It’s time for a trip to Tuscany my loves. Complete with sweet little flower girls, the most amazing twinkle lights, and an olive grove ceremony that is goosebumps embodied. Carlo Carletti Wedding Photographer captured a stunning destination wedding with so much heart, my own aches over the pretty. It’s a gallery for those of us who can never say no to bit of Italy.
From the bride … I first read about Castello di Vicarello in a Vogue feature in January 2011. Right away I knew, from the article and particularly the photos, that it was a very special place. Rio and I decided to visit that spring, and absolutely fell in love with the rustic beauty of the Tuscan landscape as well as the intimate feeling that Vicarello emanates. Our visit to the Castello felt as if we had been transported to an incredibly special, enchanting place, while also feeling totally relaxed and at home. The aesthetic and style of Castello di Vicarello (and of the owners, Aurora and Carlo Baccheschi Berti) was in tune with our own and we felt very comfortable there. The Castello appears to be traditional Tuscan from its facade, however once you step inside it’s different rooms, each feel like a beautiful, well-curated montage of treasures from the families’ travels all over the world. The marriage between the old and the new, the romantic and the modern, is impeccable. Rio and I also share a serious love of food and wine, and both play a part in the experience at Vicarello. Aurora’s kitchen was a dream, and I still cook many of the dishes that she taught me how to make. After we became engaged in Paris, and were thinking about all of the memories we’ve shared through our travels together, we knew that we wanted a destination wedding. We felt that Castello di Vicarello truly embodied all of the things we love and wanted our family and friends to experience: incredible beauty; comfort and warmth; delicious local food and wine; a unique experience; and most of all a place that really felt like “us”.
My mom and I, along with the help of Aurora from Castello di Vicarello and Tommaso from La Rosa Canina, planned everything. From the flowers to the table settings, lighting, menus, maid of honor dresses (which we had made), the flower girl basket and even the nest that the ring bearer carried the rings in – each detail had our mark on it. We wanted to keep everything natural with an almost enchanted feeling, reflecting the beauty of the landscape surrounding us –rolling green Tuscan hills and the sparkling star-filled night sky, and miraculously gorgeous weather.
The one thing that I was not in charge of was the music. My husband, Rio has been in the music business for years, so that was the one area I knew would be perfect for him to be in charge of! Our DJ, Questlove, was so incredible, words cannot even express how Rio and I feel about the music from that night. He had full artistic freedom… did not give one shred of direction and it could not have been more perfect or in tune with our musical taste. It was amazing and truly made our wedding a “party,” which was very important to us. A group of us immediately got on the dance floor after the ceremony and before dinner! My girlfriends and I love to dance, so naturally, we couldn’t resist. The first song Questlove played was Paul Simon “Late in the Evening,” and I still get so emotional whenever I hear it… it takes me right back to that moment.
I absolutely adore my dress. It was a simple beautiful silk-faille strapless dress from Lanvin with a giant bow on the back. I thought the element of surprise when I walked down the aisle would be fun. From the front , the dress looks very simple, almost modern and the idea of the back having this lush, voluminous, super feminine bow was very in tune with my style. I was also what my mom calls a “bow head” – I wore a bow in my hair every day of my life up until about age 11, so needless to say it was very “me”! I also wore a very lovely shoulder length veil made by Leah. C in New York. We jokingly called it a “no veil” veil, because it was a champagne nude color and instead of really showing up it created an ethereal airiness around me which was very pretty and complimented the dress well.
The ceremony was located in an olive grove on the property. I loved how quiet and intimate it felt- each row only had two chairs in it, so I really got see each and every person as I walked down the aisle. The string group was going to play a variation of favorite songs from the Beatles and Van Morrison, but ended up playing the same three or four Beatles songs over and over, which was actually very funny and sweet and ended up being imperfectly perfect! Rio and I crafted our ceremony, taking pieces from different spiritual readings and religions. My best friend’s (one of my made of honors) mother, Pam, did our reading for us, which really meant the world to me. The most beautiful moment was hearing all of our loved ones verbally commit to love and support us as a married couple, in unison. That moment was truly special.
Photographer: Carlo Carletti Wedding Photographer | Location: Castello di Vicarello | Brides Dress: Lanvin | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Brides Veil: Leah C. Couture Millinery | Grooms Suit and Tie: Giorgio Armani | Flower girl dresses: Baby CZ by Carolina Zapf | Ring bearer suit: Crewcuts by J.Crew | Flowers: Tommaso Torrini of La Rosa Canina | Paper Products: Mr. Boddington’s Studio | Calligraphy: Emily Snyder of Queen Quills