Requests for weddings in Italy’s capital are on the increase this year. Rome offers a multitude of possibilities including nearby beaches and more rural settings in the periphery, ranging from farm holiday properties to medieval borghi.
The Anglo/Italian Alliance is alive and well and the increasing number of dual language ceremonies are certainly a reflection of how opposites attract.
Many feel inexplicably drawn to Italian culture and decide to settle here and conversely a huge number of Italians live and work abroad.
Our newly weds first met in London several years ago. Stephen was blown away by Francesca’s beautiful contenance and her generosity and thougtfulness made it easy for him to realise that she was indeed the perfect woman for him….
…and so Stephen made Francesca an offer she couldn’t refuse, by proposing at the dead of night in Regent’s Park and it seems she was too worried not to accept, although she greatly appreciated the romantic gesture!
Their eventual decision to transfer back to Francesca’s home country proved to be a good one. After 12 years together theirs is not only a marriage between two loving individuals but also a ‘connubio’ between two cultures. They complement one another perfectly, proving that marriages between different nationalities can be incredibly successful.
It is clear that Stephen has integrated enormously well within Italian society and his relaxed and natural manner with his many Italian friends have made him a popular and fun personality.
Music and poetry played an important part in contributing a personalised feel and an Italian musical performance and personalised poem, accompanied sotto fondo by guitar, were enjoyed by everyone.
Stephen’s entrance, accompanied by his mother to ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’ roused the English contingent to sing along, much to the startled delight of the Italian guests who greatly enjoyed the show.
Weddings in the open are a relatively new concept in Italy and not everyone has heard of them least attended one… and so when Francesca emerged as a vision of loveliness there was a typically Latin reaction and much spontaneous applause!
Stephen was incredibly moved but the ceremony was a brilliant mix of emotional currents ranging from emotional to humorous. The Italians who lined up on a balcony wearing shades were gently teased by the Celebrant as resembling mafiosi.
An Italian guest asked afterwards how easy it was to move so effortlessly from one language to another. In fact bilingual ceremonies are a fine art and a successful outcome depends very much upon how the languages are blended together.
It is vital that all present feel included and are able to follow the spoken word but no greater language exists than the language of love… and we can see that Francesca and Stephen are fortunate enough to be articulate and proficient speakers