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Romantic Florence, Italy Wedding

If you haven’t already considered a gorgeous vaca in Italy, this beautiful wedding captured by Amy Rizzuto is here to tell you one thing: you need to.  Because this is the kind of wedding that is as rich in breathtaking scenery as it is in fabulous details.  Think classic stylings from Exclusive Italy Weddings meets awe-inspiring moments a plenty.  See it all right here in the full gallery.

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From Amy Rizzuto Photography… The sun seemed to glisten across the cobblestone streets in Florence, Italy on June 20th. The day was finally here and Brittany and Aaron seemed to carry a child-like anticipation as they prepared to see each other for the first time. In the lovely gardens that could be seen from their private balcony, Aaron slowly turned around to see his beautiful bride walking towards him. Breath taken away, he wrapped Brittany in his arms, so excited to make this girl he met back in the first grade his wife.

After their emotional first look, we explored the most beautiful parts of Florence together. We captured pretty portraits of Brittany and Aaron strolling in the Piazza della Signoria, among the statues of Loggia dei Lanzi, and of course, in front of the Ponte Vecchio. At noon, they were married in the famous Red Room in the Palazzo Vecchio with their closest family and friends around them. They celebrated afterwards at Alle Murate, laughing as they enjoyed a true five-course Italian meal.

From the Bride… Aaron and I spent the first month of our engagement sifting through ideas for our wedding. The more progress we made in the pre-planning process, the more we realized a lavish affair with hundreds of guests was not what our hearts desired. We wanted our celebration to be intimate and centered around what mattered most, our marriage, and making sure we had the time and energy to enjoy our special day, and spend time with one another and those who love us. A colleague of mine mentioned a destination wedding, and after we discussed it there was no doubt that we were going to have our wedding somewhere far from home.

We had already decided Italy would be our honeymoon destination, and what a romantic place for a destination wedding. We wanted our ceremony to be in a place we both had never visited, and we chose Florence. The city was perfect because it is known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and we would be embarking upon a new beginning of our lives in the city of rebirth. I envisioned a wedding with a vintage, old Hollywood feel. The red hall in Palazzo Vecchio was the absolute perfect location… It felt incredibly regal and reminded me so much of my wedding day inspiration, Grace Kelly.

I contacted Exclusive Italy Weddings, and our wedding planner, Martina, was fantastic. She assisted us with booking the location, flowers, transportation, and the absolutely gorgeous reception location, Alle Murate. Because neither of us are Italian we had to arrive in Florence a few days early to complete several rounds of paperwork. Martina arranged for our wonderful new friend, Mrs. Jo, to serve as our translator and assistant through the paperwork and the ceremony. Our photographer, Amy Rizzuto, was amazing and such a pleasure to have around. She met with us prior to the ceremony to share her thoughts on the best time for photos, etc. and she couldn’t have been more perfect. The pictures from our special day depict the love and emotions flowing from everyone involved. When I look at the photos I feel as if our wedding was a true fairytale.

I have several memories from our wedding day I’ll never forget… my dad walking me down the aisle, my mother helping me into my dress… and exchanging our rings while the Italian official recited an Apache Creed in English (the only part of the ceremony that didn’t have to be translated for us). Aaron’s favorite memory is the early morning (7 a.m.) photo session with Amy in which we pranced all around the city finding the best photo ops. It was a truly magical day that will forever be etched in our memories.

Photography: Amy Rizzuto Photography | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Ceremony Venue: The Red Room | Reception Venue: Alle Murate | Event Planning: Exclusive Italy Weddings | Jewelry : Etsy

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Florence, Italy Wedding at Villa Montefiano Balcony

To say I was obsessed with this stunning Florence fête at Villa Montefiano Garden would be the understatement of the year. It’s literally dripping in pretty, making each and every image captured by Studio A+Q like a dream. So do yourself a favor today and set aside to get lost in all the lovely here. 

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From the Bride…From the moment we started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to have it in Italy. I am in American who met her future Italian husband in a pub in Florence. We fell in love over quick trips for gelato, cheesy American films dubbed in Italian, and walks around our favorite Florentine neighborhoods. When we got engaged, it seemed only natural that we would celebrate our marriage in the place where we met, fell in love, and now call home together.

When we started looking at venues, our main objective was to find something where we could hold both our ceremony and reception, with plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the beautiful, late-summer climate of Tuscany. Villa Montefiano, a 16th century residence nestled on a hillside overlooking Florence, was the perfect fit. Not only was the villa itself gorgeous, but it offered a number of lush gardens and terraces that we could utilize for our celebration.

While neither of us had a particular theme for the wedding, I wanted it to be soft and romantic with just a touch of Great Gatsby elegance. My husband just wanted good food and an American-style wedding cake. Our brilliant wedding planner, Rossana took all of our ideas and created an evening that flawlessly melded together the best of our American and Italian traditions. Every detail from the floral arrangements and candles to the confetti table and intimate seating groups perfectly reflected our vision for the wedding.

Our ceremony took place just before sunset; the golden light, gentle breeze, and Tuscan backdrop created an almost ethereal effect. My husband said his vows in Italian and I said mine in English. It not only made the ceremony understandable for both Italian and English-speaking guests, but also gave us the opportunity to express something so meaningful to one another in our first languages. I remember feeling so happy to have married such a wonderful man, surrounded by our loved ones above the city where it all began.

Photography: Studio A+Q | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Reception Venue: Villa Montefiano Balcony | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Wedding Planner: Rossana Sapori | Make up: Azzurra Make-up | Caterer & Cake: Galateo Ricevimenti | Confetti & Candies: Rossana Sapori | Flowers decor: Tania La Rosa Canina | Groom\'s Attire: Bemporad | Hairs: Mej Staff | Music & Lighting : Alma Project | ceremony : Villa Montefiano Garden

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Villa il Poggiale Wedding

First of all, the groom designed the brides dress. Amazing, right? Now that we’ve covered that romantic detail, I’m at a loss. Everything about this wedding from Franci’s Flowers Wedding Design is jaw-dropping gorgeous. Rosapaola Lucibelli captured the day and I for one am obsessed with every single emotion packed image!

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From the floral designer… This lovely wedding affair is the quintessence of joy of life! We loved working on it because Dina and Hadi are a great couple; they know exactly what they want. Both are designer and live currently in Lebanon but we can easily say that they are a globe trotters because they are always traveling.

Since we met we found together mood of wedding theme. Romanticism and gorgeous tuscan landscape, relaxed atmosphere and pink these are essentials elements of this wedding party.

Romantic detail that Hadi ( the groom ) who is a talented fashion designer has designed the this stunning dress for her Dina!! How many brides can say the same? And, Dina designed the rings

A special thanks goes to Micheline who worked hard to coordinate with me all from so far and to Monica manager of Villa il Poggiale who despite forecast was able to set up all changing table set plan 3- 4 times in 1 hour.

Photography: Rosapaola Lucibelli | Videographer: Dam Studio | Floral Design: Franci's Flowers Wedding Design | Floral Design: Franci's Flowers Wedding Design | Celebrant: Tuscan Pledges | Bridal dress: Hadi Katra Couture | Coordination: Micheline Diab Nasr | Design : Franci's Flowers Wedding Design | String Quartet : Firenze Classica | Villa: Villa il Poggiale

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