We can't begin to explain the experience we had at VSC and with Marco & Monica. It was so personal and amazing. Not only was it the best day (well, week really) of our lives, but so many of our guests said it was like no other wedding they had been to and enjoyed every second.
We viewed the villa back in February 2011, so returning on the 9th June 2012 was so emotional. The flowers and the sunshine made the views and villa even more beautiful. We checked in about half an hour before most of our guests arrived, they were speechless!! We had such a fun first evening to kick off the holiday & ordered pizza from Ciao Ciao. The next day, more and more guests arrived! We had 40 people in total, the overspill from VSC opted for hotels in the town and two villas further up the hill from VSC.
The week was a whirlwind but so exciting. We met Mark (our photographer) prior to the wedding day, as well as Kamil (the videographer) and Alex (the DJ). I also had a hair trial with Monia at her shop, which was fun!
The day before the wedding we had the rehearsal at Cortona town hall. Marco made us all feel very calm and organised!
Our wedding day arrived (so quickly) on Wednesday the 13th of June. Monia arrived at the villa at 7am to get started on the hair. There were 3 blow-dries and 2 hair-ups to perform. All of them looked beautiful. I was so pleased with my hair, Monia did it so well that it stayed in all day & night! (I'm having it done again this Saturday for our English reception, my hair dresser has a lot to live up to!!!!)
The getting ready process was so calm, me, the bridesmaid and the mother of the bride were ready in good time and enjoyed watching the other guests milling around from the wedding suite windows.
The groom was getting ready with the boys further up the hill in Villa dei Cappuccini. Poor Mark & Kamil rushed between the two capturing both our mornings. They were excellent. Mark was so friendly and talked through exactly what he needed from us. Kamil just got on with capturing natural moments, it was like having two friends with us rather then 2 strangers!
The town hall ceremony was so special and intimate, we chose the string trio, the music was beautiful and set the mood for the whole day. We loved coming out on the balcony and walking down the steps with crowds of on-lookers!
When we arrived back at the villa, everything looked amazing, Monica had been working her socks off!! Mario did our flowers, and wow - they looked better then I had imagined. The marquee really comes to life on the wedding day.
Renata was our caterer and the food was out-of-this-world. Our guests couldn't believe how many courses there were, everyone said it was one of the best meals EVER. We want the Italian wedding cake to catch on over here in the UK, it was 1000 x nicer then normal fruit cake. I've been craving it ever since!
I don't know where the time went, but before we knew it Alex had started up the music. All of our guests took to the dance floor until the early hours. He played such a good mix of music and read the room to make sure there were no dance-floor lulls!
We opted for the free bar which our guests loved. I wondered if it would be worth doing, but it definitely was, everyone made the most of it!!
The whole day & evening was perfect, Kamil and Mark managed to capture our memories so well. Many people back in the UK watched Kamil's video and commented how it brought a tear to their eye. We cant recommend him enough. We booked him last minute after our meeting with Marco, and thank god we did - we've watched the video soooo many times.
We have only seen a snapshot of photos from Mark as he is working on the others, but again, we loved his style and the photos he sent over were gorgeous. We would also recommend him to everyone. He made us laugh the whole day! We cant wait to see the rest of the pictures and share them with friends and family.
And finally... Marco & Monica! Wow!
Marco is a genuinely lovely guy, who makes dreams come true. We hadn't met him before we flew out for the wedding, but as soon as we did, we felt we had known him for years. He was friendly, organised, reassuring & excellent at what he does.
Monica was one of the reasons we booked VSC, she showed us round back in February and was so lovely. During the week, she helped us with anything we needed and on the day made sure everything was perfect for when we arrived back from Cortona.
Russ and I felt quite emotional saying goodbye to both Marco & Monica. Passignano will always be such a special place. We hope to return very soon!!
I think I've run out of adjectives to describe the week. But if your reading this, wondering whether to book VSC, or with Romantic Italian Weddings, it will be the best week of your lives.
- Also Known As:
- Villa San Crispolto Hotel Passignano Sul Trasimeno
- Villa San Crispolto Italy/Passignano Sul Trasimeno, Province Of Perugia