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Romantic Rome, Italy Destination Wedding – Marisol and Richard

April 18, 2012 | Christy
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destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

Marisol and Richard met in Rome in 2006 during a study abroad program, where they lived together in a “Real World” style apartment with 10 roommates and Rome at their fingertips. According to Marisol, Rome was “sensory overload to say the least but we soon found time to get to know each other as we were able to explore the city over the next two months!” They traipsed the city and the region together, and Rick kissed Mari for the first time at the Pantheon, a tradition that they love to continue to this day. When it came time to plan their nuptials, choosing a Rome wedding, where their romance began, was the perfect choice!

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

From Marisol: The first week of our engagement began our planning process. We tossed around a few ideas on location but definitely had our hearts set on Rome. What an amazing way to share how and where we met with family and friends! Before we committed to this destination wedding, we took a poll to see just how many people might be interested in making the journey. The location of the ceremony was important to us but more so, was the hope that people we love could attend. Luckily, we had enough interest to proceed with the planning! 

First off, we discussed hiring a wedding planner which involved searching the Internet for the best match. Brenda with Italia Celebrations came along in our searches and we immediately had a good feeling about her. Her resume, references and email promptness won us over as we continued planning together. Because our wedding was so far away in distance and time, we decided right away that we wanted to play a big role in the designed items in our wedding. With both of us being architects, it was only natural and extremely rewarding to design and print our own invitations, programs, menus, escort cards, place cards, and table numbers. We were drawn to an unconventional color scheme of red wines, pinks, purples, and brown, with a small touch of yellow to brighten up the palette. The scheme felt very romantic, sophisticated and Italian – perhaps the red wine tones did it!

When the big day finally came, it was truly more than we could have dreamed! We had an elegant ceremony with a unique getaway car, a very dramatic, yet intimate reception setting, and a beautiful ambiance to the entire day! 

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

Having a destination wedding, we knew we wanted to make our traveling guests feel welcome and connected to the event. We had welcome bags delivered to each guest which included Prosecco, champagne flutes, Italian chocolate bars, cookies, welcome note, itinerary, and personalized Rome walking tour map including some of our favorite spots around the city. Two days before the wedding, we organized a group tour of the Vatican Museums and Saint Peters. Not only was it a wonderful learning experience but it also gave guests a chance to get to know each other before the wedding.

In addition to our wonderful wedding day, we had planned far in advance, to attend the Papal Audience with a special blessing and seating area for newly weds. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and what fun to wear your wedding attire in front of thousands of onlookers!

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

destination wedding in Rome Italy, planned by Italia Celebrations, photos by Ruggero Farina

The Wedding Team:

Photographer: Ruggero Farina
Wedding Planner: Brenda Babcock of Italia Celebrations
Ceremony Site: San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane
Reception Venue & Catering: Aroma Restaurant Terrace at the Hotel Palazzo Manfredi
?Florist: Noosheen
?Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara from D’Anelli Bridal and Tux in Lakewood, Colorado
Bridal Shrug: Sassy Holford from Little White Dress Shop, Denver, Colorado
?Veil: D’Anelli Bridal and Tux
?Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti
?Jewelry: Nadri from Nordstrom
?Bridesmaid Dresses: Priscilla of Boston
?Bridesmaid Shoes: Nina from Macy’s
?Bridesmaid Jewelry: Sorrelli
?Grooms Tuxedo: Hugo Boss
?Groomsmen’s Tuxedos: JoS. A. Banks
??Ceremony Music: Local musicians playing Harp, Violin and Cello
?Reception Music – Michael Supnick jazz band
Transportation – A Fiat 500

Thank you for sharing your amazing Rome destination wedding with us Marisol and Richard! It sounds like a dream come true!

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  1. Soooo dreamy!! Love!! xo http://www.PlumPrettySugar.blogspot.com

  2. Marisol and Richard were a joy to work with and it was such a charming, heartfelt wedding. It is wonderful to relive it again seeing it here on Junebug.com.

  3. Omg so romantic! What a dream come true in a fairytale location like Rome. And the Colosseum as a wedding guest–pricelist!

  4. The whole wedding is so beautiful but my favorite are the pictures in the vintage Fiat 500. Bellissimo!

  5. stunning work once again! Well done Brenda and team… love the flying over the Colosseum picture.

  6. It was better than any fairy tale! I’m so glad I was there! Thanks! Randy

  7. this wedding looks amazing! the view from the reception, the church, the orchids all of it is just aamazing!

  8. Wow – the Colosseum pic is amazing!

  9. This was by far the most beautiful wedding that I was lucky enough to be apart of. Brenda did a wonderful job putting everything together.

  10. Absolutely stunning and classy. Beautiful setting. It’s obvious the couple and wedding planner knew how to do it just right. Lovely.

  11. It truly is amazing to see this wedding as a whole again. Thank you to the entire team abroad! We would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

  12. It was an absolute real life fairy tale. Thanks to all that made it possible!

  13. Lovely article and photos, makes you want to marry in Rome! Particularly liked the Fiat and the flowers, that photo with the glasses full of petals is so cute!

  14. oh my god, I wish I knew this website when I got married. Makes me want to get married again but this time in Rome. Soooo romantic, looks like such a fab wedding, love the venue, the placecard holders, the flowers, and what a handsome couple :-) hope they will live happily forever!

  15. Such a beautiful wedding. Love the couple and love how the couple made their photo shoot a real fun!

  16. Hats off to Mari and Rick for planning this wonderful experience with an incredible wedding planner who got it just right and a photographer who captured it just right!!! Amazing. . .

  17. Oh my goodness, what a fabulous wedding — location, the bridal dress, the church, the getaway “bug,” the florals, the great-looking couple!

  18. These beautiful pictures bring back vivid memories of this most wonderful wedding. I’m thrilled to have been invited to share in the joy & excitement. A genuinely perfect destination wedding!

  19. Beautiful! Brenda has a wonderful attention to detail.

  20. These photographs bring back lovely memories of our participation…truly beautiful destination wedding coordinated in just the right way! Thank-you Mari, Rick, Kathy, Brenda and all…

  21. It was a privilige and pleasure to be invited to share your whole wedding experience with you in Rome.These pictures bring back great memories of that time.Best wishes for the future.

  22. Absolutley flawless! Amazing location and the most beautiful flowers. Noosheen and Brenda touch is clearly visible! Beautiful

  23. I just love love love her dress, the bridesmaids dresses, and the flowers. Of course, the images are gorgeous and how could they not be in a place as beautiful as Rome. Great work.

  24. Michael Supnick and his jazz band were fantastic! kudos again to them for making truly beautiful music!

  25. Gorgeous location and church, very inspiring!

  26. What a fantastic wedding! Brenda always impresses!

  27. What a wonderful wedding. The experience would have been a once in a lifetime event. Congratulations on such a beautiful reminder. I am sorry to have not been able to attend.

  28. Wedding was fantastic and you guys make a great couple. It couldn’t have been a better experience :) So glad that Ellie and I could share in the celebration!

  29. It was a big surprise when we rolled up to the wedding reception area overlooking that view! Great idea to work and get the family out of the country! :p Definitely still intimate & sweet. Picture perfect!

  30. Love It! Oh how I miss Rome!

  31. Such a beautiful wedding in Rome ! I need to contact Italia Celebrations :)

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