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One Amazing Couple Follow Their Dreams + Say “I Do” in Tuscany

We never know what life might throw our way, and this amazing couple decided, despite challenges, to still follow their dreams, and that meant saying “I do” in the hills of Tuscany. Surrounded by family and friend, they celebrated all they’ve overcome together and toasted to a beautiful future. Peter & Veronika captured it all and this love story is not one to be missed – more this way!

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From Bride… Evan and I met seven years ago when we were both working at a restaurant – Evan was working as a bartender temporarily and I was paying my way through university. We were friends first and then quickly became more.. after eight months we moved to the city and got our first apartment downtown. We both began our careers doing what we love: Evan as a Construction Manager and myself in Marketing and graphic design. Over the next few years we grew as a couple and as people – we went through great times and some intense personal struggles, but kept the focus on our life together and each other. We would always come out strong no matter what life through at us. Little did we know that it was this mentality that would prove to be extremely helpful when the biggest challenge we would face yet was thrown at us unexpectedly…

Two years ago while working in his dream job as a Construction Superintendent, Evan broke his neck when an improperly secured load of flooring weighing 3500lbs fell off of a delivery truck onto his head and neck. Evan was instantly paralyzed from the shoulders down, and was left without full use of his arms and no use of his hands or legs. He was lucky to have survived his accident without any head trauma. After five months in the hospital and intensive rehabilitation, we began our new life together – although very, very different, nothing changed our outlook on life or how much we love each other. Evan is now confined to a wheelchair and needs 24 hour care and assistance, all of which I do myself as we decided early on we didn’t want to live with nurses and care aids – we wanted to lead normal, private lives!

After Evan returned home from the hospital we packed up our life and moved temporarily to Southern California to attend a world renowned rehabilitation facility for five months in order to help him gain his strength and focus. While we were there, Evan proposed to me at our favourite restaurant in San Diego called Juniper and Ivy – completely by surprise! He had designed my ring himself with Dino at Harlings Jewellers in Vancouver while he was in California – he even had it shipped to California without me knowing with help from his therapist!

We decided to have our wedding in Florence because we had planned a trip to Europe BEFORE his accident happened that we had never been able to do – and we did not want his injury to stop us from visiting all the places we want to go. Our passion together is great food and wine and Florence, Italy was at the top of our list for destinations. We found an amazing wheelchair accessible seven bedroom villa located 45 minutes outside of Florence in the Tuscan countryside called Castel D’Acone, and the rest just fell into place! Our wedding was intimate as we decided to turn the whole thing into a group European vacation with our closest family and friends for the week. The wedding was perfect and our entire week there was like a dream. For our honeymoon we decided to stay in Europe and visited Rome, Barcelona, The South of France and Amsterdam.. and enjoyed every minute of our travels.

We hope to meet other couples from around the world who are going through similar situations as us. We are soon launching a new website soon as a vessel to connect with people we can help, and let others know that you CAN live your life to the fullest as a happy couple – even after devastation and loss.

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Photography: Peter & Veronika | Floral Design: Marco Nocchi at Il Giardino Del Re Florist | Wedding Dress: Kathryn Bass Bridal | Bride's Shoes: Aquazzura | Rings: Harlings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Plum Pretty Sugar | Catering: Giulia Panzariello and Angela Lamarra of Delizia Ricevimenti in Florence | Lighting: Castel D'Acone in Pontassieve | Groom's Attire: Canali | Officiant: Silvia Todini | Wedding Venue: Castel D'Acone in Pontassieve | Decor: Giulia Panzariello and Angela Lamarra of Delizia Ricevimenti in Florence

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Saying I Do in Tuscany Never Disappoints

Newly engaged friends, if you’ve got a summer destination wedding on the mind—this one’s for you. You really can’t go wrong with a Tuscan fete on a sunny day, especially when you’ve got Super Tuscan Wedding Planners, Flowers Living and M & J Photography in your vendor team. Need a little more convincing? The gallery tells all—and you can find more in this stunner locale right here.

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From Super Tuscan Wedding PlannersOn the 20th of August, in a really hot summer day, we celebrated the love of Sarah and Paul! They decided to get married in Tuscany because they fell in love with this region: landscape, people, food and culture. And they decided to share all of this with family and friends in this romantic and rustic chic wedding day! Stunning locations: Horti Leonini, gardens in San Quirico d’Orcia, hosted the ceremony and a hidden Borgo in the middle of Val d’Orcia, was chosen for the stay and the wedding party.

When we arrived at the Borgo, that morning, we smelt the excitement in the air. All the guests were staying there and while everyone was getting ready we breathed a festive air and could feel the real connection, bonding and closeness among all of them.

Sarah was surrounded by her bridesmaids all the time and assisted by her mum step by step. They were all together in the same room getting hair and makeup done to share also this special moment. The pastel colors palette chosen for flowers suits perfectly to the delicacy of these moments.
Paul was ready long before, and took his time to try and chill out with his friends playing pool. He and his best men were handsome with their blue suits and their pink ties and pocket squares. But nothing compares to their colored striped socks, such a nice touch!

When the ceremony time came, Vintage Buses were ready to bring the 70 guests to San Quirico d’Orcia, at Horti Leonini. While waiting, key parts were the parasols and the hats, essential details studied to let people enjoy the moments under the tuscan sun! The Bride arrived with an iconic Vintage Bentley. All eyes were on her!

The civil ceremony was held in the center of the characteristic radial design made of triangular flowerbed, under the statue of Cosimo III dei Medici.The ceremony attracted a lot of curious people but we all still felt the sense of something intimate, just because the only thing that mattered for everyone there was Sarah and Paul’ love. Bride and Groom offered an after ceremony drink to their guests and left San Quirico on their Bentley.

Back to the Borgo, with the vintage coaches, guests were ready for aperitif and dinner. One of the reasons why Sarah and Paul chose Tuscany for their wedding finally came out: it was time to taste the italian food and wine! And finally came out also other details: vintage bicycles and guest book corner, tableau de marriage and table decor in rustic chic style.

After dinner, time for a super wedding cake, for gelato and Cantucci, to bring a little bit of Tuscany also in the desserts! And, for sure, time for dancing to conclude an unforgettable wedding day with the stunning landscapes of Val d’Orcia in the background!

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Photography: M & J Photography | Event Planning: Super Tuscan Wedding Planners | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Wedding Dress: Ronald Joyce | Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Packham | Catering: Preludio Catering | Vintage Car: Drive In Style | Venue: Borgo Di Castelvecchio | Groom Suit: Bespoke tailor Jasper Littman | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Vintage Coach: Drive In Style

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Bridal Perfection on the Tuscan Countryside

People always ask me what I would have done differently if I were to be given a wedding re-do. Well, I’d start with the guest list. 200 people – many of whom I didn’t even get a chance to say hello to – filled our ballroom and while I loved the support and the pure love that permeated the day – a wedding built for two would have been just as magical. And this one, crafted by Chiara Sernesi of Weddings in Tuscany, with photos by Esther and Gabe, is as spectacular as they come.

From the vendors… Tuscany is one of the most popular elopement destinations in Italy. Most of couples get marry during the summer months, but the Fall season has its own advantages, namely in the lack of crowds and tourists and in the beautiful colors of the landscape. And that was my first thought when Esther and Gabe, the talented husband and wife photographers from The Bell Weddings, contacted me for a shoot in Tuscany.

The gown from the Atelier of Marianna Lanzilli , the beautiful shoes from bella belle shoes that paired with the dress so perfectly The table and its warmly coloured palette, the flowers that Gianluca from Heaven Flowers crafted, the venue and its delicately hued wall whose nuances elegantly match the color of the season in a harmonious symphony.

I used the Fall palette of the season with browns and neutrals being the the prevailing tones, along with shades of red from the vineyards and the foliage, lilac and pastel for the sunset and greens which you can find throughout Tuscany. The bride’s golden dress added a magical finality to the look. And, Esther and Gabe’s attention to details and eye for creative shots is something to be envied.

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Photography: Esther and Gabe | wedding planner: Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi | florist: heaven flowers | shoes: Bella Belle | hair and make up: WeddingAllOver | calligraphy: Nicnillas Ink | bride dress: Marianna Lanzilli | groom suit: Area2Rezzonico | hairwreath: Guinevere vines | villa : Villa Catignano

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