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Why Tuscany Holds the Key to Wedding Day Perfection

If I could, I would crawl right through my screen just to experience the pretty captured by Allen Tsai Photography firsthand – it’s just that good. From those crazy chic florals, to the stunning scenery that is Tuscany, every darn detail is wedding day perfection and I’m just begging someone to recreate it all for their big day. See it all in The Vault and you’ll easily understand why I’m completely obsessed.

From Allen Tsai PhotographyMost wedding editorials focus on the bride and groom, but for this romantic Tuscan bridal inspiration we wanted to tell a story from the bride’s perspective during the quiet and intimate moments of her wedding day, pre-ceremony. Slipping into your bridal gown and writing a heartfelt note to your groom, a moment in front of the camera with freshly picked blooms from the Italian countryside, the linens on your reception table gently waving in the breeze as if anticipating the love and conversation to come over Tuscan wine…those are the relaxed pre-wedding moments we wanted to capture on film. There’s something extremely special and precious about those few pre-wedding hours before the guests arrive and the hustle and bustle begins, so we wanted to inspire brides to savor that time and capture some of that stillness in the beautiful surroundings they’ve created.

I can’t think of a more romantic destination wedding location than Tuscany, Italy, and the hilltop venue of Monteverdi Tuscany was a stunning backdrop of rolling green hills and tall Italian cypress trees, with rich surrounding textures of stone. From the stunning views to the fine wine and dining, every guest room has its own unique design, which makes for an unforgettable destination trip for your closest loved ones.

Letter Love Studio conveyed the tone for this intimate wedding experience with loose and organic calligraphy on handmade paper. The terra cotta colored ink mirrored the tiled rooftops synonymous with Italian architecture, and the imperfect ink splatters feel right at home in this simple yet rustic suite. Topped off with vintage stamps and a beautifully deckled edge cotton envelope from Italian paper maker Amalfi, this wedding suite lends elegance and character to this luxurious but understated shoot.

Wanting this editorial to be a true Tuscany experience, we included talented local vendors including floral design by Puscina Flowers, and hair & makeup by Andrea Hair Styling. For the tablescape, Tuscan fabrics from Biagianti, wrought iron sculptures from Biagiotti, and custom designed wood pepper mills by Brigitte Deval were all incorporated, lending an authentic Italian flair to our outdoor tabletop.

All of the wildflowers used were grown by Puscina Flowers on their own family farm. I’ve never felt so calm and close to nature as I did when I stepped foot onto their estate. 100% of their floral design is sourced from their own land, enabling them to have a rarely personal and profound understanding of the florals they use. The result is a unique, organic, and natural floral design that feels effortless.

To complete our old world influence, Watters “Florence” dress with its flowing silk mousseline skirt couldn’t have been more perfect for our bride. We paired it with a vintage inspired green emerald by Shapiro Diamonds, which was a custom design.

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Photography: Allen Tsai Photography | Floral Design: Puscina | Wedding Dress: Watters | Stationery: Letter Love Studio | Jewelry: Shapiro Diamonds | Hair + Makeup: Andrea Hair Stylist | Venue: Monteverdi Tuscany | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Linen Rentals: Biagianti | Ribbons: Honey Silks And Company | Ribbons: FrouFrou Ribbon | Ribbons: Silk and Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Wood Pepper Mills: Brigitte Deval | Wrought Iron Sculptures: Biagiotti

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Chic + Intimate Elopement in Tuscany

Today we’re giving MAJOR props to this darling duo. For not only did they elope in THE most beautiful part of the world, but they also managed to plan the entire celebration via e-mail. I mean, that right there is proof that they had the utmost trust their vendors, and the payoff? AH-MAZING. It’s the perfect intimate ceremony complete with endless love and thanks to the ever-so-talented Jasmine Star we’ve got it all waiting in The Vault!

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From the Bride… The most difficult part about planning an elopement in another county would be the communication, specifically the language barrier. Several of the important details from my perspective (hair, makeup, flowers, ceremony plans, etc.) were all discussed, negotiated, and confirmed/secured via email. That can of course be a little nerve-racking, especially when contracts and an exchange of monetary value is involved. However, as we’ve socially evolved as a culture over the past decade there are so many secure sites that make doing business internationally much more accommodating! Oh, and the time difference. Carl and I found ourselves up at 4am here in Florida calling the event coordinator at La Foce or our priest to discuss details, details, details.

The advice I would give to other brides wanting to plan an elopement internationally would be to start “planning” or at least securing your “must have” vendors (photographer, ceremony site, etc.) at least a year in advance. Engage with your “core vendors” for recommendations on other “must haves”. For example, when scouting a designer for a unique veil ask ask your photographer, “What’s the most beautiful veil you’ve ever photographed..and who designed it?”

Lean on your inner-circle of friends, colleagues, co-workers, family, etc. as a resource for different aspects of the inital planning. This could be as simple as posting on social media a question about “Anyone been to Italy? What was your favorite region? Any breathtaking venues I MUST know about when planning a special getaway?”

Build relationships with everyone you communicate (especially those who are located at your chosen destination). Yes, build relationships with folks you initially email simply inquiring about a venue, pricing on something, etc. How do you do this? Be diligent with your email follow through. Google their name and establishment to find something unique about them and mention it in your correspondence. Read reviews online and highlight something special someone said about their experience with said person and/or venue. If the person is extra helpful, write them a hand-written card thanking them. This “relationship building” in turns helps you find your “local liaison”…which brings be to my next point….

Find a local “liaison” of sorts to help you navigate the (even small) barriers of planning (language, time difference, etc.) This person isn’t necessary your “coordinator” (for instance Carl and I didn’t have a local coordinator/planner), but instead someone who you’ve emailed and/or spoken with on the phone enough times that you can perhaps Cc them in an email with someone they have referred you to to help explain something when you’re having difficultly understanding or “connecting a dot”. For instance, this person for us was the rental manager at the estate we stayed at and had our wedding ceremony. She was so helpful when we initially reached out to inquire about the property that I felt comfortable Ccing and including her on the email exchanges we had with our priest about ceremony details when we were each having a hard time articulating certain things. She was happy to chime in and help both ends fill in the blanks. We kept the theme of “relationship building” going with her by bringing her and her assistant a gift from Paris upon our arrival.

The real unexpected perk was getting to experience the special Sposi Novelli treatment at the Papal Audience where Pope Franicis welcomed people from all over the world to celebrate the anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and did a special blessing for those approved to sit up front (newlyweds!!!!). Newly married couples traveled from all over the world to experience this so for us having already scheduled a wedding and honeymoon in Italy and THEN finding out about this opportunity was definitely an UNEXPECTED perk. Needless to say we revolved our honeymoon schedule around getting a special blessing from The Pope. Apparently the tradition of “blessing newlyweds” has evolved over history (depending on who is Pope).

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Photography: Jasmine Star | Floral Design: Nadia Stiatti | Reception Venue: Chiarentana | Makeup: Sam's Parrucchieri | Wedding Venue: Chiesa Di S. Bernardino

Classic + Romantic Destination Wedding in Tuscany

Raise your hand if you’re ready for a mid-winter getaway. Me too. This destination wedding in the hills of Tuscany is the next best thing. With the help of amazing vendors like The Tuscan WeddingTuscany FlowersMomental Designs, Tuscan Wedding Cakes, The Left Handed Calligrapher and Jenny Yoo, this American couple brought New York glamour to the rustic Italian countryside for a wedding that can only be described as perfect. See it all from Stefano Santucci, assisted by Guido Andreoni, and Angelo La Torre in THE VAULT!

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From Stefano SantucciHi, this is Regina and Ryan destination wedding in Tuscany.

They are both Americans who live a few miles away from New York. They decided to get married in Tuscany at a wonderful country chic wedding in Tuscany where everything was planned in detail.

Ryan is an important producer and Regina is a lovely girl with Italian origins. The ceremony took place in one of the most beautiful churches I’ve ever seen, “l’Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore”, immersed in the forests and fields of Tuscany, in Buonconvento. After the moving ceremony, the Bride and Groom celebrated with their relatives and friends at Casali di Bibbiano, with the best Italian food and wine.

It has been an incredible and full day full of emotions and very well planned, R+R wedding started their big day at the Abbazia di Monteuliveto and finished with stunning fireworks performed during the cutting cake.

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Photography: Stefano Santucci | Cinematography: Angelo La Torre Films | Event Planning: The Tuscan Wedding | Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: L'Arte Della Torta di Melanie Secciani | Stationery: Momental Designs | Ceremony Venue: Abbazia Monteuliveto | Reception Venue: Casali Di Bibbiano | Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Catering: Casali Di Bibbiano | Hair + Makeup: Lara Navarrini | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher | Groom's Attire: Lauren by Ralph Lauren | String Quartet: Alma Project | Photography - Assistance: Stefano Santucci | Photography - Assistance: Guido Andreoni | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi

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