June 29, 2018
Mariam + Hovanes | Armenian destination wedding in Venice
Armenian destination wedding in Venice in San Lazzaro degli Armeni
Mariam and Hovanes chose Venice for an intimate destination wedding in the middle of the summer. It’s not just because Venice is such a magical place, perfect for a wedding. The city has a long history of friendship with the Armenian community.
Armenians started arriving in Italy as early as the 6th century, but Armenian communities began to take shape in the 12th and 13th century in Venice. Venice was a powerful city-state that traded throughout the Mediterranean Sea. One of its trading partners was the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia. Treaties were signed that allowed for Armenians to settle and build businesses in Venice.
In the Armenian community, Venice is best known as home of San Lazzaro degli Armeni. The Venetian Senate ceded this small island in 1717 to allow for the creation of an Armenian monastery that is still in use today. Mkhitar Sebastatsi of Anatolia founded the Mekhitarist Order (named in his honor at his death) in 1701. The order was dedicated to raising the educational and spiritual levels of Armenians. Escaping from persecution in the Ottoman Empire, he and his order had made their way to Venice and established the monastery.
For a religious Armenian wedding in Italy, the island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni is a perfect choice: it is one of the most important Armenian Churches in the world for the Armenian community. The island is one of the smallest islands of Venice, and it is just 10 minutes by boat from Piazza San Marco. It really feels like a piece of paradise,a hidden corner of Venice with a lot of history.
An intimate and fun party in Palazzo Zenobio
After an amazing ceremony at the Armenian monastery, and couple photographs in Piazza San Marco, we all reached the reception by watertaxi. Mariam and Hovanes picked Palazzo Zenobio for their reception, with exceptional food catering by La Dogaressa. Palazzo Zenobio is magnificent palace built in 1690 and in 1850 it became the home of the College of the Padri Armeni Mechitaristi di S. Lazzaro. It is also famous because Madonna shot her video Like a Virgin in Venice using this palace as a location.