Cortona Weddings

30 May

Local Wedding:

On a Sunday morning at 11 a.m., a horse drawn carriage carried a lovely bride and her father to S. Maria Nuova Church in Cortona. The church of Santa Maria Nuova was built in the mid sixteenth century by Giorgio Vasari.

Italian weddings are not always destined for Saturday, and this one reminded me that  Len and I were married on a Sunday as well.

The carriage arrived to the thunderous roar and applause of the waiting guests. We heard and watched this from the top of the hill until I decided I needed some photos. Most of the guests had filed into the Church by the time I ran down the hill, but I was able to see the proud father help his daughter out of the carriage.

The simplicity and loveliness of the bride, her father, a flower girl and ring bearer brought a smile to my face.

Although I couldn’t really see her face, I’m sure she was radiant as she entered the Church and approached her waiting fiancé.

Destination Wedding:

Others travel far to wed in Cortona. This union took place in the Palazzo Comunale, built in the early 1200’s. I believe the bride is American and the groom British, from a military family. The wedding attendees waited with anticipation, as well as many onlookers such as us, in front of the massive staircase.

The beautiful bride emerged from Via Nazionale to the waiting arms of her proud fiancé.

And before entering the Palazzo, they delighted their guests with a kiss.

Who needs movies?

Congratulations to all!



6 Responses to “Cortona Weddings”

  1. Sandy Holswade May 30, 2012 at 5:15 PM #

    Absolutely beautiful!


  2. Alexis May 30, 2012 at 8:48 PM #

    Had time tonight, for the first time, to catch up on the blog. Your trip sounds wonderful, and I am enjoying Benita’s pics. Love to all, A.


  3. florence connelly May 31, 2012 at 8:51 AM #

    This was like a mini-royal wedding show – loved it ! And of course, especially loved the photo of Mom and Dad’s balcony at the Savoy 😉 Benita – your photo of the cathedral was award winning ! love to you all, Florence xo


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