As you surely know I love Fall weddings: mild temperatures, bright colors
and above all avoiding the scorching hot Summer sun. This last September I
had the pleasure to be the wedding planner of the most lovely and nice
couple I’ve had this year: Francesca and Tom. I met Francesca and his
passionate mom last April when they first came to select their favorite
venue from the bunch I had selected for them. It was love at first sight
with a nice Fattoria (farmhouse) in the middle of Tuscany between then
Chianti and Arezzo regions. The great landscape, good food and the nice
accommodation made it easy for Francesca and her mom to choose that spot for the wedding.
The planning was quite easy as the bride already knew what
she wanted, a relaxed country wedding with lots of pastel flowers and a
great party with family and friends. So step by step we booked all the
suppliers to help organize and build the Big Day. Once we met back at the
Fattoria in September for the last trial and I saw Peter, the husband, he
shared that he had an announcement to make: Francesca was pregnant and
they were very happy to discover it before coming to Tuscany! With tears in
my eyes I decided to buy a present for this couple and it was a real
challenge choose between all these lovely baby things in the shop! Anyway,
time was running fast and I had to drive up and downhill to get to the
Fattoria to be on time for the bride preparation Francesca was very relaxed
and we went together with some of her bridesmaids in the living room to get ready .
Hair and make up artists were waiting for us and then Francesca’s Dad came
in with a bottle of Prosecco to calm down the nerves 😉
The photographer was there to start taking picture of the getting ready
and the florist also came to set up the ceremony and deliver bouquets and
corsages for women. In a moment the whole party was ready to go down the
aisle! The music started playing and the Major officiant? could celebrate
the rite with a nice poem read especially for the newlyweds. After the
ceremony, all the people moved to the upper garden to take some family
pictures and were delighted by a grande aperitivo served in the garden. A
couple of hours after a little bit of rain started so we had to move inside
for the last pictures and the dinner.
Tables were ready inside the main Sala della Macina (the old mill) and the
wedding breakfast started with a speech by the father of the bride. What he
said brought tears to everyone in the room; remembering Francesca’s
childhood. The best pa rt of course was when the groom Peter announced that they would soon be parents! An explosion of applause and rounds of congrats to the bride and groom. A beautiful evening ensued, with the most
spectacular moments including the cutting of the cake and dancing until the
wee hours of the morning. A perfect, unforgettable night and wedding!
When you imagine your wedding you don’t surely think about getting married in tuscany in Fall or exactly on halloween day, but this is what I’m going to talk about today: a couple or even more reasons to get married during autumn season.
First of all, I LOVE fall: I’m of course blessed to live in a nice romantic country were colors change a lot in a short period. Leaves go from green to brown to yellow and reddish in the blink of an eye leaving us time for nice pictures that are only waiting to be sticked on your wedding album.
Venue Choice: it will be surely easier for you to find availability at the end of the season. I’m having problems now in finding venues for next summer and some places have already started selling their 2019 availability so good for you to know: low season and good/best price!
Fall weather: of course the problem of a rainy day is to be consider but think that most of the venues have always a plan B included. If not a marquee or a romantic gazebo will be perfect to host your guest for dinner and dancing.
ATHMOSPHERE: this period is great not just for colors but also for decorations! Think about orange/brownish shades, sunset light, pumpkins, wood berries and pine cones. They can give you plenty of inspiration to create your own palette for the reception and also for the dinner table: here you can use these natural elements and mix them with white or lightly colored candles and why not, fruit and small vegetables to obtain natural effect.
If you want to entertain also your smallest guests what’s better than using “halloween themed” candies and lollypop to create a table only for them . You can also use lollypops as table names and it’s easy to create them by yourself as it’s explained in this pin ( I know I always talk about Pinterest but if you follow my blog you surely know I can’t live without ;-).
PERFECT LIGHT: as I wrote before I love this finishing soft touch that autumn light gives to pictures. Be sure to have an early wedding so you can enjoy sunlight before the dinner and take advantage of the what beautiful natures offers around you.
BOUQUET: one of the 2 central things the wedding in terms of decoration is bouquet. Of course feel free to do something classic but why not incorporate some elements of the decoration in your flowers? So go with reddish, brownish flowers like dahlias, roses, and also orange, green and rusty green. Using some branches together with berries will give your bouquets this messed touch that got the look right now!
CAKE :what’s better than the dessert? A friend of mine says that “desserts word is stressed spelled backwards” so choose your favourite taste, can be creamy, chocolate or fruity and go with your fantasy to decorate it . While just icing sugar or fruits or berries or pumpkin shape, your cake will be the perfect finishing touch to a memorable day!
This wedding took place in a country villa near Siena. The lovely couple come from Sweden and they contacted me a year and a half before the wedding date, so we had plenty of time to plan everything in the best detail!
Their whole family came over for the wedding, so it was a big family affair with lots of children and friends – they outnumbered the family! Anna Karin wanted a mystic feel to her wedding but with an elegant and sophisticated feel to it so they decided to have the tables decorated with long garlands of greenery and roses. It was beautiful and very elegant, despite the weather we have had this summer – even before the ceremony it was raining a bit. We are always prepared with a Plan B though and so we covered the tables and at luckily in the end they could have their ceremony under the Tuscan sun and then had their white wedding dinner surrounded by their many friends and touching speeches in the courtyard of the Villa before the party started.
Thanks to all the wonderful suppliers of the day like :
It’s a great pleasure for me to be finally able to release this shooting of Adorn invitations: always loved cherry and burgundy as wedding color and in this really hot summer they remind me that fall is just couple of months away!!!
Adorn Invitation’s dreamy and ethereal fairytale of a styled shoot did not turn out as originally planned, and their styling team can say that they mean that in the most loving way. At first, the team’s mood board was filled with dark and brooding influences and rich shades of oxblood and cherry. As you can see, the end result was a feminine and romantic wonderland of lavender, blush and luxe metallics.
The team want our brides to take something important away from this change in their initial vision, which is to let your ideas run wild and free during your wedding planning. Things may not turn out exactly the way you originally hoped, but that doesn’t mean it won’t turn out magically and as it was meant to. Be open to the ever-changing direction your big day will take. Sometimes it’s like it has a life of its own, but as long as it’s authentic to you, let it happen as it may. Be open to adapting your initial ideas and desires. Though their ideas were ever-changing, they achieved the main objective that lied at the heart of the shoot which was to create something that the bridal world hasn’t been seen before.
The styled shoot embodied a sense of enchantment that truly captivates you with its luxe bohemian appeal that has been married with a strong lavender palette – a true yet unpredictable match made in heaven. Lavender in weddings is a hard colour to play with, but the team were dedicated to giving it a modern, chic and elegant appeal which we think they flawlessly achieved!
The contemporary touches of ivory and metallics against the pastel lavender shade and set amongst an enchanting lavender field created the right balance and was well harmonised. As a bride, Adorn advise you to not be afraid to go for a look that is unconventional or untraditional, as long as it’s in sync with you and your partner and rightly reflects the two of you as a couple, there’s no going wrong!
Take a look at the stunning shoot below:
We had the pleasure of celebrating the romantic wedding of bride Victoria & groom Spencer – a lovely couple from the UK who started planning their wedding a year and a half in advance, giving them the perfect amount of time to find a nice location in their dream venue, the Abbey of San Galgano.
There was a small family party, including their most beloved people. There was a lot of time spent on planning as the bride was very sure of what she wanted for decorations and flowers and all these things were not so easy to find here, so I contacted several florists before sending her the final proposal. They settled on Agriflor, who did a great job with blush pink roses, candles and vintage furniture.
Their civil wedding was in the abbey of San Galgano, the famous church where we think the legend of Sword in the Stone came from, it was amazing as the place itself is really magic (due to the mystery of the legend). For her music, the bride chose a violin and cello playing ‘sweet child of mine’ for the exit music as that day Guns ‘N Roses were also playing a concert in Italy… (if I was not there I could have gone…next time)
It was a night full of laughter and fun with the groom doing his speech whilst I was devoring a piece of wild boar meat, but at the end it was a magical night with a full moon which said goodbye to me as I was driving down through the wood surrounding the farmhouse. Really a night to remember and I think for the newly married couple too ( thanks for the pictures to the great Sebastian Bonacchi, great job as always, sure you are enjoying much more taking wedding pictures in Uganda now!!)
This lovely couple contacted me in early January, they live in Uganda. She is American and he is Ugandan and this posed the biggest challenge for them to fulfil their dream of getting married in Tuscany. Benjamin had to travel many times to Kampala to be able to receive his certificate of capacity . The process for Catherine was much easier as she could do all her paperwork here in Tuscany.
It also entailed many calls, Skype calls and WhatsApp calls between them, their French wedding planner and myself, often over bad lines. They had so much difficulty in getting their paperwork from Uganda, including when the certificate of capacity came through to Rome. My assistant had to travel to Rome in order to get it from the Ugandan embassy there. They issued an incorrect document and we had to request it to be done over twice! Finally, after having to send the text to the Embassy which should have appeared on the document, we received the third document and it was correct!
When they arrived in Italy, they went to the tribunal to obtain their first Atto Notoria and then the document at the US embassy in Florence was easy to get. It was very important to Benjamin and Catherine that they receive their legal wedding certificate so that their union be recognised in both the United States and Africa and so all of this effort was worth it for them to achieve this goal.
Once they had their Nulla Osta legalised, they were ready for their pre-verbal the following afternoon. The day after was the day of the wedding.
They finally pronounced their vows to each other in a lovely ceremony on a sunny day in the beautiful Giardino Bardini in Florence, surrounded by their families from the US and Uganda. After so much effort to get all the documents (it really as a nightmare to get all of them), it truly was a joyful celebration of love! The couple mode then to the city center to take some picture close to the River Arno and the carousel of Piazza della Libertà: I really love this style and cannot be more happy to have worked again with Sebastian for this wedding in Florence!
The first time I met Claudine and Paco, I had the strong sensation of when you meet a couple of friends. They are a young successful couple. She comes from Switzerland, he is from Peru and so we had no problem in speaking both Italian and Spanish with them, something that made me feel at ease from the first moment.
We had a look at 3 Villas and the last one was the perfect place for their romantic wedding. Being close to one of the most beautiful Romanic churches in Tuscany, it was easy for them to decide to get
The weekend started with a buffet party the night before in the courtyard of the Villa. All the guests helped themselves to the generous food and we had a suckling pig prepared just for us that people from every part of the world would have enjoyed – our Porchetta is world famous!!
The next morning, we went to the beauty centre for a manicure with the bride, where I got a fine on my car as I didn’t pay attention that the streets were going to be cleaned the same morning… 🙁 We
had a rushed trip back to the Villa for hair and makeup, getting the bride dressed and everyone ready and then finally proceeded onto the church.
The couple chose rustic, elegant decorations for the church to match the gorgeous setting and let the beauty of the venue shine through. It was a touching ceremony with violin and trumpet music from “The Italian wedding band”. Once back at the Villa, guests enjoyed an aperitif with Class Ricevimenti,
took advantage of the fun photo booth with props and the reception dinner started. The table was one long setting, with stunning décor from Agriflor and the most amazing single hung lightbulbs provided from Wedding Music and Lights which looked incredible once it got darker. Several courses were served, which is typical of Tuscan food, and a delicious millefoglie cake to cut for dessert.
Before we knew it, it was time for the first dance and just after, an epic battle with a Star Wars theme entertained all the guests. Open bar was organized by the professional Nicola of Eventin Exclusive Bar who created a wonderful piece of furniture just for these guys but it was really worth the effort! I love love love this style!
The night was truly full of fun as the couple danced until 3am with all their guests, enjoying the cool Tuscan night. Of course this could have never happened without my great assistants, Claudia and Letizia who helped me during the whole day and also thanks to the wonderful job of Claudia and Luca of Rossini Photography, two of the most professional people I always love to work with. A huge thanks to them all for a perfect days that this couple will always remember!