When you and your partner’s families live in different places, choosing where to have your wedding can be challenging. When your fiancé’s family lives in Italy, however, we think the decision is a no-brainer!

For Brittany and her Italian-born fiancé Daniel, it was important to get married in Milan where he grew up and his family still lives. Despite being forced to limit the guest list due to the distance of their destination wedding, the couple still managed to celebrate their nuptials with those closest to them, making it an incredibly special and magical day for everyone involved!

Special thanks to MouMou Photography for capturing Brittany and Daniel’s special day and sharing it us!

Milan destination wedding

Brittany, 28 & Daniel, 32

Milan, Italy

Wedding Date: June 20, 2014

Number of Guests: 50

Wedding Cost: $12,000

Wedding Ceremony Location: Comune Di Milano – Palazzo Reale

Wedding Reception Location: Castello di Corneliano Bertario

bride standing through sun roof of tiny italian car

bride and groom taking selfie

bride and groom sitting

groom looking adoringly at bride

smiling bride

bride and groom portrait in italy

bride and groom kissing in Italy

Why did you have an intimate wedding?

It was important for us to have our wedding be shared with our immediate family. We wanted it to be intimate so we could create more memories with our family and close friends. With the unique location and being so far from home, we wanted it to be low-key and it was truly romantic and magical!

bride getting ready

bride having her make-up done

wedding dress hanging on custom hanger

bride getting dressed

bride having her dress buttoned up

bride getting dressed

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

It was less of a challenge planning an intimate wedding than planning a destination wedding where you don’t speak the language. Luckily, his parents helped with the majority of the planning!

bride putting on her necklace

bride and mother having photo taken

bride getting ready

bride having her veil put on

Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

It is always hard when some of your extended family or close friends are missing from an important day in your life, but with the location being so far away, we did not expect many to make the trek. We also got to have our celebration with those that mean so much to us, so that was really great.

bride and groom embracing

bride and groom in Italy

bride and groom looking up

black and white wedding portrait

bride and groom portrait against brick wall

wedding portrait

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

We didn’t have any issues which was great. I think everyone understood why it was so special for us to get married where Daniel grew up and where his family lives.

outdoor Milan wedding ceremony

bride walking down aisle with her father

groom shaking father-in-law's hand

What were the highlights of the ceremony?

The ceremony was very unique and different, so it was not a typical American wedding as everyone might have expected, which made it fun. Our vows were my highlight; we wrote personal vows to each other which we read for the first time at the ceremony. It felt surreal to have our family and friends from both countries there in one place.

bride and groom at the altar

bride reading her vows

bride and groom holding hands during ceremony

bride putting ring on groom's finger

bride and groom processional

bride and groom hugging guests


groom hugging father-in-law

wedding guests chatting

bride chatting with wedding guests

What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

I feel that I got to spend an intimate time with each and every person that was there. We didn’t feel overwhelmed at all, and it felt relaxed.

Milan wedding reception

Milan wedding venue


italian wedding cake


bride and groom cutting the cake

bride and groom cutting the cake

bride and groom taking a selfie

laughing wedding guest

groom dipping bride

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

Have the wedding that you and your fiancé want to have and talk with your parents about the type of wedding you are hoping for to ensure they are onboard. It is a day for you and your family, so it should be suited to what you want instead of worrying about everyone else. If you want an intimate settting go for it, you won’t have any regrests!

bride and groom dancing


Photography: MouMou Photography – they were amazing!

Food: Caterer was a part of the Castello – Top Parties

Bride’s Dress: Theia Couture

Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply