• A rustic wedding in Rome, Italy
  • Bride posing at a rustic wedding in Rome, Italy
  • A bride and groom kissing at a rustic wedding in Rome
  • Guests at a rustic wedding in Rome
  • Winifred Bean wedding dress
  • Blue and gold Sergio Rossi wedding shoes
  • Ruffled pale pink bridesmaid dress
  • White tulle flower girl dress
  • Ring bearers in khakis and suspenders
  • Rome wedding ceremony layout
  • A rustic wedding in Rome, Italy
  • Antique chairs for a wedding ceremony
  • Vow at a rustic wedding in Rome, Italy
  • Rustic wedding vows in Rome, Italy
  • A rustic wedding in Rome, Italy
  • Rustic gold wedding rings
  • A rustic wedding ceremony in Rome
  • Guests dancing at an outdoor wedding in Rome
  • Bride and groom share a candid kiss

A Relaxed Summer Wedding in Rome, Italy

For their romantic Rome nuptials, Anna and Victor dubbed their wedding site "Rome Camp" and treated guests to a weeklong hippie-style celebration.

The couple would return to Italy two years later with 105 guests to wed in the backyard of bride's parents' property. "It just happens to be the best backyard ever," Anna gushes, describing the rustic space behind the building where her parents both live and teach architecture in Rome. By scheduling the wedding in July—smack in the middle of the students' two week summer break—Anna and Victor offered guests free rooms in the building, making a "potentially very pricey destination wedding trip more affordable and enticing for them," Anna says. "Of course, our guests lived like college kids in a dorm setting for the week, but when the building is a former convent and you're in Rome, sleeping on a twin bed and sharing a bathroom and kitchen with other people doesn't feel so bad."

Photo: Warm Pears