Gia e Nick asked me to help them planning their elopement from Sydney where they live in Vernazza, in the beautiful Cinque Terre scenario. They needed help woth the tricky italian bureaucracy and to support them on their day. There wasn0t a reception to plan, the only guests at their wedding were them! Never have I witnesses a more intimate and emotional ceremony, though civil, as theirs. Being chosen to help a couple on such a private occasions means participating also emotionally to a very important moment… such a honor. And it came natural to go out of my way to help them and try to offer them more than what they had asked for, to give them a truly special day, to gift an unexpected experience.
I have beautiful memories from this day, that I share with Igor and Barbara, make up artist and extraordinary woman that have both helped me with everything, and forever gratefulness to Mrs Monica and the staff of the Restaurant Al Castello, in Vernazza, that has opened their doors for us to create a special set up for this special couple.
A fun fact: me and gia were both at the same week of pregnancy, though their little boy decided to show up a month earlier than our little Miss.
Here are the pictures -How beautiful is our country?- and Nick and Gia’s testimonial..
Living on the other side of the world, not speaking the language and with a baby on the way, some people thought getting married in Italy was a difficult and crazy idea. It probably was, but we had Laura.
She organised all the documentation and secured the venue (something we weren’t able to do ourselves, even though we did try…). And when we arrived in Italy, she helped us through the country’s famously complex bureaucracy to get all the right stamps and signatures. She even came to the rescue the night before the wedding when our accommodation cancelled our booking. What more could you ask?
The wedding/elopement day itself was better than we could have ever expected.
We were married in the Vernazza town hall. After the ceremony we strolled the streets, stopping to buy food for our picnic and having photos along the way. Laura had spoken to the locals and found us the perfect spot to spend our afternoon: high on a peninsula overlooking the Mediterranean, in a completely private garden (which she’d snuck away to decorate) beneath the shade of an old lemon tree. For us, the day was perfect and none of it would have been possible without her help.
We’ll always be grateful to Laura – and Igor (aka The Husband!) – for helping us create pictures and memories we’ll never forget.
A special thanks to the restaurant Al Castello in Vernazza