We had almost a year to plan our wedding, but apart from booking the cathedral one year in advance, we did not plan anything else until six months before our wedding day. I was based in Bangalore at the time while Eugenio was in Delhi, and we had no idea how we were going to plan a wedding in Italy whilst living remotely. Fortunately, I am blessed to have the sweetest parents-in-law and sister-in-law who went out of their way to make sure we had the perfect wedding. They did all the groundwork of venue and wedding professional scouting. They also took care of all the transportation and bookings. We then made one trip to Italy six months before the wedding to finalize everything – the venue, the food, the florist, accommodation options for our guests and wedding favors.
VENUE: The duomo or cathedral is the center-point for every Italian town. The duomo of Ascoli Piceno, Cattedrale di Sant Emidio is the stunning cathedral in Eugenio’s hometown. Built-in the 8th century, not only is it a historical masterpiece, but it is also grand, regal and truly magnificent. There was not much debate on where we would get married and I could not have been happier with our choice.
Finalizing the Reception venue was more complicated. The region of Marche is known for its rolling hills and breathtaking landscape, and my heart was set on an outdoor venue in the midst of these rolling hills. It took a while to find what I was looking for, but I remember that exact moment that I saw pictures of Villa Corallo. I knew right away that we had finally found our reception venue. The villa is an old restored aristocratic Italian country home, with its sprawling grounds set in the heart of rural Abruzzo, just a short drive away from Ascoli Piceno. While the surrounding country-side was exactly how I wanted it, we could not enjoy the view once we were inside the grounds. It, however, didn’t matter anymore because the setting was perfect and I fell in love with it.
WEDDING SHOPPING: I did all my wedding shopping in Kerala and Bangalore.
PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY: I am blessed to have family and friends who are really good at what they do. Mark Swaroop, a dear friend from school is one of Bangalore’s most sought after wedding photographers. There was never a doubt in my mind that he would be our wedding photographer. We hired a freelance cinematographer from Ascoli Piceno, arranged by my in-laws.