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A Quaint Italian Village Was Their Perfect Wedding Location

Roma, Roma, Roma. Is there any place more romantic for a destination wedding? Certainly not in my book. This couple felt the same and planned a celebration in a village just outside the city, sharing vows in a little church steeped in history. They asked guests to put away all cell phones, iPads and the like for a completely unplugged ceremony that set the tone for a truly meaningful day. Laura Gordon photographed and we cannot get enough.

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From Laura Gordon PhotographyIrish couple, Lindsay and Michael married in Italy last summer; their organic and elegant aesthetic, from the simple table setting foraged from the Italian villa to the dreamy hillside village where they said their vows. The old world feel paired with the impeccable style of this couple created what I consider the quintessential European wedding.

From The Bride…Michael and I got together about six years ago but we were actually pals for about seven years before that. We are still amused that we ended up together because neither of us ever had notions on each other…I even tried to set him up with my best friend at one point. Thank goodness that never came about because I just couldn’t imagine my life without him now. Living on opposite sides of Ireland to each other meant that most of our relationship was spent traveling at weekends just to see one other. Although worth it, it left very little time for family and friends and when we did get engaged, we both knew that we wanted a wedding that would allow us to spend as much time as possible with our nearest and dearest. I co-own an online destination wedding magazine and both of my older brothers had had weddings abroad, so I was well aware of how a wedding outside of Ireland meant that we would have two to three days of celebrating. Coupled with the fact that we couldn’t find a venue in Ireland that could cater for our tastes and our numbers, we started our venue search in Italy as it was relatively close flight wise and we could also have a legally binding Catholic wedding there.

Being in the wedding industry, I guess I felt quite a lot of pressure from the outset and before even going to Italy on the venue scouting trip, I had to get a few things straight in my head. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to separate my work from my personal life and I really wanted to feel like a bride, not a planner on her biggest event to date. The wedding was about us, not me and my job, so the venue was going to have to be able to cater for lots of music and dancing (Mike and I are both musicians and we originally met on tour) and be okay with our crazy, but amazing family and friend’s partying ways.

Finding a venue that could hold 200 guests abroad was not the easiest task but we struck gold with Borgo di Tragliata, an ancient village located outside Rome. The moment we landed on our first venue scouting trip, something just clicked. Apart from having one of the most amazing onsite coordinators I have ever come across, there was an atmosphere at the village that just felt right and I felt so relaxed there. From our first visit to deciding we wanted to stay one extra night after our wedding, we were treated like royalty. Two hundred people flew from Ireland to be with us for the weekend so it was important to us that we showed them how much we appreciated them traveling so far. We had a BBQ the night before the wedding that ended up being like a wedding in itself. The music was still going at 4.30am when Mike and I forced ourselves to say goodnight and only for our fab hairdresser arriving at 7am, I’d have snuck back down to the party.

We took a lot of the design inspiration for our wedding from the venue. Being an organic farm, we kept that in mind when it came to designing our invitations, choosing handmade paper and hand dyed silk ribbons. Ruby nailed it with the flowers, most of which were foraged from the venue grounds. The color palette kind of came about organically also. I started with greys and golds when putting together our stationery and introduced the soft pastels later on when it was becoming clearer to me what would be available around the time of our wedding and in Italy. My parents, who were traveling to the wedding via France in their motor home, very kindly allowed me to pack it full of our own gold cutlery and table decor so I didn’t have to stress about sourcing locally.

The wedding day itself was just like a dream. My feet didn’t touch the ground. We had asked guests to put away their phones and cameras for the church as I was bit nervous about the walk down the aisle and didn’t like the idea of being snapped on top of it. What we didn’t expect though was the effect it had on the entire ceremony. Everyone was so present. The mass was full of music with 22 musicians thanks to our talented families and friends but everyone got involved and one of my lasting memories is hearing what sounded like the entire congregation singing along to “You are Mine”. It was so emotional, I’m tearing up thinking back. No-one was reaching for iPads and cameras, they were just part of it. Of course our priest, Fr. Flor made it so personal. As a musician himself, he understood how important the music was to us and it was magical. The rest of the day flowed in the same way and I know it’s cliche, but it was the best day of our lives.

We were both incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by a team of vendors that are some of our greatest friends. Rodolphe, who shot our video is practically part of the family and we were so excited when he told us he was free to make the wedding. Sam flew from Ireland with a suitcase full of baking supplies and created a stunner of a wedding cake that tasted as good as it looked. Liv, who I’ve an endless amount of admiration for made the most beautiful headpiece for me. I cried when I opened the box. Laura, who I’d met on one of our recent Irish weddings was not only our photographer, but my sounding board for everything and I’m so lucky to call her one of my closest friends. We really couldn’t have pulled it off without their generosity and their kindness. Their talents know no bounds and we will be forever grateful to them.

On paper, our guest list was huge but somehow, it still felt like a very intimate wedding. With a few days to get to know one another, new friendships were formed and old ones reignited. That was what it was really all about for us. We have incredibly patient parents, brothers, sisters and a bridal party that would rival the best of them. They provided endless support during the planning and the memories they helped us create will forever be with us. We really feel like were the luckiest people in the world.

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Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Cinematography: Best Day Productions | Event Planning: Fly Away Bride | Floral Design: Marry Lennox | Wedding Dress: Paolo Sebastian - Haute Couture | Cake: Cloudberry Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Hair + Makeup: Louise Faulkner | Groom's Attire: Louis Copeland & Sons | Groomsmen Attire: French Connection from Savoy Taylors Guild | Venue: Borgo Di Tragliata | Calligraphy + Stationery: House of Hannah | Event Design + Rentals: House of Hannah | Groom's Shoes: Ted Baker | Hair Accessories: Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart

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Elegant Vow Renewal in the Heart of Rome

My new Mr. doesn’t know it yet, but I’m already planning our future vow renewal. Can you blame me? I think not. Not when O’Malley Photographers and The Wedding Care send over a beauté like this one, set in the heart of Rome. Can you even handle that floral crown? And those shoes. More this way!

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From Cristina Ditta of The Wedding CareImagine wandering through an enchanted neighborhood in the heart of Rome, immersed in the scent of an orange grove and in the song of the sparrows. There’s a hidden little spot where it seems that time has never gone by, where the majestic beauty of the Eternal City, with its palaces and its art is the protagonist. The Wedding Care designed, planned and coordinated a romantic wedding vow renewal event that felt like being suspended in time. O’Malley Photographers captured every second of it.

Martina and Emiliano are one of the most gorgeous couples I have ever met. I have known them for some years now having also organized their wedding! When they came to me with the wish to renew their vows I was so excited because they were not only married, but were also head over heels in love with each other, something that is evident the moment you meet them. They are truly a lovely couple.

The bride wore a stunning ivory “Dress Ruota” 100% silk gown designed by Santarella, a gorgeous floral crown crafted with dark red English roses, nude and white carnations hybrid and blush rose branches realized by Nina E I Fiori.

The lovely couple enjoyed the magnificent beauty of the environment while sipping their authentic Italian espresso in beautiful porcelain by Seletti (courtesy of èstile concept store) and indulging in exquisite cakes and chocolates by Rosaria Garzone Cakes. When the last slice of cake was eaten and the sun went down, the special day designed by The Wedding Care and captured by O’Malley Photographers might have ended, but the fairy tale of a life together will never end.

Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Floral Design: Nina E Fiori | Wedding Dress: Santarella | Cake: Rosaria Garzone | Invitations: Cecilia Boschi | Bride's Shoes: Gucci | Hair And Makeup: Muccino Amatulli | Calligraphy: Cecilia Boschi | Venue: Giardino Degli Aranci | Groom's Shoes: Campanile | Planning & Styling: The Wedding Care | Tableware: Seletti Via èstile Conceptstore

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Romantic Outdoor Wedding in Ancient Rome

There is an old saying that all roads lead to Rome, and after scrolling through the gallery courtesy of Amy and Stuart I couldn’t agree more. From their ancient cloister reception to the regally romantic ceremony, Italia Celebrations was on hand to make sure marital dreams became reality. Watch the entire day unfold and see every picturesque moment here!

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From Italia CelebrationsMolly and Patrick were such a lovely couple and so much in love. They had a special relationship with Rome and so wanted to have their wedding there with their closest friends and family. Shortly after meeting them I took them to a special cloister in Rome that was closed to the public up until just months earlier. Although the cloister dates back to the Middle Ages, it currently houses the Institute for Ancient Roman Studies and the setting could not be more appropriate for this purpose. It was the first location that we saw together and it was love at first sight.

The entrance of the cloister was designed as an optical illusion so that the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, although two miles away, fills the entire view. My only demand was that the couple let me fill the triple arches on the exterior of the building with three huge chandeliers. I always love chandeliers but this exterior was just begging for them. Happily the bride agreed. What I didn’t the bride was that I had months of meetings and site inspections with our lighting specialists and up until the final installation we were still making engineering and electrical adjustments. But it all worked out perfectly.

Both the cloister for the reception and the church for the Catholic ceremony are set on one of the founding hills of Rome dating back almost three thousand years and just everything is ancient and historic. Their Catholic wedding took place in one of the very first Christian churches ever constructed, dating back to the year 425 A.D. and now home to the Dominican Order of Catholic priests. So important is this church that it is the first step in Catholic Rome for celebrating Lent on Palm Sunday. In the photos you can saw many Ancient Roman details that are a part of the church’s architecture and decoration.

Once the ceremony concluded the guests were able to walk only 100 feet away to the ancient cloister for the reception to begin. There they were greeted with a vast assortment of Roman hors d’oeuvres both hot and cold. And it wouldn’t be a true Italian wedding celebration without a whole prosciutto leg that is hand sliced upon request. The bride and groom made their entrance into the cloister to the cheers of the guests who had arrived there before them. From the inner cloister the group moved to the garden terrace with a spectacular view over Rome. The garden was divided into the dinner area on the right hand side and the the after dinner lounge and dancing area was set up on the left hand side. During the seated dinner they were entertained by a Supper Club Jazz Sextet.

Following the dinner was the cutting of the cake and the first dance. The cake was a classical Italian millefoglie with wild strawberries and pastry cream. Once the cake had been eaten and washed down with Italian bubbly it was time for everyone to kick off their heels in the after dinner lounge area where a DJ was waiting for them. They were also treated to an ample dessert buffet and an open bar.

The photographers are the super talented duo of Amy and Stuart who had flown over from California to shoot the wedding. In the plans was a second day of shooting around Rome with the bride and groom back in their wedding finery. Just have a look at the photos, it looks like a travelogue of Rome. The photos are just astonishing and Amy and Stuart did an amazing job.

Photography: Amy and Stuart Photography | Event Planning: Italia Celebrations | Floral Design: Noosheen | Wedding Dress: Inez De Santo | Bride's Shoes: Monolo Blahnik | Hair And Make Up: Italia Celebrations (LBB Member) | Entertainment: Supper Club Jazz Sextet | Groom's Attire: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaid's Dress: Swoon Bridal | Bridesmaid's Dress: Amsale | Bridesmaid's Dress: Mac Duggal | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Institute For Ancient Roman Studies | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Linens: Italia Celebrations (LBB Member) | Veil: Lovella Bridal

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