Spectacular Destination Wedding Location in Tuscany, Italy

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We’ve found “the one.”  No, not the guy or gal, but the next best thing – the picture perfect wedding location – for you!  If you’re looking for a honeymoon or destination wedding spot, then look no further than the hillsides of Tuscany, Italy to Monteverdi, a place so special we can’t really call it a hotel, an event venue, or even a town – though it’s technically all three of those things!

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This cluster of villas acting as a hotel is situated atop a mountain overlooking vineyards of fine wines and famous estates in the Tuscan countryside.  Within the mountaintop is a tiny town (10 residents in total), where the cobblestone streets, ancient church and ruins around it, date back to the 11th century.  But the accommodations within these charming structures are five-star and ready for today’s most well-traveled couple to arrive.

The American family-run property blends into the local culture and the history of the area seamlessly while the spectacular wines and local fare do the region justice and then some.  Celeb Chef Giancarla Bodoni (who also has a hot spot in Miami, Escopazzo Restaurant) oversees with loving care the locally infused and inspired menus and the owners have been known to take a guest or two to town to taste their favorite wines before returning to the Library Bar where an equally impressive selection awaits you upon your return.

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Each villa is uniquely designed and decorated (but each with commonalities like luxurious linens in oh-so soft beds!).  Some villas more modern than others and some better suited for families than couples, so there’s something for everyone in your destination wedding party.  The property is perfect for a buyout – you can literally take over a town to say “I do!”

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But the hotel is just the beginning – the ceremony site for your big day is an even bigger ‘wow factor.’  If you’re like the owners of Monteverdi, consider exchanging vows on an ancient street below the Monteverdi archway (you’ll notice their logo is inspired by it).  And if you do get married here, you’re in luck because famed designer David Beahm and his team from the New York design firm David Beahm Design will curate a stunning ceremony and reception for you as the exclusive designer on property.  You get the best of both worlds – planning assistance from the states with design quality you’ve come to expect back home but the rich culture and beauty of Tuscany at the same time.

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David Beahm and team took us to Monteverdi to experience it firsthand and I can’t gush enough about how one-of-a-kind, over-the-top, understatedly, spectacular it is.  That’s a mouthful!  It’s so different and so special it’s almost hard to describe.  Your family will feel transported back to an old world, where your neighbors are your loved ones and your friends will gather in the local bar at the end of an adventurous day.  But this disconnected and relaxing lifestyle comes complete of course with all with the service, luxury, and hospitality of a five-star resort, with loving charm and friendly faces hoping to enhance your stay with your every request.

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Monteverdi is truly a one-of-a-kind getaway.  Known to play host to Hollywood’s elite who want to get away and get creative without the city behind them, you’ll feel like a celebrity in your own private world when you reach this special mountaintop (and hopefully never have to leave).  A perfect place to wed, a private place to honeymoon, and a place to call home year after year once you’ve fallen in love like we have, don’t go to Europe without going to Monteverdi.

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All Photos via Monteverdi Tuscany.

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Luxury Wedding Villa in Tuscany, Italy

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Private villa rentals or taking over an estate for a week is a great way to bond with your new and old family members while enjoying plenty of R&R on the road to your wedding day. You can celebrate where you sleep, wed where you stay and host an array of events leading up to and even after your big day. There are lots of bonuses to getting married at such a property, but did you ever think that you could live in a place as spectacular as this for such a week?!?!

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Set in the Tuscan countryside, on the hills overlooking Val d’Orcia, this historic property known as La Foce is one unforgettable spot. Built in the late fifteen century and later restored in 1924, this family owned (and cared for lovingly) compound is rich with lush (and famous) European gardens, beautiful antiques inside, picture-perfect wedding ceremony spots, oodles of acres and a lavish pool setting to enjoy in the summertime.

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The old-world charm and utterly picturesque property make you want to call this place home for good. But you don’t need to work at this home like you do back at your everyday residence, La Foce comes with a local chef and other staff members as needed to cater to your every whim and desire.

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And it holds plenty of party guests too! The farmhouses at La Foce hold up to 10 guests while the villa has six double bedrooms, two twin bedrooms, three single rooms and eight bathrooms. This is not a small estate by any size of the imagination!

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But the best part of this charming mansion has to be the grounds. The places to select from for not only your wedding ceremony but your reception too are simply magical. I highly recommend using the manicured gardens below the breathtaking staircases and balcony for cocktail hour if not more! Even a casual event by the pool would make a great welcome party. You won’t run out of exceptional spots to enjoy with your guests (and your wedding photographer too)!

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But should you want to get off property a bit, have no fear, while you’ll enjoy your peace and quiet at La Foce, the home is not far from Montepulciano and Montalcino, where you’ll find great wines (a region of Brunello) and local delicacies for even the most serious foodies in your crowd.

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It’s not often I get to experience a wedding property that I would personally pack my bags to say “I do” at – and La Foce is certainly one of them.

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All Photos via La Foce.

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An Intimate Destination Wedding in Rome, Italy

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Stephanie and Cody said I do in an intimate ceremony in Rome, Italy for their destination wedding. Stephanie shared with us the special details and decisions from their day – like why they selected the city they did! “I had been to Rome once before and have a being part Italian, fell in love with the city, as many people do. We also wanted a unique wedding location that’s filled with timeless tradition, history, and magnificence all packed into one. Considering our love for travel mixed with a passion for adventure, beauty, and antiquity – we choose Rome, Italy.”

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My inspiration and theme for the day was the idea of a quintessential Italian wedding. We selected our color palette to compliment the natural beauty of Italy’s surroundings and the clothing style to match the traditional Italian attire.”

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“Other small details include the groom’s made to measure suit and his cufflinks which were passed down from his grandfather and I designed my lace top.”

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“I selected my flowers, venue, and dress with elegance, timelessness, and classic Italy in mind. I really wanted the whole look to be ethereal just like the city of Rome.”

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We loved the white Fiat 500 that Brenda Babcock, Italia Celebrations, arranged for us. It was so special to ride around the city in a classic Italian car during the day, and receive a champagne toast from the driver at the end of our photo session! She also surprised us by spontaneously requesting a violinist nearby to serenade us during our first look outside our apartment. Our photo session with Rochelle Cheever was an amazing experience as she took us to unique spots all around the city.”

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“To top it off, the spectacular dinner on the balcony of the Palazzo Manfredi Aroma restaurant overlooking the Colosseum lit up at night was almost like a dream.”

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 My advice to other brides who decide to have a destination wedding is to make sure they take care of four major decisions right away. First and foremost decide on the destination. Then, find a dress to fit the setting because the dress takes some time to arrive and get alterations. Next, I recommend hiring a wedding planner especially if you are trying to coordinate details in another country and all the other details will follow nicely. This is essential to successful planning and a stress free day. I highly recommend Italia Celebrations in Italy! You also want to book your photographer at the same time so you can secure the one you want, a talented photographer is a very important aspect of the day and the photos are the memories you can look back on, so don’t skimp on this! Of course, I recommend Rochelle Cheever, her work is artistic and stunning!”

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Our wedding day was perfect thanks to all the wonderful people involved at San Camillo de Lellis, Italia Celebrations, Rochelle Cheever, Palazzo Manfredi Aroma restaurant, and all the vendors!”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Rochelle Cheever

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Planner: Brenda Babcock, Italia Celebrations, Gown Designer: Alyne Bridal, Florist: Noonsheens Floral Event Design, Groom’s Clothing Designer: Hickey FreemanCatering/Restaurant: Palazzo Manfredi, Aroma RestaurantShoe designer – Bride: Manolo Blahnik, Groom: Allen Edmonds, Jewelry/Rings designer: Tiffany&Co., Hair and makeup Artist: Janita Helova

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Where to Wed + Honeymoon in Florence, Italy

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Looking for the perfect location to wed or honeymoon in Florence, Italy?  Then look no further than Hotel Il Salviatino.  Wow, I mean, wow.  The boutique luxury property is tucked into the woods high above the city, overlooking every beautiful turn of the town and of course the dome of the famed Duomo.  During a recent trip to Italy I got the chance to experience this property firsthand and I can tell you without a doubt that its outdoor reception location is one of the best on earth and you’ll equally fall in love with the rest of the property, include the hotel rooms that are each as unique and different to one another as your weddings.

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The villa property is actually a fairly new one to the hotel business, so you get this wonderful old world feel without a rundown or worn out space.  But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have nods to history within it!  With frescos uncovered on the ceilings from centuries past to stone tubs from ancient eras, you get the best of both the old and new worlds in this beautifully appointed place.

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For your wedding, I recommend the courtyard gardens.  You can tent the area or enjoy it al fresco as you overlook the lights of Florence.  Secret staircases, ancient passageways and other details will delight your guests as they enjoy and explore this property that is rich in history and layers while you enjoy a five star dining and event experience.  Oh, and did I mention your event also comes with a dedicated wedding planner on property so no detail will be left undone!?!?

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Hotel Il Salviatino has the option of a buyout, allowing you and your guests to take over the entire property and have your run of the place with total privacy!  Enjoy the spa by day (do not miss the couples’ room treatments complete with local olive oil blended products), host intimate cocktail parties in one of the greenhouse suites and if the weather permits, enjoy some sun time by the pool after a morning hike through the hills or some shopping in town (complimentary car service to and from will get you the center of town in just a few minutes).

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Hotel Il Salviatino is certainly one stop not to miss on an Italian honeymoon or better yet, to call home for your destination wedding in Florence!

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All photos from Hotel Il Salviatino.

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Amalfi Coast Wedding Inspiration Shoot

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Today’s inspiration shoot kicks off a week of Italy ideas and comes to us by RebeccaMarie Photography, who shared a bit about the details from this day.  This stunning shoot takes place in the countryside of Ravello, Positano and Amalfi where the Italian setting is rich with colors, gorgeous sunsets and spectacular spots to say I do for a destination wedding!

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Emma & Grace Bridal’s Yolan Cris haute couture gown was fully lined with gorgeous lace detailing.  The ‘Guetaria’ A-line gown has a beautiful low back and a tulle belt with floral decor was added to finish the look.”

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RebeccaMarie found the countryside of Ravello, Positano & Amalfi the most alluring for this day.  The most exciting part of the day was photographing by the seaside hotel.  The view off the Amalfi coast is the most incredible that I have been privileged to photograph.”

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Isabelle Kline Design combined an old world European feel to the decor with and added passion flowers for the perfect touch.  Candlelight and lace with gold created an elegant feel for the Italian theme.”

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Inspiration Shoot Vendors: Photographer: RebeccaMarie Photography, Paper Goods: Sweet Zion Paperie, Design: Isabelle Kline Design, Wedding Planner: Amalfi Wedding Planner, Wedding Dress: Emma & Grace Bridal Store, Rentals: Allwell Rents, Hotel: Hotel Tramonto d’Oro

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