First time the Astrid reached me out I was having a coffee and planning the last wedding of the season: she sent me an email inquiring for a help for her big wedding party who had to take place in a few months. I asked, ok , and how many people do you think will attend? ‘Quite a lot!-she replied- we’re going to have around 180 guests!’
‘Wow, wedding in Tuscany, big party, in a stunning Villa close to Siena, I like the idea!
She had already sorted some suppliers and I was happy to work with them as I knew them all: when the wedding day was coming we started to have a look to the weather forecasts and unfortunately they changed every day from sunny to rainy but luckily in the morning we finally had sun!
The bride got ready in a suite on the first floor of the Villawith all her bridesmaids: Sissi and Carmela were there taking pictures all the time to capture any moment.
Unfortunately a bit of rain started again while we were ready to get out with the bridesmaids but we waited and my assistants were quick enough to take off all pillows from the chairs!After a touching ceremony all the guests move to the garden area to take some pictures and then the dinner started.
It was a mix of Caribbeanand tuscan food prepared for the guests by the chefs of Delizia Ricevimenti who were able to have it all ready despite the bad weather. After cutting the cake they decided to move to the swimming pool area where dancing and open bar started. Being the groom in the music business his best man was a famous singer Fuse ODG and as soon as the music started all the people were on the dance floor, from children to the olders! It was along day for us but a memorable day for them and I’m sure all the guests will remember the great party they had in the Villa Monteriggioni!
Photo credits: Sissi and Carmela Le Velo Photography
On my last trip I discovered the beautiful village of Castiglion Fiorentino
just one hour from Florence and easy to reach through the highway this town hall allows civil weddings in very surroundings. So while you are searching for a small, intimate farmhouse or a lovely “casale”surrounded
by vineyards and a garden to get married in, this is the right place to
look at. We saw so many venues that even the local Tv was interested in shooting our experience to show it on the local media : look here !!!
The village itself offers many spots for the celebration of your wedding:
the medieval fortress : standing on top of the village gives you the opportunity to have an incredible panorama over the valley.
As planning a destination wedding is normally a daunting task, this area
has so many services to offer that it makes everything much easier. You’ll
have the undivided attention of the very best professional in each service,
from caterers of the best quality to florists who offers the best variety of seasonal flowers to the most talented photographers . All you need to do is choose your favorite venue–and we do the rest! Suggesting, of course, along the way–the best local services and suppliers. And what about if you are planning an elopement? Just the two of you getting married in Tuscany
during a trip? Additionally, we created a package that includes a special
stay in a suite in the center of the village with private spa included, with a ceremony in the medieval fortress and a special dinner in a special village restaurant with a famous chef. Interested? Just drop us an email and we’ll be glad to let you know more on how to organize your unforgettable wedding in the very hearth of Tuscany!
Dear Brides, I don’t think there’s another wedding that can be called more destination wedding then this one! Andrea and Camilo arrived in Tuscany this last September after having experienced hurricane Irma visiting their homes…. To be honest , here in Europe we’re not that used to this kind of event and I can’t even imagine which problems this can cause to your ordinary life….Anyway, Camilo, Andrea and their families made it safely to Tuscany where they booked a wonderful Villa surrounded by nature and plenty of animals like horses and ducks After several Skype calls and a couple of email to explain which documents were required to get married in the church their papers were finally ready to obtain the Nulla Osta of the Priest who met us the day before in a lovely church of the village. Religious wedding are more and more requested by couple wishing too get married in Italy and this is not always easy to accomplish as priest may be a bit reluctant to marry a foreign couple .
But looking at the tears of guests and empathy of the guests you really understands that this wedding in the church was really important for them.
Even of September can be a bit risky as for the weather, that day sun was shining bright to their happiness and they all came safely to the church and back to the Villa with the magic vintage school bus!! I loves it and was sad not to be able to hop on as I had to be at the church before to check music and last details!!!!
Despite the hard times they’ve just had at home it was a day full of joy and happiness spent together with family and friends and ending with good food and wine provided by the villa owners. If you wish to see more pics just have a look at the website of the talented photographer who captured the day: Beatrice Moricci. Thanks for the great pictures and hope to see you again in the next wedding!
Credits: Flower by Agriflor Fiori
Make up and Hair from Wedding allover, Mauro Vitali.
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!
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!!)
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!
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 !