Nine months into dating, Rob and I took our first true vacation together. We met in Rome and spent an entire week touring Umbria and Tuscany while staying at a friend’s place in this tiny hamlet of Morruzze. At the end of our trip, Mario, one of the locals we’d come to know quite well, told us to come back and get married in Morruzze. This rugged-looking, local Italian man dangled an old set of keys in front of us and in Italian said, “I’ll open up the church for you.”
With raised eyebrows Rob and I both first looked at Mario, then each other, and laughed. After just nine months marriage seemed a bit premature to both of us but Mario had planted the seed. Wouldn’t you know, three years later we called Mario and asked if his offer still stood.
Rob and I always knew we wanted an intimate wedding. We loved the rustic charm of this 17th century church which was just big enough to hold our fifty guests. The ceremony itself was led by an older, English priest who very well could have been a wizard straight out of Harry Potter. Saying, “…in sickness and in health,” choked me up just like I always knew it would and we all quietly laughed as Rob and I fumbled to slip the rings on each others fingers. Our ceremony was everything we had ever dreamed of – romantic, rustic, intimate and ever-so imperfectly and perfectly us.
I LOVE that story about the church!! Made my morning. :)
Wow, how crazy that the old man predicted your wedding just 9 months into your relationship! You guys were meant to be ;-) Love the tiny chapel, its beautiful.
Such a romantic story. You looked beautiful!
I love that your wedding was small and intimate; that is how I envision mine when the day comes.
Gorgeous pictures, you looked beautiful!
This is absolutely beautiful! The story, the church, the bride and groom, everything! What a blessed couple :)
What a wonderful wedding story! You are seriously beaming with happiness and love <3 I am so happy that your wedding day was everything you wanted and more!
you guys look adorable <3
Love that first shot!
Absolutely stunning, Elle. Love that you went back to Italy to get married, thanks for sharing this story with us!
What a beautiful day! LIfe is so funny like that… you never know that a vacation to Morruzze could end up in a wedding venue confirmation! Sounds like the perfect location!
The Church is beautiful! What a romantic venue!