There’s something undeniably exciting about dusting off your passport. It represents the next journey, a fabulous new adventure, a grand experience to come. It’s that sense of anticipation that I always want guests to feel when they open a Ceci New York invitation.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to live vicariously through my clients and "visiting" all of the marvelous spots around the world where they've chosen to get married. I often say that my favorite place is somewhere I’ve never been! In this case it was Ceci Bride Margie who sought me out to create a truly one-of-a-kind invitation design for her luxurious destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy. We decided upon a passport-inspired save-the-date, but not just any passport-inspired save-the-date. I created what looks and feels like an authentic passport but is loaded with luxe details like a gold foil crest and a real wax seal. The invitation itself came in an ornate four-panel folio that opened to reveal the letterpress design within. Every inch of the set was considered, and you can see the result in this week’s Creative Tips and Our Muse.

This week I’m whisking you away to Lake Como in Northern Italy to see how this breathtaking wedding unfolded. If it doesn’t have you reaching for your passport, I don’t know what will! Again, every aspect was planned down to the tiniest detail, and with our good friend Carrie Sartor of Lyndsey Hamilton Events involved, that’s no surprise. The result, captured by photographer Massimiliano Morlotti, is the best kind of Italian eye candy you can imagine (including one drop-dead gorgeous J’Aton Couture wedding gown).

Whether or not you can escape to Italy this summer, you can get in the travel spirit with a fabulous new bag from one of the top Italian design houses. I’ve handpicked a few of my favorites from Gucci, Prada and many more. And if your taste for Italy leans more towards food than fashion, I’m letting you in on one of our neighborhood favorites, Eataly. Here’s to the spirit of travel, adventure and living luxuriously. Ciao!


Ceci Johnson of Ceci New York - Passport to Italy - Escape to the land of romance and bask in all the luxury and beauty it has to offer