Category Archives: Italy

Dream Indian Wedding in Umbria | The Amazing Story of Pia and Francesco | Solfagnano Castle

This is the selection of our favorite photos from Pia & Francesco’s Indian wedding in Umbria. It’s just a small recap of several days of celebrations that took place at Solfagnano Castle, near Perugia. For almost a week the medieval building and the peaceful countryside around were shaken by the dances, colored by Saris and turbans. Indian moccasins decorated the monumental stairway to the flower covered wedding canopy where the happy couple were surrounded by their families and hundreds of friends. All around the castle there were little markets set up with typical furnitures and colorful fabrics, where the guests could relax and feel like home. A unique mix of Italian style and Indian taste.

Pia & Francesco | Dream Indian Wedding in Umbria – Italy

Venue: Solfagnano Castle

 

Wedding in Central Italy: Santo Stefano di Sessanio

SEPTEMBER 2014. As a destination wedding photographer in Italy, I have been asked to shoot a wedding in Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in the province of L’Aquila, Central Italy.

I’ts not the first time for me in this small town surrounded by the mountains of the Abruzzo National Park. The chosen venue is Sextantio, Albergo Diffuso, a “diffused hotel” whose rooms are houses of a historical, medieval village, only partially reformed. A very seductive set for me, as a lover of the photojournalistic, spontaneous, reportage style.

This time I meet a couple from Texas, USA. I suddenly fall in love with their happiness, simplicity, sweetness of the whole family and their sense of fun. Not every day, indeed, you meet a couple getting married dressing Converse shoes for the ceremony, both the bride and the groom! And this was only the beginning…

Enjoy this small selection and, if not enough, find out more pictures about this story on my website: www.alessandroavenali.com

Lebanese Destination Wedding in Lake Como

Varenna is a beautiful, small town in the east coast of Lake Como. It is worldwide famous for being one of the loveliest towns of the Lake, because it kept all its pure medieval beauty, with many colorful houses between the green waters and the majestic mountains.

The “Pearl of the Lake” was chosen by Marianne and Thierry, a lovely couple from Lebanon, as the perfect location for their Italian wedding. We met them in the wonderful Villa Cipressi, and the first thing Marianne told us was that she wanted us to be her wedding photographers even before Thierry proposed her – definitely an inspiring way to begin a wedding photographic service! Marianne and Thierry got ready in two different rooms of the Villa, surrounded by their friends and relatives.

After the getting ready, the guests and the groom reached by feet the amazing Church of Varenna: it is one of the few Catholic Churches allowing non-Italian weddings, and it is probably one of the most pictoresque churches a person might ever see. In fact, the whole church is built of Nero di Varenna, a black calcareous stone which creates amazing tricks of light in the candle light.

When Marianne and her father arrived to the Church, the ceremony began – it was a very peculiar ceremony, for it was led in Arab by a Lebanese priest who came to Italy for the celebration.

It was a Catholic-Maronite wedding, that contained many of the Orthodox Wedding traditions, such as the coronation of the bride and the groom. After this beautiful ceremony – notice the priest taking Selfies with the couple! – we had a wonderful and fun couple shooting among the beautiful wild gardens of Villa Cipressi.

When the shooting was done, the couple and the guests could enjoy an Italian dinner in one of the beautiful frescoed halls of the Villa, with dances and fun between one course and the other!

They had a great fun at the wedding, and we had a great fun with them, too: congratulations to these lovely people!

Lebanese Destination Wedding in Lake Como by Mauro Pozzer Photographer