September in Langhe

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A Country setting for a Big Italian – English Wedding

This month we go back to Pollenzo.
Do you remember this location? We were here in occasion of Patricia and Richard’s wedding some years ago.
Today we are back to tell you about Daniele and Helen’s wedding.

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Piemonte Countryside and Slow Food

Let us tell you about the magic of this special place.
Little village of Pollenzo is located close to Alba and Bra.
This is just right where best wines of Piemonte countryside are produced. You surely know Barbera, Barolo, Nebbiolo wines.
Ancient Romans arrived here and placed a settlement.
In the following centuries this little village become a Savoy residence and lastly a Slow Food presidium.

Now the ancient building that used to be Fiance Agency for King Albert of Savoy, is a wonderful 4 stars hotel with slow food restaurant and the first Bank of Wine where best Italian and most precious bottles are preserved.

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For the ones who do not know Slow Food, this is a non-profit worldwide foundation and network. It counts more than 100.000 members in 153 countries.
slow-food-PollenzoIt was founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and fast life and disappearance of local food traditions. They encourage people to get back to the pleasure of good food with a special commitment to their community and environment.
You can know more about this following this link www.slowfood.com

Pollenzo is a Slow Food presidia and this is also one of the reason because Helen and Daniele chose it for their country wedding reception.

A Catholic country ceremony… in Torino

Daniele and Helen are a wonderful couple. Daniele is Italian and Helen is British.
They both live and work in Torino.
They opted for a Catholic ceremony their parish church right in the city of Torino.
It is a wonderful neo-medieval style church almost in the center of the city. It was built back in 1887 and it has wonderful golden frescos and details inside.
Even if the church is located in the city, Helen really wanted a country floral decoration for the altar and for the pews, with white roses, chamomile flowers and moss. There was a light scent of chamomile in the church…. so country!

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A Countryside reception to experience Piemonte cuisine

After the ceremony and some group photos the big group of about 130 guests moved to Pollenzo for the reception.

Once in Pollenzo Helen and Daniele took just a little time for themselves.
A little walk in the wonderful countryside of Pollenzo just facing their reception venue.

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Their guests were enjoying a rich Piemonte style aperitif but we can say that the dinner was a real gourmand experience for all.
Home made vitel tonnee, zucchini flan with Piemonte Roccaverano cheese, traditional Ravioli del Plin (this is a must of Piemonte cuisine), risotto and Brasato all accompaigned by best Piemonte wines, Arneis, Nebbiolo and Moscato.

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Another must for a Piemonte wedding is the wedding cake.
The look of the cake was English – as Helen wanted – but the taste was Italian, or better Piemontese!
Helen and Daniele opted for a Diabella cake. It is made with fondant chocolate and Piemonte hazelnuts. It is soft and creamy, simply delicious!

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Country flowers for a country wedding

For her flowers Helen chose again a country feeling, ivy, English roses and berries. in a loose composition… but have a look to her bouquet. English roses could not miss for a British bride. Then some berries, blossoms and heather.
Simply beautiful. It was just the right bouquet for her!

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Let’s party!

After the gourmand dinner the party started a swing band played for the big party.
Dances, fun and great time for a great couple.

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Congratulations Helen and Daniele…. a wonderful couple we will never forget!

A big thank to Independent Pictures Team for their great shots.