Posted on March 24th, 2010 by Stefania
Take a cold winter day, a wedding and an enchanted abbey in the pre Dolomites landscape. Mix them together and you will get the very best of romantic venues, Santa Maria Abbey in Follina (Veneto).
It may have been only the 12nd of December, almost two weeks before Christmas, and there was already a lot of happiness and joy all around! Paola and Angelo had been planning their wedding for months and the big Day had arrived!
There was no snow, but a cold winter sun which was giving the perfect light for some romantic pictures.
They had carefully chosen the location for their shoots with the photographer and Santa Maria Abbey seemed to be the right place: although the cloister’s garden was covered with a white biting frost and no roses brightened the location, the abbey was still preserving its beauty.
After their wedding ceremony Paola and Angelo reached the abbey where they started playing and running around the open gallery where this shoot was taken.
The weather was freazing but the atmosphere was great…I love this picture!
The medieval Santa Maria’s Abbey is a magical place for a wedding. Sheltered by hills at the foot of the pre-Alps, it is one of those places you can easily forget of. However, it is just its lonely existence – far from the most popular touristic destinations – which makes it a charming place for your Day.
Formely a Cistercian monastery dated back to medieval times, the abbey is a perfectly preserved jewell where the time seems to drive you back to ancient days.
Its cloister is stunning! Older than the abbey, this quiet place is surrounded by an open gallery which is decorated with an elegant game of columns. The cloister also gives shelter to a small garden whose antique roses brightly bloom during spring and summer – the ideal location to capture the magic of your day with a few photo shoots!
The abbey has been turned into a Catholic church where Mass and religious cerimonies are regularly held. From time to time its prior is happy to introduce foreign people to the abbey’s beauty.
Photo courtesy of Stefano Blasi