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Tuscany Wedding from Emm & Clau

Florence is bar none my favorite place on earth. It’s a city rich in history, architecture, scenery and romance — but that’s only the beginning. Dive in a little deeper and you’ll find a city just begging to play backdrop to a gorgeous wedding like this, which is why the full gallery from Emm&Clau is a complete and total must. Have a look here!


From the Bride… When one of our friends started telling us about her recent, small wedding in Italy, we thought, why couldn’t we have an intimate Italian wedding? After all, we DID get engaged in Florence, Italy back in November of 2011- it just seemed idyllic.

My fiance, Jone, and I first searched for a wedding planner who could find us our perfect venue. We knew we wanted to get married in a castle, late night dancing and unlimited open bar was a must, andit had to be easily accessible for our guests.We scoured through locations such as Venice, Rome, Verona, Lake Como, Almalfi Coast, and Florence. Every Italian city oozed romance and deciding on one location proved to be a daunting task. Our hearts were set on Castello Di’Vincigliata-a 13th century old castle perched up in the rolling Tuscan Hills surrounded by olive trees and vineyards served as a perfect backdrop to our Italian wedding!

I wanted our wedding to exude elegance, glam, classical romance, and soft tones. We chose champagne, ivory, gold accents, and white flowers to compliment our castle venue.

The week started out with 50 of our closest friends & family arriving in to Italia. We toured through Tuscany where did some wine tasting , had some of the world’s best gelato, and ate the most succulent, local organic food made on-site at a vineyard. Jone and I hosted a welcome/rehearsal dinner at a Florence favorite, Mamma Gina’s, the night before our wedding where everyone got to stuff their belly’s.

Predicted to rain on our wedding day, and being that we were both from the Northwest, it wasn’t something we weren’t used to acclimating to. A couple hours before our wedding, we had thunder showers, but the skies cleared, and we had perfect sunny weather for our special day. No treacherous plan B needed. As a nod to my Vietnamese heritage, I wore a traditional Vietnamese dress (ao dai), and we paid tribute to our parents and family with a customary tea ceremony in the morning where plenty of tissues were used to wipe the emotional tears.

My fianc had a vision of a very particular dress he wanted me to walk down the aisle to, and when I fell in love with this Lazaro number online, I had to immediately try it on as soon as it came off the run way. I loved the exquisite French alencon lace with the delicate sweetheart neckline, and the dramatic layered ball gown skirt made of silk organza…nothing else I tried on could even compare, it was perfect. It was the one. Needless to say, Jone was very pleased when he saw me walk down the aisle.

Some personal touches included: our Save the Date cards were local post cards specially delivered to us from our wedding planner in Florence. In lieu of the guest book, we had everyone sign a handmade map we purchased from Etsy, which indicated where we first met,, where we got engaged, where we would marry, where we’d be living as husband and wife, and where we would honeymoon.We released two doves to symbolize our eternal love and had our guests write well wishes on wish tags that would hang on the reception chandeliers.Our guests enjoyed local Italian aperitifs and belinis in the castle’s courtyard while overlooking the garden and Tuscan sunset. Dinner proved to be a culinary experience as our palates were met with wine from the castle’s cellar, delicious Tuscan cuisine, and an Italian wedding cake delicately made in front of our guests, which they all still rave about. To thank our guests, the wedding favors were Italian limencellos.

To have a fun-filled week with our nearest and dearest friends and family meant the world to us. We loved that our guests got to experience Italy and see why we both fell in love with it’s old world charm. We even got to stay in the same room at the same bed and breakfast where Jone proposed to me!

It all went by in a blink of an eye and we are so blessed with the team of vendors who made a stressful destination wedding, an enjoyable one. Our wedding exceeded our every desire- it truly was an unforgettable day, in which I wish we could relive all over again, in slow motion!

Photography: Emm&Clau | Cinematography: Mickael and Benjamin | Wedding Planner: Samuele Gallorini | Flowers: Marie Lou | Wedding Dress: Lazaro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Andy Bridal | Catering: Delizia Ricevimenti Firenze | Hair: Mej Staff | Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss | Celebrant: Joe Bertolino | Bride' Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bride's Jewelry: Nadri VIA Nordstrom | Chandelier Rental: Samuele Gallorini | Groom's Ring: Cartier | Groom's Tuxedo: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen Attire: Mens Warehouse | Makeup: Azzurra Makeup | Programs, Menu, Place Card, Reserved Seating: By Invitation Only | Rentals: Delizia Ricevimenti Firenze | Venue: Castello Di' Vincigliata

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A Bride on the Streets of Venice from Katy Lunsford Photography

Roaming the streets of Venice in a gorgeous Claire Pettibone dress, bedazzled with gems and furs most definitely falls into our category of ‘enchanting’. And with Katy Lunsford behind the lens, we can gaze at one of the most enchanting shoots we’ve seen lately, right here in the gallery, for as long as we please.

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From Katy… Quite simply a beautiful bride in a beautiful dress on the streets of Venice… the aim of the shoot was to create some beautiful fine art bridal portraits in Venice, using the tones and textures found there as inspiration, with a bohemian twist. A Claire Pettibone dress was a must, and Constance, with her rich dark cream lace and unstructured silhouette was the perfect choice (and easy to transport in my hand-luggage!). To create a few different looks I chose two headpieces; the first an intricate beaded piece with a full-length, lace scalloped-edge veil attached, which provided both drama and elegance. The second, a delicate circlet made of tiny hand-crafted clay flowers, beads and jewels, with a pretty train of ribbons and organza in blush and peachy tones, which created a more boho feel. We added long cream gloves and a fur wrap for more theatrical glamour. Our model was perfect, her gorgeous red hair and tan brogues working perfectly with the dark cream lace of the dress and the pale terracotta and aqua tones of the city. We spent a lovely morning wandering the back streets, alleyways, canals and bridges of a rather flooded Venice, creating dreamy and romantic imagery to inspire, delight and enchant. For who could fail to be delighted by a beautiful bride in such an enchanting city?

Photography: Katy Lunsford | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Wedding Dress: Style - Constance | Bridal Boutique: The White Closet | Floral Circlet: Lila Lila | Headpiece + Veil: HF Couture

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Romantic Italian Destination Wedding from Daniele Del Castillo

It’s official.  I am getting married in Italy.  Sure, I may not be engaged just yet, but all of you potential suitors out there… take note.  Because this breathtaking day captured beautifully by Daniele Del Castillo? It’s happening.  Right down to the cozy intimate atmosphere, beautiful lavender accents and beyond stunning Rocca di Benano setting.  See every last glorious moment (and I mean glorious) right here in the full gallery.

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From the Bride… Ever since I was a little girl, I always imagined having a wedding in Italy. When I suggested Italy as our wedding destination, Ben was immediately on board. We both love to travel and an adventure in Italy seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our marriage. Better yet, it would be the trip of a lifetime that we could share with our immediate families and our very dear friends, totaling 16 guests. We picked June for the weather and chose the 27th, which was towards the end of our week-long stay to allow enough time for the last-minute details.

Our goal was to keep the wedding simple and intimate. We chose a villa located in the small Umbrian town of Benano. The villa, Rocca di Benano, is a beautifully restored 1,000-year-old hamlet. The rich history of the villa appealed to us, but perhaps it was the Etruscan cave converted into a wine cellar that was the favorite of our guests. Our immediate families stayed with us for the entire week, and the villa accommodated us perfectly.

The villa sits on the town’s piazza, across from which is the small church where our ceremony was held. Ben’s childhood best friend, Caleb, was our officiant. With his thoughtful memories and beautiful words he made the ceremony a truly heartwarming and personal experience. We asked Ben’s Step Father, Don, and my Godmother, Mikki to read a poem at separate points during the service. As two very important people in our lives, it was so touching to have them participate.

Since neither of us have traveled to Italy before, nor did we have the resources to scout out the area with a preliminary trip for planning, we relied heavily on the help and guidance from Karen Smith, one of the owners of Rocca di Benano. Karen recommended our caterer, Doriana Ottaviani from Cooking for You. Doriana and her team took care of the table, chair, and linen rental, along with delivery, set up, and clean up. Communicating via email, Doriana came up with a brilliant menu. Out of all the eating we did in Italy, our reception dinner was, by far, the best. Every course was better than the next and each was paired perfectly with an Italian wine. Instead of a wedding cake, Ben and I opted for tiramisu.

We planned on having lavender for our wedding arrangements, however, it was a bit difficult to find any at the local florist. We really lucked out when we visited Palazzone for a wine tour. They had tons of lavender and were happy let us pick some. The fragrant purple flowers were arranged into simple bouquets and boutonnieres by our mothers.

The burlap decorations, including the bunting, were inspired by projects posted on Pinterest. We kept things simple as to not take away from the charm and ambiance that surrounded us. The reception was held in the piazza and our small group of guests, including our fabulous photographer, Daniele, sat around one large table. It had been quite some time since Benano had seen a wedding and there was lots of excitement from the loving residents of Benano. They were all so warm and inviting, welcoming us to celebrate our wedding in the middle of their town.

So, in a small, Italian village surrounded by over a thousand years of history, amidst the excitement and love of the local neighbors, our dearest friends and our loving family; we got married. It was our dream wedding and, despite the difficulty of planning so far away, everything worked out perfectly.

Photography: Daniele Del Castillo | Reception: Rocca di Benano | Hair Stylist: Amy Marlow of Subculture Hair Design

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