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Saying I Do in Tuscany Never Disappoints

Newly engaged friends, if you’ve got a summer destination wedding on the mind—this one’s for you. You really can’t go wrong with a Tuscan fete on a sunny day, especially when you’ve got Super Tuscan Wedding Planners, Flowers Living and M & J Photography in your vendor team. Need a little more convincing? The gallery tells all—and you can find more in this stunner locale right here.

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From Super Tuscan Wedding PlannersOn the 20th of August, in a really hot summer day, we celebrated the love of Sarah and Paul! They decided to get married in Tuscany because they fell in love with this region: landscape, people, food and culture. And they decided to share all of this with family and friends in this romantic and rustic chic wedding day! Stunning locations: Horti Leonini, gardens in San Quirico d’Orcia, hosted the ceremony and a hidden Borgo in the middle of Val d’Orcia, was chosen for the stay and the wedding party.

When we arrived at the Borgo, that morning, we smelt the excitement in the air. All the guests were staying there and while everyone was getting ready we breathed a festive air and could feel the real connection, bonding and closeness among all of them.

Sarah was surrounded by her bridesmaids all the time and assisted by her mum step by step. They were all together in the same room getting hair and makeup done to share also this special moment. The pastel colors palette chosen for flowers suits perfectly to the delicacy of these moments.
Paul was ready long before, and took his time to try and chill out with his friends playing pool. He and his best men were handsome with their blue suits and their pink ties and pocket squares. But nothing compares to their colored striped socks, such a nice touch!

When the ceremony time came, Vintage Buses were ready to bring the 70 guests to San Quirico d’Orcia, at Horti Leonini. While waiting, key parts were the parasols and the hats, essential details studied to let people enjoy the moments under the tuscan sun! The Bride arrived with an iconic Vintage Bentley. All eyes were on her!

The civil ceremony was held in the center of the characteristic radial design made of triangular flowerbed, under the statue of Cosimo III dei Medici.The ceremony attracted a lot of curious people but we all still felt the sense of something intimate, just because the only thing that mattered for everyone there was Sarah and Paul’ love. Bride and Groom offered an after ceremony drink to their guests and left San Quirico on their Bentley.

Back to the Borgo, with the vintage coaches, guests were ready for aperitif and dinner. One of the reasons why Sarah and Paul chose Tuscany for their wedding finally came out: it was time to taste the italian food and wine! And finally came out also other details: vintage bicycles and guest book corner, tableau de marriage and table decor in rustic chic style.

After dinner, time for a super wedding cake, for gelato and Cantucci, to bring a little bit of Tuscany also in the desserts! And, for sure, time for dancing to conclude an unforgettable wedding day with the stunning landscapes of Val d’Orcia in the background!

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Photography: M & J Photography | Event Planning: Super Tuscan Wedding Planners | Floral Design: Flowers Living | Wedding Dress: Ronald Joyce | Shoes: Rachel Simpson | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Packham | Catering: Preludio Catering | Vintage Car: Drive In Style | Venue: Borgo Di Castelvecchio | Groom Suit: Bespoke tailor Jasper Littman | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Vintage Coach: Drive In Style

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Bridal Perfection on the Tuscan Countryside

People always ask me what I would have done differently if I were to be given a wedding re-do. Well, I’d start with the guest list. 200 people – many of whom I didn’t even get a chance to say hello to – filled our ballroom and while I loved the support and the pure love that permeated the day – a wedding built for two would have been just as magical. And this one, crafted by Chiara Sernesi of Weddings in Tuscany, with photos by Esther and Gabe, is as spectacular as they come.

From the vendors… Tuscany is one of the most popular elopement destinations in Italy. Most of couples get marry during the summer months, but the Fall season has its own advantages, namely in the lack of crowds and tourists and in the beautiful colors of the landscape. And that was my first thought when Esther and Gabe, the talented husband and wife photographers from The Bell Weddings, contacted me for a shoot in Tuscany.

The gown from the Atelier of Marianna Lanzilli , the beautiful shoes from bella belle shoes that paired with the dress so perfectly The table and its warmly coloured palette, the flowers that Gianluca from Heaven Flowers crafted, the venue and its delicately hued wall whose nuances elegantly match the color of the season in a harmonious symphony.

I used the Fall palette of the season with browns and neutrals being the the prevailing tones, along with shades of red from the vineyards and the foliage, lilac and pastel for the sunset and greens which you can find throughout Tuscany. The bride’s golden dress added a magical finality to the look. And, Esther and Gabe’s attention to details and eye for creative shots is something to be envied.

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Photography: Esther and Gabe | wedding planner: Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi | florist: heaven flowers | shoes: Bella Belle | hair and make up: WeddingAllOver | calligraphy: Nicnillas Ink | bride dress: Marianna Lanzilli | groom suit: Area2Rezzonico | hairwreath: Guinevere vines | villa : Villa Catignano

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Romantically Roaming The Italian Streets…

Everything has a way of working out… just sometimes on its own time schedule. But fate proved its point for this sweet couple by bringing them to Italy, a destination that they had only dreamed off. And while there, Rebecca Yale was able to capture anniversary pics to guarantee that these memories are never forgotten. Pretty amazing, right? If these pics don’t make you want to book a trip ASAP, it’s time to have your pulse checked dear friends – see them all right this way!

From Rebecca YaleI had the pleasure of photographing Lotta and her husband Marcos’ first year anniversary photos around the charming cobblestone streets of Ravello, Italy. Lotta and I were in town working on a wedding together and fell in love with the beautiful town on the Amalfi coast known for its ceramics and limoncello and knew it would be the perfect spot for an anniversary session with her husband. We spent a beautiful fall morning exploring the 9th Century pedestrian-only town set into the mountains above the Amalfi Coast.

From Lotta of Mint DesignFate is a funny thing. Since the time we got engaged, Marcos and I were set on going to Italy for our honeymoon. Both so in love with everything Italian – the views, the culture, the history, the food, the wine, the endless possibilities of exploring. Italy was our ideal place. As life has it, we were thrown an unbelievable curveball and just shy of our one year wedding anniversary, we found the home of our dreams. But, what comes along with the home of your dreams, are financial obstacles. First thing to go was our dream honeymoon in Italy. Although we were sad, we were extremely grateful for this new chapter in our lives.

Fast forward a few months, we were finally settled in our new home and I was in the midst of planning and designing three big fall weddings. One day I received a text message from my dear friend Rebecca Yale. We had met via Instagram and had collaborated on a photoshoot a few years back. Rebecca’s text came completely out of the blue. “Hey what are you doing the week of October 17th?” I wrote her back and we quickly decided to chat on the phone. Rebecca had recruited me to floral design a rehearsal dinner and wedding in Ravello, Italy. Mind blown. After many details were mulled over, I found myself booking flights for my husband and I to Italy. A dream come true. To work and enjoy Italy for a business trip was something I never imagined would happen. Truly such a blessing.

Fast forward to the days right before the trip to Italy, Rebecca and I texted and texted and texted some more. We threw out the idea of an impromptu anniversary session while we were already in the most romantic place on earth. The morning of the rehearsal dinner, we put on our outfits we had brought with us all the way from California – hubby looked quite dapper! I, however, was excited and nervous and stressed about timing and the rehearsal dinner florals. But once Rebecca had us in front of the camera, all the nerves went away and we were able to just be us. Ravello will always have a very special place in our hearts.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Styling: Mint Design | Dress: BHLDN | Photo Lab: Richard Photo Lab

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