If you haven’t already considered a gorgeous vaca in Italy, this beautiful wedding captured by Amy Rizzuto is here to tell you one thing: you need to. Because this is the kind of wedding that is as rich in breathtaking scenery as it is in fabulous details. Think classic stylings from Exclusive Italy Weddings meets awe-inspiring moments a plenty. See it all right here in the full gallery.
From Amy Rizzuto Photography… The sun seemed to glisten across the cobblestone streets in Florence, Italy on June 20th. The day was finally here and Brittany and Aaron seemed to carry a child-like anticipation as they prepared to see each other for the first time. In the lovely gardens that could be seen from their private balcony, Aaron slowly turned around to see his beautiful bride walking towards him. Breath taken away, he wrapped Brittany in his arms, so excited to make this girl he met back in the first grade his wife.
After their emotional first look, we explored the most beautiful parts of Florence together. We captured pretty portraits of Brittany and Aaron strolling in the Piazza della Signoria, among the statues of Loggia dei Lanzi, and of course, in front of the Ponte Vecchio. At noon, they were married in the famous Red Room in the Palazzo Vecchio with their closest family and friends around them. They celebrated afterwards at Alle Murate, laughing as they enjoyed a true five-course Italian meal.
From the Bride… Aaron and I spent the first month of our engagement sifting through ideas for our wedding. The more progress we made in the pre-planning process, the more we realized a lavish affair with hundreds of guests was not what our hearts desired. We wanted our celebration to be intimate and centered around what mattered most, our marriage, and making sure we had the time and energy to enjoy our special day, and spend time with one another and those who love us. A colleague of mine mentioned a destination wedding, and after we discussed it there was no doubt that we were going to have our wedding somewhere far from home.
We had already decided Italy would be our honeymoon destination, and what a romantic place for a destination wedding. We wanted our ceremony to be in a place we both had never visited, and we chose Florence. The city was perfect because it is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and we would be embarking upon a new beginning of our lives in the city of rebirth. I envisioned a wedding with a vintage, old Hollywood feel. The red hall in Palazzo Vecchio was the absolute perfect location… It felt incredibly regal and reminded me so much of my wedding day inspiration, Grace Kelly.
I contacted Exclusive Italy Weddings, and our wedding planner, Martina, was fantastic. She assisted us with booking the location, flowers, transportation, and the absolutely gorgeous reception location, Alle Murate. Because neither of us are Italian we had to arrive in Florence a few days early to complete several rounds of paperwork. Martina arranged for our wonderful new friend, Mrs. Jo, to serve as our translator and assistant through the paperwork and the ceremony. Our photographer, Amy Rizzuto, was amazing and such a pleasure to have around. She met with us prior to the ceremony to share her thoughts on the best time for photos, etc. and she couldn’t have been more perfect. The pictures from our special day depict the love and emotions flowing from everyone involved. When I look at the photos I feel as if our wedding was a true fairytale.
I have several memories from our wedding day I’ll never forget… my dad walking me down the aisle, my mother helping me into my dress… and exchanging our rings while the Italian official recited an Apache Creed in English (the only part of the ceremony that didn’t have to be translated for us). Aaron’s favorite memory is the early morning (7 a.m.) photo session with Amy in which we pranced all around the city finding the best photo ops. It was a truly magical day that will forever be etched in our memories.