Four Italian Weddings
If you haven’t read my last few posts, I’ve been covering different styles of Italian weddings ranging from destination weddings in Germany to typical wedding traditions and celebrations.
Two weeks ago I featured E&J’s wedding close to my home in the hills of Oltrepò Pavese. Last week, I featured our Italian friend’s wedding in Germany and this week, I am featuring a traditional Italian wedding executed to perfection.
The third wedding features G&G who have Sicilian and Neapolitan roots. I was really looking forward to this one because it was to be my first Southern style wedding. Weddings in the south have a reputation of being 3-day celebrations, well over 100 guests and full of pomp and circumstance. These weddings are so big that sometimes couples take out a loan to get married! G&G didn’t take it that far but the southern hospitality and vibe were not missed.
G (the groom) works at my husband’s winery and was nice enough to invite our family to his wedding. G&G both met in a bar in town and have been together for ten years.
The couple couldn’t have chosen a hotter day to get married. It was 38 degrees outside the church and even though it had air conditioning inside, guests were still sweating buckets. The ceremony was formal with the church choir singing traditional hymns. Pictures were taken at the altar and when they were finally done, the couple exited out the church doors together and were greeted with showers of rice: A typical Italian tradition. A vintage car with a big, white bow awaited them to take them to the celebration about 40 minutes away into the hills of Fortunago.
The bride wore a two-layer satin dress with thick straps and a veil that covered her shoulders in the church. Once she arrived at Fortunago, the veil was off.
The wedding was overall, very classy. The theme revolved around the color pink. The pale pink theme recurred in the menu, the confetti table, the table seating chart and center pieces.
The Southern Style Wedding Celebration
The view from the Cascina Casareggio was amazing. It is a well-renowned location for weddings and with good reason. From the parking area, guests were greeted with a white-carpet runway marked with lanterns and pink ribbons. A gazebo featured the singer and DJ who sang for us while we savoured every bite of the delicious appetizers. You name it, they had it, and more. The food was fresh, plentiful and presented wonderfully.
Outside, where the appetizers and aperitif were served, was the table seating chart that divided guests by travel destination. There was also a vintage ice cream cart serving two flavors of ice cream.
Italian weddings are infamous for being a marathon of courses. Thankfully, the couple decided to go for a wide selection of appetizers followed by a sit-down three-course dinner. The first course was a risotto with almonds and zucchini flowers. The second course was ricotta and eggplant Tortelli in a basil and tomato sauce.
Halfway through the meal, we were invited to take a break from the meal and warm up the dance floor before the last course: A thinly sliced rosemary pork roast served with thyme potatoes. Everyone was dancing and having fun so much that they had to be reminded that the dinner wasn’t finished yet.
After the lime and raspberry sorbet, guests started to head to the confetti table to fill up their cones of various flavors of confetti. We were back outside again for the cutting of the wedding cake. The cake was beautiful, big and white but what really made it magical was the table that it stood on. The table had long pink lights streaming from it making you feel like you were in unicorn land.
Before cutting the cake, we were surprised by a proper fireworks show! It was followed by a tradition that is usually done with lanterns. Instead, the couple, accompanied by their guests released white balloons that were lit internally by a tiny light. Then finally, the cake was cut and the desserts and Moscato were served.
Throughout the evening they were serving my husband’s wine from the aperitif to the dessert and wedding cake.
More Wedding Surprises
Usually, after the cake, they dance floor fills up and from there, guests usually start to leave. However, G&G had one more last surprise for us: a cigar bar! It was a bar set up with licorice, chocolates, and bottles of rum to accompany your choice of cigar. Naturally, all the men quickly gathered around to look cool and classy with a cigar in their teeth and a rum in their hand. I even tried one to see what all the fuss was about.
The dance floor was full of energy and smiling faces that it was impossible not to join in the fun. Before we left, G&G gave us a traditional ‘bomboniere’, or party favor, with a little sachet of confetti. As we left the wedding, I took one last look at the beautiful scene of happy people smoking their cigars, drinking their wine and celebrating G&G and thought that it was probably one of my favorite weddings yet.