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Destination Florence Castle Wedding

Now that we’ve feasted our eyes on not one but two amazing Jen Huang weddings from Cape Cod to Singapore, we’re rounding out our world tour of pretty in a little place called Florence. It’s what happens when an Irish couple opts for a destination wedding, and brings Fly Away BrideHouse Of Hannah, and of course Jen and her camera lens along for the ride. And just when you think it can’t get any better, let me direct you to the gorgeous full gallery.

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From The Bride, Giselle… John and I got acquainted on a night out in our home town of Ennis, Ireland. It was a fresh autumn night in Ireland and he strolled up and introduced himself. It was getting late so after we had made introductions and had a quick chat I headed home for bed. After I left, John asked a mutual friend to ask me if he could have my phone number and I agreed! A few days past and eventually, 4 days later he texted me and asked me out for dinner.

Two years later, and after I had finished university, we decided we wanted to take some time out to travel so we departed Ireland for Australia. One year of travelling turned into two, and we both loved Australia so much we decided to stay a little longer. Fast forward 3 and half years to my birthday, we flew up to the beautiful Whitsundays Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. There, while walking back to our beach bungalow, after a stunning sunset, John got down on one knee and proposed. He carried out 6 months of research & planning to surprise me with the perfect ring!

Living in Australia and with friends and family located all over the world a destination wedding seemed the best option. After living in the beautiful stone village of Casole d’Elsa in Tuscany with my parents for 9 months when I was a child, I always dreamed of getting married in a little rustic chapel, followed by an outdoor dinner in romantic courtyard set in the Tuscan countryside. When searching the internet for our venue I had a good idea where and what I was looking for and when I came across Castello di Vincigliata and saw that courtyard I knew I had found our perfect venue! The 13th century castle located in the hilltops of Fiesole with breath taking views of Florence has their own winery which allowed us to serve truly authentic wines at our reception. Both being big foodies having good wine and food was a must and from the number of comments we received from guests about the incredible cocktail reception, dinner and “best wedding cake ever” our cater definitely delivered on this!

Planning a wedding in Italy from Australia was never going to be easy and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my fabulous wedding planners, Lindsay and Amy from House of Hannah and Fly Away Bride. As a bride you tend to get wrapped up in all the little details that no one else will notice, I had to have white chiavari chairs, lilac napkins, peonies and gold cutlery! Without Lindsay putting together an inspiration board with my colour scheme I would have been lost, it kept me focused on what would suit my wedding. There are so many beautiful wedding ideas out there it is easy to get side tracked trying to incorporate all of it and creating a monstrosity!

I loved every moment of our special day. From getting ready with my bridesmaids, to walking down the aisle surrounded by 80 of our closest family and friends, and arriving at the castle and seeing everything we had planned for the last year fall into place. However, there was something magical when it got dark, sitting down for dinner in the gorgeous castle courtyard, surrounded by hundreds of candles & sharing the most delicious food with such great company, it was truly amazing.

Photography: Jen Huang | Videographer: Celtic Video | Event Planning: Fly Away Bride | Florist: House Of Hannah | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Leonardo Catering | Invitations: Nikita Bazalo | Reception Venue: Castello Di Vincigliata | Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Catering: Leonardo Catering | Calligraphy: House Of Hannah | DJ: Alma Project | Grooms Attire: Michael Barrie | Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Barrie | Brides Rings: Henri Daussi | Car & Bus Hire: Alterini Bus | Chapel: Parrocchia Di San Martino A Mensola | Decor Rentals: House Of Hannah And Leonardo Catering | Hair & Make Up: Giulia Cresci | Wedding Stylist: House Of Hannah

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Elegant Tuscany Castle Wedding

Romance and Italy go hand-in-hand, and this castle affair captured by Alessio Quartaroli & Marta Puglia? Well, it’s Tuscany at its’ finest. Rich with old-world charm and gorgeous style for days, it’s an elegant, effortless kind of beauty that draws you in like no other. From the Castello Di Vincigliata cocktail hour to playful Roberto Maestrucci blooms, all together Rossana Sapori planned one irresistible evening here.

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From Marta Puglia of Alessio Quartaroli & Marta Puglia Sanja & Steffan chose Tuscany as the place to celebrate their marriage with close friends and family. No place has been so perfect as Castello Di Vincigliata just few minutes from Florence. The perfect wedding venue for its garden, the cloisters, and the famous courtyard. With such amazing surroundings, the Bride and Groom aimed for a simple, beautiful designed wedding that let the setting speak for itself.

The flowers were fruit of an unconventional teaming up. The ceremony marquis and the crystal chandeliers were picked up from the famous designer Gianni Berni from Tuscany Flowers, while the floral décor came from Roberto il Fiorista. The ceremony took place overlooking the garden and Sanja walked down the aisle in her beautiful dress and with her romantic peonies bouquet, she looked radiant. After the ceremony, guests mingle in the Italian garden treated with the yummy antipasti from Preludio caterering. The traditional wedding dinner was served in the courtyard of the castle where romantic vintage chandeliers recreated an incredibly glam atmosphere.

To complement the day the palette of lavender, blush and peach was well represented by a ruffled wedding cake from Melanie Secciani. All that we love in this wedding is thanks to the attentive eyes of Alessio and Marta from A+Q studio. Every single moment is perfectly captured. The Italian touch was from Rossana Sapori, the wedding planner from WeddingsInitaly.it. So beautiful!

Photography: Alessio Quartaroli & Marta Puglia | Wedding Planner: Rossana Sapori | Wedding Dress: Manuel Mota (Pronovias) | Cake: Melanie Secciani | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Catering: Il Preludio | Hair & Makeup: Juri Ermini | Ceremony Flower Design & Lighting: Gianni Berni | Floral Design At Dinner: Roberto Maestrucci | Getting Ready Venue: Villa Olmi | Music: Alma Project | Photography - Assistance: Sara Guarracino | Wedding Venue: Castello Di Vincigliata

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Elegantly Festive Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

What’s red and green, filled to the brim with Italian charm and simply gorgeous all over? Well, this slice of pretty from Maria LambJade Rose, and Weddings In Tuscany of course! It has me feeling oh-so-festive during this merriest of weeks, from the whimsically calligraphed invites by Graceline to the perfectly wild blooms by Fiorista Fiordaliso, be prepared to be charmed, enchanted and completely mesmerized with this beauty.

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From the vendor team…Inspired by the natural beauty of Tuscany, Italy, Maria of Anthem Photography and Jade Rose of Lady Evelyn collaborated with local Italian vendors to showcase all that Italy has to offer. Homegrown florals, local fruits and cheeses, a custom lace gown, manicured garden and an Italian couple madly in love, the perfect recipe for beautiful images. Maria’s photos capture the emotion that is Italy, classic and romantic.

Photography: Maria Lamb | Videography: Laki Karavias | Event Design: Jade Rose | Event Design: Anthem Photography | Event Planning: Weddings In Tuscany | Floral Design: Fiorista Fiordaliso | Wedding Dress: Lady Evelyn | Cake: Salvia E Ramerino | Ceremony Venue: Giardino Garzoni | Catering: Weddings In Tuscany | Grooms Attire: Gabriella Sposa | MUAH: Valerie Cecchini | Rentals: Ristorante Villa Garzoni | Stationery + Calligraphy: Graceline | Veils + Headpieces: Lady Evelyn | Wardrobe Styling: Jade Rose

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