Despite some pressure from family to invite relatives that the couple didn’t even know existed, Tonia and Luciano stuck to their guns when it came to their guest list, inviting 40 of their closest friends and family to witness their nuptials.

The bride and groom exchanged their vows in the historic Church Santa Maria delle Grazie and celebrated seaside at the Castello Giusso in the coastal town of Vico Equense.

Special thanks to Valentina Casagrande for sharing all the lovely details and photos with us!

Italian wedding

Tonia & Luciano 

Vico Equense, Naples, Italy

Wedding Date: May 29, 2015

Number of Guests: 40

Wedding Ceremony Location: Church Santa Maria delle Grazie

Wedding Reception Location: Castello Giusso, via xi febbraio

groom's heart tie

bride holding bouquet

black and white bride portrait

bride and groom kissing

black and white bride and groom portrait

bride and groom portrait

groom kissing bride's nose

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

We only wanted people there that we deeply care about, and who deeply care about us.

bride's shoes

bride's hair comb

bride putting on mascara

purple haired bride

bride getting her dress buttoned

bride doing her make-up

bride putting her shoes on

rhinestone hair comb in bride's purple hair

What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Our parents – they always want invite some faraway relatives that we didn’t even know existed.

bride and groom portrait in Italy

bride and groom portrait

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

After a few initial arguments, not really.

bride and groom portrait in Italy

bride and groom portrait in Italy

bride and groom portrait in Italy

bride and groom portrait in Italy

bride and groom portrait in Italy

Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

I told my parents it was our choice who we invited, because it was our wedding day, not theirs.

bride walking to the church with her father

groom waiting at the altar

bride walking down the aisle

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

It was a short ceremony, but I was very emotional saying my vows.

Italian wedding ceremony

bride and groom during ceremony

bride putting ring on groom's finger

bride and groom holding hands during ceremony

What were the highlights of the reception?

Our first dance, fun moments with friends at the photo booth, and the relaxed feeling at the sunset.

Italian wedding reception table set-up

Italian wedding reception

Paris table number

Italian wedding reception place setting

pink italian candies

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

Knowing everybody there made us feel so comfortable, like being at home. Also, being able to share such an important moment with those we chose to be there was priceless.

Italian wedding reception

bride and groom at reception

groom's hand on bride's back

white wedding cake with white and blue feathers

bride and groom cutting cake

bride and groom laughing

What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Talk to your parents and friends about your plans, but keep in mind that it will be your day and since you’ll only get the chance once, make it special, and don’t feel pressured by other people’s opinions and expectations.

bride and groom with just married sign


Reception Venue: Castello Giusso

Photography: Valentina Casagrande  

Wedding Favors: Matrimonio Facile 

Music: Salvatore Montano

Hair and Make-up: Tonia Makeup