Australian couple, Jacqueline, a specialist Ophthalmologist who undertook training in Italy, and Robert, a PGA Golf Professional, had their hearts set on marrying in a magical Italian setting. As Australian citizens, the legal process for marrying in Italy is paperwork intensive and arranging details remotely for one of the biggest days of their lives presented a daunting challenge. As such, I was delighted when they contacted me to help plan their dream Italian wedding day.
We quickly started discussing their favourite locations, guest numbers and the special moments they envisaged for their day. As well as suggesting an array of beautiful venues in their desired region of central Italy, I helped guide them through the legal documentation they would need to present as Australian nationals getting married in Italy. This included acquiring an ‘Atta Notorio’ from a Civil Court (Tribunale Civile) in Italy and ‘Nulla Osta’ (sworn declaration). These documents are only valid for six months, so it is important not to get them too early before your wedding date.
Picture-perfect Civil Ceremony in the ancient Cloister of Villa Conventino
After talking through suggestions for venues and logistics for travelling guests, the couple opted for a civil ceremony at historic Villa Conventino in Gradara, a picturesque medieval village between Emilia-Romagna and Marche.
A former ancient convent, Villa Conventino makes a breath-taking first impression as its buildings are framed by Gradara Castle, a magnificent medieval Fortress.
Jacqueline’s bridal preparations took place in one of the convent rooms surrounded by beautiful Italian fresco paintings and antique furniture – including a bed fit for a princess. The central Cloister with simple archways, stone well and rustic beams provided the perfect romantic backdrop to Jacqueline and Robert’s wedding ceremony. While the couple had their photos taken at scenic spots around the venue, guests sipped champagne in the courtyard gardens.
In the build up to their day I worked closely with Jacqueline and Robert sourcing and recommending the best Italian wedding suppliers, florists and bridal outfitters.
Their chosen theme for the wedding was classic red and white. Jacqueline wore an elegant tiered bridal gown by Antonio Riva while her chief bridesmaid, Anita, wore a deep red dress by Australian designer, Akira Isogawa.
The Groom looked dashing in a dark suit accessorised with a navy tie, blue shoes and stripy socks by British designer Paul Smith
Glamorous reception at Riviera Golf Resort, Cattolica
Following the ceremony, we arranged for the wedding party to travel to the reception at the Riviera Golf Resort in nearby Cattolica. The resort comprises contemporary luxury hotel with double-height glass windows and large outdoor banqueting area for guests to dine. For the perfect entrance, Jacqueline and Robert entered via the resort’s spectacular bridge across the large sparkling swimming pool.
The reception tables were dressed with floral arrangements of red and white roses in glass bowls, individually tied with red ribbon. Luxurious rose bouquets in tall glass vases placed around the venue completed the look.
The wedding meal was held outside with food laid out on large trestle tables overlooking the lush landscape. Jacqueline and Robert were keen to ensure guests enjoyed a true taste of Italy. We arranged for guests to dine on hand-selected platters of the best Italian cured meats and local cheeses, as well as many other courses.
In true Italian style, the wedding party danced long into the night with final goodbyes and embraces taking place around 3 o’clock in the morning.
Jacqueline said: “Working with Paolo was amazing. He was truly the best wedding planner I can ever imagine. He got to know us, our families and many of our friends so well and we remain friends to this day. Paolo’s attention to detail was amazing. He co-ordinated every detail. I loved his suggestions and the fact that he cares so much. Everything was perfect. Better than perfect. We wish we could have another event planned by Paolo.”
Thinking of getting married in Italy? I can help plan your perfect Italian wedding, from organising the paperwork to finding the perfect venue. To find out more, contact me today