Italy is the ultimate in romantic wedding destinations – there just seem to be endless stunning venues, surrounded by spectacular countryside and we all know how delicious Italian food and wine is!
Today’s shoot comes from Umbria, where our lovely real Bride Chiara is getting married next year, and it’s got us even more excited to see her wedding. You can catch up with her posts in the planning section of RMW (if you’re having a destination wedding I’m sure you’ll find them really helpful). But first, grab a cup of tea and enjoy these images which truly capture the heart and soul of an Italian village and are just so romantic!
From The Planner: Thanks to Rock My Wedding who have given me the chance to propose an unusual experience, and this time not among vines of Tuscany, the mountains overlooking Lake Como or the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast…but in the steep and rugged hills of Umbria, and specifically the finest panoramic point of the entire region: the romantic little square of Montecastello di Vibio, between Todi and Perugia. Umbria may not be among the most sought after wedding destinations, but for sure, it is a place where you can still breathe in a unique and genuine atmosphere. I have always been obsessed with the idea of proposing something that reflects real Italian culture more closely and this is it. Inspired by tradition and magnificently captured by Matteo Crescentini, I can’t really say whether the true protagonists of this unrepeatable moment are Gloria and Federico or the village itself – its alleyways, tiny squares and indeed the inhabitants too, involved as they were right from the start.
Artists & Painters
The first time I visited Montecastello di Vibio, I was enraptured by it – and since then I have always felt that it is the ideal setting for a wedding party from another time. In my imagination, all the cinematographic traditions of Italian Neorealism, from De Sica to Visconti, seem to have agreed to meet in Montecastello di Vibio, where time stands still, among the locals playing cards after lunch and the few tourists visiting for the first time. While strolling through the lanes of the village, I wouldn’t have been surprised to come across Filumena (Sophia Loren) and Dummi (Matteo Mastroianni) – the famous protagonists of De Sica’s masterpiece – Matrimonio all’Italiana (Marriage, Italian Style). Not by chance, many artists and painters have chosen this village to spend some time looking for moments of inspiration. Looking out onto the square and enjoying the unique view you can’t help feeling in peace and harmony with the whole universe; and if you hadn’t already understood from the photos, this time the location is the entire village and not just a villa or country residence. Not everyone can have a small medieval hamlet as the setting for their big ‘Yes’.
When you have such a unique place at your disposal, obviously you only need to add a few well-chosen details to create the prefect moment. An old bicycle, traditional broad beans and pecorino cheese, an vintage radio and naturally a magnificent day of sunshine. The flowers provided by the florist Roberto are the icing on the cake. And on the subject of cakes…a special mention to Amelie who created the most romantic and tastiest wedding cake that I have ever seen. Gloria is wearing two designs created by Jenny Packham, which turned out to be perfect for the entire setting. Staff from Tendenza Hair and Gabriel Make-up inspired to the vintage Italian style without losing the classy and elegance on the bride. It wasn’t easy to find the original materials that were used for the table decoration and all the details. But with a little patience and quite a few Sundays spent in local markets, the time it required was well worth the end result. To conclude the day, a coral blue Fiat 500 to drive away in, the happiest and most carefree of all cars, despite Federico’s minor difficulty – he’s almost 2 metres tall! – in sitting inside one of the world’s smallest cars!
Special mention and thank you to Montecastello di Vibio Municipality, Giovanni, Dante, Nunziatina and all the cards players in the square. What a great day!