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Romantic Elopement Wedding in Florence, Italy

For us, elopements are like a happy dance for the heart. Because not only do these seriously romantic getaways take place in some of the most beautiful places on earth (hellooo Florence), but they also happen to include couples that are so madly in love it’s practically palpable. The type of romance is evident as through the cinematic lens of Gattotigre and we’ve got it all waiting for you below!

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From GattotigreIt is hard to imagine something more romantic than eloping to Florence on a sunny spring day! Jillian & Tony from US invited us to ‪film‬ their intimate ‪‎ceremony‬ in order to make a big surprise to their friends and family once back home. We loved everything from that day: the relaxed wandering through the busy centre, their beautiful connection and stunning modern look. The party took place in Philadelphia in early October and yes! This video was truly a huge surprise for everyone!

From The Bride…After months of courting me at the bar where I worked, Tony finally convinced me to let him take me to dinner. At first, I had been reluctant since it seemed he was a total barfly, but looking back, he was just biding his time until he worked up the courage to ask me out. He wasn’t suave- at all- but, once we spent time together – it was immediately evident to both of us that we had found the person we would spend the rest of our life with.

We’ve never done the “expected.” I guess we are both kind of odd in our own way. And after years of experience as a wedding planner, I knew the traditional wedding was not for me. All I wanted was a stress-free day packed with as much genuine romance as we could manage. We had discussed eloping for years, and, since Tony is a first-generation Italian, it made sense to choose Italy for our wedding day.

We flew from our hometown of Philadelphia to Venice and wandered the city for a few days before making our way to Florence. On the day of our wedding, we didn’t see each – so the anticipation was incredible. When we finally saw each other, it was really a heartfelt, once in a lifetime moment. Since we didn’t have an audience, we felt completely comfortable expressing just how we feel about each other, and we both wrote really personal vows that made the ceremony so incredibly special to us.

After the ceremony, we took photos together in the breathtaking gardens around Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo and then we went downtown to just hang out for a few hours – it was really relaxed and so much fun! We had champagne and grabbed a snack, took photos with locals, and soaked up all of the beauty around us. Watching the sun go down along the Ponte Vecchio was one of the most memorable moments of the day, but our private rooftop dinner was equally enchanting. We danced together, drank champagne… and, of course, had a very romantic wedding night. It was an absolutely perfect day.

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Photography: Sofie Delauw | Cinematography: Gattotigre - Destination Wedding Videography | Floral Design: Simone Bertini Floral Designer | Wedding Dress: Ralph Lauren | Invitations: Papertree Studios | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair And Makeup: Pistolesi Group | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Celebrant: Blessings From Italy | Hotel: Hotel Torre Di Bellosguardo | Venue: Gallery Hotel Art | Engagement Ring/Wedding Bands: Anna Sheffield | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan Nike Air | Wedding Website: The Knot

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Classic Tuscan Villa Wedding

For the record, this Vera Wang number is my new dream dress. It’s classic, ethereal and chic all at once, so it’s no surprise this bride chose it for her Tuscany dream wedding photographed by Katie Grant. From the frame-worthy scenery at every angle to the five-course meal by Galateo Ricevimenti, guests were spoiled in the very best way, and you can see for yourself inside THE VAULT.

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From Katie GrantMuted blush, olive green and warm sandstone sets the palette of this elegant and classic Tuscan wedding. Jesse and Samantha chose to marry in gorgeous Tuscany in late September; when the light over the rolling hills is long and golden and the days are warm and breezy. They invited a quaint and intimate pool of guests including family scattered across Europe.

After spending a week in Tuscany, they tied the knot under a custom made, white rose and olive branch adorned chuppah at the end of a grapevine covered archway. Guests enjoyed an upscale cocktail hour as Jesse and Samantha spent some alone time watching the sun set over the lush Tuscan hills. An exquisite 5 course meal followed, replete with the finest handmade pastas and local specialties. It was served Al Fresco at long tables under both twinkle lights and the Tuscan stars. The night was finished with an immaculate three tier cake that screamed of elegance and splendour. The real showstopper though was Samantha in her amazing muted blush Vera Wang gown. The color perfectly complimented their wedding venue and the surrounds, and Sam was absolutely radiant.

Photography: Katie Grant | Cinematography: Danny Camara | Event Planning: Tuscan Dream | Floral Design: Fiori Del Chianti | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Custom Made In Paris | Catering: Galateo | Makeup: Giulia Cresci | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Borgo Petrognano | Photography - Assistance: Julian Navarette

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Romantic Destination Wedding in Florence

Florence is my happy place, and why wouldn’t it be!? Because if those ancient cobble stone streets could talk they would sing of romance. Especially with weddings like this happening on the regular, you better bet it’s won our hearts big time. Marrying old time architecture with new age details, M and J Photography shared every moment in THE VAULT!

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From M and J PhotographyDuring the heatwave that engulfed most of Europe in early July, we shot San Francisco based couple Mackenzie & Zack’s intimate wedding in Florence, Tuscany. It was a simple but joyous affair that we feel so privileged to have been a part of. The emotional ceremony was conducted by Mackenzie’s brother a top a roof terrace with stunning views over the classic skyline. Cocktails were followed by a beautiful, early evening stroll along the river and through the centre of town. The newlyweds led the rest of the wedding party (attracting a rather large number of overly enthusiastic tourists) through Piazza della Republica, past the Duomo and to Restaurant Accademia for a long evening of delicious food, heartfelt speeches and superb Italian Wine.

From the Bride & Groom…Mackenzie: When Zack proposed in my parent’s backyard, we briefly mentioned the idea of getting married right then and there. But, a year later we found ourselves on a plane bound for Italy! Zack had never been, and it had been over ten years since I had first discovered and fallen in love with the country. We wanted to get married somewhere that was already filled with such beauty and magic that we could simply “show up and get married,” surrounded by our loved ones, while getting to truly focus on the moment we said “I do.” Well, the event didn’t end up being quite that simple, but close. Each member of my family played a part in making the day come together, and we will forever be so touched by that. The day itself was so perfect, from morning until night.

Along with our family, the others that helped bring the day together most perfectly, were the family-run jeweler that swiftly and happily created our wedding bands, the incredible photographers that worked so cooly and calmly that they seamlessly blended into my memories of the day, and the owner of the restaurant that hosted our wedding dinner, who bent over backwards to create special details just for our celebration. No detail was missed by these fabulous people, and we would do it all over again in exactly the same way (well, without the heat wave, perhaps) if given the chance!

Zack: We wanted to make this wedding organic by taking advantage of what the beautiful city of Florence had to offer…strolling through the streets we were pleasantly surprised by cheers of “viva gli spose” (long live the bride) and had an unplanned but fantastic first dance as we happened to walk past a guitarist on the street. It was important for the wedding to be intimate and we were so lucky to have our family and closest friends travel so far to be a part of this day. We tried very hard to have the make up of the wedding be Italian, and while we had to sacrifice maybe a day of sightseeing, having Italian wedding rings and decorations made it all worth it. The local artisans of Florence went out of their way to make this day extra special for us and we could not be more thankful to them and this beautiful city.

 

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Photography: M And J Photography | Floral Design: Fiorile | Floral Design: Al Portico Firenze Florist | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Stationery: Mackenzie Foreman | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: D&H San Francisco | Rings: Massai Orafi, Florence | Groom's Attire: Tailor's Keep | Venue: Accademia | Confetti: Paper Source | Flat Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff | Getting Ready Venue: Windows On Italy | Groom's Shoes: Calibrate | Pocket Square: J.Crew | Tie: J.Crew | Veil: Untamed Petels By Amanda Judge

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