LOS ANGELESMarch 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When your international-destination wedding is in Venice, Italy, it takes a lot more than a carnival mask to create a vision and an experience that reflects Baroque architecture and elaborate details. Which design elements are key? What will make a cohesive color palette?

“The backstory of any venue is so important to stories going forward,” says Romi, whose television show, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, focuses on 120 years of art and its current relevance. “The design process should give a nod to the past but interpret it for the present.”

And what present! Romi and his partner, Recio Young, were about to become the first gay couple to marry at the Hotel Monaco & Grand Canal, where Casanova once gambled, mingled with courtesans and smoked opium.

Blending Concepts

Romi drew his primary inspiration from the hotel’s high-ceilinged Sala del Ridotto that had warm peach and gold details, a Baroque fountain and angel-themed ceiling frescos with hints of pink and blue. It took him nearly a year of sketching, fabric hunting and designing to create the right balance of artistically ornate materials and bright, modern color integration. Staging the ballroom started with the addition of pink lighting that added a warm glow. Then came the customized elements.

Romi’s sketch for the receiving table, which would sit in an alcove with the ballroom’s fountain as a backdrop, included three layers of fabric. He ultimately selected a scrumptious gold with an airy, deeper gold/bronze overlay that shifted tones in the light. Keeping scale in mind, he added one large copper swag at the scallop. The pink-gold brocade runner had smaller tassels and was accented with pink and blue butterflies.

Romi also designed the sheer dinner tablecloths, fringed centerpieces (featuring his own artwork) and turquoise brocade pillows for the sofas where the dinner would take place. To give Recio, the producer of Red Carpet Recio Productions, his own red-carpet moment, Romi devised custom-made Chinoiserie tuxes with the jackets and vests in turquoise for himself and red for Recio. The duo arrived for the wedding in a gondola surrounded by videographers, and the fascinated crowd joined in, snapping photos of the celebrities of the day.

For more details and little-known tips for planning your international-destination wedding, contact Romi Cortier at 213.999.4954.

About Romi Cortier:
Romi Cortier’s work has been published in the book Marilyn in Art, and his paintings belong to collectors from Manhattan to LA. He owns Romi Cortier Design, a private-room salon in LA’s upscale Hancock Park where celebrities flock for their hair color.

About Recio Young:                     
Recio Young has worked on such notable shows as Dancing with the StarsAmerican Ninja WarriorsTosh.OHell’s Kitchen and the Travel Channel. Recently, he became producer and director of his own Red Carpet Recio Productions.

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