Andy & Amy were the wedding photographers at The Caracalla & The Hassler, Rome, Italy for the wedding of Gareth & Alisa.
We’ve been chatting recently with other photographers about ‘pinch yourself’ venues. Gareth & Alisa were married on the 08/08/08 in Rome and had their reception at one of those such places – The Hassler Hotel. Their guests were treated to an ‘experience’ from start to finish. After the civil wedding in the Caracalla (one of Rome’s wedding halls) they made their way back to the Hassler Hotel which overlooks the Spanish Steps in the city centre.
The Hassler is simply stunning. Lunch-time drinks in the garden courtyard were followed by the wedding meal in the Imago restaurant situated on the hotel’s 6th floor. It was booked exclusively for the wedding and with panoramic windows and incredible views of the city you’d have thought it would be hard to top! Well top it they did! Gareth & Alisa had the Presidential Suite booked for the night (it was where Tom Cruise & Katie stayed in the week before their own wedding.) As dusk approached, the guests caught the lifts up to the apartment’s private terrace for the evening celebrations. Much drinking & dancing followed & the party was in full swing when we finally left to make our way home – buzzing from the experience :) On with some images!!
Both Gareth & Alisa got ready (separately) in another stunning 5-star Hotel – The Grand Plaza. This is just one part of the beautiful staircase with its stained-glass window.
You won’t meet a more laid-back groom.
One of the peculiarities of the Caracalla Wedding Hall – the Bride & Groom exit via a small door on the side of the building.
Some of the kids, who were all wonderfully-behaved all day long, during the lunch-time drinks in the Hassler’s garden courtyard.
Young Mark was one of the bestmen. He did a great speech & helped us out all day long. Here he is with his proud Mum :)
The Imago restaurant. What an incredible setting. It was great to see the surprise on the guests faces as their lift doors opened here on the 6th floor. This image was taken during Gareth’s speech.
Although it was blisteringly hot, we went for a short walk out onto the Spanish Steps.
Inside the Presidential suite. This is the dining area. You can see Gareth & Alisa’s daughter ‘Amy’ by the reflective door to the bedroom.
Finally, not the terrace but a view from the terrace to illustrate the spectacular location.
G&A: Thanks for looking after us on the day folks, we are still buzzing from the experience of it all. You certainly achieved your goal to give your friends & family an experience to remember.