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Federica and Velio’s dream wedding in Rome took place at Villa Aurelia Gianicolo, a fabulous venue I love for a million reasons. First of all, for the breathtaking view on the Aeternal City. Secondly for its location in the center of Rome, at few steps from Gianicolo Hill, often crowded with many couples who love walking down there hand in hand to spend some nice time together. And last but not least for its beautiful gardens and halls, which can host elegant events in any period of the year, no matter what the weather and the number of guests.

The ceremony took place in the beautiful Basilica of Saints John and Paul on the Caelian Hill, a beautiful example of Roman architecture dating IV century.

My gorgeous bride got ready in one of the suites of the elegant Hotel Sant’Anselmo, located in front of the homonym Benedictine church. The unique charm of the place and the relaxed atmosphere made it the perfect background where bride, bridesmaids and the immediate family spent some unforgettable moments together.

 

Can you imagine Federica’s reaction when “someone” delivered a heart shaped box with 21 roses to her room? You just need to look at these gorgeous photos and you’ll understand. Red roses are the most romantic gift to give someone you love, and Velio really got a great idea to show her his love.

 

The precious silk covered ring box was created by a passionate artisan based on a custom made design that Federica and Velio fell in love with at first sight.

Our idea was to use a classy color palette in the ivory, gold and bronze tones perfectly matching the shades of Villa Aurelia Gianicolo’s walls and floors.

 

Federica chose a super nice gift for her four bridesmaids: a silver bracelet with 5 heart shaped charms. The coolest thing is that the names of bridesmaids and of Federica were engraved on the charms to symbolize their never-ending friendship.

I personally took care of designing the packaging of the bracelets. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote. And I totally agree with him. That’s why I suggested an ivory box decorated with silk satin ribbon in the color palette of the wedding and a refined name tag with some golden glitter to give a classy touch. To preserve the bracelets, some silk bags were created and handsewed by a sweet old seamstress.

THE GROOM

VELIO

Santi Giovanni e Paolo al Celio, Rome

THE CEREMONY

WEDDING PROGRAM & CEREMONY BOOKLET

CUSTOMIZED GRAPHICS

At their arrival at the church, all guests found a detailed Wedding program and a Ceremony booklet decorated with a watercolor painting of the Church.

MY FAVORITE PHOTO

Villa Celimontana

Don’t you think this photo is stunning?!?!?!? I LOVE it! That’s why I gave it a special place in this post. BTW, it was shot in Villa Celimontana, an amazing villa on the Coelian Hill, best known for its breathtaking lush gardens.

VILLA AURELIA GIANICOLO

THE RECEPTION

After the Catholic ceremony, guests enjoyed a rich Aperitivo in the Limonaia garden of the majestic Villa Aurelia Gianicolo, where they could taste the excellence of Italian food and Prosecco.

The halls of Villa Aurelia Gianicolo are gorgeous. Federica and Velio had some wonderful photos taken on the first floor, in the so called Music Room, where an ancient piano dominates the scene making the perfect backdrop for some intimate moments that the newly weds spent with their close friends.

NY INSPIRATION

THE TABLE PLAN

WEDDING DINNER

SALA AURELIA

ASSOHANDICAP ONLUS

THE WEDDING FAVORS

Not only are Federica and Velio a beautiful couple, they are also very generous people…On their wedding day, they decided to support an ONLUS called Assohandicap, which is a rehab center for boys and girls with some disabilities. Its members are very talented guys. You can see their creations in the photos…nice and colorful paintings which Fede and Velio gave their guests as a memory of their Special Day. Great idea, don’t you think?

Catering: Relais le Jardin – Photographer: Daniele Pierangeli – Floral designer: Ceccotti Flowers – Stationery: Watercolor Italy – Wedding Dress: Alessandra Rinaudo – Hair and MakeUp: Parrucchieri Bellessere

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