OWNER, HEAD PLANNER, & CREATIVE PRODUCER
Londoner by address, Italian by blood, and explorer by spirit.
Hopeless romantic, living for those moments that make you want to hug a little harder, that make your heart beat a little faster, and that make you watch the stars a little longer.
Head Storyteller, Serial Traveller & Professional Third Wheel.
I am SO excited to finally meet you.
My name is Valentina and I work from my home studio in Islington, in North London, where I live with my wonderful husband, James. I'm originally from Rome, in Italy, where my family still lives; I grew up travelling between New York, Italy, and Brazil, before making a home in the UK fifteen years ago.
The path that has brought me to the wedding industry hasn't been a straight one - but now I know that the best adventures are the ones full of plot twists, and I wouldn't have it any other way! My experiences enrich my work now in complementary ways: my years as an astrophysicist make me a puzzle-loving logical thinker, driven by curiosity and the challenge of solving problems; my years studying and working as an aerialist & circus performer have made me passionate about uniqueness and creativity, about connecting with people, and about telling stories in a way that is aesthetically beautiful and deeply human; and my years working on the trading floor of an investment bank have given me a practical perspective on how to make things happen, and how to communicate with lots of different types of people. I needed every single part of my background to give me the tools, skills, and strengths that I use to serve my couples and colleagues in the wedding industry.
Now, there is nowhere I would rather be. I founded The Stars Inside in September 2017 because, for me, this is the most personal and rewarding pursuit of beauty and happiness, and the answer to questions I didn't even know I was asking. Working in this industry means doing more of what I love, it means using all my different skills towards a happy purpose, and it means meeting awesome people like you. It may not sound like it from the jobs I mentioned, but I've been preparing for this my whole life.
Let's be friends.
if you think we'd be a good fit,
best day ever!
latest TV binge:
The Iron Flower, by Laurie Forest
I Am Not Okay With This
latest travel destination:
banana and peanut butter on grilled sourdough
current food obsession:
word for 2020:
My why is creating unique weddings and elopements
with style, playfulness, and integrity.
I innovate and partner with like-minded creatives to curate exceptional
experiences and moments that truly reflect YOU. I have a very comprehensive,
wholehearted, and holistic approach to my work -
I'm all in, every step of the way.
since i was 8
I've been playing
but NEW YORK WAS MY FAVE
Europe, South America, and North America
I've LIVED IN
AND I LOVED THEM.
I'VE BEEN to EVERY
especially fabulously fluffy ones
I will melt at the sight of
AND I'M NEVER HAPPIER THAN WHEN KNEE DEEP IN A PROJECT
I'm aN UNASHAMED
all the time
I FALL IN
as every meal of the day
with maple syrup
I COULD EAT pancakes
and prefer listening
I'm Contemplative & introverted
when i can't sleep
I PLAY SOUNDS OF
Words I try to live by:
i drink coffee in bed
ON sunday morningS
and listen to the world
especially in the kitchen
I REALLY LOVE
as i am right side up
I'm Just as comfortable
kind of person
and wear my feelings all over my sleeves
I'm very sensitive and
for a change in perspective
sometimes when i'm thinking
i lie on the floor
is a cozy, crisp autumn
I CAN NEVER, EVER
respect and kindness
exploration and learning
my work ethic
I become friends with the humans I work with because I love my job and because you're so much more than a "client" or "supplier" to me. I take pride in going above and beyond to make something the most perfect for you that it can be. I focus on quality over quantity, and only take on a limited number of partnerships per year - so I can show up for each and every one as physically, mentally, and creatively charged as I can.
I believe that connection and trust foster all the best things in the world. I will always be open and honest with you, and encourage you to do the same with me. I want you to take your time finding out whether I'm the best partner for you, and I'd much rather you book someone else if I'm not. I want us both to be shouting about each other to the world, and doing Snoopy-style happy dances about having found each other.
I'm all about people doing things their way. I want the work we do together to speak YOUR truth, and to be meaningful to you because it reflects who you are and what you feel right now. Everyone's story is different, full of plot twists, and just as beautiful. I'm a people's person, and lovc listening to who you are and what lights you up.
I love harnessing originality and pushing the boundaries of what's expected and what's normal. I have a wild imagination, and I play with it. I believe in the power of intentionally colouring outside the lines, and of exploring many different visual styles. I answer a 'why', with a 'why not'.
I feel strongly about everyone having the right to their thoughts, opinions, and needs. I strive to be graceful, sensitive, and kind in the way I tread through people's lives. I respect your privacy. I'm very emotive, and wear my feelings *all* over my sleeves and face.
I'm a logical thinker, and a serial problem solver. I find learning about new things very rewarding, and will always take the time to explore a route off the beaten path. I travel as much as I can, and I breathe it all in when I do. I believe there is always more to learn, and that the most important thing is to stay curious and humble.
I believe in kindness and empathy, and transforming life's experiences by choosing joy and being unashamedly enthusiastic about it. I believe in the power of being generous with smiles, and meaning every single one. As Thumper says - "If you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all."
real love, and real moments
a new dress
cocooning on the sofa with my hubby
travelling to new places
ticking off to do lists
learning new things
surreal, abstract, and dry humour
laying down on the floor to think
running in the rain
sweet fruity cocktails
going to the cinema (and nibbling on pick'n'mix)
dancing in the kitchen
reading a really good book for hours
soppy love stories
sitting by a log fire
small dogs - and also big ones
aimless walks to stop and smell the flowers
every genre of music, at the right time
gooey chocolate brownies
laying in the sun
kind, smiley people
puzzles and riddles
taking photos of people, places, and details
My awesome husband, photographer and videographer for all my social media and blogs, financial brain of the business, and partner to all my adventures. When he's not busy assisting me on wedding things, standing in lakes, and fulfilling my (admittedly high) hug quota, he's a Doctor of Theoretical Physics and a Chartered Patent Attorney - and that's cool too.
Founder of The Stars Inside, wedding addict, and pancake connoisseur extraordinaire. I can be found spending just as much time on my laptop (called Thunder) as on the floor making things. Happiest when barefoot, brainstorming, and warm. Really geeky about fantasy videogames, Disney films, and puppies - but when I'm trying to be cool, I'm into jazz, red wine, and sketching.
I know it's soppy, but here goes: we truly do make each other feel complete. Not in a grandiose, stuff-of-movies kind of way. It's so much better than that. There is nobody I would rather spend time with, whether it's exploring a new country together or just quietly being in each other's presence curled up on the sofa. All the little things we do are what my happiness is made of: taking walks in the rain, giggling late at night, running errands together, making each other jump when we've got headphones on, Netflix marathons, playing videogames together (preferably with either magic or zombies involved - bonus for both), and all the other moments in between. The wonderful experience of becoming stronger together through marriage is what made me want to be a wedding planner, and my most favourite thing is to see how much others love & can be loved.
OUR WEDDING VIDEO TEASER, TUSCANY, 2017
I donate 1% of all my planning fees to Cancer Research UK. I've always tried to participate in as many fundraising charity runs as I can, and it's so important to me for my business to do its part too.
If charities are something you'd like to pay homage to or incorporate in your wedding, I would love to help you discover meaningful and personal ways to do so. From charity wedding favours to donating your flowers after the wedding, there's so many thoughtful and impactful options we can explore together. I've lost my mother, aunt, and grandmother to cancer, and sadly my story is just one of so many. For our wedding, my husband and I chose to make donations to Cancer Research in lieu of favours, and I even managed a few wobbly words during my speech - to those who fight, those we lost, and those forever with us.