At the end of June we were invited to attend the Italian wedding of our dear friends, Raffaele and Nicole. A few years back Raffaele was one of our English students. He had a longing to travel to America and was thus keen to improve his English language skills. He went to stay with family friends in California and while there met is wife to be Nicole. Nicole’s family also orignate from Itri.
They had recently married in California but the they were to then to fly to Italy to hold a second wedding ceremony here in Itri.
The ceremony was to be held in the old medieval quarter of upper Itri, which has an ancient castle and a warren of narrow cobbled streets, stone stairways and alleys. At the top is the old 9th century church of of San Michele Arcangelo.
The wedding reception was to be held in the most splendid setting of Villa Paola near Fondi.
A huge range of delicious antipasti were served al fresco in the beautiful gazebo. This was the bride and groom’s table.
For the rest of the meal we were directed inside into the lavish banquet hall.
The delicious meal that insued was fish based and of numerous courses served at intervals during the afternoon.
In between there were pauses for those who would like a little twirl around the dance floor. The fuller everyone got the harder it was to move, let alone dance !!!
There were numerous toasts or “brindisi” wishing the happy couple happiness, good health and good fortune by family and friends alike.
Finally it was time to step outside once again for the bride and groom to cut the wedding cake.
Congratulations Raffaele and Nicole, may you have many happy years together.
Thank you both, and a special thanks also to Florisa and Franco for allowing us to share your special day.
All photos by me © Louise Shapcott