Now that the year is coming to a close, we thought it would be fun to share our top fifteen weddings of the year with you! We’re so grateful for our sweet brides & grooms who shared their stories with us. So without further ado, our BEST OF 2016…
Italy embodies all things romantic and our wedding today is as sweet as they come. Marta and Stefano, from Italy, celebrated their wedding with a traditional Catholic ceremony followed by a simple yet gorgeous reception at a nearby villa. This wedding makes us want to pack our bags and travel to the beautiful Italian countryside.
Photography by Infraordinario.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? Find someone who takes all the workload, and enjoy your day with no stress.
The simple stationery suite included a monogram, olive branch motif, and illustrations of the historic venue.
There is something completely romantic and delicate about a long-sleeved lace dress that we love so much.
Dress by La Jolie Fille.
“We wanted a venue that was cozy, charming, and historical. The church we chose is a precious sample of Romanesque architecture from the 12th century, nestled in a picturesque medieval hamlet set on a cliff, in Ronciglione, a village of Northern Latium. Everything is built in tuff, a local volcanic rock.”
Your ceremony in three words. Emotional, romantic, intimate.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? We were helped by our parish priest, who is a spiritual guide and an important point of reference for us.
What was your ceremony music? Live classical music.
What were your ceremony readings? Readings from the Gospels.
Who officiated your ceremony? Our parish priest, Don Gianrico Ruzza, was the celebrant. He is the priest in my neighborhood, and was recommended by a friend of mine. We had our pre-wedding course with him.
Did you include any traditions in your ceremony? It was a traditional catholic wedding, with exchange of rings.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? The church itself — very beautiful, small and cozy, which made it feel intimate. The music, the priest and his touching speech.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony? I had trouble when I tried to untie the wedding ring from the cushion — a moment of panic and lots of laughs.
“Our reception was charming and a bit wild! The party, was characterized by a romantic and bucolic style, and an old-times atmosphere. It took place in a private villa close to Viterbo, in the countryside North of Rome.”
Why did you choose this location for your reception? We wanted a morning wedding, outdoors, with our kids, and an open space. Our first choice was the church and luckily, we found this marvelous villa nearby.
Please tell us about any other special details or moments from your reception. When our friend Rocco played and sang for us. The cake cutting and hugging our children. The slow walk from the aperitif to the lunch area, with all the guests following our steps.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? The beauty of the site, the natural setting, simplicity, romanticism and tradition.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of your wedding? Lots of handmade details, including my dress which was tailored by an outstanding Italian fashion designer, and the needlework favors for the guests. The cake topper was the original wireframe work of a talented artist.
What was your wedding menu? A rich aperitif with smorgasbords, and a three courses lunch. We are Italians: two of the courses were pasta, of course!
What was your first dance song? A song by the Italian artist Vinicio Capossela.
What type of cake or dessert did you serve? A little, very romantic, wedding cake.
Cake Topper by Le Bianche Margherite.
What was your favorite moment or part of the reception? When I danced with my husband, barefoot on the grass.
If you had it to do over again, is there anything you would do differently? Nothing different. I would do all the same, but I regret we didn’t make a video.