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Tuscan Wedding Inspiration at Coselli Collection

Inspiration from one of the most romantic places on the planet? We’ll definitely take it. Mostly when that Tuscan pretty comes from talented folks like Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events with florals from Dario Benvenuti & Viviana Mioranza and the gorgeous Coselli Collection sets the scene. That’s when magic happens. Each and every image snapped up by Adrian Wood is the definition of dreamy, and you can soak up every magical moment here.

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From Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & EventsTuscany is truly a magical place. It is one of the finest, most luxurious, and most romantic spots in the world.

I have been doing weddings in Italy since 2009, and I only work with foreign couples that are in love with Tuscany and want to tie the knot here. Couples always ask me how they can incorporate the Italian style into their wedding and mix it in with their own cultures. With that in mind, I’d always wanted to create something that shows the colours, tastes, and glamour of a wedding in a “pure Italian style”; so when I met the amazing Adrian Wood, we didn’t think twice about planning a photo shooting in Tuscany.

Italy is all about breathtaking landscapes, romance, art, food, fashion, and of course, great wine, so I needed to make sure to incorporate all of these elements into the shoot.

Adrian is one of the photographers whom I admire the most. He truly has a gift, and I just can’t get enough of his photos. He came all the way from Greece, together with Yiannis Sotiropoulos and Nikos Dimou. They are extremely talented, professional, and super fun to work with.

The perfect setting for the shoot had to be the Coselli Collection, a marvellous villa in Lucca that not only offers a heavenly backdrop for a wedding but also only offers first-class services.

Dario Benvenuti, one of the most creative and talented floral designers in Europe, together with his lovely wife, Viviana Mioranza, created the stunning tables and did an amazing interpretation of the Italy of old traditions, combined with a touch of luxury and romance. Their attention to details was impressive, and honestly, everything they touched they transformed into a piece of art. They actually went to the antique market to find original, antique garden objects to display on the table.

These results wouldn’t have been possible without the beautiful flowers of Gori Fiori, who is one of the most important flower providers in Italy and has a great and beautiful variety of flowers. The thing that I personally love about Gori Fiori is that, no matter where you are, they are able to deliver the best flowers all over Italy.

To complete the magical touches of the table, Delizia Ricevimenti provided us with the table setup and the food…. And, oh my God, their food is incredibly yummy and a delight for the eyes.

Italy is so beautiful and fashionable, and the way to communicate this was by involving the best and most renowned designers in Italy. The designer Alessandra Rinaudo provided the stunning wedding dress, and her exquisite gown fit perfectly with the opulence of Villa Coselli. I was so honoured to involve Carlo Pignatelli, a very prestigious celebrity gown designer in Italy and worldwide. He provided the super elegant groom’s gown.

Silvia Gerzelli did the makeup and hairstyle of our lovely model, Carolina Rosini.

Elena Pagliai from La Luna121 created the charming little favours.

So, here you go. This is our interpretation of an Italian style wedding. Hope you enjoy our “Italian job” as much as we did.

Photography: Adrian Wood Photography | Videographer: I Like To Movie It | Wedding Planner: Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events | Invitations: Il Papiro Firenze | Catering: Delizia Ricevimenti | Favors: La Luna 121 | Groom's Attire: Carlo Pignatelli | Backstage Photographer: Yiannis Sotiropoulos Photography | Bridal Couture: Alessandra Rinaudo | Flower Designers: Dario Benvenuti & Viviana Mioranza | Flower's Provider: Gori Fiori | Make-up Artist & Hairstylist: Silvia Gerzeli | Model: Fabiano Vitucci | Model: Carolina Rosini | Wedding Venue: Coselli Collection

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Romantic Destination Wedding in Tuscany

There are so many incredible places in the world sometimes I’m torn about visiting the same destination twice. Then there are some places so undeniably beautiful, so beyond charming, you wish you could return again and again. This Tuscan wedding captured by Alison Chang Photography makes us want to jump on a plane bound for Italy. The breathtaking hilltop villa? The romantic al fresco reception? Every lovely inch is here for your viewing pleasure.


From the Bride… The inspiration behind our celebration was based on my fascination with Tuscany. I have always been drawn to the region’s rustic charms and gastronomy and knew it would become crucial elements to a magical day.

We opted to have a private civil ceremony in the UK, but decided to host a small reception in a quaint town in northwestern Tuscany. The villa we rented for a week accommodated over 35 guests and was situated on the hills overlooking Lucca. It also doubled as our venue for the party where two long tables were set up on the grounds with fairy lights strung above the tables, lit as the sun started to set and twinkled into the night.

The dress was Claire Pettibone’s Sky Between the Branches. The only requirements I had for my wedding dress were that it is not strapless and will seamlessly tie into a relatively relaxed but romantic scenery. In the end I just fell for the lace work and knew it would be the perfect fit.

For the tables, we chose muted tones: white table cloths and and burlap table runners to better accentuate the softer pastels from the flower arrangements in mason jars and the lush greens from the garden. Details such as fresh rosemary tied in pink ribbon on the chairs and delicate lace draped over the tall cocktail tables were all beautiful, complementary additions dreamed up by our amazing wedding planner, Glenda Marradi.

The food served was primarily traditional Tuscan fare: papa pommodoro, pecorino and burrata cheeses, bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and beef tartar meatballs drizzled with truffle oil were among the hors d’oeurves that were served. The sit down meal consisted of a risotto with pecorino cheese and zucchini topped with toasted pine nuts and homemade papparadelle pasta with wild boar ragu. It was the “live cake” that will probably be what most guests will remember. The chef conducted a live demonstration of millefogli (aka Napolean) with chantilly creme and fresh strawberries.

It was an intoxicating evening and was more than what we could have possibly hoped for.

Photography: Alison Chang Photography | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone, Sky Between The Branches | Reception Venue: Casale De' Pasquinelli | Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Ron Ron Veau Velours | Engagement Ring: Berganza | Event Planning + Catering: Il Giorno Perfetto By Glenda Marradi | Hair Piece: Olivier Laudus, Hester Antique Pearl Comb | Wedding Band: Tiffany

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Fashionable Elopement in Tuscany

If I had the chance to wedding plan all over again, this Italian elopement is exactly what I’d do. Set in the most charming town hall, with their parents to bear witness, it’s exactly what intimate, wildly romantic nuptials are all about. SposiamoVi planned every moment and Lisa Poggi and Matteo Castelluccia captured to perfection. More photos (and that high-low McQueen gown!) waiting here.

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From The Bride…I don’t always go for the “bigger is better” theory. That’s why, when Simon and I got engaged, we agreed to keep things intimate and romantic. What better way to honor that agreement than to escape to the Tuscan hills of Italy and elope! I did some online research and found SposiamoVi, premier Italian wedding planners, and got in touch with them straight away. They got back to me immediately, and we started planning…

From SposiamoViHailing from Australia, Catherine and Simon wanted to plan their elopement during their trip to Italy in early September, 2013, with their parents as witnesses. A wildly romantic plan, and one that left us all starry-eyed. We got straight to work. Through Skype, email, and Pintrest we were able to share inspirational wedding photos and ideas with Catherine.

After a careful search we were able to secure the age-old town hall in Radda, Chianti and the beautiful fourteenth century Villa Vignamaggio. Radda is a medieval village that is set snugly into the Chianti hills and encircled by forests, olive groves, and vineyards.

Villa Vignamaggio is a venue that sits upon a hill top and overlooks the surrounding vineyards and wineries. SposiamoVi has a long standing relationship with the Villa, and it was the perfect location for the accommodations and reception of this quiet gathering.

At last, the wedding day had come! Catherine – assisted by her mother, hair and makeup artist, and her personal SposiamoVi wedding planner – could finally don her fabulous high-low Alexander McQueen gown and silver Miu Miu t-strap platform open toe sandals, complete with sparkling cut glass heels.

Simon looked very handsome in his stylish light blue suit and polka-dot bowtie. And, as he waited anxiously for his bride, her bouquet of fresh flowers and greenery from La Rosa Canina in hand, his mother attached his boutonniere to the lapel of his suit.

As soon as she was ready, Catherine met Simon, her parents and his parents in the Villa’s elegant main reception room. After a few more pre-wedding photographs from renowned photographer Lisa Poggi and some additional video footage from respected wedding videographer Matteo Castelluccia, Simon’s and Catheirne’s parents got into a luxury taxi and made their way into Radda. Shortly thereafter, Catherine’s father escorted the bride into a vintage Fiat convertible and drove them to the town hall.

Arriving at their destination, Catherine was met by curious and appreciative on-lookers. Simon went on into the town hall’s loggia to meet up with his parents, while Catherine and her parents lingered just a bit before walking into the loggia to a waiting Simon. Their civil ceremony was peppered with much laughter and even a few tears. After they were pronounced “man and wife”, Catherine and Simon’s parents showered them with rose petals upon the town hall’s ancient stone stairs. The six of them then strolled in the warm Tuscan sunshine to a nearby terrace for champagne and hors d’oeuvres, sitting under a sun umbrella and overlooking the sparkling blue-green Mediterranean sea.

Back at Villa Vignamaggio, the SposiamoVi team was hard at work, transforming one of the Villa’s wine cellar into a cozy, culinary haven. Making sure that the dining table was set for dinner with antique lace tablecloth, fine dinnerware, tall candelabra, fresh flowers from La Rosa Canina, and small candles scattered artfully about the table setting. Soft accent lighting from the venerable chandelier above the dining table completed the romantic, intimate ambience.

Before coming to dinner, the bride changed into yet another wonderful Alexander McQueen creation. This one playful with a plunging back, lace accents, and short organza ruffles. Catherine, Simon and their parents enjoyed a delicious Tuscan meal together; each course topped off with a different wine, selected from the Villa’s own vineyard. After dinner the newlyweds cut their cake, and then enjoyed a private dance among the French oak wine casks in the Villa’s aged wine cellar; the photographer and videographer capturing each move, each loving moment.

This was truly an experience that Catherine, Simon, and their parents will look back on for years to come with broad smiles on their faces. A fabulous location, an intimate setting, a charming couple, and loads of love!

Photography: Lisa Poggi Photography | Flowers: La Rosa Canina | Wedding Dress: Alexander McQueen | Hair And Make Up: Lara Navarrini | Bridal Shoes: Miu Miu | Cinematography : Matteo Castelluccia Videomaker | Villa : Vignamaggio | Wedding Planner And Designer: SposiamoVi

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