When Matteo, 35, proposed to his girlfriend Maddalena, 31, he had only one venue in mind - La Magioca near Verona, Italy. This picturesque villa-hotel, with its neighbouring 11th century chapel, is surrounded by olive groves, green lawns and breathtaking views of Verona - and Matteo just so happens to own and run it!
The glamorous couple chose a rustic, romantic theme for their big day, decorating the chapel with trailing ivy and white roses, to complement the fluffy white peonies in the bride's and flower girl's bouquets. After the service, their 120 guests were treated to a pre-dinner feast of meats, cheeses and fresh bread, as well as oysters, sushi and sashimi, all washed down with champagne. But they had to save room for the three course sit-down dinner that included fish soup with pasta and foie gras.
After dinner, the party moved to the basement with its American-style bar where a DJ entertained until the early hours. Guests loved the fact that Matteo and Maddalena stayed until the very end. 'We didn't want to miss a second of our big day,' says Maddalena.