Romantic Tuscan Wedding Inspiration
December 12, 2014
Summer Weddings
I'm accepting the fact that I won't be all that productive today; I just can't stop going through each and every one of these gorgeous photos by Stefanie Kapra. This wedding inspiration shoot, brought to life by the talented The Tuscan Wedding team, has me dreaming of the Italian countryside, complete with bottles of both vino and olive oil, and this gallery is where I'll be until I have to return to reality once again.
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From Stefanie Kapra Photo... Romantic and whimsical Tuscan Wedding at Villa Mangiacane.

This summer marks the six year wedding anniversary for my husband and I – a fairytale in Tuscany, Italy we will never forget. We have always adored Italy, it's people, landscapes, art of living and it's culture – and this love has only grown stronger since we chose beautiful Tuscany as our wedding location.

As we were planning our revisit to Italy's wine country to celebrate our love this summer, I dreamt of creating some gorgeous wedding images in Tuscany – to share with other brides-to-be. So I reached out to the talented local wedding planner Daniela from “The Tuscan Wedding” - and thankfully she loved the idea of a wedding inspiration shoot and was immediately on board. I cannot thank Daniela and her team enough for all their support and for putting this beautiful shoot together – in the middle of the busy summer season. Her endless network of wedding professionals is what, in the end, made this shot a reality and success.

Our goal for this editorial was to include traditional and authentic Italian elements and to showcase the rich history of the area – all while creating a truly romantic and whimsical wedding atmosphere. Our vision was to give future brides-to-be a better idea of how beautiful a destination wedding in Tuscany can be – and how easy the planning can be – with the right team of vendors.

With our vision in mind, we chose Villa Mangiacane as the venue - for it's location and rich history. It is a magnificent 15th century villa built by the Machiavelli family, bearing the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. It sits in the heart of the idyllic countryside of the Chianti Classico wine region – only 12 km outside of Florence. And because the villa itself is truly beautiful, we featured a drawing of it on the beautiful handmade wedding invitation – by calligraphist and designer Juliet Grace.

The unique pink hue of the villa and golden details set the soft color scheme for our shoot. The wonderful floral team of Il giardino delle Fate (= the fairy's garden) created romantic florals for the table, cake and bridal bouquet – keeping it soft and whimsical by integrating grasses, local flowers and organic greenery. The romantic tablescape was set on a rustic wooden table and consisted of gold-rimmed antique glasses, golden plates and cutlery as well as golden colored antique vases and candle holders. All rentals were provided by the Villa and Preludio Noleggi. The two angel figurines that were part of the center pieces perfectly tied our table set-up together with the Renaissance elements of the villa. The hand calligraphy name signs by Juliet Grace and the lace table runner perfectly completed this romantic set-up.

The bride wore an elegant bridal dress by Mariage - Fireze with delicate lace details on the top, a beautiful classic neckline and a romantic flowing skirt/train. The dress was a perfect fit for our petite bride – and accented her delicate features. The groom's attire was provided by Sogno di Sposa.

Another highlight of this shoot was the culinary side – with foods and drinks provided by the Villa's very own catering team - of Villa Mangiacane's Restaurant - “In Vino Veritas." We set up a tasting station in the Villa's front garden – consisting of wine, organic olive oil and grappa – all produced by Villa Mangiacane. The villa overlooks a massive vineyard where the grapes grow – and the wine is produced right on the same property. The Chianti Classico of Villa Magnicane has the typical Tuscan flavor that is a combination of both contemporary and ancient wine making methods. Served alongside the fine wine is a freshly baked slice of bread paired with a delicious oil to compliment it. The handpicked olives are processed organically and then carefully blended to create a unique peppery taste.

Besides the wedding cake, we also integrated a special Italian dessert, traditional Italian Tiramisu, which was served in personal sized cups and taste just as delicious as it looks. (note from photographer – I might have eaten a bit too much of it during the shoot – it was so yummy!).