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Traditional Italian Villa Wedding in Tuscany

Surrounded by the rolling hills of Tuscany, this Florence fête was, in the Italian tradition, a celebration of love and life.  With The Tuscan Wedding behind the planning, rose arrangements from Tuscany Flowers, and bites from Galateo (the same caterers Kimye’s used!), the couple ensured their 115 globetrotting guests had an unforgettable time. Escape to Italy and relive the romance thanks to beautiful images from Matteo TrombelloLisa Poggi Photography and a sweet film from Momo Film Factory.  

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From the Bride… Tarek and I met and live in Miami, Florida. I was born and raised in the Bahamas but all my extended family lives in Italy. Tarek was born and raised in Toronto but his family origins are from Pakistan and India. We both moved to Miami for work and met through a mutual friend. Shortly after, Tarek requested me on Facebook where we chatted for a few weeks before we met each other again. Our first date was lunch at our favorite sushi restaurant. We hit it off right away and talked so much that we didn’t even realize a few hours had passed and it was dinner time. We sat there for over 6 hours. I’m surprised we didn’t get kicked out! We dated for 3 years before Tarek took me back to the same sushi restaurant for dinner and popped the question. The rest is history! Family is very important to the both of us. When discussing on where to get married we knew we wanted to have a destination wedding and wanted our family and most important friends to be there. We really wanted to spend some quality time, over several days, with the people that mean the most to us. Since most of my family lives in Italy and Tarek’s family lives in several different places we decided on Florence, Italy. It was near to where my family lived and would be an easy city for people to travel into. We chose to have our wedding at Villa di Maiano for it’s location and stunning view. The villa and its property have been around since the late 1400′s and is located right outside of Florence. We had 115 guests so we needed somewhere close enough to the city to make it easy to transport people to and from the hotel. We also fell in love with the amazing gardens surrounding the property and the view of Florence from its terrace. A lot of our friends and family were traveling from all over the world so we wanted to guarantee they had a great time and had a few surprises in store for them. The wedding party and the groom arrived at the villa in a 1962 VW van, which fits Tarek’s fun personality! I arrived in a 1978 Excalibur. The guests were all transported by bus. The symbolic ceremony took place on the terrace overlooking some vineyards on one side and Florence on the other side. The apperitif took place in the Italian gardens where we had different food corners including a meat and cheese corner, a fried food corner and a grilled fish corner. The caterer was Galateo, who coincidently also catered Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding! My favorite part of the apperitif was a water fountain that we had filled with rose petals. I fell in love with it! The dinner was upstairs in the regular gardens. We were very lucky that we had great weather! It had been raining almost all summer in Italy, which is very unusual. I was so stressed out the weeks prior to the wedding, but we were blessed with 3 days of beautiful weather! We started off the dancing to an amazing live band. We didn’t want a traditional American style cake so we opted instead to have a millefoglie cake made in front of the guests. It was something different and fun. The chef came out and layer by layer constructed this humongous cake in front of everyone. It was a hit! We had organized for fireworks to go off once Tarek and I cut our first slice of cake. It was a great surprise for everyone. It was definitely very romantic and special. We also had a photo booth and an ice-cream truck for the guests. After midnight we brought the party inside where the DJ continued and also to our surprise played the saxophone. It was by far the most memorable and special day of our lives so far! The rain started again at 2 a.m. that night! But at that point we didn’t care anymore because our wedding weekend was over.

Photography: Lisa Poggi Photography | Photography: Matteo Trombello | Videographer: Momo Film Factory | Wedding Planner: The Tuscan Wedding | Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: Galateo | Celebrant: Blessings from Italy | Bridal Boutique: Ever After | Villa: Villa Di Maiano

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Traditional Pre-Wedding Pakistani Mehndi Night in Tuscany

Planning a destination wedding can be tough — especially when bringing a Pakistani wedding weekend with a traditional Western ceremony to the Tuscan countryside! — but, with help from The Tuscan Wedding and Tuscany Flowers, this Bride and Groom pulled off their mehndi night with style (and bellydancers!). Luckily, Lisa Poggi and Mattello Trombello shared the whole weekend with us in the gallery here!

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From the beautiful bride… Tarek and I had our wedding weekend in Florence Italy. We both live in Miami, Florida. My parents immigrated to the Bahamas in the 70′s but my extended family still lives in Italy. Tarek was born and raised in Toronto, Canada but his parents immigrated from Pakistan. We decided to have a destination wedding in Italy. However, we wanted to also incorporate Tarek’s culture into the weekend activities. Instead of having a regular welcome party or rehearsal dinner we decided to have a Mehndi Party for all the wedding guests. Let me tell you — this was not an easy task! Bringing this type party to a rustic Tuscan city was pretty hard!!

Daniela, at The Tuscan Wedding, took on the task and I think did a pretty fantastic job. The location was at an agritourism of all places! This location has a few apartments and a restaurant on a farm. It took us months to find a location that would fit what we needed. We needed a large enough space to hold 115 people and have enough room for dancers. We found a talented group of Indian dancers from Rome who came and did a few dancing shows for us. The place was beautifully decorated with colorful drapes, ethnic decorations and lighting. Most guests participated and dressed up. It was definitely a cultural experience for many of the guests, who living in Italy, have never had the opportunity to see. This was a fantastic way to start off the wedding weekend.

Photography: Mattello Trombello | Photography: Lisa Poggi Photography | Videography: Momo Film Factory | Event Design: Tuscany Flowers | Event Planning: The Tuscan Wedding | Reception Venue: Fattoria Di Maiano | Catering: Fattoria di Maiano | Entertainment: Asparas Bollywood | Dancers: Asparas Bollywood

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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 | Wedding Venue: Castello Di Vincigliata | Ceremony Flower Design & Lighting: Gianni Berni | Floral Design At Dinner: Roberto Maestrucci | Getting Ready Venue: Villa Olmi | Music: Alma Project | Photography - Assistance: Sara Guarracino

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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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