos. My entire ensemble was designed around the cobalt blue Hangisi pumps.

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Color palette comprised of blush pink, blue, green, soft blue, cranberry, and coral. My favorite seasons are spring and fall because of the beauty in nature that time of year. Because of the time of year and the location, going with a deeper (fall) color palette would not have complimented the venue. So we decided to soften that palette with cooler (spring) shades.

There were so many memorable parts. Our favorites were the wine ceremony where Leo‘s sister shook and sabred our sparkling rose, everyone joining in a traditional Armenian Wedding dance called the Shalakho, jumping the broom, our first dance, and the best man’s speech which made us both laugh and cry.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Anna and Alex
Event Planning – Elegante by Michelle J
Venue – Villa Mon Repos Taormina
Floral Design – Michelangelo Finocchiaro
Officiant – True Blue Ceremonies
Videography – Ivory Films
Invitation Design – Jenche Designs
Makeup Artist – Mahina Make-Up
Hair Styling – Nicole Marie Artistry
Wedding Dress – Milla Nova
Bridal Accessories – Manolo Blahnik
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Jenny Yoo
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Rings – Sulli Jewelers NYC


Congratulations to Ashley and Leo on their elegant Italian garden wedding at Villa Mon Repos Taormina! Thank you to Junebug member Elegante by Michelle J for sharing the special day with us and thanks to Anna and Alex for capturing their love. To see more of Michelle’s work, visit her profile in our directory of best wedding planners in the world!


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