If you are looking to tie the knot in a timeless, fairytale-like setting, Italy is definitely a place you should consider. It never ceases to amaze us with its historic charm and unadulterated romance. Giovanni & Agostina’s gorgeous affair is Italian wedding romance done right! In addition to the beautiful details and stunning scenery, what touched us the most is the magical moments of love captured in breathtaking images by Riccardo Cigno. The precious emotions reflected through the photos are downright contagious! Join us as we share Giovanni & Agostina’s lovely wedding story below.
Sweet love story
From the Bride (Agostina): We met in 2007 in a birthday party of a mutual friend. We liked each other for about a year, but never found the right moment to reveal our feelings. In January 2008, we finally had our first date. From that moment on, we can on longer live without each other.
5 years later, on Giovanni’s birthday, the greatest gift arrived! After an evening of festivities, he took me home and brought out the ring and asked me to marry him! My heart was filled with love and joy and I said yes!
A wedding that truly represented “us”
Agostina & Giovanni: We really wanted our personalities to be fully reflected through our wedding without compromise. We wanted an elegant and romantic event, but at the same time full of fun and unique ideas. We achieved our goal by paying attention to every single detail and selecting the best vendors that matched our style and needs. The planning process was very challenging especially when we were given limited time, but it was definitely well worth the effort and we had a beautiful experience!
Wedding planning general information
Wedding theme: Romantic
Approximate number of guests: 240
Budget: About € 40,000
Best Wedding Moment: Our vows in church with the exchange of rings! Looking deep into each other’s eyes and promising eternal love to each other was so beautiful! It felt like no one else existed!
Favorite wedding detail: the venue and harp music in the church
Advice for couples planning their day
Agostina & Giovanni: Rely on professionals in this field and trust their instincts, but never forget that your wedding should be an unique event that represents you. On your big day, professionals will help you stay calm and allow you to live every moment of your fairytale without stress.
Agostina & Giovanni: The day was made special by the people who enthusiastically shared our happiness. Knowing that our guests were having a good time was the best gift we could get. The feelings that could not be expressed by words were shown from the photos captured by Riccardo. Riccardo was our biggest helper and friend who documented the joy and beauty of our special day through images with strong visual and emotional impact! His work totally exceeded our expectations!
Thoughts from the photographer
Riccardo Cigno: Giovanni & Agostina are one of the most amazing couples I’ve ever known. Their bond has touched me from the first time that we met. For a photographer like me, whose style is very much based on the emotional side of the wedding, getting to know the couple and empathizing with their wishes and expectations is always of paramount importance.
The wedding was full of crazy and spontaneous moments. It was held in the small village of Celano (L’Aquila, Abruzzo), dominated by one of the most impressive castles of south Italy. The scenery was just stunning!
One of my favorite images from this wedding was the one with the couple in the car and the castles in the background (the last image of this post). The sense of intimacy and romance presented through this shot was a big success (and I have to admit it was a shot that I had in mind for some time).
The celebrations continued until late at night in “Villa Elena”, one of the most beautiful and well-managed properties in this region.
About Riccardo Cigno
Riccardo Cigno is a fine art wedding photographer based in Sulmona, a small town in central Italy famous for its “confetti”. 27 years old and self-taught, since he began photographing, his greatest desire was to become a good wedding photographer who had a different approach to the traditional ways of shooting weddings (typically for Italian cultural weddings).
Passionate about reportage but not despising the charm of a good portrait, Riccardo combined the two things trying to develop a personal style that would allow him to be outstanding for spontaneity and refinement, emphasizing the whole with a meticulous post-production process of the images.
Despite his young age, he photographs weddings all over Italy, and also has experience with foreign clients (Germany, China, UK, USA). In 2013, he was included by AG|WPJA (The Artistic Guild Of The Wedding Photojournalist Association) among the “Top 60 Wedding Photographers In The World”.
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