Last year we were invited to a wedding in Rome. But not just any wedding. An Italian vineyard wedding! And it turned out as beautiful as you would imagine it. The wedding itself was in a small church right outside of Rome. Of course, it was all in Italian and I didn’t really understand much – despite the fact that everything was spelled out in a little handout, so you could read along. However, it was also comparatively short and sweet for a Catholic wedding 🙂 And seeing the happy couple seal their marriage with a kiss and walk out of the church together was so worth it. As is custom in Italy, we all waited for them outside and showered them with rice…. lots of rice. So much rice in fact that both bride and groom were hiding under the bride’s veil as you can see below. Good times 🙂
After everybody had a chance to congratulate the couple, we piled into our cars and headed for the vineyard for the reception. It was one of those small vineyards near Rome and all we had was the address. We plugged it into our GPS and off we went… into the middle of nowhere. As you can see below from the beautiful rows of grapes and views, it was a beautiful middle of nowhere, but not where we were supposed to be. Apparently, the street name and number confused the GPS and brought us – and some other friends of the bride and groom – into the middle of a vineyard and said “You have arrived.” We were finally able to reach some other members of the wedding party who have us better directions and arrived at beautiful L’Olivella a little bit later. You can find all the details about this venue on their website (www.olivella.it), but basically it is a vineyard near Rome that was founded in 1986. They have a restaurant that is only available upon reservation. And let me tell you… I don’t think I have ever eaten as well at any other wedding I have been to. It was delicious! Of course, sitting outside a beautiful estate surrounded by old barrels in the Italian countryside might have biased me a little, but the food was truly something. The appetizers were served buffet style inside the house and consisted of fresh bread, cold cuts like salami, different cheeses, and other little goodies. The main dishes were served straight off the grill on the outside: different meats and vegetables grilled to perfection. For dessert we had fruit and of course the wedding cake. There was a little band playing in the background and we happily sipped on different red and white wines before dancing to the tunes of some famous songs. What a celebration!
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