If you are familiar with Italian country you probably know. Roots of this Summer holiday are dated back to Ancient Romans. They used to celebrate Feriae Augusti. This was meant to celebrate the harvest and the end of agricultural labour. Big feast were planned to celebrate.
Modern name of the holiday comes directly from Latin.
Modern celebrations of Ferragosto date back to 1920s where trips to seaside, bbq, fireworks and big lunches outdoor were planned. We still do it, every year on August 15th!
On the same day we also celebrate Catholic feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary.
On Ferragosto week most of Italian people are on vacation by the sea relaxing, also because the weather and temperature is so hot that could reach 40-45 degrees in some areas.
Most of the business are closed and we can explain it as as a sort of Christmas day in Summer.
However every year we have some couples that choose Ferragosto time to get married in Italy and as usual we are happy to help to make their dream come true.
For wedding professionals and venues on Italian wedding destinations it is important providing the best professional service even on a week as Ferragosto one for non-Italian couples who do not celebrate Ferragosto but even for Italian couples who chose August to get married.
Getting ready at Villa Muggia in Stresa on Lake Maggiore
For their getting ready bride and groom chose Villa Muggia one of the most beautiful mansion in Stresa on Lake Maggiore. A perfect choice for the charm of this venue enhanced by wonderful summer day with sun, clear sky and a perfect view over Lake Maggiore.
Carola Tardito was the lovely host of the villa. She is the event manager of the villa. She is always perfect and efficient even on Ferragosto week!
Wedding Ceremony in Parish Church of Baveno
Many couples coming from other countries love Baveno on Lake Maggiore as their wedding destination, thanks also to its wonderful luxury hotels on the shores.
Religious ceremony was not allowed for non-resident some years ago. Thanks to new parish priest of the church of Baveno we can consider Baveno church as the ones of available for your Catholic ceremony. This is a great change! As the matter of fact Baveno church dedicated to St Gervasio and St Protasio is located in a monumental complex of extraordinary beauty. It is just unique on Lake Maggiore!
Ceremony was officiated in two languages to underline the ethnicity of the moment: Ukrainian or укрaïнська мо́ва (a West Slavic language spoken in Ukraine, Kazakistan and Moldavia) and French, side of a small introduction in English by Pierre and another one by Parish Priest of Baveno in Italian. Ceremony was enhanced by a choir of four singers in Ukrainian traditional dresses and by a soprano singing religious music in French and Latin.
After the ceremony bride and groom reach by foot Baveno port – just few steps from the church – and they got on a motorboat for a wonderful tour on Borromeo Gulf.
Wedding Reception at Villa Muggia in Stresa
In the meanwhile Villa Muggia in Stresa was ready to host Pierra and Olia reception. Lanzarotti Catering, Flowers designer La Piccola Selva completed last details of the decorations.
After some lovely shots in wonderful park of Villa Muggia, bride and groom reached friends and relatives for their welcome cocktail in the lawn of the villa itself. The atmosphere was just pleasant and relaxed.
Dinner was served under the lovely marquee in the gardens of the villa. Wedding cake cut was set on the panoramic terrace of the villa and then dances could start with lot of fun!
Congratulations to Olia and Pierre, thanks for choosing Lake Maggiore for your unforgettable Ferragosto wedding in Italy!