This Three-Day Ca Marcello Wedding Has All The Bridgerton and Great Gatsby Vibes

February 13, 2024 | justine

Whitney and Jack’s vision for their Ca Marcello wedding was to craft a remarkable three-day celebration, aiming to make every moment unforgettable for their guests, many of whom were experiencing Italy and Europe for the first time. They recognized the significance of this journey and were determined to make it truly special. With meticulous attention to detail, they achieved their goal with flying colors! Their wedding in Venice unfolded like a dream, seamlessly blending the city’s rich history with the timeless charm of the Bridgerton era and the opulence reminiscent of the Great Gatsby. 

On the big day, the pair’s group traveled in true Venetian style, with water taxis ferrying them to the historic church nestled in the heart of the city. After exchanging heartfelt vows, they all made their way to the villa, arriving in a scene straight out of a Bridgerton novel. Regency-inspired details adorned the affair–from delicate lace umbrellas and fans to flowing ballgowns and glistening gold jewelry–setting a tone of elegance and romance. As the evening progressed into the Great Gatsby-themed celebration, the atmosphere transformed with opulent decor and extravagant floral arrangements. The festivities were nothing short of spectacular, featuring show-stopping entertainment, two wedding cakes, a never-ending flow of drinks, and dancing that lasted well into the night.

Continue scrolling to indulge in every luxurious detail, each flawlessly captured by Andrew Bayda. We promise you’ll be enchanted, wanting to spend endless hours scrolling through these breathtaking photos and pinning them to your wedding mood board.

The Couple:

Whitney and Jack

The Wedding:

Ca Marcello, Venice, Italy

Setting the Stage With a Welcome Party Featuring the Unique Vibe of Venice

The festivities started with a welcome party at the Venice Hotel by the Grand Canal. The venue’s vintage charm and stylish atmosphere set the mood for the event. Choosing this famous spot by the water aimed to give our guests a real taste of Venice, with every detail reflecting the city’s special vibe. We served authentic Venetian dishes that delighted everyone’s taste buds. Adding to the ambiance, an accordion trio played classic Italian tunes as the sun went down. Then, we moved to the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel for a private opera. Walking through Venice’s narrow streets, guests soaked in the historic surroundings. The intimate opera setting made it feel like stepping back in time. This elegance carried through the rest of the celebration, along with plenty of champagne and drinks.

Kicking Off the Festivities in True Venetian Fashion With Water Taxis and a Historic Church Ceremony

The wedding day itself was a mix of Italian Bridgerton and Great Gatsby vibes. The wedding party and immediate family stayed at a beautiful Villa on the Grand Canal. The men got ready in one part of the house while the women buzzed around, ensuring we didn’t see each other. Venetian water taxis waited below, ready to take the wedding party through the canals to the ancient church. The church, which dates back to 900 AD and is filled with candles, has a romantic, historic feel. The priest, Don Luigi, entertained the guests as we exchanged vows and kissed despite the hot summer weather. After the ceremony, we had a private photo shoot while guests enjoyed drinks at a local bar, waiting for transportation.

Showcasing Bridgerton Vibes In Every Detail at Their Ca Marcello Wedding

At the Ca Marcello villa in the countryside, the reception flawlessly embraced the Bridgerton theme. Guests lined the driveway to welcome us as we arrived in a classic car. I stepped out with a new hairstyle, revealing the stunning back of my Mark Ingram gown adorned with a black velvet bow in my hair. The elegant charm of the Bridgerton era shone through with Venetian-lace umbrellas and fans, flowing ball gowns, and shimmering gold jewelry, creating a sophisticated and romantic atmosphere. The cocktail hour featured an oyster bar, artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktails. A quartet serenaded the guests with classic songs, many of which were heard in the Bridgerton soundtrack.

A Spectacular Transition to a Great Gatsby-Themed Affair at Their Ca Marcello Wedding Reception

As the day unfolded, the transition to our Great Gatsby-themed party was marked by a lavish 5+ course dinner, heartfelt toasts, and a beautiful serenade from the quartet and saxophone player. Each guest found a hand-painted portrait of themselves at their seat, a unique wedding souvenir we had prepared. The extravagance reached new heights with a personalized firework show, two stunning wedding cakes, and a towering champagne tower. Our black-and-white checkered dance floor was surrounded by hanging lights and chic sofas and candelabras, allowing our guests to enjoy an intimate experience as they desired. The party continued with live music, a cigar bar, endless drinks, and dancing. Our guests were enthralled by the custom video projection on the backside of the villa, lighting up the unique venue and adding to the whimsical and enchanted nature of the evening. Our deliberate choice to make everything over the top, yet intimate and delicate in different ways, aimed to evoke the feeling of the Great Gatsby: a feeling of love and longing. We danced to “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey for our first dance, truly capturing the emotion of the evening.


Ending the Festivities With a Bang With a Venetian Island Excursion

On the third day, despite our minimal rest, the celebration continued with a private boat trip to the Venetian Islands, promising a charming and picturesque experience. Our guests eagerly joined in, relishing the tour of Burano and the wine tasting on Mazzorbo Island at the Venissa Estate, accompanied by cichetti, classic Venetian tapas. This day, we added a cultural touch to our overall celebration, ensuring that every moment was carefully planned and that Venice’s true beauty was showcased to everyone. In the end, our three-day celebration in Venice was hailed by our guests as the wedding of the century—a true testament to the seamless blend of timeless Venetian charm, Bridgerton elegance, and Great Gatsby opulence that defined our festivities. We are deeply grateful to everyone who helped bring this dream to life.

Cake Cutting and Fireworks: A Movie-Worthy Scene at Their Ca Marcello Wedding

The absolute highlight of the day had to be the cake cutting and the subsequent firework display—a scene straight from a movie. The show, lasting a good five or six minutes, left all of us standing there, gazing at the sky in sheer disbelief. Sharing that moment with my husband, a profound realization set in: “We did it. We’re married. All the hard work and planning have paid off. We did it!” At that moment, I felt like I could breathe again and enjoy the night with our friends and family. And that’s precisely what we did. It was the best night of our lives.

Sharing the Load and Finding Support During Wedding Planning

Embarking on the journey of wedding planning is a big deal, and the best advice I can give is to rely on your partner and the support of your family and friends. It’s tempting to do everything yourself, thinking you can handle it all. But the truth is, planning a wedding is a tremendous job, and it’s okay to ask for help. Your partner is there to share the load, and your loved ones are happy to lend a hand. Don’t be afraid to split the tasks and ask for assistance. Doing this will reduce some of the stress and create a chance for shared joy and teamwork as you work together to make your dream wedding a reality. Remember, you don’t have to go through this journey alone, and having support from those around you can make the whole process not only doable but also fulfilling.


Starting Off With a Warm Welcome Through Themed Welcome Bags

We went all out with welcome bags for our guests at the welcome party. Each guest received a jute tote featuring our wedding crest on the front and a personal tag and thank-you from us, the bride and groom. Inside the totes were mini Aperol Spritz, custom-labeled shots of limoncello, hand-painted Venetian masks, a box of authentic Italian spaghetti, sweet treats from Italy, and a custom wedding magazine detailing every aspect of our celebration. We wanted our guests to feel the love and effort we put into these bags, so we included stories about how we met, introduced our family and wedding party, shared details about each event, paid tribute to cherished family members who had passed, provided a map of all the festivities, and much more. It was our way of expressing gratitude and making them feel a part of our unique journey. And judging by the feedback, the guests absolutely loved it.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Andrew Bayda
Event Planning + Favors – Angel Lion
Ceremony Venue – Chiesa di San Giovanni Evangelista at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista di Venezia
Reception Venue – Ca Marcello
Floral Design – La Dogaressa Flowers
Cake – Pasticceria Racca
Officiant – Don Luigi Ramazzoti
DJ + Live Music – Slipstream
Videography – Whites Film
Invitation Design – Every Little Something
Makeup Artist + Hair Styling – Vera Osminina
Wedding Dress – Mark Ingram + Vera Wang
Bridal Accessories – Warron Barron Bridal
Wedding Party Apparel – V. Chapman Studio + Vera Wang
Rings – James Allen
Rentals – Latini Design
Wedding Menu + Ceremony Pamphlet – Dodo Design
Painted Portraits – Ansofie Van Rafelghem
Quartet/Saxophone – The Italy String Quartet
Event Lighting + Video Projection + Dance Floor + Chandeliers – Rava


Congratulations to Whitney and Jack on their spectacular three-day Ca Marcello wedding, brimming with Bridgerton and Great Gatsby vibes. Thank you to Andrew Bayda for flawlessly capturing every meticulously planned detail.

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