The Love Story

Anna: I am an English teacher and I mainly work in the corporate sector. I am positive, curious and always out to learn something new. I love music, reading and learning about all things spiritual and paranormal. I am blessed and I couldn’t be more grateful for my life.

Ilaria: I am a journalist and I work for the local newspaper, Giornale di Brescia. I’ve always been keen on writing and I’ve got my half-finished novel locked up in a drawer. I’m an avid reader, a piano player and an indie music lover.

We are committed vegetarians and we believe in the importance of every life form on this planet.

We love travelling, getting to know other cultures and exploring new places together. We do that as much as we can.

We love our families, our home and our little zoo. We live with one dog and four cats, and there is a lot of love in the air.

We’ve been together for about three years. We met by chance at a bar on a Saturday afternoon. I was trying to juggle a mobile phone, a lit cigarette, my dog and a glass of coke and Ilaria came to the rescue out of nowhere, offering to hold my glass. We started talking and we haven’t stopped since.

The Engagement

Anna: It was April the 5th 2018 and we had both had a rough day at work. So we decided to go to our favourite Indian restaurant for dinner (India was our first travel destination as a couple). Nevertheless, Ilaria was still quite sad. I had been waiting for the right moment to surprise her and she actually helped out when she asked me “please cheer me up”. So I told her to close her eyes and, right in front of the bathroom door, I pulled out the ring. She wasn’t expecting it, and she started crying. It took about ten minutes for her to say yes.

Our engagement was about five months.

The Wedding Day

Anna: Ilaria knew exactly what she would be wearing, from day one. A few days after I proposed she jumped on a train with three friends of hers and went to Laure de Sagazan’s Atelier in Rome, where she bought the dress. I wasn’t so steadfast. I bought a suit but then I changed my mind. I went to Max Mara Milano with my Mum, and I bought a jumpsuit. I had to try it on to understand that it was the one.

We wanted our wedding day to be full of joy and our families strongly supported us, which was a blessing. We wanted the atmosphere to be peaceful and colourful. Most importantly, we desired to share our happiness with all the people who are part of our life. The Mexican/boho theme came up when Roberto, the guy in charge of the catering, came to visit us and saw our house. We took inspiration from our furniture and our home’s vibe.

As for the food, we had decided that no animals would be harmed for our celebration, so we went for an entirely vegetarian meal. We knew it was no easy task because of the standards of Italian food culture and we were afraid our guests might not like it, but we wanted our wedding to symbolise who we are, so we went on with our plan.

Roberto helped us make our idea into a reality, giving us great advice and planning all the dishes.

The result was astonishing. Everyone was happy with the food and unexpectedly satisfied.

The wedding day absolutely exceeded our expectations. Everything was just perfect and everyone was happy. The sun blessed us with the most incredible sunset. We were speechless and utterly grateful.

We wish we could go back in time and relive our special day. We were so excited and so busy talking to everybody that we missed a lot of the details we had spent hours on. Time flies on that day, it’s like a tornado.

What Marriage Means to Us

Anna: It’s the chance of a lifetime to share every part and moment of my life with my person.

Ilaria: I was sure she was the one the very moment I saw her and I felt committed to her when we first kissed. But I wanted the whole world to know that we were going to be a family, bonded forever in front of the law, not just in our hearts. I think in some countries, especially now in Italy, marriage is not only an act of love but a political choice. I married Anna because she’s my soulmate, but I’m also aware that we’ve written a small and significant page in the history of our country.

Cake Officina Eventi | Catering Officina Eventi | Ceremony Venue Palazzo Loggia | Celebrant Deputy Mayor Laura Castelletti | Entertainment DJ PILVIO | Engagement Rings My Golden Age | Florist Elena Fiori | Hair Maison Co | Makeup Monica C | Tattoo corner Tattly | Photographer Laura Stramacchia | Furniture Hire Ristorent | Reception Venue Palazzo Barbo’ a Torre Pallavicina | Stationery Alice Pasinetti | Wedding Favours Elena Fiori | Wedding Rings My Golden Age | Gown Designer Laure de Sagazan | Shoes Anniel, Fendi | Jumpsuit Designer Mx Mara Bridal | Flower crown Elena Fiori | Bridespeople Outfits Comme Des Garcons | Pet accessories Bow Paw Tie