Real Wedding – Martin & Dawn – Villa Cini

Marry Me in Tuscany was delighted to be the wedding planner for Martin & Dawn’s relaxed fun wedding which they held at Villa Cini near Bucine which is located about 20 minutes south of Siena. Their brief was “somewhere really chilled out where everyone could stay and they could self cater their wedding as they and their friends loved cooking ;-)”.

The villa was the perfect location for them and their family and friends who would spend a week together relaxing and having various events between the various villas and the wedding mid week. Villa Cini has lots of spaces which work brilliantly for a wedding, the garden in front of the villa is perfect for a symbolic wedding ceremony and the pool area lends itself very well for the aperitivo or BBQ pool party and in front of villa Casanova which is located behind Villa Cini is just perfect for the wedding dinner and after dinner dancing. There is also Villa Vanneschi which completes the villas which form part of the property, which is located across the road and also has it’s own private swimming pool  and could be another great venue for a dinner during the weeks stay to mix things up a bit.

I must admit that I was a little nervous when Martin and Dawn said that they and their friends would self cater, I know from past experience when friends and family think it’s a marvellous idea while your planning the wedding in the winter but once out in the summer sun in Tuscany with lots of places to visit, wine to drink, food to eat and a good time to be had lazing beside the pool with a chilled white wine quite often the bride and groom are left disillusioned and very stressed about the work involved that they have been left to do….happy to say that this wasn’t the case – Dawn & Martin clearly knew everyone really well and their guests happily mucked in, making and hanging paper pom poms for the trees, countless dishes or delicious home cooked food, plates of cold cuts and cheeses for the wedding buffet which we laid out in the main dining area of Villa Casanova, painting signs with the order of the day, directions for where things would be taking place and the betting board for the first dance song, hanging fairy lights and bunting for the dance area and generally having a great time while they did it.

We brought in hired, tables, chairs, plates, cutlery and glasses from a local catering firm which meant that after the wedding no one had to don the rubber gloves as it all goes back dirty major result which means everyone could let their hair down and have a really good time and that’s exactly what they did.

And to finish the dinner off Martin and Dawn donned their aprons and straw hats and set up their “Gelato” Station which was a great success. Being in the music business Martin sent me a huge list of equipment to hire for the party after the wedding and persuaded his friends “Human Live” to come out and join the festivities and play a little set for them and then the DJs in the party kicked it up a notch and if there wasn’t enough food, pizza was served late into the night.  A great time was had by all.

Thank you Martin & Dawn for asking me to be part of your special day, your wedding is one of the weddings that still make me smile and was a truly lovely event, made even more special by Martin’s dad being able to join them to help celebrate, something which at times we all thought wasn’t going to be possible.









Marry Me In Tuscany loves Ballooning in Tuscany

I love my job as a wedding planner, in September I was contacted by Maryse from Ballooning in Tuscany asking me if I would be interested in proposing balloon flights to my couples and their friends and family that come out to Tuscany for their wedding.  Would I ever!! Hot air ballooning has for as long as I can remember been on my bucket list so when Maryse invited me to take a flight over Tuscany I just jumped at the chance. So one day in early October I left Siena with my friend Silvia to drive down to Montisi where the balloon launch site is.  As we all gathered excitedly in the field waiting for the ballooning in Tuscany team to unload the basket and the envelope we were all giddy like school kids going on a school trip.

With expert precision they inflated the hot air balloon first with cold air and then put the burners on to heat the envelope up and as it started to fill the basket flipped upright..brilliant!  October is the end of the season as the weather can be a little temperamental and as there was a big black cloud lurking our captain Chris did some final weather checks to see if we would be able to go up, as a great believer in the sun dances and positive thoughts for the weather we all blew the clouds away and we were able to climb into the basket there were 16 of us on this flight so there were 4 of us in each compartment of the balloon with Chris in the middle flying the balloon and with a blast of gas we finally took off. The balloon lifted so gently off the ground and gained height a group of walkers had stopped to watch so we bid them farewell and headed off on our adventure.

Ballooning really does give you a birds eye view of the countryside and as we floated over Montisi you could almost touch the roof tops.. we saw wild life wild boar running through the woods, deer and rabbits and with the changing colour of the trees we got to see autumn from a very different angle.

I always imagined that it would be windy up there but Chris explained that you only feel the wind when you are changing direction and it’s true there was a calmness in the balloon that was so peaceful just you and the wind taking you on an adventure where you hardly feel like your moving. It was exhilarating!

After drifting over the countryside and spotting wild boar and deer and almost peeping into people’s homes we made it over the Siena-Bettole Road and came down to the smoothest landing – I think I can safely say now that the landing was the thing that had worried me the most, images of the basket tipping, and various other things had gone through my head with the possible scenarios of what I would do if that happened… with their expert team I think I can safely say that we were all in very safe hands and that I have an imaginative mind… 😉 I guess I wouldn’t be good at my job if I didn’t do the what ifs?? 😉

We drove back to the launch site and were greeted with a lovely breakfast buffet of cold cuts, cheese and of course a well deserved glass or two of bubbly to celebrate our unique experience of ballooning in Tuscany.

I really can’t think of a better way to finish off or start your wedding celebrations in Tuscany than taking a balloon flight with your new husband/wife or of course you could hire out the whole balloon and take the wedding party up there and if you wanted somewhere totally unique for a small symbolic wedding, why not take a wedding celebrant with you and exchange your wedding vows in the clouds with glorious views as far as the eye can see.

Thank you so much Maryse for fulfilling one of my dreams and for such a wonderful morning floating above Tuscany.



Just a few photos of our fabulous balloon trip with Ballooning in Tuscany.. to whet your appetite..