Tuscania Events “Best of 2014”

2409Happy 2015 everyone!!! I could not close out 2014 without taking a look back at what a remarkable wedding year it truly has been. We have organised weddings for couples from all over the world. From vintage themed weddings, rustic country weddings to luxurious formal affairs the diversity of this year has kept us motivated and continually inspired.Foto 024

What most denominated our wedding season this year……the rain. It has been a very unusual year in Tuscany with rainfall well above normal and many weddings in “Plan B” mode. There has definitely been more pre wedding tears but at the end of the day the show must go on……and it certainly did!  Just a few of our beautiful weddings in the rain. Plan B is not so bad after all!

Beautiful Brides

All Brides are beautiful but we have had some exceptionally beautiful brides this year!

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I understand why people want to marry in Tuscany…..from the beauty of the coastline, the vineyards, rolling hills to the many quaint towns Tuscany provides a stunning backdrop! There is truly something for everyone here.

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_D4A3765I have to say, I have so many beautiful photos the selection process was very difficult and I am still waiting for the photos of the last 2014 weddings. I would like to thank the following talented group of photographers: Andrea Corsi, Lelia Scarfiotti, Julian Kanz, Timelines, Edoardo Agresti and last but not least David Bastiononi. Each with their unique styles they have truly captured the emotions and beauty of each and every event.

Looking forward to another beautiful wedding season (hopefully with a little less rain).

For more information on planning your dream wedding in Tuscany please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the Dream Begin…….

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Grace Kelley inspired wedding in Tuscany

Ok, so we are not in Monaco, the bride is not a famous American actress (not yet at least) and the groom is not a Prince but Tuscania Event’s bride Megan surely captured the look and elegance of Grace Kelley.  A stunning couple and wedding that had all the fine details and glamour of times past.Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 09.38.27This is the story of Megan & Justin and their spectacular wedding in the hills of Lucca.

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Getting Ready

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The Catholic Ceremony

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The Location

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Flowers 

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How can you possibly go wrong with a vintage Fiat 500 and a Bentley?!?

The Reception

The cocktail reception was held in their garden with great views of the countryside. A fantastic vintage Rock n Roll band provided the entertainment. The dinner reception was held on the panoramic terrace. Great views and great tuscan food!

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megan-44Overall a truly fantastic event. I would like to thank photographer Lelia Scarfiotti for her amazing work, Florist Anna from Fleur Decor and Tenuta San Pietro for their wonderful wedding experience and great tuscan food. For more information about a wedding in Lucca or other beautiful areas of Tuscany contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com  Let the Dream begin………megan-32

Fabulous 50’s Inspired Tuscan Elopement

Nigel and Vikki-103I was looking through some photos in the Tuscania Event’s archive and I came across an elopement we organised in Cortona a few years back. I was utterly taken away by the beauty of these timeless photos. Not only was this couple very much in love but photographers Andrea Corsi and Daniele Vertelli so magnificently captured the couple and the essence of times past. Using the quaint tuscan town of Cortona certainly proved to be an idyllic setting for this dream wedding. This is the story of Vikki and Nigel and their fabulous 50’s inspired elopement in Cortona. Vintage, classic and truly timeless…….

The rustic farmhouse in the countryside of Cortona

Getting Ready

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Off to the Town Hall of Cortona for the Civil Ceremony

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What can I say – beautiful couple, great photographers, a fabulous wedding planner 🙂 and the spectacular setting of Cortona equals a truly unforgettable and inspiring wedding.

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A Real Tuscan Wedding – Great Gatsby Style

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What a way to kick off the 2014 wedding season than with a Great Gatsby themed wedding held in a 600 year old Florentine castle. Out of all the beautiful pictures of this event it was this picture above that truly captured the spirit of the evening and of the lovely couple, Stephanie & Devin. This is their story in pictures…..

 The Location

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Stephanie & Devin decided to organise their symbolic wedding ceremony outside on the terrace with sweeping views of both the countryside and the city of Florence. Just spectacular! Even it there was a little rain the sky cleared up just in time for the ceremony.

The Ceremony

The First Dance 

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The Dinner Reception

In line with the 1920’s theme the bride chose a colour palette of gold. silver, and black. To achieve this vintage look she selected tobacco coloured linens, gold charger plates, large silver candelabras and gold chiaverini chairs. The addition of Baby’s breath flowers, candles and art deco printed menu cards in gold frames were the perfect finishing touches.

The Details

Whoever said ‘it’s all in the details’ could not have been more right. From the vintage beaded bouquet wrap to the vintage lace detailed umbrella, there was not one detail overlooked. And I can’t forget to mention the elegance created by the simple use of inexpensive flower baby’s breath!

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What can I say, beautiful location, beautiful couple and lasting memories….Cheers to Stephanie & Devin!

Foto 061I would like to thank brilliant photographer Edoardo Agresti for capturing these beautiful moments, the ever creative and fantastic florist Davide from Sebastian Flowers, Hair & Make up by the talented Oreste of Oreste Studio Beauty and last but not least the delicious food of L’oste Gentiluomo.

For more information on this beautiful castle or to discover the right castle for you, please contact us at wed@tuscaniaevents.com

Let the dream begin…………

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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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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!

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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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Front entrance to Villa Lucca 2

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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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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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