If your heart kicks up a notch when you hear phrases like "old world" or "rich in history," then you need to know about having a destination wedding at Italy's castle ruins in Ischia. And we all need to say a quick and thoughtful thank you for the research that Sana and Michael did for all our wanderlust and adventure seeking couples. If you are even considering the notion of tying the knot abroad, then you need to first get lost in today's gorgeous wedding and the gallery captured by visual storyteller Giuseppe Greco Photography. This fairytale unfolds at the medieval Aragonese Castle next to Ischia, at the northern end of the Gulf of Naples, Italy. There's something else about this gem, that our readers may be equally thankful to know too. Sana and Mike planned their dream destination wedding at Italy's castle ruins in a mere five months with the help of the Castello Aragonese management team taking on all the stressful details. Pack your bags, right?

Having a Destination Wedding at Italy's Castle Ruins

Sana was born and raised in Dubai while Michael comes the Great Lakes state, Michigan. In her pursuit for her bachelor's degree, Sana moved to Michigan. She and Mike met at work sharing time together after hours and building a friendship that quickly evolved into more. With the geography distance between their families, they decided to find a location half way between to the two. That ends up being Italy. They knew they wanted a unique celebration that represented their diverse union and honored their love for travel and adventure. Having a destination wedding at Italy's castle ruins fit both those passions and they discovered Castello Aragonese of Ischia during their research for a venue that would hold the very definition of old world charm and rustic elegance. Their wedding ceremony was held at the ruins of Cathedral of Assumption which was destroyed in the early 1800s. The Castello Aragonese of Ischia stands on a rocky volcanic island that connects to the largest island of Ischia by a causeway. It truly a romantic scene with the ruins of the Cathedral of the Assumption in dialogue with the sweetness of the Bay of St. Anne. Nearby guests can enjoy a place that invites you to rest surrounded by a garden terrace with tables immersed in bougainvillea, broom, jasmine and lantana. Sana and Michael's arrived by boat to their reception at Coco Mar'e, across the water from the castle with beautiful views of the island. No old world charm and fairytale of this magnitude would be complete without surprise fireworks that showered over them after their first dance as husband and wife.