The architecture, the romance, the gelato – there is so much to love about Rome! So you can imagine our delight when Elisa and Mario’s destination wedding dropped into our inbox! The perfect way to kick off the weekend, we think you’ll agree…
Love at first sight?
Mario and I had known each other since we were teenagers, however it took five years for us to eventually start dating. Five years later, Mario proposed in a private palazzo whilst we were on holiday in Venice over a beautiful candlelit dinner.
We were inspired by…
I wanted something that was relatively classic with a glamorous twist. The pale gold glitter complemented the light pink perfectly. We ensured plenty of candles were used to help create a romantic atmosphere.
Our wedding planner, Roberta was fabulous, she understood our vision for the day and executed it perfectly. Flowers were very important to me, I wanted centrepieces that were grand and full, surrounded by candles to create a romantic atmosphere.
I had originally wanted to preserve my wedding flowers, however with heat in Italy in July I knew they wouldn’t last. Instead my Mum had a beautiful silk flower and brooch bouquet made for me, so I could keep them forever.
Tell us about your venue…
The Basilica lies in the heart of Rome with more than 120 steps leading up to its entrance . The altar and sides of the church are adorned with numerous beautiful crystal chandeliers. For the reception we chose to host it just outside the city in a private villa with lawns overlooking the sparkling lights of the city of Rome.
Which Scottish suppliers did you take with you?
Cherry Tree Films, Julie Lamont Photography and The Brightside went above and beyond the call of duty to make our day as stress free and magical as possible.
Cherry Tree were absolutely fantastic, they recorded the full day beautifully even including a serenade at the Trevi fountain the night before the wedding. We were blown away by the trailer, highlights and full video they produced.
As it was the first time the photographer had visited the venue, we were very lucky that they flew out early to discuss the different locations. They went above and beyond by carrying out a second shoot around tourist locations after the wedding.
We had used The Brightside previously at our engagement party and were so impressed we begged them to fly to Italy and join us at the wedding. As they were only able to come for the evening reception due to flight times, our wedding planner arranged for a string quartet to play in the church and a band to play during canapés and the meal.
Your dress is gorgeous! Tell us more…
We had so many friends getting married, I was paranoid about having the same dress as one of my friends. I searched everywhere from Glasgow to Rome and had even considered a trip to New York 9 months before the wedding. In the end I went back to the first dress that my mum and I fell in love with.
Mario had his suit custom made in Glasgow , by Forbes Tailoring.
Were there any surprises?
Just before the dancing began up the stairs our wedding planner had arranged for dancing fountains as a surprise for our guests. Everyone was on the balcony and expected fireworks but were taken aback when the fountains, lights and music began.
Any advice for destination brides?
Planning a wedding abroad is difficult. You are putting your trust in people you don’t know to arrange the most important day of your life. We were lucky that we had such a fantastic wedding planner and that some of our favourite suppliers were able to come with us.
What’s the one truly unforgettable thing about your wedding day?
The whole experience was magical. However, what stands out most for me was at the end of the evening – standing by my new husband, surrounded by candles, watching the fountains dance to our favourite song. It was the perfect moment.
So beautiful! Where would you choose if you got married abroad? Christina x
Venue – Basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli
& Villa Miani
Filmmaker – Cherry Tree Films
Photographer – Julie Lamont Photography
Wedding planner – Roberta Torresan
Make-up artist – Simone Amaro
Wedding dress – Lazaro style 3201 from Le Trois Soeurs
Shoes – Lori Blu
Groom’s outfit – Forbes Tailoring
Bridesmaids’ dresses – Coast
Band – The Brightside
Stationery – Dolly Bird Stationery