Castello Odescalchi Bracciano is home to many high-profile weddings including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. It is a medieval castle on the southern shore of Lake Bracciano, in the province of Rome, Lazio, Italy. It is this castle, rich with frescoed friezes and ceilings, colored tapestries, and valuable artwork from the Middle Ages that Vanessa and Manuel picked to be their wedding venue. The couple was classy as were the many celebrities who chose the castle as their wedding venues. The castle is also famous for its exclusivity and architectural marvels.
The religious ceremony took place in the church of Santa Prassede, a 9th-century titular church and minor basilica in Rome. It is a hidden gem a few steps away from Santa Maria Maggiore. The choice of this venue is a reflection of the couple’s high standard. The most important feature of this church is its mosaics in the apse. Vanessa’s flowing white wedding gown designed by Nicole Spose could not have been apter for a splendid venue such as the church of Santa Prassede. The two large flower bouquets situated on either side of the church entrance were majestic in every sense.
Vanessa and Manuel were a lovely and elegant Italian bride and groom. Their class and panache were obvious throughout the event. As the day unfolded even Mother Nature smiled at the couple and was kind enough to provide enough sunlight. As the sun caught Vanessa’s eyes one could not miss the anxieties and the hopes for the future of the new bride. The reassuring presence of Manuel, the bridegroom, by her side, had all the trimmings and makings of a picture-perfect couple. And with our state of the art cameras we were prepared to convert them to an impressive profile of wedding images.
Castello Odescalchi Bracciano is a beautiful place on earth you would want to visit at some point in your life. We felt very blessed to be part of a wedding in this outstanding venue. Exclusivity in this place is a norm, and we were proud to do the photo reportage for the wedding of Vanessa and Manuel. The couple had put their faith in us, and the onus was palpitating. In the end, we did live up to their anticipation and produced the most amazing pictures. The flower arrangements by the wedding designer made it extra easy for us too.
Vanessa had a very natural way of posing for pictures, and her confidence was contagious. The pictures portray a well put-together bride who has everything going for her. Although the uncertainty of the future lay before them, Vanessa and Manuel seem to carry themselves with such dignity and maturity that we were over-awed by this couple. The marriage was undoubtedly heavenly, but we found ourselves too eager to have down-to-earth and real conversations with the couple whenever it presented an opportunity. Such weddings are never easy to come.
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Vanessa getting ready
Manuel and Vanessa getting ready
groom dress Cesare Paciotti
Vanessa portrait
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Pino Assolvi Hair Stylist
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Groom at Santa Prassede
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Religious ceremony Santa Prassede
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ceremony at Santa Prassede close Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore
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Odescalchi Castle garden
Bracciano Lake view from castle Odescalchi wedding venue
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Vanessa and Manuel portrait
Pino Assolvi hair stylist at work with Vanessa
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sunset at Odescalchi Castle
artistic portraiture at Odescalchi Castle
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Manuel and Vanessa first danceVanessa and her father
Music by Mark Lanzetta
panoramic photo of Castello Odescalchi at dusk

Photographer: Francesco & Giuseppe
Wedding Venue: Odescalchi Castle, Bracciano
Wedding Planner: Farenozze
Make up Artist: Xenia Wilson
Hair Stylist: Pino Assolvi di X-Eks no conventional hair
Bride Wedding Dress: Nicole Spose
Music by: Mark Lanzetta
Catering: Cristal

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