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Sally and Stefano’s scenic Italian wedding

Sally Weall and Stefano Ibba married in Sassoferrato, Marche, Italy

Stefano and Sally – Why They Chose Italy

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Why Italy?

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“Stefano’s Mum is Italian, so we know it well,” says Sally. “Plus, who could forget the amazing food and scenery!”

Stefano and Sally – The Ceremony

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What was the Ceremony Like?

“Our civil ceremony was lovely. It took place in a beautiful old town hall in the centre of a medieval town. I was walked in by my dad, and met Stef at the door. We walked in to Italian opera piece Cavelleria Rusticana and sat, while the officiant conducted the ceremony in Italian. Then we signed the papers, had a kiss (of course!) and exchanged rings. We walked down the old staircase into a cloud of confetti and lovely friends and family. After lots of kisses all the guests left to go to the hotel for canapés and champagne and we spent an hour having our photographs taken in the lovely arches and steps etc of the old town, which was lovely to have a bit of calm time after the nerves.”

Stefano and Sally – The Reception

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What Was the Reception Like?

“The reception was in a lovely hotel set in the mountains, Country Hotel Sassoferrato. We had local Prosecco and canapés at the front of the hotel. I had painted little coloured glasses with the names of each guest as a marker with a candle inside and we had floating candles in bowls with petals on the tables. We made a grand entrance and everyone clapped and had a little dance! My dad made a lovely speech, translated into French then Italian by our friend Patrick and then Stef.”
“We then passed around the quaich – a silver cup with our names on – which is a Celtic tradition. It was full of Bowmore whisky and all of the guests had some. We were dancing after the first course (we hired two musicians) and all the way through the day. We drank local wines and ate wonderful food. After the meat course we went outside to the pool area, where we had a dessert, cheese buffet and an old-fashioned ice cream trailer. We spent the afternoon and evening dancing around the pool, chatting and eating. The cake was beautiful – three tiers of white and dark chocolate fondant ice cream with cream and white flowers. We had 11 children at the wedding and they all really made the ambience, running  around and laughing all day. Four-year-old Leandro even threw himself in the pool when he got a bit warm! It was a wonderful relaxed and fun atmosphere.”

Stefano and Sally – Hints and Tips

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Was it easy to organise?

“It was easier than I thought. The paper work was the hardest thing, as I had looked on websites for the British, Italian and British embassies in Italy. I thought I had what I needed, but found out I had to run around and change it all at the last minute, which was a bit stressful!”

Any tips?

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“A top tip would be to get as much information as possible from all the authorities involved with plenty of time before the date. Also, if you have any strange name situations with paperwork get it sorted out before you start getting the wedding paperwork sorted out – i.e, my birth certificate says Sarah and my passport says Sally! Also, I would advise anyone marrying in Italy who doesn’t speak Italian to get a wedding planner as it will take off a lot of the pressure.”