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Getting the wedding blogging fever, my latest thing! Anna in her wonderland between wedding planning, food & fitness

6 Feb

Dear readers

I know it has been a long time since my last post but January has been filled with lots of events, good and bad ones that the time just flew away and I finally find myself here at the beginning of February to post again to discuss my latest projects.

Wedding season is going to kick-start soon and it’s time to get ready with my clients to get all the paperwork and the boring bureaucracy part out of the way to focus on the details of the big day, flowers, food, decorations and so on…from this I got contacted by an Italian wedding blog for whom now I am writing tips for the future brides and grooms, it’s so exciting and fulfilling to have free pass to write about anything I want…shame that I do struggle to write the post in English and Italian, the Italian part takes me ages… since when I have nearly forgotten to write in my own language? Crazy!

So if you guys want to read my latest post for the Italian wedding blog Panorama Sposi here we go the links:

First post

Music for your wedding, 12 beautiful songs

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Valentine’s day, love, flowers and a bit of S&M thanks to 50 Shades of grey the movie

This new project is really exciting for me but I haven’t forgotten my first love, my blog anna in her wonderland! Everybody is glad that January is over and despite the cold weather and the sporadic snow sometimes, I am already focusing into spring and I have been exercising a lot, more to keep my mind busy than anything else but it’s working, I feel already better and more full of energy, but so hungry all the time! Luckily I don’t need to lose any weight otherwise it will be a bit pointless do all that exercise and stuff my face after (but in a healthy way!)

Coco my lazy dog is always on my side keeping me company between a nap and the other, luckily I have her next to me!

Well guys I hope you will enjoy my wedding related post on Panorama sposi and have a great weekend you all!

x

I discovered a new old recipe my mum used to make, and now I am obsessed with it! Chocolate salami my last craving

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But I am trying to be healthy too after a workout, loving my banana, avocado, ginger, lemon, spinach, cucumber and coconut water smoothie

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But on a Sunday the good work gets forgotten, I am a sucker for a good sunday roast and sticky toffee pudding

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annainherwonderland February 2015 (6)My gluten free chocolate and espresso cake was a hit…shame it didn’t look the part but the taste was great! Yes I work out and I come home to bake, shame on me

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I woken up feeling like pancakes a few days ago, a new thing for me because to me pancake are like italian crespelle but filled with mushrooms, ham and so on…but the banana version is just so good!

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Some beautiful flowers can lift your mood in such a good way, I love flowers everywhere

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And after months of terror of curbing wheels, I decided to be Smart and get a city car to not just been paranoid about where to park my SUV!

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Still obsessed with babies and Christian, my friend’s 9months boy gives me such a joy everytime I see him

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From babies to my baby….Coco you silly dog the cone is stuck!

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The Italian week, the wedding planning, the two lakes, the British sea, the Italian family over, the domestic goddess and the next trip to the land of the free and home of the brave, Anna is keeping busy!

8 Jul

Dear readers

As usual I am really late at posting updates on the blog, sorry guys I lose track of time sometimes! I spent a week in Italy with my family checking out wedding venues for my next bride and groom to be, so pleased to have had the chance to go over the beautiful Lake Como again, work meeting pleasure is always the way forward! And I spent the weekend enjoying time with the family, going clubbing on the other lake, Lake Garda, relaxing and having fun… sometimes just a few days home recharge my batteries so much to keep on going better and stronger!

Back home I keep on feeling like I need to cook and bake all day, yesterday for example I wasn’t feeling my best but suddenly after dinner I thought..I fancy a cake! Opened the fridge, found two large oranges, butter, yogurt and eggs…one hour later we were all eating orange cake!

I have had my family over last weekend where we spent a nice day in Brighton on a beautiful sunny day, shame Coco is in season and we were chased by male dogs on the seafront…and shame a few days after going back into Brighton I curbed my wheel very badly…my husband wasn’t impressed as you all can imagine, my excuse was “I have had the car for 4 months and this is the first time, I am doing quite alright for myself!”

Anyway I felt boring last week so I decided to change my look, so short bob hairstyle with blonde highlights, I am only a month and eleven days from turning 30…I am probably experiencing a beginning of midlife crisis…and between a cup of tea and a walk with the dog we are getting ready for the next Miami trip, only ten days to go!

Have a good week everybody

The first thing to do when in Italy? Espresso is my must

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Followed by a polenta based lunch

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How can you not fall in love for Villa del Balbianello? good enough to film Casino Royale and Star wars…good enough for me!

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From Lake Como to Lake Garda to party with friends

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Back to England back to cook! Italian food of course, orecchiette con le cime di rapa, thanks to gino d’acampo recipe

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And orecchiette with cream and smoke salmon, thanks to Gino again

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And coconut muffins for afternoon tea
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And with Coco being Coco

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Getting ready for a night out with friends

annainherwonderland blog post 08.07 (29)And the family has come over

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What do Italians eat on a Sunday? My lasagne!

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A day of gardening in the sun

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Anna in her wonderland in British winter mode, BACK TO FITNESS!

29 Jan

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Dear readers

My last post was about how much good time we had in Miami over new year with my husband and my family, it seems so far away but it was only three weeks ago!

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I finally recovered from jet lag (despite mornings are always hard for me, I am not a morning person is written on my sleeping mask!), me and Coco went back to our daily routine of walking and sleeping (I am talking about the dog not me!), lots of cooking, lots of experimental baking, lots of work on the wedding planning department (come to visit my website www.italianweddinginwonderland.com ) and after been lazy for a few months I started today my new training at a local gym followed by a trainer, only 30 minutes of workout but I feel good, and I set to myself that no matter what, I have to carry on and enjoy the fitness, the previous gym I used to go for over 2 years was great, gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, pool…but I wasn’t motivated to go and I had to cancel my membership at the end of the year…I loved the exercise today so let’s hope to carry on (that’s why it’s raining so heavily here today!)

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I am trying to keep the motivation up so please allow me some motivation images!!!

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Being 51kg and 168cm I do not need diets, I just need to keep busy and enjoy!

My husband has a ski trip scheduled for mid February and it will be great for me, that I do not ski, to go home and spend a week with family and friends, I cannot wait, plus after that it will be the Miami trip in March during the winter music conference and spring break, it is going to be busy!!

Have a great week you all

xxx

Winter is here

annainherwonderland back to fitness regime (1)Enjoying a walk with Coco to the pond

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Dog/ iPad holder, what a great idea!

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Friday was my mum’s birthday so why not post a picture of us?

annainherwonderland back to fitness regime (4)Saturday night in, with a lazy dog!

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Feeling weak but on way to recovery, remembering the nice time we had to a friend’s wedding last week! And countdown to Miami again, only 13 days!

3 Sep

Hello readers

I haven’t been the best this weekend and I am on the way to recovery now luckily, I got a stomach bug that gave me nausea and painful stomach cramps…and it stopped me eating for 3 days, not like me at all! I have started again to feel a bit better today, and I look forward to cook again instead than eat one spoon of rice or mash potatoes, or porridge even! (just pleased to have lost some weight without have to worry about diet!)

Last week we attended a friend’s wedding in Surrey, where we had a great time, and I just want to share with you all some pictures. I start to feel the pressure…I can’t wait to fly again to Miami in 13 days…England is treating me well right now that I can’t complain at all, gorgeous weather, still warm temperatures…but still…my heart is not here!!

ilovemiami

xxx

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Family reunion in London town, an amazing friend’s wedding and the birthday of my gorgeous husband! Countdown to my birthday and to the Italian Riviera!

13 Aug

Hello dear readers

I had such a nice few days last week and over the weekend that for a moment I nearly forgot I have been back in the Kingdom for 8 days…scary thought! Last week my cousin that is more like a brother to me came to London for a few days so we had a chance to meet up and catch up and I finally had a chance to visit the Italian consulate in London to renew my passport…my husband can be happy now that my married surname is printed on!

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London during a sunny day is one of the most beautiful city ever, we walked miles everywhere…why the hell did I pay for the travel card I still don’t know!

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At the weekend  we had a friend’s wedding that I loved and enjoyed so much, see these amazing good friends getting married was emotional and exciting at the same time…I love weddings there is nothing else to say!!! Here you can see some snaps of the ceremony and party…love is in the air and I am so happy for them!!

Sunday was the day after the wedding and for someone the hangover kicked in…but it was my husband’s birthday as well, so more celebration went on…now I am counting the day till the 19th, my birthday!!! Next weekend we will celebrate with my parents in the Italian Riviera and I seriously can’t wait to go there!!

Have a great week you all!

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For once it’s not all about me: my first wedding planning job! Congratulations to my bride and groom Charlotte and Guy on their wedding day!

3 Jul

Italian wedding in wonderland I am so proud to have organized the wedding of Charlotte and Guy, a lovely couple who contacted me back in November last year. We have been working closely together in the past 8 months with daily emails ad phone calls; I am so pleased to have had Charlotte and Guy as my first clients on my new venture Italian Wedding in Wonderland, I couldn’t have had better clients.

For their wedding venue they have chosen Villa del Lupo, a gorgeous Villa in the heart of Tuscany, in the middle of the Pisa province, really close to Pisa Airport. The bride and the groom spent some days there two years ago in holiday and they fell in love for it and they decided they big day was going to be there.

The owners of the Villa, Paolo and Elisa, have been very friendly, very kind and available at any time of the day to reply to questions about details and I am really pleased to have worked with them.

The catering has been provided by Barbara and her company Infinity Ricevimenti based in Florence, another lovely person to work with, very switched on and ready to accommodate every single detail requested. (I must admit as a foodie I loved spending my time translating wedding menus for my client…and Barbara gave me some really good menus!)

For the music entertainment I have worked with the company Affetti Sonori and I must say, I am really pleased to have chosen Federico Bianca, very professional, very friendly and his DJ set will go down a storm tonight, making the bride, groom and guests to dance all night…or at least until midnight.

The photographer who worked closely with Charlotte and Guy is the Italian photographer Domenico Costabile based in Siena, he is very professional and he has been working with Italian clients and clients worldwide, his English is perfect so the bride and groom dealt straight with him and I look forward to see all the amazing pictures of the big day.

A big thank you for the flowers arrangement made by Michela Grassotti flower designer, the colours chosen by us are enhancing the beauty of the Villa even more, so I am really pleased with the results.

A big thanks to the Ufficio di stato civile at San Giuliano Terme town hall, thanks to have been so understanding and thanks for all your help with the wedding procedure.

I must mentioned the Una Hotel Versilia located in Lido di Camaiore that welcomed the groom and the best man the day before the wedding, where the groom enjoyed his last dinner with a group of friends in the roof terrace restaurant

Transfer service has been done by the company Rental Driver owned by Fabrizio del Chicca, the company is based in Tuscany, Rental Driver took care of the British guests the night before the wedding.

I am sure I have forgotten someone and if I did please forgive me, I am so pleased about how this wedding worked out, I am so pleased to have met and I am now in contact with so many nice people, all so helpful and friendly, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience…I am so happy today and I am proud of my first proper wedding!!!

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Life according to Anna, weddings, pets, friends and travelling…that’s all I care about!

13 Apr

Dear readers

It has been a while since my last post and a busy week has just gone by, last weekend we attended a friend’s wedding in York and I was so impressed by the town, by the friendliness of the people, by the venue, by the wedding and especially by the kilts..yes it was a Scottish wedding and I absolutely loved it!

I can show some snaps of the wedding weekend…I am sure the bride and groom wouldn’t mind (hopefully!). To see my first church wedding in England gave me even more inspiration for my wedding planning adventure…now I just need the weekend to go by and wait for Monday morning, when we will fly to Miami for two weeks with friends…and we all can’t wait!

Have a good weekend everyone and I’ll keep you posted soon!

Xxx

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Wedding planning or not wedding planning? This is the dilemma! Busy working and taking care of my pooch…and try to get everything sorted!

23 Mar

Dear readers

As usual I can keep the blog updated very well and I apologize for my delay on posting, I have been busy recently with Coco, sweet and naughty puppy dog, I have been busy writing articles for a new project I am working on…and I am so excited about!!!! I can’t tell much right now but Anna in her wonderland is going to become a sort of …. The sex and the city column written by Carrie Bradshaw!

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Keep reading my blog and you will discover more soon…

Anyway I was saying that I have been busy recently with my dear client to organize her perfect dream wedding in Tuscany for the summer, I have seen so many flowers, dresses, table settings, food menus, catering companies…that I feel like I am getting married myself again…which will be nice as well!

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I discovered a cool American based website for biodegradable tableware called Restaurant Ware (http://www.restaurantware.com/) , my client and I for the Tuscany summer  wedding we are thinking about their porcelain collection to keep the wedding low key and cool….but I cannot wait to throw a party at our Miami house with friends with some of the Restaurant Ware products…I wouldn’t worry anymore about broken champagne glasses!

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Talking about Miami…only 3 weeks to go for the next trip…anticipated by an Italian Easter trip for next week!

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I am sorry I completely forgot….hello from Coco!

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xxx

Happy Valentine’s day from a new pets lover, and from Coco of course! Let’s celebrate and why not plan a wedding…LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

14 Feb

love is in the airDear readers

I just wanted to wish you happy Valentine’s day. Ok, I do agree sometimes that Valentine’s day is a commercial thing, it’s all about spend money on flowers and chocolate to make the retailers rich…whatever, when you are in love you feel it today more than ever! My gorgeous Coco wanted to say Happy Valentine’s to everyone…and let’s all celebrate tonight…

And for the newly engaged…remember my Italian wedding planning services as well! www.italianweddinginwonderland.com

Have a great day everyone, love is in the air!!!

xxx

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FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY….that’s what I am doing and I am so proud of myself today! Anna in her wonderland is launching Italian wedding in wonderland!

28 Nov

I haven’t felt that happy and satisfied for a while. I mean, workwise. I have finally pulled myself together and I have followed my dreams and now my perseverance is paying off. I am so proud to announce that Anna has created Italian Wedding in Wonderland…I even designed the website on my own! I feel so pleased with myself and I am so happy that at the moment I have two lovely clients who are helping me every day to build the strength to carry on and do what I really want to do, be an Italian wedding planner.

If you want to have a look at my website, this is the address

www.italianweddinginwonderland.com

Any comment, positive or even negative will be appreciated.

Thanks a lot to all my readers…Buena Suerte to me!!!

Xxx

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