Last weekend was Rosana and Ivano’s Wedding. Rosanna is the daughter of our good friend Florisa and Franco. The ceremony was to be held at the 16th century Church of Santa Maria di Loreto, which is situated on a small hill on the outskirts of Itri, annexed to the ex convent of the Cappuccini brothers. It is now a monastery of the order of Passionate Priests.
Diversifying from the topic of the wedding just for one moment – Did you know how the frothy cup of Italian coffee got its name? It was because the light brown and cream of a cup of cappuccino matched that of the robes of the Cappuccini monks.
This was our first visit to this church so I ventured inside to take some photos. The church had been beautifully decorated with flowers.
We all gathered outside the church waiting for the bride to make her appearance.
A very proud Franco lead his daughter up the steps of the church and up the aisle.
As the couple emerged from the church, the family and guests showered the pair with rice and confetti as a symbol of love and prosperity.
Before heading to the extravaganza of the wedding reception the newly-weds were driven off to the old medieval quarter of Itri to have some scenic / romantic wedding photos taken.
Over 200 guests were invited to the lavish reception held at Villa Paola in the nearby town Fondi, which went on well into the evening.
Florisa had loving hand-made the pretty bomboniere or wedding favours herself crocheting over 200 little bags, which were then decorated with miniature flowers and ribbons.
She had also decorated their home, as the wedding celebrations went on for several days.
Che Bella !!!
All photos except * by me – NonnaLou !!!