Delighted to welcome to our blog this morning a little bit of Italian glamour and inspiration. Lisa and Fran married at Castello Di Rossino on 26th July 2015 and followed with a dreamy few days touring Italy. This is quite simply La Dolce Vita!
Thank you to Belle Momenti for sending this beautiful real wedding to us. Enjoy!
Your love story
“My mum was actually Fran’s hairdresser for about 15 years before I really knew who he was. We were in our University union one night and someone tapped me on the shoulder. When I turned around Fran and his twin brother were standing there. Fran blurted out “excuse me, but are you Elaine Cameron’s daughter?” That was the first time we properly met but after that, I didn’t really see him out. It was about 7 years later when he sent me a message on Facebook that we finally went on our first date.”
“Our first date was at my flat where Fran cooked for me and he admitted to having had a crush on me since he was 16. At the time, I worked in a sports shop and he used to ask his mum to take him to look for trainers so he could come in. Not exactly love at first sight but we got there in the end. One and a half years later Fran got down on one knee in the house where we had our first date and asked me to marry him.”
How did you arrange your wedding?
“As the wedding was in Italy and Fran can speak Italian he dealt with the paperwork side of things, liaising with the town hall in Italy and the embassy in Scotland. I looked after everything else which although I moaned about, it was actually for the best. If I’d left things to other people, I’d end up checking up on it all and driving them insane. I’m an uber organised person so realistically it made much more sense for me to be in charge of the ‘borderline OCD spreadsheet’ as Fran referred to it. We did make all the big decisions together though in terms of the band, suits, flowers etc, so I’d say it was a pretty even split.”
What did you both wear?
“I wore a Jenny Packham Esme dress in white with a plain Chapel length veil and a pair of T-bar Charlotte Mills shoes. Fran wore a Hugo Boss suit and shirt with a pair of Russell and Bromley shoes. He also had on a rose gold pocket watch, which I gave him as a wedding gift and he opened on the day.”
What venue did you choose?
“I saw Castello Di Rossino after searching online for venues in Lecco. We were trying to avoid Lake Como and Fran’s cousin suggested Lecco which is a town sitting on a smaller lake just off Lake Como. As soon as I saw Castello Di Rossino on the internet I knew we had to, at least, visit it. After going to various venue’s on Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta we visited Rossino and there was just no competition.”
“Rossino is one of the oldest Castle’s in Lombardy and boasts stunning views over the lakes. It has been beautifully restored inside making it comfortable but not too modern. The main tower has two double bedrooms with a bathroom, which we stayed in on the night of the wedding. We held our ceremony and reception there which saved us having to move guests between venues and luckily Rossino had a license to hold civil ceremonies which meant the wedding was legal.”
Was the day how you imagined?
“The ceremony itself was quite funny as we had a representative of the town hall and a translator. The Italian Civil Ceremony is basically a list of clauses which the couple agree to and as it wasn’t as clear cut as ‘I now pronounce you husband and wife’ we had a celebratory cheer which turned out to be a bit premature. It really did add to the relaxed nature of the day, though. I’ve never been a fan of overly formal weddings and this provided a few giggles throughout. It was lovely for all our friends and families to see a different kind of marriage celebration and with the Italian side of the family being there it really felt like the coming together of two cultures.”
What advice would you give to other couples?
“My advice would be not to spend lots of money on a wedding planner. We did have help as Fran’s family are based in Milan but in terms of the suppliers themselves, most speak good English. For our venue, flowers, band, catering etc. I used google to source and then arranged a meeting with them to select the correct ones. It gave us a real sense of achievement knowing we had pulled everything together ourselves plus saved a lot of money. The one area a planner might be useful for is the paperwork, however, we found the Italian Embassy took care of all of this for us.”
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
“We had quite a short honeymoon as we were in Italy for a few days before the wedding. We hired a car, a very sexy Fiat Panda, and drove down to Lake Garda for a couple of days and then caught the train to Venice for two days. It was really nice getting away and having time by ourselves after all the people at the wedding and staying in our Villa with 12 other people. Venice, in particular, was amazing and very romantic. We returned to Milan and had our final night in the Aperol bar overlooking the Duomo. There was a young singer there busking in the square and as we passed he started singing the song I walked down the aisle to. It was a very fitting end to our honeymoon!”