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Romantic Italian Destination Wedding at Villa Rusconi

The reasons to love this wedding from Lisa Poggi are countless. The stunning Italian setting, the gorgeous details planned by Varese Wedding, the beautiful couple? It’s all enough to write pages on. But then you find out that the Bride’s dress has been worn by not only her grandmother but also her aunt and mother, and you realize the beauty of this wedding is so much deeper. Get lost in all the lovely here.

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From Laura at Varese WeddingI met Meghan and Drew in Italy 1 year before the wedding, Drew’s family was origin from Piemonte and his dream was to get married in a beautiful place in Piemonte , where the guests, coming from the United States, could enjoy the beautiful places and the good food. That’s why we suggested to visit some venues around the lake in Stresa and Verbania. After our trip with the couple and its family , they got in love with Villa Rusconi and they decided on a wedding on the lakeshore. We were very lucky with the weather, as after some rainy days the sun kissed everybody. The ceremony was held on the roses garden in front of the lake, followed by a cocktail on the garden in front of the villa. The wedding dinner was served under the winter garden with a live band background music. The couple chose a classic millefoglie cake, instead of the traditional multi-tiers wedding cake. The italian wedding cake was prepared in front of the guests and decorated with strawberries by Meghan and Drew. The wedding style was a mix of country chic and shabby chic with white and green color and a touch of blue. Dj music and pizza cooked on the wood oven of the villa closed a beautiful day. From The Bride…We live in New York, but we chose Italy because Drew’s family is from the region. We wanted to share with our family and friends the culture and beauty of Northern Italy. We also wanted to carry on the family tradition of the newlyweds beginning their honeymoon in Stresa. My dress was first worn by my Grandmother Irene Farro in 1955. She purchased it for $150 US! It was then worn by my Aunt Sandy in 1976 and then my mother Susan in 1980. It is made of delicate lace that was tearing so often during alterations I did not know if I could wear it. But Vera from NYC was able to salvage the dress and adjust it so it fit perfectly. I admire and adore vintage craftsmanship and wanted to display this beautiful work of art. It was an honor and privilege to where this dress. The best part of the wedding is hard to choose. Everything was perfect and without fault. Laura and Varese Weddings along with Maio Group, The Wonderful Band, and Lisa Poggi allowed Drew and I to enjoy our day while keeping all aspects flowing smoothly. One moment that does stand out was the conga-line that was formed. This is a Cuban dance that became a household name in the US. The dancers form a long, processing line that snakes throughout the room. When I turned around and saw my 86 year old Grandmother dancing I was in hysterics. We also loved the boats to and from the villa, the beautiful aisle and decor, the cocktail hour, dinner, beverages, and overall ambiance. It was exactly the day Drew and I had envisioned. Laura and her team captured everything we could have wanted. Not to mention living in the US and communicating mostly through email. Choosing linens, glasses, flowers….all without seeing first. It was absolutely perfect. For those couples who envision a destination wedding should definitely inquire about a wedding planner. I felt that I had little to worry about and had ultimate confidence in Laura and her team along with the Maio group. I was calm and had no worries the day of the wedding. Everything was perfectly orchestrated, communicated, decorated, and every guest was ecstatic! I would also suggest to each the bride and groom, that on the day of your wedding, stop and look around and remember specific moments (like I did with my grandmother). The day is gone in the blink of an eye and stepping back to cherish these moments makes you appreciate the celebration more. Buona Fortuna!

Photography: Lisa Poggi | Event Planning: Varese Wedding | Floral Design: Profumo Dei Fiori | Reception Venue: Villa Rusconi | Shoes: XinXin Lu | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Maio Group | Bride's Jewelry : Tiffany & Co | Champagne Glasses And Cake Knives : Vera Vang | Groom And Groomsmen's Shoes: Gucci | Groom And Groomsmen's Suit: Windsor Custom | Second Wedding Dress : Liv Harris In Boston | Vintage Bridal Dress: Marie Of Pandora

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Colorful Tuscan Countryside Wedding Inspiration

When you’ve got loads of beautiful wisteria climbing rustic walls, tables filled with delectable bites and vino, and scenes like this, you can only be in Tuscany. A destination where rustic marries elegance so beautifully, like this shoot designed to perfection by Weddings In Tuscany. Soak up every ounce of color (how lovely are those blooms by Jardin Divers?!) here in the gallery from Janna Warm.

From Weddings In Tuscany By Chiara SernesiWhen Janna contacted me for a shoot in Tuscany, she was looking for a romantic, beautiful place with a lots of wisteria. So, I thought of the beautiful Medieval Borgo of Montestigliano, where you can find blossoms of wisteria everywhere and Medieval charm and character. That is the real taste of Tuscany.

This time of year the wisteria is a phenomenon here in Tuscany. It is a breathtaking spectacle
if you dream of getting married in the Tuscan countryside. Remember that all the plants and the flowers come to life in April, so it is a perfect theme for weddings.

The color palette was inspired by old pale red walls, wisteria blossoms and the Tuscan countryside: natural tones with colorful flower accents that looked elegant and beautiful. The make-up and hair looked natural and delicate. The open back wedding dress was very elegant. The food had intense fresh flavors from a few choice ingredients which were freshly picked or pulled from the earth. Elegance and simplicity; that is Tuscany.

Together with a team of talented providers I tried to create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic Tuscan wedding.

Photography: Janna Warm | Event Planning: Weddings In Tuscany By Chiara Sernesi | Floral Design: Jardin Divers | Stationery: Giulia Colombo | Food: Graziella Malgeri | Groom's Attire: Montezemolo | Bridal Boutique: Il Barone Rosso Sposa | Hair And Make-Up: Silvia Gerzeli | Location: Montestigliano | Model Bride: Federica Cimino | Model Groom: Francesco Giardina

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Romantic Laduree-Inspired Tuscany Beach Wedding

If you think that an Eiffel Tower proposal in Paris on Valentine’s Day is unparalleled, just wait until you feast your eyes on the wedding captured by Facibeni Fotografia. Set at Bagno Francomare on the coast of Italy, this gorgeous Bride and Groom wed in serious style, with a Ladurée theme and Il Bianco E Il Rosa at their side to plan it all. There’s just too much pretty to recount—the gallery speaks for itself.

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From Facibeni FotografiaTuscany is widely recognized for its hills, for historical cities and great food. A few know the Versilia coast, in northern Tuscany, and its beautiful towns. Protected by the Alps on one side and the sea on the other, Versilia is a favorite destination for summer vacations in Tuscany since the ’60s. A long 30 km road separates the bathing resorts from cities full of boutiques, art, and good food. The wedding of this beautiful couple was organized in Pietrasanta, a small but lively town rich in art and craft shops, art galleries and taverns with local products. The center of Pietrasanta is the Piazza del Duomo, where is the great cathedral, completely covered with marble outside and painted with frescoes inside.

Alessandra and Massimiliano, like many other Italian couples, chose a religious ceremony in a small church and the reception at the nearby beach, inside a beach resort. After the ceremony, guests moved to the seashore for a cocktail made with sparkling wine and fresh seafood. After that, an excellent dinner prepared right at the beginning of the beach, under the stars with the sound of the sea in the background. The bride was looking for an elegant wedding. She wore a simple and dress and a long veil. The weather, as often in this area, was sunny and breezy; guests have enjoyed a romantic sunset on the sea. Enjoy!

From Il Bianco E Il RosaAlessandra and Massimiliano got in touch with me four months prior to their wedding day. They had already booked the church and the venue for the receptions. They were looking for the most suitable vendors for their French-style wedding on the beach in Tuscany. Alessandra and Massimiliano have good taste and, thank to this, were not easy to please. They were looking for a classic but chic ceremony in the church. Given the short time available and the many things to do before the wedding, I got started on it right away.

The theme they chose was “Ladurèe” – the proposal took place in Paris, on February 14th, at the 58 Restaurant on the Eiffel tower. I immediately got in touch with Facibeni Fotografia for wedding photography, as I knew they would have been perfect on this occasion. One of the photographers, Cristiano, is a master in collecting the finest details from a wedding.

The ceremony took place into the stunning Pieve di Valdicastello in Pietrasanta, and was followed by the reception in a luxurious beach resort in Forte dei Marmi. The guests enjoyed canapes on the beach before sit for dinner on the side of the beautiful swimming pool. Fireworks over the see lighted up the night. The music, played by a band that came from South of Italy for the occasion, highlighted the cake cutting, in front of many elegant and thrilled guests.

Photography: Facibeni Fotografia | Event Planning: Il Bianco E Il Rosa | Floral Design: Le Petit Jardin | Wedding Dress: Blumarine | Cake: Gelateria Mani | Invitations: Pineider | Reception Venue: Bagno Francomare | Makeup: Silvia Gerzeli | Groom's Attire: Pignatelli | Church Decor: Amanda Casassa | Music: Domenico Pasquino

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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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Romantic Outdoor Wedding in Ancient Rome

There is an old saying that all roads lead to Rome, and after scrolling through the gallery courtesy of Amy and Stuart I couldn’t agree more. From their ancient cloister reception to the regally romantic ceremony, Italia Celebrations was on hand to make sure marital dreams became reality. Watch the entire day unfold and see every picturesque moment here!

From Italia CelebrationsMolly and Patrick were such a lovely couple and so much in love. They had a special relationship with Rome and so wanted to have their wedding there with their closest friends and family. Shortly after meeting them I took them to a special cloister in Rome that was closed to the public up until just months earlier. Although the cloister dates back to the Middle Ages, it currently houses the Institute for Ancient Roman Studies and the setting could not be more appropriate for this purpose. It was the first location that we saw together and it was love at first sight.

The entrance of the cloister was designed as an optical illusion so that the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, although two miles away, fills the entire view. My only demand was that the couple let me fill the triple arches on the exterior of the building with three huge chandeliers. I always love chandeliers but this exterior was just begging for them. Happily the bride agreed. What I didn’t the bride was that I had months of meetings and site inspections with our lighting specialists and up until the final installation we were still making engineering and electrical adjustments. But it all worked out perfectly.

Both the cloister for the reception and the church for the Catholic ceremony are set on one of the founding hills of Rome dating back almost three thousand years and just everything is ancient and historic. Their Catholic wedding took place in one of the very first Christian churches ever constructed, dating back to the year 425 A.D. and now home to the Dominican Order of Catholic priests. So important is this church that it is the first step in Catholic Rome for celebrating Lent on Palm Sunday. In the photos you can saw many Ancient Roman details that are a part of the church’s architecture and decoration.

Once the ceremony concluded the guests were able to walk only 100 feet away to the ancient cloister for the reception to begin. There they were greeted with a vast assortment of Roman hors d’oeuvres both hot and cold. And it wouldn’t be a true Italian wedding celebration without a whole prosciutto leg that is hand sliced upon request. The bride and groom made their entrance into the cloister to the cheers of the guests who had arrived there before them. From the inner cloister the group moved to the garden terrace with a spectacular view over Rome. The garden was divided into the dinner area on the right hand side and the the after dinner lounge and dancing area was set up on the left hand side. During the seated dinner they were entertained by a Supper Club Jazz Sextet.

Following the dinner was the cutting of the cake and the first dance. The cake was a classical Italian millefoglie with wild strawberries and pastry cream. Once the cake had been eaten and washed down with Italian bubbly it was time for everyone to kick off their heels in the after dinner lounge area where a DJ was waiting for them. They were also treated to an ample dessert buffet and an open bar.

The photographers are the super talented duo of Amy and Stuart who had flown over from California to shoot the wedding. In the plans was a second day of shooting around Rome with the bride and groom back in their wedding finery. Just have a look at the photos, it looks like a travelogue of Rome. The photos are just astonishing and Amy and Stuart did an amazing job.

Photography: Amy And Stuart | Event Planning: Italia Celebrations | Floral Design: Noosheen | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair And Make Up: Italia Celebrations | Entertainment: Supper Club Jazz Sextet | Groom's Attire: Ralph Lauren | Groom's Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo | Bridesmaid's Dress: Swoon Bridal | Bridesmaid's Dress: Amsale | Bridesmaid's Dress: Mac Duggal | Ceremony And Reception Venue: Institute For Ancient Roman Studies | Linens: Italia Celebrations | Veil: Lovella Bridal

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