Federica and Fabio’s Italian wedding was held at Castello San Sebastiano da Po, a B&B near Turin.
“Our wedding was a boho chic, natural gipsy and vintage theme”, said the bride. “We used recycled materials such as my grandmother’s chairs, my dad’s table and my aunt’s tea cups. The whole family looked in vintage markets to find things for the décor. It was great that everyone was involved. It wasn’t just our party, it was everyone’s party!”
Mj and Fab’s wedding took place at the Residenza San Tommaso hotel in Polignano, southern Italy. “Our theme was ‘nerd rock’!” said the bride. “We Just followed our hearts with everything we picked. We had a live rock back and we didn’t care what anyone thought about our choices! Our ‘flower girl’ was our dog that we adopted from a kennel a year ago. She wore wings and carried our rings!”
“It was a perfect day. It was sunny and everyone was smiling. The best moments were when we first saw each other (I started crying!) and getting our photos taken!”
Simona and Denis were married in Orta San Giulio, Italy. They had a traditional church ceremony followed by a casual reception on the banks of Lake Orta.
“We were inspired by black and white photography for our wedding”, said the bride. “I am a photographer and we share a passion for it so it made sense. I wore a black and white dress and our tables were named after some of our favourite photographers. Our invitations were the ‘film’ of 35mm rolls.”
The bride’s dress came from Atelier Emé. “For an Italian wedding my dress was very unconventional”, she explained. “It was also the biggest expense in the wedding. When I tired it on I immediately knew it was the one. It was actually the first and the only one I tried. I didn’t know the price when I tied it on and initially I thought t was too much. But my parents told me to take it anyway. I wanted this dress not because it was expensive, spectacular or in fashion, but because I felt like me when I put it on.”
If you’ve just got engaged, then you might be thinking about doing an engagement shoot with your photographer. They are a fantastic way to get to know the person who will be there on your wedding day, but also to practice in front of the camera and get some fabulous images to boot! (You can read more of my advice for getting great engagement pictures here).
While many couples opt to keep things casual and fuss-free, maybe shooting around their own neighbourhood and wearing comfortable clothes, others like Federica and Stefano choose to go all out! The Italian pair dressed up and went to a fun fair for their pre-wedding shoot.
“The idea behind the shoot was that love is fun!”, said photographer Simona. “Everything is illuminated when we are in love, things dance around like a carousel and life has the delicious taste of cotton candy! We wanted to reflect that in these photos.”
Not wanting a super formal, traditional Italian wedding, Licia and Matteo decided that they wanted their day to be low key and fun. They also didn’t want to spent a lot of money so the bride bought her amazing dress from the Concious range at H&M and most of their décor items came from Etsy.
“In Italy, weddings tend to be very formal and this was very scary for us”, said the bride. “We actually did think about eloping for a while! However eventually we decided that we really wanted a fun wedding day, with your friends and family, that could match our personalities. We tried to not panic and focused on what was important for us.”
Marcy and War’s wedding was pirate themed! The day was held at Castello di Leguigno restaurant in Casina and their ceremony was officiated by a friend. Both the bride and groom wore pirate costumes made for them by Midnight Costumes. They also made the bride’s bouquet from bones, shells and rope. The couple also asked all their their guests to dress up, and everyone obliged!
“I didn’t want a wedding like all the others”, began the bride. “We are both cosplayers and nearly everyone of our guests is too. It’s a really large group of friends and we travel all throughout Italy and attend conventions. The idea of a pirate theme was inspired by Pastafarianism (Church of the flying spaghetti monster!) We wanted to make sure everyone would be dressed up so wearing a costume was a must-do on our invitation.”
“We weren’t really fussed with décor and details, mainly because we figured our guests would ornate the venue enough with the amazing variety of costumes”, she continued. “We just had a few skulls dotted about an a treasure chest cake which we made ourselves!”