The Couple's Indian, Belgian and Ghanaian Heritage Filled Their Two-Day Wedding at Borgo Corsignano in Italy
Chloe Eyison and Claudio Eyison’s love story is one of serendipity. ‘We initially met on a night out in Dubai, UAE,” Chloe reminisces. Their first encounter was marked by friendly conversation, although they didn’t exchange numbers at the time. Fate, however, had more in store for them. Just a month later, they ran into each other again—Claudio having just moved to Dubai. “We finally exchanged numbers, and the rest is history,” Chloe says.
Fast forward to 2020, a year fraught with challenges due to the pandemic. Claudio knew he wanted to take their relationship to the next level. “The proposal was so sweet: at home in London just as COVID-19 was starting in 2020,” Chloe recalls. Despite the uncertainty in the world, Claudio created some much-deserved peace. “It was a sweet moment between the two of us, which I loved.”
Their inspiration for the big day was to create a harmonious union of their diverse backgrounds. As Chloe lovingly described, “Our wedding was a mix of different cultures, and it was beautiful to see it all come together.” With Chloe being half-Indian, half-Belgian, and Claudio hailing from Ghana, the couple decided on a three-day celebration to honor each heritage.
On a sunny August day, they commenced their wedding festivities with a Ghanaian ceremony, followed by a vibrant Indian Mehndi ceremony. Chloe explains, “It was a beautiful mix of cultures and different traditions.” Their guests, dressed in colorful attire, joined the celebration, blending the essence of Ghanaian and Indian traditions.
Their wedding fashion choices were deeply intertwined with their cultural celebration. Chloe and Claudio elegantly showcased their heritage, from Claudio’s Ghanaian Kente attire for the ceremony to Chloe’s exquisite light pink lehenga for the ethnic night. Chloe revealed the surprise in their fashion choices, stating, “The funny story here is that my mother didn’t allow us to see each other’s outfits prior to the wedding. We were very pleasantly surprised when the outfits we each chose matched one another!”
The next day, Chloe and Claudio opted for a more traditional, Western wedding in a Catholic Church. The color palette included light, soft hues complimenting the stunning architecture and space. Vibrant garlands and colorful puffs adorned the venue, creating a vivid and enchanting atmosphere. The bridal bouquets and floral arrangements were a tasteful mix of seasonal flowers, orchids, and light pink and white blossoms. The church ceremony held particular significance, as Chloe noted, “The church ceremony was the most special moment as that is the part of the day that we made it official!” As they exchanged vows, the essence of their love story resonated throughout the church, marking a profound and emotional moment.
Following the ceremony, guests rejoiced during the cocktail hour with a unique touch: a “Brindapino” serving gelato and Prosecco to cool down the guests on the warm Italian summer day. Their reception embodied elegance, complemented by a live band consisting of a pianist, saxophonist, drummer and double bass player, which created a harmonious ambiance.
The reception decor was kept minimal to let the venue’s natural beauty shine and featured tables by the pool laden with various delectable dishes and drinks. The dinner, meticulously designed by florists and lighting experts, was a symphony of orchids and seasonal flowers, perfectly complementing the chandeliers adorning the tables.
As the night drew to a close, Chloe and Claudio cherished the moments of their unique celebration. Chloe’s advice for couples echoed the sentiment of their wedding day: “Enjoy your wedding as much as possible. If things are not going to plan, do not let it ruin your day. You are surrounded by your loved ones.” Their event, spanning cultures and traditions, beautifully symbolized love’s ability to unite people in a celebration.