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Rustic Tuscan Wedding Film

From the groom’s sweet tears as his bride walked down the aisle to her bouquet of pink peonies, I got swept away with this film by Matteo Castelluccia pretty quickly. This Tuscan summer celebration fulfills all of our destination wedding needs (epic sights, removal from reality, breathtaking romance) and between the film and Jules Bower’s pics, I won’t be forgetting about this one anytime soon.

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From Matteo Castelluccia… Shanna and Daniel, a lovely couple from London, chose as the frame of their love, a small village on the Tuscan Hills called Monticchiello. It’s situated very close to the beautiful renaissance town of Pienza, in the heart of Val d’Orcia. On their wedding day, during the morning, the weather was not as it was expected to be and it seemed to be a gloomy one, but the fortune was around the corner and the sun showed himself up in the sky and turned the day into a miracle. The ceremony was held in the church of Santi Leonardo and Cristoforo, in the center of Monticchiello, after that, the couple traveled by their typical car – an Alfa Romeo Spider – and reached their wedding venue.

The weather was nice in the evening and the venue was a typical Tuscan Villa, Terre di Nano, a wine country house. The combination of a happy couple, friends, good food, good wine and good music created great harmony and a right atmosphere.

The chosen wedding theme was “rustic romance.” The main colours were blush pink, sage green and soft ivory. The young couple did not request anything perfect but only simplicity with a touch of rustic. They wanted the flowers to look natural and blooming, to go with their goal they chose peonies and roses.

They held a nice dinner under the olive trees, with wooden tables, lace runners, lots of candles and mismatched silver vases. The olive trees were embellished with twinkling lights and other cute details to create an intimate style.

They wanted the whole thing to feel like an intimate family meal under the stars and their wish came true.

Photography: Jules Bower | Videographer: Matteo Castelluccia | Wedding Planner: Olive in love | Florist: Jardin Divers | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Neville | Catering: Preludio Catering | Bridal Accessories: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids’ Apparel & Accessorie: Ghost | Groom’s Apparel & Accessories: Suit Supply | Invitation Designer: Heather Strianese | Live Music: Alma Project | Venue: Terre Di Nano

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Rustic Summer Tuscan Wedding

I came upon this Tuscan wedding right in the midst of my fiance and I pondering honeymoon locations, and well, I think Italy just jumped up the list a few notches. With stunning views like these, how can you go wrong? This celebration, captured by Melissa Fuller, is what destination weddings are made of and I’ll be mentally escaping to this gallery for the rest of today, for research purposes of course.

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Summer
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Farm
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Rustic

The Ceremony
I stood atop a rolling hill in the middle of the Tuscan countryside, the sounds of a crowd of people clapping and singing huddled around a long table complemented by the low hanging afternoon sun.  At the end of the table was Robin, the wild haired Italian groom, waiting for his bride and the mother of his son Lev, to round the corner of his father’s farmhouse, parse the crowd, and sit down on the opposite end to sign their Ketuba and make a commitment to one another in front of family and friends.  It was so stunning and perfectly intimate that I wanted to pinch myself.

The couple brought with them their Rabbi Noa Kushner from SF who they met with many times leading up to the wedding to make it personal and meaningful.  By the day of the wedding they knew her very well and she knew them.  The two never rehearsed the ceremony  because they didn’t want it to seem rehearsed.  The beauty in the organic nature in which it all just  sort of happened was well worth it. – Melissa Fuller, photographer

Immediately after the ceremony, Robin and I intentionally took 10 minutes together to contemplate what just happened. After we returned to the group, things got “messy” with traditional Jewish circle dancing, and Klezmer music. It was festive! It was fun and silly! Chairs!  We had a silly dance (which actually we never danced at the wedding, we recorded it afterwards because Robin couldn’t bear being in the spotlight for another second!- Keren Bigio, bride

The Chuppa
The  creative mind of the groom Robin, who works in San Francisco as a designer, was epitomized by the Chuppa that he designed and built from scratch.  He made eight paper models and one quarter scale model with real materials!  The result was a fantastic geometric roof that Robin spent the wedding morning setting up alongside his best friends. – Melissa

Our siblings held the poles of the Chuppa. The Chuppa actually symbolizes our future home (it’s open on all four sides to invite everyone in). Our siblings held the poles of the Chuppa to symbolize helping us “hold” our home. – Keren

An Artists Hand
Robin hand painted and designed all of the signs (parking, bathroom, etc) as well as all of the collateral (menu, invites, seating assignment cards, etc.).  My favorite detail was a little box that guests could use to deposit cards, notes and drawings, complete with an illustration of Keren and their son Lev painted on the top. – Melissa

Overall, a very “DIY” wedding – there was no “wedding planner”, We made it happen ourselves! Tony and Alicia, Robin’s father and stepmother, definitely worked super hard to execute the our vision (quite perfectly!) – Keren

Welcome Dinner
What better venue than the rooftop of an old Roman apartment overlooking the colosseum to bring in a warm welcome for your guests?!  A few days before the wedding, Robin’s mother hosted a fabulous rooftop party that went into the night allowing international guests to explore Rome before heading up the coast to the countryside for the big day.  It was a true coming together of their worlds! Friends from 11 (!) different countries! Mainly, Europe, Israel, the US and Canada were in attendance. – Melissa

I loved how everyone became friends after Friday night and hung out together the whole weekend! It made the wedding day that much more intimate. I also loved that people took daytrips together on Saturday before the wedding (and also after the wedding), and made dinner plans, etc.- Keren

What to Wear
Robin’s mom, Martina, found my dress when she was visiting SF! It was actually the first (and only) dress I tried on.  It was found in a tiny store on Valencia (2 blocks from my house!) called Laku. The owner of the store, an amazing Japanese seamstress, found the vintage dress and kept it in the store as a design piece on a mannequin. It wasn’t even for sale. Robin’s mom saw it and fell in love. We went back to the store together and convinced the owner of the store to let us buy it! She did A TON of work on it to fix it up – and custom fit it.  Robin’s Suit was custom tailored by by Taylor Stitch.  We wanted to tone of the wedding to be casual, intimate, and mostly just comfortable. We told people to dress “countryside chic” – which totally confused people ;) – Keren

Other Details
Keren’s good friend Amir played guitar for them at the ceremony.  Guests and even me, the photographer, were asked to refrain from taking images and just be in the moment after the two came down the aisle.  It made the ceremony one of the most special ones I have seen.

Dinner was served long into the night in a true Italian fashion.  Their baby Lev, woke up just in time to steal the show and make an appearance!  Long family style tables were set up with some of the most delicious plates of traditional pastas, salamis, and seafood passed around from guest to guest.  Also, let’s just say the wine was just as good :)  Yum!  The food was catered by a local restaurant (literally a block from the house in Tuscany) Le Mandorlaie. – Melissa

Photography: Melissa Fuller | Venue: Private Farm

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Horse Farm Wedding in Italy

I spent my entire childhood at a horse stable, so this wedding captured by LoveFolio Wedding Photography brings up some serious nostalgia. I swear I dreamt of a day like this my entire life. Planned and designed by Italian Wedding Designer, they whipped up a perfectly rustic yet sophisticated day I’m sure the guests are still talking about to this day. See even more here.

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Fall
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Rustic

From Italian Wedding DesignerWe have always loved country style wedding and as wedding planner we have designed many but this is the first time that Italian Wedding Designer team had the chance to organize one in a real stable. The first time we saw the Scuderie Palandri we fell in love with it immediately. The bride and the groom are horse lovers and the Stables are property of the bride’s family. They told us that they love the idea to have a simple and relaxing reception and party, where the guests being free to wear casual clothes. The newlyweds after the ceremony and a photo session have decided to wear casual clothes too.

For the reception we decided to arrange a long table in the main stable, that we decorated with red apples, that come down on the guests’ heads, Scuderie Palandri horses were very lucky after this event!! After the dinner guests moved into the round pen, where was setting the lounge area with sofa made by hay bales and tables made with pallets, and where we settled the amazing Sweet table with different types of handmade pies, candy and lemonade. Red apples, wild herbs, candles and withe roses were the protagonists of the this real country style setting.

Photography: LoveFolio Wedding Photography | Bridal Gown: Rosa Clara | Venue: Scuderie Palandri | Wedding Planner & Designer: Italian Wedding Designer