After coming back to Rome, my first official act was to attend the wedding of a friend and classmate from uni.
It was both, the first wedding of a friend of mine (as in: not a cousin or aunt, but actually someone of my age) and the first Italian wedding I went to. And let me tell you, my Italian friends made sure I was prepared: “Si mangia!” You eat. A lot. – So I can’t actually say I haven’t been warned, but I was still surprised by the amount of food; it seems to be the quintessential part of an Italian wedding! 😀
But first things first: the bride looked stunning! Gessi wore a fabulous fairytale-like dress and she was absolutely beautiful! The church was just behind the Colosseum and it looked like right out of a fairytale too! The ceremony was lovely and Sara and me made good use of the tissues thoughtfully provided at the entrance 😉 Afterwards we threw rice and greeted the newlywed outside the church.
While the bride and the groom were off taking pictures, the guests were entertained with Aperitivo: buffets of sweet and savoury snacks in a very scenic garden party ambient. I was basically full after that, but that’s only where the fun began. When the bride and groom were back, we were all asked inside a glamorous Palazzo where lunch was served: seven courses including the cake!
Ok, that’s enough talk about food now! It was a beautiful wedding, I am so happy for them both and also: it was so amazing to see what I’v been thought in Italian class in real life! One of the priorities of my first Italian teacher was to teach us culture as well as language. So whenever we’ve learned a new tense or use of articles, we’d read texts and speak about Italian culture to put it to use. I remember reading about Italian celebrations, the custom of giving confetti to your guests and the importance of coffee even after a multi-course meal. And that’s exactly what happened. 🙂
At the end of the day we were bursting of food and our feet hurt – but it was beautiful!
Please excuse me now, I have to dream of my own wedding…