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A Beautiful Florence Affair Bursting with Vibrant Red and Pink Hues

Choosing a Big Day locale isn’t always easy, but for this darling duo with a love of Italian food and a dream of touring Italy, the choice was simple: Florence.  They whisked off to the land of romance and fine wine with their closest friends and family, all with the help of a talented team of vendors like Devoted To You, Tuscany Flowers and Chris+Lynn Photographers.  The results? Absolute magic with some of the most beautiful details you will ever lay your eyes upon.  Soak them all in in THE VAULT.

From Chris + Lynn Photographers… Robin & Gary knew that they wanted a small wedding with their closest family and friends. Robin had always wanted to go to Italy, and Gary had never been to Europe. After deciding to do something different, they planned to have a gorgeous wedding surrounded by gorgeous views of Florence. 40 guests traveled from various places to witness their beautiful wedding and celebrate with them. Robin wore a stunning Vera Wang wedding dress, and their decor was absolutely breathtaking with vibrant colors such as persimmon, strawberry, and papaya.

From the Bride… Gary and I started looking for a wedding venue in our hometown of Toronto but couldn’t find anything that was right for us. We decided we wanted to do something different and also small and intimate with our friends and family. We knew we wanted to have a romantic honeymoon in Europe afterwards… having a destination wedding there first seemed like the perfect solution.

We decided on Europe because Gary had never been there and we envisioned traveling together by train after the wedding. Our next decision was which country…our love of Italian food made Italy the winner! After reviewing many locations, we decided on Villa Vedetta for the amazing view of Florence – it is incredible! We wanted an outdoor wedding and it had a wonderful setting for a garden ceremony, cocktails by the pool, and dinner on a terrace facing a spectacular view of the city. The staff there also had a high level of service, was fluent in English and showed great attention to detail. It was the perfect choice!

Our wedding planner Carmen helped us through the entire process of planning our destination wedding by coordinating vendors and working with local counterparts to coordinate additional tour-related activities for our guests.

We wanted all our guests to really experience Florence so we planned a lot of activities. One day we brought everyone to a vineyard in Tuscany for a tour, wine tasting, and lunch. Another day we went to Sienna to explore the town and cathedral and to San Gimignano for local shopping. Yet another day we organized a guided walking tour of Florence. Throughout all these activities all our guests took photographs. We surprised each guest with polaroid cameras as a welcome gift when they first arrived at our hotel. We invited them to use these cameras for the duration of our trip and share the photos with us. And we made a contest as well with different categories. This was one of my favorites ideas because photography is so important to us and this activity brought us all together throughout the wedding week events. At the wedding, all the polaroids were displayed on ribbons in the reception hall; it was nice for everyone to see the trip through all the guests’ photos.

Some of my favorite memories from our destination wedding were the anticipation of getting ready and spending time with my maid of honor; taking photos on the streets of Florence, exploring the countryside of Tuscany in a vintage convertible, and our post-wedding portrait session with our photographers at the Abbey of San Galgano. It was a great adventure!

From Devoted To You… Planning this wedding for Robin and Gary has been a personal labor of love for me. From the moment we met, we clicked right away. It is always a bonus working with a bride who has so much in common with you and share the same interests. The countless hours we spent working together did not feel like work at all. We explored many cities and venue options in Europe and finally landed on Villa Le Vedetta, which has the best view of Florence and such a beautiful garden for ceremony. It was only 1.5 km away from the wedding venue of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and we were there just a week before their wedding, so being able to avoid the paparazzi crowd was a fortunate bonus. It was a lot of fun and adventure traveling with Robin and Gary since they haven’t been to Florence. In addition to planning the group activities for the guests and making sure they had a great time, I had planned the week full of activities. I made sure everyone had time to experience Florence the way it was meant to be experienced. But equally importantly, I wanted the photographers and videographers who were with them to be able to maximize all the photo and video opportunities. I think one of the essential aspects of destination weddings is to be able to take advantage of the beautiful and unique sceneries as backdrops and take as many photos as you can.

We coordinated all the airport and train station pick-ups for the guests and kicked off the wedding weekend with a warm welcome dinner. The following day, we arranged a tour to the country side of Tuscany where we had wine tasting and lunch at a castle, followed by walking tour in the medieval town in Sienna and San Gimignano while Robin and Gary snuck away from the tour and rented a vintage car to drive around the countryside with Chris + Lynn and StillMotion following them. On the wedding day, guests were invited to a walking tour in Florence while Robin and Gary prepared for their big day. The dinner view at the terrace of Villa Le Vedetta was so surreal with Duomo in the background. Everyone had a great time and wished that the night would not end.

On the last day, we planned a farewell breakfast for all the guests to say goodbye to the bride and groom before they departed to the next stop in their trip.

Photography: CHRIS + LYNN PHOTOGRAPHERS | Cinematography: StillMotion | Event Design: Cynthia Martyn Fine Events | Event Planning: Devoted to You Inc. | Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Sugar And Spice Firenze | Calligraphy: The Lettering Studio | DJ: Fabiodex | Groom's Attire: Garrison Bespoke | Venue: Villa La Vedetta | Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Home Florence

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Florence Wedding Inspiration for a Destination “I Do”

As an art history college student who studied abroad in Florence, this city will always have a special place in my heart. It’s one of those places where time seems to stand still and romance looms around every corner. Of course, it was only natural that KT MerryEver After Honeymoons and The Venue Report chose it as the setting for their inspiration shoot, perfect for any destination bride planning an Italian “I do”. Peek in The Vault and let the wanderlust begin!

From KT MerryThe 19th century Villa Cora overlooking the Boboli Gardens in Florence is a breathtaking location for a wedding or honeymoon. Stepping outside of the bustling streets of Florence’s city center you are greeted by the old world grandeur and 5 star service of Villa Cora. The opulent dining room and picturesque gardens and pool are ideal for an elegant and refined celebration. We shoot throughout the property taking advantage of the Villa’s gardens, beautiful driveway and architecture.

Photography: KT Merry Photography | Floral Design: Jardin Divers | Hair + Makeup: Ilaria Borgioli | Venue: Villa Cora | Art Direction: Amorology | Bridal Boutique: Chernaya Bridal House | Coordination + Design: The Venue Report | Gown 1: Gossamer | Gown 2: Chernaya Bridal House | International Coordination + Design: Nomad Republic | Location Planning: Ever After Honeymoons

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Forget The Day After: These Photos Are Proof Pre-Wedding Shoots Are the Next Big Thing

There’s something so special about the days before a wedding. The anticipation, the butterflies and the even the quiet moments before the celebration are all worth cherishing, which is why this pre-wedding shoot is kind of the best idea ever. Julia Kaptelova photographed this couple’s session set in Northern Italy, and the gallery is filled with inspiration like you wouldn’t believe.

From Julia KaptelovaJulia is originally from Russia and Gianluca is from Italy, 3 years after their fateful meeting in Thailand they decided to tie the knot, their wedding took place in North of Italy, but before it we made a pre-wedding photoshoot in Tuscany a in a magnificent 15th century villa Mangiacane built by the Machiavelli family. This unforgettable place in a heart of Tuscany with historic past gave unique atmosphere to all photoshoot. Delicate pink shade of villa perfectly matched color of bride’s gown by Anna Kubanova, hand-made diadem by Muse-for-me and vintage ring completed the look. In the evening we had a walk in olive groves and vineyards that surround villa, admiring sunset and the scenery of idyllic tuscan nature.

Photography: Julia Kaptelova Photography | Event Planning: Wedding Atelier | Floral Design: Natalia Bronnikova | Wedding Dress: Anna Kubanova | Jewelry: Muse For Me | Venue: Villa Mangiacane | Film Processing: Homefilmlab

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 | Wedding Dress: Ralph Lauren | Invitations: Papertree Studio | 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 Bridal | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Wedding Website: The Knot

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 Photography | Cinematography: Danny Camara | Event Planning: Carolina Casini - Tuscan Dream | Floral Design: Fiori Del Chianti | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Bride's Shoes: Gianvito Rossi | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Avery-Christine Golson | Catering: GALATEO RICEVIMENTI FIRENZE - MILANO | Makeup: Giulia Cresci | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Venue: Borgo Petrognano | Photography - Assistance: Julian N. Photography

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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!

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 & J Photography | Floral Design: Al Portico Firenze Florist | Floral Design: Fiorile | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Stationery: Mackenzie Foreman | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Engagement Ring: D H Jeweler All Sustainable Metals | Rings: Massai Orafi Florence | Groom's Attire: Tailors' Keep | Venue: Accademia | Confetti: The Paper Source | Flat Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff | Getting Ready Venue: Windows On Italy | Groom's Shoes: Nordstrom | Pocket Square: J.Crew | Tie: J.Crew | Veil: Untamed Petals

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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.   [iframe http://player.vimeo.com/video/122776010 600 338]

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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: Mattello Trombello | Photography: Lisa Poggi | Videographer: Momo Film Factory | Wedding Planner: The Tuscan Wedding | Floral Design: Tuscany Flowers | Wedding Dress: Anna Maier | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Catering: GALATEO RICEVIMENTI FIRENZE - MILANO | Celebrant: Blessings from Italy | Bridal Boutique: Ever After Miami | Villa: Fattoria 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: Lisa Poggi | Photography: Mattello Trombello | 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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Destination Florence Castle Wedding

Now that we’ve feasted our eyes on not one but two amazing Jen Huang weddings from Cape Cod to Singapore, we’re rounding out our world tour of pretty in a little place called Florence. It’s what happens when an Irish couple opts for a destination wedding, and brings Fly Away BrideHouse Of Hannah, and of course Jen and her camera lens along for the ride. And just when you think it can’t get any better, let me direct you to the gorgeous full gallery.

From The Bride, Giselle… John and I got acquainted on a night out in our home town of Ennis, Ireland. It was a fresh autumn night in Ireland and he strolled up and introduced himself. It was getting late so after we had made introductions and had a quick chat I headed home for bed. After I left, John asked a mutual friend to ask me if he could have my phone number and I agreed! A few days past and eventually, 4 days later he texted me and asked me out for dinner.

Two years later, and after I had finished university, we decided we wanted to take some time out to travel so we departed Ireland for Australia. One year of travelling turned into two, and we both loved Australia so much we decided to stay a little longer. Fast forward 3 and half years to my birthday, we flew up to the beautiful Whitsundays Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. There, while walking back to our beach bungalow, after a stunning sunset, John got down on one knee and proposed. He carried out 6 months of research & planning to surprise me with the perfect ring!

Living in Australia and with friends and family located all over the world a destination wedding seemed the best option. After living in the beautiful stone village of Casole d’Elsa in Tuscany with my parents for 9 months when I was a child, I always dreamed of getting married in a little rustic chapel, followed by an outdoor dinner in romantic courtyard set in the Tuscan countryside. When searching the internet for our venue I had a good idea where and what I was looking for and when I came across Castello di Vincigliata and saw that courtyard I knew I had found our perfect venue! The 13th century castle located in the hilltops of Fiesole with breath taking views of Florence has their own winery which allowed us to serve truly authentic wines at our reception. Both being big foodies having good wine and food was a must and from the number of comments we received from guests about the incredible cocktail reception, dinner and “best wedding cake ever” our cater definitely delivered on this!

Planning a wedding in Italy from Australia was never going to be easy and I definitely couldn’t have done it without my fabulous wedding planners, Lindsay and Amy from House of Hannah and Fly Away Bride. As a bride you tend to get wrapped up in all the little details that no one else will notice, I had to have white chiavari chairs, lilac napkins, peonies and gold cutlery! Without Lindsay putting together an inspiration board with my colour scheme I would have been lost, it kept me focused on what would suit my wedding. There are so many beautiful wedding ideas out there it is easy to get side tracked trying to incorporate all of it and creating a monstrosity!

I loved every moment of our special day. From getting ready with my bridesmaids, to walking down the aisle surrounded by 80 of our closest family and friends, and arriving at the castle and seeing everything we had planned for the last year fall into place. However, there was something magical when it got dark, sitting down for dinner in the gorgeous castle courtyard, surrounded by hundreds of candles & sharing the most delicious food with such great company, it was truly amazing.

Photography: Jen Huang Photography | Videographer: Celtic Video | Event Planning: Fly Away Bride | Florist: House Of Hannah | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Leonardo Catering | Invitations: Nikita Bazalo | Reception Venue: Castello Di Vincigliata | Brides Shoes: Louboutin | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Catering: Leonardo Catering | Calligraphy: House Of Hannah | DJ: Alma Project | Grooms Attire: Michael Barrie | Groomsmen's Attire: Michael Barrie | Brides Rings: Henri Daussi | Car & Bus Hire: Alterini Bus | Chapel: Parrocchia Di San Martino A Mensola | Decor Rentals: House Of Hannah And Leonardo Catering | Hair & Make Up: Giulia Cresci | Wedding Stylist: House Of Hannah

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Elegant Tuscany Castle Wedding

Romance and Italy go hand-in-hand, and this castle affair captured by Alessio Quartaroli & Marta Puglia? Well, it’s Tuscany at its’ finest. Rich with old-world charm and gorgeous style for days, it’s an elegant, effortless kind of beauty that draws you in like no other. From the Castello Di Vincigliata cocktail hour to playful Roberto Maestrucci blooms, all together Rossana Sapori planned one irresistible evening here.

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From Marta Puglia of Alessio Quartaroli & Marta Puglia Sanja & Steffan chose Tuscany as the place to celebrate their marriage with close friends and family. No place has been so perfect as Castello Di Vincigliata just few minutes from Florence. The perfect wedding venue for its garden, the cloisters, and the famous courtyard. With such amazing surroundings, the Bride and Groom aimed for a simple, beautiful designed wedding that let the setting speak for itself.

The flowers were fruit of an unconventional teaming up. The ceremony marquis and the crystal chandeliers were picked up from the famous designer Gianni Berni from Tuscany Flowers, while the floral décor came from Roberto il Fiorista. The ceremony took place overlooking the garden and Sanja walked down the aisle in her beautiful dress and with her romantic peonies bouquet, she looked radiant. After the ceremony, guests mingle in the Italian garden treated with the yummy antipasti from Preludio caterering. The traditional wedding dinner was served in the courtyard of the castle where romantic vintage chandeliers recreated an incredibly glam atmosphere.

To complement the day the palette of lavender, blush and peach was well represented by a ruffled wedding cake from Melanie Secciani. All that we love in this wedding is thanks to the attentive eyes of Alessio and Marta from A+Q studio. Every single moment is perfectly captured. The Italian touch was from Rossana Sapori, the wedding planner from WeddingsInitaly.it. So beautiful!

Photography: Studio A+Q | Wedding Planner: The Knot In Italy | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: TUSCAN WEDDING CAKES | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Catering: Preludio | Hair & Makeup: Mej Staff | Wedding Venue: Castello Di Vincigliata | Ceremony Flower Design & Lighting: Tuscany Flowers | Getting Ready Venue: Villa Olmi | Music: Alma Project | Photography - Assistance: Infraordinario | Reception Flowers: Roberto Fiori

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Elegantly Festive Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

What’s red and green, filled to the brim with Italian charm and simply gorgeous all over? Well, this slice of pretty from Maria LambJade Rose, and Weddings In Tuscany of course! It has me feeling oh-so-festive during this merriest of weeks, from the whimsically calligraphed invites by Graceline to the perfectly wild blooms by Fiorista Fiordaliso, be prepared to be charmed, enchanted and completely mesmerized with this beauty.

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From the vendor team…Inspired by the natural beauty of Tuscany, Italy, Maria of Anthem Photography and Jade Rose of Lady Evelyn collaborated with local Italian vendors to showcase all that Italy has to offer. Homegrown florals, local fruits and cheeses, a custom lace gown, manicured garden and an Italian couple madly in love, the perfect recipe for beautiful images. Maria’s photos capture the emotion that is Italy, classic and romantic.

Photography: Maria Lamb | Videography: Laki Karavias | Event Design: Jade Rose | Event Design: Anthem Photography | Event Planning: Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi | Floral Design: Fiorista Fiordaliso | Wedding Dress: Lady Evelyn | Cake: Salvia E Ramerino | Ceremony Venue: Giardino Garzoni | Catering: Weddings in Tuscany by Chiara Sernesi | Stationery + Calligraphy: Graceline Art | Grooms Attire: Gabriella Sposa | MUAH: Valerie Cecchini | Rentals: Ristorante Villa Garzoni | Veils + Headpieces: Lady Evelyn | Wardrobe Styling: Jade Rose

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Tuscany Engagement Session in the Chianti Vineyards

There’s no doubt that when our dear friend Greg Finck steps being the lens, magical things happen. And lucky us? We get to be witness to all the pretty through his seriously gorgeous imagery, including this perfectly lit, soaked in love engagement session in the heart of Chianti. It’s intimate and basic, but in the best kind of way and we can’t get enough.

From Greg Finck PhotographyCiara and Mark are an Irish couple from Belfast, Ireland, and had chosen sunny Tuscany for their wedding. When you’re used to grey sky and pouring rain, it’s hard not to totally fall for Tuscany, that fabulous part of Italy calling for bathing sun, easy lifestyle and awesome food and wine.

We realized Ciara & Mark’s engagement shoot just a few days before the actual wedding. Just like their wedding day, Ciara & Mark wanted a casual and intimate engagement. Nothing fancy, but just the focus on the basics: light, landscape, and obviously their love. There is a harder task as a photographer than to shoot in Tuscany. Beauty and awesome light are everywhere. So we just wandering around the Villa this lovely couple was staying, walking in the middle of Chianti vineyards, finding a meadow surrounded by cypress trees reminding us of the Gladiator movie, resting under the shade of an olive tree. This beautiful session ended with the perfect sunset, calling for Ciara & Mark to get ready for their d-day.

Photography: Greg Finck Photography | Private Villa: Villa Piaggia

Romantic Tuscan Wedding Inspiration

I’m accepting the fact that I won’t be all that productive today; I just can’t stop going through each and every one of these gorgeous photos by Stefanie Kapra. This wedding inspiration shoot, brought to life by the talented The Tuscan Wedding team, has me dreaming of the Italian countryside, complete with bottles of both vino and olive oil, and this gallery is where I’ll be until I have to return to reality once again.

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From Stefanie Kapra Photo… Romantic and whimsical Tuscan Wedding at Villa Mangiacane.

This summer marks the six year wedding anniversary for my husband and I – a fairytale in Tuscany, Italy we will never forget. We have always adored Italy, it’s people, landscapes, art of living and it’s culture – and this love has only grown stronger since we chose beautiful Tuscany as our wedding location.

As we were planning our revisit to Italy’s wine country to celebrate our love this summer, I dreamt of creating some gorgeous wedding images in Tuscany – to share with other brides-to-be. So I reached out to the talented local wedding planner Daniela from “The Tuscan Wedding” – and thankfully she loved the idea of a wedding inspiration shoot and was immediately on board. I cannot thank Daniela and her team enough for all their support and for putting this beautiful shoot together – in the middle of the busy summer season. Her endless network of wedding professionals is what, in the end, made this shot a reality and success.

Our goal for this editorial was to include traditional and authentic Italian elements and to showcase the rich history of the area – all while creating a truly romantic and whimsical wedding atmosphere. Our vision was to give future brides-to-be a better idea of how beautiful a destination wedding in Tuscany can be – and how easy the planning can be – with the right team of vendors.

With our vision in mind, we chose Villa Mangiacane as the venue – for it’s location and rich history. It is a magnificent 15th century villa built by the Machiavelli family, bearing the unmistakable hand of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo. It sits in the heart of the idyllic countryside of the Chianti Classico wine region – only 12 km outside of Florence. And because the villa itself is truly beautiful, we featured a drawing of it on the beautiful handmade wedding invitation – by calligraphist and designer Juliet Grace.

The unique pink hue of the villa and golden details set the soft color scheme for our shoot. The wonderful floral team of Il giardino delle Fate (= the fairy’s garden) created romantic florals for the table, cake and bridal bouquet – keeping it soft and whimsical by integrating grasses, local flowers and organic greenery. The romantic tablescape was set on a rustic wooden table and consisted of gold-rimmed antique glasses, golden plates and cutlery as well as golden colored antique vases and candle holders. All rentals were provided by the Villa and Preludio Noleggi. The two angel figurines that were part of the center pieces perfectly tied our table set-up together with the Renaissance elements of the villa. The hand calligraphy name signs by Juliet Grace and the lace table runner perfectly completed this romantic set-up.

The bride wore an elegant bridal dress by Mariage – Fireze with delicate lace details on the top, a beautiful classic neckline and a romantic flowing skirt/train. The dress was a perfect fit for our petite bride – and accented her delicate features. The groom’s attire was provided by Sogno di Sposa.

Another highlight of this shoot was the culinary side – with foods and drinks provided by the Villa’s very own catering team – of Villa Mangiacane’s Restaurant – “In Vino Veritas.” We set up a tasting station in the Villa’s front garden – consisting of wine, organic olive oil and grappa – all produced by Villa Mangiacane. The villa overlooks a massive vineyard where the grapes grow – and the wine is produced right on the same property. The Chianti Classico of Villa Magnicane has the typical Tuscan flavor that is a combination of both contemporary and ancient wine making methods. Served alongside the fine wine is a freshly baked slice of bread paired with a delicious oil to compliment it. The handpicked olives are processed organically and then carefully blended to create a unique peppery taste.

Besides the wedding cake, we also integrated a special Italian dessert, traditional Italian Tiramisu, which was served in personal sized cups and taste just as delicious as it looks. (note from photographer – I might have eaten a bit too much of it during the shoot – it was so yummy!).

Photography: Stefanie Kapra Photography | Event Planner: The Tuscan Wedding | Florist: Il Giardino Delle Fate | Catering: Villa Mangiacane | Invitations + Calligraphy: Juliet Grace Design | Groom's Attire: Sogno Di Sposa | Bridal Dress Designer And Boutique: Mariage Italy - Firenze | Film Lab: Photo Impact Imaging | Hair And Make-up: Lara Navarrini | Rentals: Preludio Noleggi | Villa: Villa Mangiacane

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Rustic Tuscan Fall Wedding

Excuse me while I pack up my belongings and catch the next flight to Florence. This wedding, captured by Matteo Crescentini and orchestrated by Rossana Sapori of The Knot In Italy, has sealed the deal and I’m officially obsessed with Tuscany’s rolling hills and all the wonders they possess. So until I can make my Italian dream a reality, join me as I swoon over every inch of this gallery right this way.

From Rossana Sapori at The Knot In Italy… Jen & Struan’s rustic Tuscan destination wedding captured the oh-so-romantic atmosphere of Italy flawlessly! We can’t get enough of the stunning couple’s portraits over the lush, rolling landscape of Italy, as well as the adorable blue theme of the day. Matteo Crescentini’s artistic eye turned the lush and romantic day into a collection of stunning photographs where Fattoria La Loggia and the incredible collection of contemporary arts masterpieces, played an important role. With no detail left forgotten, I’m certain that olive groves garlands and the rustic table setting, personally made by Roberto Il Fiorista, will forever remind the guests of this beautiful weekend in Chianti. The romantic ceremony celebrated by Marcus Mattia opened a long lasting day of celebrations. Nothing was left behind thanks to Rossana Sapori from The Knot In Italy and their planning and coordination service, including the Italian traditional “never-ending courses” meal – Preludio Caterer created an incredible choreography of food and wines!

Photography: Matteo Crescentini Photographer | Wedding Planning: The Knot In Italy | Catering: Preludio Catering | Wedding Venue: Fattoria La Loggia | Flowers & Decor: Roberto Fiori | Music For The Day: Alma Project | Second Shooter: Paolo-Manzi

Romantic Florence Vineyard Wedding

Take two native Irish cuties turned Aussies and pair them with the talented planning team that is SposiamoVi, and the result is this sweetly ethereal soiree in Italy. Filled with contagious smiles and darling details tucked in every corner, it’s no wonder we’re smitten with the imagery from Lisa Poggi Photography. Take a little looksie for yourself in the gallery.

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From the beautiful Bride…Brian and I met in secondary school. We are what you would call childhood sweethearts.

We will always reminisce about our wedding and we are delighted to hear all our family and friends still talking about it. It was the best weekend of our lives. We have lived in Melbourne for the past 6 years but we’re originally from Ireland. After travelling to Australia together Brian proposed to me in Sept 2011 in a rustic vineyard nestled deep in the Yarra Valley, Melbourne.

We spent two busy years organising our wedding. Beginning with our destination choice, we were quickly drawn to the beauty of Tuscany and all it had to offer. Once we had settled on Tuscany we were delighted to meet our amazing wedding planner. Francesca from SposiamoVi was fantastic. She was there for every question and the choosing of all our vendors. The ease in which everything came together would not have been possible without Francesca’s ever presence guidance and assurance.

Our day and our weekend in Tuscany turned out to be our very own fairy tale wedding, we were both on cloud nine the entire day. Every aspect of the day felt perfect, like a dream come through for both of us and it was made feel even more special by celebrating it with our close friends and family who had travelled great lengths to be with us.

Our ceremony was in the charming church on the Castello Vicchiomaggio’s grounds. I walked up the isle to Christina Perry “A Thousand Years” played on the violin and harp. While I walked up the isle I was busy smiling at all our guests. My heart skipped a beat when I finally saw Brian standing at the top of the alter watching me as walked up the isle with my Dad.

There are so many memories and special moments. I loved the peace and serenity of us getting ready in the bridal suite. It was so nice to have my Mum, soon to be Mother-in-law, my Nanny, my sister and my best friend with me. They all said I was the most relaxed bride they had ever seen. My Dad had said the day previous, “if you are relaxed and chilled out everyone around you will feed off your presence”, and how right he was.

The rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside and the beautiful tall Cyprus trees framed our wedding backdrop. We laughed and smiled the whole way through the day and night.

It felt so unique to us, heading down to the vineyard and olive grove to have our photos taken. Lisa Poggi our photographer and our Matteo our videographer captured every tiny detail.

Having our friends and family around us, that had travelled so far made us feel very humble, grateful and loved. I will never forget a minute of our wedding day, it was a dream come true and our perfect little fairy-tale.

Photography: Lisa Poggi | Videographer: Matteo Castelluccia Videomaker | Wedding Planner: Sposiamovi Italian Wedding Planners | Flowers: Stiatti Fiori | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Invitations: Beacon Lane | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy Collection By Vivian Diamond | Band: Cool Vibes | Groomsmen Attire: Ascot Formal Wear | Bridal Shoes: Alan Pinkus | Castle: Castello Vicchiomaggio | Earrings: Swarovski

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Elegant Florence Wedding Inspiration

Matthew Ree has run away with my heart today. His imagery from this dreamy Florence shoot have me completely entranced and I’m not going anywhere too soon. Rich with old-world Italian charm and gorgeous style for days, it’s a simple, effortless kind of beauty that draws you in like no other. From the bridal portraits to a playful engagement style session, all together it’s irresistible.

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Romantic Bridal Shoot in Florence at Villa Di Maiano And Fattoria Di Maiano

I don’t have many regrets when it comes to my personal wedding, but when I see a shoot like this one from FunkyBird Photography, I so wish I did a bridal shoot. Mostly if I was able to fly to Florence for it. Florence or not, this beauty styled by Trouwen In Toscane is the prettiest inspiration if you are lucky enough to do a bridal shoot, and you can see all the reasons why here

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From FunkyBird PhotographyOn a lovely April spring day we had the privilege to do this inspired bridal shoot. We had been walking around with the idea for a while so we were very exited when we finally made all the arrangements and got everybody on board for this collaboration.

The location is one of Tuscany’s pearls. Villa di Maiano is situated just below Fiesole on the outskirts of Florence, Italy and from there you have breathtaking views on the surrounding hills. The staff was just wonderful and we were so lucky to have Alexandra around helping us.

We wanted to create a very romantic look and with the help of Mrs Moradei from Morbar bridal atelier we chose two magnificent handcrafted pieces that fit our model Letizia perfectly. Ombretta and Catarina completed the look with two different hairstyles and make up to suit the various locations we wanted to shoot.

A stunning bridal bouquet with soft peach and golden garden roses. Lots of greenery and colorful poppies for the table setting to give just that bit of spark and playfulness, FunkyBird knows how to make flowers speak romance.

The girls from Trouwen in Toscane have definitely made this a unique experience which we hope to repeat again soon.

Photography: FunkyBird Photography | Floral Design: FunkyBird | Wedding Dress: Morbar Atelier | Cake: Sugar And Spice Firenze | Stationery: And Company | Make Up: Catarina Pelosi | Hair: Ombretta Ridolfi | Concept And Styling: Trouwen In Toscane | Location: Fattoria Di Maiano | Model: Letizia Franceschini

Romantic Villa La Vedetta Wedding

This, my friends, is Italian wedding romance done right. And we have David Bastianoni to thank for serving up all the pretty in the form of this sunlit gallery. With Villa La Vedetta as the backdrop and an adorably happy Bride & Groom, look no further than this for laid back love in Italy!

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From David BastianoniFlorence is one of the most famous destination wedding cities in the world, its beauty and its romantic atmosphere have allowed me to photograph this magnificent Jewish wedding celebration organized by Fabrizio Mengasini which took place in the Synagogue of Florence and thereafter continued in one of the most beautiful Villas of Florence with a breathtaking view of the city.

The religious wedding which took place in the early hours of the afternoon, allowed me to give a romantic theme with natural colors and lighting to the photography as sunset drew near.
The morning started off early that day in the Villa, whilst the future Bride and Groom were left to relax and enjoy their breakfast, the group of hairdressers and make-up artists took care of all the ladies.

Once the bride and her close female family members went into the matrimonial suite apartment, her own personal make-up artist and the hairdresser chosen at the hair trial focused all their attention on her. The lighting in the room was perfect and we were able to take some fantastic shots of the preparation activities.

The guests were all ready and followed the wedding planner to the transfer bus awaiting to transport them to the Synagogue. My assistant joined them to capture some photo shots.

The Synagogue in Florence is by far, one of the biggest and most beautiful Synagogues in Italy. The emotion that one feels on entering is unique and unforgettable, the singer that the couple had chosen together with the Rabbi and the wedding planners, played an important part in creating this magical atmosphere. Many different special moments captured in my photo shots of the ceremony, express, by themselves the emotions and the atmosphere experienced by the wedding couple, family and guests.

At the end of the wedding ceremony, the guests were invited to the exit and once they reached the exit door, they were each given a white balloon which allowed me to take some beautiful photo shoots of a moment that everyone present, including myself and my assistant, a once off natural emotion of joy to an important moment of wishes towards the couples love for each other. The embraces and wishes of all the guests to the couple were endless as they were offered water to drink by the wedding planners and departed towards their bus.

The newlyweds left in their own personal wedding car and I followed them to take some intimate photo shoots around the beautiful romantic city of Florence, whilst my assistant went directly to the welcome cocktail to capture some shots of the guests.

The welcome cocktail served on the garden pool terrace was definitely inviting with its beautiful Italian sunshine highlighting the lucky couple’s special day. Guests enjoyed the delicious variety of finger food and prosecco wine whilst the artists of the live music band, all dressed in white attire began cheering everyone up. It was a very special moment, you could breathe festivity in the air and the guests surrounded by the festive Italian atmosphere under the beautiful blue sky had now embraced the romance of this Italian wedding.

The cocktail was only the first moment of joy, the guests, in fact were unaware of the decor that had been organized on the beautiful terrace overlooking Florence as they began to climb the stairs to go to the sit-down dinner. Once on the terrace, their faces lit up and they let off a sigh of surprise as they reached the wonderful upper terrace decorated in white, with square tables and beautiful dainty orchids set as centerpieces.

The band with Jewish and non Jewish music cheered the guests up so much that, before they sat down for the formal wedding meal they began to dance and give life to the festivities. Part of the terrace had been left free so that there was a dance area and a dinner area. An open Bar was also placed on one side so that the guests could freely go and enjoy their favorite cocktails and drinks.

The square tables that seated 8 persons were decorated with tall glass vases containing a cascade of beautiful orchids and various glass cylinders in different dimensions with candles. A big important decision was the choice of the chairs but in the end chiavari chairs in the natural colour of wood were chosen and they beautifully harmonized with the color of the trees around us.

The food was strictly kosher, it was served on various food stations and included the caprese corner with various cheeses, the vegetable corner, the fish corner and the pasta corner. The various food stations had a large variety of dishes and was served by waiters.

The sun was setting and the atmosphere became always more intimate and romantic. Fabrizio Mengasini had designed a lighting based mainly by candlelight. In fact, along the entire perimeter of the terrace there were bowls hanging from a line with candles and along the balustrade of the terrace, glasses with a heavy base containing candles.

The various cylinders used for the table centerpieces lit up the table area for the guests. This magical atmosphere was also helped by the color amber, which is the facade of the Villa and typical Italian cypress trees.

But one of the most vibrant moments was the cutting of the cake with a backdrop view of the city of Florence. The cake prepared in front of the guests by the master chef, delighted the curious guests for about 20 minutes, confetti and streamers accompanied the cutting of the cake, then the band that played music and sang songs, everyone had a wonderful, unforgettable evening and danced until midnight.

Photography: David Bastianoni | Wedding Planner: Prestige Weddings Italy | Floral Design: Stiatti Fiori | Catering: Guidi Lenci | Hotel: Villa La Vedetta | Jewish Music: Benny Fadlun And The Mazaltov Band | Lightning: Alma Project | Synagogue: Synagogue

Week-long Wedding Celebration in Italy

If your guests are traveling across the Atlantic anyways, why not make a week out of it, right? That’s the approach Ali and Zach took when planning their Italian nuptials, and we’re sure glad they did. This stunning wedding week started in Florence and ended with the ceremony in Portofino, with lots of vino, fireworks, and dancing along the way. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the enchanting film from Carmen and Ingo.

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From Carmen and Ingo PhotographyWe are photographers by heart but we now and then do wedding videos for our clients too. Normally they are about 4-5 minutes and just a little add on to the photos.

Summer last year, we had this american (New York based) couple that wanted photos of their week long wedding in Italy. Florence and Portofino. They also asked for video. Since it is a bit to hard to compress 5 days in 5 minutes, we have produced an almost 12 minutes feature film for them.

The photos have still not been published actually, as the B&G wanted them to be in a print magazine somewhere in the US. However, we are allowed to release the feature film and since it was such a spectacular wedding week, we wanted to try if you are willing to feature one of our videos as well.

The Pre Events…Florence was the original place selected for the big affair, but with the hot temperatures known for that time the year, the couple decided to weave Florence in a different type of fashion. Thus was borne the #Zachitali adventure – a caravan starting overlooking the city of Florence, woven through the streets of the ancient city through a special scavenger hunt, and capped with a bus ride to beach party destination of Santa Margherita Ligure, and ultimately, Portofino.

Wedding Party Fashion…Frustrated with the options available in-store, the Bride wanted everything customized. Bridesmaid dress fabric was hand-selected by the Bride and her designer sister-in-law to glisten in tones of champagne, gold, and blush peach to accent the natural colors of the Ligurian coastal towns, and especially the venue. Each girl’s body was taken into consideration to ensure they felt their best on the big day. The Groom’s tuxedo was created bespoke by an Italian tailor, and the bride’s veil was lined with Italian lace to give her otherwise modern Peter Langner gown a more old world feel. Vintage pieces were purchased for everyone in the party by the Bride at Pippin – from old cufflinks to 1920’s rhinestone drops.

Pre Ceremony Musicians and Memory Table…From the moment guests arrived at La Cervara, they were to receive a feast of the senses. Mandolin and accordion players greeted them as they exited the vans, wielding tambourines draped with ribbons for guests to join in to the music. A “swan song” cocktail was there as an early refreshment – which was a crisp mix of St. Germain cucumber and champagne. Guests had polaroids to snap their photos to include in the guest book for the bride and groom, laid out for them on a table bedecked with vintage frames and the weddings of the bride and groom’s ancestors. Flower pots hung from the ceiling, framing the cloisters and teasing the guests with visuals of the garden to come.

Ceremony…The ceremony was designed as a celebration of not just Zach and Ali, but of the world of friends and loved ones that had flown across the ocean to share in the special week. To shield their heads from the sun and the ladies’ faces from perspiration, straw fans and panama hats were given out, along with parasols as an additional cooling agent. To dip the guests right into the fantasy that would ensue that evening, an acrobat danced in the air on white silk to capture the guests attention as they waited. Ali’s Rabbi from her hometown temple who married her parents, sister and brother officiated, signs and rings and flowers were carried by her niece, nephew, and custom music was selected to cue each special moment, from Music of the Night for the Bride’s entrance, to The Saints go Marching In to pay homage to their love of New Orleans jazz.

Pre Reception Décor...Zach and Ali cultivated their relationship over a love of literature, sharing life’s synonyms via their favorite excepts from the likes of “The Power of One,” “Pillars of the Earth,” and “Great Gatsby.” Each book housed the seating arrangements, scribbled elegantly in gold on old fashioned bookmarks. Their head table of course held the name of the F.Scott Fitzgerald work that inspired their wedding – The Great Gatsby. As favors for their guests, Ali and Zach commissioned a custom work done by an Italian artist – an etched representation of their week-long Italian adventures, encased in old ink and wine bottles as a nod to the proximity of the sea at their venue. To set the tone for the journey through time, straight to West Egg, Ali and Zach had a 20’s style jazz band to get guests right into the jazz age during the ‘aperitivo,’ as they noshed from an authentic Italian cheese table, a Ligurian fish bar, and sipped on custom cocktails pulling from the freshest local ingredients.

The wedding was the Grand Finale… mined with surprises for the guests’ utter delight. Every half hour brought a new treat – be it masks to mimic a Venetian masquerade, beads nodding again to New Orleans and the Groom’s schooling at Tulane, cocktail popsicles, fire dancers, and a photobooth with props brought in from their hometown, set to represent their various passions from cooking (chef’s hats) to countries (Italian flags) and baseball (foam fingers, anyone?.) If guests’ feet tired from the dance floor, they could find respite in a gentleman and ladies corner, dotted with their very own caricatures by an artist that created them at the welcome drinks in Florence only days before. The nights entertainment was capped off with fire dancers…until an even better surprise was given by Ali’s father. As Ali’s Dad took to the stage to share his speech to his daughter, he asked “do you trust me?” With that, he queued Josh Groban’s You Raise me Up over the loud speakers, prompting a burst of golden fireworks arching over the Portofino harbor as Ali’s Dad invited her to the dance floor, along with her new husband and his mother, so that they could share the stage and the first minutes as father daughter and mother son.

One year after sliding doors happened and we struck up a three hour conversation on a train, we turned an electric friendship into romance and began dating. The rest, they say is history.

Videography: Carmen And Ingo Photography | Event Planner: Chic Weddings in Italy | Florist: La Rosa Canina | Wedding Gown: Peter Langner | Invitations: Bride & Finger Ladies Letterpress | Engagement Ring: Hyde Park Jewelers | Bridesmaid Dresses: Wai Ming | Makeup: MakeupNV | Hair: Courtney Benedetti | Groom's Attire: Ricardo Negro | Bridal Jewelry: BHLDN | Bridal Shoes: BHLDN | Cermony Venue: La Cervara | Groom's Shoes: Del Toro | Reception Band: Sway All Stars Orchestra | Rehearsal Dinner: Cafe Puny | Thursday Beach Bbq: Santa Beach Club | Tuesday Welcome Dinner In Florence: Villa La Vedetta | Veil: Suzanne Couture Millinery | Wednesday Welcome Dinner In Florence: Il Latini

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Romantic Villa Tolomei Wedding

What happens when two Swedish lovebirds (stylish as ever, I might add) make the trek to Florence to say their romantic I-do’s? Pretty, pretty things my dears. And with Tuscania Events behind the planning, I’m not the least bit surprised at the gorgeous outcome. Innocenti Studio made sure to snap up every little bit and it’s all waiting for you right here!

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From Tuscania Events…Anna & Christian a beautiful couple from Sweden, chose Italy to celebrate their wedding. Their love for Italian food, the Tuscan countryside and the warm climate made Florence the right choice to celebrate their dream wedding. They rented a recently restored 5 star Villa for all their guests. Villa Tolomei is immersed in the Tuscan countryside but only 5 minutes from the historical center of Florence. Guests could enjoy both the tranquility of the countryside and the beauty of the Renaissance city. The Bride’s elegant gown was a reflection of Nordic minimalism and the tuxedo clad guests followed the typical tradition of a Swedish wedding celebration.

Photography: Innocenti Studio | Wedding Planner: Tuscania Events | Flowers: Sebastian Flowers | Location: Villa Tolomei