Marie and Giovanni's Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea
Marie and Giovanni's Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea

Marie & Giovanni’s Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea

Destination Videography by Meryll de Gordon

Marie and Giovanni’s love story culminated in a picturesque wedding at Villa Paola in Tropea, Italy, captured by David Maire and Meryll de Gordon. They first met over six years ago at a friend’s gathering, where Giovanni, initially reluctant to go out, was persuaded by a mutual friend who promised to introduce him to someone special, Marie. Despite Giovanni’s early prediction that Marie would become his wife, their journey to romance took time, filled with shared laughter, exchanged glances, and finally, a simple kiss months later.

Marie and Giovanni's Dream Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea
Marie and Giovanni's Dream Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea
Marie and Giovanni's Dream Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea

Their engagement came during one of their many travels amidst the tranquil setting of the Bahamas, with a sunset backdrop and the sand beneath their feet. Italy held special significance for them, given Marie’s Italian heritage and Giovanni’s paternal roots, leading them to choose Calabria for their wedding. Tropea, with its stunning scenery and Giovanni’s familial ties, became the obvious choice. Despite initial uncertainty, they secured their dream wedding date at a quaint church overlooking the crystalline sea.

Marie and Giovanni's Dream Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea
Marie and Giovanni's Dream Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea

The festivities took place at Villa Paola, a charming former monastery that perfectly matched their criteria for intimacy, history, and scenic beauty. Organizing the wedding proved challenging amidst current health concerns and the complexities of planning an international event. Nevertheless, they persevered, proud to have realized their vision for a dream wedding.

Marie and Giovanni's Dream Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea

The lemon theme, symbolic of Italy and the venue, infused the celebration with vibrancy. They incorporated personal touches and practical elements like dancing shoes for tired feet, homemade limoncellos as souvenirs, and masks to adhere to safety protocols. Every detail, from fans to cool guests during the ceremony to shuttle services for convenience, contributed to the ambience.

Marie and Giovanni's Dream Wedding at Villa Paola, Tropea

Their most cherished memories of the day were seeing the emotion in each other’s eyes as Marie walked down the aisle and Giovanni awaited her at the altar. Reflecting on their journey, they advise future couples to stay true to their desires and trust their instincts, for only they truly know what they want.

Venue: Villa Paola, Tropea

Wedding dress: Orlane Herbin

Man outfit: Tom Ford

Make up and Hair: Laetitia Corneillie

Flowers: Gianni Cortese, Floral Designer

Photographer: David Maire

Videographer: Meryll de Gordon

DJ: Ray Secondino