• Tyema Renee Stephens

IL MATRIMONIO: an Italian wedding in the heart of Skaneateles


I saved the first voicemail I received from Mary Jo, the brides mother asking me to be their planner. We had our first in-person meeting at A Mano, a modern Italian restaurant in downtown Syracuse- Mia and her mom were so warm and bubbly! They immediately embraced me and made me feel so welcomed. I knew it would be a fun year getting to know them while planning Mike and Mia's special day.


Mike and Mia are both from the Syracuse area but have spent many summers on Skaneateles Lake, they knew they wanted their wedding weekend to take place in the beautiful town of Skaneateles. A lot of their wedding guests were from out of town so Mike and Mia wanted to make sure the entire weekend emphasized the historic town, starting with the rehearsal dinner at The Krebs. They fell in love with their venue, The Sinclair of Skaneateles, the first time they saw it! They knew the exposed ducts and rustic aesthetic would compliment their modern tastes while still highlighting the traditional Italian touches they planned to incorporate into their wedding design. To further highlight Skaneateles, they took bridal party photos in front of the lake and held the after party at the Lake Pub!


The event was an elegant party with lots of personal touches and an Italian flair highlighting both Mike and Mia’s heritage. Twinkle lights, vintage candelabras and china, hurricane lamps, lanterns and lush greenery/florals all help set the cozy and romantic mood. Food is an important part of Italian culture and Rosalie's Cucina did an excellent job with the traditional charcuterie board and a four course family style feast! Mangia!

My favorite personal touches were the homemade limoncello favors and Mia’s godmother as the officiant. She told sweet and funny stories about how they met, the early years of their relationship and how Mike told Mia's mother he knew that she was the one he would marry one day.


The Barnello/Tremiti wedding was an absolute success! It was a wonderful experience all around. All of the guests had such a great time and everything went exactly how Mike, Mia and their parents envisioned it. Mike and Mia were ideal clients and I will always treasure my experience with them. They are so kind and easy going. They were a breeze to work with, as well as their families. A few days after the wedding I received some beautiful succulents from Mia's mom, Mary Jo As a thank you. I was so surprised! Whenever I look at my succulents I'm happily reminded of the them and their Italian wedding weekend in beautiful Skaneateles.

Planner | Tyema Renée Stephens

Photography | Megan Ann Photography

Venue | The Sinclair of Skaneateles

Catering | Rosalie's Cucina

Florals | Lace Leaf Co.

Rentals | She Rents Vintage

Hair + Make-up | Glam b Michaela with GlamSquad SYR

Stationary | Mad for Mod

Band | Maria Desantis Band


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