Elegant Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Sam and Ange traveled from London to the Tuscan countryside for their intimate destination wedding among beautiful gardens at the spectacular Villa Mangiacane, in San Casciano val di Pesa, not far from Florence.

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The bride wanted seasonal flowers in her wedding décor and thus a look of blush, pinks, and blues were incorporated with peonies, white wax flowers, and freesias, by florist Franci’s Flowers Wedding Design.

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The ceremony took place outside along the staircase of the villa’s terrace, where the pair tied the knot among olive trees and a breathtaking vineyard.

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Laughter and celebration were in abundance at this picture-perfect reception that followed the ceremony at this destination wedding in Italy.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Stefanie Kapra

Wedding Vendors: Location: Villa Mangiacane, Flowers: Franci’s Flowers Wedding Design, Celebrant: Tuscan Pledges, Hair and Makeup: Silvia Gerzeli, Videographer: Gabriele Lupo

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Destination Wedding Inspiration Shoot in Northern Italy

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Today’s beautiful photo shoot comes to us from Northern Italy, at Villa Bria in Gassino Torinese, Italy to be exact! Destination wedding photographers Ludovica Lanzafami and Valerio Elia, shared this wedding inspiration (complete with a fabulous pup) with us.

The goal of this shooting was to recreate the special feeling of an Italian style luxury wedding blended with newer wedding concepts: the result is a wild and romantic wedding, somewhere between tradition and modernity. This is why we chose as location Villa Bria, an ancient Neoclassical villa located in Piedmont, and we gathered some of the best and most experienced wedding suppliers of Northern Italy.

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Simmi provided the flowers and the decorations: Camilla Marchetti, the mind behind Simmi, chose roses, a traditional flower which represents love, ivy – standing for marital loyalty, statice – which means union, rice flowers and berries – which represent plentiness and good luck. The colours of the shooting were ivy green, gold, peach and a light cyclamen white. Camilla arranged the bouquet in a natural and profuse way: she bounded it with an ancient brooch which once belonged to her grandmother, a lovely and precious detail, full of memories of the beloved relative. The head-table was chosen for the great impact that it could have in a long 18th century gallery. We wanted to recreate an exclusive romantic scene crossing the past of the Villa and the present wedding style and trends. Daturi e Motta, an Italian excellence in catering service since 1923, arranged the table with stunning hand made glasses decorated one by one with pure gold, and simple plates decorated with pure gold leaf. The menu, designed by Simmi, was bounded with a green lace and a lacquer seal, a very appreciated detail in Italy. Menus and typography (invitations) was designed in the same way, and the invitation was wrapped ina beautiful silk envelope, closed with a green lace and a personalized laquer seal.

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The decorations of the table were mainly glass and silver: the candlesticks were made of Boemia’s crystal, the vases in Murano’s blown vase glass, the candelabra were authentic antique pieces. The flowers in the mise en place were positioned one by one in order to magnify its beauty; more than 200 candles illuminated the gallery to recreate a breathtaking atmosphere, captured by the photographers at sunset first, then in complete darkness.

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Daturi e Motta realized a wonderful white cake which was insert in a stunning cake buffet realized by Simmi: a lot of silver plates, glass vases, candies, sweets and candles make the cake buffet absolutely gorgeous.

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To see more of the day, check out the video by Pier Angelo Carchedi here:

Destination Wedding Photographers: Ludovica Lanzafami and Valerio Elia

Photo Shoot Vendors: Location: Villa Bria, Floral Design: Simmi Event and Floral Design, Dresses: Il Sogno Atelier, Models: Sabrina Siciliano and Diego Converso, Jewels: Giverso Gioielli, Make up and Hairstyle: Erika PXA Make up Artist, Dog Trainer: Itaca Addestramento, Catering: Daturi e Motta, Video: Pier Angelo Carchedi

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Vintage Styled Destination Wedding in Tuscany

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Stef and Roog live in Eindhoven, the Netherlands but traveled to Tuscany for their destination wedding away from home. The couple gave us a peek into their oh-so pretty big day in the countryside of Italy. But the planning wasn’t always as easy as pie…

We actually had another location we preferred; we’ve been in Tuscany before during a trip to Italy a couple of years ago and we stayed at a wonderful romantic place. But unfortunately the contact wasn’t going very smooth and they weren’t very cooperative, so we decided to look for another venue. After a long search on the internet I found 3 possible venues and decided to write them all 3. Within an hour I got a very enthusiastic and detailed response (in good English, also very helpful!) from Ginevra from Tenuta di Papena. We had a skype-session a couple of days later and we immediately felt a personal connection with her. So we came over last September to visit the location and there it happened; we where in love with the venue! We eventually choose this one, not only because of the good contact with the owner, but also because it’s such a beautiful place, they have experience with weddings and it was affordable. 

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At first I was really looking for a bohemian-styled dress. But once I had a ‘princess-dress’ on, I thought “you can only do this once Stef”. So I went for a beautiful dress with lots of lace, so it would still have a little bit of a vintage look. The florist helped me making it a bit more vintage by designing a beautiful wrist-corage, filled with lovely flowers. Along with the flowers in my hair, it gave perfection to my outfit.

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We often ask couples about their favorite moments from the day.

My god, what a difficult question! We had so many!

When we had the moment of seeing each other for the first time in the Abbey of San Galgano, there was a drone flying over the church. A friend of ours ran outside and asked to the guy if he could make some footage of us. So now we have a video of us with all our guests, outside the abbey, from the sky! How cool is that!

The ceremony was just beautiful. We where in an open grain field, with the sun low and my biggest love on my side. The moment you say ‘yes’ to each other will always be very special. 

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How darling is their little nice, Patou?! She certainly stole the show for a moment or two!

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We really wanted a country chic wedding with a bohemian touch. We got our inspiration through Ginevra itself (pictures from weddings she done before) and pinterest. 

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During dinner (which was amazingly tasteful, my mom gave a (15 min!) speech. The wedding planner was afraid that it would be too long, but each and everyone was ‘hanging on her lips’. 

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Our friends made a video at home, where they took ‘a trip down memory lane’ and visited places where we lived, went to school etc. It ended with a hilarious sketch of our 2 best friends (pretending to be us) while camping. Tears of laughter!

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The party was awesome! We brought a DJ with a sax-player with us from the Netherlands, and they made it a party to never forget! We had the party outside, next to the swimming pool. We had a full moon and we had the best party-people in the world (where from the Netherlands ;). Everybody was going out of their minds and it ended up with us jumping into the pool (with suit and dress), followed by our friends. Luckily we have a lot of film-footage from the party :)

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Everything on this day was just perfect. For us it was the most beautiful day of our life. But it’s very special to hear from family and friends that it was also one of the most beautiful days of their lives! Francesco Spighi just captured every (little) thing perfectly and in such an artistic way. We experience the day over and over again, just by looking at all those beautiful pictures.

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Francesco Spighi 

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue and Planning: Tenuta di Papena, Floral Design: Mag Florist, Catering: Terre di SienaWedding Dress: White One – Barcelona, Groom Attire: Magee – 1866 Suit Supply, Wedding Rings: Wim Meeussen, Celebrant: Renske Riemslag from Mooitoscane

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Intimate Rustic Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Happy New Year friends and newly engaged new friends!  Thanks for visiting Jet Fete – your source for destination wedding and honeymoon ideas, information, and picture-perfect places to say I do!  We’re kicking off the new year in style, in Italy!!  Johanna and Evan tied the knot of the same day (different year) that Evan proposed to his bride – June 18th! The pair traveled from San Francisco to an intimate and oh-so stunning destination wedding in Tuscany, Italy, where they wed outdoors among the vineyards and beautiful gardens at Croce di Bibbiano, outside of San Gimignano.  This is such a special way to start the new year, this might be one of our faves all year, and it’s only January!

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The ceremony took place near the olive grove in a gorgeous garden with a rustic wedding arch made of wood adorned with cotton fabric tied with bunches of flowers.

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The group even dined al fresco by a pool, where they ate Tuscan delicacies and drank fine wines from the region.

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The pair kept things personal with artisanal chocolate disks handmade with the couple’s monogram that matched their stationery.

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For favors, fitting of the area, small bottles of Tuscan olive oil were given as a token of their gratitude to the guests.

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What a stunning backdrop for such a beautiful couple and their big day!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer:  Rosapaola Lucibelli Photography

Wedding Vendors: Cake Designer: La Foresta Di Zucchero, Lighting: Central House, Reception Venue: Croce di Bibbiano, Event Planner: Efffetti Wedding Planner in Tuscany, Floral Designer: Simone Bertini Floral Designer

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Beautiful Outdoor Destination Wedding in Tuscany, Italy

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Tina and Chris celebrated their nuptials with three fun-filled days in Tuscany, Italy at Castello di Meleto, where the finale was their English wedding ceremony and reception.  In case you missed day one and two, be sure not to skip a single shot!  Tina tells us about the design and experience of planning (and celebrating) this wedding:  “After two days of Tuscan and Indian celebrations, it was time for the English wedding day. The color scheme for this day was soft pastels with hydrangeas, peonies and roses as the main flowers.”

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“We wanted a romantic, soft and elegant theme, in contrast with the bright and bold colors of the previous day. We originally planned to use the same florist for all three days of the wedding, but she ended up canceling 5 weeks beforehand, which was extremely stressful for us. Our wedding coordinator managed to find two other florists who stepped in to save the day and who did a fantastic job. I particularly want to thank the girls at Only Art Fiori for doing such a wonderful job on late notice with kindness and passion. They really took my ideas and brought to life what I imagined.” 

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“Our ceremony took place on a hilltop overlooking the castle. There was a gentle breeze and a few clouds in the otherwise gloriously blue sky, and there was silence except for the sounds of Pachelbel’s Canon in D by the string ensemble. My father passed away a few years ago, and so my mother and younger brother walked me down the aisle. My mother is my confidante and best friend and I couldn’t have planned this wedding without her support and love. To have her give me away was a very emotional moment for me. Andrea from Tuscan Pledges officiated the ceremony, and we each wrote a few words about the other that Andrea included in his welcome address as a wonderful surprise to us both. We included traditional English hymns like “ Be Still in the Presence of the Lord” in keeping with Chris’s family traditions. I remember the string ensemble played and I felt the soft gentle breeze while looking around at the castle, my husband, the guests. It felt surreal.”

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“We had cocktail hour and a jazz band in the castle rooms and then dinner outside in the castle garden. When we stepped out into the garden in the midst of applause, I was overwhelmed by the sight. The castle garden had transformed into a magical landscape of fairy lights, soft pastel flower arrangements, lanterns, and candles, with a soft amber glow emanating from the castle. It was amazing to watch the scene transform as the sun set and the party started.”

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“We danced and laughed until sunrise, after which the party carried on by the pool. The weekend ended with a brunch by the pool the next day where had to tearfully but happily say our final goodbyes.” 

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“The weekend was a whirlwind and even four days went by incredibly fast. We couldn’t have pulled this off without the excellent staff at Castello Meleto.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: David Bastianoni 

Wedding Vendors: Videographer: Screenshot Productions, Stationery: Nooney Art, Wedding Coordinator: Katia Mastrandrea, Lighting: Marco from Audio Visual, Location: Castello di Meleto, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy, Bride’s Dress: Pronovias, Floral Design: Only Art Fiori, Catering: Lodovichi Catering, Ceremony Music: Firenze Classica, DJ: DJ Fabio Dex, Celebrant: Andrea from Tuscan Pledges

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