Being a wedding planner in Tuscany

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 ūüėČ

alt+ bride bouquet

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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!

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Cake and party !!

Thanks to all my wonderful suppliers:

Photos by Federico Pannacci 

Flowers by La Gardenia

Hair and Make up Weddingallover

 

 

 

Wedding in Chianti – Olof and Anna Karin

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 :

Agriflor for flowers and deco

Snowflake photos for the great pictures

Ursula Spicchiaioli for hair and make up 

Class ricevimenti for caterers

Central house for lights and music

Eventin for open bar

 

Romantic wedding in San Galgano, Siena

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 ‚Äėsweet child of mine‚Äô 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!!)

Multiethnic wedding in Florence

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!

Mosaic on the Giardino Bardini
On the benches of the Giardino Bardini

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!

Claudine and Paco Religious wedding in Tuscany

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
married there.
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… ūüôĀ 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.

Lovely light with vintage bulbs for the night setting

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,

Table dinner
Table dinner
Cutting the cake

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!

 

 

Summer country wedding in tuscany

Last summer I was honored to celebrate a family wedding, one of the funniest I’ve ever had with one of the photographers I love to work the most :¬†Domenico Costabile.¬†Megan and Dillon chose to get married in Tuscany, in a beautiful Villa in Valdambra that Megan’s family has rented since she was a young girl.¬†Their family and closest friends decided to join them for this happy event and it was a celebration that lasted 3 days, full of food and happiness!

Megan’s mom visited Tuscany in early December to meet with the caterer and view the church where the couple would be married. The family was delighted with the quantity of food prepared for them, so much so that they couldn’t finish even half of the meat! The Villa they choose is close to one of the most beautiful romanic churches of the area: Don Pierluigi recommended us and english speaking priest who helped Megan and Dillan in preparing their order of service giving hints for the readings too.

Time flew and before they knew it they were in Italy to start preparing their documents. After a few days spent in and out of offices to take care of the legalities,Megan and Dillon were ready to be married and their special day arrived. The couple rented a house in Valdambra for all the guests to stay. The ceremony was held in August in a stunning church with beautiful floral arrangements of olive tree foliage and white roses.

Once they came back to the Villa all the guests were having an aperitif and some yummy appetizers with a typical Tuscan aperitif al fresco.

Their day was full of sunshine, good food, happiness, friends and family and to round off an incredible time in Italy their wedding day ended with a disco until late into the evening.I’m sure their families will never forget this nice day in Tuscany and sure you’ll enjoy seeing their pics down below : if you like the style and want to see more just click here¬†!¬†

 

A real winter wedding in Florence

Have you just started planning your wedding in Tuscany, perhaps in Florence but have no idea of where ¬†to start?? I’m sure this post will¬†give you a lot of hints of what to do next.

Doesn’t matter where you come from, if you are british, you come from the Us, New zealand or Siena, simply ask a friend who got married there and when you start talking about document required they’ll all show the same face :”WHAAAT? Are you really going to do it all by yourself? No kidding, ..it will be a nightmare!!”

This is what most of the people are told when facing with italian bureaucracy. Speaking with some colleagues we always tell us about our stories in the different town halls ,with civil officer and while some of them are extremely helpful and try to make your couple feel relaxed even if they have no passport to show, most of them if not all:

1) don’t speak a single word of english and refuse to understand anything that doesn’t sound italian.

2) have no idea of what office hours are and can go for a coffee even 5 minutes before the ceremony begins ¬†( happened to me next May…)

3) can switch office, close the door to work without anybody else disturbing them and decide that all the papers you’ve prepared for the most important day of your life can wait until before the wedding day to be processed (if you don’t believe it have a look at this review)

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So with the lovely picture of this Christmas tree in the main square of Fiesole, think a lot before starting doing all the legal side by your own and above all start inquire for a good wedding planner!! Whan I received Alexandra’s email I thought, oh my God, the town hall will never accept a wedding on December 23rd but this exactly what they did!

Fiesole's terrazza
Fiesole’s terrazza
A kiss with a view
A kiss with a view

 

They arrived just a few days before in order t one able to get the doucemts at the American Embassy by the lungarno: once we had our precious declaration we headed straight onward to the town hall with my car: I was driving like a crazy to get there before 12am when the office close. I’m really lucky because the girls working there are fantastic and more important than this they are used to deal with couple arriving late due to the times of offices !!!

Anyway on the following day they got married inside the Council room as the chilly temperatures didn’t allowed us to stay outside . As they choose this lovely city the Deputy gave them tickets to visit the Roman Theatre who’s just a few steps far from the town hall. They got there with a couple of friends to take some pictures before heeding back to Via Tornabuoni where they had a lunch booked. The talented photographer, Sebastian Bonacchi was there to help them capturing this special moment and if you like to see more pictures just scroll down. I’m sure you will love his style and if you are thinking about getting married in Florence, Fiesole cold be the right choice for you!¬†WEB - 152WEB - 142WEB - 134WEB - 121WEB - 109WEB - 089