What could be more romantic than a wedding on Valentine’s Day?
To tell this story, I have to start from the day. February 14th is the feast of lovers, and you will certainly agree with me, there could be no better day to celebrate a wedding. La Ale e il Corsi –nicknames of Alessandra and Alessandro – live and work in Carrara, in the north of Tuscany.
The reason that prompted them to choose Varese for the civil ceremony is that Alessandra was born and raised here in the province. She would have liked to go back there to spend the moments of her wedding in the company of friends and family who had not seen her for some time. Why not? thought the couple. We’ll take the ball and organise two weddings! Yes, because la Ale e il Corsi will get married with the religious rite next October on the beaches of Versilia! And I cannot wait to photograph them again even on that occasion.
The town hall used for their ceremony has nothing to envy to the noblest places of Tuscany. Palazzo Estense is located in the centre of Varese. This is an old baroque residence, whose flagship is the garden, designed taking inspiration from the Austrian royal gardens of Schönbrunn. A homely and elegant environment, with a great historical importance and essential elegance, never shown off. You see the attention to detail, the perfect balance between beauty and functionality. One of those places that will not go out of fashion even for millions of years.
Ale and Corsi got married in the Sala del Ballo. A beautiful room, brilliant, with a large old chandelier in Murano glass in the centre, which is accessed by an imposing stone staircase. In addition to the wedding witnesses, the mascot was their dog, the sweet little Mia. An adorable pug with dark black eyes, ready to party as soon as she had the chance! Civil ceremonies are often cold and usually very fast. Blame the technical language of the Civil Code, really unromantic. But not this one. Parents and families attended moved and participating to the wedding, before heading down to the lower floor and launch their rice as a sign of hope for a happy and prosperous life. On that morning it had started to snow, and although this has created some discomfort to the ladies chilled with heels, everyone was euphoric, especially the bride.
After the civil marriage, we enjoyed a long and relaxed brunch in the centre of Varese, before returning to the hotel and get ready for dinner. The centre of the Lombard city is beautiful. The long porches run parallel to the stone-paved streets, with many shops on the sides. They would have been ideal for a nice romantic walk, but it was cold and snowing, one more reason for me to be lazy and give up exploring!
The Art Hotel in Varese, as well as hosting the spouses and friends who came from a distance, was the location for a dinner to remember for a long time. The hotel is an old manor house renovated with taste. A pure and elegant environment, cosy and intimate. The hall hosting the dinner reception is the old living room of the villa. The illumination from below and the background music made me feel at home. It’s the ideal place to spend some time relaxing in good company. A single imperial table in wood has been prepared in a simple but chic way. The many candlesticks made the room warm and enveloping; the cuisine is special, and the wine selection has enhanced the flavours of local products, of excellent quality.
Alessandra chose a ladylike look with retro lines, a suit in silk shantung just perfect for a civil ceremony. Tight skirt to cover the knees and low-cut jacket closed with jewel buttons and a nice belt, which completed the look with a rigid and delicious bow. She has set her hair with a nice soft fold and sparkly hair clips. A simple but effective trick to highlight the doll complexion and the beautiful cherry-colored lips. A look that I loved from the first moment, made by the talented Silvia Gerzeli.
Alessandro, elegant in his black tuxedo, white shirt and bow tie: a precious outfit, sober and very successful thanks to the good cuts chosen and the quality fittings. The groom was admired as much as the bride for his sophisticated style right for the type of ceremony and season. Beyond the date, the wedding of la Ale e il Corsi would have come out great on any other day of the year. The credit is definitely of these two guys who, to pomp and ostentation, have preferred the search for simplicity and that elegance rooted in the most authentic things, such as love for their land, family and friends.
I didn’t see the fireworks, but I heard lots of genuine laughter; there were no timelines to follow, but it was nice to let time flow, and I never wanted to say goodbye and go to bed. And like all good things, the next day I could not but retrace with my mind all the details of this beautiful wedding. Never mind if Cupid has had a hand: Valentine’s Day or not, I wish all weddings were like this!