Four Italian Weddings
This is the last of a four part series that covers four different Italian weddings. The first one took place close to my home in the hills of Montù Beccaria. The second one was a destination wedding in Germany. The third was a wedding with a southern touch in the hills of Fortunago. The last one was a civil ceremony in the hills of Franciacorta and it’s the wedding I’ll be covering in this blog post.
Franciacorta Style Wedding
We were invited to the wedding of a friend of my husband from university, D. He met his future wife, C, fifteen years ago through some friends. They decided to get married by means of a civil ceremony in the beautiful, vine-covered hills in Franciacorta.
The invitations, the seating chart, and decorations were in shades of dark green and white. The whole event took place in a resort and spa, Cappuccini in Cologne (BS). This resort used to be an old monastery which is evident through its long corridors, particular layout and refurbished church furniture.
C entered the garden in a flowing white dress with a short train, a long veil, tiara-like hair piece on her loose updo and white flats.
The Civil Ceremony
Cappuccini resort has a garden that is centered on a majestic rock face which makes for a perfect place to feature the newlyweds. To get to this garden, a steep walk up a set of stairs awaits covered by a leafy green canopy. Unfortunately, the mayor was late for the ceremony and naturally, not many people were pleased. Once the ceremony got started and everyone saw the lovely bride walk over the white petals covering the grass, all was well.
C was accompanied by her father and when they reached the rock face, he greeted his son-in-law with a smile and sat down. A few times during the ceremony, the mayor gave the microphone to a few of D&C’s friends so they could give the couple some relationship advice. They also did this tradition that involved a glass bottle and coloured sand. Their friends and family set some brown sand into the bottle, followed by the bride and groom who put in green and white sand. It was covered again by the brown sand and was then closed. This bottle is supposed to be kept in their home as a sign of the support they have from their friends and family and also the union between the newlyweds.
The couple exited the garden joyously with bubbles and green rice in the air. The fun and food were about to start.
As we made our way down the steep steps, we were directed to a smaller garden with tables full of finger foods. A gazebo served water and sparkling wine. The appetizers consisted of fried seafood, sushi, cheese, cold cuts, salmon dishes, cold soups and macarons.
Through the large wooden doors was a gorgeous high-ceiling room with an upstairs loft. The first course was a Paccheri pasta with octopus, tomatoes, olives and capers. It was followed by fresh egg Maccheroncini pasta with a light pesto and burrata cheese from Puglia.
The second course was tender, low-temperature roasted pork and julienne vegetables.
After the second course we were invited back outside for the wedding cake to congratulate the couple once more. The guests waited outside to watch the couple walk down a paved walkway that was lit up with fireworks. The fireworks bit was a surprise from the groom to the bride.
The Wedding Cake
The wedding ‘cake’ was probably my favourite cake of all because it was nothing like a traditional wedding cake. It was a delicious pie crust with a thin layer of custard topped with raspberries and strawberries – the type of dessert where you go back for seconds and thirds. At least I did.
After the cake, we headed to another part of the resort, the wood stocking room – a rustic, cozy long and narrow room with a terrace. The walls in the room were stocked with wood and a glass wall divided the terrace from the room. The terrace had three tables full of sweets, fruit, and confetti. Inside the room, there was a video display, a bar for ordering coffee and drinks and a table with the party favours – bottles of wine.
Wedding Party Festivities
The couple’s friends put together a cute video montage of them singing Vasco Rossi’s song, “Io e te”. It was funny and endearing. The bride threw her bouquet, the deejay started the music and the people filled up the dance floor almost immediately.
Guests that were staying nearby were accompanied by shuttles to their hotel and bnbs. Unfortunately for us, we had to drive an hour and a half back to get home.
Wedding season is over for us this year. Even though it can get a bit tiring bringing a baby to weddings, I was glad to watch our friends start new journeys together. We all enjoyed the food, the party and meeting new people. I’m not sure if next year will bring us another intense wedding season, but I do suspect we can expect some baptisms in the near future.