My parents Leonardo and Pasqualina celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary a few days ago. 60 years is the Nozze di Diamante or Diamond Anniversary, and it is a big deal since less than 1% of married couples reach this milestone. Last year at my cousin’s wedding, his new wife did not throw her bouquet to the unmarried ladies-she gave it to Mamma for being married the longest and providing inspiration!
They wanted to celebrate at home with just immediate family and all of our cugini. It was a lovely event and we all had fun. There was a display of just a few of their December 27, 1962 vintage winter wedding photos. I also posted them on FB and IG, where they received so much love that I am posting them here as well.
It was, and still is the custom in Orsara di Puglia for all of the wedding guests and family to depart from the bride’s house and walk behind her to the church. This is called a processione. Following the ceremony at San Nicola di Bari, the processione continues to the reception location or wherever the vehicles are located. In 1962 there were not many cars in town.This photo in the Portone Giudice was taken from Palazzo Baronale. It is my favourite as the snow is more visible!This one is in Piazza Mazzini. The 2 arches in the background is the Fontana Nuova, where the women used to wash clothes.
Since there was snow on the ground, they got a ride in an old Mini. At their 50th anniversary in 2012, the wedding dress and veil were on display on a mannequin. We could not display it this time since we were at home and the Christmas tree took up all the extra space.