Anouk and Martin - Wedding in the Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

Anouk and Martin live in Amsterdam, but they decided to get married far away from home: in the enchanting village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, in the Abruzzo region of Italy. The small and almost forgotten hilltown near L´Aquila rose to fame when Daniele Kihlgren, an Italian-Swedish entrepreneur, bought the abandoned houses, painstakingly restored them, and made them an “Albergo Diffuso” – literally translated, a “spread-out inn”. The hotel rooms are situated in the old houses with their medieval walls, while the reception is housed in what used to be a barn.  

With the help of Eva and Clara from Chicweddings, who organised the wedding, Anouk and Martin were able to host an unforgettable celebration for their families and closest friends. As the church they had designated for their vows, had been destabilized by a recent earthquake in the region, they opted to take their vows out-of-doors, in the tree-lined pathway leading up to the church. For the reception, the two and their guests enjoyed Italian appetizers in the last rays of sunlight, and for dinner, a several-course menu was served in another converted medieval townhouse. A truly relaxed and splendid day – thanks, Anouk and Martin, for having us! 

This wedding was featured in the Belgian wedding magazine Witweddings, as well as on Grey Likes Weddings and Elizabeth Anne Designs

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