We love this amazing journey of Emmanuel and Leslie of finding new friends when they got married in Italy. No doubt, it’s scary to fly to a new destination, moreso, to tie the knot there without any family or friends to help out. But for our couple here, their leap of faith introduced them to new relationships that had given them confidence about their awesome destination elopement in Italy.
Planning the wedding
At first, Emmanuel and Leslie were not so sure about not bringing anyone to their elopement in Italy, but because they really prefer to have an intimate wedding with only the two of them in their dream destination (Rome), they finally decided to do this on their own, with the help of their wedding planner, Mary.
Their requests and preferences for the wedding were simple - peach and white orchids for the bouquet, a photographer to capture every special moment of their big day, help with the venue search and vendor communication, coordination on the day, a wedding car to take them from the villa where they would stay to the ceremony venue, and a fresh flower crown for Leslie.
Everything was set and every vendor booked long before their special day. They arrived in Italy three days before the wedding to familiarize themselves in Rome and to have more time to enjoy the local scenes in this amazing Italian city.
Even after the wedding, Emmanuel and Leslie stayed in Italy two more days to maximize their trip to their favorite European country. That’s the advantage of traveling to your wedding destination without any guests. You can focus on the two of you the whole time and enjoy visiting whatever place you want to see without any stress while traveling.
The historic places in Rome are some of the top reasons why they love this Italian city, and it’s just right for them to choose this location as the venue for their special day. This historic spot in Rome is surrounded by the ruins of many ancient government buildings, and it’s ideally located in central Rome. It was originally a marketplace when it was built in the ancient times where people gather to buy and trade, to hold religious ceremonies, elections, and to have intelligent discourses in public events.
Until now, you will see the remains of the markets, the temples, and impressive monuments here. There’s the Senate house called Curia Julia, the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, the oldest and arguably the most prominent of all, the Temple of Saturn, and many more.
All of these historic monuments were in full view when Emmanuel and Leslie said their I dos on the terrace of the venue.
The ceremony was the couple’s favorite part of their wedding day because it’s when they felt mostly taken care of by their newfound friends. Even before they reached the venue, they felt the professionalism and the wonderful company of their makeup artist and hairstylist, Laura Coco, who did not just make Leslie look stunning, but even made her feel comfortable and relaxed at the start of the day.
Upon reaching the venue, they were assisted wonderfully by the ceremony officiant, Alessia, and they couldn’t forget how their photographer, Viviana did a marvelous job capturing their special moments with ease and happiness. To add to their already perfect ceremony was their talented violinist Giulia Emirio whose enchanting music filled the air with magic and splendor!
Of course, the backdrop for the ceremony was just stunning, with the Temple of Saturn standing proudly in the background and the other monuments testifying to the extraordinary ceremony that was. Surely, it’s not everyday that you see couples flying to Rome to have this amazing view for their ceremony.
Right after the ceremony and a few minutes of photoshoot, Emmanuel popped a bottle of champagne to immediately celebrate their marriage!
The wedding photoshoot
The best highlight of the couple’s destination wedding in Italy was the photoshoot that followed after the ceremony.
Riding the wedding car they rented for the day, Emmanuel and Leslie went to the different tourist spots in Rome. From Piazza Navona, the Trevi fountain, to the carousel nearby, and the Colosseum, their photographer snapped some shots of these memorable moments. The photoshoot went on until sunset, and it was certainly a day to remember.