Video services from Marco and Alberta's Wedding at Hotel Raja in Panarea

To Wed surrounded by the Aeolian islands

Hotel Raya Wedding Videographer

According to Mary Davis, a walk into nature walks the soul back home. To Marco and Alberta, the amazing island of Panarea – with its deep blue sea and its fragrant vegetation – is the very definition of home. For this reason they chose to make it the location for the most special day of their lives.

They set off from Naples on their sailing yacht and docked before dusk in a spectacular fashion. Their friends arrived by hydrofoil. Everything was in place for three days to remember.

The night was still young as the couple joined friends and families for dinner at Bridge. An elegant yet simple sushi restaurant that lights up the dark with music and food for refined tastes. Guests had fun dancing on the seaside, the chattering that filled the fresh air while husband and bride-to-be enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the night before.

They dreamt about it: the wedding to end all weddings. Marco got ready in his residence, where he spent some time with his best friends. They joked with each other, posed for pictures and had a good time before the ceremony. Preps for Alberta in an exclusive suite at Hotel Raya with an incredible view of the Dattilo, the small deserted island off the coast of Panarea. 

The bride reached the church of San Pietro riding a donkey, fully embracing the traditions of the island. In fact, this animal has been present on the territory since the I century b.C.: donkeys were vital for the local community as they were first employed in the vineyards, but then won a special place in the islanders’ hearts when they started participating in traditional folkloric events – such as the magnificent procession in honour of St. Peter, the patron of the island – and weddings. The bride protected herself from the sun carrying a delicate lacy sunshade, a refined detail matching her stunning look. The flowing dress had a simple yet flattering line, with its v neckline and the camisole straps perfectly complementing the rich fabric covering the whole silhouette. The gown was tailored following an elaborate superposition of satin and lace, whose detailed design was a clear nod to the famous tradition of the baroque Sicilian embroidery, an artistic craftsmanship which has been transmitted through time, from the wise hands of a generation to another’s, until today. The bride’s naked shoulders were hugged by a subtle lacy hem with an intricate floral motif, which extended on the embroidered long sleeves. The whole look was completed by a classic, romantic and voluminous veil, a light and soft white cloud framing the bride’s joyful face.

Marco opted for a fine blue two-piece suit with a damask necktie, enriched by details such as blue suspenders on the white shirt and a white pocket handkerchief to complete his look.

After exchanging rings and vows, the new family walked out of the church as their loved ones threw rice over them. After a short caddy ride discovering new alleys and streets, they moved to the Raya restaurant, in the lower part of the island, the most stylish wedding venue in Panarea. As the sun was going down on the glimmering sea, everyone present had a chance to relax on the panoramic terrace for an aperitif just before dinner. Then, they all moved to the three Imperial Tables, where the celebration of Marco and Alberta’s love continued until late night. The sailing ships at night were shimmering only for their eyes, the night sea offered a spectacle to remember. Everything was tastefully recorded by the keen eye of Italian wedding videographers of Studio D’Essai. With more than 15 years of experience, their work results in moving and joyful short films that capture the essence of those special days. A live DJ set spiced things up after dinner, as the guests and the couple danced and toasted to the future after Marco popped the champagne amidst the enthusiastic cheer of everyone.

The third day still had a few surprises in store. Alberta and Marco hosted a party on two boats moored at sea in a spirit of relax, love and fun. Everybody jumped around and dove in the crystal water with a smile on their faces. It was all one can expect from a destination wedding in Panarea: effortless yet fancy venues, boat rides under the sun, fashion, positive vibrations and amazing food.

Wp: Lorenza Improta / Venue: Raja

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