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Tuscany Engagement Session in the Chianti Vineyards

There’s no doubt that when our dear friend Greg Finck steps being the lens, magical things happen. And lucky us? We get to be witness to all the pretty through his seriously gorgeous imagery, including this perfectly lit, soaked in love engagement session in the heart of Chianti. It’s intimate and basic, but in the best kind of way and we can’t get enough.

From Greg Finck PhotographyCiara and Mark are an Irish couple from Belfast, Ireland, and had chosen sunny Tuscany for their wedding. When you’re used to grey sky and pouring rain, it’s hard not to totally fall for Tuscany, that fabulous part of Italy calling for bathing sun, easy lifestyle and awesome food and wine.

We realized Ciara & Mark’s engagement shoot just a few days before the actual wedding. Just like their wedding day, Ciara & Mark wanted a casual and intimate engagement. Nothing fancy, but just the focus on the basics: light, landscape, and obviously their love. There is a harder task as a photographer than to shoot in Tuscany. Beauty and awesome light are everywhere. So we just wandering around the Villa this lovely couple was staying, walking in the middle of Chianti vineyards, finding a meadow surrounded by cypress trees reminding us of the Gladiator movie, resting under the shade of an olive tree. This beautiful session ended with the perfect sunset, calling for Ciara & Mark to get ready for their d-day.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Private Villa: Villa Piaggia

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Romantic Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

I’m accepting the fact that I won’t be all that productive today; I just can’t stop going through each and every one of these gorgeous photos by Stefanie Kapra. This wedding inspiration shoot, brought to life by the talented The Tuscan Wedding team, has me dreaming of the Italian countryside, complete with bottles of both vino and olive oil, and this gallery is where I’ll be until I have to return to reality once again.

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From Stefanie Kapra Photo… Romantic and whimsical Tuscan Wedding at Villa Mangiacane.

This summer marks the six year wedding anniversary for my husband and I – a fairytale in Tuscany, Italy we will never forget. We have always adored Italy, it’s people, landscapes, art of living and it’s culture – and this love has only grown stronger since we chose beautiful Tuscany as our wedding location.

As we were planning our revisit to Italy’s wine country to celebrate our love this summer, I dreamt of creating some gorgeous wedding images in Tuscany – to share with other brides-to-be. So I reached out to the talented local wedding planner Daniela from “The Tuscan Wedding” – and thankfully she loved the idea of a wedding inspiration shoot and was immediately on board. I cannot thank Daniela and her team enough for all their support and for putting this beautiful shoot together – in the middle of the busy summer season. Her endless network of wedding professionals is what, in the end, made this shot a reality and success.

Our goal for this editorial was to include traditional and authentic Italian elements and to showcase the rich history of the area – all while creating a truly romantic and whimsical wedding atmosphere. Our vision was to give future brides-to-be a better idea of how beautiful a destination wedding in Tuscany can be – and how easy the planning can be – with the right team of vendors.

With our vision in mind, we chose Villa Mangiacane as the venue – for it’s location and rich history. It is a magnificent 15th century villa built by the Machiavelli family, bearing the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. It sits in the heart of the idyllic countryside of the Chianti Classico wine region – only 12 km outside of Florence. And because the villa itself is truly beautiful, we featured a drawing of it on the beautiful handmade wedding invitation – by calligraphist and designer Juliet Grace.

The unique pink hue of the villa and golden details set the soft color scheme for our shoot. The wonderful floral team of Il giardino delle Fate (= the fairy’s garden) created romantic florals for the table, cake and bridal bouquet – keeping it soft and whimsical by integrating grasses, local flowers and organic greenery. The romantic tablescape was set on a rustic wooden table and consisted of gold-rimmed antique glasses, golden plates and cutlery as well as golden colored antique vases and candle holders. All rentals were provided by the Villa and Preludio Noleggi. The two angel figurines that were part of the center pieces perfectly tied our table set-up together with the Renaissance elements of the villa. The hand calligraphy name signs by Juliet Grace and the lace table runner perfectly completed this romantic set-up.

The bride wore an elegant bridal dress by Mariage – Fireze with delicate lace details on the top, a beautiful classic neckline and a romantic flowing skirt/train. The dress was a perfect fit for our petite bride – and accented her delicate features. The groom’s attire was provided by Sogno di Sposa.

Another highlight of this shoot was the culinary side – with foods and drinks provided by the Villa’s very own catering team – of Villa Mangiacane’s Restaurant – “In Vino Veritas.” We set up a tasting station in the Villa’s front garden – consisting of wine, organic olive oil and grappa – all produced by Villa Mangiacane. The villa overlooks a massive vineyard where the grapes grow – and the wine is produced right on the same property. The Chianti Classico of Villa Magnicane has the typical Tuscan flavor that is a combination of both contemporary and ancient wine making methods. Served alongside the fine wine is a freshly baked slice of bread paired with a delicious oil to compliment it. The handpicked olives are processed organically and then carefully blended to create a unique peppery taste.

Besides the wedding cake, we also integrated a special Italian dessert, traditional Italian Tiramisu, which was served in personal sized cups and taste just as delicious as it looks. (note from photographer – I might have eaten a bit too much of it during the shoot – it was so yummy!).

Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photo | Event Planner: The Tuscan Wedding | Florist: Il Giardino Delle Fate | Catering: Villa Mangiacane | Groom's Attire: Sogno Di Sposa | Bridal Dress Designer And Boutique: Mariage Italy - Firenze | Film Lab: Photo Impact Imaging | Hair And Make-up: Lara Navarrini | Invitations + Calligraphy: Juliet Grace Design | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Villa: Villa Mangiacane

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Rustic Tuscan Fall Wedding

Excuse me while I pack up my belongings and catch the next flight to Florence. This wedding, captured by Matteo Crescentini and orchestrated by Rossana Sapori of The Knot In Italy, has sealed the deal and I’m officially obsessed with Tuscany’s rolling hills and all the wonders they possess. So until I can make my Italian dream a reality, join me as I swoon over every inch of this gallery right this way.

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From Rossana Sapori at The Knot In Italy… Jen & Struan’s rustic Tuscan destination wedding captured the oh-so-romantic atmosphere of Italy flawlessly! We can’t get enough of the stunning couple’s portraits over the lush, rolling landscape of Italy, as well as the adorable blue theme of the day. Matteo Crescentini’s artistic eye turned the lush and romantic day into a collection of stunning photographs where Fattoria La Loggia and the incredible collection of contemporary arts masterpieces, played an important role. With no detail left forgotten, I’m certain that olive groves garlands and the rustic table setting, personally made by Roberto Il Fiorista, will forever remind the guests of this beautiful weekend in Chianti. The romantic ceremony celebrated by Marcus Mattia opened a long lasting day of celebrations. Nothing was left behind thanks to Rossana Sapori from The Knot In Italy and their planning and coordination service, including the Italian traditional “never-ending courses” meal – Preludio Caterer created an incredible choreography of food and wines!

Photography: Matteo Crescentini | Caterer: Preludio Catering | Flowers & Decor: Roberto Fiori | Music For The Day: Alma Project | Second Phototographer: Paolo Manzi | Wedding Planning: Rossana Sapori At The Knot In Italy | Wedding Venue: Fattoria La Loggia

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