Vintage Wedding Details in Tuscany

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Today’s wedding isn’t an actual wedding, but a mock one – a romantic styled shoot created by the team over at Innocenti Studio in Florence, Italy.  The shoot incorporated seasonal winter elements, local accents, and lots of fabulous fashion with a vintage flair!  Emma from Innocenti shared with us the behind the scenes of this could-be big day.

“This styled shoot was inspired by the idea of creating an intimate wedding that felt like it was being celebrated at ‘home’ in a cozy and almost bucolic fashion. The perfect location for this atmosphere was Fattoria La Serra, an early 19th century farmhouse on top of Carmignano hill looking onto Florence’s valley, with a distant view of the Duomo and the Giotto tower.”

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“The Bride’s hair and make-up was inspired by the romantic dress. For the hair, Marina choose a soft side chignon and for the make-up warm and subtle tones, with a touch of colour on the lips. The beautiful dress was hand-made with French lace in pale pink and the same fabric was used for the boutonniere on the groom outfit.”

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“Alongside a main room and a winter garden, the stone farmhouse has 5 adjacent rooms opening one into another through arches and old wooden doors that creates a sense of intimacy and openness at the same time.  Above all, we wanted to portray a romantic atmosphere, with rustic yet sophisticated details and vintage touches.”

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“The wedding table was set in the first room, the kitchen, next to the old wood stove and vintage accessories. We purposely chose a simple setting to recreate a typical Tuscan rustic table accompanied by silver cutlery for added elegance and attention to detail. We opted for the use of lace mixed with recycled materials (cans and bottles), ropes, and porcelain.”

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 “The colour palette was to use delicate pink and green for the flowers, cooler winter colours for invites and menus, tobacco and natural rope for the table setting and the menu.”

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“Stationary, invites and menu were drawn by hand and water-coloured individually.”

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“The third room was set for serving tea and cake, with vintage vases and silver teapots used as flower holders and tea served in withe porcelain cups.”

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“The flowers were absolutely seasonal: sweet avalance roses, groundsel, wax flowers. The bouquet was romantic, made in the classic round and compact shape with the same flowers, and bound by white lace.”

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“In the second room, we used the view from a big window as the backdrop for the main cake and the sweet tables, with macarones, biscuits and Italian almond confetti in white and pink.”

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That’s a lot of sweets for these two lovebirds!

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To see some of the behind the scenes of this styled shoot, take a look at the video by Innocenti Studio here!

Styled Shoot Team: Photography + Videography: Innocenti Studios, Location: Fattoria La Serra, Wedding Planner + Design: Bianco Bouquet Weddings & Events, Wedding Dress: Anna Fucà Atelier, Florals: Il Giardino delle Fate, Cake: Dolce Lab
, Invitations + Menus: Francesca Pulitano, Hair + Makeup: Martina Bernacchioni, Catering + Table Setting: Roland’s, Music: Alma Project, Groom Attire: Otto Marchesi Sartoriale 
c/o Atelier Anna Fucà

 

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A Colorful Destination I Do in Tuscany

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Javier and Aidee held their intimate destination wedding in beautiful Tuscany – both in and outside of Florence.  The ceremony was held at Santa Maria a Vicchiomaggio, a church that dates back to 1400.  Their wedding planner, Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events shared with us how the location came to be for this lovely couple.  “Javier and Aidee choose Tuscany because of its splendid  scenarios, romance, art, culture and food. Even though they had never been in Tuscany before, they already knew that Florence was the perfect backdrop for their big day. At the beginning they wanted to organized everything in the centre of Florence, also known as the jewel of the Renaissance, but then, I show them the amazing country side of Tuscany and they felt in love with it as well.  After thinking of what to do, they decided to have both scenarios, so we did the religious ceremony  in a very secluded and charming church immerse in the vineyards and olive trees in the Chianti area, and the wedding reception in the heart of Florence, just in front of Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria.”

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 “The theme that they choose was a rustic/chic with blue, yellow and white touches.  Aidee choose blue navy and yellow with some touches of white. Because a part of her wedding was in the countryside of Tuscany, we propose a rustic style, and the results were just lovely and matched perfectly with the magnificent backdrop.”


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“My recommendation will be that since the castle is in a hill, for sure you’ll need a car to move. Public transport does not arrive to the castle.”

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“Javier and Aidee are a Mexican couple that lives in the United States. When they first contacted me, they told me that they had never been in Florence before, but they wanted to get married here and that the most important thing from them was the religious ceremony. They really wanted to incorporate the Mexican Catholic ceremony. So after searching, I proposed Castello di Vicchiomaggio, which is a lovely castle nested in a beautiful hill in the countryside of the Chianti Area. It’s surrounded by an amazing landscape full of vineyards and olive trees.”

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“One of my favourite parts was at the religious ceremony. There was this one particular song that Aidee loves and wanted to give a surprise to Javier. Our amazing musicians, adapted Brad’s Paisley song “Then” to the violin and harp, so when Aidee made her big entrance, the musicians started to play the couple’s song.”

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 “After the ceremony, they went to the centre of Florence where they walk on the streets and visit some of the most beautiful monuments. Then, they arrive to the Circus restaurant, which is located in Piazza della Signoria and enjoy the amazing dinner and the lovely view. All this beautiful moments where capture by Alessandro Ghedina.”

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“We try to keep everything as natural as possible, so that the couple have that intimate/familiar feel that they were looking for.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Alessandro Ghedina

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Location: Santa Maria a Vicchiomaggio, Accommodations: Castello di Vicchiomaggio, Reception Location: Circus Restaurant, Wedding Planner: Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events, Floral Designer: Dario Benvenuti Living, Music: Alma Project, Transfer: Holiday Planners, Paperwork support: Bonnie Marie Bates, Priest: Don Luis Matias Ravaioli

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A European Wedding Inspiration Shoot on the Amalfi Coast

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Today’s event is actually an inspiration shoot rather than a real wedding.  A small team of talented event professionals touched down on the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy to inspire those couples out there considering a destination wedding in Italy.

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We asked Kim at Maru Photography how they came to select this special spot for their inspiration shoot.  “For it’s romantic charm and beautiful ocean-side vistas. The location is absolutely perfect for a romantic Italian destination wedding and the region is superbly equipped with all the amenities couples seeing such an Italian wedding experience would want and need!”

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“The inspiration for this shoot was literally “La Dolce Vita!”—the sweet life of Italy’s stunning natural beauty, zest for life and over-the-top romance!”

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“The Amalfi Coast and Positano in particular, is known for it’s lemons. Lemons are at the heart of this region’s delicious cuisines and traditional decorations and motives. We wove them into the decor for this shoot.”

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Besides all the beauty, great food and wonderful people in this part of the world, there is one thing to keep in mind before you book!  “Positano, along with the rest of the beautiful Amalfi Coast towns are ancient vertical towns, built into the cliffs overhangning the stunning Bay of Salerno. This could create challenges for travelers who are challenged with difficulty walking.”

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Maru Photography

Inspiration Shoot Team: Locations:
 Hotel Murat and the Villa Flavia Gioia, Positano, Italy, Event Planner: Milena Santoro of MS Productions

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A Roman Holiday – 1st Anniversary in Italy

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Kristy and Vivek chose Rome as the place to call home for their first anniversary adventure because it had actually been their first dream honeymoon destination.  Kristy shared with us the reasons for this oh-so special trip.  “We choose Rome for our first year anniversary trip as it was at first our dream honeymoon destination – Rome is Vivek’s beloved city as he studied abroad here and for me it would be my first trip to Italia, a trip at the very top of my bucket list. Alas our week full of joyous wedding celebrations (which combined both our Catholic and Hindu traditions) didn’t allow for such post wedding travels – hence it became a celebratory trip for our first anniversary (and something we looked forward to our entire year as newlyweds).”

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The pair jetted off from Chicago to Rome where they touched down for a swanky anniversary shoot with Rochelle Cheever Photography.

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What a great way to see all the sights and capture beautiful memories at the same time!  No selfie cell phone photos needed for this darling couple!

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“All of our accommodations were booked with Starwood Preferred Guest or American Express points. All of our years of travel for work, corporate event planning (Kristy) and having our wedding at a Starwood property (Westin Book Cadillac – Detroit) paid off BIG TIME… now we are busy racking up more points for our next dream adventure…”

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And this truly was the trip of a lifetime!  After their stop in Rome, the pair headed to Florence and explored all of Tuscany before their time in Italy came to an end.

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Rochelle Cheever Photography

Location: St. Regis Rome, Dresses: BHLDN (White Lace – Tracy Reese, White and Black – Katie Ermilio)

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Destination I Do in Andria, Italy

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Amy and Michele held their destination wedding in Michele’s home country of Italy.  Guests came from all over the world to share in the celebration – 32 countries in total!  Amy is from Canada and while they infused lots of Italian details into the day (like the amazing food), the ceremony itself was part Jewish and Catholic and Protestant.  The wedding was also a big family affair (350 guests) – and their daughter Vittoria Aurora was the flower girl, while the bride has another little one on the way!

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We asked Amy how they came to pick such a special place for their wedding day.  “We chose our wedding venue, Villa Carafa because it literally met every single one of our “must-haves.”  For example, we needed a large venue to accommodate our extensive guest list (we had 350 attendees), it had to be in Puglia and accessible from both my husbands’ small hometown and from an airport (to service many of our out of town guests) and most importantly, wanted a place to “wow” our guests gastronomically.”

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“Discovering Villa Carafa was a dream come true! Their grounds are pristine and their modern and tasteful rooms matched our style and the ambiance we wanted to create on our special day. It was easily apparent that everyone at Villa Carafa pours their heart in each and every wedding that they host. Their food is elegant and sophisticated, their service, organization and attention are unmatched. That’s probably why they are booked solid more than a year in advance.

 When we “discovered” them, it was less than a year to go and they only had a few windows from June to September; a Tuesday, Wednesday and almost every Sunday as the Catholic church won’t marry that day. Fortunately for us, I am Jewish and my now-husband is Protestant, so marrying and celebrating on a Sunday wasn’t an issue and we booked our special day for June 30th. We had the entire grounds to ourselves and our wedding event seamlessly flowed between Villa Carafa’s many rooms and spaces.”

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We often ask couples about the most memorable moments of their day.  Besides our epic cheese buffet which featured more than 20 different cheeses and included two chefs who prepared and served fresh mozzarella di buffalo for our guests?”  That was their first reply!  But on a more serious note…

 Our most memorable moments were the cutting of the cake and the ceremony. The later was special for so many reasons. The ceremony was led by a pastor and a female Rabbi and included elements and traditions from the Jewish and Protestant faith such as the chuppah, the breaking of the glass, typical hymns, etc. All of our grandparents who are no longer with us, were present, in some way or another, into the ceremony. For example, an intricate bed spread created by Michele’s grandmother covered the top of the chuppah under which we were married, while the Kiddush cup used to drink the ceremonial wine was from my maternal grandparents who were married on the same day many years ago. Lastly, we walked down the aisle together with the love of our lives, our daughter Vittoria (16 months at the time of the wedding). She was our flower girl and she stole the show. Our son Luca was also present in one way or another as I was 7 months pregnant with him on our wedding day. But that didn’t stop me from dancing the night away! I guess you can say it was a rather unique ceremony and unconventional wedding…that’s why we liked to call it our big, fat Jewish-Canadian, Prostatant Italian wedding.”

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“Standing there, dancing and celebrating with family and best friends, I was literally overwhelmed with emotion. It is such a wonderful feeling to have all your love ones in one place and even more emotional to know that they are there to celebrate you as you embark on a new chapter in your life. When else can you actually ask all your friends who are scattered around the world to be in one place at one time? To future couple debating about eloping or having a big, fat wedding, my advice is to go for it.”

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“I warn you, there will be late nights addressing envelopes and preparing seating charts, but that feeling of standing in solidarity, hand in hand with your soul mate and surrounded by friends and family will fuel you with unmatched energy and move you to tears.  Enjoy it!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

 Destination Wedding Photographer: Les Amis Photo

 Wedding Vendors: Reception Venue:  VILLA CARAFA, Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman, Dress Designer:  Couture Hayez, Groom’s Suit: Zegna, Shoes: Ferragamo, Cufflinks + Tie: Hermes

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Italian Destination Wedding Getaway Ideas

Looking to getaway at the end of your big day?  If you’re saying I do to Italy for your destination wedding, then consider these creative and authentic Italian ideas for your event “arrivederci.”  Come or go by boat in Venice, hop on a moped in Capri, leave Lake Como by seaplane, even drive off in a vintage roadster and up the coast to your favorite honeymoon spot if that’s your style.  Will you opt for a getaway on your wedding day?

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{Photos: Top Left: Maison Pestea, Top Right: Wedding Photography Venice, Seaplane: Lake Como Wedding Planner, Boat Flowers: Corbin Gurkin, Moped Flowers: Brides.com, Sunroof: MSW, Moped: Rock My Wedding, Family in Boat: Jess Petrie, Vintage Car: Jules Photographer, Bottom Photo: Andrea and Marcus}

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A Colorful Destination Wedding on the Italian Riviera

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Cinzia and Danilo were married on 20th April 2013 in Santa Margherita Ligure and Zoagli.  Their colorful fete on the Italian Riviera was shared with close friends, family, and the most darling flower girl (the daughter of the bride and groom)!

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The couple shared with us their story.  Each decision they made was one of personal significance!  “We chose the Church because it was where we met and were he proposed.” 

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“In the Church balustrades and altar were covered by cascades of orange tulips seeming waves.”

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“We want a personal ceremony so we chose to involve the most important people of our lives in ceremony and reception: my brother spoke in the church; our little baby brought our rings; my father had a speech at reception; everybody danced at our entrance to the table…so emotions (laughters and happy tears) where the theme of the day.”

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“On the style side, we wanted colours to be the key of the style: so main colour theme was orange and deep fuchsia; we asked everybody to be dressed very brightly so all the pictures are a burst of colours.”

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“At the reception venue table tops were made of mirrors, fuchsia napkins with orange details on the tables, centerpiece were made by orange and fuchsia flowers.” 

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“150 candles were hanging over the tables’ area creating a very sparkling atmosphere.”

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“Each guest had as gift an ever-lasting-rose (fuchsia or orange) meaning the ever-lasting-memory of the day.” 

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We often ask couples what their most memorable moments from the day were.  For this bride – there were many!  “My father reading the napkin I gave him as a present for his wedding suit; my husband looking at me while entering the church; our baby bringing our rings at the right moment in the church; my brother talking to us in the church; the exit from church my husband holding me, me holding our baby; most amazing moment of the day: entering the dinner area with the rock song “I was made for loving you” everybody dancing on the chairs with us with their table song; fireworks during cake cut.”

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And who could forget the fireworks too!?!?  What a great way to end the evening!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds and family!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Sandro Ariu 

Wedding Vendors: Church: San Giacomo di Corte Church, Reception Location: Castello Canevaro, Wedding Dress: Giuliani Couture, Groom’s Attire: Gucci, Invitations + Wedding Planning: SposiamoVi, Flower Designer: Genio e Sregolatezza

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A Vintage Inspired Destination Wedding in Italy

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Brianna and Christian wed at the stunning and historic Villa Sesso Schiavo in Marostica, Italy.  But this was no random selection.  The town of Marostica was the place that Christian’s mom grew up in and the same location his parents were married thirty years ago!  In fact, Brianna and Christian even took a few photos outside that very church.

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The bride wore a jaw-dropping wedding dress by Johanna Johnson.

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Brianna gave us a look inside their special day.  I loved the fact we could find a beautiful ancient villa which set the mood for the whole day, not to mention we were able to get married in a castle!! The backdrop was just breath-taking. I wanted a vintage, intimate, elegant feel with lots of history, something which was so easy to do in Italy.”

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“We chose to get married in Italy because we liked the idea of following their footsteps. It also made the usual one crazy wedding day last over a few weeks. We loved the history they gave our wedding, we were able to use one Christians Nonno’s cars (he has passed away, so this meant he was part of the day). This was the car Christian’s parents also had as their wedding car.”

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“All of Paolas family still live in Marostica and the neighbouring town Bassano Del Grappa, by bringing the wedding to them meant they go to be a big part of our day. They wouldn’t have been able to come otherwise. Importantly to the both of us this meant Christian Nonna, was able to be there.”

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The design?  “A lux Modern twist on 1920’s 1930’s 1940’s, classic elegance. Fitting for the 1570’s built villa sesso schiavo where we held the reception, which in its self was rich in history, people, culture and traditions.”

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“Including lots of family was important to us; I wore my grandmother’s medallion on my dress as she passed away 2 years ago. Everyone was in such a good mood, which isn’t when they are on holidays?! By making our wedding a holiday it became something different and made it so much more memorable for everyone who came. Everyone was so excited about it all and the lead up to the big day was all part of the excitement. There were 22 Australians who made the journey over. My parents and brother were also there and loved being part of our new big Italian family. They had never been to Europe and were even more excited than we were!”

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In addition to the family and old world inspirations, there were also a few destination wedding details like this map seating chart!

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With the help of My Italian Wedding Planner, all the delicate vintage details came together perfectly!

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This couple, clearly skilled at throwing parties, had a fun engagement event too!  “Christian proposed on his 30th birthday. I had chosen the ring and he had been holding onto it for the past 4 months. He had a circus inspired dress up party with jumping castles, mechanical bulls, dunking machines, clowns, facing painting, fairy floss and every other carnival ride you can think of. A true circus. It was during speeches, he was dressed up like a clown, wig and all, got down on one knee and in front of everyone asked me to marry him!”

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Congratulations Brianna and Christian!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Mauro Pozzer

 Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: My Italian Wedding Planner, Wedding Dress: Johanna Johnson, Venue: Villa Sesso Schiavo, Flowers: Bagnara Fiori by Roberto Giacomazzi, Catering: Cinque Sensi, Wedding Rings: Stewart and Meegan

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Destination Wedding in Imperia, Italy

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Jessie and Jer are from Dublin but landed on Riviera Ligure in Italy for their destination wedding because it had special meaning to them – it was where they fell in love!  The wedding took place at the beautiful Villa Grock and incorporated a mixture of shabby chic and vintage elements.

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The bride arrived in an appropriately dressed vintage car while the groom donned a dapper blue suit.

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The bridal party also wore blue, to incorporate the hues of peacock feathers (that were used in the reception decor).

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Monica of La Maison de Provence designed and planned the big day, which included a few special Italian and Irish wedding details (including a  Guinness toast).

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After a balloon release at the end of the ceremony, the party began!

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The lavish property offered the perfect backdrop for such a special reception!

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Candles and lanterns lined the stairways and lit up the evening.

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To incorporate the peacock concept, guests used their fingerprints to sign a very unique guest book.

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Even a little rain on the wedding day couldn’t stop this party from going into the late hours of the evening.

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Each table incorporated not only peacock feathers but tables names of Italian locations.

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A special cheese cake was just the right dessert for this happy couple.

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And the night ended with a show of sparklers!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Les Amis Photo

Wedding Vendors:  Wedding Location: Villa Grock, Wedding Planner: La Maison de Provence

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Intimate Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Liz and Steve may have met in Singapore but they landed in Tuscany, Italy for their European destination wedding.  Hosted at the absolutely breathtaking Villa Barberino, a country house in the Valdarno Valley, this intimate family affair included their little one in the big day too!  We asked the bride how such a special location was selected.  “We wanted it to be romantic town/village with great end of summer weather. When we were choosing the location, we were living in Sydney, Australia and to hold the wedding in Australia was going to be too expensive for everyone and chances are, there might be some family members who cannot attend for that reason. So it was a toss between France or Italy. That way our family in UK could easily fly to one of the countries at a reasonable cost. After looking at our cost and the googled images of location, we decided on Tuscany, Italy. We have heard so many stories about how beautiful Tuscany is and we’ve both never been before. We fell in love with the countryside, we love the language and we both felt that it was the perfect location for us.”  And perfect it was!

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The couple wanted a country rustic theme to fit the venue and florals perfect for the season!

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The couple wanted a Catholic ceremony and thus the location was selected so that they could get married in a small nearby church.

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Laura from Varese Wedding, planned the big day and let us in on a few behind the scenes secrets.  “Initially the wedding reception was supposed to be on the olive trees groove, unfortunately during the day there was too much wind, so the imperial table was set up in the yellow room of the villa.”

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“Following the country and rustic theme, we decorated the table with a burlap runner, mason jars with twine and mix country flowers, a wooden wine box with roses, mix flowers, berries and herbs as centerpiece and a lot of candles.”

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“Guests were greeted with a 4-courses menu, which included risotto with truffles, Trofie pasta with porcini mushrooms, duck with fennel and dried apricots , dessert tasting and an italian wedding cake.”

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“We arranged paper doily menus on every guest plate and small olive oil bottles as placeholder and gift.”

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We asked the couple if planning across the globe presented any challenges for them.  “Time difference was a killer during the planning. We were living in Sydney, and to organize a skype call with Laura (our wedding planner) took weeks to get the dates right due to the time difference and sometime towards the end of planning, we moved to UK for a short spell (while awaiting our Swiss residency pass) and i must have given Laura 3 different telephone number/address updates (Sydney to UK to our final location in Switzerland).”

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Regardless of the time change, the event was as perfect as it could be – including a wonderful send off of lanterns later that evening!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  David Bastianoni Studio

Wedding Professionals: Wedding Planner + Stylist: Varese Wedding, Ceremony Location: Meleto Valdarno Catholic Church, Reception Location: Villa Barberino, Meleto Valdarno, Rings: Bvlgari, Groom’s Suit: Hermann Suit, Bridal Shoes:  Benjamin Adams, Wedding Dress: Ebay, Tiara: Ivory & Co, Pearls: Connard & Sons

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