An Amazing Wedding in Matera, Italy

Our bags were fully packed although we weren’t even sure we were going anywhere. The second wave of pandemics was about to hit both Slovenia and Italy and the measures were changing daily. So was the upcoming wedding in Matera. The bride was writing us for the umpteenth time, downsizing the number of guests and adjusting everything on the basis of the most recent news and government decrees. There was still uncertainty in the air whether they’d be able to make it or not. 

These days were stressful for us as well. They already had to postpone the wedding once and we really wanted them to be able to make it this time. And have an amazing experience, the way they deserved it. Only a day before we were about to leave, the decision was final – there was going to be a wedding, in some shape or form! A 12 hours and 1.000 km lonf roadtrip towards Matera was ahead of us and we could finally start feeling happy and excited.  

It’s easy to understand why a couple would decide for a wedding in Matera. It hits all your senses at once and takes you back in time. We instantly fell in love with its steep narrow stairways that are just calling you to explore them all. And then these majestic views of the Sassi … Even though we took a whole day for the location scouting, we wished we had arrived even earlier. It felt like we could use a whole week to take it all in.

The Wedding Day

The wedding itself took place in the amazing Palazzo Viceconte, in the heart of Matera’s Old Town, which holds a historical significance and is UNESCO World Heritage Listed since 1993. (According to some resources, it is actually the third oldest town in the world!) The couple chose to have a classy romantic ceremony on the top terrace of the palace, overlooking the whole city. 

The whole day was a total dream from start to end and it was full of carnival themed surprises throughout the day. In the end it turned out to be a perfect and relaxed day, surroundend with some of their closest people and filled with emotions. We couldn’t be happier for them. 

Above all it was also special for us personally because of all the amazing people we met. People who made us feel at home from the first minute and who took care of us like we were a family. This is something we will never forget. 

We want to end these impressions from the wedding in Matera with a part of the poetry (by Alda Merini) that was recited in one of the wedding performances. It symbolically represents the essence of this amazing day:

𝑓𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑙’𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑒 𝑛𝑜𝑛 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑔𝑜𝑔𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑣𝑖,
𝑝𝑒𝑟𝑐ℎ𝑒́ 𝑙’𝑎𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑒̀ 𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑒,
𝑒 𝑣𝑜𝑖 𝑖 𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑜𝑙𝑎𝑣𝑜𝑟𝑖.

(𝑌𝑒𝑠, 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑑𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑎𝑠ℎ𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑑,
𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑠 𝑎𝑟𝑡,
𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑠.)

Wedding location: Palazzo Viceconte, Matera
Bridal dress: Atelier Franco Sposi
Bridal Hair & Makeup: Marcella Hair & Beauty

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