After Amy’s destination wedding guide to Florence yesterday, I couldn’t stop dreaming of Tuscan life, red wine, olive gardens and beautiful villas. It also prompted me to do some research on campervan rental, ferry timetables, routes and drive times from Rosscoff to Florence (for those of you that are interested, it’s just shy of 15 hours) as I’d really really like to plan a road trip for a few weeks this summer and travel through the beautiful French towns all the way to Italy. You can probably imagine how quickly I was thrown back to reality when I woke up to 3ft of snow this morning. Luckily, all I had to do to return to my Italian bliss was open up today’s scheduled post. We are all things Italy this week, snow or no snow and with thanks to Claudia from Rossini Photography, we have the most gorgeous, intimate destination wedding in Rome to share. This one was made just for two.
From the bride…
“I am from the US and Andrea is from Italy, but has mainly lived in the UK, France and Spain. I was studying in France for a year during college and I met Andrea at a meet and greet organized by the school. A few days later, he asked me out on a date where we dined on moules frites and he promised to show me all over Europe. We have been inseparable since then, despite spending a year apart while I finished school in Boston and he started a new job in Shanghai. After college, I moved to Shanghai and a couple of years later, Andrea proposed after coming back from a trip to the UK at our home. A few months into our engagement, we moved to Italy as Andrea’s job was transferred there. As you can tell from our story, it was a very difficult decision to decide on an wedding destination since our friends and family were all around the world.”
“It took us a while to just narrow down which country we wanted to have our wedding in. Among the considerations were the US, France, the UK and Italy. After we found out we were moving to Italy, we started planning a wedding at beautiful country farmhouse in Northern Italy on Lake Maggiore. The theme was rustic, romantic and casual with a late afternoon outdoor ceremony followed by an Italian barbecue, dancing, and wedding cake. We choose a wonderful wedding planner, Laura from Varese Wedding, who helped us along the way. A few months into the planning, the entire process was becoming more overwhelming than fun. It was difficult planning and dealing with the logistics of it all, while trying to get settled after moving to Italy and not having good friends and family around to help. After weighing all of the pros and cons and remembering why we were getting married in the first place, we decided to just do a simple civil ceremony in our local “comune” or town hall with the two of us and our witnesses. Looking back, it was the best decision we made. Since I already had my dress custom made in Shanghai (Vernissage by Fang) and booked a fabulous photographer (Rossini Photography), we wanted to take some photos as bride and groom, and what better place to do it than in Rome to remember our time living in Italy.”
“For the photoshoot, Rossini Photography were great in helping us determine the style we wanted. Doing the photoshoot bright and early on a Sunday morning was perfect. The center of Rome seemed like it was all ours and Rossini was able to capture some beautiful photographs in various different locations. I loved that we had so many settings in our pictures and included the main sites of Rome, but also had a chance to do some fun pictures like the ones on the rickshaw and rowboat in Villa Borghese.”
Some really good advice for those of you marrying in a city like Rome, especially if it’s during the summer season. It also won’t be as hot doing your photo session in the morning. A big thanks to our lovely bride Christina today for sharing her wedding story and also to Rossini Photography for allowing us all the pictures! I’m thinking I might as well just embrace the weather for the rest of the day and go make snow angels.