28 September 2018
Rugile & Vytautas love autumn but in their country, Lithuania it would have been too cold to organise a wedding, so they chose Italy and in particular the eternal city to exchange their vowels. I always ask my couples how they imagine their wedding and in this case the answer was “small, intimate and welcoming” …and therefore this was my goal.
The couple chose to marry in the church of Sant’Anna ai Palafrenieri in the Vatican City. This church is splendid even without any type of floral decoration; in fact, the decorations make it very rich and the many plants embellish it further. Obviously for all those who want to have floral arrangements there is no ban. Rugile and Vytautas decided to celebrate a canonical rite since the civil one had already been done in Lithuania a few months earlier, thus streamlining the bureaucratic part relating to the necessary documentation.
After the ceremony, the photographer took the couple and their guests to St. Peters Basilica, sharing a fun photo shoot all along the colonnade. Before going to the reception the couple decided to offer a welcome drink in a typical bar among the “alleys of Rome”, in Borgo Pio and at some point, as if in a magical Holywood film, Rugile and Vytautas started dancing to the sounds of street players who cheered us with his accordion…Friends and tourists stopped and pulled out their smartphones and started videoing this truly romantic scene! Time stopped for a few minutes and everyone closed their eyes and got carried away by their dreams, at least for I while. Even me…
Lunch was organised in the splendid Roof Garden of the Hotel Splendid Royal, Il Mirabelle, a stone’s throw from Villa Borghese and Via Veneto. The view from the restaurant is breath-taking… it's really nice to eat having Rome at your feet… it’s a magnificent gift that the couple gave not only to themselves but to all their guests. The private room allowed the couple to reserve the majority of the room, but luckily there were no guests at lunch that day and therefore we had the entire lounge available… so much so that a friend of the couple sat at the piano and dedicated to the newlyweds the beautiful Love Song by Elton john… which brought everyone to tears.
After the cutting of the cake, the photographer took everyone to Villa Borghese, where there was a toast with Ferrari bottles brought by friends and then another photo shoot, but this time however it was continued by only the couple in the centre of Rome. The mood of the whole wedding has always been very warm; friends and relatives always smiling and ready for any occasion to party and get excited in the magnificent setting that only Rome can offer.
The group then met in the evening at in the historic Meo Patacca in Trastevere, between fried dishes, carbonara, Tiramisu and above all the Roman folk songs sung between the tables… and from there we went to dance to close in beauty this simply perfect day.