A rustic-inspired, gorgeous Tuscan estate wedding with a dash of whimsical charm? Yes, please! I am in love with all things Italian, but this wedding in particular has me all sorts of excited! The views, the big white playful balloons, and the hanging ribbons blowing in the breeze are just a few of the spectacular features of this couple's countryside nuptials. Lelia Scarfiotti aced the photography, capturing all of the love, whimsical fancy and rustic elegance right here in the full gallery of photos.
The wedding video, courtesy of Mark W. Brown Film, is also a major must-see!
From the Bride... Matt and I met at a mutual friends birthday party just over four years ago. There was an instant attraction, and I had a familiar feeling about him like I had known him forever. The rest, as they say, is history! Matt whisked me off to Copenhagan for the weekend and on a bright sunny day, following an amazing lunch at Noma restaurant, he got down on one knee in a very picturesque wharf docklands area and presented me with the most beautiful art deco style engagement ring. I immediately said yes! Our wedding day was so magical — it was everything we'd ever hoped for. I think I would describe the style of our wedding as rustic elegance. It was held at Borgo Stomennano, an Italian estate deep within the Tuscan countryside, located 20 about kilometers from Siena. We were conscious from the start that we didn't want our wedding to be traditional in any way. We wanted more of an informal party atmosphere. We chose to have one, long, imperial table with ribbons adorning the backs of the bride and groom chairs, and we had our 67 guests sign a photo frame instead of a traditional wedding book so that we could frame a photo and have all the well wishes from our loved ones around it.
Matt and I got married in the olive grove area of the estate with the incredibly picturesque view of the town of Monteriggioni as our backdrop. After the ceremony, we had a fabulous 1940s-style swing band called Sugar Pie & The Candymen to kick-off the reception drinks with a bang and set the mood — they created a fun, jazzy atmosphere with waiters circulating with traditional Tuscan canapes and our guests enjoying Italian cocktails. Guests were tempted by the Polaroid photo booth corner, which featured funny props and fancy dress items. We encouraged our guests to take their own pictures and clip them to twine that had been tied around the tree. Guests found their way to their seats via hand-calligraphed tags hanging on the lemon trees. As the sun set over the Tuscan hills and the orange glow of light turned into night, the table looked absolutely stunning when lit by candle light with everyone tucking into an Italian feast. Following the meal and the speeches, our guests were ushered to the other side of the lawn, where a team of chefs were busy preparing a giant traditional Italian wedding cake of strawberries and cream from scratch for everyone to view. Following that, we had a prosecco fountain where we raised a toast. The male guests (and some of the female ones too) toasted in style and enjoyed a smoke from the cigar corner. Sparklers added to the excitement. After the first dance, which was to Frank Sinatra's "The way you look tonight," we moved towards the infinity pool area where a bar had been set up and the DJ spun tunes until sunrise!
My favorite detail of the wedding were my giant white balloons — my one touch of whimsical fantasy. I didn't want to let them go! I also loved all the brightly-colored paper lanterns hanging from trees, the vintage typewriter and the luggage that adorned different areas. Also the little touches, such as the vintage peacock feather and flower hair slides of my bridesmaids and the vibrant, handmade, Liberty print pocket squares of the groomsmen.
Wedding Photography: Lelia Scarfiotti / Wedding Venue: Borgo di Stommenano in Monteriggioni, Tuscany, Italy/ Wedding Planning + Decorative Materials: Chic Weddings / Floral Design: Mario Selicato of La Fioraia / Wedding Cinematography: Mark W. Brown Films / Catering: Galateo Firenze / Wedding Invitations + Save-the-Dates: Romeo + Jules Stationery / Band: Sugar Pie and the Candy Men / DJ Equipment: Alma Project / DJ: Sasha Barbot / Balloons: Balloon Express / Wedding Dress + Veil: Jenny Packham / Bride's Shoes: Miu Miu / Groom's Suit: Burberry Prorsum / Groom's Bow Tie: Drakes / Groom's Shoes: Maison Martin Margiela