Have you ever dreamed of a wedding in Italy? The sunshine and relaxed lifestyle, the romance of an escape from the British weather all sound like bliss to me! Today’s guest blog post is by Jonathan Pochini on behalf of Italian wedding photographer Cristiano Brizzi… and I couldn’t say no to these beautiful images and a few minutes escaping – via my laptop – to Italy. Just look at these fabulous wedding locations, and join me in dreaming of the most perfect day for an Italian wedding… enjoy! Claire xxx
When the special day comes to officially commit to your partner for life, there could not be a more romantic place to do so than Italy. The incredible history, gorgeous architecture, rolling landscapes, vibrant culture and fantastic city views are enough to make this country the most profound place to become bride and groom. Italy has a rich Renaissance artistic flavor along with its warm and friendly atmosphere that stems back decades, leaving the city brewing with magically gorgeous sites to plan one of the most important days of your life.
Of course, Rome! Rome has long been one of the most popular places to have a religious wedding. With the Vatican City state – the seat of the Pope, the spiritual leader of the worldwide Catholic Church – sitting within Rome, the religious nature of the entire country here finds its flourishing. As one of the most ancient cities of the world, Rome has plenty of antique castles, palaces, villas, cathedrals, and churches where other weddings from centuries ago took place. And of course there are all the famous remains of Roman Empire. How amazing!
Florence is a lovely site to plan your wedding ceremony, with its excellent villas and enchanting and dreamy atmosphere. This popular Italian city may be one of the most adoring places to consider for an Italian wedding. Walking through the city of Florence, the array of ancient architecture, rolling plains and the warm inviting culture will not cease to amaze you. The historic wonder of the Palazzo Pitti museum with its wall-to-wall Renaissance art is sure to bond you and your new partner together as you walk through it hand in hand. Florence’s delicious Tuscan cuisine is sure to delight your reception guests as they enjoy the intimate atmosphere with the area’s rivers and boat rides that completely capture the magic of this momentous occasion. The scenery all around Florence is adorned with breathtaking architecture framed by colorful shrubbery, making your special day absolutely unforgettable.
Chianti is a countryside region in Tuscany, between Florence and Siena. And it is one of the most stunning wedding locations in all of Tuscany. While the landscapes will please the eyes of your guests, the wine and food will certainly pleasure your palate! The Chianti area is particularly popular for its hills, mountains, landscapes, medieval towns, and locations for marriages. Marrying in Chianti means having a great choice of venues for both your wedding and reception, with its typical farm holiday houses, mansions, and rentals. Indeed, the choices for marriage locations here are amazing, and it may take some time to work through the many choices available. Most of the locations for weddings are medieval castles set in the center of small towns. Think about an ancient adventure, with turrets lit up at night by candlelight, with the best damask table linens and ancient performers to entertain your guests!
Como Lake is the most loving and amazing of the Italian lakes. It is located in the north part of the country, within one hour of four airports and completely linked with all the major Italian and Western locations. The moderate weather conditions make it possible to have a variety of wonderful events in the region from April until October. Apart from a rich creative and traditional patrimony, the river area is full of characteristic paths, provides many climbing adventures, aquatic sports, spectacular cruise trips, and wine trips. It is a perfect location for you and your visitors before and after your wedding.
Amalfi Coast marriages are the most loving way to get married in the south of Italy. Couples from all over the world, and especially Italians who have been living abroad for many years, come to the Amalfi Coast to get married. Brides who have Amalfi Coast marriages get to enjoy the rich lifestyle and history of Italy, the amazing scenery, and romantic marriage locations. Often recognized as the most wonderful expanse of coastline in Italy, the Amalfi Coast scenery offers a strong geography, including high cliffside streets and picturesque beauty. For bigger events you may select a celebratory finish with a DJ, dance and supper following your Amalfi Coast marriage. Many resorts and restaurants offer wonderful candlelight weddings for Amalfi Coast brides.
Following your sundown Amalfi Coast marriage, you and your visitors can traverse the maze of roads to the shore. There are a few little and wonderful dining places right on the beach in Positano that are stylish yet intimate and relaxed for a small wedding. Guests can have dinner at a predetermined menu that you select, with only the best regional cuisine and seafood from the ocean just a few footsteps away. Following your supper wedding reception, you and your partner can take a moonlit stroll along the sea or even go to the regional disco with your visitors for beverages and dancing!
With dozens of canals, bridges and waterfronts, Venice is the perfect place for not only weddings, but romantic wedding photos. Say your vows in a local church and then capture your happiness forever with pictures at the Rialto Bridge or Ponte delle Guglie. You can also attach “love locks” to the Ponte Milvio or Ponte del Accademia, swearing your devotion with the tangible turn of a key. Newlyweds might also be interested in sharing a kiss under the Bridge of Sighs, because according to legend, lovers who kiss under the Bridge of Sighs while riding a gondola at sunset are eternally blessed.
Forte dei Marmi
Does your heart yearn for the sea? Consider walking down the aisle in Forte dei Marmi. With incredible views of the Tyrrhenian Sea, it’s one of the top tourist islands in all of Italy, offering its visitors everything from crumbling 17th century architecture to miles and miles of the starkly beautiful coast. Many couples get married in outdoor ceremonies with nothing but rings and a makeshift altar, in full view of nature and the world, unable to part with the majesty of the waves for even a moment.
Pietrasanta is a hidden gem of Italy, a small town tucked away in the corner of Tuscany. Colorful houses dot the coastline while the Apuane Alps rise gently in east, and the Tyrrhenian Sea beckons with gold sand beaches in the west. A charming little town, cut off the “go, go, go” mentality of the rest of Italy, Pietrasanta is a wonderful place to “get away from it all” and commit to your partner with your undivided attention. No crowds, no stress, no distraction: just you, your vows and your future.
Cinque Terre is an ancient, stylish Italian town that will make your wedding day visually stunning. If you really enjoy marine life or just being near the sea, Cinque Terre’s Italian Riviera is excellent and surprisingly affordable for a wedding abroad. The delightfully humble and colorful villages that lie along the coastline near Cinque Terre will truly amaze your guests. The delicious natural scents of Italian cuisine from the terraces, along with the cozy sunset backdrop and picturesque intertwining vineyards, will fascinate you from the dawn of your wedding day to the end.
Perhaps best known for its Leaning Tower, the city of Pisa actually has quite a lot more to offer visitors. There are the ancient churches of St. Francis and St. Sixtus, the botanical gardens of Orto botanico di Pisa, and the entire area of Piazza dei Miracoli, or Cathedral Square. You can also explore the Villa di Corliano (a picturesque villa in Tuscany) or refresh your chivalry at the Palazzo dei Cavalieri (Palace of the Convoy) in Knights’ Square. Not only will you find ample places in Pisa to actually host your ceremony, but your wedding photographs will be beautiful, full of culture and one-of-a-kind.
Cristiano Brizzi is an Italian wedding photographer noted for his creative and romantic style of photography. He and his team are committed to capturing all the raw emotions of that unforgettable day, just the way the couple wants to remember it. Cristiano Brizzi will add that touch of imagination that is needed to capture the entire magic of the day from dawn until dusk.