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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: Stiatti Fiori | Reception Venue: Chiarentana | Makeup: Samantha Parruccheri | Wedding Venue: Chiesa Di S. Bernardino | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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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 | Event Planning: The Tuscan Wedding | Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers | Wedding Dress: Oscar De La Renta | Cake: Tuscan Wedding Cakes | Stationery: Momental Designs  | Ceremony Venue: Abbazia Di 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: Ralph Lauren Black Label | String Quartet: Alma Project | Photography - Assistance: Lucrezia Cosso | Photography - Assistance: Guido Andreoni | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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Vintage-Inspired Tuscan Villa Wedding

When I was about 13-years-old, my family took a trip to Tuscany, and it was one of the best family vacations I’ve ever been on. This gorgeous day from FunkyBird Photography and FunkyBird is taking be right back to the rolling hills of Italy and filling me with warm memories. Fall in love with everything—from the couple’s sweet love and adorable children to the beautiful al fresco reception—in THE VAULT!

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From FunkyBird PhotographyWhat a cute vintage wedding in Tuscany. It was a pleasure working on this wedding which took place on the Chianti hills of Tuscany near Florence. A beautiful September day and the perfect light for wedding photographs. As a wedding photographer in Tuscany I am always looking for that perfect moment ‘the golden hour’ and on this wedding it really shines trough. The way the bride and groom, their kids and all the guests were dressed gave a really nice touch to these wedding pictures. Beautiful flowers and decorations were provided by the one and only Sonja from FunkyBird Wedding Design to lift everything up on an even higher level and made this tuscany wedding even prettier. The whole day was perfectly organized by the wonderful Roos from Trouwen in Toscane.

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Photography: FunkyBird Photography | Event Planning: Trouwen In Toscane | Floral Design: FunkyBird | Ceremony Venue: Palazzo Malaspina - San Donato In Poggio | Reception Venue: Villa Montelodoli | Hair + Makeup: Caterina Pelosi | Vendor: The Bride's Aunt & Grandmother

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