Cristina and Massimo’s desire to get married overcame every obstacle and this is how, despite all the difficulties, they managed to celebrate their wedding in the Church of Santo Stefano Rotondo. Everything favored the success of the party and the desire to forget for a few hours what one is forced to live in the so-called normality. A beautiful day like an authentic Roman October, the elegance of the spouses, a magnificent dress for her and a full uniform of the Air Force for him, the beautiful church of S Stefano Rotondo, the splendor of Villa Celimontana, the charm of Villa Aurelia.
The church of S Stefano Rotondo needs no introduction, its uniqueness is well known, both for its position in the heart of one of the most beautiful Roman hills, the Celio, and for its characteristic circular plan. Built in the fifth century, this beautiful early Christian church risked decay and almost total destruction due to an earthquake and subsequent devastation and it was only the will and determination of two Popes, Innocent II and Nicholas V, to restore it to its original splendor, restoring it and enriching it with precious artefacts and frescoes, the most notable of which are by Pomarancio.
To the suggestion of the church was added that of the nearby Villa Celimontana where we decided to take photos after the ceremony. The villa, dating back to the 16th century and made available to the Romans as a public park, was known since ancient times for its lush vegetation and the presence of numerous spring sources and has kept its charm almost intact, maintaining its true oasis dimension. of peace where all the senses seem satisfied. Cristina and Massimo wanted Villa Aurelia as a location for their reception.
I think a wedding at Villa Aurelia is in the dreams of all spouses. It is difficult to find a more elegant and refined residence in the center of Rome, open to the public. Since 1909 owned by the American Academy in Rome, but passed through its history in the hands of several noble and wealthy families, it was built in the seventeenth century by Cardinal Farnese, in an enviable position, on the top of the Gianicolo and a stone’s throw from Porta San Pancrazio. The last owner was responsible for the massive consolidation and restoration works and above all the desire to make it public. Since then, Villa Aurelia has hosted events, weddings, concerts, conferences within its vast indoor and outdoor spaces thanks to the presence of a beautiful garden.
The view from its terrace is a unique spectacle, all of Rome and the Dome in the center. Moreover, a wedding at Villa Aurelia allows a great deal of freedom and autonomy in the organization and setting up, leaving the bride and groom the choice of catering, floral arrangements, musicians. In short, having a luxurious environment at your disposal to create a fairytale wedding, following your dreams and desires. The happy ending at this point would be the end of the bad season we are all experiencing.
Special thanks to Cristina and Massimo for choosing me as their wedding photographer at Villa Aurelia.