Wedding in Tuscany – mood board

As a destination wedding planner in Tuscany I’m often found trawling the internet and bridal magazines looking for ideas and new trends to offer brides suggestions as to how they can put a unique stamp on their wedding.

So you’ve finally got that ring on your finger and your getting married…some girls have been planning their weddings for years and know exactly what they want, prince charming wearing top hat and tails a fairy tale carriage and six bridesmaids in girlie pink…cute little page boys and the wedding dress that is quintessentially Cinderella’s.. which is fine if you have the budget to pull it off or there are girls that will tell that they’ve not given it a moment thought!

So now you’re engaged you’ll start surfing the Internet and buying those  glossy wedding magazines that you will then spend every waking hour looking at and suddenly discover that the princess dream wedding is maybe not want you after all  now your older and maybe you need to re-think the whole thing.

Now there are so many different themes for your wedding the world really is your oyster for how you want to reflect your personality and put your stamp on your very special day…there’s vintage, vintage glamour, country chic, opulent elegance, simple but elegant, fairground chic to name but a few.

Lets face it the wedding mags, blogs and internet sites are just brimming with ideas and once you get started you suddenly have more ideas than you know what to do with, or you get completely confused, I always tell me brides to create mood boards of images and ideas that they find and like, this way you won’t end up wondering where that lovely table centre piece was that you loved and wanted so much, at least you’ll end up with the wedding theme and elements that you love the most. 🙂

I just love mood or inspiration boards they’re fabulous for bringing lots of ideas together and having been brought up with Blue Peter just loved the old style cutting and pasting all those gorgeous wedding cakes, shoes, dresses, flowers etc…that I’d found onto a  huge pieces of paper but now with the age of technology you don’t need to do that anymore you can even get an App for your iPad… I’ve been using the myPantone wedding & events and Moodboard  where you can move images around until you’re happy with the final look and you can then share via Facebook, Twitter or as a photo image that you can email. Fantastic!

I bet you can’t guess how I spend my winter evenings and what’s more you can even bookmark websites to your mood boards for future reference so you need never loose another great idea from the hundreds of websites you visit..if you’re anything like me you start a search which leads onto something else and before you know it you’ve forgotten to bookmark them and then you can’t remember which site you saw it on.. it’s just simply fabulous…love love love it..!

Don’t despair if you haven’t got an iPad yet there are websites where you can make mood boards and store and share them on line. I love Style Me Pretty and Project Wedding they have loads of ideas for flowers and dresses, ceremony decorations etc… So literally thousands of images to chose from and you can also upload your own images too.

Another great site If you need ideas for colour schemes that work well together or inspiration for your wedding colour scheme then check out The Perfect Palette website where there is literally every colour under the rainbow and different colour combos that you’ll spend hours just clicking on the colour palette for ideas.

If you’re having a destination wedding then mood boards are a great way of bringing your ideas together so that your wedding planner knows exactly what you like and don’t like, especially when you’ve entrusted “THE’ most important day of your life to someone  that you may not meet until just before your wedding day it’s important that they have a clear visual idea and it will also inspire them to throw more ideas into the mix so that your mood, theme & colour scheme for your wedding is just perfect.

Check out these mood boards that I’ve put together from past weddings and some ideas that I’ve pulled from the internet.. And if you feel inspired why not have a go I promise that once you start you won’t be able to stop…have fun!

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Marry Me in Tuscany loves…Lifes a Celebration

I came across Maxine from Life’s a Celebration on Twitter another great find! We all know what it’s like trying to keep little ones entertained at weddings and destination weddings are no different!

Maxine has come up with a fabulous concept of providing personalized bags for the kids which are just brimming with goodies that will keep them entertained for hours on end. These personalized bags will not only give them hours of fun but will also be a great gift which they can take home with them to remind them of the wonderful time they had at your wedding in Tuscany. Maxine is also offering a 10% discount to all Marry Me in Tuscany brides, so if you’re getting married in Tuscany and want to give your little guests a fabulous gift drop me a line and I’ll give you the discount code.. or tell Maxine that you saw her blog here and she’ll do the rest.

Here’s what Maxine has to say about her wonderful gift bags..

Have you seen our beautiful and totally unique Wedding Activity Bags?

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Gift bag for girls

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Gift bag for boys

These gorgeous bags are designed to keep all the children occupied on the big day. I have a full range to suit boys and girls of all ages and every pack has been road tested with children and all have received a resounding thumbs up!

Each bag is hand printed with the girls featuring a lovely floral design and the boys a shield design.

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What makes them even more unique is that the local designer I use to hand print all the bags will even personalise them with your little guests names. So if you want a novel place name for the children at your wedding that will keep them occupied for hours these fit the bill perfectly.

All our bags come filled with the highest quality items for the children to make and do. However if there is any specific fillings that any bride would like to discuss with me then I always happy to source fillings to suit all tastes.

If you’re travelling to Tuscany to celebrate your wedding and are worried about carrying too many items then that’s no problem, I am more than happy to box up your activity bags and post them to your wedding planner so they’re waiting for you on the big day.

If you want to chat with me about my products then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I also have Skype so if you want to video chat with me  I am also very happy to do this so I can show you the products and we can chat about any other specific requirements you may have.

You can view all the products on my website or email me at for more information.


I look forward to chatting with you soon.


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Real Tuscan Wedding – Casole D’Elsa – Erin & Pio

Marry Me in Tuscany was delighted to be asked to be the wedding planner for Erin & Pio who got married in Casole D’Elsa a quaint hilltop Tuscan town, last September.

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Erin first contacted me last February to ask if I would help her organize her September wedding and of course I was really happy to say yes…. especially as I’d met Erin’s mum and dad (Wendy & Craig) the year before at Paige & Jason’s wedding, sadly they weren’t able to come back as they’ve just had a baby girl but Linda & Ken (Paige’s mum and dad) were coming and I just knew that with the Canadian’s heading back into town we were in for another fabulous wedding.

During the planning process as is usually the way I got to know Erin quite well and was really excited when she sent me a photo of her shoes, she was certainly going for the “something blue” with a pair of these gorgeous Blue Satin Manolo Blahnik Pumps!

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Aren’t they just the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen??  Sadly I didn’t manage to snaffle them and please don’t worry you’ll be seeing more photos of those later..

To compliment them Erin chose a beautiful bouquet of white hydrangeas and small delicate pink roses tied with a blue ribbon to match her gorgeous shoes.

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Erin & Pio brought their family and friends together from Canada & Ireland for a week of celebrations, with a hen do, stag do, rehearsal dinner and lots and lots of “sampling” of delicious local Chianti wine thrown in for good measure and all in the name of research for the wedding dinner you understand, well it would be rude to come all that way and not to really! When in Chianti and all that!

They stayed at Villa Catignano just a few kilometres from Siena, a fabulous wedding venue and a great place to stay, Sofia and her family are so welcoming and will do everything to make sure that your stay with them is enjoyable and full of wonderful memories. Erin & Pio rented the impressive 17th century villa for their friends and family, as you can imagine the rooms are very spacious and with frescoed ceilings in some of the rooms you’ll certainly feel like royalty staying there.

And so, the wedding day finally arrived it was a very sunny and incredibly hot day in September. I arrived at the Villa as Erin was getting her hair and make-up done and she looked absolutely stunning in her gorgeous “Demetrios” gown.  Andrea the photographer really enjoyed photographing her, she’s gorgeous and so photogenic, there were times during the day when I had to remind him to snap the groom too!

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I have to say that Pio brushes up quite well too, in this photo he looks almost Italian, a truly gorgeous couple,  I can’t wait to see the children!


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Pio set off with his guests on the coach for the 40 minute drive to Casole D’Elsa, this beautiful little hilltop town is found perched on top of the rolling Tuscan Hills over looking the Val D’Elsa valley and on warm sunny days you can see for miles. It’s just 40km from Florence and 25km from Siena, and not too far from Monteriggioni and Colle Val D’Elsa.

Erin & Pio had decided that they would prefer to get married in a quieter little town rather than Siena which is closer to the villa and wanted countryside views and not too many tourists and Casole fits the bill perfectly for that.  Italians love weddings and so you’ll always get lookers on but in Casole the locals sat on the benches outside the town hall and admired the happy couple from a far.

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This impressive building below is the “Rocca” the town hall which dates back to the 14th century and is where Erin & Pio tied the knot, not bad for a sleepy little town is it?

Erin arrived with her dad before Pio and the guests guess she was keen to get married and despite setting off at least 20 minutes after the coach we still managed to arrive before Pio and the guests…oops!  So we sent her off round the block while the guests got the lift up to the town square. And so with everyone where they should be a few more photos before heading inside we were ready to start and Erin walked in on her dad’s arm while her brother Collin played “I’ll love you to the end” by the Pogues on guitar and his girlfriend Shay sang.

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The mood was set and after a very moving ceremony where even I was caught with a lump in my throat, Erin and Pio were declared united in matrimony…

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After the ceremony they were treated to a celebratory drink courtesy of the town hall…and they got to take their local crystal flutes home with them, I hope they made the long journey back to Canada via Ireland.

And just in case you’re missing those shoes here they are again…this photo really needs a caption, what do you think Erin is saying to Pio…?

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After the wedding ceremony, the guests gathered outside for some photos, I always thought that grooms needed a bit of Dutch courage before the ceremony but Pio’s hip flask certainly caused a few laughs as he showed it to Erin after the wedding ceremony.. not sure how much whisky was left..but I’m guessing not much!

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And so after more photos I led the guests back down to the bus, Pio & Erin headed off with Andrea to get some more photos around Casole and then stopping off on the way back to get some photos in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

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And not forgetting those shoes.. 😉

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Meanwhile back at Villa Catignano the guests tucked into the aperitivo in the lovely Italian gardens while waiting for Erin & Pio to come back.

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Erin and Pio made their way through the beautiful Italian gardens to join their guests

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Then it was time for a few more proseccos and photos before heading into the courtyard for dinner the beautiful white lanterns with white roses and voile candles set the atmosphere perfectly.

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As Kaner the bestman announced the new Mr & Mrs Lynch..Pio and Erin came running into the courtyard, I take my hat off to Erin for even attempting this in those shoes… but I Love this photo of the two of them, it shows what a fun couple they are and I’m sure you’ll agree from the photos that they are very much in love. Thank you both for letting me be part of your beautiful Tuscan Wedding.  J x

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