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Tuscan Inspired Wedding in Central Florida at Bella Collina

There were no passports needed for this wedding at Bella Collina in Monteverde, Florida. However, you were immediately transported to the rolling hillside of Tuscany with the manicured gardens, breathtaking views and surrounded by the tranquil sounds of nature. This was all visible from the cobblestone villa atop of the hill overlooking the lake. It was the perfect setting for Kristy and Tim’s wedding. ~Masi Events + Katie Lopez Photography








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More from Masi EventsThe inspiration came from the venue and all the details from the color palette with the serene blues and rose gold to the grey taper candles that complemented the setting perfectly. We created two different tablescapes with a mix of round tables and wooden tables to add dimension to the space.

The menu was also Italian inspired but personal touches were infused. The Cuban market carretta station served staples such as mini Cuban sandwiches and corquetas and served tribute to part of Kristy’s family’s heritage.

Towards the end of the evening, guests were surprised by a firework display and late night food was passed that included popcorn and chocolate covered bacon.

Photography: Katie Lopez Photography | Cinematography: Hopemedia, LLC | Florals : Julia Rohde Designs | Cake: Le Petit Sweet | Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting | DJ: Soundwave Entertainment Systems | Ceremony Music: Beautiful Music | Transportation: VIP Wedding Transportation | Ceremony and Reception: Bella Collina | Dance Floor: Orlando Wedding And Party Rentals | Hair and Make-up: Makeover Station | Invitations and Paper Goods: IBA Paper Goods | Linens: Nuage Designs | PhotoBooth: Shine Photo Entertainment | Planning and Coordination: Masi Events | Rentals: Events on the Loose | Welcome Gifts: The Presence Co.

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High School Sweethearts Tie the Knot at Italian-Inspired Venue

These high school sweethearts have a love so apparent, it almost jumps off the page. The Ganeys did an incredible job at capturing that love, along with the dreamy details of their Italian-inspired wedding day at Bella Collina. Take a little stroll with us under the twinkle lights and floating al fresco chandythe full gallery awaits.

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From The Ganeys.. Stephanie and Greg met in high school and started dating when they were juniors. I mean, does it get any more perfect than that? They spent four years doing long distance while they were at different colleges, but the distance didn’t stop them from building a great connection. They love to travel and hike, and they recently moved out west to build a new life together.

Stephanie and her bridesmaids got ready at a beautiful home on the lake right near Bella Collina. The natural light at that home was a photographer’s dreamt! The girls spent the morning having their hair and makeup done, anticipating the wedding day.

After a few hours, we all made our way over to the venue. It was more beautiful than I had envisioned. Stephanie put on her dress with the help of her mom, sister, and future mother-in-law. Her gown was delicate and covered in lace. Her bridesmaids wore dusty blue dresses with fun off-the-shoulder details. The groomsmen played pool and relaxed in the locker room around the corner.

Stephanie and Greg opted to share a first look before their ceremony, and I’m so grateful that they did! It allowed us to truly take advantage of this incredible venue and capture so many images of the two of them!

Greg and Stephanie were married in the driveway at Bella Collina. It was a wonderful location with the arches as the perfect backdrop. Stephanie walked down the aisle with her dad by her side. During the ceremony, Stephanie and Greg placed letters into a box, along with a bottle of wine, that they will open one day in the future. Before we knew it, these two were officially husband and wife!

The party got started shortly after the ceremony, as guests made their way to their dining area. The weather was perfect for an outdoor reception. String lights and an epic chandelier hung above the dance floor. Tables were covered in garlands and lanterns. At each place setting sat a bottle of olive oil and a jar of spices – the perfect favor for such an Italian-inspired wedding!

The rest of the evening was filled with hilarious and heart-felt toasts, the most delicious cake, and grandpa (along with everyone else) tearing it up on the dance floor! The newlyweds exited just after midnight through a tunnel of sparklers. It was such a magical day!

As Caitlin Jones, owner of Plan It Events, said, “the couple was truly wonderful to work with. Stephanie and Greg had an impeccable and heart-felt vision for their day. In addition, we had a dream team of vendors that pulled together this flawless event.”

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Photography: The Ganeys | Videographer: Nate Puhr (photo + cinema) | Event Planning: Plan It Event Design and Management | Florals: Lee James | Cake: Party Flavors | Bride's shoes: Betsey Johnson | Bridesmaids' dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Catering: Bella Collina | Makeup: APG Makeup | Hair: Hair by Elena | Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting | DJ: Liquid Jay | Groomsmen ties: Express | Groomsmen's attire: Calvin Klein | Officiant: Pastor Calvin Gittner | Bridal shop: Bridal LTD Gallery | Dress designer: Essense Of Australia | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Golf Course: Bella Collina | Groomsmen shirts: Banana Republic | Paper goods: Bliss Paper Boutique | Rentals: RW Events | Wedding rings: Labosco's Jewelry Castle

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How to Pull off a Tuscan Inspired Wedding in the States

For those of you that aren’t jetting off to Tuscany to say ‘I do’, but still long to incorporate the romance that only the Italians can pull off then Amanda and Michael’s wedding is for you. A dreamy day captured by Vicki Grafton Photography that proves you can absolutely plan an Italian inspired celebration in the states. Graced with elegant details and a super sweet couple, we’ve got every darling detail waiting for you in The Vault!

From Vicki Grafton PhotographyAmanda and Michael had a lovely intimate Tuscan inspired wedding at Bella Collina in Montverde, Florida on April 22, 2016.

I went to college with Amanda and she was even a bridesmaid in my destination wedding back in 2008. I knew Amanda had always dreamed of a destination wedding in Italy which connected her to her family heritage. However, when the time came and she found the man of her dreams, there were a few very important family members that sadly wouldn’t be able to make such a long trip to Italy. So to help her stay true to her original wedding dream, I assisted in finding the most amazing venue and team of vendors to bring her vision to life. I love when my couples ask me for advice to get the wedding and the images they have always dreamed of, and Amanda definitely utilized my experience in the industry to do just that.

My favorite details of their celebration included handmade paper invitation and event calligraphy by Julie Ha Design, including wooden menus with the course names written in Italian. The florals by Fleur & Lumiere had a elegant yet foraged tuscan feel including olive branches and greenery. I also adored how their ceremony was nestled in with Bella Collina as the backdrop to create that intimate villa feel. And although a threatening storm ultimately changed their reception plans from an alfresco dinner around the reflection pool to a cosy dinner inside Bella, Amanda and Micheal were still able to have their first dance at the reflecting pool as their guests looked on from above. About 5 minutes after their first dance the clouds finally let go of the rain which was perfectly timed to usher guests inside for an intimate dinner.

From the Bride… We wanted to have an authentic destination feel of Tuscany close to home. Our venue provided the perfect backdrop for an Italian inspired theme. I wanted to be surrounded by nature while still keeping the formality of an elegant event. We went for a Vintage Italian vibe with the colors of Tuscany including soft neutrals, taupe, cream, touches of pale pink and soft greenery. We included homemade biscotti favors set at each place setting. The biscotti were wrapped with parchment paper, twine and a sprig of rosemary. The music ensemble also included an accordion player to transport guests to a different time and place. And our custom designed invitations had the beautiful ceremony backdrop sketched by hand on handmade paper with a rough edge which set the tone for the a celebration with effortless elegance.

My favorite moment was the first look. It was a peaceful private moment amid the chaos. We both were brought to tears and it was a moment I will never forget. My favorite detail of the day was the venue. Bella Collina is Italian for “beautiful hill” and it definitely lives up to its name. We truly felt transported us to another place and time. The Ceremony was held outdoors on the lawn with the beautiful stone and Tuscan style architecture and stunning cypress trees as the perfect backdrop for our vows. Cocktail hour was initially planned for the courtyard clock tower, but because of the impending storm, it was moved to the atrium with beautiful stone arches and wrought iron chandeliers, overlooking the reflection pool and Lake Siena in the distance. For dinner and dancing we moved into the clubhouse which felt almost like a castle with dinner set in front of a grand fireplace. Off the dining room was an cozy bar/lounge area for dancing and I think having an intimate room for the reception really encouraged our guests to mingle and dance all night!

Our cake was three tiers of delicate ruffled fondant covering Amaretto sponge cake with a bavarian creme filling. The flowers were the perfect tones consisting of white and crème, gently accented with taupe and blush using peonies, english garden roses and other european flowers all accented with olive branch and greenery. The bouquets were all hand tied with luxurious silk ribbons and the boutonnieres were a sweet coupling of greenery, olive and herbs accented with rough cut silk ribbon.

My gown was perfection, but it took some time to find the right one that fit the destination vibe we were were going for. I ended up with a romantic A-Line with a soft sweetheart neckline and off-the shoulder illusion sleeves. It had a delicate floral lace pattern over subtle gold satin and then layers of eternal tule over top. It was light and delicate and looked effortless and etherial when I moved. My bridesmaids dresses were mis-matched long flowy gowns in soft pinks & blush. They each picked their own dress and two of the girls actually switched the morning of!

The one piece of advice I would give to brides-to-be is to wear flats! I was very resistant at first, but it was by far one of the best decisions I made and I am so thankful I listened to that piece of advice. I felt just as glamorous and it saved my feet! No our could tell anyways as my dress was long and the shoes didn’t show. I really enjoyed the night and was able to dance all night long!

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Coordination: Linda Ha Events | Floral Design: Fleur Lumiere | Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios | Hair + Makeup: Brie & Brie | Calligraphy + Invitations: Julie Ha | Venue: Bella Collina | Ribbon: The Poetry of Silk | Veil: Emily Riggs

Romantic Fuchsia, Red, and Gold Fall Wedding at Bella Collina

At first glance, this beauty looks like an inspiration shoot—it’s just too perfect. But, when you look at the couple, it’s clear that this is a real wedding. That kind of love can’t be faked, and, I can’t fake my love for their big day. The flowers, the color palette, the cakes, the reception with Unearthed Vintage rentals—it’s all a dream. And the photographs from You Look Lovely Photography and video from Pabelona Studios make it all so much prettier. Fall in love here.

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From You Look Lovely PhotographyA short drive west of Orlando is the beautiful Bella Collina Golf Club, the setting of this gorgeous wedding of Mike and Michelle. With an unconventional palette of fuchsia, deep red and gold, the wedding was a colorful display of classic elegance. The event designed by Peplum Events and Design featured intricate details like gold antique candle holder with fuchsia Taper candles, hand dyed ribbon, golden flatware, and hand-lettered menus placed in front of every unique seat lined against the communal table.

Peplum Events and Design also created the stunning centerpieces and bridal bouquet featuring the showstopping King Protea flower. Three cakes designed by Gigi-Mamma Cakes bordered a separate table with the main dessert being an incredible three-layer, guava and cream cheese filled, naked cake draped in Juliet roses, figs, and eucalyptus branches. The bride and groom’s English Sheepdog, Joy, even took part in the festivities dressed in a dyed ribbon and eucalyptus wreath.

As a memento of the day, a local cartoonist came and drew caricatures for each of the guests long into the night. The guests also enjoyed various seating arrangements, like the Lola Sofa and Mumford Leather Sofa provided by Unearthed Vintage, strategically placed around the back terrace of Bella Collina.

The bride and groom shared their surreal and intimate celebration with their one year old son and just over 20 guests as the sun was setting. The three of them departed together under the glow of a sparkler send off.

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Photography: You Look Lovely Photography | Videography : Pabelona Studios | Event Design: Peplum Events And Design | Floral Design: Peplum Events And Design | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cakes: Gigi Mamma Cakes | Jewelry: Jacqueline Pinto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Badgley Mischka | Hair and Makeup: Idalis Alamina Beauty | Venue: Bella Collina | Bridal Robe: Girl With A Serious Dream | Invitations and Hand Lettered Details: Juliet Grace Design | Rentals: Unearthed Vintage

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Tuscan Inspired Destination Wedding

If you want to up the romance ante on your destination wedding, there’s few places better than under the Tuscan-inspired arches at Bella Collina in Montverde, FL. Just look at this place! The whole gallery is brimming with warm colors, fieldstone facades, and pastel florals from RW Events. So keep scrolling and enjoy the lovely pictures courtesy of Jason Mize Photography.

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From Jason Mize PhotographyDestination wedding (bride and groom from England) filled with English tradition and English garden decor.

Photography: Jason Mize Photography | Videographer: Imprint Cinema | Event Planning: Blush by Brandee Gaar | Cake: Party Flavors | Makeup: Radiant Makeup | DJ: Our DJ Rocks | Officiant: Sensational Ceremonies | Wedding Venue: Bella Collina | Floral Design/ Stylist: RW Events | Vintage Dishes/ Flatware: Dishie Rentals