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Sophia Thorer’s intimate and fashion-forward Italian wedding

Sophia and Philip Thorer may have met on the Munich night scene in 2008, but it wasn’t until they reconnected at a friend’s birthday party nearly nine years later that their whirlwind, global romance has taken off. A few years into the relationship, Sophia, who lives in Germany, longed to go somewhere for her birthday after spending months sheltering in place. Philip planned a trip to Portugal for Sophia’s birthday, but little did she know he would have another mid-trip gift in store for July 25, 2020.

“I know almost every bride says [it]but I did not expect [it],” she explains. “Philip suddenly came out onto the balcony and came down on [one] knee and said, ‘I know it’s your birthday, but would you [give] me the greatest gift in the world and become my wife?”

When it came to planning their September 28, 2021 nuptials, the couple packed their bags and headed to Polignano a Mare in Italy. “We were immediately seduced by the aesthetics of the Masseria: simple and elegant”, says the bride. “We also wanted as many of our guests as possible to stay in our venue so we could be together not just on the wedding day.”

like a doctor, influencerand half of a fashion and lifestyle website called The lean and the curvy, Sophia is known for her impeccable taste, which was fully present during the planning process. “I had a very clear idea of ​​what everything should look like,” she shares. “Philly trusted me in this area and gave me carte blanche.”

That said, planning a destination wedding during a global pandemic is no small feat. Indeed, Sophia reveals that the festivities were originally planned for May, but were finally pushed back to September. However, with the help ofAlessandra Linoci Events, the couple had a classic-yet-chic day that truly deserves a double tap. Read on for an intimate look at this 30-person party, photographed by Danilo and Sharon.

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“It was very important to me not to follow trends and create a very individual but still classic look,” shares Sophia. The couple have struck a happy balance between timeless and trendy with these elegant wedding invitations. wedding mark.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Sophia got ready for the big day by enjoying drinks with her entourage and perfecting her skincare routine. “Since I’m a doctor and skincare is my main subject, I’m very careful with my skincare routine,” the bride shares. “Retinol is one of the best-studied active ingredients and ensures youthful-looking skin. Those who have never used the active ingredient should introduce it gently. To prepare for the day, Sophia did a Jet Peel to mark a shiny, dewy and so bridal skin.

I saw this dress long before I got engaged, and it felt like me.

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The stunned bride in an off-the-shoulder dress from newhite, which she says was love at first sight. “I saw this dress long before I got engaged, and it looked just like me,” Sophia shares. “The designer of the dress is located in the United States and due to the pandemic, it was impossible to view the dress live or try it on. I had a Zoom call with the designer, and she told me Showed the dress. After that, I just randomly ordered it. Very risky in retrospect!

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


“Since my dress had a slit to see the shoe well, I chose eye-catching gold shoes from Loffler Randall and in addition large gold earrings,” she adds. She also carried a beautiful bouquet of roses. Sophia completed the accessories with an elegant bun and a spritz of her signature fragrance, Acqua e Zucchero by Profumum Rome.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Philip opted for a sleek yet modern look, complemented by a tailored fit Loro Piana matching tuxedo and double pleated trousers, all supplied by Supplysilver and leather cufflinks Baudoin & Lange strollers. “Sewn in gold inside the collar of the jacket was ‘The Honeys,'” the bride shares. “That’s what all our friends call us. The whole event was titled “They Honeys Wedding”.

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With Sophia and Philip’s special day having been postponed for a few months, the bride had a bit more time to think about her outfit. For the perfect finishing touch, she called on a wedding designer Annika Maria, who created the bride’s outfit for their civil ceremony. “I wanted something other than a veil and I had in mind exactly what it had to be: a long cape with tulle sleeves”, explains Sophia. “A great alternative for all brides who don’t want to wear a veil.”

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The bride slid down the aisle with her mother and her best friend. “Unfortunately my dad couldn’t be at the wedding, so I wanted the two most important people in my life (next to Philly) to walk me down the aisle,” she adds.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


“Sophia and Philip wanted to keep the decor of the ceremony minimalist but with a remarkable feature not to take away from the magnificent garden of the Masseria”, organizer Alessandra Linoci said. “In fact, we decided to outfit the ceremony space in a minimal style with a simple back arch covered in voluminous layers of pure white puffy fabrics.”

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


For a touch of personality, the couple incorporated a wine ceremony into their intimate nuptials. “That perfectly describes us as a couple,” the bride explains. “We love wine.”

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Before exchanging wedding rings, the couple recited personalized vows. Sophia remembers that there was not a dry eye among her guests.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


The happy couple retired to the aisle to watch a live performance of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)” by Stevie Wonder.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


After the ceremony, the party of 30 dined under a cascade of twinkling lights. “It was crucial for Sophia that the table be refined, elegant and modern, including luxury details,” says Linoci. “We played with different textures, from extremely fine fabrics, such as the flowing silk table runner and soft linens, to crystal glasses and concrete accessories.”

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Linen napkins, sophisticated menus, and pops of powder pink and pearl gray rounded out the setup in style.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Sophia wanted her bridesmaids to feel like themselves, so she chose a dark champagne tone and allowed everyone to choose their own dress silhouette. “I found a store that guaranteed that tone, so my bridesmaids could individually choose different dresses there,” she shares. “I thought it was great because all the girls felt very comfortable at the end, and every individual personality was brought out perfectly.”

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As for Philip’s groomsmen? They nailed the black tie dress code with their tuxedos.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


For dinner, guests sipped Campari Orange cocktails and enjoyed delicious Italian cuisine from Rotondo caterer. “We wanted a very traditional menu that tastes like it was cooked by Nonna,” shares Sophie. “The pasta was the most important part.”

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Before dinner started, the couple walked away alone for a few moments and took some great photos with their team of photographers Danilo and Sharon.

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“We’re both fun-loving people,” Sophia shares. “We enjoy good food, wine, music and fun with our friends. Therefore, the atmosphere and the party were also very important to us.”

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We have never experienced so much love in one day.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Before dinner, the couple shared a few words of gratitude to their loved ones. “We have never experienced so much love in one day,” the bride shares. “Our guests have just made this day the best day of our lives.”

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Music was in the spotlight throughout the celebration, with performances by David White, Fifteenand Ultra Live Band. “During the meal, there were Italian pop classics,” the brides explain. “To make it an after-dinner party, we had a singer who performed party hits live and immediately blew everyone away.”

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


Photo of Danilo and Sharon


For dessert, Rotondo caterer delivered on a three layer white cake that featured lemon curd and a handful of fresh flowers.

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Photo of Danilo and Sharon


“We didn’t want an eternally long menu, but to dance with our friends as soon as possible,” the brides share. “So it went straight from our dessert to the dance floors.”

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Looking back on their day, Sofia says the best investment they ever made was hiring a wedding planner. “It all happened digitally, [so] unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to visit our location or do a rehearsal dinner,” she shares. “But with Ale by our side, that was no problem. She visited the venue for us and sent us photos and videos of everything. When you have someone by your side who understands your vision, everything is possible.