A Scandinavian Wedding in Florence

A&C_237The wedding of Swedish couple Anna & Christian was one of my favorite Tuscania Event weddings for several reasons. Scandinavians generally request their guests dress black tie and they hold much importance to speeches throughout the event. The end result…..hot tuxedo clad guests (and of course tall beautiful women) and a wedding filled with great speeches and emotion. This is the story of their beautiful wedding in the hills of Florence.

Location

How can you go wrong with a brand new 5 star hotel in Florence? Tuscania Events organised the first wedding here at Villa Tolomei.

Getting Ready

The Villa’s rooms were breathtaking and a perfect backdrop for pictures! The bride was simply breathtaking in this understated yet elegant gown. In this case, less is certainly more!

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Ceremony

Anna & Christian opted for a beautiful symbolic ceremony in the front garden officiated by their own Swedish pastor.

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I can’t forget to include the best looking guests ever! Who doesn’t like a man in a tux?

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Cocktail Hour

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Dinner

The reception dinner was held in the back of the villa with views over the tuscan countryside and Florence.

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What can I say? Beautiful location, beautiful couple and a well dressed crowd makes for an unforgettable Italian wedding. For more information on Villa Tolomei or to discover the right location for you, please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Many thanks to Emma from Innocenti Studios for capturing these beautiful moments!

Let the dream begin…….

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A Real Castle Wedding – Castello di Olivieto

Ever dream about a castle wedding? How about a wedding in a 600 year old castle in Tuscany surrounded by vineyards and olive trees……need I say more?_GOG9943Castello di Olivieto is a stunning castle located close to Florence as well as other quaint tuscan towns like Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra. It is a wine and olive producing estate that can be rented to hold an unforgettable tuscan wedding.

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Despite being a venue only location, brides still have the opportunity to utilise the castle’s rooms to prepare for their wedding. Not only does this room make you feel like a real princess but it provides a spectacular backdrop for photos.

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One of the great advantages of this venue is the possibility to marry legally on site. Typically, civil ceremonies are held in the local town hall. The majority of locations in Tuscany do not allow civil ceremonies outside the town hall so a legal marriage in their Italian garden is a big plus. Tuscania Events can guide you through the document process and also translate the ceremony (this is one of my favorite parts of the job!).

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_GOG9551After the ceremony the italian garden is a perfect place to hold cocktail hour. Marco and Elydia chose this area to enjoy a few cocktails and appetisers before the wedding dinner.

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_GOG9636After your guests have enjoyed the ample Italian style cocktail hour it’s time to move onto the reception dinner. The castle courtyard which can hold up to 200 people is a perfect location for dinner. In the event of inclement weather there are beautiful rooms indoors that can hold up to 180 guests so you avoid the additional costs of renting a marquee….yet another plus!

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To give you a better understanding of the venue, here are a few words from beautiful bride Elydia on her experience at Castello di Olivieto.

_GOG9772“I have to say that we looked long and hard for the perfect location… we wanted a     place that was not too far from Florence but has a beautiful view of the Tuscan hills for people who are visiting and may not have been able to see the countryside, otherwise.  We also wanted a place where we could do the ceremony and reception in the same place so no one had to worry about going anywhere (trying to find a church and then villa in Tuscany may be harder to us Americans who are more used to bigger, more detailed roads!) and this castle was perfect for those reasons and many more.  It is the only castle upon a hillside, surrounded by fields of sunflowers… you can get any more fairy tale than that!  

Great, friendly service, fantsastic food made fresh in the kitchens of the Castle and wine made from the Castle’s vineyards, amazing historic decor, beautiful gardens, tons of little spaces to enjoy yourself and soak up the Tuscan fantasy… and the fact that the castle is on top of a hill and was so secluded made it us all feel like we were the only ones on earth, enjoying this most special day.  
 
My uncle with his family at dinner said, “This is by far the most amazing wedding I have ever been to.  Everything is perfect:- the food, the wine, the amotsphere.  Nothing can get better than this moment.” …and then… at that very moment… the torches in each tower within the castle courtyard lit up!  …. and it got even better… “
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I would like to thank Elydia & Marco for allowing me to share their experience and G & G Photography for their images.
For more information on Castello di Olivieto pleases contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com
Let the dream begin….
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Civil Ceremony in Florence: The Rose Garden

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.02.52Convincing couples to marry in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world is really not very difficult.  Outside of the history, art and food there are numerous advantages to a Florence based wedding. You can marry any time of the year (even in the winter there are things to do and see) and the surrounding areas are filled with castles, villas, and farmhouses perfect for unforgettable wedding receptions. Florence and Pisa airport are also close and convenient. Unlike many other tuscan towns you have 5 options to choose from for celebrating a civil ceremony –  La Sala Rossa or red room and La Sala dei 500 in the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence town hall), Bardini museum, Villa Vogel and lastly the beautiful seasonal option of Il Giardino delle Rose or The Rose Garden. Typically a civil ceremony is celebrated in the local town hall only so the fact that you have 5 options to choose from in Florence is certainly a plus!

Have I given you enough reasons to choose Florence??

I am dedicating this blog to the seasonal option – Il Giardino delle Rose or the Rose Garden which celebrated its first wedding ever in the summer of 2012. Thank you to former Florence Mayor Renzi and now Italian Prime minister for this possibility!

The Rose Garden

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The Rose Garden is located right underneath Piazzale Michelangelo with wonderful views of the city and is filled with up to 350 different types of roses. There is also an adjacent Japanese garden (see picture below) that was given as a gift of peace from Kyoto, Japan.  Throughout the garden there are  12 bronze statues by Belgian artist Jean Michel Folon. Although it is open all year round, the best time to visit is from May-September and it is also the only time frame you can marry civilly there.

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This is the actual terrace dedicated to performing the civil ceremony followed by a picture of the terrace set up for civil marriages. The frame on the right that looks oddly like a suitcase is actually one of the bronze statues and it uniquely frames the backdrop. Here is a link of a video that clearly showcases the beauty of the ceremony space – The Rose Garden.

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The Rose Garden has a rental fee paid directly to Florence’s town hall from 2250-3000 euros depending on day chosen (2014 pricing). Ceremonies can be held only on Tuesday mornings only twice a month from May- September. For more specific information please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.comScreen Shot 2014-03-11 at 14.39.42

If you would like to know more about the possibility of celebrating your dream wedding in Florence, please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the Dream Begin…..
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Destination Wedding Italy: Lerici and the “Bay of Poets”

Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 16.11.26Lerici is a small and quaint coastal town located in southern Liguria and is one of my favourite seaside towns to visit during the summer months and a spectacular place for a beach wedding. Lerici is less known than the nearby towns of Cinque Terre but certainly worth a visit. It is located in the “Bay of Poets” an area named after the various poets that were inspired by the areas great beauty. Lerici is well connected to other coastal seaside towns by ferry to nearby Portovenere, Cinque Terre and Portofino. There are also smaller towns nearby like Tellaro – a true gem that certainly should not be missed. Besides being easily navigated by boat and ferry there are many hiking trails in the area that interconnects some of these towns. Another great advantage is its proximity to Pisa International airport.

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Beside having a rocky coastline there are also beach clubs available with wonderful sand beaches. Great place to rent a sunbed and enjoy the sun! There is also a walkway along the sea that interconnect Lerici to nearby San Terenzo.

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One of the most spectacular places to hold a civil wedding is at Lerici castle. This castle was built in the 1100’s and used as a means to manage the seaside entrance into Lerici.

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Currently the castle is used to host civil ceremonies on their panoramic terrace with sweeping views of the mediterranean. Here is an elopement for two – so romantic! You can also rent the castle’s terrace for holding a wedding reception.

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Catholic Ceremonies

Capella di Sant Anastasia located inside Lerici castle.

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There are many locations in Lerici to hold a wedding reception but there is one luxury location that I just had to include…..this beach club has a private beach, restaurant and accommodation. Even if you can’t afford celebrating an intimate wedding celebration on site this beach club is pure paradise and worth a visit. Eco del mare is located between Lerici and Tellaro and is absolutely breathtaking!Screen Shot 2014-03-05 at 20.57.51

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Their private beach cove. Not a bad place to soak up the sun!
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One of the bedrooms located on the beach.

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Truly the small coastal town of Lerici is a perfect destination wedding location. From the crystal blue waters of the mediterranean, the fantastic seafood, the spectacular castle and churches to the proximity to other quaint seaside towns I’d say Lerici is the perfect location to celebrate a unique and unforgettable wedding celebration. For more information on marrying in Lerici please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

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And let the dream begin………

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Destination Wedding Italy: Lucca

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Lucca is probably less known than some of the other tuscan towns but it is certainly worth a visit and it is a great location to hold a destination wedding. Since it is located close to Pisa, Florence as well as the tuscan seaside it provides the opportunity to explore both cities and the coastal towns. And I can’t forget to mention its proximity to Pisa and Florence airport.

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One of the most charming characteristics of Lucca are the renaissance era walls. These walls enclose the city and are still surprisingly intact. Along the wall is a lovely pedestrian promenade where you can take a casual stroll around the city, run, bike or even have a picnic.

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You can plan an intimate celebration in the medieval town however the surrounding countryside in Lucca offers a spectacular backdrop to a wedding celebration. In fact there is a number of Monumental villas in the Lucca countryside that were built by wealthy merchants in the mid 16th century. Today you can rent these spectacular monumental villas for weddings. Here is just one example of a monumental villa in Lucca available for weddings (although there are many to choose from).

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Getting married in Lucca

Civil Ceremonies

One of the advantages of getting married in Lucca is that the town hall gives permission to selected locations the possibility to hold an outdoor civil ceremony on site. Generally civil ceremonies must be held in a town hall so the possibility to hold a civil ceremony outside the town hall is certainly a plus. For more information on specific locations that allow on site civil ceremonies please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

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Catholic Ceremonies

Holding a catholic ceremony in Lucca can be tricky so it is a good idea to have Tuscania events assist you with this type of ceremony as the Archdiocese of Lucca generally does not permit foreign couples to marry in Lucca. However there is always a way to make an alternative plan. Here is an example of a church that is available for catholic weddings in the nearby area.

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PR002In the end there are truly many advantages to choosing Lucca for your destination wedding in Italy.  A wedding celebrated here will truly be unforgettable. For more information about a wedding in Lucca or for a personalised proposal please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the dream begin!!!!

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Last Minute Tuscan Wedding: Save money, Save time and be in Beautiful Italy!

If you were waiting for the best moment to plan your italian wedding without spending a fortune, you should get moving because the time is now! Luxury villas, mediaval castles and charming hamlets immersed in vineyards and olive trees or … Continue reading

Destination Wedding Italy: Monteriggioni

If you are looking for an authentic italian wedding experience look no further – Monteriggioni is a true gem and one of my favourite hilltop towns in Tuscany.

Screen Shot 2014-01-12 at 16.39.13Located halfway between Florence and Siena, Monteriggioni is a small medieval town surrounded by exterior walls that were built for protection in the 1200’s. Today you can take a walk along these walls for spectacular views of the tuscan countryside.

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Getting Married in Monteriggioni

For a Catholic ceremony, my two favourite choices are Chiesa di Santa Maria in the actual town of Monteriggioni or Abbazia (abbey) dei Santi Salvatore e Cirino located nearby in Abbadia Isola.

Chiesa di Santa Maria in Monteriggioni square

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Abbazia (Abbey) dei Santi Salvatore e Cirino in nearby Abbadia Isola

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For Civil wedding ceremonies, my  favourite options are the city hall of Abbadia Isola (which is located in the monastery) or the city hall of Siena.

Abbadia Isola (1 km from Monteriggioni)

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Town hall of Siena (25 minutes from Monteriggioni)

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Although there are many locations in the area to hold a wedding in Monteriggioni, one of my favourites is Hamlet Chianti 2. It is a beautiful villa that can accommodate 30 guests on site and offers a splendid view of the countryside and medieval town of Monteriggioni. This historical villa is full of tuscan charm and is located only 1 km from Monteriggioni centre.

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To experience an authentic Italian wedding in the medieval village of Monteriggioni contact us for more information: wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the dream begin……

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Elope in Beautiful Italy

Some of my favourite weddings have been the simple civil elopements…..a couple who decides to come all the way to Italy just to get married – no guests, no fuss, just the celebration of pure love.  It’s these intimate romantic weddings that make my job such a pleasure!
wedding-59The great thing about Italy is that there is absolutely no lack of spectacular places to get married civilly. From Florence’s formal “Sala Rossa”, Volterra’s beautiful frescoed hall, a beautiful terrace of a seaside castle to an olive grove there is surly something for everyone. With the help of Tuscania Events we can guide you through all the necessary steps (which vary according to nationality) and provide ceremony translation and witnesses as necessary.  The fun part is finding the best and most unforgettable civil ceremony location!
Here are just a few of my favourite elopements over the years. However the options are truly endless…….
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Habgood-Images-Tuscany,-Italy-64These are just a few of the many places that you can have a civil ceremony. The beauty and the backdrop of Italy make celebrating a wedding truly unforgettable. For more information on the possibilities to elope in Italy please contact us for a free consultation:wed@tuscaniaevents.com
And let the dream begin……..
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Destination Wedding Italy: Portovenere

The southern coast of Liguria is one of my favourite places not only because it is absolutely breathtaking but I have have fond memories of my own fairytale wedding that took place in the beautiful church of San Pietro overlooking the Bay of Poets.  That’s me (albeit 10 years ago) with my prince charming and the church in the background. Not too shabby eh?

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Although there are many churches and many castles  for holding a legal ceremony along the Ligurian Riviera, I will focus on the magical place of Portovenere with its spectacular views of the “Bay of Poets”.

The Bay of Poets

The gulf of La Spezia is referred to as the Bay of Poets simply because the area attracted many great poets like Shelley and Lord Byron. The sheer beauty of the rocky coast and crystal waters makes it one of the most beautiful backdrops for weddings. Below is “Grotta di Byron”  named after the poet Goerge Gordon Byron who was inspired by the beauty.

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Portovenere

I love this quaint fishing town with tall colourful houses lining the coast and many seafood restaurants. Although there is a small sand beach suggested for children, be prepared to jump into the crystal waters from the rocky coast. Take a stroll inside the “Caruggio” where there are many small boutiques and do not forget to walk all the way to the castle for some spectacular views.Screen Shot 2014-01-24 at 10.58.35

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Doria Castle

This castle is perched on the hilltop with views of the San Pietro church, the entire village of Portovenere and the Mediterranean sea. You can hold a civil wedding ceremony of the outdoor terrace of the castle. Just breathtaking!

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Chiesa di San Pietro (Saint Peter’s church)

This 12th century church  is perched on a rocky hill with 360 degrees views of the mediterranean sea. I will let the pictures speak for themselves…..but can you imagine celebrating a catholic ceremony here?

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One of the great things about Portovenere is that it is close to Pisa International airport and very well connected by boat to visiting other charming villages in the area – Lerici, Cinque Terre, Portofino to name just a few.

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Let the dream begin…………

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