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Sophisticated Wedding in Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany

Gattotigre – Destination Wedding Videography, you’ve got every single one of us feeling all the wedding day feels thanks to your cinematographic magic. For Amy & Keith’s special day is what dreams are made of. Overflowing with Tuscany Flowers and endless love, this is one celebration you’ll want to preview pronto. Get ready for some happy tears and press play to see it all below!


From the Bride… Keith and I met in East Hampton during the summer of 2012 through mutual friends. I am from Texas and we both work in finance in NYC: me, in the real estate private equity business development and investor relations, while Keith is an inter-dealer broker. After a few years together, Keith proposed during the Christmas holiday. I love the holidays – particularly Christmas. We made an event of decorating our apartment in Nolita (Manhattan) for the holidays – Christmas tree decorating, light hanging, etc – and the next morning, Keith proposed under the tree in our pajamas, over my favorite green juice breakfast.

My goal for the wedding was to create a wonderful memory for my then-fiance’, our family and friends. Every detail was meant to make the weekend feel special and intimate and create a lasting memory that will make the people we love smile every time they think of our wedding. The most exciting part of the wedding planning was the wedding dress shopping and menu planning! I loved wedding dress shopping with my mom, sister and brother – all who flew in from Texas. I equally adored choosing the menu. From the truffled ricotta with lavender honey antipasti, to the wine pairing, I loved every detail.

Invitations were embossed on rounded-edge ivory double-ply, brown gilded edge paper in a romantic brown script. The ceremony invitation, farm-to-table welcome dinner invitation and farewell brunch invitation each included a sketch – the Borgo Santo Pietro villa, a platter of Italian vegetables and a rose bush, respectively. The invitations were bundled neatly with a ribbon and sprig of lavender. Inner and outer envelopes were calligraphed in brown ink, with the outer envelope sealed with a wax stamp of the couple’s initials. Day of stationery included a welcome note, escort cards and menus.

I had lace scraps from my dress sewn into the inside pocket of Keith’s tux (which luckily he didn’t notice during the fitting) and was a surprise on the wedding day! We had a simple ceremony officiated by the mayor, with a Catholic blessing after the conclusion of the civil ceremony. The reception opened with a few welcome speeches; oysters and typical Tuscan appetizers were served while guests were enjoying the cocktails. The tablescape included long garland of peonies and olive branches. On each lady’s place setting, atop the menu, was an alternating peony or garden rose; atop the men’s place setting were olive branches. Tuscany Flowers also provided the antique candelabras on the tables.

We chose The Maldives for our honeymoon – Gili Lankanfushi and The One and Only. It was gorgeous – crystal blue (80 degree) water teeming with sea life, which we enjoyed while scuba diving and snorkeling. We also (of course) fully enjoyed the food, which was rich with Indian and Arabic influences.

From Gattotigre – Destination Wedding VideographyThe wedding took place in Borgo Santo Pietro Luxury Relais (Chiusdino, Siena, Tuscany – Italy) on Saturday May 23rd, 2015. This stunning Relais is located about 45 mins to the south-west of Siena. It is set in its own delightful gardens, and it is an oasis hidden away behind private gates and walls. Once inside you are greeted by perfectly manicured gardens, fountains, statues and endless authentic details. Inside the villa the level of decor continues providing a very inspiring backdrop for a wedding. The Bride’s suite was simply stunning, with a big marble fireplace in the middle. The Bride looked gorgeous in her Ines Di Santo sheath dress purchased from Bergdorf Goodman, while the Bridesmaids chose their own blush and mauve dresses.

It should have been a beautiful day of sunshine and an outdoor wedding followed by drinks and dinner under the stars… instead it rained from sun up to sun down and into the night and every single photo/video had to be done under cover. Even the outdoor shots were done with an umbrella. Amy and Keith were supposed to get married in the main part of the St. Galgano Abbey – instead we used a small side area which was covered but looked out onto the gardens and continual rain. It wasn’t an easy day by any means! Anyway, with tons of soft candlelights and ancient candelabras, elegant white details and the romantic feel of a secret garden, the wedding reception was still a dream come true!

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Photography: Jules Bower | Cinematography: Gattotigre - Destination Wedding Videography | Wedding Planner: Becky Mathews Weddings | Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers | Invitations: Lyndsay Wright Design | Ceremony Venue: St. Galgano Abbey | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dolce And Gabbana | Hair + Makeup: Daniela Delia | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groomsmen's Attire: Hugo Boss | Groomsmen's Attire: Ermenegildo Zegna | Bride's Dress: Ines Di Santo | Cufflinks + Studs: Ralph Lauren | Getting Ready + Reception Venue: Borgo Santo Pietro | Groom's Jewelry: Audemars Piguet | Groom's Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Registry: Williams Sonoma Registry

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Al Fresco Lake Como Wedding

What began as a chance meeting through their careers in investment banking, turned into a love story with a perfect ending. An incredible destination wedding on Lake Como, to be specific. Planned in only three months, Italian Easy Wedding helped these two pull off a celebration their guests would never forget and Darya Kamalova photographed each and every bit. See it all inside The Vault!


From The Bride… We met each other working together in investment banking and our relationship began developing rapidly after few meetings. I remember that my first thoughts was like “no no no, no relationships with colleagues.” But sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

After being together for 2 years we’ve planned our regular trip, but that time my husband suddenly invited my Mom to join us. Later I found that my Mom was the carrier of my engagement ring. I remember that evening when we came to beautiful restaurant when you are sitting inside a beautiful aquarium watching the fish swimming around and I asked him “why he doesn’t want to take off his jacket?” It was quite warm inside the restaurant. Then everything became very clear.

He had quite big engagement box with the ring inside, so he couldn’t keep it in his trousers. After the moment he proposed I was so impressed with the engagement box design that I forgot to check out the ring. The engagement ring was handmade with the picture of a chipmunk – this is a special symbol of our family from the first months we are together. At the beginning it was his joke calling me “chipmunk” but we’ve both got so used to this “nickname” that we now collect chipmunk or squirrel trinkets from every trip.

Both of us were sure that we’d have our wedding somewhere far away from home. We wanted all our guests feel special. It took us long time to find that perfect place and perfect wedding planner. We weren’t in hurry looking for the right place, but when we found Villa Regina Teodolinda we knew that we’d celebrate our wedding nowhere else!

Thank you to our wedding planner, because she helped us plan everything in 3 months total, and it turned out wonderful. The location was just perfect with a beautiful villa, amazing food, plus lake and mountain views. The one thing we regret is that it all passed too, too fast!

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Photography: Darya Kamalova Of Thecablookfotolab | Event Planning: Italian Easy Wedding | Floral Design: Ratti Flora | Wedding Dress: Svetlana Trebunskaya | Stationery: Letter B | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Tiffany&Co | Hair + Makeup: Lidija Malinovskaja | Groom's Attire: Sartorio Napoli by Kiton | Venue: Villa Regina Teodolinda | Groom's Shoes: FABI

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Travel to Cinque Terre with Christine Doneé

Oh these travel features never fail to leave me on a bottomless search for flights and hotel reservations. It’s a problem. And after pouring over all these stunning images of Cinque Terre (a place that has been on my bucket list forever) from Christine Doneé, I basically know what my Saturday will look like – spending more time than I should admit right here.

From Christine DoneéWhen planning our wedding in Tuscany, we decided to not only honeymoon in Italy, but to also road trip throughout the country for several weeks. Cinque Terre became one of our last stops in the country, and it completely took our breath away.

Driving to the villages of Cinque Terre meant going through some pretty rugged terrain first. Winding roads and thick trees lead the way to the coast, until miraculously you stumble right onto a colorful town by the sea.

With its’ pastel colors, quiet nature and friendly locals it’s easy to see why this is considered to be one of the best destinations in all of Italy.

Comprised of 5 villages, each unique in and of itself, Cinque Terre offered us a a chance to really get to know our environment.

The greatest joy in traveling is learning the character and nuances of the place you are in: the colors, the attitude, the people; together, they come together to create a tone. And it was a perfect match for the two of us.

We sun-bathed underneath colorful umbrellas and chatted with locals as they went about their daily business.

We drank prosecco in the evenings while enjoying the echoed sounds of live music through the streets.

We took trains to and from each village and watched the sky come alive with color at sundown. And we savored every minute as if it were a dream.

With so much charm and beauty, Cinque Terre is a must for any vacationer.

Photography: Christine Doneé