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Romantic Villa La Vedetta Wedding

This, my friends, is Italian wedding romance done right. And we have David Bastianoni to thank for serving up all the pretty in the form of this sunlit gallery. With Villa La Vedetta as the backdrop and an adorably happy Bride & Groom, look no further than this for laid back love in Italy!

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From David BastianoniFlorence is one of the most famous destination wedding cities in the world, its beauty and its romantic atmosphere have allowed me to photograph this magnificent Jewish wedding celebration organized by Fabrizio Mengasini which took place in the Synagogue of Florence and thereafter continued in one of the most beautiful Villas of Florence with a breathtaking view of the city.

The religious wedding which took place in the early hours of the afternoon, allowed me to give a romantic theme with natural colors and lighting to the photography as sunset drew near.
The morning started off early that day in the Villa, whilst the future Bride and Groom were left to relax and enjoy their breakfast, the group of hairdressers and make-up artists took care of all the ladies.

Once the bride and her close female family members went into the matrimonial suite apartment, her own personal make-up artist and the hairdresser chosen at the hair trial focused all their attention on her. The lighting in the room was perfect and we were able to take some fantastic shots of the preparation activities.

The guests were all ready and followed the wedding planner to the transfer bus awaiting to transport them to the Synagogue. My assistant joined them to capture some photo shots.

The Synagogue in Florence is by far, one of the biggest and most beautiful Synagogues in Italy. The emotion that one feels on entering is unique and unforgettable, the singer that the couple had chosen together with the Rabbi and the wedding planners, played an important part in creating this magical atmosphere. Many different special moments captured in my photo shots of the ceremony, express, by themselves the emotions and the atmosphere experienced by the wedding couple, family and guests.

At the end of the wedding ceremony, the guests were invited to the exit and once they reached the exit door, they were each given a white balloon which allowed me to take some beautiful photo shoots of a moment that everyone present, including myself and my assistant, a once off natural emotion of joy to an important moment of wishes towards the couples love for each other. The embraces and wishes of all the guests to the couple were endless as they were offered water to drink by the wedding planners and departed towards their bus.

The newlyweds left in their own personal wedding car and I followed them to take some intimate photo shoots around the beautiful romantic city of Florence, whilst my assistant went directly to the welcome cocktail to capture some shots of the guests.

The welcome cocktail served on the garden pool terrace was definitely inviting with its beautiful Italian sunshine highlighting the lucky couple’s special day. Guests enjoyed the delicious variety of finger food and prosecco wine whilst the artists of the live music band, all dressed in white attire began cheering everyone up. It was a very special moment, you could breathe festivity in the air and the guests surrounded by the festive Italian atmosphere under the beautiful blue sky had now embraced the romance of this Italian wedding.

The cocktail was only the first moment of joy, the guests, in fact were unaware of the decor that had been organized on the beautiful terrace overlooking Florence as they began to climb the stairs to go to the sit-down dinner. Once on the terrace, their faces lit up and they let off a sigh of surprise as they reached the wonderful upper terrace decorated in white, with square tables and beautiful dainty orchids set as centerpieces.

The band with Jewish and non Jewish music cheered the guests up so much that, before they sat down for the formal wedding meal they began to dance and give life to the festivities. Part of the terrace had been left free so that there was a dance area and a dinner area. An open Bar was also placed on one side so that the guests could freely go and enjoy their favorite cocktails and drinks.

The square tables that seated 8 persons were decorated with tall glass vases containing a cascade of beautiful orchids and various glass cylinders in different dimensions with candles. A big important decision was the choice of the chairs but in the end chiavari chairs in the natural colour of wood were chosen and they beautifully harmonized with the color of the trees around us.

The food was strictly kosher, it was served on various food stations and included the caprese corner with various cheeses, the vegetable corner, the fish corner and the pasta corner. The various food stations had a large variety of dishes and was served by waiters.

The sun was setting and the atmosphere became always more intimate and romantic. Fabrizio Mengasini had designed a lighting based mainly by candlelight. In fact, along the entire perimeter of the terrace there were bowls hanging from a line with candles and along the balustrade of the terrace, glasses with a heavy base containing candles.

The various cylinders used for the table centerpieces lit up the table area for the guests. This magical atmosphere was also helped by the color amber, which is the facade of the Villa and typical Italian cypress trees.

But one of the most vibrant moments was the cutting of the cake with a backdrop view of the city of Florence. The cake prepared in front of the guests by the master chef, delighted the curious guests for about 20 minutes, confetti and streamers accompanied the cutting of the cake, then the band that played music and sang songs, everyone had a wonderful, unforgettable evening and danced until midnight.

Photography: David Bastianoni | Wedding Planner: Fabrizio Mengasini | Floral Design: Stiatti Fiori | Catering: Guidi Lenci | Hotel: Villa La Vedetta | Jewish Music: Benny Fadlun And The Mazaltov Band | Lightning: Alma Project | Synagogue: Synagogue

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Week-long Wedding Celebration in Italy

If your guests are traveling across the Atlantic anyways, why not make a week out of it, right? That’s the approach Ali and Zach took when planning their Italian nuptials, and we’re sure glad they did. This stunning wedding week started in Florence and ended with the ceremony in Portofino, with lots of vino, fireworks, and dancing along the way. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the enchanting film from Carmen and Ingo.

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From Carmen and Ingo PhotographyWe are photographers by heart but we now and then do wedding videos for our clients too. Normally they are about 4-5 minutes and just a little add on to the photos.

Summer last year, we had this american (New York based) couple that wanted photos of their week long wedding in Italy. Florence and Portofino. They also asked for video. Since it is a bit to hard to compress 5 days in 5 minutes, we have produced an almost 12 minutes feature film for them.

The photos have still not been published actually, as the B&G wanted them to be in a print magazine somewhere in the US. However, we are allowed to release the feature film and since it was such a spectacular wedding week, we wanted to try if you are willing to feature one of our videos as well.

The Pre Events…Florence was the original place selected for the big affair, but with the hot temperatures known for that time the year, the couple decided to weave Florence in a different type of fashion. Thus was borne the #Zachitali adventure – a caravan starting overlooking the city of Florence, woven through the streets of the ancient city through a special scavenger hunt, and capped with a bus ride to beach party destination of Santa Margherita Ligure, and ultimately, Portofino.

Wedding Party Fashion…Frustrated with the options available in-store, the Bride wanted everything customized. Bridesmaid dress fabric was hand-selected by the Bride and her designer sister-in-law to glisten in tones of champagne, gold, and blush peach to accent the natural colors of the Ligurian coastal towns, and especially the venue. Each girl’s body was taken into consideration to ensure they felt their best on the big day. The Groom’s tuxedo was created bespoke by an Italian tailor, and the bride’s veil was lined with Italian lace to give her otherwise modern Peter Langner gown a more old world feel. Vintage pieces were purchased for everyone in the party by the Bride at Pippin – from old cufflinks to 1920’s rhinestone drops.

Pre Ceremony Musicians and Memory Table…From the moment guests arrived at La Cervara, they were to receive a feast of the senses. Mandolin and accordion players greeted them as they exited the vans, wielding tambourines draped with ribbons for guests to join in to the music. A “swan song” cocktail was there as an early refreshment – which was a crisp mix of St. Germain cucumber and champagne. Guests had polaroids to snap their photos to include in the guest book for the bride and groom, laid out for them on a table bedecked with vintage frames and the weddings of the bride and groom’s ancestors. Flower pots hung from the ceiling, framing the cloisters and teasing the guests with visuals of the garden to come.

Ceremony…The ceremony was designed as a celebration of not just Zach and Ali, but of the world of friends and loved ones that had flown across the ocean to share in the special week. To shield their heads from the sun and the ladies’ faces from perspiration, straw fans and panama hats were given out, along with parasols as an additional cooling agent. To dip the guests right into the fantasy that would ensue that evening, an acrobat danced in the air on white silk to capture the guests attention as they waited. Ali’s Rabbi from her hometown temple who married her parents, sister and brother officiated, signs and rings and flowers were carried by her niece, nephew, and custom music was selected to cue each special moment, from Music of the Night for the Bride’s entrance, to The Saints go Marching In to pay homage to their love of New Orleans jazz.

Pre Reception Décor...Zach and Ali cultivated their relationship over a love of literature, sharing life’s synonyms via their favorite excepts from the likes of “The Power of One,” “Pillars of the Earth,” and “Great Gatsby.” Each book housed the seating arrangements, scribbled elegantly in gold on old fashioned bookmarks. Their head table of course held the name of the F.Scott Fitzgerald work that inspired their wedding – The Great Gatsby. As favors for their guests, Ali and Zach commissioned a custom work done by an Italian artist – an etched representation of their week-long Italian adventures, encased in old ink and wine bottles as a nod to the proximity of the sea at their venue. To set the tone for the journey through time, straight to West Egg, Ali and Zach had a 20’s style jazz band to get guests right into the jazz age during the ‘aperitivo,’ as they noshed from an authentic Italian cheese table, a Ligurian fish bar, and sipped on custom cocktails pulling from the freshest local ingredients.

The wedding was the Grand Finale… mined with surprises for the guests’ utter delight. Every half hour brought a new treat – be it masks to mimic a Venetian masquerade, beads nodding again to New Orleans and the Groom’s schooling at Tulane, cocktail popsicles, fire dancers, and a photobooth with props brought in from their hometown, set to represent their various passions from cooking (chef’s hats) to countries (Italian flags) and baseball (foam fingers, anyone?.) If guests’ feet tired from the dance floor, they could find respite in a gentleman and ladies corner, dotted with their very own caricatures by an artist that created them at the welcome drinks in Florence only days before. The nights entertainment was capped off with fire dancers…until an even better surprise was given by Ali’s father. As Ali’s Dad took to the stage to share his speech to his daughter, he asked “do you trust me?” With that, he queued Josh Groban’s You Raise me Up over the loud speakers, prompting a burst of golden fireworks arching over the Portofino harbor as Ali’s Dad invited her to the dance floor, along with her new husband and his mother, so that they could share the stage and the first minutes as father daughter and mother son.

One year after sliding doors happened and we struck up a three hour conversation on a train, we turned an electric friendship into romance and began dating. The rest, they say is history.

Videography: Carmen And Ingo Photography | Event Planner: Chic Weddings In Italy | Florist: La Rosa Canina | Wedding Gown: Peter Langner | Invitations: Bride & Finger Ladies Letterpress | Engagement Ring: Hyde Park Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wai Ming | Hair: Courtney Benedetti Tooke | Groom's Attire: Ricardo Negro | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro | Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridal Shoes: BHLDN | Cermony Venue: La Cervara | Makeup: Nam Vo | Reception Band: Sway All Stars Orchestra | Rehearsal Dinner: Cafe Puny | Thursday Beach Bbq: Santa Beach Club | Tuesday Welcome Dinner In Florence: Villa La Vedetta | Veil: Suzanne Couture Millinery | Wednesday Welcome Dinner In Florence: Il Latini

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Romantic Villa Tolomei Wedding

What happens when two Swedish lovebirds (stylish as ever, I might add) make the trek to Florence to say their romantic I-do’s? Pretty, pretty things my dears. And with Tuscania Events behind the planning, I’m not the least bit surprised at the gorgeous outcome. Innocenti Studio made sure to snap up every little bit and it’s all waiting for you right here!

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From Tuscania Events…Anna & Christian a beautiful couple from Sweden, chose Italy to celebrate their wedding. Their love for Italian food, the Tuscan countryside and the warm climate made Florence the right choice to celebrate their dream wedding. They rented a recently restored 5 star Villa for all their guests. Villa Tolomei is immersed in the Tuscan countryside but only 5 minutes from the historical center of Florence. Guests could enjoy both the tranquility of the countryside and the beauty of the Renaissance city. The Bride’s elegant gown was a reflection of Nordic minimalism and the tuxedo clad guests followed the typical tradition of a Swedish wedding celebration.

Photography: Innocenti Studio | Wedding Planner: Tuscania Events | Flowers: Sebastian Flowers | Location: Villa Tolomei