Diana and Jason had already booked a month long holiday to Europe together, when a friend suggested the idea of eloping. Straight away they knew it was perfect for them! Neither of them wanted a huge middle-eastern wedding (which is the tradition in Diana’s family) so their month long holiday turned into a pre and post wedding honeymoon!
Their wedding theme was Victorian chic, with gothic accents, particuarly in Diana’s amazing black dress. “We were inspired by our love for Morticia and Gomez Addams,” explained Diana, “Their love is fierce, passionate, and eccentric. They are the ultimate couple.”
Their ceremony was held in Scaglieri Castle on Lake Garda. “We arrived in a BMW to the cobble streets of Malcesine. We walked up to the castle where many locals and tourists began clapping, taking photos and kindly congratulating us. It was quite fun as we felt like celebrities! The ceremony was located on the terrace of the castle, overlooking beautiful lake. We reached the castle steps, and waited for our aisle song to begin. In Australia, the bride walks down the aisle to reach her fiancé, but in Italy, we both walked down the aisle together. It was a lovely moment as we felt it represented walking into our new journey through life together.”
Elisa and Stefano wanted their wedding to be a party with old-style animated games for both adults and children. They were inspired by the idea of a village carnival with lights, flags and a band playing popular music.
However in the run up to the wedding their expectant child, Biagio, was born prematurely causing them to have to delay their day. “The worst thing about planning our wedding was the rescheduling of it due to the early birth of our child Biagio,” explained Elisa. “However, after we knew he was going to be OK wedding planning became so much fun and full of happiness in contrast to the months spent suffering for fear of losing our son.”
Giulia and Fabio were married in Cesena, northern Italy. The day was inspired by the bride’s love of Lana Del Rey and all things retro, and the groom’s appreciation for American Gothic aesthetics.
“We were inspired by the 1960s psychedelic world, Brian De Palma’s Carrie (without the blood bucket!), Sofia Coppola’s Virgin Suicides, Johnny Cash, King Dude and two iconic couples of the 1960s: Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra and Elvis and Priscilla Presley”, said Giulia. “We wanted to mix the Cowboy Psychedelia mood with a warehouse venue. We found Ca’Bevilaqua, a B&B in Santa Maria Nuova and it’s beautiful restored warehouse full of plants, tapestry and old paraphernalia.”
Adrienne and David decided to have a destination wedding in Italy, and wanted it to be intimate with a unique relaxed holiday vibe. They didn’t want to follow any traditions, so decided to not have a first dance, cake cutting, religion in the ceremony, big crowds, long speeches or for the bride to wear a white dress!
“We didn’t actually go and visit any venues,” began Adrienne. “All we knew is we wanted to get married in Italy! We picked our location from photos provided to us by Design Anarchy Studio, our wedding planner. We wanted as many people as possible to stay at the venue with us for the week leading up to the wedding so we wanted a really special house that would be able to cater for the wedding as well as be a great place to stay for the week. From all of the options we had, Masseria AlChimia clearly ticked all the boxes; it was a stunning house (divided into individual apartments), surrounded by a private olive grove, a big terrace and lots of cacti! Winner!”
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!”
Ale and Bauz love to travel, so when it came to getting hitched coming up with a theme was easy. They were married in July in Verona, Italy. “Our love story started with a first kiss during the White Night (an all-night arts festival) in Verona”, wrote the bride. “Verona is our hometown but Bauz lived in Spain and he was just back in Italy for work. We had a long distance relationship for two years. After many letters, phone calls and flights, we finally decided to move in together. We lived in Milan for three years and now we live in Madrid. However we knew we wanted to go back to Verona to get married.”
“The theme for our wedding was born spontaneously: all the travel we had to do when we first got together!” she continued. “Travel is also a common passion that always played an important role in our lives. Also, the marriage proposal came during one of our trips, on a beach in Cuba. Because we don’t live in Verona we also planned the wedding from afar. There was a lot of travel involved there too! Having a cohesive theme helped us to create an harmonic event and simplify the decision-making process.”