If I say their names, Paola and Sergio, it’s easy to think that these are two Italian guys. But this lovely couple, who celebrated their Cinque Terre Wedding in Monterosso al Mare, is 100% English and lives in the most British city in the United Kingdom, that is London.
But how is this possible, given that their last name is Italian? On a beautiful day in late June, we finally solved the mystery.
The fathers of Paola and Sergio are Italian and have married two English girls, with whom they spent the rest of their lives in the UK. None of them have forgotten their origins and language; in addition to the name and surname they passed on to their children their passion for Italy, even if the latter do not speak Italian fluently. A flaw which you can pass on once you’ve met them.
Paola and Sergio are, in fact, nice people, polite and respectful: the features of our favorite clients.
Why a Cinque Terre Wedding?
The newlyweds have mutually decided to celebrate the wedding in Italy. Which location to choose among the many proposed? Monterosso al Mare is the definitive one. This enchanted place on the coast of Liguria has much to offer from a culinary and landscape point of view and although, by admission of Paola, is little known to people overseas.
Monterosso is one of the jewels of the Cinque Terre, accessible almost exclusively by train or boat.
Completely closed to traffic, it is a place that overlooks the turquoise sea. A few minutes away is the most famous Portofino and its boutiques. Unlike the latter, Monterosso has preserved its authenticity that the tourist masses have not yet canceled. From the sea, you can walk to the town center that is still well preserved, with typical stalls and shops.
Here, as in the popular imagination, it is easy to find clothes hanging from the windows and taverns with red and white checkered tablecloths.
In a few minutes, reached by taking the narrow streets paved with stone, two churches, one of which is the one where Paola and Sergio celebrated a Catholic wedding in front of excited families and friends.
And then a walk through the streets of the historic center, accompanied by a group of musicians who played traditional Italian music. Incredulous tourists and villagers have enjoyed this show before newlyweds and guests got to the reception.
The color of the wedding was pink: bouquet, buttons panels and even the shirts of the wedding party were of various shades of pink. The dresses of the bridesmaids were gray, perfectly coordinated with the clothes of the witnesses and parents.
Buranco Wineyard Resort
The second part of the wedding was at the Resort Buranco, also in Monterosso. This place is one of the few that can host receptions in the Cinque Terre. It lies between the town and the hill in front of it stuck in the middle of a valley of olive groves and vineyards, a five-minute walk from the main beach in the town. A large arched doorway welcomes visitors before you can access to a terrace paved with flower pots under lush olive trees.
Here took place the aperitif, with large tables full of delicious dishes: seafood salads, typical focaccia with cheese and sparkling wines. A corner of the terrace has been set up to accommodate the photo booth.
The dinner was held in the large garden, under a tent located next to the olive trees set up with flashing lights.
A romantic atmosphere that accompanied the traditional speeches before the final dance.
The talented Melina, wedding planner in the Cinque Terre, has prepared tables of sweets and treats alongside the open bar. The cutting of the cake was lit only by candles! All very romantic!
And so, after the launch of the bouquet, we said goodbye to this lovely British couple, to which we make our best wishes for a long and peaceful life to spend together. Here are the photos.