A daring pair of Italian sweethearts have proceeded with their lockdown wedding in Italy in May.
Despite the country's strict quarantine rules some micro weddings were permitted by the government in exceptional circumstances.
It’s happened in Rome, Italy: they went ahead with their nuptials without guests.
Only witnesses attended the ceremony.
They got married on a bank holiday, on the first of May, when the country was still in full lockdown rules.
The only people present being the couple, Marzia and Yair, two witnesses (one per spouse), the priest, the photographers and the videographers.
Everyone strictly maintaining 2 metres rule social distance and wearing face masks.
The ceremony was broadcasted through Zoom.
Italy was, at the time, on a complete lockdown as coronavirus stopped the country from having
any social gatherings or movements, even across nearby towns.
As we know now, intimate weddings have re-established in Italy from the 15th of June, but bigger celebrations
are unlikely to be permitted until unknown date at the time.
In Italy numerous couples that were supposed to get married in church, have chosen to have only a small civil ceremony,
or postpone their wedding date and have their celebrations following this historic moment.
But not these two. They didn't.
But these admirable lovebirds decided to go ahead with their plans of getting hitched and to do it in front of the Lord,
just like they always dreamt of!
They wanted to say “I do” at all costs and just the way they planned, they wanted to get married with a Catholic Ceremony.
Francesco Mantino, the couple’s fine-art wedding photographer said: ”They just wanted everyone understand what really mattered to them”.
Getting married and be present in the moment, just the two of them. Isn’t really this what weddings are all about?
Of course you want to share your joy and such a milestone with your loved ones, but the newlyweds really made the most of a bad situation.
I can only admire them for their courage and showing that love and being together is what counts at the end of the day.
Marzia, the gorgeous bride, who is also a healthcare worker, is Italian and Yair is from Peruvian background.
She was wearing a Pronovias gown, which kindly granted a 50% discount to the Italian brides that decided not to postpone their wedding date.
Due to the strict quarantine rules nobody from Peru could have possibly made it to Italy for the actual wedding.
All the groom’s guests and family across the ocean had lost their ticket, no refund was issued and attending a
postponed wedding date seemed pretty much impossible.
As you can imagine they were gutted and decided it would be unfair just having Marzia’s side of family and friends.
For this very reason and for “par condicio”, as us Italians love to say, or principles of fairness, the engaged couple decided
not to wait any longer get married anyway and have their wedding in lockdown.
They left their own homes on their own and met at Saint Eusebio catholic church:
Francesco Mantino, the photographer, continues: “It was very surprising, for us who were present,
We thought we were going to witness a somewhat melancholic, blue feeling but instead .... intimacy, joy and love!”
“There have been moments so intense that I can honestly say I had chills down my spine... A whole church only for the newly-weds.
Their vows were full of meaning and the bride Marzia also sang a song for her husband Yair”.
The only people present during lockdown wedding found themselves in front of a remarkable audience: many virtual guests had been able to take part at the ceremony remotely.
Setting up a zoom connection and gave both families and guests a link so they could watch the emotional union live.
Such a unique moment in history, a fascinating atmosphere in Rome, I’m sure nobody else
will be able to enjoy it like this anytime soon.
So intimate, romantic: all roads were, quiet, empty and the ancient city was just for Marzia and Yahir.
One of the bride's friends watching the ceremony via Zoom, she loved being able to witness
her best friend special day said:" You could literally perceive so much emotion between the bride and groom from behind the screen”.
After getting hitched the newly married couple left the church and headed for the tram… yes the tram!
Some passerbys that were doing their essential shopping couldn’t resist to stop to admire the lovely brave couple, almost having to shout to wish them a happy life and future together, with visible emotional.
It was such a unique experience!
Francesco Mantino proudly mentions: “Rome has finally shown itself in its silent beauty, we could not help
but catching so much marvel around us.
Just a few steps from the the Coluseum tram stop we were able to take a few camera shots
I then decided to leave them on their own, to enjoy this extraordinary moment that Rome and the whole of Italy was giving away to the the darling Marzia and Yari.
They then reached their new home by taxi and had a cozy dinner that a kind neighbour had prepared for them: how lovely!
This couple brought back the essence of wedding day, being together and promising each other eternal love.
They have no regrets and would do it all over again.
Enjoyed reading this post? maybe should take a look at this post about wedding postponement and cancellation
Photographers Mantino Photography www.francescomantino.it
Videography Moefilms https://moefilms.it
Bridal gown Pronovias www.pronovias.com