I am proud to present this Villa Aurelia Wedding as I have helped with the organisation and I love the results.
When I met Gintare and Sam together with my wife Sabrina at the Edition Hotel in London in 2016, we immediately clicked.
They are clients who know what they want, have very clear specifications and standards, and don’t settle for average or seen before!
We decided to work all together in order to create something special and unique with many custom designs thrown in the mix.
The wedding day is upon us and Rome, one of their favourite cities is delivering amazing temperatures and clear skies.
We have an interesting situation with the accommodation. Sam is a lover of contemporary and sleek designs and is getting ready at the Fendi Suites. Meanwhile, Gintare enjoys some grand and romantic period features at the Residenza Napoleone III just opposite. Photographically it is enjoyable for me to work in two such contrasting locations.
When Gintare expressed to Sabrina her disappointment over the wedding dresses she tried in London at various ateliers, she suggested to have her wedding dress designed and executed by an upcoming Milanese designer, already well renowned between the young international elite: Francesca Piccini.
The lace is sourced personally by Francesca in France at lace designer Sophie Hallette that has now been bought by Chanel!
The luxurious box arrives and contains as a present the drawing of the dress Francesca made for Gintare.
The shoes are Renee Caovilla and the rings are custom made in London by a personal friend of the groom Michael Condren, the earrings are Bucherer.
The beautiful handmade invitations are from Mount Street Printers in London.
While the ladies are getting ready I photograph the groom getting ready with his sons, the atmosphere is relaxed, loving and fun.
The Groom is wearing a suit from Hackett, J.M. Weston shoes, Hackett shirt studs and Montblanc cufflinks.
I use some of the ultra chic spaces to take photos of them as they help each other get ready. At the end a couple of portraits of Sam.
We go downstairs to check out the vintage green Porsche and take some “street style” pictures before Sam leaves to go to the church of Santa Sabina.
Back at the Residenza Napoleone III Gintare is ready and we take some bridal portraits of the bride alone with the backdrop of the beautiful decor and architecture and some shots with her family.
Two black Mercedes are ready to take Gintare and her Father her mother and sister to the church.
At the church, a Lithuanian priest who is a personal friend of the couple together with a Lithuanian Bishop performs the ceremony.
As a loving surprise to Gintare Sam has engaged the services of X Factor UK singer Rebecca Ferguson to sing the Halleluja and Ave Maria at the ceremony.
After the ceremony, we take some group shots and the couple makes their exit greeted by all their relatives throwing rice and petals.
We then make our way to a lovely venue next to the church for a drink enjoying the full views of Rome.
While the relatives go back to their accommodation to rest and get ready for the second part of the day: the aperitifs and reception at Villa Aurelia, we drive off to take some pictures and shoot a video with the With Heart crew around Rome Dolce Vita style!
Back to the Fendi suites, Gintare changes her look and slips into a Jenny Packham for the evening ahead.
As I arrive at Villa Aurelia I am curious to see how the villa has been transformed. We knew how exigent Gintare and Sam were about the decor for their wedding, their specific ideas have been realised.
I start photographing some of the amazing floral designs when the couple appears to join their guests at the aperitifs, we grab a few couple shots around the villa and then I leave them to enjoy great food and drinks meticulously prepared by California catering.
The guests make their way in the upper rooms where two long tables have been lavishly decorated, the bride and groom will seat for one course at the head of one table and at the other one for the second course.
A grand piano is masterfully played by Antonio Nasca creating a magical atmosphere.
At the end of the dinner, we all move into the party room on the ground floor where we find a large stage, a maxi projector and an impressive bar. Rebecca Ferguson makes her entrance and the couple performs their first dance while she is singing their favourite song and some nice pictures of the bride and groom appear in the background. After the father and daughter’s dance Rebecca give us a great performance of her hits, a memorable private concert that we all enjoyed.
Time to cut the delicious cake and enjoy a stunningly decorate buffet of desserts where each guest can take one of the boxes with a lovely present inside and all, of course, is custom made in Italy and Greece. The night ends with a super high energy DJ set by superstar dj Giannis Sartzetakis that everyone loves as they party and dance into the night, a great way to end this special Villa Aurelia wedding!