Katia and Darren are Maltese natives and planned their Gatsby-inspired wedding in Valletta, Malta. I love that Katia’s mom made her stunning wedding dress and the bridal party’s dresses – beautiful! / Images by Nordica Photography.
From the couple: “Weddings in Malta normally consist of a ceremony in a church or chapel and then a stand-up reception right after. We chose Santa Katerina D’Italia in Valletta which was recently restored, as we thought it would be nice that Katia walks to the chapel since it was only around 400m away from her home if the weather permitted.
We needed to rent a car to drive us to Villa Corinthia. Finding a 20s bridal car wasn’t easy. We started with old car clubs and museums but they weren’t offering what we were after until finally we visited a bridal fair and spotted a 1927 white Ford Model A
owned by John’s Garage. Although May was peak, luckily it was available so we booked it on the spot. And that fit nicely with our theme.
Us being both lovers of the 1920s era, the day we watched The Great Gatsby, we decided then and there that our wedding needed to have the Gatsby touch to reflect our likings. The place had to be Villa Corinthia (San Anton). It’s grand majestic ballroom-look which is normally used for the hotel’s dinner had to be cleared of all the tables and prepared for what we wanted to be a Gatsby-like party. They took care of all canapés, finger food, drinks, and setup. All we did extra was to contact Nexos Lighting for some minor lighting effects.
Since Malta is a tiny island in the middle of the Mediterranean sea, sometimes it becomes really difficult when you are choosy. We knew that it was also going to be tough to find the right musicians and singers who can keep to a specific genre and last about 6 hours. Initially, we weren’t keen on having a DJ, since today’s DJs might have the tendency of switching to more recent music. After numerous searches and attempts, a friend mentioned that there’s a DJ who’s doing electroswing parties all over Europe. We contacted Dr. Zicotron for a demo and that was it! 20s music with a nice mixed modern beat… We were overjoyed, as the atmosphere we wanted to create depended a lot on the music selection, and we wanted the vibe that no one experienced in a wedding especially who’s 40 and over. However it wouldn’t have been the same without our last-minute decision to contact Diego Grassedonio (aka D_Ego) from Torino, Italy, who’s specialized in playing his saxophone at electroswing parties. So we got Diego on board, too.
Men’s attire was hired from The Knot, while thankfully for the effort and patience, the bride’s dress and the bride’s maid dress were made by Katia’s mum. We wished the guests dressed Gatsby style, but we did not want to impose a dress code. Guests were a bit hyped for the wedding, and it was nice to see some men with the bow instead of the tie. Darren being a photographer couldn’t miss searching for what was best to shoot our wedding. Relatives were telling us that we’re crazy searching online for a photographer since Maltese people tend to go for the easiest available option. But we wanted something different, and risks sometimes come with perks. Luckily, we found Nordica who were really anxious to come to Malta for the 1st time when we contacted them. They liked the theme and how we planned it. We must admit that we were a bit stressed out, however Nordica made us feel at ease and they captured the best of us on the happiest day of our lives. Well done Nordica! You became loved and respected by the Maltese for your friendship, efforts and great attitude. Best of all is the feedback we got from guests of all ages. Everyone loved the venue, the food, the dresses, the music and the photos.”
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